If I have not missed it, it seems that we are not having any turnover? I look at that as a very positive thing and another reason for some optimism for future success. I have heard some say that one factor in Fulmer's "decline" was a lack of stability of the staff and. Lord knows, the last decade is what total instability looks like.
Any thoughts on how Pruitt's experience, as one in different situations, might be helping him in making assistants' lives better than average and therefore increasing their satisfaction?
Good post, thanks. My guess is that Pruitt believes in staff continuity because he understands what it means to a program over the long term. Listening to him, he obviously believes in the staff he has. He has also said that the players believe in the staff...shared vision throughout the program, etc. Can't overstate the importance of that. Fulmer was actually known for staff continuity; if you look back, his key guys stayed with him a long time. It only fell apart when Cut left to take a HC job. My further guess is that Fulmer will reinforce the importance of staff continuity if he is asked. Also, from what I've read, these coaches seem to like east TN...any of them over 50 would probably consider staying around and retiring up there, if the wins and the money are there.
That said, if Pruitt feels a staff upgrade is necessary, I am behind him 100 percent. And if he gets into a bidding war over a coach he wants to keep, I think we all know that the money will be there.
Final thought: if I had to guess which staff member will leave first for another coaching position, it would be Tee Martin.