The difference in mentality between Jeremy Pruitt and Butch Jones

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dduncan4163

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The difference in mentality between Jeremy Pruitt and Butch Jones is striking



During his time at Tennessee, Jones was thrilled to get to get to nine wins and a bowl game. So when things started going south, Jones pointed to his 2015 and 2016 nine win seasons as some of the best years of Tennessee football in recent memory.

“We have a lot of great things going on right now,” Jones said in an interview with Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone. “We’re experiencing the last three years — the last two years have been some of the best years in the last 20 years of Tennessee football.”

Of course, at the time, Tennessee had won a national championship in that 20 year span, making his comments particularly laughable. Also at the time, Tennessee had just wasted a loaded roster which was fulling capable of winning the division. Jones was fired a year later after putting together the worst season in Tennessee football history.

Fast forward to Jeremy Pruitt, who is coming off of an 8-5 season in 2019 — in the midst of rebuilding from ground zero after Jones was fired. It was a huge positive development, especially after the losses to Georgia State and BYU.

Difference is, Pruitt isn’t giving anybody a chance to be satisfied.

“I would say for everybody that’s associated with Tennessee, we need to raise our expectations,” Pruitt said on Thursday night at a signing day event. “And I know everybody’s excited we went 8-5 and finished the year the right way. But we’ve got to raise our expectations as a program, as a fan base, because the people we’re competing against, they’ve been trying to kick us while we’ve been down, right? We’ve been kicked around a little bit. It’s time for us to start doing a little bit of kicking ourselves.”


The biggest difference is Butch was a salesman and Pruitt is a coach. It's so nice to have a HC that doesn't speak like a politician.
 
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The difference in mentality between Jeremy Pruitt and Butch Jones is striking



During his time at Tennessee, Jones was thrilled to get to get to nine wins and a bowl game. So when things started going south, Jones pointed to his 2015 and 2016 nine win seasons as some of the best years of Tennessee football in recent memory.

“We have a lot of great things going on right now,” Jones said in an interview with Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone. “We’re experiencing the last three years — the last two years have been some of the best years in the last 20 years of Tennessee football.”

Of course, at the time, Tennessee had won a national championship in that 20 year span, making his comments particularly laughable. Also at the time, Tennessee had just wasted a loaded roster which was fulling capable of winning the division. Jones was fired a year later after putting together the worst season in Tennessee football history.

Fast forward to Jeremy Pruitt, who is coming off of an 8-5 season in 2019 — in the midst of rebuilding from ground zero after Jones was fired. It was a huge positive development, especially after the losses to Georgia State and BYU.

Difference is, Pruitt isn’t giving anybody a chance to be satisfied.

“I would say for everybody that’s associated with Tennessee, we need to raise our expectations,” Pruitt said on Thursday night at a signing day event. “And I know everybody’s excited we went 8-5 and finished the year the right way. But we’ve got to raise our expectations as a program, as a fan base, because the people we’re competing against, they’ve been trying to kick us while we’ve been down, right? We’ve been kicked around a little bit. It’s time for us to start doing a little bit of kicking ourselves.”


The biggest difference is Butch was a salesman and Pruitt is a coach. It's so nice to have a HC that doesn't speak like a politician.


Exactly.
 
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That's a real confident coach who can do that. There are several posters on here who have rightfully complained for the last few years the fan base has gone soft and settled for less. You can get soft after years of bad teams. Well now they have a coach on their side. I'm on board and have been from the day Pruitt was hired.
 
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There is a huge mentality difference.....Coach Pruitt is a very knowledgeable, experienced, demanding, hand-nosed coach that has won at the highest level versus Butch who is the exact opposite. To be honest, when talking about football and football coaches, Butch does not belong in the same conversations as Coach Pruitt.
 

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