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Jeremy Pruitt difficulties demonstrate how well Kirby Smart has done at Georgia football
After 3 seasons, Jeremy Pruitt is no longer the head coach at Tennessee. The school fired him, with cause, together with a number of other staffers on Monday originating from an investigation into the recruiting practices.
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When Pruitt was hired during the 2017 cycle, there was the idea that Tennessee was attempting to do what Georgia had actually done with Kirby Smart. Pruitt was a successful defensive planner for the Crimson Tide, just like Smart was. Pruitt was likewise considered an excellent employer.
Both were worked with to run major SEC programs as their very first head training jobs. Smart had currently found success when Pruitt was employed, as he led Georgia to an SEC title in his 2nd season. He went on to guide the Bulldogs all the method to the championship game video game, prior to falling to Pruitt and Alabama.
Georgia won in that 2017 season by relying on its running game and defense. It was rolling on the recruiting front, as the Bulldogs signed the No. 3 class in 2017 and the No. 1 class in the 2018 recruiting cycle. It looked like a decent concept to try and regain some splendor for Tennessee.
However since Pruitt took control of, he failed to lead Tennessee to the very same level of success that Georgia had. Save for a six-game winning streak to end his second season, a number of the problems that pestered Pruitt at the start of his tenure as head coach had done so throughout.
In Pruitts three seasons, Tennessee went 16-19. In video games against Georgia, Florida and Alabama, the greatest video games on Tennessees schedule every season, he went 0-6. All of those losses were by double digits. That is not what you want.
For one, Smart walked into a much better program than Pruitt did with the Volunteers. Georgia won 10.
Pruitt never hired from another location near the very same level that Smart had. Smarts first 3 complete classes– 2017, 2018 and 2019– finished No. 3, No. 1 and No. 2 in the 247Sports Composite rankings. Pruitts completed No. 13 in 2019, No. 10 in 2020 and sat at No. 15 in 2021 prior to his dismissal.
Thats a significant gap in between what Smart had to deal with and what Pruitt did in regards to developing a program.
Pruitt also never ever had stability at the quarterback position. Jarrett Guarantono was constantly around, however he only started every game for Tennessee in 2018, Pruitts first season in charge. Even as the Volunteers appeared to land their quarterback of the future in 2020 in Harrison Bailey, he struggled to discover consistent playing time this past season.
Compare that to what Smart did at Georgia. He started Jacob Eason for all however one video game in 2016. When Eason got hurt to start the 2017 season, Smart relied on Jake Fromm. He went on to start every game for Georgia for the next three seasons, even with skilled alternatives like Eason and Justin Fields behind him.
Smart got consistent play from the quarterback position, even if it wasnt always fantastic. Pruitt generated offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, from Georgia no-less, yet the musical chairs at quarterback continued.
For all Pruitts success as a defensive coordinator, his Tennessee defenses could not duplicate what Smart did at Georgia. The Volunteers ended up in the top-25 of lawns per play permitted simply when in Pruitts 3 seasons.
Smart likewise wasnt getting blown-out in the same manner Pruitt was. In Smarts first five seasons as Georgias coach, he has seven double-digit losses. Pruitt had seven in 2020 alone, to go along with the nine he got in the very first 2 years of his tenure.
Smart hasnt been perfect in the Georgia job, as he too is 0-3 versus Alabama and Nick Saban. Smarts offense has actually struggled to keep up with some of the other elite programs in the sport.
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If theres one stark distinction in the pre-head training days for Pruitt and Smart, it is how the previouss tenure at Georgia flammed out to end the 2015 season. While Pruitt greatly improved Georgias defense in the last two years under Mark Richt, he produced a number of problems behind the scenes. Much so that he was not a prospect to join Smarts personnel when he ultimately replaced Richt.
Smart never ever dealt with that level of drama in his time at Alabama. Possibly that ought tove been informing.
Tennessee will now need to make its 5th head training hire considering that the Volunteers last win the SEC East back in 2007. Georgia has actually won the division 5 times during that same period, with Smart getting the last 3.
As discouraging as parts of Smarts time as Georgias head training era have actually been, one only has to seek to the smoldering mess that is the Tennessee program at the minute to see just how much even worse things could be.
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When Pruitt was hired throughout the 2017 cycle, there was the thought that Tennessee was trying to do what Georgia had done with Kirby Smart. Smart had actually already discovered success when Pruitt was hired, as he led Georgia to an SEC title in his 2nd season. For all Pruitts success as a protective coordinator, his Tennessee defenses couldnt replicate what Smart did at Georgia. If theres one stark difference in the pre-head training days for Pruitt and Smart, it is how the formers period at Georgia flammed out to end the 2015 season. While Pruitt considerably enhanced Georgias defense in the final 2 years under Mark Richt, he created a number of issues behind the scenes.

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