Grading Jeremy Pruitt’s Hires for his Coaching Staff

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    With a new head coach comes a new coaching staff, and all of Jeremy Pruitt’s coaching staff hires have finally officially been announced by the University of Tennessee. Pruitt brought in nine new coaches and retained only one coach from the previous staff, and his staff of 10 on-field coaches are set.

    Pruitt’s staff at Tennessee is comprised of several promising, younger coaches and is heavy on SEC experience. The 10 coaches on Pruitt’s staff have over 50 years of combined SEC experience, and a large portion of his staff were former collegiate players themselves.

    Tennessee’s new coaching staff has a combined seven national titles and 21 conference championships to their collective names.

    But for all that championship caliber, a lot of this staff is still built on promise and trajectory. Both of Pruitt’s coordinators are first-time coordinators at Power Five schools, and several more of his staff  haven’t coached their specific positions at an SEC or Power Five school.

    For all their question marks, however, Pruitt’s staff has a lot more proven results in the SEC and big time schools than the previous staff. That includes both on the field results and in recruiting.

    Now that the hires have been made official, the RTI team will take a look at all of the coaches Pruitt has brought in and grade each hire. Managing editor Nathanael Rutherford, staff writer Will Boling, and contributor Charley Collier all give their grades on Tennessee’s new coaching staff.

    Here are our grades for Jeremy Pruitt’s first Tennessee staff.

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