RTI Podcast: Comparing Pruitt to Saban

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    This episode of the RTI Podcast mourns the passing of John Ward. We celebrate his life and discuss his impact on Tennessee football to start the podcast. We then transition to an interview with Al Blanton of Blanton Media Group and creator of Hall & Arena to discuss his recent piece for Saturday Down South titled DNA of a Dynasty that details the rise of Nick Saban at Alabama. We discuss the parallels between where Alabama football was when Saban took over to where Tennessee football is now when Jeremy Pruitt was hired. We also detail the similarities in personality and approach to recruiting and football between Saban and Pruitt. Could Tennessee have a Saban-like figure on staff?

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