Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher and Georgia coach Kirby Smart have each offered high praise of new Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt at SEC Media Days, but former UGA quarterback and current CBS Sports Network analyst Aaron Murray isn’t sold on the new head Vol.
Murray, who also appears on Sirius XM, made his comments to ESPN Radio The Game in Nashville.
“I don’t know if his personality is fit to be a head coach,” Murray said. “As a head coach, there’s so many things that go into it. It’s not just going out there and coaching. You have to deal with front office. You’ve got to go talk with the president of the university. You have to deal with boosters. You have to deal with the offense, the defense. It’s not just going in there and dealing with the kids and scheming up. There’s a lot that goes into it. I don’t think he’s the right guy to kind of be the CEO of a corporation. He’s really good managing just a defense and being a defensive coordinator. He needs to prove to me that he can handle the whole ship. For right now, I don’t think he can. We’ll see what happens this year. I don’t think it helps that he doesn’t have a lot of talent at Tennessee.”
For those wondering, Murray and Pruitt’s time at Georgia do not overlap. Murray arrived at UGA in 2009 and played through the 2013 season. The following year, Pruitt left Florida State to become the Bulldogs defensive coordinator for the 2014 season.