Jeremy Pruitt doesn't close the door on potential return of Tennessee's black alternate jerseys
Jeremy Pruitt has apparently been swayed by a few of the younger coaches on his Volunteer staff.
The Tennessee coach has previously expressed his desire to keep the team in their traditional look during his tenure but he cracked the door on the possibility of mixing things up on Rocky Top on Friday.
While he certainly didn’t make any bold predictions when it comes to breaking out alternative uniforms in the near future, Pruitt said a return of Tennessee’s alternate black jerseys is something that could happen during an appearance on FOX Sports Knoxville radio program “The Drive” when asked about the uniform.
“Well, I’m definitely a traditionalist and I really like the uniforms that, you know, the University of Tennessee has worn in the past,” Pruitt said on the show. “I’m completely supported but I will say this — the alternative uniforms, doesn’t matter what they are, right? The creativity that you can come up with.
“I absolutely think that, you know, there’s an opportunity at some point in time to mix it up and I think that that’s something that in the future that we can possibly look forward to doing.”
These comments from Pruitt are particularly interesting as they follow comments from Tennessee assistant coach Brian Niedermeyer asking for their return. Niedermeyer’s comments were then followed up by support from fellow assistant coach Tee Martin.
The only time Tennessee wore the black uniform came back in 2009 when the Volunteers upset No. 21 South Carolina in Neyland Stadium.