Paul Finebaum on Aaron Murray's negative take on UT's coach: 'I don’t give two rips about what he thinks about Jeremy Pruitt'
For a guy that has plenty of bold takes of his own, Paul Finebaum didn’t show much respect for Aaron Murray’s recent take on Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt.
If you missed Murray’s comments from Tuesday, the former Georgia quarterback called into question how prepared Pruitt will be to lead the Tennessee program to the promised land. Here is the complete quote from Murray on Pruitt:
“I don’t know if his personality is fit to be a head coach,” Murray said on ESPN Radio The Game in Nashville. “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.”
During a Wednesday appearance on SEC Network morning show “SEC This Morning” from SEC Media Days in Atlanta, Finebaum took those comments to the woodshed. While noting he has respect for Murray, Finebaum ripped into the former UGA quarterback’s comments.
“I know Aaron, he’s a nice guy, but I don’t give two rips about what he thinks about Jeremy Pruitt. First of all, he wasn’t on (Pruitt’s) side of the ball. Second of all, he’s loyal to Mark Richt,” Finebaum said on the show. “I had a guy tell me yesterday that Jeremy Pruitt is part of the reason that Kirby Smart is having… was able to turn the corner because he toughened that program; he insisted that they get the indoor facility that’s named after the Payne’s.”
For reference, many in the Bulldog media to refer to Georgia’s indoor practice facility as the “Pruitt Indoor Facility” following his comments during his time coaching in Athens. Finebaum wasn’t done there, as he finished Murray off with these thoughts.
“(Pruitt) rubbed everyone the wrong way because the culture at Georgia was laissez-faire. ‘We lost a game, what kind of wine do you guys want?’ So, Aaron Murray, go do whatever you’re doing right now, I don’t care,” Finebaum ended. “Your voice is not relevant when it comes to Jeremy Pruitt.”
Shots officially fired.
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