Paul Finebaum says when Jeremy Pruitt puts a hand on a player, he's 'inviting a lot of trouble'
Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt drew plenty of attention and some criticism for tugging on the facemask of QB Jarrett Guarantano following a goal line fumble and resulting touchdown in the Alabama loss on Saturday.
SEC Network host Paul Finebaum spoke about the issue that was one of the more talked-about subjects of the college football weekend during his regular weekly appearance on Birmingham-based WJOX, 94.5 FM program “The Roundtable.”
“It’s embarrassing,” Finebaum said. “I think Jeremy forgets sometimes he’s the head coach of the University of Tennessee, he’s on national television. He needs to act in an appropriate way.”
Pruitt has said that Guarantano should not have tried to jump over the line of scrimmage, and instead push the pile as the Vols had done in similar situations earlier in the game.
Finebaum added that it’s another example of an area where Pruitt struggles.
“I’m not saying it’s a fireable offense, because it’s not, it’s just one more thing that you look at in his overall resume, and you wonder how much upside does this guy have,” Finebaum said. “Because I believe he’s a really good football coach, but the other things that are necessary to be successful, he doesn’t have. His PR skills are terrible, his sideline demeanor is not impressive and when you put a hand on another player, you are inviting a lot of trouble and a lot of criticism.”