Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer compares Jeremy Pruitt to Johnny Majors, draws criticism from fans
Since starting the season 2-0, the Tennessee Volunteers are 0-5 and have 2 tough tests the next 2 weeks, starting with Saturday’s game vs. Florida.
Through 30 games as Tennessee’s head coach, Jeremy Pruitt now has a 15-15 overall record, and many fans wonder if he’s the right guy for the job.
AD Phillip Fulmer came to Pruitt’s defense on Wednesday during Vol Calls, comparing Pruitt’s record to that of Tennessee legend Johnny Majors:
Phillip Fulmer: "An interesting statistic that i found, Coach Majors was 14-15-1 in his first 30 games and Coach Pruitt is 15-15 in his first 30 games"
“I really think we’re a better football team than our record has shown"
— Trey Wallace (@TreyWallace_) December 3, 2020
Naturally, frustrated Volunteer fans were quick to hop on Twitter to voice their opposition to Fulmer’s comparison:
Is that the same Johnny Majors that @phillipfulmer stabbed in the back?
— Remember the Fuckingers (@theknoxvillebr1) December 3, 2020
That was waaay before big media deals and coaches were making 100,000 and tickets were $7. Im not spending $100+ a ticket to watch us get blown out by KY. He sucks and we've gotten worse, like historically worse.
— Jason Pace (@jpace87) December 3, 2020
We’re really gonna do this..as a diehard fan, I’m hanging it up for football. I just can’t be bothered with a program that has losing mentality anymore. I have never cared less about a game than I do the Florida game this weekend. I could do much better things with my time.
— brandon presley aka mr. fahrenheit (@brandonkpresley) December 3, 2020
Did Johnny Majors get blown out by Kentucky at home in year 3?
— Preston H.🍊 aka coaching search szn (@prestonkh_11) December 3, 2020
If he wants to compare, that’s fine, but the Vols haven’t shown up in the 2nd half for 5 weeks straight. That’s coaching and recruiting. That being said, they are not better than their record shows. They should beat Vandy and will finish 3-7.
— Brad Sashko (@SashkoBrad) December 3, 2020
sure did Majors have 6 straight losses by 20+ pts at any point?
— Fire Pruitt (@HouseThicc) December 3, 2020
Johnny was a LEGEND. Pruitt is a GUMP
— Rambo (@JohnJVol1) December 3, 2020
Butch Jones’ record in his first 30 games at Tennessee: 14-16
— Jonathan Miles (@j_mizzles) December 3, 2020
— John Pickle (@John_Pickle) December 3, 2020
Can Pruitt and the Vols pull off an upset of No. 6 Florida or No. 5 Texas A&M in Neyland Stadium to finish off the season? We’ll find out soon enough.