New Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt is tasked with changing the direction of the slumping Tennessee program, and it appears he’s making one change, among others, right off the bat.
According to ESPN’s Chris Low, the Vols won’t wear the Smokey Grey alternate uniforms as long as Pruitt is the head coach.
The uniforms were introduced by Butch Jones prior to the 2013 season. The Vols wore the Adidas version of the uniform before the athletic department made the switch to Nike. The last appearance of the alternates was in the 41-0 blowout loss to Georgia in 2017.
The traditionalists in the Tennessee fan base will be happy. Jeremy Pruitt told me the Vols won’t be breaking out the alternate “Smokey Gray” uniforms while he’s the coach. He said they would wear orange and white.
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) February 8, 2018
In late January, AD Phillip Fulmer said the decision to wear or not to wear the uniforms will be completely up to Pruitt.
“I don’t think you would call me old-fashioned, but as much a traditionalist as I am, that has to be his call, because he’s the one that’s out there working and trying to get great football players here,” Fulmer said, via 247Sports.
It appears like he has made that decision, even though it will be interesting to see the reaction among potential prospects, as recruiting is one of the main reasons alternate uniforms are worn.