Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt’s rank among coaches and Jarrett Guarantano with the Mannings lead our Volunteers news for Tuesday, June 26, 2018.
We’re in the final week of June, and the Tennessee Vols continue to make major news. There is still the aftermath of the tragic death of John Ward, whom everybody in Vol Nation misses. We have no more updates on that today, but it was still worth bringing up.
As we gets set to bring you today’s news on Rocky Top, our focus is on a couple of football stories. One is where a national media outlet places new Tennessee football head coach Jeremy Pruitt, and another surrounds to UT quarterbacks, one current and one former. So let’s get started with the football news.
Jeremy Pruitt ranked No. 94 among all 130 FBS coaches – Steve Lassan, Athlon Sports
Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt is getting no respect so far as a first-year head coach. He came in at No. 94 among Athlon’s rankings of all FBS coaches Monday. Pruitt was third among first-year head coaches, but the two ahead of him were also SEC hires, and they were significantly ahead of him: Joe Moorhead of the Mississippi State Bulldogs at No. 72 and Chad Morris of the Arkansas Razorbacks at No. 71.
"Pruitt has assembled a strong resume from three different stops at the FBS level, is regarded as one of college football’s top defensive minds and has worked under three of the nation’s best coaches — Saban, Richt and Jimbo Fisher. Pruitt is also regarded as a good recruiter and has extensive ties to the high school ranks in Alabama."
Jarrett Guarantano enjoyed time at Manning camp – Keyon K. Jeff, The Daily Comet
Tennessee Vols quarterback Jarrett Guarantano reportedly enjoyed his time at the Manning Passing Academy this past weekend in Louisiana. Guarantano, who stood out at the camp, noted that he grew up a fan of the Mannings being from New Jersey while Eli Manning was leading the New York Giants to Super Bowls. Here’s a bit of what he said.
"“Mr. (Archie) Manning was like, ‘I talked to Coach (Jeremy) Pruitt,’ and he was looking forward to having me come down. I called my parents right after and told them. It’s been a joy to be here. I’m excited to have this opportunity.”"
Lady Vols alumni working to stick together – Dan Fleser, Knoxville News Sentinel
Approaching two years since the death of UT legend Pat Summitt, the Tennessee Lady Vols alumni are working to stick together in her absence. Many of them are trying to live up to her demands as a coach with the actions they take.
"Liza Graves, who played on Summitt’s first team, described Summitt as a “matriarch” figure. Hence, the void left has been considerable and not easily managed.“When that person passes away,” Graves said, “it’s like, ‘Wow, who holds us together?'”Without Summitt, the former players essentially have been huddling up for life without her."