Record at Tennessee/Overall: 5-7
Postseason accomplishments: 0
Sorry Tennessee football fans, but Jeremy Pruitt is one of only two guys on this list with no winning season or postseason appearances. Okay, so he inherited the worst situation in the SEC last year with the Vols. That may be true.
It’s also worth noting that, like Chad Morris, Pruitt inherited a team that had to transition schematically offensively. He also had to change up schemes defensively and took over the team when half the players were held out of practice due to injury.
Those setbacks were far worse than what Morris had, which is why his 5-7 record puts him ahead of Morris. But Pruitt is still one of, if not the least accomplished head coach in the SEC right now. He needs a splash this year before we can move him out of the bottom of this list.
Most of us believe, and for good reason, that Pruitt will get it done. After all, with nothing, he scored two huge wins last year over the Auburn Tigers and Kentucky Wildcats. If Tennessee football makes a major jump this year, Pruitt could shoot up the list and will deserve a ton of credit. Until then, though, this is where he belongs.