5-to-10: Jeremy Pruitt Worst Coaching Term Ever? Relax Braves fans pray for Dickie V



More mess of orange color

So we all know what happened on Saturday night in Knoxville. He did some of the papers.

It was not good, but it is also not the first step towards nuclear winter.

Side note: We have frequently debated the culture of cancellation around these parts, and I think that a) there is a difference between the culture of cancellation and the culture of consequence, and b) the culture of cancellation is a disservice to the idea of ​​inclusion at its very core.

These are my beliefs, but I also believe that the throng of moralists – especially from normally well-minded people in my profession – who line up and sprint to see who may be most outraged by the fruits at hand. hand like the trash crisis published in K – Saturday night in town is also a negative trend in our too divided days.

Finally, where were we?

Oh, yes, another junk that isn’t a mustard bottle or a shooting bullet continues to plague Knoxville long after it’s been shown the door.

The Jeremy Pruitt era, ladies and gentlemen, continues to skyrocket the charts as possibly the worst tenure in SEC history.

After a lackluster 16-19 performance on the court and an embarrassing country-bumpkin routine repeatedly down all avenues with a microphone in front of him, Pruitt is now becoming a full-fledged extortionist.

(Side note: I’m more than a small country myself – somewhere on the other side of the grain but short of pork jowls – and Bobby Bowden showed the world that the “Aw shucks” routine can work like a gangbusters. But unlike Bowden, who was a college football version of Sheriff Andy Taylor in that he was happy to let you think he was stupid from the country and then cheat on you and say “God bless you. “, Pruitt was more Barney Fife, just less the appearance of a single bullet.)

Here are the details of TFP college football scholar David Paschall’s Pruitt power play, and it isn’t pretty.

Not pretty for Pruitt. Not pretty for UT. Not pretty for anyone involved or anyone who may be a fan of a top college football program all over the country.

To recap. Pruitt was a good DC that few on this side of Phil Fulmer thought he was ready to be a head coach. UT hired Pruitt in desperation after Schiano on Sunday and fired Pruitt in humiliation after he was not competitive (bagel-and-9 against Alabama, Georgia and Florida and the nine were in double digits) AND was caught in the act of recruiting levels I and II which still weigh on the program.

Pruitt was shown the door with good reason, resulting in no settlement, which would have earned Pruitt over $ 12 million.

And given that he’s now a lawyer and threatening to release all of UT’s dirty laundry, Pruitt will need every penny of any settlement he can muster because, unless his dad is looking for a DC in Marion County, this stunt ends Pruitt’s chances of any future college coaching gig.

What a waste, this time just off the pitch.

But as far as Jeremy Pruitt is concerned, it’s not much of a surprise since almost everything he touched in Knoxville has turned into scorching rubbish.

Deep breathing

Relax, Braves fans. Relax. It’s just a game.

Yes, that was a three-point lead that only needed six more strikeouts to get a 3-0 lead over the dangerous NLCS Dodgers.

Yes, that came against Luke Jackson, who was the anchor, the only foolproof fix in a Braves’ box that went from bad to tolerable for most of the season.

Yes, that squandered another offensive clinic as the Braves hitters produced 12 hits and coaxed six walks, but only managed five runs despite the apparent presence of the Hixson people on base overnight. last.

And yes, it felt like it had awakened a sleeping giant, as Cody Bellinger’s three-run homer in a four-run eighth tied the game and everyone in Dodger Blue came back to life.

But it’s a game. One game.

This group of Braves are not the listless litany of Atlanta sports heartbreakers. I believe that.

I have to do it, and you should too, because of what we’ve seen over the past couple of months and more.

This group of Braves were 52-55 and left for dead by almost everyone. Too hurt. Too limited. Too much of Will Smith.

Then, poof, they flipped a switch, revised the outfield, and played like the 27-year-old Yankees since mid-August.

A swing from a former MVP and a game – no matter how great the emotion is – can’t change what we know.


Prayers up

We all have different opinions about advertisers. The ones we love – “My God, a freshman”, “The toe meets leather and it’s a high kick”, “Touchdown, AUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-burn” – and the ones we don’t like .

No matter what category you put Dick Vitale in, there are some things I know for sure about the man.

First, no one loves college basketball more than he does.

Second, very few unnamed Bird and Magic helped college basketball reach its peak more than Dickie V.

And, more importantly, there isn’t a single sports media megastar – and Dickie V is and always will be a megastar, my friends – who is a nicer, more approachable, and nicer person than Dick Vitale.

I offer it this morning by saying a prayer for the multiple months of chemo in the days to come for Vitale, who revealed this week he had lymphoma, a rare form of cancer.

Cancer sucks. So for Dickie V, who has helped raise hundreds of millions for the fight against cancer with The V Foundation, may God bring you comfort and healing BAY-BEE.

this and that

– OK, folks, I need your help. The 5-at-10 bracket challenge is back, and this week we’re looking for your nominations for which college football stadium has the best atmosphere on game day. Be a homer if you will – and yes, the Vader folks at Red Stick’s Tiger Stadium put on a really great show – or get off the board. What’s the matter with you gang?

– Speaking of Pruitt’s predicament above, this is a program’s worst nightmare as it’s unclear what’s going on under the hood in all of the major sports departments across the country. And an inside whistleblower could screw it up. I wonder why LSU is paying the entire bill for the rest of Ed Orgeron’s contract? It’s less painful than if Coach O started spilling kidney beans and rice, my friends.

– So WalletHub.com categorizes a lot of things about cities. Like a whole bunch of stuff. And they regularly email their rankings and findings to various members of the media. I am one of those who said various members of the media. Allegedly. Today’s ranking was the best cities in the United States for soccer. No, football is not my cup of tea. Not even close. I’m a Bud Light type; football is a fruity mixed drink with an umbrella in it. (Hi, Alejandro, and yes, that’s the beautiful game. Apparently.) Anyway, Chattanooga ranked 202nd out of 295 cities on the list, and while I’m far from an expert on futbol fun spelling, I know Chattanooga and think we’ve found a job, to be honest. Heck, we’re nine places behind Cookeville, for Pete’s sake.

– Yes, it was a disappointment for the land of the Braves. Side note: Everyone knows someone who maybe dabbled in the FanDuel offer of a match parlay from Mookie Betts 2+ hits, Corey Seager 1+ hit, Trae Turner 1+ hit and the Dodgers on the money line who paid more -489 (bet $ 100, win $ 489)? No? No matter.

– Speaking of the gambling side of sports, gangs, if you are an online gamer you might already know this, but you can find a plethora of free bets offered at the start of new seasons, like the NBA announcing this week. If you haven’t played but are interested, you can find a bunch of gangbuster deals for new customers. (Side question: Do only older people say “gangbusters?” Ask a friend.)

– You want to know who is going to sleep well the rest of the week? Harvey Lewis, a 45-year-old history professor, that’s who. According to Darren Rovell’s Twitter, Lewis won the Big Dog ultra-marathon this weekend. The race causes all runners to complete a 4.1 mile lap every hour until only the winner is left. Lewis was declared the winner, starting the race on Saturday night and ending just over 85 hours later as he completed his 353rd mile. Buckets.

– OK, Alyssa Milano was arrested for demonstrating in front of the White House for the right to vote or whatever. Great. Or not. Personally, I don’t care what Sam from “Who’s the Boss” or Chachi from “Happy Days” has to say about politics. No matter. What caught my attention about the story was that Milano was working with a group called “People for the American Way” which is almost certainly translated as People for Their Version of the American Way. Again, whatever. Yet what caught my eye is that the chairman of this group is a dude named Ben Jealous. Seriously. It’s a tough name to grow up with, don’t you think?

Questions of the day

How Wednesday starts this way.

Which child TV star has had the best career in Hollywood?

Which college basketball TV presenter is your favorite – current or historical?

Braves fans only, what word would you use to describe your mood before Game 4?

What word would you use to describe Jeremy Pruitt’s threats of legal action?

Sorry, we were away on Tuesday, we covered ourselves. JTC, for your True or False, I say false. At least for now. But the idea of ​​stopping alcohol sales at half-time, especially during night games, is an interesting suggestion.

As for today, October 20, let’s review.

Kamala Harris is 57 years old today. Snoop Dogg is 50 years old today. Dude, Snoop went from being a straight gangster to being commercials with Martha Stewart. What a career arc, right?

Mickey Mantle would have been 90 years old today.

Keith Hernandez is 68 years old today. Rushmore televised cameos from sports stars like themselves, as Hernandez’s stint on “Seinfeld” was his best job since sharing the NL MVP in 1979.

Go ahead, and remember the 5-10 nominations and the mailbag, folks.


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