Many football coaches are known for being solely focused on the sport. Jeremy Pruitt definitely fits that bill.
Pruitt, who will reportedly be named head coach at Tennessee later today, is an Alabama alumnus, and has multiple stints on Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide staffs. He is currently the Alabama defensive coordinator, and will likely stay on through the Tide’s College Football Playoff run.
Before he made the jump to college in 2007, when he became the director of player development at Alabama, Pruitt entered the public spotlight as defensive coordinator at Hoover High School, the subject of MTV’s documentary series Two-A-Days.
During one notable scene, Pruitt is out to dinner, and reveals that he had never heard of asparagus before. He was roughly 33 at the time. The video makes the round whenever Pruitt is in the news, and as he is on the verge of his first head coaching job, it is going viral once again.
Going over three decades without ever even hearing of asparagus is bizarre, but as long as Pruitt can find a way to compete in the SEC and maybe beat Alabama at some point this century, Vols fans probably won’t mind.