Jeremy Pruitt and the Tennessee Volunteers could have gotten off to a better start to the 2019 college football season. And that's an understatement.
Tennessee is on the verge of a disastrous upset loss to Georgia State, as the Volunteers are trailing, 35-23, late in the fourth quarter.
Expectations were decently high for Pruitt as he entered his second season with the program. The Vols were coming off a 5-7 season in Year 1, though a bowl game appearance was expected this year.
It's early, of course, but things are not looking good for Pruitt.
Tennessee fans are not happy.
"Building a football program in the SEC is hard but this is bad on a different level. At this point, Jeremy Pruitt does not deserve to coach this team," one fan tweeted.
"Massive red flag for Jeremy Pruitt today. I learned a long time ago not to ignore red flags. This is a big one," another added.
Pruitt, a former assistant under Nick Saban, deserves time to get things going in Knoxville. However, the panic button might be getting hit by some.
Pruitt wasn't happy with his team's performance in the first half and things have only gotten worse since.
“Well, we got a lot of youth on the defensive side of the ball,” Pruitt said on ESPNU. “Offensively, we’ve turned the ball over, put the ball on the ground a couple of times, gave them a short field right there and they stuck it in. One drive, we get a penalty and we don’t execute on third down but you’ve got to give their guys credit, they are doing a nice job.”
Tennessee faces another tough opponent in Week 2. The Vols are set to host BYU at 7 p.m. E.T. next Saturday.