Tennessee football is a disaster right now — and that’s putting it lightly. The once-storied program has suffered back-to-back horrific losses.
First, Georgia State pulled off what’s bound to stand as the biggest upset this year. Then, BYU beat the Volunteers in double-overtime. To make matters worse, both losses came at home.
What’s going on in Knoxville?
Many had faith in current head coach Jeremy Pruitt. But belief is dwindling.
Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is one of many who can’t explain Tennessee’s decline.
“I’m just shocked,” Meyer said. “Tennessee, you see the facilities, you see the investment of the program, I’m not sure what’s going on. You’re talking about one of the 10 top jobs in America.”
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Is Tennessee a top 10 job in America? Recent win-loss history — including the pressure of the position — suggests otherwise.
Since Phillip Fulmer’s last season in 2008, UT has seen little success, leading to several coaching changes. In the last decade alone, five coaches have tried to right the ship, but to no avail.
Now, with Pruitt in his second season, there are high expectations. But losses to Georgia State and BYU were not part of the plan, especially given the upcoming schedule.
After a game with Chattanooga this upcoming Saturday, Tennessee has to play Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State, Alabama and South Carolina all in a row (bye week after Florida game).
If anything is going to change for the Volunteers, it needs to happen fast. But in reality, things can’t get much worse than they already are.