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National Columnist Predicts A Major Coaching Shakeup At Tennessee

Tennessee football's head coach Jeremy Pruitt on the sideline for Tennessee.

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 27: Head coach Jeremy Pruitt of the Tennessee Volunteers reacts after a play against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

With each loss the Vols suffer, they look less like an SEC team and more like a team that has no idea what it's doing. Their struggles have led one columnist to predict a major coaching shakeup at Tennessee.

Yahoo! Sports' Pete Thamel recently wrote that there is a possibility that Tennessee athletic director and former head coach Phillip Fulmer may take over the reins at some point. Thamel explained that Fulmer may try to redeem his decision to hire Pruitt by coming in and salvaging things.

From his column:

Someone get embattled Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt a Kevlar vest and tell him to watch his back. It only makes sense that Fulmer is going to cover up his own administrative failings to pull off one final machete through the spine and take over an utter disaster of his own creation.

If history is any guide, expect Fulmer to begin lining up to take over as the head coach in Tennessee in the next few weeks...

Thamel isn't the first one to float this scenario, either.

Fulmer coached the Vols from 1992 to 2008, leading them to a national title in 1998 and a pair of SEC titles. He took over as AD in 2017 and made Pruitt his first hire.

But after going 5-7 in 2018, it looks like the Vols are going backwards, not forwards.

Tennessee has gotten off to a 1-3 start, losing two of their three non-conference games against Georgia State and BYU. But their latest loss may have been the most embarrassing, losing 34-3 to rival Florida.

The schedule won't get any easier either. Georgia, Mississippi State and Alabama are all coming up after Tennessee' Week 5 bye.

Their games against South Carolina, UAB and Vanderbilt may be the only winnable games left on their schedule. With a 4-8 finish possibly at best, head coach Jeremy Pruitt would have to do a lot of smooth-talking to keep his job.