In an unexpected turn of events, the biggest “beef” of the 2018 version of SEC Media Days has been Jeremy Pruitt vs. former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray.
Murray gave his opinion of Pruitt yesterday, saying the he didn’t believe Pruitt had the personality to be a head coach.
“I don’t know if his personality is fit to be a head coach. I don’t. As a head coach, there’s so many things that go into it. It’s not just going out there and coaching. You have to deal with front office. You’ve got to go talk with the president of the university. You have to deal with boosters. You have to deal with the offense, the defense. It’s not just going in there and dealing with the kids and scheming up. There’s a lot that goes into it.”
Murray continued, citing a problem between Pruitt and former Georgia coach Mark Richt.
“When he was at Georgia, the way he acted, the way he treated Coach Richt I thought was poor. He wasn’t as respectful as I thought a defensive coordinator should be to a head coach. That’s my thing, with authority.”
Pruitt gave his response today.
“I’ll say this. I don’t really know Aaron. I’ve got a lot of respect for the player he was. But I look at it like this. 15 years ago I was a kindergarten teacher. Today I’m the head coach at Tennessee. You probably don’t make that ascension if you don’t know how to treat people.”
After Pruitt’s time at the podium was done, former Georgia linebacker and current ESPN analyst David Pollack backed up Murray’s comments.
David Pollack on Pruitt's time @ Georgia: "The stories that I have heard... out of Athens, that are true, that are from (UGA) coaches; some of the things Pruitt did to Mark Richt, some coaches would say are the most disrespectful they have heard, the most crazy they have heard"— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) July 18, 2018
Pollack mentioned on set that Paul Finebaum and Greg McElroy has heard the stories too, but offered no details on the situation.
It was.... weird.
This is all strange, considering the outpouring of love that we’ve heard from all of Pruitt’s former players. It’s worth nothing that neither Pollack or Murray played for Pruitt, so take that for what it’s worth.
But clearly, they’ve got a deeply ingrained issue with Jeremy Pruitt. Maybe we’ll get more details one day.