Rewinding Jeremy Pruitt’s introductory press conference at Tennessee

Tennessee had an introductory press conference for Jeremy Pruitt Thursday night.

Below is a rundown of what he said:  

— Tennessee chancellor Beverly Davenport told Jeremy Pruitt: We’re really excited that you’re going to be part of the Tennessee family and you’re going to love it.

— Beverly Davenport said Jeremy Pruitt told her that he wants to win championships. And she joked that she responded: We’re going to be expecting you to.

— Phillip Fulmer: Coach Pruitt’s reputation precedes him. Referenced Pruitt’s work ethic, integrity, coaching ability and recruiting ability. 

— Fulmer: As I got to know Jeremy, his personality and energy was infectious.

— Pruitt: I’m honored and humbled to be the new football coach at Tennessee.

— Pruitt: There was a time when this program was feared in the SEC, and my goal is to get us back to that.

— Pruitt: My vision for our team is we want to be a big, fast, dominating, relentless football team that no one in the SEC wants to play.

— Pruitt said he’s already started recruiting for Tennessee and said he met with the current team today.

— Pruitt: These guys are ready to get started, and I’m excited about it.

— Pruitt: My expectation is to win every game we play. I’m a firm believer that players take on the personality of a head coach.

— Pruitt: I wasn’t drafted. I chose to come here.

— Pruitt: Everybody’s excited right now. My goal is that five years from now everyone’s this excited.

— Pruitt: We laid out a plan today … and I think our guys are pretty excited.

— Pruitt confirms that he’ll stay with Alabama through the playoffs.

— Pruitt: I got into this business for the kids. I’m gonna recruit for Tennessee. I’m all in for Tennessee. But I have a commitment to those kids at Alabama and their families to finish the season with them.

— When asked about the lack of head coaching experience, Pruitt said he’s worked for Nick Saban, Jimbo Fisher and Mark Richt and said he thinks he’s been as prepared as anyone could be without having been a head coach before.

— Pruitt: There’s numerous things I’ve learned from Coach Saban, especially from an organizational standpoint.

— Pruitt told a funny story about a time when he was 7 and his dad’s team wasn’t doing well. Said there was a night that his dad kept running the same play on offense over and over again and it wasn’t working and the team lost. Pruitt said he later teased his dad that the team may have won if they ran that play more. His dad,…

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