KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Now that UT has officially named Jeremy Pruitt as the head football coach, former Vols say the last few weeks have been hard to watch. Some say the hire means the team can go from being a joke to being relevant in college football.
"I think it's a really good hire. He's been part of the SEC fabric for hte past seven years, been in Georgia, he spent some time at Florida State, so I think he's a really good hire," said former Vol Chris Treece.
"The powers that be did their deal. I mean, Coach Fulmer is there, if Coach Fulmer believes Pruitt can do it, Pruitt can do it," added former Vol Sterling Henton.
So what should Coach Pruitt do first? VFLs say his work needs to start soon getting the program ready for kick-off next August.
"He's got to mend those fences now with the new early signing period, December 20 coming up. We've got to try and get some guys signed then. But the biggest thing is just not to panic.That December 20 date isn't the end all, be all. It's just a starting point," said Treece.
"Get to know the players who are on the team right now. The players are the most important part of this whole equation. Those people are the ones who present the product of the power T on the football field. Get to know those players, get to know their strengths and weaknesses, and make them the best they can be," said Henton.
Making a top-notch team means hiring strong coordinators to support and work with the team.
"I think obviously you want someone who is familiar with the landscape offensively. So that hire as an offensive coordinator is going to be extremely important just because we've had struggles this past couple of years," said Treece.
"Offense wins games, defense wins championships. So there are a lot of offensive minds out there that can definitely put their, dial it up real well, and with his background in defense I'm confident the Power T is about to be doing its thing," said Henton.
Treece has one last piece of advice for Orange and White Nation, "Be patient. Be patient. We've all been through a lot."
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