SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports activities’ Dan Wolken breaks down the burning questions heading into the 2018 SEC soccer season.
ATLANTA — Jeremy Pruitt does not assume he’d be the place he’s as of late — the top trainer of an SEC program — if he did not understand how to regard other folks.
In that manner, he thinks Aaron Murray is mistaken.
Murray, the previous Georgia quarterback who’s now an analyst for CBS Sports activities Community, criticized Pruitt and wondered whether or not he was once have compatibility to be a head trainer all through an interview Tuesday on Nashville radio station 102.Five-FM.
Murray mentioned Pruitt handled a former boss, Georgia trainer Mark Richt, poorly, is not CEO subject matter and wondered whether or not Pruitt has the demeanor to engage with college brass and program donors.
“I have a look at it like this: Fifteen years in the past, I used to be a kindergarten trainer, and as of late I’m the top trainer at Tennessee,” Pruitt mentioned when requested whether or not Murray’s grievance was once truthful. “So you most likely don’t make that ascension except you know the way to regard other folks.”
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Pruitt and Murray have the Richt connection, although their time at Georgia did not overlap.
Murray, the SEC’s all-time occupation passing chief, performed for Georgia from 2009-13. He had a Four-Zero document in opposition to the Vols.
Pruitt was once the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator in 2014-15.
Pruitt mentioned he does not know Murray however has “a large number of admire for what sort of participant he was once.”
Pruitt’s features as a defensive coordinator are unquestioned. He stewarded Florida State to the No. 1 scoring protection within the country in 2013, and the Seminoles received the nationwide identify. He spent the previous two seasons at Alabama, and the Pink Tide led the country in scoring protection every 12 months. His defenses ranked within the best 20 nationally in scoring protection in his two seasons at Georgia.
Alongside the way in which, Pruitt believes he is proven what form of trainer he’s.
“I wish to assume that I’m a avid gamers’ trainer,” Pruitt mentioned. “The rationale I’m on this sport is as a result of I need to have a good affect on younger other folks. Our guys, I feel, know that. I feel in every single place I’ve ever been, it’s all about your avid gamers. Your avid gamers are your perfect recruiters, and if you happen to lend a hand them get what they would like, that’s roughly why you’re within the trade.”