The Tennessee Vols football program held its annual Spring Game at Neyland Stadium on Saturday afternoon, but head coach Jeremy Pruitt was not too pleased with his players or the fan base following the game and he did not hide his frustration.
More than 65,000 fans were in attendance for Pruitt, but that wasn’t enough for him as he called out the fans who didn’t show up when speaking to the media.
“It’s kind of like our football team, for the fans,” Pruitt said, via SEC Country.
“The ones that were here, I’m proud they were here. They’re fired up. They’re ready to get going. OK? And then there were some people that weren’t who that had legitimate reasons. They couldn’t be here. And there were some people that weren’t here, that … why weren’t they here? It’s kind of like our football team. I think we all need to look in the mirror and see who we want to be.”
It will be interesting to see how fans respond to the callout.
Perhaps more interesting, however, will be seeing how the Vols players respond after Pruitt claims he saw members of the team quitting throughout the afternoon.
“I saw a couple of guys out there [Saturday] just flat out quit,” Pruitt said. “Call it what you want to. I’m going to say they quit. That’s what I saw.”
Jarrett Guarantano and the orange team steamrolled the white team, 34-7.
The Vols’ regular season kicks off on Sept. 1 with a meeting against the Big 12’s West Virginia Mountaineers.