Jeremy Pruitt Addresses Phone Call With Tennessee Police

first_imgJeremy Pruitt standing on the sideline.CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 01: Head coach Jeremy Pruitt of the Tennessee Volunteers watches on against the West Virginia Mountaineers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Jeremy Pruitt’s on-field results at Tennessee have been sub-par this fall. This week, the Vols head coach found himself in a weird off-field situation as well.Last month, Tennessee linebacker Jeremy Banks was arrested after 3 a.m. on an outstanding warrant over unpaid tickets.During the arrest, the officers allowed him to call Pruitt twice. The coach answered at around 3:45 a.m., and had some interesting things to say about the nature of the arrest:“This is the silliest s— I’ve ever seen in my life,” Pruitt said during the phone conversation. “I’ve got it. I understand. I’ve worked at four places, and I ain’t ever had no crap like this except for here. Because the people usually say, ‘Hey, something’s not right here.’”“Go ahead. Do your civic duty, man,” Pruitt said later in the conversation.Based on just that quote, it sounded as if Pruitt was surprised that his player was being arrested at all. He went on to explain that he was thrown off by answering a call that early in the morning, and was under the impression that Banks’ ticket had been paid. From the Knoxville News Sentinel:“When you get a phone call at 3:30 in the morning, you’re always going to take it,” Pruitt said. “To be honest, when I got the phone call, I had no idea who I was talking to, probably for the first two minutes. By the time I got it figured out, there was obviously some confusion, because it was late, but I appreciate the officer talking to me and doing his job.”[…]“The point was, the warrant was issued, and it had been issued for (a few weeks), and I wasn’t aware of it, and that’s something that we’ve got to do a better job to focus on our players so you don’t have a speeding ticket or anything that turns into something like this.“We’ve got to do a better job as a staff to know what’s going on, and that’s something we’ve got to have a relationship to get it figured out.”Jeremy Pruitt also reiterated that Banks was in the wrong, especially with threatening comments made to the officers during the arrest.Banks was not suspended after the arrest. The converted running back has played well in his new role on defense, intercepting two passes against Chattanooga in UT’s lone win of the season.[Knoxville News Sentinel]last_img read more

Football Ohio State enters Michigan matchup as underdog

The Ohio State Buckeyes walk onto the field before the game against Indiana on Oct.6. Ohio State won 49-26. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State had an idea of where it wanted to be by the time the Michigan game arrived. With redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins at the helm, a quarterback who has beaten Michigan before, and two former 1,000-yard running backs at his disposal, with an All-American at defensive end and a defense that seemed to have depth up front and high expectations everywhere else, the Buckeyes expected to use the Michigan game as a launching point. It would lead to a conference championship, a College Football Playoff bid and, if lucky, a national championship. But instead, Michigan, with a former top-rated pro-style quarterback recruit leading the offense, a 1,000-yard rusher and the best defense in college football, is in the spot Ohio State thought it would be in at this point. The Wolverines lead the Big Ten East and are the No. 4 team in the country with an ability to control its own destiny heading into the playoff. But this is not what Meyer is focused on. He said all he is focused on is getting players healthy and confident enough to play their best in one of the most important games of the year. Meyer has been here before. And he knows what it takes to succeed against the Wolverines. “It’s our seventh one. And like you said, it’s never been, in my opinion, the talent differential,” Meyer said. “It’s always been extremely close. And also when you play Penn State, I think Michigan State’s very close. And you’ve seen it, for me to say how we play, you’ve seen it over the years. We have to do what we need to do at the time to win the game.” That might be different than anything Meyer and the rest of the Ohio State coaching staff has done this season. He said play-calling has been “a little more conservative when it is a team you’re better than.” For the first time in 51 games, Ohio State will not be viewed as the better team when it takes the field on Saturday. Michigan is favored by four points, the first time the Wolverines were favored to win this game since 2011. Heading into what many consider the best rivalry in all of college sports, Meyer is saying the same things he says about every opponent Ohio State faces: He has “absolutely incredible respect” for the Michigan football program. The way Ohio State shows that respect to the Wolverines does not change either. “How do you respect — you work so freakin’ hard at it to do your very best,” Meyer said. “How do you show respect for them and the game? You work, which we are. We’re working so damn hard for this.” And Ohio State will have to work hard against Michigan, especially after its 52-51 overtime win against Maryland, a game in which the Buckeyes defense allowed 535 yards of offense to the Terrapins, the most yards it has allowed this season. After the game, defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said the Buckeyes view the Maryland win as its own “entity,” that it does not define the defensive performance Ohio State will have against Michigan. Schiano said there has been some consistency defensively throughout the season and that his unit will be ready for junior quarterback Shea Patterson and senior running back Karan Higdon on Saturday. “Look, we’re as ready as we’re gonna be,” Schiano said. “We’re gonna put together a good plan, we’re gonna have a good week of practice, and there’ll be two very focused teams show up on Saturday.” Even with ranked wins against Penn State, TCU and Michigan State this season, Ohio State’s toughest test this season will be Michigan. And with the added pressure of it being “The Game,” which every player and coach in each locker room waits for each season, this one carries more weight. Ohio State did not think it would be in this position heading into the Michigan game. However, even without being favored to win, without being in the position to control its own destiny in terms of the College Football Playoff, this game defines its season. This game is what brought players in from all over the country to join Ohio State and Michigan. This game is what convinced coaches to join the Buckeyes and the Wolverines. This game is everything for both programs, no matter the context. “It’s cold up here, you know,” sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins said. “That’s what I left Texas for.” read more