Jeremy Pruitt first went viral as a public figure as a 20-something defensive coordinator at Hoover (Ala.) High School, when MTV's cameras caught him unaware of the concept of asparagus. Further reporting revealed that to be untrue, but now we've found something Pruitt truly knows nothing about: the Titanic.
Pruitt's Volunteers are off to an 0-2 start after getting pushed around by Georgia State and coming from ahead to lose to BYU, and in the week between those losses two players left the team.
Speaking on that and the current state of Tennessee football to the Knoxville Football Club on Monday, Pruitt said this, via the Knoxville News-Sentinel:
"I think 'Titanic' came out maybe when I was in college. When the boat starts going down, remember all the mice running to the top, right? We have had a few that left our program, but you will figure out who wants to be a Tennessee Vol and who don't.
"I can tell you this: I want to. I know the standards and expectations that we have and the men on our staff and the character that we have. You will see the best of the players at Tennessee throughout the year."
Obviously, we all know the moral Pruitt is trying to drive home.
But at the same time, the mechanics of that illustration are completely off. Everyone who remained on the Titanic died with the ship, only the people who jumped survived.
Which means, if we're to take Pruitt at his word, every man, woman and child associated with Tennessee football needs to get as far away as fast as they possibly can before the program kills them.
Obviously that's not what Pruitt means, so let's refer back to another viral Pruitt moment.