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In retrospect, Jeremy Pruitt should’ve left Alabama immediately when he was hired at Tennessee

And what does a current player tell a prospect on an official visit about Pruitt? Probably not much because the current players barely know him. Two of Pruitt’s predecessors signed better classes in their first year than he did. Lane Kiffin’s first class ranked eighth. Derek Dooley’s first class ranked ninth. Butch Jones’ first class ranked 25th.

And as for being loyal and admirable, this isn’t war we’re talking about. Pruitt wouldn’t have been leaving his players leaderless in the middle of a battlefield. This is college football. Something tells me Nick Saban could have handled the defensive game plan had Pruitt made a clean break from the Crimson Tide when he was hired by UT.

And, quite frankly, loyalty in college football is laughable. Pruitt, like any coach would, recruited some of the same prospects he was formerly recruiting to Alabama. Is that loyalty? No, it’s good business.

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(You can follow Dave Hooker on Twitter @TheDaveHooker)

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