Tennessee football is attempting to bounce back from a rough 4-8 season that featured a coaching change, and first-year coach Jeremy Pruitt is pulling out all the stops to ensure that the Volunteers do so.
That includes cutting music from their practices. Yes, seriously.
“I don’t think they play music during football games,” Pruitt told Blake Toppmeyer of the Knoxville News Sentinel on Tuesday. “I’ve never heard it.”
Now, he’s only half right.
Sure, music isn’t played during any live plays. It’s not like the NBA, where music is being played constantly. Speakers and bands go dormant whenever the ball is snapped.
But stadiums all across the country are constantly blasting music before, during and after games. When teams are warming up, there’s music. Before a big third down, there’s music. After a score, there’s music.
Many teams even use it as motivation during the week, blasting their upcoming opponent’s fight song in the locker room or during practice. Former Tennessee coach Butch Jones played “Sweet Home Alabama” before their game against the Crimson Tide and the “Go Gators!” fight song before they took on Florida last year.
Music is a part of college football.
It just won’t be apart of Pruitt’s practices.
“I like to coach, and I like for the people to be able to hear me when I do coach,” Pruitt said. “We only have 20 hours in a week where we can coach them, so I darn sure don’t want music out there where they can’t hear what I’m saying.”
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