With today's press conference at Tennessee, all six vacancies in the SEC have finally been filled. Here are few quick thoughts about the new guys:
**--Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee: After a series of embarrassing missteps by Tennessee, Phillip Fulmer stepped in and made the difficult choice of saying no to a pair of graduates (Tee Martin, Kevin Steele) and saying yes to the Alabama defensive coordinator.
Pruitt has two tours of duty at Alabama under Nick Saban and one at Georgia under Mark Richt. He knows that a championship program is supposed to look like. When you’re the head coach at Tennessee you can’t just be a good recruiter. You have to be a PASSIONATE AND RELENTLESS recruiter. Pruitt is exactly that. He also has an edge to him, which is something that Tennessee needs. Phillip Fulmer’s decision speaks volumes about where he thinks the program should go.
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**--Chad Morris, Arkansas: Before taking the SMU head coaching job in 2015, Morris helped to build the offense that would eventually take Clemson to a pair of national championship games. He took SMU from 2-10 to 7-5. Has a great relationship with the Texas high school coaches because he used to be one. Fans will love his up-tempo offense. When Arkansas has been good it has recruited Texas well. A Texas A&M grad, he would have gotten into the mix in College Station if Jimbo Fisher had said no.
**--Dan Mullen, Florida: Sometimes the obvious choice is still the best choice. Mulllen, who was with Urban Meyer (2005-2008) at Florida before he became the head coach at Mississippi State in 2009, will find a quarterback and wring every ounce of production out of that player’s ability. He also took care of the defense by bringing Todd Grantham with him as DC. Now he has to recruit at an elite level. The problem at Florida, particularly on offense, wasn’t the X’s and the O’s. It was an overall lack of talent.
**--Matt Luke, Ole Miss: Athletics director Ross Bjork made the best decision he could with the cards the school was dealt by the NCAA. The next couple of years are going to be rough in Oxford and Luke was willing and able to steer the program though that. He did a helluva coaching job to get to 6-6 this season. The question now is how many players are going to leave?
**--Joe Moorhead, Miss. State: He worked wonders with the offense at Penn State. He inherited a 1-10 team at Fordham and went 12-2, 11-3, and 9-3 in his final three years there. I watched his entire introductory press conference and got fired up. AD John Cohen really did his homework with this hire. And by the way, he’s got a loaded roster coming back in 2017.
**--Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M: Well, the rugged SEC West just got a little more rugged. Fisher is one of the best developers of quarterbacks in all of college football. It’s going to be interesting to see what he can do with Kellen Mond and Nick Starkel. Longtime Aggie quarterback commitment Cade Fortin from Suwanee, Ga., re-opened his recruiting after Fisher was named head coach. Will Fisher be able to sign an elite quarterback in this class?