Patience is a virtue in Pruitt's hire

Patience is a virtue in Pruitt's hire

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Patience is a virtue in Pruitt's hire

Hoover High School 2017

Photo by Dan Harralson, Vols Wire

KNOXVILLE — David Faulkner worked at Hoover High School from 2003-07, winning three Alabama state titles.

Faulkner served as Hoover’s defensive backs coach in 2003 and switched to offensive coordinator when Jeremy Pruitt was hired by Rush Propst as Hoover’s defensive backs coach in 2004.

Faulkner remains close with Pruitt, Propst and others that worked at Hoover who now work at Tennessee and he is also taking in Propst’s Georgia state championship game tomorrow night.

As Tennessee’s coaching search reaches its sixteenth day to replace offensive coordinator Tyson Helton, who departed to become Western Kentucky’s head coach, Faulkner says patience is a virtue.

“We all live in a society where patience is not a virtue anymore,” Faulkner told Vols Wire. “Sometimes you just have to wait and that is the best thing to do.”

Tennessee’s search started with former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze being in-line to take over and fill Helton’s vacancy, but he did not join UT’s staff as he eventually became Liberty’s head coach.

“Sometimes the quickest answer is not the best answer,” Faulkner said. “Sometimes you just have to take your time and see the big picture. You only have one chance to make this decision and so he needs to take whatever time he feels is best to make the right one.

“Tennessee hired the right guy when they hired Jeremy Pruitt. Tennessee is not going to be an overnight fix and a couple of recruiting classes and time away. They hired the right guy and everyone has to have patience and let him do his job.”

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