Jeremy Pruitt is a first-time head coach. And though he has a ton of experience, including championship experience, as a big-time assistant, the more help he can have around him at Tennessee the better.
And that’s why it’s huge news for the Vols that reportedly, Chris Weinke, will be joining Pruitt’s staff.
This is according to Dan Harralson of Saturday Down South:
Weinke is a former Heisman Trophy winner who played quarterback for the Florida State Seminoles from 1997-2000, the last year of which he won college football’s most prestigious award.
From Tennessee’s perspective, not only does Weinke bring major credibility as a coach, and especially on the recruiting trail, but keep in mind, he knows a thing or two about winning at a high level. Weinke led the ‘Noles to three-straight national championship games.
Weinke was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft and went on to have a five-year career in the pros, but he certainly never lived up to the expectations.
When he hung up his cleats Weinke got into coaching. He was the quarterback’s coach for the Rams in 2015 and 2016 and then moved down to the college ranks to serve as an offensive analyst for Alabama this past season. He was also the head coach at the IMG Academy in Florida for a few years as well.