Some may have been surprised to hear the latest name to join the staff that new coach Jeremy Pruitt is assembling at Tennessee. But those close to the Vols likely weren’t.
On Wednesday, ASA College coach Joe Osovet, a former JUCO coach of the year, tweeted that he was joining Pruitt’s staff as an assistant. And apparently, it was the result of a promise that Pruitt had made just a few months earlier.
In a story written by Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated on Thursday, Osovet revealed that he interviewed to become Tennessee wide receivers coach back in December. And although he didn’t get the job, he did enough to impress Pruitt and the Vols.
“They said I did an amazing job,” Osovet said, per Feldman. “Coach Pruitt said, ‘We’re not gonna hire you but I can promise you this, we’re gonna coach together one day. The entire staff had nothing but good things to say about you.’”
Sure enough, Osovet is now joining Tennessee’s staff, although the school has yet to confirm the hire and it is unknown what role he will serve under Pruitt.
According to Feldman, Pruitt and Osovet first met when the two were each working different jobs — Pruitt was the defensive coordinator at Georgia and Osovet was the head coach at Nassau Community College. Pruitt called Osovet in December to offer him the interview for the open wide receivers coach position, but Pruitt couldn’t be there, so offensive coordinator Tyson Helton and offensive line coach Will Friend interviewed Osovet.
Osovet told Feldman that he doesn’t know what role he’ll have, but that he’s excited to get started next week.
“Whatever they need me to do, I’m just excited to be a piece of the puzzle and help us win football games in the SEC,” Osovet said, per Feldman. “We didn’t really touch on the specifics of it. I think I can bring something to the table from an offensive standpoint. Whatever it is, I’m just excited that I have this opportunity.”
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