Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt finds unique way to wear gaiter on sideline vs. Missouri

Will Backus
Knoxville News Sentinel

Jeremy Pruitt has found a unique way to wear a neck gaiter. 

An eagle-eyed Twitter user by the name of Matt McCoy posted a picture of the third-year Tennessee coach on the sideline during the Vols' 35-12 win over Missouri on Saturday. Pruitt has his checkerboard gaiter around the back of his head, in a hood-like fashion.

During his postgame press conference, Pruitt did have a reason for sporting the gaiter in that manner, claiming that it's something he does during Tennessee's practices as well. 

“It is absolutely the easiest thing," Pruitt said. "At practice, just trying to be able to blow a whistle. You can see our officials. That is why they are using the electronic one, but it is hard when you have it up and have to pull it down.

"It is much easier the way I wore it today to tip the front of it down and it comes back up.”

No matter how he wears his facial covering of choice, Pruitt has No. 20 Tennessee off to one of the best starts in his career. It's the first time the Vols have started both the season and conference play 2-0 in his tenure. 

He got his first season-opening victory last week against South Carolina, and the win over Missouri marked the first time that Pruitt has led Tennessee to a win in the conference home opener. 

Tennessee travels to Athens, Georgia next week to take on the No. 4 Bulldogs.