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Jeremy Pruitt Facemask-Grabbing Fiasco Has Been Blown Out of Proportion

TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - OCTOBER 19:  Head coach Jeremy Pruitt of the Tennessee Volunteers reacts against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 19, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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There were plenty of storylines exiting Saturday night's game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Tennessee Volunteers, from Alabama winning a surprisingly close affair and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffering an ankle sprain.

Yet, nothing took center stage more that Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt grabbing the facemask of quarterback Jarrett Guarantano.

The signal caller ran a sneak run at the goal line, but fumbled the ball, resulting in Alabama's Trevon Diggs for a 100-yard touchdown. Considering it was a poorly designed play, Pruitt was furious at Guarantano, and used his index finger to pull onto his facemask.

The action has been blown out of proportion. Not saying that it's right to do, but this is something that's done at all levels of football. From high school to college to the pros, it happens.

Just look at the following example from Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher, which was arguably way worse that what Pruitt did.

Following the game, Pruitt did say that the quarterback sneak was due to miscommunication from the coaching staff, and he took full responsibility for it.

Many of Pruitt's critics pointed out how the coach could lose out on college commits due to the facemask pull. However, that doesn't appear to be the case. The father of 3-star wide receiver commit Jalin Hyatt sent out a tweet on Sunday morning, saying that he supports Pruitt.

Was it a tense situation? Yes. Should it be blown this out of proportion? No.