This area man turned a Twitter coach mix-up into hilarious ongoing joke

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This area man turned a Twitter coach mix-up into hilarious ongoing joke

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In this Dec. 7, 2017, file photo, Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt speaks at his introduction ceremony in Knoxville, Tenn. Pruitt doesn’t have to split time between two jobs anymore. After serving as Alabama’s defensive coordinator during the Crimson Tide’s national championship run, Pruitt is back in Knoxville beginning the challenge of returning Tennessee to Southeastern Conference contention. (Caitie McMekin/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP, File)

A man from Dayton has gained notoriety in recent weeks thanks to a college football coach of the same name.

Jeremy Pruitt is a local man who was mistaken on Twitter by football fans as being the new coach of the University of Tennessee Volunteers football team, reports the Knoxville News Sentinel. Another Jeremy Pruitt was named Tennessee’s football coach on Dec. 7.

The mix-up began in November, when rumors emerged that Pruitt the football coach was rumored to be a candidate for the Mississippi State University football job before he took the Tennessee position.

A mistaken Mississippi State fan reportedly sent the Pruitt from Dayton a message on Twitter, prompting him to then tweet about the mix-up.

“No way I’m getting tweeted about accepting the Miss State coaching job lol,” Dayton’s Pruitt wrote.

A columnist at the Tuscaloosa News then re-tweeted the tweet to his thousands of followers, causing Dayton’s Pruitt to receive dozens of tweets from Mississippi State fans, most of whom realized the mix-up.

Since then, Pruitt has gained thousands of followers on Twitter and he has jokingly changed his profile and cover photos to include Mississippi State logos and images. Pruitt has told news outlets that he is originally from Columbus and is actually an avid fan of Ohio State University.

Along with his explosion of online followers, Dayton’s Pruitt has also received mentions on TV from ESPN and on the sports website SB Nation.

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