Pruett retired (again) on Wednesday. Terming it "maybe the toughest year of my life," the former Marshall head coach walked away for the second time, this time from Virginia, in less than four years. He had recently had the title assistant head coach added to his duties as defensive coordinator for the Cavaliers.
That kind of move doesn't necessarily suggest Pruett was contemplating retirement. It suggests Pruett had just gotten a raise.
It could be more than coincidence that the retirement just days after a lawsuit involving Marshall and Pruett, 65, was settled. As I wrote at the time, there was the possibility that the NCAA could come back in on Marshall and investigate charges against Pruett by former players and at least one former Marshall coach.
“I had two former (Marshall) players killed, my best friend back in West Virginia is struggling with cancer and my brother passed away this year," Pruett said. "My wife had two major surgeries and I’ve had a shoulder surgery. When we came here, we planned on doing this for some time. When you get to my stage in life, where there are many more years behind you than there are in front of you, you have to reassess your priorities from time to time. As much as I love our players and coaches and I love football, I think it is time to look at other things.”