CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 01: Head coach Jeremy Pruitt of the Tennessee Volunteers watches on against the West Virginia Mountaineers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)It’s never a good sign when a sports team starts drawing comparisons to the ill-fated Titanic. But Tennessee football head coach Jeremy Pruitt did exactly that in what may have been a poorly mixed metaphor.According to Grant Ramey of GoVols247, Pruitt recently addressed the Knoxville QB Club about players leaving Tennessee. He apparently compared the players leaving the program to mice running to the top of the ship as it sank.Pruitt explained that “you find out who really wants to be here” when times are tough.There’s only one problem with his mixed metaphor: Everything and everyone who stayed at the bottom of the ship drowned. Jeremy Pruitt, talking to the Knoxville QB Club, mentioned players leaving the program recently and referenced the scene in Titanic where the mice ran to the top of the ship as it sank. Saying you find out who really wants to be here.— @GrantRamey (@GrantRamey) September 9, 2019But Pruitt wasn’t too far off in comparing his situation to that of the legendary ship.He took over a struggling Tennessee program with lofty expectations and has been paid luxuriously in the process. Like the ship, Pruitt’s status as a top coach was challenged, and he has by-and-large failed at those challenges.In his first year the Vols underperformed with a 5-7 record. But 2019 looks like it might be worse following losses against Georgia State and BYU.ESPN SEC analyst Paul Finebaum already looks like he’s abandoning Pruitt’s ship.For Pruitt’s sake, he’ll need to plug the holes before he and the entire program sink.