But he made a point one of those times of speaking his mind about the urgent need for the team to have an indoor practice facility to use.
Now that Georgia’s athletic board on Monday took the next step by approving plans for the $30.2 million project, he offered nothing but praise on Wednesday.
“I know as a staff we’re really excited about it, I know our players are really excited about it,” said Pruitt Wednesday at his third availability this preseason. “It’s going to help us in recruiting.
It’s going to help us develop football players. We’re fired up. We’ve got an administration that’s behind us 100 percent and we’re excited about that. When it gets up, we’ll be using it as much as we can.”
Pruitt said he had not seen renderings of the facility yet which may not be ready for use until 2017, but Richt said they are going out to recruits.
“We got the OK to ship some stuff out there,” Richt said. “We don’t have any more than what you guys have seen, but it’s good to know it’s coming and it’s exciting to know it’s coming and it’s going to be beautiful. It’s going to be different than most because of where it is. It’s connected to our building, it’s in the middle of our campus. It’s not a situation where you’ve got a bunch of land out yonder and you got some flat ground and you can throw a big barn on there and be very functional. This will be more functional. It will be beautiful. It will be a very well-built structure. It will be true steel and concrete and all that.”
The team will have to practice elsewhere away from the Butts-Mehre precinct while construction goes on in 2016. Richt said “I think we’ll have a good spot. I think the spot we’re at other than having to travel to get there will give us plenty of grass space and privacy, just the things that we’ll need.”
Georgia hasn’t finalized where the practices will be held.