Wiedmer: Jeremy Pruitt is Big Orange Caravan's biggest star [photos]

University of Tennessee head football coach Jeremy Pruitt shakes hands with Scott Rice during the Big Orange Caravan Thursday, May 10, 2018 at the Tennessee Pavilion in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Big Orange Caravan made its annual Chattanooga stop, and athletic director Phillip Fulmer, head football coach Jeremy Pruitt, basketball coach Rick Barnes, women's basketball coach Holly Warlick and others were in attendance to speak and sign autographs.

It was tough to say which member of the University of Tennessee's Big Orange Caravan got the loudest ovation Thursday night at the First Tennessee Pavilion.

New UT athletic director and former Volunteers football coach Phillip Fulmer certainly drew a robust response. So, too, men's basketball coach Rick Barnes, who guided his program to a share of the Southeastern Conference regular-season championship, sharing the title with Auburn and former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl.

But if those men held their own with new football coach Jeremy Pruitt in the ovation department, they trailed him badly in the autograph line. Like by a country mile, which seemed appropriate since Pruitt grew up in Rainsville, Ala.,