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Tennessee coaching rumors: Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt to accept head coach job

Tennessee coaching rumors: Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt to accept head coach job

I would temper expectations on the field as some people expect a Kirby Smart turnaround because of the similarities (defensive coordinator coming from Alabama staying in SEC with no head coaching experience) because he doesn't have the same roster to work with, but recruiting should go well.

Tennessee offered its head coaching job to Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, Chris Low of ESPN.com reports, adding the Volunteers are attempting to finalize the deal as of Wednesday night.

Pruitt is one of four former Nick Saban assistants serving as head coaches in the SEC. "I'm certain he appreciates the unique opportunity to lead a program of Tennessee's caliber". He spent the next several years working at both the high school and Div. II college levels, including as the defensive coordinator at national power Hoover. He will honor our university's values, operate with integrity and be a role model for our student-athletes. "I think Jeremy has been around enough head coaches and has worked side-to-side with them so much and has been involved in so many decisions that I would think he'd hit the ground running and wouldn't have a hiccup".

Pruitt, though, was never a head coach at even the high school level.

Pruitt has been Alabama's defensive coordinator since 2016.

He's served as the Crimson Tide's defensive coordinator the past two seasons, doing so after being the DC at Florida State in 2013 and at Georgia from 2014-15. That would be his only season at Florida State as he was hired by Richt the following offseason. He then joined Alabama's staff as a defensive analyst for a season before taking over the outside linebackers. In 2015, Georgia's defense jumped to third in the conference at 305.9 total yards per game.

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Sources say the only question that remains is whether he will coach in Alabama's semifinal game against Clemson.

The nearly comically long and twisting road to finding a new Tennessee football coach may finally end tomorrow.

Tennessee was close to hiring Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano on November 26 before that deal fell through amid a public backlash.

The hire completes a bumpy rollercoaster search for Tennessee that saw former athletics director John Currie ousted and replaced by Fulmer last Friday.

He will take over for Butch Jones, who the Vols fired on November 12 following a 50-17 loss to Missouri. Jones posted a 2-3 record against Georgia during his tenure.


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