Tennessee To Hire Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt As Head Coach

Posted December 08, 2017

Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will be named the 24th head coach for the Tennessee Vol football program.

In 2007, Pruitt joined Nick Saban's inaugural staff at Alabama under the title director of player personnel.

Pruitt spent two seasons as Georgia's defensive coordinator from 2014 to 2015 before returning to Tuscaloosa for the 2016 season.

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He was a Broyles Award Finalist as the nation's top assistant twice and started his player career in the Volunteer State at MTSU.

It's uncertain whether or not Pruitt will continue out his role at Alabama for the remainder of the season or move on to Tennessee immediately. Under Pruitt, Alabama ranked No. 1 nationally in scoring defense, No. 1 in yards per play and No. 2 in total defense in 2017. Pruitt doesn't fall in that category, but it's hard to imagine Vols fans being too upset at a hire with his background of winning whose departure could hypothetically weaken Alabama at the same time.

One of the wildest coaching searches in college football history may be finally coming to an end. "I see him getting talent to Tennessee".

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The story began to pick up steam when Tennessee appeared to have hired Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. North Carolina State's Dave Doeren agreed to a contract with the Wolfpack on Thursday after speaking with Tennessee officials. Then Tennessee went after Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm, but it's unclear if there was any truth to that, so the next coach in line was N.C. State's Dave Doeren who also turned down the job. However, the search for a new coach had been so unsuccessful that it was even jokingly rumored North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un even turned down the job. It closed the year with a 42-24 loss to Vanderbilt, the fourth time in the last six years the Vols lost to the in-state rival they've historically dominated. The Crimson Tide are back in the College Football Playoff this year too.

No college team Pruitt has coached for has had a losing record.

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