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Tennessee Finalizes Deal With Jeremy Pruitt

08 December, 2017, 01:38 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Legendary Hoover coach Rush Propst on expected Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt: 'I think he's ready.'

Tennessee has ended the most tortured football coaching search imaginable and hired Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, according to reports.

A news conference is planned for Thursday in Knoxville to introduce Pruitt, who replaces Butch Jones. Pruitt, who was not retained when Kirby Smart took over Georgia's football program in 2016, has been Alabama's defensive coordinator the past two seasons.

Pruitt has won two national championships during his 11-year collegiate coaching career with Florida State in 2013 and Alabama in 2016.

Twice Pruitt has been named a finalist for the Broyles Award, which goes annually to the top college football assistant coach.

Fulmer interviewed Pruitt on Monday in Dallas and then again Wednesday in NY. Pruitt is now the fifth-highest paid assistant in the country, making $1.3 million a year. "He will do a great job at Tennessee and we wish him the best".


The selection of Pruitt ends a coaching search that had become embarrassing for Tennessee as it dragged on.

The story began to pick up steam when Tennessee appeared to have hired Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. 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.

No. 4 Alabama plays No. 1 Clemson in the Sugar Bowl on January 1 as part of the College Football Playoff. 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.

FILE - In this August 6, 2016, file photo, Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt works with his players during preseason NCAA college football practice in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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

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