Monday, 11 December, 2017

Tennessee Reportedly Set To Hire Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt, Ending Crazy Search

Jeremy Pruitt Alabama TODAY Sports
Elias Hubbard | 08 December, 2017, 01:35

Pruitt, who was former Georgia head coach Mark Richt's defensive coordinator from 2014-15, officially accepted the head coaching job at Tennessee Thursday morning.

Pruitt left Alabama after the 2012 season to be Florida State's defensive coordinator in 2013 and helped the Seminoles win a national championship.

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

Fulmer interviewed Pruitt on Monday in Dallas and then again Wednesday in NY. With Alabama a year ago, Pruitt's defense played a big part in reaching the College Football Playoff national championship game, which resulted in a loss to Clemson. "Now I'm not sure that he can go in and steal Alabama commits this year, especially given the short window of time, but the future is bright from a recruiting standpoint".

Pruitt's hiring at Tennessee ends a lengthy, and rather embarrassing, coaching search. "I see him getting talent to Tennessee".

At long last, the mother of all coaching searches is over.

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

Currie met last week with Washington State's Mike Leach and was forced out the next day. Prior to his DC stays with those southeastern programs, Pruitt coached at Alabama - his alma mater - for six seasons, the final three as defensive backs coach.

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

There is one coach that thinks Pruitt is the right man for the job: his former boss, Nick Saban. In fact, according to a list of salaries released by USA Today earlier this year, he would actually rank No. 73 among college head coaches.

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