Vols go with the unknown by hiring Jeremy Pruitt

Posted December 08, 2017

Tennessee has finalized the deal with Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, and the Vols plan to introduce the 43-year-old Pruitt as head coach Thursday evening at a press conference, sources tell ESPN.

GoVols247 reported that Athletics Director Phillip Fulmer met with Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt on Wednesday, and that Pruitt is expected to be named the next head UT football coach.

Pruitt is one of four former Nick Saban assistants serving as head coaches in the SEC. Before that he served as the defensive coordinator at Georgia from 2014-15 and at Florida State in 2013.

The Vols' search became major news after the job was given to (and then rescinded from) Greg Schiano.

A two-time all-state defense back at Plainview High School, Pruitt played college ball at Middle Tennessee State and Alabama in the mid 90s.

With Pruitt gone, one possible replacement would be Tosh Lupoi who is in his third year as Alabama's outside linebackers coach.

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Colquitt County (Ga.) head coach Rush Propst has been a legend for long enough that he has helped plenty of former assistants land head coaching roles in high school football or assistant positions in the collegiate ranks. Saban famously didn't want Lane Kiffin to remain on staff after he agreed to take the FAU job, though his relationship with Saban was always a bit chilly even at the best of times.

According to Volquest.com, Fulmer had second interviews with Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and Pruitt, who was eventually dubbed as the next head football coach.

Currie met last week with Washington State's Mike Leach and was forced out the next day.

Tennessee has won six national titles and 16 SEC crowns.

According to Propst, Pruitt is among the most precise and detail-oriented assistants he ever worked with. He will also continue to coach the Crimson Tide defense in the College Football Playoff.

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