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07 December 2017, 07:08 | Sandy Nunez
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By Scott Roussel
According to multiple reports, the Volunteers are expected to hire Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as its new head coach. As we saw previous year when Lane Kiffin took the Florida Atlantic job, Alabama wouldn't prevent a coordinator from getting a head coaching job elsewhere, so long as they continue in their current position through the end of the season.
It was being reported that Tennessee coaches on the road recruiting had been called back to Knoxville with word that Pruitt's hiring would be officially announced Thursday. That list included defensive coordinators Jeremy Pruitt (Alabama), Mel Tucker (Georgia) and Kevin Steele (Auburn).
Pruitt's first coordinator job came at Florida State in 2013.
Pruitt replaced Georgia coach Kirby Smart as Alabama's defensive coordinator in 2016. The Crimson Tide ranks first in scoring defense this year, allowing 11.5 points per game, and led the nation last year while allowing 13 points per game.
Pruitt would put the kibosh on Tennessee's embarrassing coaching search in wake of Butch Jones' firing.
Alabama has boasted one of the top defenses in the country under Pruitt.
Keep in mind Pruitt had to replace Marlon Humphrey, Reuben Foster, Ryan Anderson, Jonathan Allen, Tim Williams and Eddie Jackson, all of whom were selected in the 2017 National Football League draft.
Pruitt would also be the second former Saban assistant to take the head coaching position at Tennessee. He has yet to be a head coach at the college level, so there's obviously the question as to whether he can succeed in the role. Less than a week after having the full-time job, Fulmer appears to have his coach.
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