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Tennessee set to hire Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt

07 December 2017, 07:08 | Sandy Nunez

Update at Tennessee Phillip Fulmer has his candidates By Scott Roussel

Update at Tennessee Phillip Fulmer has his candidates
     
     
       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.

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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.

The Vols' search became major news after the job was given to (and then rescinded from) Greg Schiano. The school and Schiano agreed to a deal on November 26 but Tennessee backed out after a ridiculous level of fan backlash against the deal.

Phillip Fulmer, Tennessee's former College Football Hall of Fame coach, replaced John Currie on Friday as the Vols' athletic director, and he has spearheaded the coaching search ever since.

Despite all of the problems behind the scenes, the end result is still pretty good for Tennessee.

The 43-year-old is widely recognized as an excellent recruiter and was a Broyles Award finalist in 2016.



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