Vols go with the unknown by hiring Jeremy Pruitt

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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.

Prior to that he spent two seasons at Georgia following a one year stint as defensive coordinator at Florida State where he helped the Seminoles win the 2013 national championship. A year later as the defensive coordinator it was Pruitt who successfully figured out how to stop then-Nease (Fla.) quarterback Tim Tebow. Alabama led the nation in scoring defense and ranked second in total defense past year. Pruitt is now the fifth-highest paid assistant in the country, making $1.3 million a year. "I see him getting talent to Tennessee".

December 7 marked the end of a college football coaching search that even the most creative minds could not cook up. Once word leaked that Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano had been tabbed for the job, an outcry from alumni, fans, former players and politicians ultimately squashed the deal. North Carolina State's Dave Doeren agreed to a contract with the Wolfpack on Thursday after speaking with Tennessee officials. This marks Tennessee's fourth coaching search since Fulmer was forced out in 2008. 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.




Tennessee opened this season in the AP Top 25 but ended up winless in SEC competition for the first time since the league formed in 1933. He will also continue to coach the Crimson Tide defense in 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.

Pruitt has been Alabama's defensive coordinator since 2016.

Possible Tennessee recruits have already begun coming out in support of joining Pruitt's team.

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