Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Alabama's Jeremy Pruitt set to take Tennessee gig

BREAKING: Tennessee hires Jeremy Pruitt as next head coach Reports: Tennessee Finalizes Deal With Jeremy Pruitt
Hilda Schwartz | 08 December, 2017, 01:36

Pruitt's hiring comes six days after former Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer was named athletic director and put in charge of the coaching search. Pruitt, who was not retained when Kirby Smart took over Georgia's football program in 2016, has been Alabama's defensive coordinator the past two seasons. Following a successful run with the Tide that included two national championships, Florida State hired Pruitt away in 2013 and they claimed the national title.

The 43-year-old Pruitt has never been a head coach at any level, but he brings with him both a reputation as an ace recruiter and a championship pedigree. This could end up being a great hire by Fulmer. Numerous names emerged throughout the process, including Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, who reportedly accepted the job.

It will be interesting to see if Copeland becomes the first of what is likely to be many elite prospects that come to Rocky Top to play for Coach Pruitt. North Carolina State's Dave Doeren agreed to a contract with the Wolfpack on Thursday after speaking with Tennessee officials.

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According to Low, Pruitt is expected to remain on Alabama's staff through the College Football Playoff. However, the search for a new coach had been so unsuccessful that it was even jokingly rumored North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un even turned down the job. Currie also flirted with Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm and N.C. State's Dave Doeren and Washington State's Mike Leach before being replaced by Fulmer.

FILE - In this March 25, 2016, file photo, Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt works with his players during spring NCAA college football practice at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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