Tennessee To Hire Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt As Head Coach

Posted December 08, 2017

Jeremy Pruitt is the new head coach at Tennessee, and he will try to turn around a Volunteers program that is searching for the stability and prominence that hasn't been seen since the glory days under Phillip Fulmer.

Tennessee is expected to formally introduce Pruitt, who will earn roughly $4 million annually, as their head football coach later today. Pruitt worked previously under Alabama head coach Nick Saban as a defensive backs coach, before moving on to Tallahassee as the defensive coordinator for the Florida State Seminoles.

Pruitt spent two seasons as Georgia's defensive coordinator from 2014 to 2015 before returning to Tuscaloosa for the 2016 season.

The 43-year-old is widely recognized as an excellent recruiter and was a Broyles Award finalist in 2016. This year, Alabama leads the nation in scoring defense and yards per play. Pruitt doesn't fall in that category, but it's hard to imagine Vols fans being too upset at a hire with his background of winning whose departure could hypothetically weaken Alabama at the same time.

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Per ESPN's Mark Schlabach, Georgia outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer could be a replacement for Pruitt, if and when he becomes Tennessee's coach. "He will do a great job at Tennessee and we wish him the best". North Carolina State's Dave Doeren agreed to a contract with the Wolfpack on Thursday after speaking with Tennessee officials. He will also continue to coach the Crimson Tide defense in the College Football Playoff.

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

FILE - In this August 6, 2016, file photo, Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt works with his players during preseason NCAA college football practice in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

At long last, the mother of all coaching searches is over.