Tennessee Reportedly Set To Hire Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt, Ending Crazy Search


University of Tennessee, Knoxville Chancellor Beverly Davenport and Athletic Director Phillip Fulmer will hold a press conference Thursday evening at 6:05 p.m. ET to introduce Pruitt.

Pruitt's teams put up impressive defensive numbers, often ranking in the top 10 in the country in points and yards per game.

Sherrer and Pruitt both joined Georgia's staff prior to the 2014 season. And a school that managed to play football for 120 years before suffering its first eight-loss season deserved better from its administrators. Former defensive coordinator Kirby Smart remained with the Crimson Tide for its entire championship season in 2015 despite taking the head coaching job at Georgia. This will be Pruitt's first head coaching job as he looks to replace Butch Jones who was sacked on November 12 after going 34-27 over five seasons.

At long last, Tennessee has its next head football coach.

Tennessee has hired Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as its new head coach, the school confirmed on Thursday.

In the 2013 and 2016 seasons, Pruitt was one of five finalists for the Broyles Award given annually to the nation's top assistant coach.

From 2000 to 2006, Pruitt was a highly respected defensive coordinator throughout the state of Alabama at Plainview, Fort Payne and Hoover High School. "Probst thought Prattville was the better team, but "(Pruitt) schemes up the flawless plays and we block two punts that led to touchdowns.

Pruitt also was defensive coordinator for Florida State's 2013 national championship team, which led the nation in scoring defense.

He has also had success on the recruiting trail, bringing in 11 five-star recruits (six as the primary recruiter) and 28 four-star recruits (15 as primary).

One of the primary attributes that attracted Tennessee to Jeremy Pruitt was his ability to recruit.

The story began to pick up steam when Tennessee appeared to have hired Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano.

Pruitt was also a recent finalist for the Mississippi State head coaching position, but the Bulldogs hired Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead on November 28.

The hire completes a bumpy rollercoaster search for Tennessee that saw former athletics director John Currie ousted and replaced by Fulmer last Friday.