Long Tennessee coach search will end with Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt

Long Tennessee coach search will end with Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt

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.

Jeremy Pruitt hasn't even gone through his official introductory press conference as Tennessee's new head coach yet and he's already been working on putting together his staff with the Vols.

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

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Fulmer interviewed Pruitt on Monday in Dallas and then again Wednesday in NY.

Since taking over as the leading man for the Crimson Tide defense, Alabama has ranked first (2017) and second (2016) in total defense.

Pruitt is 43 years old and a native of Alabama.

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An unprecedented coaching search has finally come to an end at Tennessee.

According to Low, Pruitt is expected to remain on Alabama's staff through the College Football Playoff.

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Reports linked Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy and Purdue's Jeff Brohm to Tennessee's vacancy, but both stayed with their teams. This marks Tennessee's fourth coaching search since Fulmer was forced out in 2008. 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. 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. After three years in that role, Pruitt became Alabama's defensive backs coach, reporting directly under Smart.

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