Jeremy Pruitt to be named Tennessee head coach

Beth Cruz
December 8, 2017

WVLT Sports partner reports the new Tennessee head coach has built a legacy of expert recruiting throughout his coaching career.

Pruitt, who has never been a head coach before, interviewed with new Tennessee athletics director Phillip Fulmer twice this week and quickly emerged as a favorite once Fulmer took control of the coaching search.

Pruitt is one of four former Nick Saban assistants serving as head coaches in the SEC. He also served as defensive coordinator at Georgia from 2014-15.

ESPN is reporting that Pruitt will be allowed to stay at Alabama to coach in the National Championship Playoff while he recruits for Tennessee and assembles his assistant coaches. This year, Alabama leads the nation in scoring defense and yards per play.

With Pruitt gone, one possible replacement would be Tosh Lupoi who is in his third year as Alabama's outside linebackers coach. "He will do a great job at Tennessee and we wish him the best". Numerous names emerged throughout the process, including Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, who reportedly accepted the job.

The nearly comically long and twisting road to finding a new Tennessee football coach may finally end tomorrow.

Tennessee hasn't won the SEC Eastern Division since 2007 and hasn't captured a conference title since its 1998 national championship season.

FILE - In this April 22, 2017, file photo, Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, coach of the White team, yells to his team during Alabama's annual A-Day spring NCAA college football game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. After three years in that role, Pruitt became Alabama's defensive backs coach, reporting directly under Smart.

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

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