UT Vols to introduce Jeremy Pruitt as next head football coach

Posted December 08, 2017

According to Volquest.com, Fulmer had second interviews with Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and Pruitt, who was eventually dubbed as the next head football coach. "Now I'm not sure that he can go in and steal Alabama commits this year, especially given the short window of time, but the future is bright from a recruiting standpoint".

Pruitt left Alabama after the 2012 season to be Florida State's defensive coordinator in 2013 and helped the Seminoles win a national championship.

Pruitt served as Alabama's defensive coordinator during the past two seasons, helping the Crimson Tide finish No. 1 in scoring defense and No. 2 in total defense in 2017.

It was reported earlier today that Pruitt added his first staff member in Colorado State's Will Friend. While many are projecting him to land at Alabama, Pruitt was his lead recruiter with the Tide.

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

Sherrer and Pruitt both joined Georgia's staff prior to the 2014 season.

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After going a dismal 4-8 and 0-8 in the SEC, Tennessee let go of Butch Jones and the hunt was on. This marks Tennessee's fourth coaching search since Fulmer was forced out in 2008. Numerous names emerged throughout the process, including Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, who reportedly accepted the job.

Tennessee saw a coach almost get hired, then decided against it after fans protested the decision.

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

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 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.