Friday, 15 December, 2017

Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt offered Tennessee job

Coaching Search Update: Pruitt meeting with Fulmer Tennessee and Jeremy Pruitt continue moving toward his hiring as head coach
Rita Gibson | 07 December, 2017, 07:05

Tennessee has offered a deal to make Jeremy Pruitt the program's next head football coach, according to multiple reports.

Pruitt, 43, played at Alabama and held various coaching jobs at Alabama before becoming defensive coordinator in 2016. The Vols and Pruitt are still trying to sort out the details of the deal, but sources say he is the guy the Tennessee has locked in on.

The Vols reportedly also interviewed Auburn defensive Coordinator Kevin Steele and Goergia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker in recent days.

Particularly at point in the ongoing conversations between the two parties are questions regarding Pruitt's obligations this month to College Football Playoff and Alabama's participation versus Tennessee's need for a head coach to hit the ground running immediately and without distraction upon being named.

Pruitt joined Alabama in December 2015 shortly after his predecessor, Kirby Smart, left to become the Georgia Bulldogs head coach. The Crimson Tide ranks first in scoring defense this year, allowing 11.5 points per game, and led the nation last year while allowing 13 points per game.

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Pruitt's hiring would end a wild ride for the Tennessee coaching search.

Keep in mind Pruitt had to replace Marlon Humphrey, Reuben Foster, Ryan Anderson, Jonathan Allen, Tim Williams and Eddie Jackson, all of whom were selected in the 2017 National Football League draft.

As I have previously reported, Fulmer wants to see a coach hired in time to begin making recruiting visits on behalf of the Vols this weekend. He was head coach in Knoxville from 2010-12.

The school walked back a contract offer to Greg Schiano after Volunteers fans overwhelmingly criticized the move. Less than a week after having the full-time job, Fulmer appears to have his coach.

Pruitt has been a finalists for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top college football assistant coach, in 2013 and 2016. Then, Tennessee saw a number of possible candidates either take new jobs or reaffirm their commitment to their current school. He was immediately replaced by former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer.

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