Tennessee Nearing Deal to Make Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt Next Head Coach

Dec 08, 2017, 01:37
Tennessee Nearing Deal to Make Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt Next Head Coach

He will honor our university's values, operate with integrity and be a role model for our student-athletes. And now it appears that Pruitt is pursuing another Colorado State coach, and this coach is also a former Vol player and assistant. Pruitt spent time as the director of player development from 2007-2009. Prior to his DC stays with those southeastern programs, Pruitt coached at Alabama - his alma mater - for six seasons, the final three as defensive backs coach.

Pruitt has won two national championships during his 11-year collegiate coaching career with Florida State in 2013 and Alabama in 2016. Last season, former offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin coached in the Peach Bowl after accepting a head coaching job at Florida Atlantic. In 2015, Georgia's defense jumped to third in the conference at 305.9 total yards per game. Alabama will meet Clemson in the Sugar Bowl in one national semifinal game on January 1. Last year, Pruitt's defense led the nation in scoring defense, giving up just 13 points per game. He will also continue to coach the Crimson Tide defense in the College Football Playoff.

The selection of Pruitt ends a coaching search that had become embarrassing for Tennessee as it dragged on. Numerous names emerged throughout the process, including Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, who reportedly accepted the job. A deal fell apart, though, when fans, the media and even Tennessee politicians reacted negatively to the choice, with some citing Schiano's tenuous links to the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State.

Fulmer was subsequently named Currie's replacement as athletics director.

Pruitt replaces Butch Jones, who was sacked November 12 after going 34-27 overall and 14-24 in Southeastern Conference competition in five seasons. Jones posted a 2-3 record against Georgia during his tenure.

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