Tennessee Vols Hire Jeremy Pruitt To Replace Butch Jones

Tennessee Vols Hire Jeremy Pruitt To Replace Butch Jones

Tennessee Vols Hire Jeremy Pruitt To Replace Butch Jones

Reports on Wednesday night claimed that Tennessee is in the process of finalizing a deal to make current Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt its new head coach.

Sherrer and Pruitt both joined Georgia's staff prior to the 2014 season. Former defensive coordinator Kirby Smart remained with the Crimson Tide for its entire championship season in 2015 despite taking the head coaching job at Georgia.

According to Low, Pruitt is expected to remain on Alabama's staff through the College Football Playoff. Under Pruitt, Alabama ranked No. 1 nationally in scoring defense, No. 1 in yards per play and No. 2 in total defense in 2017. If Alabama wins, it will move on to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on January 8. He agreed to a six-year deal that will pay more than $3.8 million annually.

Pruitt can net $300,000 for winning the SEC Championship game and an additional $500,000 if he leads the Volunteers to a national championship. "That's a high bar that was set, but I think player development, which will be much better, is more important and Pruitt should have a leg up there".

In the last few days, Fulmer reached out to a number of potential coaches and interviewed several candidates, including Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, SMU head coach Chad Morris and Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele.

With Pruitt gone, one possible replacement would be Tosh Lupoi who is in his third year as Alabama's outside linebackers coach.

The 43-year-old is widely recognized as an excellent recruiter and was a Broyles Award finalist in 2016.

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

Tennessee was close to hiring Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano on November 26 before that deal fell through amid a public backlash. 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. However, the search for a new coach had been so unsuccessful that it was even jokingly rumored North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un even turned down the job. "I see him getting talent to Tennessee".

Pruitt has served as defensive coordinator at Alabama since 2016.

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