Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Tennessee coaching rumors: Vols reportedly make offer to Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt

Tennessee coaching rumors: Vols reportedly make offer to Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt

Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is finalizing a contract and expected to become Tennessee's head coach, according to multiple reports.

Tennessee backed out of the deal with Schiano, and Currie resumed in trying to find a coach.

Pruitt, a former defensive back at Alabama, served two different stints on the Crimson Tide staff under Saban.

Fulmer's efforts were weighted heavily, as it turns out, toward hiring a defensive-minded coach, concentrating toward the end on Pruitt, Georgia's Mel Tucker and Auburn's Kevin Steele.

He was previously in the running for the Mississippi State coaching vacancy that was filled by former Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead. During the 2014-15 season returned to the SEC as a defensive coordinator for Georgia.

It was during that meeting that Currie was put on paid leave and Fulmer, who has acted as a special advisor to the university, was chosen to be the new athletic director.

In his one season at Florida State, Pruitt's defense was first in the nation in scoring defense (10.7 points per game), third in the nation in total defense (248.2 yards per game), second in the nation in passing defense and lead college football with 26 interceptions. He has yet to be a head coach at the college level, so there's obviously the question as to whether he can succeed in the role.

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Alabama has boasted one of the top defenses in the country under Pruitt.

He named his son, born in May, after former Alabama linebackers Ryan Anderson and Reuben Foster.

"He can relate to anybody, and you see that with the way guys have bought into new roles, and guys have been able to move around and play different spots", Anderson said previous year. "There ain't no holding back".

The son of legendary high school coach Dale Pruitt, Pruitt was an assistant coach in the high school ranks before catching on with Alabama in 2007 as Saban's director of player development. Less than a week after having the full-time job, Fulmer appears to have his coach.

For many, the twists and turns throughout the search for Butch Jones' replacement were emblematic of the internal turmoil that has plagued the football program.

The 43-year-old assistant played college ball at Middle Tennessee before transferring to Alabama.

Although Pruitt isn't the home-run hire some Vols fans will have wanted, he should have Tennessee headed in the right direction in 2018.

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