After a long, drama filled process, sources are confirming that the University of Tennessee if prepared to hire Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to be the next head coach of the Volunteers.
Finding the Right Fit
It was a search that Vol fans were very confident in before former head coach Butch Jones was even fired. Big names like Jon Gruden and Bobby Petrino, among others, were flying around as possible candidates to take the job.
After Jones was fired two weeks before the end of the season, things took a turn that nobody expected.
Tennessee fans single-handedly blocked the hire of Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano from being hired, and that started a complete whirlwind of a coaching search.
But it seems to have finally come to a close with the potential hire of a guy who Tennessee fans seem to really be excited about.
Phillip Fulmer and the nation’s best fan base teamed up to deliver a home-run hire to lead their beloved program to elite status. Jeremy Pruitt will be a tremendous head coach at Tennessee and will bring an all-star coaching staff with him.
— Vol Herald (@VolHerald) December 7, 2017
Pruitt has won one national championship as a defensive coordinator under Jimbo Fisher at Florida State, and has two with Alabama when he was the defensive backs coach.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban has had nothing but praise when it comes to Pruitt.
“He’s made it easier for our guys to play faster, more instinctive, and we’ve made very few mistakes,” Saban said in an interview with ESPN. “So much of coaching is how the kids respond, and they’ve responded great to Jeremy.”
He even went on to say that he didn’t even interview anybody when his former defensive coordinator Kirby Smart left for Georgia. Saban described it as a “no-brainer” move as to who he wanted to hire for the position.
Pruitt has also excelled in the recruiting world. He was named the 247Sports Recruiter of the year in 2012 and 2013.
There is still a lot of speculation as to who Pruitt will bring in as his staff. Sources have already said that former Tennessee quarterback and current USC offensive coordinator will not take the job.
— Rocky Top Insider (@rockytopinsider) December 7, 2017
There is said to be an early-afternoon press conference on Thursday to officially announce Pruitt as the new head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers.
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