Vols coaching search over: Fulmer picks Pruitt

Jeremy Pruitt
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Philip Fulmer has chosen Jeremy Pruitt to take over Vols vacant head coaching position.

Finally

It’s been a rocky journey since Butch Jones received his pink slip, and a lot has transpired.

The coaching search that sent shock-waves throughout the sports world appears to be over. Over the past few weeks, Tennessee had shuffled through coaches, hires were reported, rumors buzzed, potential candidates flooded, one was rejected by the fan base and athletic director John Currie lost his job.

Yes, in short. It has been a very busy week on Rocky Top.

Vol nation’s nerves settled once Currie was replaced with the highly respected Phillip Fulmer. Once Fulmer took over the reins, overt concern and unbridled panic began to ease. Tennessee was in familiar, good hands.

Alabama’s Pruitt is a defensive guru that has concocted success everywhere he’s been. He brings with him an ability to recruit top prospects, arrange and adjust his defensive groups to perform at championship level and experience working in championship organizations.

The official details of the deal have yet to be released, but could come as soon as tomorrow morning. Speculation suggests Pruitt and Tennessee are trying to iron out the final details, which include him coaching Alabama in the playoffs.

No Homecoming for Tee Martin

The much-anticipated pairing of Pruitt and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin appears to be off the table.

Martin has elected to stay in his current role. The marriage of two decorated recruiters, with each having distinctly different football minds (Pruitt-defensive, Martin-offensive) was too good to be true. Martin may have wanted to return to Tennessee, but likely eyed the head coaching job over a coordinator position.

So who leads the offense? One name circulating the rumor mill is Hugh Freeze.

Freeze was swimming in controversy during his tenure at Ole’ Miss. He resigned from the school following allegations he violated a clause in his contract due to calls made to an escort service being discovered on his phone records.

Freeze is an offensive minded coach that was able to find success during his five-year stint as the leader of Ole’ Miss. He had orchestrated four winning seasons and had three bowl victories under his belt. It’s uncertain whether Tennessee would consider pursuing Freeze considering the baggage he brings with him.

Blue HQ Media will continue to monitor the Pruitt hire and report official contract details once they surface.


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Brandon Morales is the State Manager for both Kentucky and Tennessee Sports. Despite being a New Mexico Native, he is a diehard Tennessee Titans fan. He’s followed the team since the Houston Oilers days and continues to support the Two-Tone Blue. He covered High School football, basketball, volleyball, and track for a local New Mexico newspaper after his playing days in were ended due to injuries. His love for journalism was inspired by English Teacher, Sara Ball. In 2010, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from New Mexico State University. His contributions to the site include in-depth analysis on the Tennessee Titans, coverage on the Tennessee Vols and other SEC teams. He prides himself on being a supporting husband and loving father. This New Mexico family is a Titans household that loves cheering on their team each and every Sunday.

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