Philip Fulmer has chosen Jeremy Pruitt to take over Vols vacant head coaching position.
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.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 7, 2017
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.
USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin, a former Tennessee quarterback, who guided the Volunteers to the 1998 national championship, is not expected to return to his alma mater as offensive coordinator, sources told ESPN. Martin was contacted by UT… https://t.co/bmACWGrkyd
— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) December 7, 2017
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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