Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Sports | By Grace Becker

Long Tennessee coach search will end with Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt

Long Tennessee coach search will end with Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt

The Volunteers are finalizing a deal to make Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt their next head football coach, ESPN's Chris Low reported Thursday night, citing sources.

Pruitt has won two national championships during his 11-year collegiate coaching career with Florida State in 2013 and Alabama in 2016.

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

Pruitt's hiring would put an end to a saga that looked set to end in November with Ohio State coordinator Greg Schiano becoming the new man in charge of the program.

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A two-time all-state defense back at Plainview High School, Pruitt played college ball at Middle Tennessee State and Alabama in the mid 90s.

At Alabama, Pruitt had an annual salary of $1.3 million in 2017.

No. 4 Alabama plays No. 1 Clemson in the Sugar Bowl on January 1 as part of the College Football Playoff.

We've seen these kind of hires work out greatly for some, including defending national champion Clemson with Dabo Swinney, but fail other times.

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Tennessee was close to hiring Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano on November 26 before that deal fell through amid a public backlash. 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.

According to Propst, Pruitt is among the most precise and detail-oriented assistants he ever worked with.

No college team Pruitt has coached for has had a losing record.

Currie met last week with Washington State's Mike Leach and was forced out the next day.

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The nearly comically long and twisting road to finding a new Tennessee football coach may finally end tomorrow.

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