Former UGA assistant Pruitt accepts Tennessee job

Former UGA assistant Pruitt accepts Tennessee job

Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will become the next head coach at Tennessee, according to multiple reports.

Another name being discussed is Georgia outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer who coached alongside Pruitt at Georgia. From 2014-15, Pruitt coordinated the No. 7 and No. 17 overall defense in the country while at Georgia. As an assistant coach, he has been a part of four national championship teams.

Fulmer interviewed Pruitt on Monday in Dallas and then again Wednesday in NY. The Seminoles defense also led the nation in interceptions with 26, while they allowed the third fewest yards per game (248.2). He worked an initial stint on Alabama's staff from 2007-12, when he helped the Crimson Tide win national titles in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Then Tennessee turned to Washington State head football coach Mike Leach, who reportedly had a great meeting with then Tennessee athletic director John Currie, the deal was blown off as Currie was removed from his position and Phil Fulmer took over the athletic director position as well as the football coaching search on December 1.

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But the Vols' missteps in their coaching search could be forgiven if Pruitt delivers in Knoxville.

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

Pruitt, 43, is a two-time Broyles Award finalist as the top assistant coach in college football. The former Hoover head coach tells of a game in the 2004 season when Pruitt - then the special teams coordinator - game-planned a pair of schemes that directly led to blocked punts. Copeland wasn't even on the radar of the previous Tennessee staff, but as soon as it was announced Pruitt had landed the job, things changed in a hurry for the top-ranked receiver from the Sunshine State. The Tide are the fourth seed this year. Before the 2015 playoffs, Smart accepted the head coaching position at Georgia, but he also attempted to stay on the Alabama staff through the playoffs.

At long last, the mother of all coaching searches is over. And now it appears that Pruitt is pursuing another Colorado State coach, and this coach is also a former Vol player and assistant.

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