Tennessee coaching rumors: Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt to accept head coach job

08 December, 2017, 02:05 | Author: Elena Meyer
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From naming his youngest son after two Tide linebackers - Reuben Foster and Ryan Anderson - to serving as a father figure for a lot of players on this year's team, Saban and company did not want to see Pruitt accept a head coach position at Tennessee yet business is business. As defensive coordinator, Pruitt helped lead Alabama to the College Football Playoffs in both 2016 and 2017 as his defenses were the best in the nation in scoring defense. However, he left prior to Alabama's appearance in the national championship game against Clemson. If Alabama wins, it will move on to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on January 8.

It's uncertain whether or not Pruitt will continue out his role at Alabama for the remainder of the season or move on to Tennessee immediately.

Alabama ranks No. 2 in the nation in total defense, allowing just 257.8 yards per game this season. Pruitt spent time as the director of player development from 2007-2009.

The new athletic director and former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer says Pruit had two qualities he was looking for in a head coach: a tough-minded defensive presence and a proven track record as a recruiter.

"Six days ago, I mentioned several attributes that I sought to find in the next leader of our football program, and Coach Pruitt meets all criteria", Fulmer said in a news release. Twice Pruitt has been named a finalist for the Broyles Award, which goes annually to the top college football assistant coach.

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Pruitt is in his second season as the Alabama defensive coordinator.

This will be Pruitt's first head coaching opportunity after a long career as an assistant.

Tennessee was close to hiring Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano in late November, but the deal fell through because of backlash from fans and supporters. This marks Tennessee's fourth coaching search since Fulmer was forced out in 2008. Then Tennessee went after Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm, but it's unclear if there was any truth to that, so the next coach in line was N.C. State's Dave Doeren who also turned down the job.

Pruitt has served as defensive coordinator at Alabama since 2016.

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