As Tennessee’s football coaching search continues, Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is a name who has gathered some buzz in the past few days, since Phillip Fulmer’s appointment as athletic director.
Angela Gosnell/News Sentinel
Finally, the search is over.
Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and Tennessee have finalized a deal to make Pruitt the Vols’ coach, UT announced Thursday. Pruitt will be introduced at a news conference at 6:05 p.m. Thursday.
Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports and SI.com reported that Pruitt will receive a six-year deal.
Pruitt is in his second season as Alabama’s defensive coordinator after two years in the same position at Georgia. His first year as a defensive coordinator was in 2013 at Florida State. The Seminoles led the nation in scoring defense that season en route to a national championship. Pruitt was a finalist that year for the Broyles Award, given to the nation’s top assistant. He was also a Broyles Award finalist in 2016.
“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” Vols athletic director Phillip Fulmer said in a news release. “I’m certain he appreciates the unique opportunity to lead a program of Tennessee’s caliber. He’s driven to win at the highest level. He will honor our university’s values, operate with integrity and be a role model for our student-athletes.