Tennessee hires Alabama assistant Jeremy Pruitt as coach

Taylor Byrd
December 8, 2017

Following a successful run with the Tide that included two national championships, Florida State hired Pruitt away in 2013 and they claimed the national title.

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.

Pruitt is 43 years old and a native of Alabama.

Sure, there is always a risk when hiring a head coach, especially one who has no experience, but Pruitt has lived for football, he has been around the best (including his father) and failure is not a word he likes to say or hear.

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

Volquest reports Pruitt began his career as a high school coach at multiple Alabama schools, working his way up into the college ranks through his ability to connect with people and his intense work ethic.

Later, former Vols offensive coordinator David Cutcliffee rebuffed Tennessee's advances and then Mike Gundy turned down a reported $42 million deal to stay at Oklahoma State. 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.

At long last, the mother of all coaching searches is over. While many are projecting him to land at Alabama, Pruitt was his lead recruiter with the Tide. Tennessee has hired Pruitt as its head coach on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, capping a tumultuous search that cost an athletic director his job as the Volunteers attempt to recover from one of their most disappointing seasons.

Possible Tennessee recruits have already begun coming out in support of joining Pruitt's team.

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