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Tennessee To Hire Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt As Head Coach

08 December, 2017, 02:07 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • Tennessee now looking to pluck away one of Nick Saban’s top assistants

He will earn a base salary of $275,000 and supplemental compensation that amounts to $3,525,000, according to a memorandum of understanding signed Thursday by Pruitt, Tennessee athletics director Phillip Fulmer, school chancellor Beverly Davenport and the university's chief financial officer David Miller.

Tennessee has ended the most tortured football coaching search imaginable and hired Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, according to reports.

In the last few days, Fulmer reached out to a number of potential coaches and interviewed several candidates, including Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, SMU head coach Chad Morris and Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele.

Pruitt has been Alabama's defensive coordinator the last two years after spending two seasons in the same role at Georgia. If Alabama wins, it will move on to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on January 8. He initially coached in Tuscaloosa from 2007 to 2012, the final three seasons as defensive backs coach.

Chris Low reported that a press conference is slated for Thursday evening to introduce Pruitt as the next coach of the Vols.




Pruitt, though, was never a head coach at even the high school level.

With Pruitt gone, one possible replacement would be Tosh Lupoi who is in his third year as Alabama's outside linebackers coach. He has a great defensive mind (he's had nothing but success as a defensive coordinator), he's one of the best recruiters in the nation, and he appears to have the "it" factor. Pruitt has also coached 11 first-team All-Americans. He has also worked under Saban, serving as Alabama's director of player development from 2010-12. "I see him getting talent to Tennessee".

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.

Pruitt was also a recent finalist for the Mississippi State head coaching position, but the Bulldogs hired Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead on November 28.

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