Tennessee Reportedly Set To Hire Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt, Ending Crazy Search

After a long turmoil-filled coaching search, the Tennessee Volunteers are set to hire Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as their next head coach, according to multiple reports.

According to ESPN, a news conference to introduce Pruitt, 43, as the next head coach is expected to be held Thursday evening.

This season was his second stint as an assistant coach with the Alabama Crimson Tide, working previously as the defensive backs coach under Nick Saban from 2010-2012. Before that he served as the defensive coordinator at Georgia from 2014-15 and at Florida State in 2013.

Twice Pruitt has been named a finalist for the Broyles Award, which goes annually to the top college football assistant coach.

Fulmer then reportedly moved on to hiring Pruitt.


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

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

It will be interesting to see if Copeland becomes the first of what is likely to be many elite prospects that come to Rocky Top to play for Coach Pruitt.

FILE - In this August 6, 2016, file photo, Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt works with his players during preseason NCAA college football practice in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Currie also flirted with Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm and N.C. State's Dave Doeren and Washington State's Mike Leach before being replaced by Fulmer. Propst called Pruitt an excellent recruiter and even better coach at in-game adjustments.

FILE - In this March 23, 2016, file photo, Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt works with players during NCAA college football practice in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

  • Steve Townsend