Long Tennessee coach search will end with Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt

Long Tennessee coach search will end with Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt

The Tennessee Volunteers are reportedly closing in on Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt to be the school's next head coach.

Pruitt was Georgia's defensive coordinator in 2014-15 before returning to Alabama.

Pruitt has been in his current position at Alabama since the beginning of the 2016 campaign.

Pruitt would also be the second former Saban assistant to take the head coaching position at Tennessee.

The 43-year-old Pruitt has never been a head coach at any level, but he brings with him both a reputation as an ace recruiter and a championship pedigree. He left to become Florida State's defensive coordinator in 2013 and won a title in his one year with the Seminoles. Before Georgia hired Smart, Florida hired Jim McElwain before the 2015 season. "I'm not into comparisons, but what I will say is that he's made it easier for our guys to play faster, more instinctive, and we've made very few mistakes". There were plenty of reports of Pruitt inching towards the job throughout the day, but Knoxville radio station WNML's Jimmy Hyams appears to have been the first to definitively report that Pruitt would accept it, followed by confirmations from Brett McMurphy, Bruce Feldman and others. "There ain't no holding back".

One athletic director upheaval and several swings and misses on the coaching carousel later, the Vols could finally be closing in on a new head honcho.

After Jones was sacked two weeks before the end of the season, things took a turn that nobody expected. He transferred to Alabama after his sophomore season. All three also have ties to Nick Saban's coaching tree.

Pruitt's hiring would end a wild ride for the Tennessee coaching search.

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