Tennessee hires Pruitt as head coach
The Tennessee Volunteers have hired Alabama's defensive coordinator, Jeremy Pruitt, as their head coach. He was given this position by new Tennessee Athletic Director and former Tennessee coach, Phillip Fulmer.
Pruitt replaces Butch Jones, who was fired on Nov.12, 2017, after going 34-27 overall and 14-24 in the Southeastern Conference from 2013-2017.
"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.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.I know Coach Pruitt will hit the ground running and go to work restoring our program to a championship level," Fulmer told USA Today.
The first source to tell the world that Pruitt accepted the position as head coach was Knoxville radio station WNML.
Pruitt was Alabama's defensive coordinator for two years; he also had the same position at Georgia for two seasons (2014-2015), according to USA Today. Pruitt was also defensive coordiantor at Florida State in 2013, which he helped lead FSU to the national championship; that year, the team led the nation in scoring defense, according to USA Today.
Alabama had the best run defense in the nation last season and now ranks third in this category for this season.
In 2013 and 2016, Pruitt was one of the five finalists for the Broyles Award; this award is given to the nation's best assissant coach.
Tennesse was going to hire Ohio State's defensive coordinator, Greg Schiano, on Nov.26, 2017, but that deal did not work out due to a public backlash.