Tennessee coaching rumors: Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt to accept head coach job

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Sources for NBC affiliate WBIR are now confirming that Jeremy Pruitt will be the next head football coach at the University of Tennessee.

Pruitt is one of four former Nick Saban assistants serving as head coaches in the SEC.

He's served as the Crimson Tide's defensive coordinator the past two seasons, doing so after being the DC at Florida State in 2013 and at Georgia from 2014-15.

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.

Fulmer then reportedly moved on to hiring Pruitt. Under Pruitt, Alabama ranked No. 1 nationally in scoring defense, No. 1 in yards per play and No. 2 in total defense in 2017. "Now I'm not sure that he can go in and steal Alabama commits this year, especially given the short window of time, but the future is bright from a recruiting standpoint".

December 7 marked the end of a college football coaching search that even the most creative minds could not cook up.

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

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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.

Currie met last week with Washington State's Mike Leach and was forced out the next day.

Tennessee hasn't won the SEC Eastern Division since 2007 and hasn't captured a conference title since its 1998 national championship season.

According to Low, Pruitt is expected to remain on Alabama's staff through the College Football Playoff.

At long last, the mother of all coaching searches is over.

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

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