Tennessee Finalizes Deal With Jeremy Pruitt

Tennessee offered its head coaching job to Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, Chris Low of ESPN.com reports, adding the Volunteers are attempting to finalize the deal as of Wednesday night.

CBS affiliate WVLT reported Thursday morning that Tennessee has hired Pruitt, and will introduce him during a press conference later in the day. After that, he served as the defensive coordinator at Florida State for one season, and spent two seasons as Georgia's defensive coordinator before returning to Alabama in 2016.

In the 2013 and 2016 seasons, Pruitt was one of five finalists for the Broyles Award given annually to the nation's top assistant coach.

Tennessee reportedly came close to hiring a few other big-name candidates, including Washington State's Mike Leach and Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy, but failed to land any of them. This year, Alabama leads the nation in scoring defense and yards per play.

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At Alabama, Pruitt had an annual salary of $1.3 million in 2017. He will continue to coach Alabama through the College Football Playoff. Once word leaked that Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano had been tabbed for the job, an outcry from alumni, fans, former players and politicians ultimately squashed the deal.

According to Football Scoop, Pruitt has had discussions with former Vol and current Colorado State cornerbacks coach Terry Fair about joining his staff at Tennessee.

At long last, the mother of all coaching searches is over. Prior to his DC stays with those southeastern programs, Pruitt coached at Alabama - his alma mater - for six seasons, the final three as defensive backs coach. Propst called Pruitt an excellent recruiter and even better coach at in-game adjustments.

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