Tennessee hires Jeremy Pruitt as next head coach

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A news conference is planned for Thursday in Knoxville to introduce Pruitt, who replaces Butch Jones.

It's also worth noting that teams will have a tenth assistant beginning next year. Not only will Pruitt be attempting to guide Alabama's defensive unit to Playoff glory, his first big recruiting test with Tennessee is just around the corner, as the early signing period for high school prospects will begin on December 20. Pruitt and Sherrer also coached together at Hoover High School from 2005-06 when Pruitt served as the defensive coordinator and Sheerer as a defensive assistant.

Tennessee would love to see Pruitt match the success of Georgia's Kirby Smart, who preceded Pruitt as the defensive coordinator on Nick Saban's Alabama staff. He replaces Butch Jones, who was sacked after posting a 34-27 overall mark, including 14-24 in SEC play, during a five-year span.

Since Rumph is likely looking for a job with the head coaching change Florida, it makes ideal sense that he'd join Pruitt at Tennessee. Last year, Pruitt's defense led the nation in scoring defense, giving up just 13 points per game.

The University of Tennessee has finalized a deal to hire Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as its next head football coach, according to multiple reports out of Knoxville.

No college team Pruitt has coached for has had a losing record. "He will do a great job at Tennessee and we wish him the best". The former defensive back played collegiately at both Middle Tennessee and Alabama. It would also help with the staff transition - especially in the area of recruiting.

What makes the 43-year-old Pruitt so special, despite never previously having been a head coach at any level? If Pruitt comes to UT, he is expected to attempt to convince Bama linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi to join him. However, the school received incredible backlash, even White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made a public comment on Facebook criticizing Tennessee for hiring someone with ties to the Jerry Sandusky abuse case. Fulmer, Tennessee's Hall of Fame football coach, took over as athletic director last Friday following the termination of Currie.

The story began to pick up steam when Tennessee appeared to have hired Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. Pruitt was a 2013 finalist for the Broyles Award.

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