Over three weeks after the firing of Butch Jones, Tennessee has finally capped off the most unpredictable coaching search in the history of college football — Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will take over as the Vols’ next head football coach.
Sources: Tennessee assistants were informed tonight to come off the road recruiting in anticipation of Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt being named Vols coach Thursday. Pruitt’s imminent hiring 1st reported by @JimmyHyams
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 7, 2017
Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt has accepted the job as Tennessee’s new coach. Details are still being ironed out, sources said, but the deal is basically done. He has coached in Alabama HS ranks for 8 years and in college for 11 years, 8 at Alabama
— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) December 7, 2017
Pruitt comes to Knoxville with zero head coaching experience, but has spent the last six years as a defensive coordinator at three major programs (Florida State, Georgia, and Alabama). He’s been a part of four championship-winning teams, including one as a defensive coordinator with the Seminoles in 2013.
Tennessee is fresh off its least successful season ever, losing eight games and going winless in conference play for the first time in program history. Since Pruitt has become a full-time defensive coordinator, his defenses have helped guide their respective teams to a combined record of 59-8.