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Tennessee Reportedly Set To Hire Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt, Ending Crazy Search

08 December 2017

Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will become the next head coach at Tennessee, according to multiple reports.

An unprecedented coaching search has finally come to an end at Tennessee.

ESPN is reporting that Pruitt will be allowed to stay at Alabama to coach in the National Championship Playoff while he recruits for Tennessee and assembles his assistant coaches.

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Two years later, Pruitt joined the Tide coaching staff as a graduate assistant. Pruitt, who was not retained when Kirby Smart took over Georgia's football program in 2016, has been Alabama's defensive coordinator the past two seasons. The Crimson Tide are back in the College Football Playoff this year too. Alabama will meet Clemson in the Sugar Bowl in one national semifinal game on January 1. If Alabama wins, it will move on to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on January 8.

The hiring of Pruitt wraps up a 25-day coaching search that brought national embarrassment following the Greg Schiano fiasco.

Sources say the contract is believed to around $4 million annually and Pruitt will be introduced later this afternoon in a formal press conference. Pruitt spent time as the director of player development from 2007-2009.

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Pruitt is curently in his second season as defensive coordinator under Nick Saban.

"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". Over the years, Pruitt has managed to land an all-star list of commitments for Alabama, Georgia and Florida State from the likes of RB Derrick Henry, RB T.J. Yeldon, DB Jalen Ramsey, LB Dylan Moses, DE Lorenzo Carter, LB Mack Wilson, LB Reggie Ragland, LB Roquan Smith, LB Ryan Anderson, LB C.J. Mosley and OL Alphonse Taylor.

The 43-year-old is widely recognized as an excellent recruiter and was a Broyles Award finalist in 2016. Pruitt is now the fifth-highest paid assistant in the country, making $1.3 million a year. The Tide are the fourth seed this year. "I see him getting talent to Tennessee".

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Tennessee Reportedly Set To Hire Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt, Ending Crazy Search