Jeremy Pruitt is the new head coach at Tennessee, and he will try to turn around a Volunteers program that is searching for the stability and prominence that hasn't been seen since the glory days under Phillip Fulmer. Before that he served as the defensive coordinator at Georgia from 2014-15 and at Florida State in 2013.
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.
It's uncertain whether or not Pruitt will continue out his role at Alabama for the remainder of the season or move on to Tennessee immediately. This year, Alabama leads the nation in scoring defense and yards per play. Pruitt is now the fifth-highest paid assistant in the country, making $1.3 million a year.
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The nearly comically long and twisting road to finding a new Tennessee football coach may finally end tomorrow. 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. He will continue to coach Alabama through the College Football Playoff.
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. This marks Tennessee's fourth coaching search since Fulmer was forced out in 2008.
According to Propst, Pruitt is among the most precise and detail-oriented assistants he ever worked with. In fact, according to a list of salaries released by USA Today earlier this year, he would actually rank No. 73 among college head coaches. Currie also flirted with Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm and N.C. State's Dave Doeren and Washington State's Mike Leach before being replaced by Fulmer.