Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt offered Tennessee job

Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt offered Tennessee job

Not long after reports surfaced that Tennessee had offered Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt the position, more reports came out that Pruitt had accepted the offer and was finalizing the deal.

Pruitt would become Tennessee's fifth head coach since 2008, following Fulmer, Lane Kiffin, Derek Dooley and Butch Jones. And one of those questions has reportedly been answered. As we saw previous year when Lane Kiffin took the Florida Atlantic job, Alabama wouldn't prevent a coordinator from getting a head coaching job elsewhere, so long as they continue in their current position through the end of the season.

After the Schiano deal fell apart, Tennessee's coaching search ranged from Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy, Duke's David Cutcliffe, Purdue's Jeff Brohm, NC State's Dave Doeren and Washington State's Mike Leach until athletic director John Currie was sacked last week. During a search that's seen some insane twists, Fulmer informing these other defensive coaches he's moving on appears to provide a good indication Tennessee is confident it can reach a deal with Pruitt.

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If Pruitt does leave Alabama prior to the College Football Playoff, the Tide would be without a key member of its staff for the CFP for the second consecutive year. The Volunteers haven't played in the SEC championship since 2007 and haven't won the conference since 1998, when the program won a national championship. He's the sixth former Saban assistant to take a head coaching position in the SEC, following Dooley, Will Muschamp, Jimbo Fisher, Jim McElwain and Kirby Smart. Before that he was defensive backs coach from 2010-12 at Alabama. Both of Pruitt's defenses as Alabama's defensive coordinator have led the country in scoring defense. But the big thing he does is that he lets his dogs go hunt.

Fulmer took over the head coach search on Friday, when he replaced John Currie as athletic director.

The 43-year-old is widely recognized as an excellent recruiter and was a Broyles Award finalist in 2016.

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