Tennessee fans react joyously after Jeremy Pruitt hire

Legendary Hoover coach Rush Propst on expected Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt: 'I think he's ready.'

Pruitt has also coached 11 first-team All-Americans.

If Pruitt ends up being the Vols' next coach, his staff will be an important part of his success. And a school that managed to play football for 120 years before suffering its first eight-loss season deserved better from its administrators.

Two years later, Pruitt joined the Tide coaching staff as a graduate assistant.

He will take over for Butch Jones, who the Vols fired on November 12 following a 50-17 loss to Missouri.

Pruitt is the 26th head coach in Tennessee football history. Alabama led the nation in scoring defense and ranked second in total defense previous year.

Tennessee has hired Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as its new head coach, the school confirmed on Thursday.


He was a Broyles Award Finalist as the nation's top assistant twice and started his player career in the Volunteer State at MTSU.

With Pruitt gone, one possible replacement would be Tosh Lupoi who is in his third year as Alabama's outside linebackers coach.

A two-time all-state defense back at Plainview High School, Pruitt played college ball at Middle Tennessee State and Alabama in the mid 90s. Before that he served as the defensive coordinator at Georgia from 2014-15 and at Florida State in 2013. "Probst thought Prattville was the better team, but "(Pruitt) schemes up the ideal plays and we block two punts that led to touchdowns.

In 2007, Alabama hired him to work with the defense. However, Lupoi's lofty salary is also based on his recruiting ability.

With the early signing period now less than two weeks away, it would seem at least somewhat important that Fulmer hires someone as soon as possible.

According to reports, the Vols had a deal in place to make the Ohio State coordinator their next head coach, but backed out at the last minute amid on-campus and social media protests against Schiano over his alleged role in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal at Penn State. Over the ensuing days, Tennessee reportedly offered the position to a number of coaches, including: Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy, Purdue's Jeff Brohm, North Carolina State's Dan Doeren and Washington State's Mike Leach.

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