Former UGA assistant Pruitt accepts Tennessee job


The school scheduled a news conference Thursday evening to introduce Pruitt, who agreed to a six-year deal that will pay him $3.8 million annually plus various benefits such as an expense allowance and additional money for summer camp.

GoVols247 reported that Athletics Director Phillip Fulmer met with Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt on Wednesday, and that Pruitt is expected to be named the next head UT football coach. After winning two national championships as the defensive backs coach under Nick Saban during his first stint at Alabama, he moved on to become defensive coordinator at Florida State.

He's served as the Crimson Tide's defensive coordinator the past two seasons, doing so after being the DC at Florida State in 2013 and at Georgia from 2014-15.

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

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Pruitt's hiring would put an end to a saga that looked set to end in November with Ohio State coordinator Greg Schiano becoming the new man in charge of the program. With Alabama a year ago, Pruitt's defense played a big part in reaching the College Football Playoff national championship game, which resulted in a loss to Clemson.

Alabama topped the nation in run defense last season and ranks third in that category this year. Saban famously didn't want Lane Kiffin to remain on staff after he agreed to take the FAU job, though his relationship with Saban was always a bit chilly even at the best of times.

FILE - In this March 25, 2016, file photo, Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt works with his players during spring NCAA college football practice at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields in Tuscaloosa, Ala. This marks Tennessee's fourth coaching search since Fulmer was forced out in 2008.

At long last, Tennessee has its next head football coach.