Vols finalize deal with Jeremy Pruitt to become next head coach

Vols finalize deal with Jeremy Pruitt to become next head coach

The Vols will officially introduce Pruitt as their 26th head coach at a news conference Thursday evening.

Knoxville radio station WNML first reported that Pruitt had accepted the job. A two-year stop as Georgia's defensive coordinator led into his most recent job back at his alma mater.

If Pruitt ends up being the Vols' next coach, his staff will be an important part of his success. Tennessee went 4-8 this season and set a school record for losses.

Two years later, Pruitt joined the Tide coaching staff as a graduate assistant. He replaces Butch Jones, who was sacked after going 34-27 overall and 14-24 in SEC play in five seasons in Knoxville.

The rapid coaching rise for Jeremy Pruitt went from high school assistant to SEC head coach in a matter of a decade.

While at Florida State, his defense was first in the nation in scoring, allowing just 10.7 points per game.

After a long turmoil-filled coaching search, the Tennessee Volunteers are set to hire Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as their next head coach, according to multiple reports.

"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". Following a successful run with the Tide that included two national championships, Florida State hired Pruitt away in 2013 and they claimed the national title. The former defensive back played collegiately at both Middle Tennessee and Alabama. He played at Alabama from 2008-12 (which means Pruitt coached him). It would also help with the staff transition - especially in the area of recruiting. "He will do a great job at Tennessee and we wish him the best".

Pruitt, 43, is a two-time Broyles Award finalist as the top assistant coach in college football. Then the school's athletic director, John Currie, was sacked last Friday, capping an embarrassing stretch for the once-proud SEC school. However, the school received incredible backlash, even White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made a public comment on Facebook criticizing Tennessee for hiring someone with ties to the Jerry Sandusky abuse case.