"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.