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08 December, 2017, 02:02 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Sources: UT finalizing deal with Jeremy Pruitt to be new head coach

It will be interesting to see if Copeland becomes the first of what is likely to be many elite prospects that come to Rocky Top to play for Coach Pruitt.

Chris Low reported that a press conference is slated for Thursday evening to introduce Pruitt as the next coach of the Vols.

Sherrer and Pruitt both joined Georgia's staff prior to the 2014 season. The Crimson Tide are back in the College Football Playoff this year too.

Sources say the only question that remains is whether he will coach in Alabama's semifinal game against Clemson.

Throughout his impressive time as an assistant coach, Pruitt has coached 34 National Football League draft picks.

Pruitt reportedly sold Fulmer and Tennessee on his ability to build a great staff. He agreed to a six-year deal that will pay more than $3.8 million annually. He also worked at Alabama as an assistant coach from 2007-2012. Before that he served as the defensive coordinator at Georgia from 2014-15 and at Florida State in 2013.

Alabama topped the nation in run defense last season and ranks third in that category this year.

But the Vols' missteps in their coaching search could be forgiven if Pruitt delivers in Knoxville.

After a long 25 day search that saw a coach signed (and then subsequently "unsigned"), multiple offers extended and an athletic director fired, the Tennessee Vols finally have Butch Jones' replacement. He is viewed as one of the Crimson Tide's top recruiters and was named Rivals Recruiter of the Year during 2010 while serving as the defensive line coach at California. Before the 2015 playoffs, Smart accepted the head coaching position at Georgia, but he also attempted to stay on the Alabama staff through the playoffs. "He will do a great job at Tennessee and we wish him the best". Once word leaked that Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano had been tabbed for the job, an outcry from alumni, fans, former players and politicians ultimately squashed the deal. Pruitt was a 2013 finalist for the Broyles Award.

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