Vols finalize deal with Jeremy Pruitt to become next head coach

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

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.

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

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

Pruitt is 43 years old and a native of Alabama.

While at Florida State, his defense was first in the nation in scoring, allowing just 10.7 points per game. Like Kirby Smart two years ago, Pruitt is expected to juggle both roles - Vols head coach and Alabama DC - during the Tide's playoff run.

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Pruitt's success this season is particularly impressive given how hard Alabama's defense has been hit by injuries. Before that he served as the defensive coordinator at Georgia from 2014-15 and at Florida State in 2013.

Fulmer reportedly met with Pruitt and other candidates over the past few days, and started to narrow his search while in NY for the College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony, where former UT great Peyton Manning was being honored. Saban is 11-0 in his career against former assistants.

In the 2013 and 2016 seasons, Pruitt was one of five finalists for the Broyles Award given annually to the nation's top assistant coach. He worked an initial stint on Alabama's staff from 2007-12, when he helped the Crimson Tide win national titles in 2009, 2011 and 2012. The All-American defensive back said he knows the career assistant Pruitt would make a great head coach. "Probst thought Prattville was the better team, but "(Pruitt) schemes up the flawless plays and we block two punts that led to touchdowns. Pruitt's hire could be made official as early as Friday, per FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman.

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. 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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