Tennessee has reportedly hired Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as its new head coach.

Tennessee has reportedly hired Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as its new head coach.

Jeremy Pruitt hasn’t been a head coach, but he’s coached under three of the best in college football.

Nick Saban. Mark Richt. Jimbo Fisher.

Pruitt won a national championship as an assistant at FSU. Nearly made it three at Alabama last season.

If Pruitt takes the work ethic and leadership abilities from Saban, the coach-player relationship from Richt, offensive philosophy from Fisher and bring his defensive mentality to the table, Tennessee could be back on the winning track sooner than later.

ESPN’s Chris Low first reported UT was finalizing a deal with Pruitt and will make it official today.

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Chris Low (@ClowESPN) December 07, 2017

Don’t expect a worst-to-first at UT like Gus Malzahn at Auburn in 2013 or win the SEC in two years and make the College Football Playoff like Kirby Smart has at Georgia.

The growing pains are coming, especially at a program that lacks to the talent to win in the SEC and at an athletic department that’s butchered this coaching search.

The Volunteers should feel fortunate to wind up with Alabama’s defensive coordinator. He’s an aggressive coach, which will play well with recruits. Pruitt needs to find a solid offensive coordinator, preferably one who can recruit, and he’ll be on his way.

Mike Friend perhaps? The Colorado State offensive coordinator was on the same staff with Pruitt under Richt at Georgia.

Pruitt and Friend were teammates at Alabama in the 1990s.

South Florida offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert could work. Louisville OC Lonnie Galloway maybe? What about North Texas offensive coordinator Graham Harrell?

All four are running Top 20 offenses.

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Source:: Usatoday – Sports


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