Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt during the annual A-day game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Apr 16, 2016.

The worst coaching search in the history of the world led Tennessee to an Alabama guy. Perfect, huh?

Remember the reaction to UT’s hiring of Alabama alum Dave Hart as its athletic director a few years ago?

Some fans couldn’t stomach the thought of an Alabama guy running UT’s athletic department. Some of the more creative thinkers even wondered if he could be working undercover, determined to undermine the Vols on behalf of the Tide.

Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt during the annual A-day game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Apr 16, 2016.

You won’t get that kind of reaction when Tennessee names Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as its new football coach. Its coaching search has gone on so long and taken so many strange and troubling turns that the hiring of almost anyone other than Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano would be welcomed.

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If the last group of candidates had turned down new athletic director Phillip Fulmer, he might have offered the job to the next guy he saw wearing a baseball cap who at least looked physically capable of playing high school football in his younger days.

Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt during the annual A-day game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Apr 16, 2016.

Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as practice is held on fan day at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Sunday August 7, 2016.

Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt reacts during the game against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Tide defeated the Hilltoppers 38-10 on Sep 10, 2016.

Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt (center) on the sideline against the Florida State Seminoles at Mercedes-Benz …read more

Source:: Usatoday – Sports

      

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