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UT Vols: Jeremy Pruitt of Alabama hired as Tennessee coach

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Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and Tennessee have finalized a deal to make Pruitt the Vols' coach, UT announced Thursday. Pruitt will be introduced at a news conference at 6:05 p.m. Thursday.

Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports and SI.com reported that Pruitt will receive a six-year deal.

SOURCE: #Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt is expected to get a 6-year deal to be #Tennessee 's new head coach.

— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 7, 2017 Pruitt and fellow defensive coordinators Kevin Steele of Auburn and Mel Tucker of Georgia were considered finalists for the job, which has been open since Tennessee fired Butch Jones on Nov. 12.

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Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt during the annual A-day game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Apr 16, 2016. Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as practice is held on fan day at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Sunday August 7, 2016. Montgomery Advertiser Fullscreen 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. Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt (center) on the sideline against the Florida State Seminoles at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sep 2, 2017. Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen No. 5 (tie): Jeremy Pruitt, Alabama defensive coordinator: $1,300,000. Last season, Pruitt was making $1 million annually. This past spring, Alabama gave him a new three-year deal that includes annual raises of $100,000. Marvin Gentry, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt during warm ups prior to the game against Colorado State Rams at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Sep 16, 2017. Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt before the Alabama A-Day spring football game at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Saturday April 16, 2016. Montgomery Advertiser Fullscreen Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt during warm ups prior to the game against Colorado State Rams at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Sep 16, 2017. Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt on the field prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game against the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on Jan 9, 2017. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt discusses the upcoming season during media day, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, at the Mal Moore Athletic Facility in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Associated Press Fullscreen Defensive Coordinator and defensive backs coach Jeremy Pruitt schemes defensive plays as Florida State dominates the Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA during their the teams first game of the 2013 football season. Glenn Beil/Tallahassee Democrat, Glenn Beil Fullscreen In this April 22, 2017, file photo, Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, coach of the White team, yells to his team during Alabama's annual A-Day spring football game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Associated Press Fullscreen Jacobbi McDaniel and coach Jeremy Pruitt celebrate an early defensive stop as Florida State hosts the 25th ranked Maryland Terrapins on Saturday Oct., 5, 2013. Glenn Beil/Tallahassee Democrat, Glenn Beil Fullscreen Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt during the game against Fresno State Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Sep 9, 2017. Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt during the game against the Kent State Golden Flashers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Sep 24, 2016. Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt during the annual A-day game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Apr 16, 2016. Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Georgia Bulldogs defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt celebrates with defensive tackle James DeLoach (89) after their game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The Bulldogs won 13-7 on Nov 28, 2015. Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Georgia Bulldogs defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt yells out from the sidelines during the second quarter against the Louisville Cardinals in the Belk Bowl held at Bank of America Stadium on Dec 30, 2014. Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Georgia Bulldogs defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt reacts to a play against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Georgia defeated South Carolina 52-20 on Sep 19, 2015. Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Georgia Bulldogs defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt during the second half against the Florida Gators at EverBank Stadium. Florida Gators defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 27-3 on Oct 31, 2015. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Georgia Bulldogs defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt coaches on the sideline during the first half of the Georgia Spring Game at Sanford Stadium on Apr 12, 2014. Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Georgia Bulldogs defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt looks on from the sideline during the second half of the Georgia Spring Game at Sanford Stadium. The Red team won 27-24 on Apr 12, 2014. Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Defensive Coordinator Jeremy Pruitt prepares his defensive unit for Wednesday's scrimmage. With a #10 ranking in AP's preseason poll Florida State will open the season at Pittsburgh September 2nd. Steve Chase Fullscreen Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt motivates FB Shayne Broxsie during Florida State's 4th Quarter drills. Democrat Fullscreen FSU football's defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt speaks at FSU's Signing Day party on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 in Tallahassee, Fla. Michael Schwarz/Special to the Democrat Fullscreen Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt aswers questions during a press conference on Thursday January 2, 2013 in Newport Beach, Ca. for the BCS National Championship Game. Montgomery Advertiser Fullscreen Like this topic? You may also like these photo galleries: Replay 1 of 26 2 of 26 3 of 26 4 of 26 5 of 26 6 of 26 7 of 26 8 of 26 9 of 26 10 of 26 11 of 26 12 of 26 13 of 26 14 of 26 15 of 26 16 of 26 17 of 26 18 of 26 19 of 26 20 of 26 21 of 26 22 of 26 23 of 26 24 of 26 25 of 26 26 of 26 Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last Slide Next Slide Pruitt is in his second season as Alabama's defensive coordinator after two years in the same position at Georgia. His first year as a defensive coordinator was in 2013 at Florida State. The Seminoles led the nation in scoring defense that season en route to a national championship. Pruitt was a finalist that year for the Broyles Award, given to the nation's top assistant. He was also a Broyles Award finalist in 2016.

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"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" Vols athletic director Phillip Fulmer said in a news release. "I'm certain he appreciates the unique opportunity to lead a program of Tennessee's caliber. He's driven to win at the highest level. He will honor our university's values, operate with integrity and be a role model for our student-athletes.

"I know Coach Pruitt will hit the ground running and go to work restoring our program to a championship level."

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During Pruitt's five seasons as a defensive coordinator, he's never presided over a defense that ranked lower than 16th nationally in scoring defense. Alabama has ranked first nationally in scoring defense the past two seasons.

Nick Saban tapped Pruitt to be his coordinator after Georgia hired Kirby Smart off Saban's staff in December 2015.

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"There was no doubt who I was going to hire," Saban said of Pruitt then, according to Al.com. "Didn't interview anybody. Didn't talk to anybody. Just hired the guy."

"It was a no-brainer for me to bring Jeremy back," Saban added. "He also did a great job of recruiting while he was here."

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Pruitt is in the midst of his third stint as an Alabama assistant. He was a graduate assistant for the Crimson Tide in 1997. He rejoined the staff in 2007, serving three seasons as Saban's director of player development before working as his defensive backs coach for three seasons.

One question regarding Pruitt pertains to when he'd be able to start at UT, with Alabama in the College Football Playoffs.

Pruitt, 43, is under contract at Alabama through the 2019 season. He's making $1.3 million this season, a figure that was set to increase to $1.4 million in 2018.

Pruitt has never been a head coach at any level.

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The Alabama native played his final two college seasons with the Crimson Tide under Gene Stallings. He started his college career at Middle Tennessee State, where he was a two-year starting defensive back for longtime MTSU coach Boots Donnelly.

Pruitt is a coach's son. He was a two-time all-state defensive back for his father, Dale, at Plainview High School in Alabama.

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Phillip Fulmer looks over University of Tennessee Chancellor Beverly Davenport during a press conference on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 after being named athletic director at the University of Tennessee. Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel Fullscreen Phillip Fulmer smiles at guests during a press conference on Friday, December 1, 2017 announcing Fulmer as Tennessee's acting athletic director. Saul Young/News Sentinel Fullscreen Phillip Fulmer at a press conference on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 after being named athletic director at the University of Tennessee. Brianna Paciorka/News Sentinel Fullscreen Friends and family of Phillip Fulmer, including daughters Brittany and Allison, attend a press conference on Friday, December 1, 2017 to announce Fulmer as Tennessee's acting athletic director. Saul Young/News Sentinel Fullscreen Lead by Jake Tidwell, right, a small group of University of Tennessee students held signs in support of Phillip Fulmer outside of the athletic department before a press conference on Friday, December 1, 2017 announcing Phillip Fulmer as Tennessee's acting athletic director. Saul Young/News Sentinel Fullscreen Phillip Fulmer enters the press conference with University of Tennessee Chancellor Beverly Davenport on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 after being named athletic director at the University of Tennessee. Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel Fullscreen Phillip Fulmer kisses his granddaughter before being named athletic director at a press conference on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. Brianna Paciorka/News Sentinel Fullscreen Phillip Fulmer answers questions during a press conference on Friday, December 1, 2017 as Tennessee's acting athletic director. Saul Young/News Sentinel Fullscreen UT student, who wishes to remain unidentified, writes a sign welcoming Phillip Fulmer outside the Athletic Department on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. Brianna Paciorka/News Sentinel Fullscreen Phillip Fulmer appears at a press conference on Friday, December 1, 2017 as Tennessee's acting athletic director. Saul Young/News Sentinel Fullscreen University of Tennessee Chancellor Beverly Davenport during a press conference on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 after naming Phillip Fulmer as athletic director. Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel Fullscreen Phillip Fulmer at a press conference on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 after being named athletic director at the University of Tennessee. Brianna Paciorka/News Sentinel Fullscreen University of Tennessee Chancellor Beverly Davenport, right, and Philip Fulmer, left, during a press conference on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 after Fulmer was named athletic director. Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel Fullscreen Phillip Fulmer during a press conference on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 after being named athletic director at the University of Tennessee. Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel Fullscreen University of Tennessee Chancellor Beverly Davenport, right, and Philip Fulmer, left, during a press conference on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 after Fulmer was named athletic director. Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel Fullscreen University of Tennessee Chancellor Beverly Davenport speaks at a press conference on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 afterPhillip Fulmerwas named athletic director. Brianna Paciorka/News Sentinel Fullscreen Chancellor Beverly Davenport and Chancellor of Communications Ryan Robinson, right, escort Phillip Fulmer to the a press conference on Friday, December 1, 2017 announcing Fulmer as Tennessee's acting athletic director. Saul Young/News Sentinel Fullscreen Students start to gather outside the Athletic Department in support of Phillip Fulmer on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. Brianna Paciorka/News Sentinel Fullscreen Tennessee Chancellor Beverly Davenport during a press conference on Friday, December 1, 2017 announcing Phillip Fulmer as Tennessee's acting athletic director. Saul Young/News Sentinel Fullscreen Phillip Fulmer during a press conference on Friday, December 1, 2017 as Tennessee's acting athletic director. Saul Young/News Sentinel Fullscreen Tennessee Chancellor Beverly Davenport during a press conference on Friday, December 1, 2017 announcing Phillip Fulmer as Tennessee's acting athletic director. Saul Young/News Sentinel Fullscreen People backstage at the Ray and Lucy Hand digital studio watch the press conference on Friday, December 1, 2017 announcing Phillip Fulmer as Tennessee's acting athletic director. Saul Young/News Sentinel Fullscreen Like this topic? You may also like these photo galleries: Replay 1 of 22 2 of 22 3 of 22 4 of 22 5 of 22 6 of 22 7 of 22 8 of 22 9 of 22 10 of 22 11 of 22 12 of 22 13 of 22 14 of 22 15 of 22 16 of 22 17 of 22 18 of 22 19 of 22 20 of 22 21 of 22 22 of 22 Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last Slide Next Slide Pruitt's hiring caps a chaotic coaching search that spanned 26 days.

The search became such a black eye that it cost athletic director John Currie his job . Currie was suspended with pay on Friday, as the university tries to fire him for cause. Fulmer was appointed as AD and tasked with completing the search.

Fulmer reportedly conducted interviews in New York this week while he was there for Peyton Manning's College Football Hall of Fame induction .

By hiring a coordinator, Tennessee follows a road map many other SEC schools have used. Eight of the league's other 13 SEC coaches were coordinators or position coaches immediately before becoming the coach at their current school.

Pruitt will be tasked with uniting and energizing fan base left frustrated by a 4-8 season and a coaching search that morphed into a national punchline.

Tennessee was finalizing a deal with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano Nov. 26 that would have made Schiano the next coach. News of the pending hire leaked, and it was met by a wave of backlash from some fans, state politicians, business owners and donors. The deal unraveled .

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Vol fan Jake McCallister, of Knoxville, chants outside of the UT Athletics offices during a gathering of Vol fans reacting to the possible hiring of Ohio State Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano for UT head coach outside of Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel Fullscreen UT sophomore Jake Tidwell makes a sign on his car trunk during a gathering of Vol fans reacting to the possible hiring of Ohio State Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano for UT head coach outside of Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel Fullscreen UT freshman Morgan Morton waves a Tennessee Vol flag reading "RIP" and "#Grumors" during a gathering of Vol fans reacting to the possible hiring of Ohio State Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano for UT head coach outside of Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Sunday, November 26, 2017. 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Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel Fullscreen A passing motorist waves a Tennessee flag from their window during a gathering of Vol fans reacting to the possible hiring of Ohio State Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano for UT head coach outside of Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel Fullscreen Vol fans march towards the UT Athletics offices during a gathering of Vol fans reacting to the possible hiring of Ohio State Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano for UT head coach outside of Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel Fullscreen A fan holds a sign reading "No Schiano!" during a gathering of Vol fans reacting to the possible hiring of Ohio State Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano for UT head coach outside of Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel Fullscreen Travis Steinmetz raises his sign over his head during a gathering of Vol fans reacting to the possible hiring of Ohio State Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano for UT head coach outside of Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel Fullscreen Pictured is the Rock on the University of Tennessee campus on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, hours after reports surfaced that the Vols were finalizing the hiring of Greg Schiano. Testimony in 2016 indicated Schiano, who worked at Penn State from 1990-95, had direct knowledge of convicted child sexual abuser Jerry Sandusky's crimes. Schiano has denied the allegations. Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel Fullscreen A marcher walks into the street with their sign during a protest against the possible hiring of Greg Schiano outside of Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel Fullscreen A Vol fan attends a gathering of Vol fans reacting to the possible hiring of Ohio State Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano for UT head coach outside of Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel Fullscreen Vol fans march in front of Neyland Stadium during a gathering of Vol fans reacting to the possible hiring of Ohio State Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano for UT head coach outside of Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel Fullscreen A Vol fan who wished to remain unidentified holds a sign reading "SchiaNO" during a gathering of Vol fans reacting to the possible hiring of Ohio State Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano for UT head coach outside of Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel Fullscreen UT sophomore Jake Tidwell chants outside of the UT Athletics offices during a gathering of Vol fans reacting to the possible hiring of Ohio State Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano for UT head coach outside of Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel Fullscreen A Vol fan carries a sign during a gathering of Vol fans reacting to the possible hiring of Ohio State Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano for UT head coach outside of Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel Fullscreen Vol fans chant outside of the UT Athletics offices during a gathering of Vol fans reacting to the possible hiring of Ohio State Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano for UT head coach outside of Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel Fullscreen Like this topic? You may also like these photo galleries: Replay 1 of 18 2 of 18 3 of 18 4 of 18 5 of 18 6 of 18 7 of 18 8 of 18 9 of 18 10 of 18 11 of 18 12 of 18 13 of 18 14 of 18 15 of 18 16 of 18 17 of 18 18 of 18 Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last Slide Next Slide The blowback centered, in part, around testimony released in 2016 regarding Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State defensive coordinator who was convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of sexual abuse of boys.

Schiano was on staff at Penn State from 1990-95. Former Penn State staffer Mike McQueary testified that fellow assistant Tom Bradley told McQueary that Schiano was aware of a child sexual abuse incident by Sandusky.

Schiano and Bradley denied having knowledge or witnessing any of Sandusky's abuse. McQueary's hearsay claim remains unsubstantiated.

After backing away from the deal with Schiano, the Vols were spurned by four coaches — Duke's David Cutcliffe, Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy , Purdue's Jeff Brohm and North Carolina State's Dave Doeren — in as many days. One of Currie's final acts as AD was interviewing Washington State coach Mike Leach in California. The Leach-to-Tennessee talks never regained momentum following Currie's ouster.

After snatching the reins of the search from Currie, Fulmer turned his eye toward the coordinator ranks, and he selected one from one of Tennessee's top rivals.

Fulmer was Tennessee's coach when Pruitt and the Crimson Tide played UT in 1995 and '96. The Vols won each of those games.

Pruitt will pick up the pieces left by Jones, who restored Tennessee's program to respectability with consecutive nine-win seasons in 2015 and ’16, only to watch it regress to a historic low this season. The Vols experienced their first eight-loss season in program history.

Pruitt becomes the 24th full-time coach in program history and the fourth hire since Fulmer’s firing in 2008. None of the past three coaches led Tennessee to a division title.

The Vols last won the SEC East in 2007 and haven’t claimed the conference championship since 1998. Tennessee culminated that ’98 season with a national championship.

Tennessee won at least eight games in every season during the ‘90s, reaching double-digit wins five times during the decade under Fulmer. Tennessee hasn’t been a dominant program this millennium, though.

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