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Tennessee Finalizes Deal With Jeremy Pruitt

Tennessee Finalizes Deal With Jeremy Pruitt

Pruitt has also coached 11 first-team All-Americans. Not only will Pruitt be attempting to guide Alabama's defensive unit to Playoff glory, his first big recruiting test with Tennessee is just around the corner, as the early signing period for high school prospects will begin on December 20.

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

After going a dismal 4-8 and 0-8 in the SEC, Tennessee let go of Butch Jones and the hunt was on.

Kevin Sherrer was the defensive coordinator at South Alabama in 2013, before joining Georgia's staff (with Pruitt) in 2014 as a defensive assistant.

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Pruitt replaces Butch Jones as the head coach of the Vols after Jones was sacked on November 12.

Colquitt County (Ga.) head coach Rush Propst has been a legend for long enough that he has helped plenty of former assistants land head coaching roles in high school football or assistant positions in the collegiate ranks.

While at Florida State, his defense was first in the nation in scoring, allowing just 10.7 points per game.

University of Tennessee's Chancellor Beverly Davenport and Director of Athletics Phil Fulmer will hold a press conference Thursday at 6:05 p.m. ET in the Peyton Manning Locker Room to introduce Jeremy Pruitt as Tennessee's next head football coach. Being the "main man" on campus and steering the ship can turn even the best of coaches into a shell of their former self. The former defensive back played collegiately at both Middle Tennessee and Alabama. He was also a player for the Vols, and a highly successful one at that. He played at Alabama from 2008-12 (which means Pruitt coached him). Tennessee Chancellor Beverley Davenport gave Fulmer "full authority" to make the hire. Then Tennessee went after Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm, but it's unclear if there was any truth to that, so the next coach in line was N.C. State's Dave Doeren who also turned down the job. Fulmer, Tennessee's Hall of Fame football coach, took over as athletic director last Friday following the termination of Currie. Pruitt was a 2013 finalist for the Broyles Award.