Tennessee coaching rumors: Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt to accept head coach job

Tennessee will hire Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as its head coach, according to Sports Radio WNML in Knoxville.

The school has yet to officially announce the deal, but Bruce Feldman at Fox Sports confirmed the decision. A deal is expected to be announced as early as Thursday.

Pruitt has served as defensive coordinator at Alabama since 2016. He also served as defensive coordinator at Georgia from 2014-15.

Since taking over as the leading man for the Crimson Tide defense, Alabama has ranked first (2017) and second (2016) in total defense.

Tennessee had thrown around multiple names for their head coaching job, including ESPN color analyst Jon Gruden and Washington State head coach Mike Leach. But after athletics director John Currie reportedly had a deal in place with Leach, the school fired Currie and handed the coaching search over to new interim AD and former Vols head coach Phillip Fulmer.

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