Tennessee Nearing Deal to Make Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt Next Head Coach

Ross Houston
December 7, 2017

The Volunteers are reportedly close to hiring Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt as their next head coach, but it looks like Martin won't be joining their staff.

It appears as though Tennessee is focusing in on a trio of SEC defensive coordinators: Alabama's Jeremy Pruitt, Georgia's Mel Tucker and Auburn's Kevin Steele.

Schlabach doesn't say if Martin was never interviewed for the head coaching position or the offensive coordinator position, but he did specify that Martin isn't expected to come on as Tennessee's offensive coordinator under Pruitt. He's the sixth former Saban assistant to take a head coaching position in the SEC, following Dooley, Will Muschamp, Jimbo Fisher, Jim McElwain and Kirby Smart. In 2013, his only season with the Seminoles, he constructed a unit that led the nation in scoring defense en route to another national championship.


Phillip Fulmer, Tennessee's former College Football Hall of Fame coach, replaced John Currie on Friday as the Vols' athletic director, and he has spearheaded the coaching search ever since.

He named his son, born in May, after former Alabama linebackers Ryan Anderson and Reuben Foster. "You see that with the way guys have bought into new roles, and guys have been able to move around and play different spots".

Fulmer has placed a priority on finding a defensive coach, Low reports, and Pruitt is also regarded as a top-flight recruiter. "There ain't no holding back".


The Tennessee Volunteers' long coaching vacancy nightmare may have finally come to a merciful end. Dabo Swinney also owes a lot of Clemson's achievements under his watch to having two Broyles Award-winning assistants (Brent Venables and Tony Elliott) as well as another who eventually accepted the Arkansas job (Chad Morris).

For many, the twists and turns throughout the search for Butch Jones' replacement were emblematic of the internal turmoil that has plagued the football program.


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