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Former UGA assistant Pruitt accepts Tennessee job

Former UGA assistant Pruitt accepts Tennessee job”

Pruitt, who was former Georgia head coach Mark Richt's defensive coordinator from 2014-15, officially accepted the head coaching job at Tennessee Thursday morning.

Sources for NBC affiliate WBIR are now confirming that Jeremy Pruitt will be the next head football coach at the University of Tennessee.

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.

Pruitt left Alabama after the 2012 season to be Florida State's defensive coordinator in 2013 and helped the Seminoles win a national championship.

It's uncertain whether or not Pruitt will continue out his role at Alabama for the remainder of the season or move on to Tennessee immediately. Last year, Pruitt's defense led the nation in scoring defense, giving up just 13 points per game.

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At Alabama, Pruitt had an annual salary of $1.3 million in 2017.

Pruitt's hiring at Tennessee ends a lengthy, and rather embarrassing, coaching search. Saban famously didn't want Lane Kiffin to remain on staff after he agreed to take the FAU job, though his relationship with Saban was always a bit chilly even at the best of times.

Pruitt inherits a Tennessee program that is seeking to return to the prominence it enjoyed in the 1990s and early 2000s under Fulmer. It closed the year with a 42-24 loss to Vanderbilt, the fourth time in the last six years the Vols lost to the in-state rival they've historically dominated. He will continue to coach Alabama through the College Football Playoff.

FILE - In this March 25, 2016, file photo, Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt works with his players during spring NCAA college football practice at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields in Tuscaloosa, Ala.



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