ESPN reported that Pruitt "plans to stay on as Alabama's defensive coordinator through the College Football Playoff, while pulling double duty as the Vols' head coach and spearheading their recruiting efforts and putting together his staff at Tennessee".
Pruitt will take over for former Tennessee head coach Butch Jones, who went 34-27 in five years at Tennessee.
"I'm certain he appreciates the unique opportunity to lead a program of Tennessee's caliber", Fulmer said. During the search, John Currie was sacked as director of athletics after just eight months on the job. He's driven to win at the highest level. In 2013, the Rainsville, Alabama native helped guide Florida State to a national championship behind the country's third-ranked defense.
Pruitt returned to the SEC in 2014 to be the Georgia defensive coordinator for two seasons before landing back in Alabama in 2016 and winning another championship.
"Pruitt is an excellent recruiter and I think he's a good get especially after the debacle of a coaching search that occurred".
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From 2000 to 2006, Pruitt was a highly respected defensive coordinator throughout the state of Alabama at Plainview, Fort Payne and Hoover High School. The Seminoles led the nation in scoring defense that season en route to a national championship. "I see him getting talent to Tennessee".
He was a Broyles Award Finalist as the nation's top assistant twice and started his player career in the Volunteer State at MTSU. Numerous names emerged throughout the process, including Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, who reportedly accepted the job. North Carolina State's Dave Doeren agreed to a contract with the Wolfpack on Thursday after speaking with Tennessee officials.
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.
At long last, the mother of all coaching searches is over.