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

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Pruitt is now the fifth-highest paid assistant in the country, making $1.3 million a year. During that time, the Crimson Tide appeared in the College Football Playoff both years, losing to Clemson in the national championship game in 2016.

Pruitt spent two seasons as Georgia's defensive coordinator from 2014 to 2015 before returning to Tuscaloosa for the 2016 season. Pruitt worked previously under Alabama head coach Nick Saban as a defensive backs coach, before moving on to Tallahassee as the defensive coordinator for the Florida State Seminoles.

Fulmer then reportedly moved on to hiring Pruitt. While many are projecting him to land at Alabama, Pruitt was his lead recruiter with the Tide.

No college team Pruitt has coached for has had a losing record.

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It was reported earlier today that Pruitt added his first staff member in Colorado State's Will Friend. He then joined Alabama's staff as a defensive analyst for a season before taking over the outside linebackers. Will it be better than Butch Jones at the beginning? However, the search for a new coach had been so unsuccessful that it was even jokingly rumored North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un even turned down the job. Once word leaked that Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano had been tabbed for the job, an outcry from alumni, fans, former players and politicians ultimately squashed the deal.

"Six days ago, I mentioned several attributes that I sought to find in the next leader of our football program, and Coach Pruitt meets all criteria", Fulmer said in a statement released on Thursday.

Pruitt was also a recent finalist for the Mississippi State head coaching position, but the Bulldogs hired Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead on November 28.

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