ESPN: NEW HEAD FOOTBALL COACH NAMED FOR UT

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Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is expected to be named the next head football coach at Tennessee, barring any unexpected setbacks, according to ESPN.

Reporter Mark Schlabach posted to Twitter the announcement is expected Thursday. ESPN’s Chris Low said sources told ESPN Tennessee is working to finalize a deal with Pruitt after offering him the job earlier in the day.

Jeremy Pruitt is currently serving as the defensive coordinator at Alabama under Nick Saban, while he’s only been in that position since 2016 it’s not his first stint with the Crimson Tide. Pruitt began his coaching career in Tuscaloosa as a graduate assistant in 1997 and then moved on to the high school ranks for almost a decade, coaching on the defensive side of the ball the entire time.

Pruitt returned to the college ranks with Alabama in 2007 coaching in the secondary and stayed through 2012. In 2013 he accepted the defensive coordinator position at FSU and went on to win the national championship that year under Jimbo Fisher. During the 2014-15 season returned to the SEC as a defensive coordinator for Georgia.

Pruitt’s playing career as a defensive back was split between MTSU (1993-1994) and Alabama (1995-1996).

The 43-year-old is widely recognized as an excellent recruiter and was a Broyles Award finalist in 2016.