It appears that Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer, a former national championship coach in Knoxville, likely has the man he wants to guide the Vols to another CFP title in the near future.
Pruitt, 43, played at Alabama and held various coaching jobs at Alabama before becoming defensive coordinator in 2016. UT fired John Currie as athletic director after the Schiano episode and as Currie was courting Washington State coach Mike Leach.
Currie scurried all over the country but failed miserably while trying to get Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, Purdue's Jeff Brohm and North Carolina State's Dave Doeren to succeed Jones, who was sacked two games short of five full seasons at Tennessee. By 2015, Georgia was eighth in total defense (298.0 yards per game), ninth in scoring defense (16.9 points per game) and eighth in defensive efficiency, according to ESPN.com. During the 2014-15 season returned to the SEC as a defensive coordinator for Georgia. He was initially there from 2007 to 2012, the last three seasons as defensive backs coach.
Pruitt would also be the second former Saban assistant to take the head coaching position at Tennessee. That was his first job in major college football after spending the previous seven years as a high school assistant coach. He has yet to be a head coach at the college level, so there's obviously the question as to whether he can succeed in the role. But the big thing he does is that he lets his dogs go hunt.
Has Tennessee's coaching search finally ended?