Tennessee would love to see Pruitt match the success of Georgia's Kirby Smart, who preceded Pruitt as the defensive coordinator on Nick Saban's Alabama staff. He also served as defensive coordinator at Georgia from 2014-15.
The 43-year-old is widely recognized as an excellent recruiter and was a Broyles Award finalist in 2016.
Tennessee reportedly came close to hiring a few other big-name candidates, including Washington State's Mike Leach and Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy, but failed to land any of them.
With Pruitt gone, one possible replacement would be Tosh Lupoi who is in his third year as Alabama's outside linebackers coach.
The selection of Pruitt ends a coaching search that had become embarrassing for Tennessee as it dragged on. Then Tennessee went after Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm, but it's unclear if there was any truth to that, so the next coach in line was N.C. State's Dave Doeren who also turned down the job.Читайте также: Apple agrees to cough up for $15 billion Irish tax bill
Tennessee hasn't won the SEC Eastern Division since 2007 and hasn't captured a conference title since its 1998 national championship season. 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.
Tennessee opened this season in the AP Top 25 but ended up winless in SEC competition for the first time since the league formed in 1933.
Volquest reports Pruitt began his career as a high school coach at multiple Alabama schools, working his way up into the college ranks through his ability to connect with people and his intense work ethic. The Tide are the fourth seed this year. Prior to his DC stays with those southeastern programs, Pruitt coached at Alabama - his alma mater - for six seasons, the final three as defensive backs coach.
No college team Pruitt has coached for has had a losing record.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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