Tennessee has hired Jeremy Pruitt the program's next head football coach, the university confirmed Thursday. He also had a previous stint at Alabama where he served as the Crimson Tide's secondary coach from 2010-12.
Pruitt and Friend have been friends for a long time (since their playing days at Alabama) and they were on staff together at Georgia.
Pruitt won three national championships (2009, 2011 and 2012) while at Alabama.
This year, Pruitt has coached Alabama's defense to the No. 2 overall defense in the country after guiding the Crimson Tide to the No. 1 defense last season.
But if Fulmer has really gotten Pruitt to abandon his alma mater to take over the Vols, Tennessee may have just found the guy to make the Big Orange Nation quickly forget everything negative that has happened since John Currie, the AD at the time, fired Butch Jones on November 12.
According to Football Scoop, Pruitt has had discussions with former Vol and current Colorado State cornerbacks coach Terry Fair about joining his staff at Tennessee. Last year, Pruitt's defense led the nation in scoring defense, giving up just 13 points per game.More news: Gardai issue snow and ice warning as national alert remains in place
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No college team Pruitt has coached for has had a losing record.
Pruitt's success this season is particularly impressive given how hard Alabama's defense has been hit by injuries. "Probst thought Prattville was the better team, but "(Pruitt) schemes up the flawless plays and we block two punts that led to touchdowns. He is also viewed by many as one of the top recruiters in the sport, .
Tennessee saw a coach almost get hired, then decided against it after fans protested the decision. However, the school received incredible backlash, even White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made a public comment on Facebook criticizing Tennessee for hiring someone with ties to the Jerry Sandusky abuse case.
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.