Jeremy Pruitt finalizing deal with Tennessee

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It looks as if new Tennessee Volunteers athletic director Phillip Fulmer is zeroing in on assistants from around the SEC to replace the recently fired Butch Jones as the Volunteers' head football coach.

Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has been offered the job, ESPN's Chris Low and Jimmy Hyams of WNML in Knoxville announced on Twitter. Piggy backing off of that report fellow ESPN reporter Mark Schlabach said the school will name pruitt their new coach on Thursday barring any unforsene setbacks.

Two years ago, Georgia hired Kirby Smart from Alabama and Smart stayed on staff with the Tide through their national championship, but began recruiting for the Bulldogs upon being named. Before that, he was the defensive coordinator at both Florida State and Georgia. Sports CFB insider Pete Thamel, Pruitt has emerged as the front runner for the job. This year, Alabama leads the nation in scoring defense and yards per play.

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Not surprisingly, Pruitt took what was already an elite Alabama defense under Smart and helped it maintain its standing.

Pruitt would also be the second former Saban assistant to take the head coaching position at Tennessee.

Keep in mind Pruitt had to replace Marlon Humphrey, Reuben Foster, Ryan Anderson, Jonathan Allen, Tim Williams and Eddie Jackson, all of whom were selected in the 2017 National Football League draft.

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The school walked back a contract offer to Greg Schiano after Volunteers fans overwhelmingly criticized the move.

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

It was during that meeting that Currie was put on paid leave and Fulmer, who has acted as a special advisor to the university, was chosen to be the new athletic director.

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