Tennessee coaching rumors: Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt to accept head coach job

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Reports on Wednesday night claimed that Tennessee is in the process of finalizing a deal to make current Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt its new head coach.

He will earn a base salary of $275,000 and supplemental compensation that amounts to $3,525,000, according to a memorandum of understanding signed Thursday by Pruitt, Tennessee athletics director Phillip Fulmer, school chancellor Beverly Davenport and the university's chief financial officer David Miller.

This season was his second stint as an assistant coach with the Alabama Crimson Tide, working previously as the defensive backs coach under Nick Saban from 2010-2012.

Pruitt spent two seasons as Georgia's defensive coordinator from 2014 to 2015 before returning to Tuscaloosa for the 2016 season.

The 43-year-old Pruitt has never been a head coach at any level, but he brings with him both a reputation as an ace recruiter and a championship pedigree.

Fulmer interviewed Pruitt on Monday in Dallas and then again Wednesday in NY.

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Alabama topped the nation in run defense last season and ranks third in that category this year.

An unprecedented coaching search has finally come to an end at Tennessee.

We've seen these kind of hires work out greatly for some, including defending national champion Clemson with Dabo Swinney, but fail other times.

At long last, the mother of all coaching searches is over. He will continue to coach Alabama through the College Football Playoff.

Pruitt, who was a defensive back at MTSU (1993-94) and Alabama (1995-96) also appeared on the MTV TV series Two-A-Days while he was an assistant coach at Hoover High School in Alabama.

No college team Pruitt has coached for has had a losing record.