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Tennessee has named Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt the Vols 26 head football coach.

Pruitt's hiring at Tennessee ends a lengthy, and rather embarrassing, coaching search.

Sherrer and Pruitt both joined Georgia's staff prior to the 2014 season.

A former defensive back at Alabama, Pruitt served two different stints on the Crimson Tide staff under Saban.

Throughout his impressive time as an assistant coach, Pruitt has coached 34 National Football League draft picks.

It was reported earlier today that Pruitt added his first staff member in Colorado State's Will Friend. He has also worked under Saban, serving as Alabama's director of player development from 2010-12.

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Then Tennessee turned to Washington State head football coach Mike Leach, who reportedly had a great meeting with then Tennessee athletic director John Currie, the deal was blown off as Currie was removed from his position and Phil Fulmer took over the athletic director position as well as the football coaching search on December 1. With AP Photos.Tennessee has hired Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as its head coach.

"Six days ago, I mentioned several attributes that I sought to find in the next leader of our football program, and Coach Pruitt meets all criteria".

In the 2013 and 2016 seasons, Pruitt was one of five finalists for the Broyles Award given annually to the nation's top assistant coach. The Tide are the fourth seed this year.

This will be Pruitt's first head coaching opportunity after a long career as an assistant. Following a successful run with the Tide that included two national championships, Florida State hired Pruitt away in 2013 and they claimed the national title. Numerous names emerged throughout the process, including Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, who reportedly accepted the job. "I see him getting talent to Tennessee".

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.

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