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Vols name Pruitt new Head Coach

08 December 2017, 01:07 | Andy Ferguson

BREAKING: Tennessee To Hire Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt As Head Coach

Reports: Tennessee Finalizes Deal With Jeremy Pruitt

The former Hoover head coach tells of a game in the 2004 season when Pruitt - then the special teams coordinator - game-planned a pair of schemes that directly led to blocked punts. He replaces Butch Jones, who was sacked after posting a 34-27 overall mark, including 14-24 in SEC play, during a five-year span.

University of Tennessee, Knoxville Chancellor Beverly Davenport and Athletic Director Phillip Fulmer will hold a press conference Thursday evening at 6:05 p.m. ET to introduce Pruitt.

Rumph and Pruitt were on staff together from 2011-12 at Alabama. Last season, former offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin coached in the Peach Bowl after accepting a head coaching job at Florida Atlantic. Alabama will meet Clemson in the Sugar Bowl in one national semifinal game on January 1. After that, he served as the defensive coordinator at Florida State for one season, and spent two seasons as Georgia's defensive coordinator before returning to Alabama in 2016.

Pruitt has always been part of a victor dating back to his early days with Alabama, but now he has been tasked with putting together plans, strategies and figuring out not only a way to defeat the Crimson Tide, but return the Volunteers to the top of the mountain. If Alabama wins, it will move on to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on January 8. A year later as the defensive coordinator it was Pruitt who successfully figured out how to stop then-Nease (Fla.) quarterback Tim Tebow.

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It's also worth noting that teams will have a tenth assistant beginning next year. This season, Alabama again leads the nation in scoring defense and ranks second in total defense.

In 2007, Alabama hired him to work with the defense. The Crimson Tide has suffered significant losses to several key defenders including four to the linebacking unit alone.

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