Tennessee finalizes deal for Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Volunteers finally have their new head coach.

After a circuitous head-coaching search that took on just about every twist imaginable, the Vols have finalized their deal with Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, sources confirmed to ESPN on Thursday.

The Vols will introduce Pruitt at a news conference Thursday evening, sources told ESPN.

Sources told ESPN that Pruitt plans to stay on as Alabama’s defensive coordinator through the College Football Playoff, while pulling double duty as the Vols’ head coach and spearheading their recruiting efforts and putting together his staff at Tennessee.

Fourth-ranked Alabama plays No. 1 Clemson in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day. It will be the third season in a row that Alabama will deal with losing a coordinator before playing in the CFP.

Pruitt, 43, is in his second

Article source: http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/21699440/tennessee-volunteers-hire-alabama-crimson-tide-assistant-coach-jeremy-pruitt-new-head-coach

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