Alabama's Jeremy Pruitt set to take Tennessee gig

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The 43-year-old Pruitt has twice been a finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to Division I-FBS' top assistant coach, and has spent many years under Nick Saban at Alabama. Before that he served as the defensive coordinator at Georgia from 2014-15 and at Florida State in 2013. Alabama led the nation in scoring defense and ranked second in total defense previous year. "Now I'm not sure that he can go in and steal Alabama commits this year, especially given the short window of time, but the future is bright from a recruiting standpoint".

Sure, there is always a risk when hiring a head coach, especially one who has no experience, but Pruitt has lived for football, he has been around the best (including his father) and failure is not a word he likes to say or hear. Once word leaked that Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano had been tabbed for the job, an outcry from alumni, fans, former players and politicians ultimately squashed the deal.

Reports linked Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy and Purdue's Jeff Brohm to Tennessee's vacancy, but both stayed with their teams. However, the search for a new coach had been so unsuccessful that it was even jokingly rumored North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un even turned down the job.

Currie met last week with Washington State's Mike Leach and was forced out the next day.

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The Buckeyes run defense was phenomenal, holding the Badgers to just 60 yards on the ground - their lowest total of the year. The conversion milked precious extra minutes off the clock before a short field goal that served as the game's final points.

Tennessee opened this season in the AP Top 25 but ended up winless in SEC competition for the first time since the league formed in 1933.

According to Low, Pruitt is expected to remain on Alabama's staff through the College Football Playoff. The Tide are the fourth seed this year.

Pruitt has been Alabama's defensive coordinator since 2016. In fact, according to a list of salaries released by USA Today earlier this year, he would actually rank No. 73 among college head coaches.

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