The defensive coordinator appears to be the top candidate for the job.
A frontrunner appears to have emerged in the Tennessee head coaching search.
Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has been mentioned a lot for the position over the last day or so.
Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel is now reporting that the Crimson Tide’s defensive guru has emerged as the “leading candidate.”
Source: Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt has emerged as the leading candidate at Tennessee.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 7, 2017
Pruitt, 43, has never been a head coach. He was an assistant at Alabama from 2007-12 before taking the DC job at Florida State. Pruitt was with the Seminoles for one season before taking the same position at Georgia. He returned to Alabama in 2016.
Bruce Feldman says Pruitt is incredibly important to Nick Saban.
Re: #Tennessee coaching search: Thing I’ve heard quite bit this week regarding Jeremy Pruitt is his value at #Alabama goes well beyond being just an excellent DC w/ schemes, he’s someone Saban really counts on to help set the tone in development & recruiting.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 7, 2017
Tennessee has also been linked to USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin and Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, among others.