Former UGA assistant Pruitt accepts Tennessee job

Former UGA assistant Pruitt accepts Tennessee job

He will earn a base salary of $275,000 and supplemental compensation that amounts to $3,525,000, according to a memorandum of understanding signed Thursday by Pruitt, Tennessee athletics director Phillip Fulmer, school chancellor Beverly Davenport and the university's chief financial officer David Miller. Pruitt worked previously under Alabama head coach Nick Saban as a defensive backs coach, before moving on to Tallahassee as the defensive coordinator for the Florida State Seminoles.

Pruitt also was defensive coordinator for Florida State's 2013 national championship team, which led the nation in scoring defense. With Alabama a year ago, Pruitt's defense played a big part in reaching the College Football Playoff national championship game, which resulted in a loss to Clemson.

Pruitt is 43 years old and a native of Alabama. "I see him getting talent to Tennessee".

The search for the Vols' next head football coach is likely coming to an end. 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.

Pruitt inherits a Tennessee program that is seeking to return to the prominence it enjoyed in the 1990s and early 2000s under Fulmer.

At long last, the mother of all coaching searches is over. After three years in that role, Pruitt became Alabama's defensive backs coach, reporting directly under Smart.

Volquest reports Pruitt began his career as a high school coach at multiple Alabama schools, working his way up into the college ranks through his ability to connect with people and his intense work ethic. Propst called Pruitt an excellent recruiter and even better coach at in-game adjustments.

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