The seemingly never-ending search for the Tennessee Volunteers head coaching gig has yet is reportedly close to being finalized.
The Volunteers are finalizing a deal with Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, according to a report from ESPN.
Tennessee expects to announce Pruitt as its football coach on Thursday and an introductory news conference is planned for later in the day.
Pruitt, 43, is in his second season as Alabama’s defensive coordinator. Alabama is ranked first nationally in scoring defense this season and second nationally in total defense.
“He can relate to anybody, and you see that with the way guys have bought into new roles, and guys have been able to move around and play different spots,” Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Anderson, who was recruited to Alabama by Pruitt, said last year.
“But the big thing he does is that he lets his dogs go hunt. There ain’t no holding back.”
#4 Alabama plays #1 Clemson in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day.