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Pruitt, who was former Georgia head coach Mark Richt's defensive coordinator from 2014-15, officially accepted the head coaching job at Tennessee Thursday morning.

Pruitt, 43, has been the defensive coordinator at Alabama under Nick Saban at Alabama since 2016.

He was a Broyles Award Finalist as the nation's top assistant twice and started his player career in the Volunteer State at MTSU.

"Six days ago, I mentioned several attributes that I sought to find in the next leader of our football program, and Coach Pruitt meets all criteria", Fulmer said in a news release. In 2013, his only season with the Seminoles, he constructed a unit that led the nation in scoring defense en route to another national championship. Pruitt is now the fifth-highest paid assistant in the country, making $1.3 million a year.

Tennessee's coaching search has been fraught with controversy and drama since the school fired Butch Jones after the season, with much of the hoopla surrounding Greg Schiano. Saban famously didn't want Lane Kiffin to remain on staff after he agreed to take the FAU job, though his relationship with Saban was always a bit chilly even at the best of times.

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Tennessee was close to hiring Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano on November 26 before that deal fell through amid a public backlash.

No. 4 Alabama plays No. 1 Clemson in the Sugar Bowl on January 1 as part of the College Football Playoff.

At long last, the mother of all coaching searches is over.

Possible Tennessee recruits have already begun coming out in support of joining Pruitt's team. Currie also flirted with Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm and N.C. State's Dave Doeren and Washington State's Mike Leach before being replaced by Fulmer.

FILE - In this March 23, 2016, file photo, Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt works with players during NCAA college football practice in Tuscaloosa, Ala.




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