He will take over for Butch Jones, who the Vols fired on November 12 following a 50-17 loss to Missouri.
Sources for NBC affiliate WBIR are now confirming that Jeremy Pruitt will be the next head football coach at the University of Tennessee.
Fulmer interviewed Pruitt on Monday in Dallas and then again Wednesday in NY. That would be his only season at Florida State as he was hired by Richt the following offseason. Alabama will meet Clemson in the Sugar Bowl in one national semifinal game on January 1.
According to Low, Pruitt is expected to remain on Alabama's staff through the College Football Playoff.
Pruitt won three national championships (2009, 2011 and 2012) while at Alabama.
Pruitt, who was a defensive back at MTSU (1993-94) and Alabama (1995-96) also appeared on the MTV TV series Two-A-Days while he was an assistant coach at Hoover High School in Alabama.
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He's served as the Crimson Tide's defensive coordinator the past two seasons, doing so after being the DC at Florida State in 2013 and at Georgia from 2014-15. This season, Alabama again leads the nation in scoring defense and ranks second in total defense.
At Alabama, Pruitt had an annual salary of $1.3 million in 2017. Lupoi is now making $950,000 per year, more than most defensive coordinators.
No college team Pruitt has coached for has had a losing record.
One of the primary attributes that attracted Tennessee to Jeremy Pruitt was his ability to recruit.
Lupoi, 35, started his coaching career at California, his alma mater, where he became the youngest full-time coach in Cal history at the age of 26 in 2008.
Two years later, Pruitt joined the Tide coaching staff as a graduate assistant. His first major college break came in 2007, when Nick Saban hired him to be Alabama's director of player development. Will it be better than Butch Jones at the beginning? Numerous names emerged throughout the process, including Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, who reportedly accepted the job. However, the school received incredible backlash, even White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made a public comment on Facebook criticizing Tennessee for hiring someone with ties to the Jerry Sandusky abuse case. But Schiano, who was once the head coach at Rutgers and with the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, received a fierce backlash from Tennessee fans, which forced the Volunteers to back out of the deal. Then Tennessee went after Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm, but it's unclear if there was any truth to that, so the next coach in line was N.C. State's Dave Doeren who also turned down the job.