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A news conference is planned for Thursday in Knoxville to introduce Pruitt, who replaces Butch Jones.

Knoxville radio station WNML first reported that Pruitt had accepted the job. Not only will Pruitt be attempting to guide Alabama's defensive unit to Playoff glory, his first big recruiting test with Tennessee is just around the corner, as the early signing period for high school prospects will begin on December 20. Tennessee went 4-8 this season and set a school record for losses. He was Alabama's defensive backs coach from 2010-12 when the Crimson Tide won two national national titles. He replaces Butch Jones, who was sacked after going 34-27 overall and 14-24 in SEC play in five seasons in Knoxville.

We've probably all had a little too much fun at the University of Tennessee's expense the past three weeks regarding the school's search for a new football coach.

While at Florida State, his defense was first in the nation in scoring, allowing just 10.7 points per game.

Tennessee has named Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt the Vols 26 head football coach.

Gillespie is one of the best running backs coaches in the nation.

Prior to his time in Tuscaloosa, Pruitt served as the defensive coordinator at Georgia (2014-15) and Florida State (2013).

He was a Broyles Award Finalist as the nation's top assistant twice and started his player career in the Volunteer State at MTSU. He is also viewed by many as one of the top recruiters in the sport, .

In 2007, Alabama hired him to work with the defense.

The story began to pick up steam when Tennessee appeared to have hired Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. Tennessee Chancellor Beverley Davenport gave Fulmer "full authority" to make the hire. Over the ensuing days, Tennessee reportedly offered the position to a number of coaches, including: Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy, Purdue's Jeff Brohm, North Carolina State's Dan Doeren and Washington State's Mike Leach.

Pruitt was also a recent finalist for the Mississippi State head coaching position, but the Bulldogs hired Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead on November 28.