Tennessee coaching search: Vols examining a trio of SEC defensive coordinators

Tennessee coaching search: Vols examining a trio of SEC defensive coordinators

We could learn by the end of the day whether the Volunteers and new athletic director Phillip Fulmer finally have their man. Tucker helped Alabama win a national championship in 2015 before heading to Georgia along with Kirby Smart. He went on to coach at Nebraska, the Carolina Panthers, and Baylor before he coached at Florida State and Alabama.

Pruitt's pending second interview has made him the sudden favorite in some people's eyes, but it's worth noting Fulmer has long held admiration for Auburn defensive coordinator and former Tennessee player Kevin Steele. He played linebacker at Tennessee in 1978-79.

Pruitt, 43, is in his second season as Alabama's defensive coordinator under Nick Saban. He was once again a finalist for the award in 2016 with the Crimson Tide. Pruitt is also regarded as one of the top recruiters in the SEC.

Jeremy Pruitt is now serving as the defensive coordinator at Alabama under Nick Saban, while he's only been in that positon since 2016 it's not his first stint with the Crimson Tide. He was hired as Georgia's DC last season.

Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has emerged as a top candidate for the head coaching position at Tennessee, sources confirmed to Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman. Prior to his time in Tuscaloosa, the defensive coordinator spent time leading defensive units at Georgia and Florida State. I've been a devout supporter and always will be and look forward to hopefully getting it back to where it was back when I was in school. No. 3 Georgia will face No. 2 Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl on January 1.

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