Not long after reports surfaced that Tennessee had offered Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt the position, more reports came out that Pruitt had accepted the offer and was finalizing the deal. Tennessee struck out landing Dan Mullen, former Mississippi State and now Florida head coach, and once that deal fell through, Currie reportedly offered the Tennessee coaching job to Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano last Sunday.
It was during that meeting that Currie was put on paid leave and Fulmer, who has acted as a special advisor to the university, was chosen to be the new athletic director. Piggy backing off of that report fellow ESPN reporter Mark Schlabach said the school will name pruitt their new coach on Thursday barring any unforsene setbacks. Pruitt is in his second season with the Tide.
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However, some Vol fans hoping that national championship quarterback Tee Martin would be lured from Southern Cal to Tennessee as Pruitt's offensive coordinator, may be disappointed. He was defensive coordinator at Florida State in 2013 when the Seminoles won a national championship. During the 2014-15 season returned to the SEC as a defensive coordinator for Georgia. By 2015, Georgia was eighth in total defense (298.0 yards per game), ninth in scoring defense (16.9 points per game) and eighth in defensive efficiency, according to ESPN.com.
Currie then took an unauthorized trip to the Los Angeles and spent time over lunch trying to talk Washington State head coach Mike Leach into taking the Vols' job. He has yet to be a head coach at the college level, so there's obviously the question as to whether he can succeed in the role.
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That is why they deserve [a chance], they have the quality as well in the position that we are looking to try to help the team tomorrow.
"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", Anderson said previous year.
One of the wildest coaching searches in college football history may be finally coming to an end. Dooley coached with Saban at LSU and with the Miami Dolphins.
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Pruitt has been a finalists for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top college football assistant coach, in 2013 and 2016.