At long last, the Tennessee Volunteers have a football coach once again. Reports broke last night that talks between Jeremy Pruitt and Tennessee had ramped up. This morning, things are official. It’s a six year deal for Pruitt. The dollar figures haven’t been released.
This wild coaching search is over, finally.
Jeremy Pruitt has been named the 26th head coach of the Tennessee football program.— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) December 7, 2017
Welcome to Rocky Top, Coach Pruitt!
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Here’s the statement from Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer.
"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. "I'm certain he appreciates the unique opportunity to lead a program of Tennessee's caliber. He's driven to win at the highest level. He will honor our university's values, operate with integrity and be a role model for our student-athletes.
"I know Coach Pruitt will hit the ground running and go to work restoring our program to a championship level."
Pruitt will be introduced to the media tonight at 6:05 PM in the Neyland Stadium locker room. The presser will take place exactly five years to the day of Butch Jones’ introductory press conference.
Tennessee press conference to announce hiring of Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt at 6:05 at Neyland Stadium football locker room.— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) December 7, 2017
The press conference can be streamed live on UTSports.com.