Has Tennessee's coaching search finally ended?
Tennessee offered its head coaching job to Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, Chris Low of ESPN.com reports, adding the Volunteers are attempting to finalize the deal as of Wednesday night. Pruitt is in his second season with the Tide. Good luck to everyone involved. He had that position for two seasons after serving as Florida State's defensive coordinator during the Seminoles' national championship season in 2013. 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. The Crimson Tide ranks first in scoring defense this year, allowing 11.5 points per game, and led the nation last year while allowing 13 points per game.
Pruitt's hiring may not excite some fans in Tennessee.
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.
Pruitt would also be the second former Saban assistant to take the head coaching position at Tennessee.
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.
Saban is the best coach in college football, and even he relies on the deepest pool of assistant coaches in the country.
The 43-year-old is widely recognized as an excellent recruiter and was a Broyles Award finalist in 2016. Those options all fell through for various reasons before Currie was sacked and replaced by former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer as athletic director.
Currie fired former UT head coach Butch Jones 25 days ago, and nothing went right.