It Looks Like Tennessee Finally Found A Head Football Coach

All it took was a social media protest, a viral hashtag (#FireButch) that dominated 3 months of the season, and a few paintings on a giant rock on campus, but it finally looks like Tennessee hired a head football coach. Reports dropped last night that they’ve convinced Alabama DC, Jeremy Pruitt, to come to Knoxville to try and clean up this mess.

Now it’s not officially official yet and at this point, if I was a UT fan, I wouldn’t feel safe until his nametag is on the side of an office door, but it sounds like it’s all but done.

Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt has accepted the job as Tennessee's new coach. Details are still being ironed out, sources said, but the deal is basically done. He has coached in Alabama HS ranks for 8 years and in college for 11 years, 8 at Alabama

— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) December 7, 2017

Sources: Tennessee assistants were informed tonight to come off the road recruiting in anticipation of Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt being named Vols coach Thursday. Pruitt’s imminent hiring 1st reported by @JimmyHyams

— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 7, 2017

Sources tell ESPN that Tennessee is in the process of trying to finalize a deal with Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt after offering him the job earlier in the day. Vols also interviewed Auburn DC Kevin Steele and Georgia DC Mel Tucker.

— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) December 7, 2017

I don’t know if I’ve seen a more wild ride for a program over the course of a season. It began with a little bit of optimism in a bad SEC East year, then turned into a total disaster quickly, and ended with the craziest 2-week coaching search you’ll ever see.

First, you had all of the Grumors, then Schiano was basically hired before Twitter single-handedly shut that down, then it was Leach for a few hours before John Currie got bounced after 8 months on the job, while Phil Fulmer puppet mastered his way into the AD job. Now they finally have a coach.

And somehow, after all of that, it’s actually a pretty decent hire. Crazy.

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