Georgia assistant Kevin Sherrer reportedly candidate for jobs at Alabama, Tennessee

Legendary Hoover coach Rush Propst on expected Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt: 'I think he's ready.'

He will honor our university's values, operate with integrity and be a role model for our student-athletes.

Pruitt was a high school coach for a decade before returning to his alma mater in 2007 to work under Nick Saban, where he was the director of player development until 2012.

Pruitt, who was a defensive back at MTSU (1993-94) and Alabama (1995-96) also appeared on the MTV TV series Two-A-Days while he was an assistant coach at Hoover High School in Alabama. Following a successful run with the Tide that included two national championships, Florida State hired Pruitt away in 2013 and they claimed the national title. Last season, former offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin coached in the Peach Bowl after accepting a head coaching job at Florida Atlantic. He then joined Alabama's staff as a defensive analyst for a season before taking over the outside linebackers. However, he left prior to Alabama's appearance in the national championship game against Clemson. This year, Alabama leads the nation in scoring defense and yards per play.

Pruitt is the 26th head coach in Tennessee football history.

Tennessee was close to hiring Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano on November 26 before that deal fell through amid a public backlash. But Schiano, who was once the head coach at Rutgers and with the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, received a fierce backlash from Tennessee fans, which forced the Volunteers to back out of the deal.

An athletics director was suspended, a hall of fame coach was elevated to his position and after countless conversations, the Vols end up with a head coach born and raised in the state of Alabama. Then the school's athletic director, John Currie, was sacked last Friday, capping an embarrassing stretch for the once-proud SEC school.

Pruitt will take over for former Tennessee head coach Butch Jones, who went 34-27 in five years at Tennessee.

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