Report: Alabama defensive coordinator offered UT coaching job

Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt attends media day for Saturday's Peach Bowl NCAA college football game against Washington in Atlanta, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tennessee is in the process of trying to finalize a deal with Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, sources told ESPN.

ESPN senior staff writer Chris Low said that the Vols offered Pruitt earlier in the day Wednesday. Further details weren’t immediately known.

Pruitt, 43, is in his second season as Alabama’s defensive coordinator under Nick Saban. Their team is headed to the College Football Playoff for the fourth straight year and is ranked first nationally in scoring defense this season and second nationally in total defense.

The news of his possible hire comes after weeks of a disastrous search by the University of Tennessee in the wake of Butch Jones’ firing. The chancellor ultimately suspended athletic director John Currie and gave the job to former head coach Phillip Fulmer.

Fulmer has been in charge of the search since Dec. 1, and Pruitt was one of a few reportedly interviewing for the job. ESPN also reported Mel Tucker and Kevin Steele, defensive coordinators for Georgia and Auburn respectively, interview on Tuesday.

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