Jeremy Pruitt introduced as UT’s head football coach

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The University of Tennessee introduced Jeremy Pruitt as the university’s new head football coach Thursday.

Pruitt spoke during a news conference with Knoxville Chancellor Beverly Davenport and Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer.

The university has been searching for a head coach since firing Butch Jones after a blowout loss.

“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.”

Fulmer continued, “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 the 26th head coach in Tennessee football history.

An Alabama native, Pruitt was part of three national championships with the University of Alabama. He was also a standout high school coach before joining the Alabama staff as the Director of Player Development in 2007.

Pruitt played college football at Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Alabama.

He has also coached 34 NFL Draft picks and 11 first-team All-Americans.

Pruitt was the defensive coordinator/secondary coach for two seasons at Georgia in 2015. He also served as the defensive backs coach at Alabama from 2010 to 2012.