Chris Low reported that a press conference is slated for Thursday evening to introduce Pruitt as the next coach of the Vols.
Pruitt's teams put up impressive defensive numbers, often ranking in the top 10 in the country in points and yards per game.
Pruitt and Friend have been friends for a long time (since their playing days at Alabama) and they were on staff together at Georgia. And a school that managed to play football for 120 years before suffering its first eight-loss season deserved better from its administrators. Pruitt worked previously under Alabama head coach Nick Saban as a defensive backs coach, before moving on to Tallahassee as the defensive coordinator for the Florida State Seminoles. He replaces Butch Jones, who was sacked after posting a 34-27 overall mark, including 14-24 in SEC play, during a five-year span.
Pruitt, though, was never a head coach at even the high school level. Alabama led the nation in scoring defense and ranked second in total defense past year.
Then Tennessee turned to Washington State head football coach Mike Leach, who reportedly had a great meeting with then Tennessee athletic director John Currie, the deal was blown off as Currie was removed from his position and Phil Fulmer took over the athletic director position as well as the football coaching search on December 1.
The young assistant eventually became the Tide defensive backs coach in 2010, then the defensive coordinator for the 2013 national champions at Florida State. He played at Alabama from 2008-12 (which means Pruitt coached him).
With Pruitt gone, one possible replacement would be Tosh Lupoi who is in his third year as Alabama's outside linebackers coach. He is also viewed by many as one of the top recruiters in the sport, . Tennessee struck out landing Dan Mullen, former Mississippi State and now Florida head coach, and once that deal fell through, Currie reportedly offered the Tennessee coaching job to Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano last Sunday. Pruitt was a 2013 finalist for the Broyles Award.
The hire completes a bumpy rollercoaster search for Tennessee that saw former athletics director John Currie ousted and replaced by Fulmer last Friday.