Jeremy Pruitt helped save Alabama but now he's off to Tennessee


Saban now must replace Pruitt, and Alabama's coach indicated after the 26-23 victory against Georgia that he will hire from within.

Pruitt has also assembled most of his staff; it includes Georgia outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer and Florida's Chris Rumph as Tennessee's new defensive coordinator tandem; USC's Tyson Helton as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach; Colorado State's Will Friend as offensive line coach; VFL Terry Fair as defensive backs coach; and Tracy Rocker as defensive line coach. "I think when you look at our staff, that's what we've gotten".

"I think he's done a tremendous job", Smart said. He is looking forward to relying on Fulmer, who led the Vols to the 1998 national championship, as a sounding board.

"You nearly feel like as I'm sitting here working on this game, should I be doing something to the place I'm about to go?" "Especially the fact that he's been here before". He will continue assembling his staff and, of course, recruiting with the February 7 Signing Day fast approaching. "I told the players last night, there are no ideal coaches, there are no flawless players and there never will be, so we're always learning".

The Vols signed 14 student-athletes in the December Early Signing Period, including seven or eight who will be early enrollees and in class for the current semester that began on Wednesday.

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"We'll either be happy in Knoxville, or Kirby will be happy in Athens", Pruitt said. "We also need to start on the 2019 class and the 2020 class".

There is just no way being inside a championship program couldn't help you grow. "They are insane hard workers though, those first couple days Pruitt literally didn't sleep".

During press conferences for the College Football Playoffs, Pruitt made clear his only hat on the recruiting trail was a 'Power T'. "We've got to get (big-time) guys".

"All the time we've been at Alabama and all the time we've been at LSU we've always played the same system on defense but we've always been able to hire somebody who knew the system, who had been in the system before", Saban said.