The selection of Pruitt ends a coaching search that had become embarrassing for Tennessee as it dragged on.
ESPN is reporting that Pruitt will be allowed to stay at Alabama to coach in the National Championship Playoff while he recruits for Tennessee and assembles his assistant coaches. From 2014-15, Pruitt coordinated the No. 7 and No. 17 overall defense in the country while at Georgia.
There aren't many sure things in college football, but if Pruitt delivers on his promise to build a top notch staff, I think the Vols could be competing for SEC championships under Pruitt within a few years.
Fulmer then reportedly moved on to hiring Pruitt.
Sources say the contract is believed to around $4 million annually and Pruitt will be introduced later this afternoon in a formal press conference. Pruitt won a national championship at FSU in 2013, once again, touting the nation's best scoring defense, giving up just 12.1 points per game.
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.
But the Vols' missteps in their coaching search could be forgiven if Pruitt delivers in Knoxville. Pruitt would serve as an assistant under Saban until 2009 before heading to Tallahassee in 2013 to serve as the Seminoles defensive coordinator.
Alabama topped the nation in run defense last season and ranks third in that category this year.
This will be Pruitt's first head coaching opportunity after a long career as an assistant. Once word leaked that Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano had been tabbed for the job, an outcry from alumni, fans, former players and politicians ultimately squashed the deal. That means he will basically be working two jobs, game planning for the Tigers while also recruiting and putting together a coaching staff at Tennessee. He was also a Broyles Award finalist in 2016.