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ESPN reports that Phillip Fulmer has offered Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt the Vols' head coaching job.

Report: Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt offered Tennessee coaching job

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — ESPN reports that Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has been offered the Tennessee football coaching job.

Pruitt, 43, was one of three finalists for the job after Chad Morris and Brent Venables withdrew their names from consideration earlier this week.

Former Tennessee player and current Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele has been considered the favorite for the job since Phillip Fulmer was named AD last Friday and assumed control of the search.

Fulmer cast a wide net over the past week, and Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker also emerged as a finalist for the job.

All three of the finalists were interviewed twice, with Pruitt being the final interview.

Fulmer also did a phone interview with USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin, with Martin expressing an interest in the head coaching position.

Martin said he would also be interested in the offensive coordinator position with provisions he could call plays and have say with offensive recruits — responsibilities common among offensive coordinators.

If Pruitt does indeed become Tennessee’s next head coach, he would be allowed to pick his own coaching staff.

Many believed former Tennessee defensive coordinator and current Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis would be a shoo-in for a position, having worked with Fulmer for 17 years and been his most trusted assistant.

There has been no indication to this point that Martin or Chavis will be part of the staff.

Former AD John Currie worked with Tennessee icon Peyton Manning and super booster Jimmy Haslam on the original search the first 2½ weeks, but Martin was not called until Fulmer took over last Friday.

Jeremy Pruitt coaching résumé:

 Year School Role
 2016-17 Alabama DC
 2014-15 Georgia DC
 2013 Florida St. DC
 2010-12 Alabama DBs
 2007-09 Alabama Asst.*
 2004-06 Hoover HS Asst.
 2001-03 Fort Payne HS Asst.
 2000 Plainview HS Asst.
 1999 West Alabama DBs
 1998 Plainview HS Asst.
 1997 Alabama Asst.^
* Director of player development
^ Student assistant coach

Jeremy Pruitt national rankings as defensive coordinator: 

Year Pts rank PPG Yds rank YPG
2017* 1st 11.5 2nd 257.8
2016* 1st 13.0 2nd 261.8
2015** 8th 16.9 7th 305.9
2014** 16th 20.7 17th 337.2
2013^ 1st 12.1 3rd 281.4
* Defensive coordinator at Alabama
** Defensive coordinator at Georgia
^ Defensive coordinator at Florida State