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Tennessee coaching search: Vols examining a trio of SEC defensive coordinators

06 December 2017, 07:20 | Joan Schultz

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Update at Tennessee: Phillip Fulmer has his candidates - FootballScoop

That work has made Tucker a semifinalist for the Broyles Award, given to college football's top assistant coach.

Pruitt returned to the college ranks with Alabama in 2007 coaching in the secondary and stayed through 2012, in 2013 he accepted the defensive coordinator position at FSU and went on to win the national championship that year under Jimbo Fisher.

Steele has had similar success with the Tigers and also is in his second season with Auburn.

Sources tell FootballScoop Fulmer has met (or spoken with)...or has meetings set with Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables, SMU head coach Chad Morris and former LSU head coach Les Miles. He played linebacker at Tennessee in 1978-79.

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Pruitt, 43, is in his second season as Alabama's defensive coordinator under Nick Saban. Pruitt is also regarded as one of the top recruiters in the SEC. He was hired as Georgia's DC last season.

The latest Tennessee Vols football rumors suggest the program could finally be closing in on its replacement for head coach Butch Jones. He's a former defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns, and was the Jags' interim HC for the final five games of the 2011 season.

According to Chris Low of ESPN, Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will have his second interview with Fulmer today.

Tennessee is still searching for its next head coach, despite schools like Florida State and UCF making their hires within a matter of days. No. 3 Georgia will face No. 2 Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl on January 1.

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