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2017 Schedule
4-8, 7th in SEC - East

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeremy Pruitt was not present for Alabama's first day back at practice, but is expected back after recruiting this weekend with Monday being the start of the dead period. Pruitt is staying on as Alabama's defensive coordinator through the playoff, but has to manage the early signing day as head coach at Tennessee.

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Ex-Vols staffer pleads guilty to charge

Former Tennessee director of football operations Chris Spognardi has pleaded guilty to a charge of official misconduct related to the handling of team travel expenses.

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4dGerry Hamilton and Tom VanHaaren

Vols lose two QB recruits but secure top-50 WR

Tennessee lost its two quarterback prospects with ESPN 300 QB Adrian Martinez switching to Nebraska and Michael Penix decommitting, but secured the recommitment of highly ranked wide receiver Alontae Taylor for its class of '18.

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Jed Hughes On What Went Wrong At Tennessee

Jed Hughes of Korn Ferry Sports, who has decades of experience matching coaches with programs, talks to Adam Schefter about what went wrong for Tennessee during its search.

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6dDarren Rovell

Document reveals details of Schiano-Tenn. deal

A memorandum of understanding signed by Greg Schiano and former Vols AD John Currie shows Schiano would have made $27.7 million over more than six years as coach at Tennessee.

Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer 

With the latest wave of coaching changes complete in the SEC, that means the rest of the league has now had 43 different head coaches since Nick Saban was hired at Alabama in 2007. All but Georgia, LSU, Missouri and South Carolina have had three different head coaches since Saban arrived. Arkansas and Tennessee lead the way, each with five different head coaches.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Sources tell Chris Low and me that Mississippi State is hiring Bob Shoop as its defensive coordinator. Shoop spent the past two years at Tennessee after serving as defensive coordinator at Penn State and Vanderbilt.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Looking at the defensive assistants new Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt is expected to hire -- Kevin Sherrer, Chris Rumph, Tracy Rocker, Terry Fair -- I'd be surprised if Pruitt doesn't add Colorado State defensive assistant George Helow to the staff. Helow was with Pruitt at Alabama, Florida State and Georgia. He's a promising young coach with extensive ties to the Southeast.

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Pruitt all in at Tennessee (3:25)
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Pruitt focusing on actions, not words (0:35)
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Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer 

Jeremy Pruitt: "Let's not talk about it. Let's go do it."

Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer 

The scene in the Tennessee locker room, where Jeremy Pruitt will be announced later Thursday as the Vols' head football coach.

Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer 

They have already updated the Jumbotron in Neyland Stadium.

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Timeline of Tennessee's winding coach search (1:10)

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick said Tennessee is getting a "great leader and great coach" in defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who will be named the Vols' new coach Thursday. "He's got a lot of passion for what he does," Fitzpatrick said.

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith says Tennessee is getting a "high-energy coach who wears his hard hat to work everyday." Smith played for defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt in his first season at Georgia, and Pruitt was one of his lead recruiters. "I think they're getting a great guy," Smith said. "He really cares about his players."

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Call off the search: Vols hire Alabama DC Pruitt

The drama surrounding the vacant Tennessee head-coaching position has ended, as the Volunteers have hired Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Expect Georgia outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer to be considered for Jeremy Pruitt's staff at Tennessee. Sherrer also could be in the mix to replace Pruitt at Alabama, and he would have been a strong candidate for Florida State defensive coordinator if Jimbo Fisher had remained at FSU. Sherrer, who served as South Alabama's defensive coordinator in 2013, is ready for a SEC-level coordinator role.

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Finebaum likes Pruitt hire for Vols (1:37)
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Vols tap Alabama's Pruitt as next head coach (1:40)

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin, a former Tennessee quarterback, who guided the Volunteers to the 1998 national championship, is not expected to return to his alma mater as offensive coordinator, sources told ESPN. Martin was contacted by UT athletics director Phillip Fulmer during the search, but never interviewed for the position.

Team Stats

Passing Yards173.7107th
Rushing Yards117.4114th
Points For21.6116th
Points Against29.184th