Reports: Pruitt to Have 2nd Interview Today, Decision Looming

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    Tennessee’s search for a head coach has lasted three and a half weeks now. It was rebooted this weekend after Phillip Fulmer was made UT’s athletics director on Friday once John Currie was suspended, but the search as a whole has taken almost countless twists and turns since Butch Jones was fired on November 12th.

    But if reports are true, the search may finally be winding down. And there’s finally a favorite that’s emerged.

    According to Chris Low of ESPN, Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will have his second interview with Fulmer today. Both Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker had their second interviews with Fulmer yesterday.

    So why is Pruitt getting the last interview? Well, because according to multiple reports, chiefly from FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman, Pruitt has emerged as a leader for Tennessee’s head coaching vacancy.

    The aforementioned Low was interviewed on The Swain Event, a morning sports radio show in Knoxville hosted by Jayson Swain and members of The Orange & White Report, on Wednesday morning, and he stated that he believes a decision will be made tonight regarding the Vols’ search.

    Low also said that Fulmer reached out to Gary Patterson of TCU, Justin Fuente of Virginia Tech, and Chad Morris of SMU about the job with Tennessee, but Patterson and Fuente weren’t interested.

    Patience has been running thin for Vol fans, but it finally appears as though a decision will be coming soon regarding Tennessee’s next head football coach.  We will have that information as soon as it is announced.

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.