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The Top Stories of 2017 in Tennessee Athletics

2. Jeremy Pruitt is Hired as New Head Coach

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Tennessee got a new head coach in 2017. And it’s not the top story of the year. Why is that? You’ll see in a moment.

Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt was hired as the Vols’ new head football coach on December 7th, and his hiring capped off what was an eventful month after the firing of Butch Jones.

Pruitt comes into the job at Tennessee with no prior head coaching experience, but he has four total national championship rings as an assistant and defensive coordinator both at Alabama and Florida State. He’s already made most of his staff hires, and he’s impressed fans with his ability to salvage together what’s looking like a respectable 2018 recruiting class.

Pruitt’s ceiling is high, and most Vol fans are on board with the hire. Especially after the journey they took to get him…

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