Pruitt ready to solely focus on coaching Vols

Pruitt ready to solely focus on coaching Vols

"That was a late game as it was, and knowing the next day where I'm going and I've been waiting on this moment to get it going, it's nearly kind of chomping at the bit", he said. So I came over and watched him try to do the deal at Georgia, and get ready for Michigan State and Clemson.

Nine of Georgia's defensive starters from the Rose Bowl game played for Pruitt at Georgia during his two seasons in 2014 and 2015.

No more balancing two jobs.

Until Monday night's national championship game is over, Jeremy Pruitt still holds two jobs - his new one as Tennessee's head coach and his old one as Alabama's defensive coordinator.

And after splitting duties between Alabama and Tennessee for a month, Pruitt belongs exclusively to the Volunteers now.

Peterson has made no secret of favoring the Vols, having named them as his college choice after long favoring Alabama, the linebacker confirmed during an interview with SEC Country last month, as well as confirming to USA Today that he expected to join Tennessee earlier this week.

"All the time we've been at Alabama and all the time we've been at LSU we've always played the same system on defense but we've always been able to hire somebody who knew the system, who had been in the system before", Saban said.

"One of the things that makes me most proud of this team is. we've never had this many games missed by starters in a season ever", Saban said, "and to be able to overcome that with the way they played together as a group and trusted and believed in each other, and I think that respect and trust is something that's really important to have in a good team". And I know his expectations and I know my expectations.

That continued to change Tuesday night during a team meeting in which Pruitt set the expectations for the upcoming semester and offseason training program.

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"Some of the guys still hit me up from Georgia", Pruitt said. "He's doing it because he thinks it's the right thing to do for their players". The Vols lost eight games for the first time in program history in 2017, when fifth-year coach Butch Jones was sacked with two games remaining in the regular season.

Pruitt became the 26th head coach in Tennessee football history.

"From my standpoint i know Jauan has reached out to Coach Fulmer and I know they met, and I actually reached out to him because I felt like with him talking to Coach Fulmer I should do that", Pruitt said at his Wednesday press conference in Knoxville. "I don't think you can put no timetable on it". "If we want to get what we want, then we better get started".

For Tennessee, it's been building a staff - that at this point is mostly filled out but is "still a work in progress" - and catching up in recruiting.

Pruitt said out of the 14 players Tennessee signed in the early signing period, seven are already on campus.

"If you ain't recruiting 365 days a year, somebody else is", Pruitt said.

Tennessee football tweeted a video of the event, saying Pruitt was "clocking in".

Pruitt has previous connections to a lot of them. He's not (staying through the championship game) because of the loyalty to Nick.

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