Alabama's Jeremy Pruitt in the mix for Tennessee head coach job


Both Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker had their second interviews with Fulmer yesterday. He went on to coach at Nebraska, the Carolina Panthers, and Baylor before he coached at Florida State and Alabama.

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

It was also reported that Fulmer was interested in SMU's Chad Morris, but he appears to be headed to Arkansas, although nothing is official as of Wednesday morning.

Fulmer also reportedly spoke with Tee Martin, USC offensive coordinator, extensively by phone on Tuesday.

Sources have indicated that Martin, who led the Vols to a national championship in 1998, would accept the position if offered.

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Pruitt has the unique Alabama background of having played for Gene Stallings and coached under Nick Saban.

Pruitt is the youngest of the grouping and draws strength from successful stops at Alabama, Florida State, Georgia and again at Alabama.

New Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer is narrowing down the Vols' coaching search.

If Martin does not land the Tennessee head coaching position - and he remains in the mix, although on the periphery - it's obvious there are plenty of people around the program who want to see him back at the school and positioned for the head coaching job in the future. It was important for Tennessee's coaching search to hit the restart button.

Auburn, which lost to Georgia in the SEC championship game, will face UCF in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl that same day in a New Year's Six game.