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Tennessee senior TE Ethan Wolf accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

In 50 career games, Wolf (6'6/258) posted 91 catches for 998 yards and seven touchdowns. Those 91 catches rank second all-time on Tennessee’s career tight end list (behind Reggie Harper’s 98 between 1977-80). He'll compete for a late Day 3 call.
Dec 11 - 1:19 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that Tennessee will hire Georgia OLB coach Kevin Sherrer to serve as defensive coordinator.

While it took the Volunteers seemingly forever to actually land on their new head coach, now that Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt has been installed, he has quickly gone about making staff hires. Sherrer is one of the big positions to go off his board as defensive coordinator. He worked in that same capacity with South Alabama in 2013 before joining Georgia's staff under Mark Richt in the winter of 2014. Sherrer remained on staff with Kirby Smart after Richt was fired following the end of the 2015 season. His new gig with Tennessee will be the most high-profile of his career.
Dec 7 - 7:19 PM

Volquest.com reports that Tennessee HC Jeremy Pruitt is hoping to retain RB coach Robert Gillespie.

Gillespie's current contract runs through the 2018 season. In addition to his role coaching up running backs at Tennessee, the 38-year-old also serves as the program's recruiting coordinator. He's been on staff in Knoxville since 2013.
Source: Rivals
Dec 7 - 5:19 PM

Volquest.com reports that Tennessee has hired Colorado State DB coach Terry Fair to serve in a currently unknown capacity.

This will be a homecoming of sorts for Fair, who played defensive back in Knoxville. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions with the 20th overall selection in the 1998 draft and later had stints with the Panthers and Rams before he called it an NFL career in 2005. Fair subsequently served as a graduate assistant under former Tennessee HC Butch Jones from 2013-15 before joining Colorado State's staff as defensive backs coach prior to the start of the 2016 campaign.
Source: Rivals
Dec 7 - 4:14 PM

Volquest.com reports that Tennessee has hired USC QB coach/passing-game coordinator Tyson Helton to serve as offensive coordinator/passing-game coordinator.

Helton, 38, is the younger brother of Trojans HC Clay Helton. He initially came on staff at USC prior to the 2016 season and has had the enviable task of working with future NFL-er Sam Darnold over the last two campaigns. USC's is not the only high-powered offense he's worked with, as he served as QB coach at Western Kentucky for two years prior to accepting the job on staff with big brother two winters ago. The Vols were reportedly interested in bringing on USC OC Tee Martin earlier in their coaching search, but the two sides never reached the interview stage.
Source: Rivals
Dec 7 - 3:48 PM

ESPN's Chris Low reports that Tennessee HC Jeremy Pruitt is expected to be allowed to serve as Alabama's defensive coordinator in the Playoff.

Pruitt was officially announced as Tennessee's head coach on Thursday. Looks like he'll be pulling double duty over the coming weeks. That could potentially prove problematic. Alabama tried a similar tact with OC Lane Kiffin last winter after he took the head-coaching position at FAU, a tract which lasted just for the semifinal contest against Washington -- Steve Sarkisian took over coordinating duties in the National Championship Game loss to Clemson. Not only will Pruitt be attempting to guide Alabama's defensive unit against the Tigers (again) later this month, his first big recruiting test with Tennessee is just around the corner, as the early signing period for high school prospects will begin on Dec. 20. It could be a tall task to juggle both gigs. The Vols have some work to do on the latter front, as they lost multiple recruits following their decision to part ways with HC Butch Jones in mid-November.
Dec 7 - 2:34 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that Colorado State OC Will Friend is expected to join Tennessee's staff as the offensive line coach.

Friend previously worked with new Vols HC Jeremy Pruitt when Pruitt was serving as Georgia's defensive coordinator in 2014. He's been on staff as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach with Colorado State over the past three seasons.
Dec 7 - 1:48 PM

Tennessee officially announced the hiring of Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt as head coach.

Our long national nightmare is over. After a coaching search which spurred mass protest after the program attempted to hire Ohio State DC Greg Schiano and whiffed on multiple candidates -- David Cutcliffe, Mike Gundy, Jeff Brohm and Mike Leach among them -- the Vols finally have their man. Pruitt is the 26th coach in program history. He was initially hired away from Georgia by Bama in the winter of 2016 to serve as the replacement for Kirby Smart. Pruitt might not have been Tennessee's first pick for head coach, but he's got recruiting roots in the south and has already fielded strong defenses against SEC competition. It's a logical hire.
Dec 7 - 11:29 AM

ESPN's Chris Low reports Tennessee has finalized a deal to make Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt the school's next head coach.

This national fever dream has finally ended. The press conference to introduce Pruitt is scheduled for Thursday evening. At 43 years old, Pruitt is on the young-ish side for a head coach at a program at the level of Tennessee. He has plenty of work to do to make the Vols an annual contender. Bruce Feldman reports it is a 6-year deal.
Dec 7 - 9:59 AM

ESPN's Chris Low reports that Tennessee is "in the process of trying to finalize a deal" with Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt for their open head-coaching position.

A possible marriage between Tennessee and Pruitt began to gather momentum in earnest on Wednesday, when he took his second interview with the team, one which touched on contract parameters and a framework for Pruitt's potential staff. One matter reportedly being discussed is whether the Alabama defensive coordinator will coach the Tide during their upcoming Playoff run. This is close to coming together, but given the way this unsightly job search has unfolded, we'll continue to monitor until the ink has dried on a contract. Should it fall through with Pruitt, Tennessee has also interviewed Auburn DC Kevin Steele and Georgia DC Mel Tucker this week.
Dec 6 - 9:59 PM

Gridiron Now's John Brice passes along that negotiations between Tennessee and Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt are progressing on a substantive tract.

Pruitt reportedly took his second interview with the Volunteers in New York on Wednesday, with Brice hearing that talks have now reached the stage where the sides have touched on contract parameters and a potential coaching staff. While all of this is a positive sign for the coach-starved program, Pruitt should not yet be considered a slam dunk to head to Knoxville. One matter that would need to be settled before he were to come on board -- just what role Pruitt would play in Alabama's Playoff run. That falls very close to the early winter signing period for recruits, which begins on December 20. Beyond the Alabama defensive coordinator, Auburn DC Kevin Steele and Georgia DC Mel Tucker have both also reportedly received interviews from Tennessee.
Dec 6 - 7:47 PM

ESPN's Mark Schlabach and Chris Low report that Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt is interviewing with Tennessee for a second time on Wednesday.

Per Schlabach and Low, Pruitt earlier met with Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer on Monday. The pair of reporters pass along that Auburn DC Kevin Steele and Georgia DC Mel Tucker both received second interviews of their own from Tennessee on Tuesday. While the Volunteers have missed out on a number of coaching candidates since they fired HC Butch Jones on November 12, we would not be surprised if they finally land their man before the week's out. The early national signing period for recruits looms just two weeks over the horizon and the longer the job is open, the less settled matters will become in terms of recruiting.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 6 - 5:58 PM

SI's Bruce Feldman reports Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt has emerged as a "strong" candidate for the Tennessee opening.

We've seen his story start and end about three times already, but this time the nomination comes from Phil Fulmer and not former athletic director John Currie, who fans turned on. Pruitt just completed his second season with Alabama and replaced Kirby Smart as defensive coordinator.
Dec 6 - 8:54 AM

FootballScoop reports that Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer has made contact with five potential HC candidates.

Per the site, Fulmer has spoken with Georgia DC Mel Tucker, Auburn DC Kevin Steele, Clemson DC Brent Venables, SMU HC Chad Morris and former LSU HC Les Miles. FootballScoop passes along that Fulmer would like to make a hire by end-of-the-day Tuesday. Stay tuned.
Dec 4 - 4:35 PM

Tennessee hired former HC Phillip Fulmer to serve as their athletic director.

ESPN's Chris Low reports that Fulmer will receive a two-year contract. He steps in for John Currie, who was placed on paid leave on Friday following a debacle of a coaching search this month (still ongoing) which has seen candidates from David Cutcliffe to Mike Gundy to Jeff Brohm pass on the gig vacated by the fired Butch Jones on November 12. Fulmer has extensive ties with the team, having served as head coach from 1992-1998 and putting up a 152-52 record in that space.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 1 - 4:46 PM


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