Championship game represented what Jeremy Pruitt plans to build


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

Saban now must replace Pruitt, and Alabama's coach indicated after the 26-23 victory against Georgia that he will hire from within.

Tennessee finally gets its coach full-time after Monday night's National Championship game, and he comes with a pretty great blueprint.

"Last night we had an opportunity to meet with the team for the first time, kind of setting the groundwork for our expectations for the coming semester and offseason program", Pruitt said. "He's doing it because he thinks it's the right thing to do for their players". "And they're kind of going down the list, (defensive assistant) Tosh (Lupoi) is, he's like, 'We need to call this guy, this guy, this guy.' And then he pauses and says, 'We got a couple more that you need to call, Coach.' And Coach Saban kind of looked at him, nobody said anything, and he goes, 'Well, who?'"

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There is just no way being inside a championship program couldn't help you grow. The rivalry triangle on the field for the all-SEC national championship will carry over to the next season and be one of the league's biggest stories heading into spring practice. Though Pruitt will soon be off to Tennessee, he acknowledged that one way or another, a former Alabama defensive coordinator will have reason to celebrate.

Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt's balancing act of coaching the Crimson Tide while preparing to become the Tennessee head coach is not unprecedented, as Georgia's Kirby Smart did it two seasons ago. "I think he was in a worse situation". I don't know, it was probably the hardest month of my life trying to deal with the two jobs because you're trying to hire a staff, run an organization but be loyal to a group of players who helped you get this information. He will continue assembling his staff and, of course, recruiting with the February 7 Signing Day fast approaching.

"I want a place that everybody feels comfortable coming to", Pruitt said. "But it's been enjoyable".