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4-8, 7th in SEC - East

Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer 

With the latest wave of coaching changes complete in the SEC, that means the rest of the league has now had 43 different head coaches since Nick Saban was hired at Alabama in 2007. All but Georgia, LSU, Missouri and South Carolina have had three different head coaches since Saban arrived. Arkansas and Tennessee lead the way, each with five different head coaches.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Sources tell Chris Low and me that Mississippi State is hiring Bob Shoop as its defensive coordinator. Shoop spent the past two years at Tennessee after serving as defensive coordinator at Penn State and Vanderbilt.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Looking at the defensive assistants new Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt is expected to hire -- Kevin Sherrer, Chris Rumph, Tracy Rocker, Terry Fair -- I'd be surprised if Pruitt doesn't add Colorado State defensive assistant George Helow to the staff. Helow was with Pruitt at Alabama, Florida State and Georgia. He's a promising young coach with extensive ties to the Southeast.

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Pruitt all in at Tennessee (3:25)
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Pruitt focusing on actions, not words (0:35)
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Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer 

Jeremy Pruitt: "Let's not talk about it. Let's go do it."

Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer 

The scene in the Tennessee locker room, where Jeremy Pruitt will be announced later Thursday as the Vols' head football coach.

Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer 

They have already updated the Jumbotron in Neyland Stadium.

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Timeline of Tennessee's winding coach search (1:10)

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick said Tennessee is getting a "great leader and great coach" in defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who will be named the Vols' new coach Thursday. "He's got a lot of passion for what he does," Fitzpatrick said.

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith says Tennessee is getting a "high-energy coach who wears his hard hat to work everyday." Smith played for defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt in his first season at Georgia, and Pruitt was one of his lead recruiters. "I think they're getting a great guy," Smith said. "He really cares about his players."

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Call off the search: Vols hire Alabama DC Pruitt

The drama surrounding the vacant Tennessee head-coaching position has ended, as the Volunteers have hired Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Expect Georgia outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer to be considered for Jeremy Pruitt's staff at Tennessee. Sherrer also could be in the mix to replace Pruitt at Alabama, and he would have been a strong candidate for Florida State defensive coordinator if Jimbo Fisher had remained at FSU. Sherrer, who served as South Alabama's defensive coordinator in 2013, is ready for a SEC-level coordinator role.

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Finebaum likes Pruitt hire for Vols (1:37)
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Vols tap Alabama's Pruitt as next head coach (1:40)

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin, a former Tennessee quarterback, who guided the Volunteers to the 1998 national championship, is not expected to return to his alma mater as offensive coordinator, sources told ESPN. Martin was contacted by UT athletics director Phillip Fulmer during the search, but never interviewed for the position.

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

If Jeremy Pruitt finalizes a deal with Tennessee, the SEC East coaching roster will consist of Florida's Dan Mullen and six former defensive coordinators. Three of them -- Georgia's Kirby Smart, South Carolina's Will Muschamp and Pruitt -- worked under Alabama's Nick Saban.

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

If Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt finalizes a deal to become Tennessee's head coach, it will be the third season in a row in which the Tide have dealt with losing a coordinator before playing in the College Football Playoff. Two years ago, defensive coordinator Kirby Smart was named Georgia's new coach and last season offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin was named Florida Atlantic's coach. Kiffen was relieved of his duties only a week before Alabama lost to Clemson 35-31 in the CFP Championship Game.

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Breaking News
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Sources: Vols set to hire Bama's Pruitt as coach

The drama surrounding the vacant Tennessee head-coaching position is set to soon come to an end, as the Volunteers are expected to announce Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as their football coach on Thursday.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida AD Scott Stricklin just gave a strong defense and endorsement of former Tennessee AD John Currie: "What happened to John is beyond unfortunate. It's a tragedy. ... We all feel like we could wake up any day and there could be some force working against us that could run things off the tracks." Stricklin said Currie is among the most respected ADs in the business.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

NCAA president Mark Emmert said when a school isn't in alignment with all of its key leaders on an important personnel hire, "Then you get Tennessee."

Team Stats

Passing Yards173.7107th
Rushing Yards117.4115th
Points For21.6116th
Points Against29.184th