Georgia, Auburn defensive coordinators interview again with Tennessee

Jeremy Pruitt Alabama

Three candidates are undergoing second interviews with Fulmer's University of Tennessee contingent in the Big Apple: Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt; Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele; and Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.

Martin, 38, has been at USC for six years, first as wide receivers coach before he was named offensive coordinator at the end of the 2015 season. That work has made Tucker a semifinalist for the Broyles Award, given to college football's top assistant coach.

One athletic director upheaval and several swings and misses on the coaching carousel later, the Vols could finally be closing in on a new head honcho.

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

He was the head coach at Baylor from 1999-2002 and was part of the inaugural Carolina Panthers team in 1995.


Martin, 39, quarterbacked Tennessee to the 1998 national championship and played under Fulmer for the Vols.

Jeremy Pruitt is now serving as the defensive coordinator at Alabama under Nick Saban, while he's only been in that positon since 2016 it's not his first stint with the Crimson Tide.

New Athletics Director Phil Fulmer has reached out to his former player for possibly multiple positions, according to multiple reports.

Tennessee's search for a new head football coach continues, this time under the guidance of Phillip Fulmer. I've been a devout supporter and always will be and look forward to hopefully getting it back to where it was back when I was in school.

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