Following the news that the Tennessee Volunteers have hired Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to their head coaching post, Pruitt has begun to beef up his defensive staff.
According to Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports, Georgia Bulldogs outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer is set to become the Volunteers’ new defensive coordinator. Also set to join the staff are former defensive line coaches Chris Rumph and Tracy Rocker.
It was first reported by ESPN’s Marc Schlabach that Sherrer could potentially be in line to take over for his new boss as the defensive coordinator of the Crimson Tide. Pruitt’s departure marks the second consecutive year in which a coordinator will leave Alabama to take a new head coaching position, with last season’s offensive coordinator, Lane Kiffin, having taken over as the head coach at Florida Atlantic.
Pruitt and Sherrer (and Rocker) coached together as member of the Bulldogs defensive staff in 2014 and 2015.
Tennessee has finally settled on a head coach after the tumultuous few days following the attempt to hire Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano as their head coach. That decision led to the removal of athletic director John Currie in favor of former Volunteers head football coach Phillip Fulmer.
The Volunteers finished the 2017 year with a 4-8 record, which did not include a win inside the SEC. The new staff inherits a team that finished dead last in the SEC in points scored, suffering a 41-0 loss to Georgia and 45-7 beating at the hands of Alabama. Heading into 2018, the yearly SEC grind will be on their schedule, along with a neutral-site non-conference showdown with the West Virginia Mountaineers.