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Tennessee’s 9 best coaching candidates to replace fired Jeremy Pruitt

Tennessee is reportedly parting methods with Jeremy Pruitt after a three-year stint was doomed from the start.  

Pruitt was a employed after a disastrous teaching search in 2018. He completed with a 16-18 document the final three seasons. The soccer program is presently beneath investigation for alleged recruiting violations throughout Pruitt’s tenure. Athletic director Phil Fulmer additionally retired as a part of the overhaul.

Kevin Steele reportedly will function interim coach. If Steele is not the reply, then who’s? 

Tennessee will want a more-focused teaching search this time to seek out out. Here’s a nearer have a look at the potential candidates:  

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Prime Tennessee coach candidates 

Gus Malzahn  

Malzahn could be the last word secure decide. Auburn parted methods with Malzahn after eight seasons, a run that included a SEC championship in 2013 and SEC championship look in 2017. Malzahn gained the Iron Bowl 3 times. Tennessee has not beat Alabama since 2006. Steele joined Tennessee’s employees final week, too. Is that this the not-so-awkward transition that retains Malzahn within the SEC?  

Hugh Freeze  

Freeze is likely to be the more-popular selection in Knoxville. Freeze is a shiny offensive thoughts that led Liberty to a 10-1 document final season. He had success on the sphere at Ole Miss, a run that included a Sugar Bowl run in 2015. The Rebels, nevertheless, had been hit with NCAA sanctions that resulted in Freeze’s dismissal. Can Tennessee actually rent Freeze whereas this system is beneath investigation?  

Joe Brady  

Why not? Brady revamped LSU’s offense in a single yr, and it led to top-of-the-line seasons of all time. Brady spent final season with the Carolina Panthers, and he is a sought-after coach at each ranges. Brady, 31, has by no means been an enormous coach. It is a threat, however it might be one price taking.  

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Group of 5 candidates  

Billy Napier  

Would Tennessee take one other probability on a former Saban assistant? Napier is 28-11 the final three seasons at Louisiana, and it is a matter of time earlier than he takes on a Energy 5 job. Napier was rumored to be a candidate for the Auburn job, however he turned that down. Is Tennessee a greater match?  

Invoice Clark  

Clark is the opposite coach from a Group of 5 college that would flip up. He revived UAB right into a Convention-USA championship program, and he is completed that with a player-friendly tradition that earned him SN Coach of the 12 months honors in 2018. Clark additionally was a candidate for the Auburn job. Could be extra inquisitive about Tennessee?  

Jamey Chadwell  

Chadwell goes to attract some curiosity understanding he led the Chanticleers to an 11-1 document this season, which earned him SN Coach of the 12 months honors. Coastal Carolina performed an thrilling mix of soccer on either side, and Chadwell is transferring up the teaching ranks. Is he that completely different than Napier or Clark?  

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Wild playing cards  

Lane Kiffin  

Kiffin already laughed on the thought.  

Kiffin had a one-year stint with Tennessee in 2009 earlier than bolting for USC, and the concept of a second probability is laughable, proper? Kiffin completed 5-5 in his first season with Ole Miss, the place he renovated the offense and gained a bowl sport towards Indiana. Kiffin could be a daring transfer, however there isn’t any doubt the monitor document of success.  

Tom Herman  

Herman probably would not excite the fanbase given the top of his tenure at Texas. Herman compiled a 32-18 document with the Longhorns, and he upgraded the recruiting with this system. Herman, nevertheless, misplaced too many shut video games, and the strain in Knoxville is not that a lot completely different than Austin on the subject of through-the-roof-expectations. Herman would really feel extra like a comfort prize in comparison with the opposite names on this listing. 

Scott Satterfield  

Satterfield would have been an excellent rent the final time. He is 12-12 the final two seasons at Louisville, however the monitor document at Appalachian State earlier than that means there will likely be extra success on the best way. Given the mess he inherited at Louisville, Satterfield set the bar too excessive early. He could be an excellent match at Tennessee.  

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