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Tennessee coaching search: Vols examining a trio of SEC defensive coordinators

Tennessee coaching search: Vols examining a trio of SEC defensive coordinators

It appears as though Tennessee is focusing in on a trio of SEC defensive coordinators: Alabama's Jeremy Pruitt, Georgia's Mel Tucker and Auburn's Kevin Steele.

Fulmer also reportedly spoke with Tee Martin, USC offensive coordinator, extensively by phone on Tuesday. During his lone season with the Seminoles in 2013, Pruitt was a finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top assistant coach.

The moves come just days after Fulmer was named the new athletic director amid Tennessee's disastrous search for a new coach.

Tucker, 45, is in his second season on Georgia coach Kirby Smart's staff and previously worked with him at Alabama in 2015, when they helped the Crimson Tide win a national championship.

Steele has had similar success with the Tigers and also is in his second season with Auburn. Pruitt is also regarded as one of the top recruiters in the SEC. He was initially there from 2007-12, the last three seasons as defensive backs coach.

The latest Tennessee Vols football rumors suggest the program could finally be closing in on its replacement for head coach Butch Jones.

New Athletics Director Phil Fulmer has reached out to his former player for possibly multiple positions, according to multiple reports. Following his stint as Florida State's defensive coordinator, he spent two seasons at Georgia and returned to Alabama as DC last season.

Georgia will play No. 2 Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual on New Year's Day.

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