Ex-Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt has reportedly joined the New York Giants coaching staff. The news was broken Wednesday by The Athletic’s Dan Duggan and could not have come at a more convenient time for Pruitt. Shortly after Tennessee announced that Josh Huepel of UCF would be joining former UCF athletic director Danny White at Tennessee, the Pruitt deal became official.
It is currently unclear what role Pruitt will serve with the Giants.
This news should not come as a surprise. Pruitt and Giants head coach Joe Judge worked together under Nick Saban at Alabama from 2009-11, Pruitt as a secondary coach and Judge as a special teams analyst.
It is also not surprising that Pruitt is making the jump to the NFL. Although it is unclear what role he will serve on the Giants coaching staff, it is unlikely that Pruitt would’ve landed a job with any major college program due to the ongoing investigations into recruiting violations during his tenure at Tennessee.
As you all know, Pruitt and nine other staffers were fired by the University of Tennessee due to the investigations. Two of the staff members, Brian Neidermeyer and Shelton Felton, along with Pruitt, were fired with cause. It is alleged that recruits were given cash in McDonald’s bags during their visits to the university.
Pruitt’s attorney came out swinging, claiming that the decision was, “an orchestrated effort to renege on contractual promises made to Coach Pruitt upon his hiring in 2017 and reiterated less than five months ago,” when Tennessee agreed on an extension with Pruitt after starting the season 2-0, before losing 7 of their last 8 games by double digits.
Another interesting note: Pruitt will be joining former Vols head coach in Derek Dooley, who currently serves as senior offensive assistant with the team.