Earlier on Wednesday, it was reported that Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt emerged as a leading candidate for the Tennessee Volunteers’ head coaching job.

We now have a follow-up on that report. According to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach, Pruitt is expected to be named the Volunteers’ next head coach on Thursday.

Before we consider this a done deal, remember the search for a new head coach in Knoxville has been marred by multiple candidates turning the job down after initial inquiries by Tennessee.

Now that Phillip Fulmer has taken over the AD job with the Volunteers, maybe things will run more smoothly in the back end. But considering the entire Greg Schiano fiasco, it’s hard to conclude something is done until the new coach is actually at the podium and officially hired.

Prior to joining the Crimson Tide as defensive coordinator, Pruitt held the same position with both Florida State and Georgia. Part of the Nick Saban coaching tree, Pruitt played college ball at Middle Tennessee. That’s one small link to him and college football in Tennessee.