Reports are out that Tennessee has come to a decision on its next head coach, meaning if everything goes smoothly, Georgia will get to keep current defensive coordinator Mel Tucker…for the time being.
According to a report from ESPN, Tennessee has offered its head coaching job to Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.
Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer interviewed multiple candidates two times, including Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.
In the end, it appears Pruitt, who had a successful tenure coaching for Georgia in 2014 and 2015, was the man for the job.
If everything goes smoothly – which we’ve come to learn is not always the case at Tennessee – Georgia will get to hold onto its current defensive coordinator Tucker, who has led the Bulldogs to an outstanding year defensively.
However, how much longer can Georgia fans expect Tucker to stick around in Athens? One would imagine that if Tennessee (which apparently is not the dream job many once thought, but is still considered a respectable college coaching destination) had Tucker on its radar, than other programs most likely do/did as well.
Tucker found great success at Georgia this season, and his defense is currently allowing the fourth fewest yards per game in all of college football. With that being said, there is no escaping the fact that other programs will be knocking on Tucker’s door in the near future.
Considering Tucker interviewed two times for the Tennessee job, he is ready and willing (understandably..why wouldn’t he want to become a head coach?) to leave Georgia to take his first crack at being a head coach (other than serving as interim head coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011.).
It will be interesting to see what happens if a team of equal or slightly less status shows interest in Tucker.
It’s the world of college football. And for Tucker’s sake, I hope one day he does become head coach at a major college football program.
But for now, let’s bring a national championship back to Athens.