Finally, the search is over. Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and Tennessee have finalized a deal that will make Pruitt the Vols' coach, according to a report Thursday morning by's Chris Low. Pruitt will be introduced at a news conference Thursday night, Low reported. Tennessee has not announced the hire, but Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports and reported that Pruitt will receive a six-year deal Pruitt and fellow defensive coordinators Kevin Steele of Auburn and Mel Tucker of Georgia were considered finalists for the job, which has been open since Tennessee fired Butch Jones on Nov. 12. Pruitt is in his second season as Alabama's defensive coordinator after two years in the same position at Georgia. His first year as a defensive coordinator was in 2013 at Florida State. The Seminoles led the nation in scoring defense that season en route to a national championship. Pruitt was a finalist that year for the Broyles Award, given to the nation's top assistant.