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Vols enter new era under Pruitt after dreadful 2017 season
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is counting on the championship background of new coach Jeremy Pruitt to help the program bounce back from one of its worst seasons ever. Pruitt has been on the staff of five national championship teams at Alabama and Florida State, most recently as the Crimson Tide's defensive coordinator last year. He's trying to bring that championship toughness to Tennessee, which hasn't earned a Southeastern Conference title since 1998 and hasn't even reached the league's championship game since 2007.