Pruitt emerges as candidate for MSU coach job

Jeremy Pruitt
Staff Writer

Sources confirmed to the Starkville Daily News on Monday that Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has emerged as a serious candidate, and is perhaps the leading candidate, to be the next head football coach at Mississippi State following the departure of former MSU head coach Dan Mullen to Florida.

There were multiple reports on Monday that Pruitt has already interviewed with the Bulldogs.

Pruitt was a former Alabama defensive back who returned to the Crimson Tide in 2016 to lead the defense. Pruitt also has defensive coordinator experience at Georgia and Florida State.

Pruitt has found success wherever he has been.

This season, Alabama is leading the nation in scoring defense after also leading the country in that category last year.

Pruitt’s 2014 and 2015 Georgia defenses were both top-25 units in total defense.

While Pruitt is widely considered the favorite, he wasn’t the only name generating buzz on Monday. Multiple reports also emerged that MSU Director of Athletics John Cohen sought to interview Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables.

Other names mentioned in connection with the MSU opening have included UAB head coach Bill Clark, former Southern Miss head coach and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken, Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, and SMU head coach Chad Morris, among others.

However Pruitt seemed to be being given the most consideration as of late Monday.