KNOXVILLE - Jeremy Pruitt grew up just 60 miles southwest of Chattanooga in the small town of Rainsville, Ala., formulating a clear goal.
He aspired to emulate his father, Dale, the revered football coach at Plainvew High School.
"When I had my dreams of what I wanted to be, I knew from a very small child that I wanted to be just like my father," Pruitt said in 2013. "I wanted to be a football coach. I didn't want to be a head football coach at Alabama, Florida State or somewhere like that. I just wanted to be a ball coach."
Pruitt may not have set out to be the head coach at one of college football's most storied programs, but that's where he is now.