Unlike the previous fired Tennessee coach, it appears it didn’t take long for Jeremy Pruitt to land a real job.

After three seasons in Knoxville, Tennessee fired Pruitt for cause just over a week ago following an investigation into alleged recruiting violations that took place within the program under the coach’s watch.

Firing Pruitt for cause means the coach won’t be receiving his buyout from Tennessee, unlike Butch Jones the last time the Volunteers went through this process. The allegations against Pruitt also make it unlikely that another college program can hire him until he has any NCAA issues resolved.

That likely encouraged Pruitt to move fast with an eye toward the NFL and that’s what has occurred, according to Bruce Feldman of The Athletic.

“SOURCE: Former Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt is working on a deal to join the Jets coaching staff,” Feldman reported on Wednesday.

That’s an interesting way to phrase the news as it sounds as if Pruitt doesn’t have a deal locked up at the moment.

Either way, the Jets are now coached by Robert Saleh, who was hired this offseason after spending several seasons as the defensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers.

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