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Vols welcome Jeremy Pruitt to Rocky Top

The wait is over, and Vol fans are excited to welcome the University of Tennessee’s 26th head football coach.

Word broke Thursday morning that former University of Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt had finalized a deal to become the Vols’ new head coach. The story gained traction quickly on social media, as more than 75,000 mentions of coach Pruitt extracted across various platforms (97-percent on Twitter) in a 24-hour span. We have been monitoring the conversation online as Pruitt landed and met with Athletic Director Phillip Fulmer.

It’s an exciting time here in Knoxville, and Vol fans have voiced their support for the hiring decision through social media. In all, 72-percent of the posts mentioning Pruitt have been positive in nature. As you can see in the graph below, there has been a huge spike in positive mentions since the story broke.

As the news continues to develop and the staff begins to take shape, we’ll keep monitoring what social media has to say about the direction of the UT football program. But based on what we’ve seen in the last 24-hours, there’s plenty of reason for Tennessee football fans to be excited!