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‘Noles officially name Tide assistant as new DC


A handful of days after it was reported that Florida State would be turning to Alabama to fill a significant hole in its defensive coaching staff, the addition has come to fruition.

FSU announced Thursday afternoon that Jeremy Pruitt has been named as the ‘Noles’ new defensive coordinator.  Pruitt will replace Mark Stoops, who was hired by Kentucky to be its new head coach late last month.

“I’m very excited to add Jeremy to our staff,” said head coach Jimbo Fisher in a statement. “He brings a lot to the table. He’s one of the bright young coaches in college football. He’s done an outstanding job at Alabama and in the past as a great high school coach. He’s also a good recruiter, but most importantly of all, he’s a great person.

“I’m really looking forward to him coming to Florida State and helping us to continue achieving the success that we’ve had and will continue to have. We’re very fortunate to be adding him to our program.”

Pruitt comes to Tallahassee after spending the past six years in Tuscaloosa, including the last three as Nick Saban‘s defensive backs coach.  He has never been a coordinator at the collegiate level.

“This is a great opportunity for me to join another one of the top college football programs in the country and take over as defensive coordinator for one of the best defenses out there,” Pruitt said. “I really appreciate Coach Fisher and his staff in welcoming me to the Seminole family. I’ve enjoyed my time at Alabama and am grateful to Coach Saban and my Crimson Tide family for their support in preparing me as I begin the next chapter in my coaching career.”

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5 Responses to “‘Noles officially name Tide assistant as new DC”
  1. richabbs says: Dec 20, 2012 3:32 PM

    This might be an indication that Saban is headed to the NFL.

  2. scalpemseminoles says: Dec 20, 2012 3:59 PM

    I think this is a good hire, but why did we take the coach of the worst part of the alabama defense?

  3. js20011041 says: Dec 20, 2012 4:03 PM

    Or this could just be a talented young coach accepting an increase in both responsibility and pay at one of the premier football programs in the country, in an effort to further his coaching career. Either one.

  4. irishdodger says: Dec 20, 2012 6:18 PM

    Saban is not going anywhere. The guy is smart. He knows he hates losing more than he loves winning. In the NFL, where there’s a salary cap & most teams are talented, he could lose 6-7 games and still be in the hunt. It’d be hard to focus on the playoffs if he’s stewing over that many losses. At Bama, he’ll always have elite talent & will likely lose no more than 2-3 games a year…and that’s worst case scenario. He’ll face 8-9 opponents that won’t even compete w/ his talent so he can really focus on LSU, the SEC East champ & his bowl opponent. It’s a no brainer…Saban ain’t goin anywhere.

  5. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 20, 2012 8:20 PM

    Wow, somebody should have asked Dooley how that worked out for him. LOL

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