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December 16, 2012

New FSU D/C Rumored to be Alabama's Pruitt


Though it is as of yet unconfirmed, Florida State's next defensive coordinator is rumored to be Alabama defensive backs coach Jeremy Pruitt.

Pruitt, a a 38-year old assistant on Nick Saban's staff reportedly has accepted the offer to be FSU's new defensive coordinator according to a couple of college recruiting sites (via conversations with high school players).

Jimbo Fisher, for his part, has been very tight-lipped about who the choice could potentially be. Fisher has maintained that he kept a running short list of coaches and already had an idea of who he wanted to tab when Mark Stoops accepted the head coaching gig at Kentucky.

Fisher is going to need likely hire a couple more assistants, but the Pruitt hire would represent a strong grab from a good coaching tree, and one which Fisher has a lot of familiarity.

The downside to a hiring like this is that Florida State fans can look forward to this conversation again in another two-three years. Jimbo Fisher likes having coaches hired off of his staff because of what it says about him and his program, while the upside of that is you get hungry young coaches the downside is it's not long-term.

Pruitt reportedly interviewed on Friday and Fisher hinted at the time it could be him, but as of yet there is no official statement from FSU to confirm the hire. 

Part of this issue is negotiating the roles all the coaches will play leading up to the Orange Bowl. With Stoops, Eliot and Gran likely to continue helping out with coaching, Pruitt would only be allowed to recruit while the former assistants are still on-field. 

I'll be back to update with details later today as they become available...



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