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Jeremy Pruitt has reportedly accepted the coaching job at Tennessee.

Alabama football: Jeremy Pruitt rumored to be finalizing deal to become coach at Tennessee

Matt Speakman

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Moving on

For the third straight season, it looks like Alabama will lose a coordinator before the playoffs start. Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is rumored to have accepted the job with the Tennessee Volunteers. Tennessee has experienced one of the more interesting coaching searches to date but ultimately winds up with a coordinator who has enjoyed success at big programs. Pruitt has been the defensive coordinator at Alabama, Florida State and Georgia in his career. Pruitt took over for Kirby Smart before the 2016 season after Smart became Georgia’s coach.

 

In other headlines …

  • Our own Christopher Walsh believes the third installment of Alabama vs. Clemson already deserves its place in history.
  • ESPN College Football analyst Kirk Herbstreit gave his opinion on how Alabama can attack Clemson’s defense.
  • Alabama ranked first nationally in salaries for its assistant coaches. Pruitt is the fifth-highest-paid assistant coach in the country.

Heating up

Alabama had a slow start to the 2018 recruiting cycle after its No. 1 class in 2017. Now, it looks like Alabama is overcoming that slow start. The Crimson Tide nabbed three recruits in two days. Among them are 4-star cornerbacks Nadab Joseph and Saivion Smith. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Joseph ranks as the No. 18 cornerback in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports. The 6-1, 175-pound Smith is the No. 4 JUCO player in the country. Smith is a former LSU player who transferred to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College after his freshman season with the Tigers. Along with those two, 3-star tight end Michael Parker also committed. The three commitments moved Alabama to No. 10 in the 247Sports team composite rankings.

Along with attracting three players, a big Alabama target reopened his recruitment. Brenton Cox, a 5-star defensive end, de-committed from Ohio State. Cox visited Alabama over the weekend. He is the No. 22-ranked player in the 2018 class.

Thankful

Alabama barely edged out Ohio State for the No. 4 spot, mostly because of the Buckeyes’ 31-point loss the Iowa on Nov. 4. Alabama was very thankful for Iowa’s performance in that game. So much so, that defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick thanked an Iowa player after Alabama made it in the playoff.

The lead up to the selection show was full of nerves for most Alabama players. Fitzpatrick said he was very nervous and paced back and forth before the playoff field was announced. His teammate, punter JK Scott, did not even watch because he was asleep.

A month of preparation

Every bowl season many teams have to wait an entire month before they play their next game. Alabama is no different. The Crimson Tide will have more than enough time to prepare for its playoff matchup with No. 1 Clemson. Our own Marq Burnett broke down what Alabama’s schedule will be like leading up to the Clemson game.

Around the Capstone

Alabama basketball defeated Rhode Island, 68-64, to improve to 7-2 on the season.

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