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December 21, 2012

‘Bama coach Jeremy Pruitt hired by Fla. State

— TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Alabama secondary coach Jeremy Pruitt is Florida State’s new defensive coordinator.

Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher announced Thursday that Pruitt will replace Mark Stoops, who took the Kentucky job.

Pruitt has been on Nick Saban’s Alabama staff for three years. Fisher was Saban’s offensive coordinator at LSU.

The 38-year-old Pruitt has built a reputation as an effective recruiter in addition to coaching a defensive backfield that’s ranked in the top 15 in pass defense the last three seasons. He will be only the third defensive coordinator at Florida State in the last 28 years, following Stoops and Mickey Andrews.

The release did not say when Pruitt’s FSU duties begin.  Alabama plays Notre Dame on Jan. 7 for the BCS title; Florida State plays Northern Illinois in the Jan. 1 Orange Bowl.

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