Several coaches – of the assistant variety – with SEC ties on the move. Here’s a look at what has happened around the league in the last few days.
Alabama: Multiple reports have linked Alabama defensive backs coach Jeremy Pruitt to Florida State. He’s reportedly the replacement for Mark Stoops as defensive coordinator. Timing is an issue as Pruitt is expected to continue coaching for the Tide through the BCS National Championship Game against Notre Dame. Some reports have suggested Pruitt would have been Alabama’s next defensive coordinator had Kirby Smart left for a head-coaching job this offseason.
Arkansas. Charlie Partridge is joining the Razorbacks from Wisconsin. He’ll coach the defensive line.
Auburn. On Saturday afternoon, a South Carolina prep coach was reportedly joining Gus Malzahn’s staff, but just a few hours later, he shot down those rumors.
Kentucky: Bradley Dale Peveto will coach special teams and safeties at Kentucky. He becomes the sixth member of Mark Stoops’ staff at UK. Peveto has spent 26 years in the coaching ranks, most recently as head coach at Northwestern State in Louisiana. He coached linebackers and special teams at LSU from 2005-2007. Kentucky’s contracts for its new offensive and defensive coordinators represent a significant bump in pay for UK football.
Missouri: After turning down Southern Miss, co-offensive line coach Josh Henson will be the Tigers new offensive coordinator. Missouri receivers coach Andy Hill will now coach quarterbacks. Both expected to get substantial raises. Official announcement is expected this week, perhaps as early as today. Tigers still looking for a receivers coach.
Tennessee: The Vols made it official Sunday - Zach Azzanni is the receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Tennessee. Azzanni is currently at Wisconsin where he’ll remain through the Rose Bowl game. His predecessor, Darin Hinshaw, is headed to Cincinnati. Former Tennessee defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri is reportedly headed to Florida State to join Jimbo Fisher’s staff.