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Alabama has plenty of experience with assistant coaches doing double-duty during the College Football Playoff.
Two years ago, it was Kirby Smart. Last year, it was Lane Kiffin (sort of).
Now, Jeremy Pruitt is finishing out his tenure as the Crimson Tide's defensive coordinator before he leaves to become head coach at rival Tennessee.
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Pruitt dodged most questions about his next job during the the lead-up to the Monday night's Sugar Bowl semifinal against top-ranked Clemson.
"I'm excited about being the head football coach at Tennessee. It's a tremendous opportunity, a great university and I'm thankful to have it," he said. "But right now I'm working as a defensive coordinator at Alabama, and I'd like for these questions to be targeted toward this game and the players that are associated with this game."
The new early signing period added a bit of a wrinkle that wasn't there during the 2015 season, when Smart stayed on as defensive coordinator for Alabama's run to the national championship before leaving to become Georgia's head coach, or a year ago when Kiffin accepted the head job at Florida Atlantic but intended to remain as the Tide's offensive coordinator through the end of the season.
Kiffin did coach in the Peach Bowl semifinal victory over Washington, but Saban suddenly cut ties with him before the national championship game against Clemson. Steve Sarkisian served as offensive coordinator in Alabama's loss to the Tigers.
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Pruitt said it "wasn't really that hard" to take care of his recruiting duties at Tennessee before returning to his job with Alabama. He credited the Tide's staff with making it a smooth transition.
"When I was at Tennessee, I worked on getting ready for that class," Pruitt said. "And it was easy going back to start focusing on getting ready to play Clemson."