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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: FSU hires Alabama's Pruitt as new defensive coordinator

Jeremy Pruitt is expected to coach Alabama's DBs in the BCS national title game against Notre Dame, but neither school has confirmed that yet after he was hired this week to be the new defensive coordinator at Florida State.

Jeremy Pruitt is expected to coach Alabama's DBs in the BCS national title game against Notre Dame, but neither school has confirmed that yet after he was hired this week to be the new defensive coordinator at Florida State.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — 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.


Cowboys vs. ’Noles to open 2014 season

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State will open the 2014 college football season with a neutral site game against Florida State.

OSU, FSU, the Dallas Cowboys and ESPN announced Wednesday that the Cowboys and Seminoles will play at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in a game to be televised by ESPN.

The game will be the fifth time OSU and FSU have played with Florida State winning three of the previous four.


UGA, Tech, FSU ranked in first preseason poll

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After a run to the College World Series and a top four finish to end the 2012 season, the Florida State baseball team will open the 2013 campaign ranked No. 19 in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s Preseason top 40 poll, which was released Thursday.

Ranked ahead of the Seminoles were Georgia Tech (No. 17) — the defending ACC champs — while Georgia came in ranked No. 29.