Florida State Seminoles’ head coach Jimbo Fisher seemed somewhat blindsided by the departure of defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt after just one season.
Fisher brought Pruitt in from the Alabama Crimson Tide, where he was the defensive backs’ coach and made him a first time defensive coordinator, replacing Mark Stoops, who left to become the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats. However, Pruitt bolted for the same job with the Georgia Bulldogs seemingly without notifying any of the players.
In fact, Pruitt told reporters he did not even give Fisher a chance to match the Bulldogs’ offer.
Now, for the second consecutive season and for the third time in five seasons as a head coach, Fisher is looking for a defensive coordinator.
Two in-house names, linebackers’ coach Charles Kelly and defensive ends coach Sal Sunseri, who have both served as defensive coordinators before, would be logical replacements.
According to Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports, Fisher “is very tempted to promote” Kelly.
Although Kelly is currently serving as the Seminoles’ linebackers coach, his background is in the secondary, which is where Fisher stresses his defensive coordinators come from.
With less than three weeks until signing day, expect this hire to happen soon.