Alabama football: Jeremy Pruitt emerges as candidate for SEC coaching jobs

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Moving on?

The coaching carousel has already started to spin around the SEC. Texas A&M, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Arkansas are all without coaches. With so many vacancies, coaches from all over the country are emerging as candidates for these high-profile jobs. One of these coaches is Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. Pruitt has served as Alabama’s coordinator for two years and has been a major reason why Alabama’s defense has dominated over the last two seasons. Pruitt has emerged as a leading candidate for both the Mississippi State and Tennessee jobs. Pruitt has already interviewed for the position at Mississippi State. Whether Pruitt will leave for a big job remains to be seen. It certainly could be an enticing offer as Pruitt has never been a head coach.

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Crucial situations

Alabama was unable to not only convert crucial third-down plays, but it was unable to stop Auburn on third down. This became a main reason why the Crimson Tide ultimately came up short in the Iron Bowl. Alabama was 3 of 11 on third down, while Auburn was 9 of 18. This led to the Tigers having the ball for almost 15 more minutes of game time than the Crimson Tide. broke down every single third-down play from the Iron Bowl.

Fantastic freshman

In its 89-84 loss to Minnesota, Alabama basketball found itself playing with only three players for most of the second half. The entire bench was ejected for stepping onto the court during a fight. Then, guard John Petty went down with an injury, while guard Dazon Ingram fouled out. Playing 3-on-5 didn’t stop freshman guard Collin Sexton, however. He scored 40 points, with 31 coming in the second half. That performance was good enough to earn him SEC Freshman of the Week. He also got even more praise from NBA stars. This time, it was Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard who recognized his efforts. A fan asked Lillard who he thought the best guard in college basketball was, and Lillard said it was Sexton.

AP poll voters also seemed to recognize what Alabama was up against when losing almost its entire team. The Crimson Tide moved up from No. 25 to No. 24 in the AP poll.

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