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Sal Sunseri is Tennessee's new defensive coordinator, a source with direct knowledge of the hire has confirmed to al.com newspapers. The move was first reported by GoVols247. Tennessee already had a press conference scheduled for 2:30 p.m. CT. Alabama coach Nick Saban could not immediately be reached for comment. WNML's Jimmy Hyams reports via Twitter that Sunseri's deal is worth $700,000 to $800,000 annually for 2 to 3 years. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the deal is worth $2.4 million over the course of three years.

Sal Sunseri is Tennessee's new defensive coordinator (update: 10:11 a.m.) | al.com There have been rumblings about this since yesterday, and now it looks like we've got another bit of staff turnover to deal with. Personally, I wish Sunseri all the best, he's been a solid assistant from day one and the expectation has been that he would be headed for either a coordinator position or even head coaching gig sooner rather than later. This is a bit of a head scratcher, though. While normally taking the DC job at a historic SEC program would be too good of an opportunity to pass up, Tennessee is not, shall we say, the most stable of situations right now. Whether Derek Dooley can survive the 2 to 3 years of Sunseri's reported deal is a big if. Also, consider that Kirby Smart is also on a crash course with a head coaching job of his own with Sunseri being the most likely to move up to the DC position here. It just seems like a big gamble for what could very easily become only a short term reward. UPDATE: For those of us worried about Vinnie Sunseri transferring, al.com has updated their story to say that he is staying. Considering he'll likely be a key cog in the secondary next season...phew.
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