College Football Coaching Carousel: Tennessee Hires Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt

There was a massive coaching carousel this offseason and it created a frenetic nationwide game of musical chairs in the assistant coaching community. Add in the addition of a 10th assistant coach to FBS college staffs and this was a banner year for coaching movement. We've already graded the head coach hires, but here is a list of the nine most important assistant coach moves of this offseason.

1. Texas A&M -- Defensive coordinator Mike Elko

When Brian Kelly hired Mike Elko away from Wake Forest last offseason to revamp his defense after a 4-8 season, it was hailed as a forward-thinking move. But after helping drive Notre Dame to a 10-3 turnaround, Elko is no longer a hipster pick as a defensive guru, he's gone mainstream. Some of college football's biggest names came knocking this offseason and it took nearly $2 million for Jimbo Fisher to lure Elko to College Station. But for an offensive coach in need of a strong defensive counterpart in the rugged SEC West, it was the most critical hire of the offseason. Elko proved to be a dynamic recruiter in his year at Notre Dame and his defenses are disciplined and disruptive. He gives Jimbo Fisher his best defensive coordinator since Jeremy Pruitt in Florida State's 2013 national title season.  

2. Ohio State -- Alex Grinch (title to be announced)

At only 37 years old, Grinch has emerged quickly as one of the rising stars in the coaching profession. He took a notoriously bad defense under Mike Leach and turned it into a strength, making Washington State into a Pac-12 North contender in the process. Prior to his arrival in Pullman, Washington State had the No. 97 defense nationally. He left Pullman with the unit ranked 16th. At Ohio State, Grinch will back fill in a secondary that loses cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs to the Tennessee Titans. He brings all kinds of pressure packages to a defense that has been relatively vanilla up front and he keeps Urban Meyer at the top of the food chain, hip checking some other big-name programs out of the way to land Grinch.

3. Washington -- Offensive coordinator Bush Hamdan

This one may not move the needle nationally, but Hamdan was an easy decision for Chris Petersen when he lost offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith to Oregon State. The 32-year old was only away from the Huskies for one season and in that season we saw some regression offensively despite an experienced group of returnees. Hamdan is an outstanding recruiter and he returns in time to coach up a lot of the offensive talent that he helped accumulate in Seattle. He was also a key component in developing John Ross into a first-round NFL Draft pick. So in Hamdan, Petersen landed a talented coach -- one of the best young recruiters in the Pac-12 and a proven developer of talent.

College Football Coaching Carousel: Tennessee Hires Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt

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College Football Coaching Carousel: Tennessee Hires Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt

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College Football Coaching Carousel: Tennessee Hires Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt

College Football Coaching Carousel: Tennessee Hires Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt

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College Football Coaching Carousel: Tennessee Hires Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt

College Football Coaching Carousel: Tennessee Hires Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt

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College Football Coaching Carousel: Tennessee Hires Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt

College Football Coaching Carousel: Tennessee Hires Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt

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College Football Coaching Carousel: Tennessee Hires Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt

College Football Coaching Carousel: Tennessee Hires Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt

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College Football Coaching Carousel: Tennessee Hires Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt

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College Football Coaching Carousel: Tennessee Hires Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt

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College Football Coaching Carousel: Tennessee Hires Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt