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Jeremy Pruitt losing key staffer to NFL

Because Scott Cochran left Alabama for Georgia, Tennessee is now without a strength coach.

Let's break it down step by step. Cochran left his 13-year post as Alabama's strength coach to become Georgia's special teams coordinator in February, which, obviously, created a vacancy at Alabama.

Nick Saban filled that post by hiring David Ballou away from Indiana, and Indiana then filled its vacancy by bringing Aaron Wellman back to the college game and away from the New York Giants -- and by paying him quite nicely to do so.

That left the Giants with an opening, which they've filled by hiring Craig Fitzgerald away from Tennessee.

"I want to thank head coach Jeremy Pruitt, director of athletics Phillips Fulmer, senior associate athletic director Tyler Johnson, our strength staff and the many student-athletes who have represented our program since the spring of 2018," he said Thursday. "I will be returning to the NFL and joining the New York Giants. Thank you for everything and Go Vols!"

Fitzgerald was an original member of Pruitt's staff after managing the strength staff for the Houston Texans for the four seasons prior. He also served as the head strength coach at South Carolina from 2009-11 and at Penn State from 2012-13.

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