Georgia assistant reportedly poised to join Tennessee staff

Georgia outside linebacker coach Kevin Sherrer during the Bulldogs’ spring practice at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall in Athens, Ga. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. (John Paul Van Wert/UGA)

ATLANTA | Georgia’s preparation for the College Football Playoff looks like it will have some distractions with coaching movement.

 

Outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer is expected to be hired as Tennessee’s defensive coordinator under new coach Jeremy Pruitt, according to SI.com’s Bruce Feldman.

Sherrer is in his fourth year on the Georgia staff, the first two under Pruitt when he was coordinator in 2014-15 and he stayed on under Kirby Smart. Sherrer is the longest-serving Georgia assistant and worked with Pruitt on Alabama’s staff.

Smart addressed coaches looking at other jobs during a press conference on Thursday at the College Football Hall of Fame without talking about Sherrer specifically.

“You know, I think it’s an honor any time your assistants get an opportunity to advance themselves,” Smart said. “I learned that from none other than Nick (Saban). When you get an opportunity for somebody to go on and increase their role, they get a promotion, I think that’s a great honor. I think it’s an honor to your staff, to the success you’ve had at your program. I hope that all our guys get that opportunity.”

What complicates matters now for the first time is the early signing period which starts Dec. 20 and runs through Dec. 22.

“I think that the timing with the early signing period, it’s a very unique set of circumstances,” Smart said. “We’ve got official visits next weekend, but we’ve got to practice also for bowl games where we never had to do that. We’ve got coaches that are jockeying to go to different places, different staffs. Because of the early signing period, they’re wanting to move earlier and get in position, where a lot of times you didn’t worry about coaching movement (until) after the bowl games.”

 

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