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Alabama Staff Member Jumping To SEC Rival

Alabama player Bradley Ledbetter snaps a ball against Tennessee.

24 Oct 1998: Bradley Ledbetter #93 of the Alabama Crimson Tide prepares to snap the ball during a game against the Tennessee Volunteers at the Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Volunteers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-18.

It looks like yet another member of the Alabama Crimson Tide is leaving Nick Saban's side. But the school might be particularly frustrated by where in the SEC he is going.

According to AL.com, Alabama director of player development Kerry Stevenson is leaving the school and heading to the University of Tennessee. Per the report, Stevenson will join the Vols in a "support staff capacity."

Stevenson joins a Vols team that has hired plenty of former Saban staff members and co-workers. Head coach Jeremy Pruitt served as defensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide from 2016-17.

Kerry Stevenson, who has been a director of player development for the Crimson Tide, is joining the Tennessee staff in a support staff capacity, AL.com has learned.

Stevenson had been at Alabama since 2013 after 10 seasons as the head coach at Vigor High School in Mobile, where he won a state championship in 2008.

Among the other former Saban staffers now at Tennessee are special teams coach Kevin Sherrer, who worked under Saban from 2010 to 2012. He followed Pruitt to Knoxville in 2018.

The team's new defensive coordinator, Derrick Ansley, also worked under Saban until being picked up by Pruitt earlier this year.

But despite Tennessee raiding Alabama for the school's coaching and front office talent, the Vols have been mostly unable to replicate the Crimson Tide's success.

Pruitt's first year at Tennessee was a difficult one, as the team finished 5-7. Within the SEC, his Vols went just 2-6, losing to Alabama by 37 points in the process.

[AL.com]