Butch Jones

Pruitt leading Tennessee while helping Tide through playoff

Alabama once again is making a postseason run with help from an assistant coach on his way out the door.

Only this time, there's a twist.

The arrival of a December signing period this year makes it imperative that new Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt work to salvage his new program's recruiting class the next couple of weeks while also continuing his duties as a defensive coordinator on Alabama coach Nick Saban's staff.

Pruitt says he owes it to Alabama's players that he coach them throughout the postseason. As the No. 4 seed, Alabama (11-1) faces No. 1 seed Clemson (12-1) in a Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl semifinal at New Orleans.

"I also have a commitment to the...