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Sal Sunseri's Tennessee Deal Near SEC's Biggest, Vinnie Sunseri Staying At Alabama

The Tennessee Volunteers have officially announced the hire of Alabama Crimson Tide outside linebackers coach Sal Sunseri as their new defensive coordinator. He takes over for Justin Wilcox, who was hired away by the Washington Huskies. Said coach Derek Dooley of Sunseri:

Sal has had unparalleled success over the last decade in not only contributing to team and unit success, but also in his ability to motivate and develop elite individual talent. His combination of defensive knowledge, recruiting success, high-energy personality, ability to connect with players, and personal integrity and character make him an exceptional fit for Tennessee.

According to reports, his salary will net him $2.4 million over three years, placing him among the SEC's most well-compensated defensive coordinators.

The good news for Tide fans: safety Vinnie Sunseri reportedly doesn't plan to switch Third Saturday in October allegiances along with his father. Sunseri the swifter is expected to contribute heavily to Alabama's title defense campaign.

For more on the parties involved, visit Tennessee blog Rocky Top Talk and Alabama blog Roll Bama Roll.