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Pruitt leaves FSU to be Georgia's defensive coordinator

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia coach Mark Richt named a new defensive coordinator, hiring Jeremy Pruitt from Florida State on Tuesday, two days after losing Todd Grantham to Louisville.

Richt said he is "ecstatic" to add Pruitt, who has coached on three straight national title teams at Alabama and Florida State.

Under Pruitt, undefeated FSU led the nation in scoring defense, allowing 12.1 points a game, and was third in total defense. Pruitt also was defensive backs coach.

Pruitt, who was in Athens on Tuesday, said the move to Georgia "is an outstanding professional and personal opportunity."

Fiesta Bowl head out: Robert Shelton resigned as executive director of the Fiesta Bowl, 2½ years after taking the job following a scandal. Shelton said his departure was a mutual decision by him and the bowl's board of directors. He replaced John Junker, who resigned after a scandal over lavish spending and a scheme to require employees to make political donations.

Back, not back: Stanford safety Ed Reynolds and tackle Cameron Fleming said they'll enter the NFL draft. USC defensive back Josh Shaw and LSU offensive tackle La'El Collins said they will stay for their senior seasons. Today is the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft.

Maryland suit: Maryland, which is leaving the ACC for the Big Ten at the end of this season, filed a $157 million countersuit against the ACC over money that the league has withheld.

Boston College: Freshman quarterback Mack Lowrie, who redshirted last season, withdrew from school.

Notre Dame: Mike Denbrock will be promoted from receivers coach and passing game coordinator to offensive coordinator, reported.

Ohio State: Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash will be named co-defensive coordinator and Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson will hold the same post with the Buckeyes, reported.

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