Former Tennessee defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri has been officially confirmed as a new assistant coach at Florida State.
Sunseri will likely coach the defensive line under new FSU coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. Pruitt and Sunseri worked together at Alabama before Sunseri joined Derek Dooley's staff at Knoxville after the 2011 season.
FSU said Sunseri would make $198,000 annually, far less than the $800,000 he was slated to make as Tennessee's coordinator.
When he was formally dismissed by new UT coach Butch Jones earlier this month, Sunseri was owed $1.84 million through February 2015.
His contract includes a clause requiring him to make a good-faith effort to find new employment to defray Tennessee's costs.
But even with the new $198,000 salary, which does not include potential bonuses or other outside income, Sunseri will still be getting a check from UT for roughly $50,000 every month.
Sunseri is the fifth member of Dooley's staff to be hired for another position. Running backs coach Jay Graham was retained by Jones. Receivers coach Darin Hinshaw was hired by new Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville, who replaced Jones.
Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and offensive line coach Sam Pittman were both hired at Arkansas.
Tight ends coach and special teams coach Charlie Coiner, defensive line coach John Palermo, safeties coach Josh Conklin and cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley have not yet been hired by other schools.
By far the biggest expense is Dooley himself, who is due monthly payments totaling $5 million through 2016.
Chaney's contract was guaranteed, meaning he will continue to make $600,000 from Tennessee while making $550,000 from his new job.
Tennessee's payments to Dooley and his former staff could still be as high as $8.3 million, although that figure will go down as former assistants are hired.
UT has not yet released salary figures for Jones' new coaching staff, although he was given a pool of $3 million to spend, which is roughly the same amount paid to Dooley's staff in 2012.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.