Kevin Steele coming home to join Tennessee's defensive staff

Auburn Athletics photo / After spending the past five seasons as Auburn's defensive coordinator, Kevin Steele was hired Tuesday at Tennessee, his alma mater.

Kevin Steele is back at his alma mater.

After spending the past five seasons as Auburn's defensive coordinator, Steele was announced Tuesday afternoon as a defensive assistant at Tennessee. The specific role on Jeremy Pruitt's staff was not revealed for the 62-year-old Steele, who was a linebacker for the 1978-79 Volunteers under the late Johnny Majors.

"Kevin is someone I have respected and admired for a long time on and off the field," Pruitt said in a release. "I had the opportunity to learn and work with him during our time at Alabama, and our friendship grew from there. He has outstanding knowledge of the game and understands what it takes to be successful in this conference.

"Having coached under the great Johnny Majors, he has a sincere appreciation for what it means to be a Tennessee Volunteer.