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Georgia’s DC Search Continues

Over the weekend, The Tuscaloosa News reported that Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart has been formally offered the same position on Georgia’s staff. 

Smart is a UGA alum.  According to The News, Georgia’s offer is “well in excess” of Smart’s current $360,000 a year deal with Bama.

Interestingly, Nick Saban made some comments after the national title game that might tie into all of this:

“I’m always happy and interested for our coaches to be able to advance professionally, especially if it’s a professional advancement in terms of a guy being coordinator who can go be a head coach in a situation where he has a chance to be successful.

“I’m not pleased when guys make lateral moved because it’s a little bit human nature to think — like my dad used to say, the grass is always greener on top of the septic tank.  You always think it’s better someplace else.  You kind of let your ego get involved and you make moves that you shouldn’t make that really aren’t in your best interest from a career standpoint.  So I’m not happy when guys do that.  But anybody on our staff who can move up, we would like to help them do that.”

Now, was Saban referring to Smart’s situation?  Or was that a dig at a former coach who might have made a lateral move last year?  You would think Saban would understand the lure for Smart to return to his alma mater.  Then again, maybe not.

Also, Smart may simply be angling for a raise in Tuscaloosa.  The Georgia defensive coordinator position has already worked as good leverage for Bud Foster (who got a raise at Virginia Tech) and John Chavis (who got a raise at LSU).

Meanwhile, Alabama AD Mal Moore has not confirmed whether or not Smart has been offered the Georgia job.

Jeff Schultz of The AJC believes that money and ego might be what eventually draw Smart back to Athens.

And Georgia folks are watching the situation closely.  Mark Bradley of The AJC accidentally typed the phrase “Kirby Sma” into his Twitter account last night and got bombarded with immediate responses.

(For those who want to follow us on Twitter, is the place to go.  Don’t forget, we’re one of “the top 100 feeds every guy should follow” according to Maxim.  So we got that goin’ for us.)

As for Mark Richt, well, his only comment is as follows: “I’ll let you know when it happens, I promise.”


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