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Smart Talks To Muschamp, But Not About Coaching For Him

Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart was the first name mentioned as a potential assistant when Will Mushcamp was hired by Florida.  Yesterday, Smart was asked if he had had any “informal conversations” with his old Georgia teammate.

“That’s kind of a gray statement there, ‘informal conversation,’” Smart said.  “Will and I talk all the time.  He’s one of my best friends.  I’ve known him for more than 20 years now.  And he and I talk a lot, but not really about me coaching with him, no.”

Florida AD Jeremy Foley said that Muschamp will likely announce a few coaching hires by next Tuesday.

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Saban: Smart Wants To Stay At Alabama

When Will Muschamp landed the Florida head coaching job, it was believed that he would pursue former Georgia teammate and current Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.

The Tuscaloosa News reported earlier this week that Smart was mulling a UF offer, but leaning toward staying at Bama.  On Tuesday, Muschamp said that he’d made no job offers to anyone.

Yesterday, Nick Saban took his turn before the microphones.

“We’re pleased that (Smart) is interested in staying at the University of Alabama.  I don’t know anything about anything else.  Our guys are pretty good and pretty loyal.  If anybody talks to them, they immediately let me know.”

Saban said no one has contacted him about talking with Smart.

“Typically, if somebody is interested in one of your coaches, they contact you.  I’ve talked to Will on several occasions.  Kirby has done nothing but indicate to me that he wants to stay at the University of Alabama.  I trust that’s what he’ll do.”

Anybody else think Saban is sending Muschamp a “you better talk to me first” message?

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