Alabama’s defensive coordinator Kirby Smart had been top candidate

Ever since the surprise firing of Mark Richt at Georgia, Alabama’s Kirby Smart has been rumored as likely successor

Here is what we actually know about the report that Alabama’s longtime defensive coordinator, Kirby Smart, has been offered the head football coaching job at Georgia and that he has accepted.




Here is what we suspect.


That the rumor is true.


Smart has been with Nick Saban for many years, including his nine seasons at Alabama. Smart has been defensive coordinator for the past eight years.


On Sunday, Georgia Athletics Director Greg McGarity fired Mark Richt, who had been head coach of the Bulldogs for 15 years.


Smart has never been a head coach. He had never been viewed as one actively seeking a head job, and the suspicion had been that he was waiting to return to his alma mater, Georgia. There was also the theory that he was comfortable in his role and that his million-dollar salary was adequate.


There have been reports that a formal announcement of Kirby’s appointment will be made Sunday. Saban will meet with reporters following Wednesday’s practice as the Crimson Tide prepares for the Southeastern Conference Championship Game in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday.


The spate of rumors includes Smart raiding the Saban staff, notably for his good friend Scott Cochran, Alabama’s strength and conditioning coach. Also thought to be a possible transfer to Georgia is Bama’s wide receivers coach, Billy Napier.

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