Still, Chris Low (ESPN) spoke with Smart Wednesday morning. According to Low's report Smart says that Richt "not offered me anything." Smart did say that he's spoken with Richt, but "I haven't really talked to Mark much."
Low goes on to quote Smart as saying: "You don't ever know what's going to happen, but I'm certainly excited about the opportunity to be back at Alabama. We've got a lot of good players coming back."
Back channels have indicated to me that Georgia will make one last run at Smart, but that they will move forward quickly if Smart is not interested. Smart has done his best not to appear interested in the Georgia job, but has never fully denied interest either. Then again, he doesn't feel like he's been offered the job, either.
Meanwhile, the most recent top target of the search appears to be Dallas Cowboys' defensive line coach Todd Grantham. Grantham has worked in the NFL for some time, but he's only been a defensive coordinator once – at Cleveland in the mid 2000s. Grantham has been the person I have heard the most about since the Independence Bowl.
What may be complicating matters with Grantham any success the Cowboys may have in the Playoffs. Dallas plays Saturday night, and will continue to play if they win. The Cowboys are the hottest team in the NFC, but have struggled mightily in the Playoffs over the last decade and a half.
It is very unclear if Grantham, if he became or has already become the defensive coordinator, would be named as such until the Playoffs are over, but at some point soon – for recruiting's sake – a defensive coordinator will have to be named. Of course the NFL Playoffs end with the Super Bowl, which is the Sunday after Signing Day.