One day after half of the state had to deal with the uneasy feeling of losing one of its coordinators, the other half is going through the same thing.
Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is reportedly being courted by another Southeastern Conference power, Florida.
The move, while no-doubt lateral — if not slightly down— would be to work for one of Smart’s friends in the business, newly named coach Will Muschamp. The two worked together first at Valdosta State and later at LSU. It’s widely reported that the two Georgia alums have remained friends.
According to unnamed sources, the Tuscaloosa News is reporting the job is Smart’s to turn down. While he is considering it, he is leaning toward staying put.
Smart, who is weeks away from his 35th birthday, is prevented from talking to the media due to University policy which limits the practice except on rare occasions.
All this comes as the door closed for the other half of the state.
Much of Monday the same rumors presented themselves between Vanderbilt and Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, who ultimately decided to stay with the Tigers.
Smart preceded Malzahn in winning the Broyles Award , which goes to the nation’s top assistant coach.
While Malzahn parlayed the Vanderbilt rumors into a hefty payday, its unlikely this would have the same impact for Smart.
He saw his salary more than double when his named was connected to the defensive coordinator’s job at his alma mater.
If Smart doesn’t so south, this would be a hit to Muschamp, the former Auburn defensive coordinator. Many expected one-time Alabama assistant Major Applewhite to follow Muschamp to Florida, but the Gainesville Sun reported late Monday night that would not happen.
Muschamp will be formally introduced as the Florida coach this afternoon and it is believed he will reveal a portion of his staff then.