Alabama DC Smart is the next hot assistant

 

 

New York—I was here Tuesday on business and had a chance to attend some functions around the annual College Football Hall of Fame dinner. Just about everybody in the college football world is here to celebrate the end of the season. Here are some tidbits and buzz that might interest you:

 

**–Last night during ceremonies in Little Rock, Ark.,  Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart won the Broyles Award, which goes to the nation’s top assistant coach. Smart, the former Georgia defensive back, has tutored under Mickey Andrews at Florida State and now Nick Saban at Alabama. Everybody in the college football community agrees that he is ready to move on. He’s got a big-time job at Alabama but he’s not making big-time money (about $400,000) in a marketplace that is paying the top coordinators closer to $1 million a year. He will have to listen to those who come calling for his services.

 

**–Speaking of defensive coordinators, there was a lot of buzz last about the possibility that Charlie Strong, the defensive coordinator at Florida, will be named the head coach at Louisville today. The universal response was: “It’s about damn time.” I spoke to some people last night who said the deal should get done today. Strong should have been a head coach a long time ago. So it looks like Georgia and Florida will be looking for a new defensive coordinator at the same time.

 

**–The end of the Big 12 championship game last Saturday has now been talked about and written to death. Just about everybody outside of the state of Nebraska understands there was one second left on the clock when Colt McCoy threw the ball out of bounds.  I wanted head coach Mack Brown to talk about Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who almost single-handedly shut down the Texas offense, which came into the game on a pretty good roll. “He was incredible. We could not block him,” Brown said. “That guy is going to be the No. 1 pick in the draft. No doubt about it.” Off of that performance Suh earned a trip to the Heisman Trophy ceremonies here on Saturday.

 

**–Maybe the issue will get resolved but there is a problem with travel for the two teams, Alabama and Texas, who are going to play in the BCS national championship game on Jan. 7. Both teams are going to let their players go home for Christmas. Then the coaches want to bring the players back to campus for a few days and then fly them to the West Coast on Jan. 2 to get ready for the game. Here is the problem: The NCAA will let the schools pay the players’ way back to campus or directly to the bowl game site from home, but not both. That’s fine if you’re playing on New Year’s Day or earlier. Your players can just assemble at the site of the bowl. But you don’t want to go out to Los Angeles 10 days before the game. The bowl calendar has been stretched by the BCS and the rules need to be more flexible. There is plenty of money to allow the school’s to pay these expenses.

 

**–I sat down with Tim Tebow for what will probably be the last time in his college career. He was polite, as always. But you could see the pain in his eyes. He was still hurting from Saturday night’s loss. He still had a lot of praise for Alabama. “That is a great football team,” he said. “I want them to go on and win the national championship for the SEC.” A tough week for Tebow got a little easier last night at the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame banquet at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The highest honor that the National Football Foundation bestows on a current player is the William V. Campbell Trophy. The NFF picks top scholar-athletes from every region of the country and from that group selects one who has distinguished himself above all others as a player, in the classroom, in public service, and as an ambassador for college football. Last night the Campbell Trophy, known as the Academic Heisman, went to Tim Tebow of Florida.

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m

December 9th, 2009
9:13 am

Tony,

The ACC was 6-4 against the SEC last year. The Jackets would have been 3-0 this year if the fleabags had not deliberately hurt Josh Nesbitt. The SEC is the most over-rated and over-hyped conference in history.

The Jackets are ACC champs and playing in the Orange Bowl.

Enjoy Shreveport.

WreckIt

December 9th, 2009
9:17 am

Dave

December 9th, 2009
9:18 am

SEC Dawg

December 9th, 2009
9:18 am

M….what a cry baby!! We won, you lost! We dealt with it last year, you and the Nerds deal with it this year. You have no idea about anyone trying to hurt or not hurt Nesbit!! What a loser!! Can you say 8-1?

WTF???

December 9th, 2009
9:19 am

Um, really dude? I think everyone knew that Smart was the next hot assistant by midway through the 4th quarter of the SEC Championship game…

BurningRedBleedingBlack

December 9th, 2009
9:20 am

Hey M how 30-24 feel , WE RUN THIS STATE, enjoy the orange bowl knowing you lost to a 6-5 UGA team at home!!!!! UGA will get the right man for the job, if money is the issue than everything will work out fine.

Really?2

December 9th, 2009
9:21 am

m,
now that’s funny..stick to your points no matter what.
In honor of SS 30-24!
Go Dawgs – We run this state!

Paul H

December 9th, 2009
9:21 am

Hey look everyone! M is back! We missed you, m! By the way, how was that weekend of 0-3 in which every ACC got physically manhandled by their SEC rivals? Interesting how the ACC does when they aren’t playing Vandy and Miss State, huh?

By the way, 30-24. Glad it still “stings.” (pun intended)

GatorG

December 9th, 2009
9:22 am

m,

As an Atlanta resident, I usually cheer for Tech. But please face reality: Both of the teams that played in the ACC Championship lost the previous week to middle-of-the-pack SEC teams. I’m sorry, but those are just the facts.

I Have No Life

December 9th, 2009
9:22 am

Does the body good

December 9th, 2009
9:23 am

IT’S OUR OLD PAL, M!!! NOT SURPRISINGLY, M HAS A CASE OF THE SOUR GRAPES AND HE HAS FINALLY COME OUT OF HIDING!!! NOT TO WORRY, M! I HAVE JUST THE REMEDY TO CURE YOUR HANGOVER OF GETTING PHYSICALLY DOMINATED BY THE DAWGS!! A NICE, HOT BOWL OF…

30-24!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Dawg Fud

December 9th, 2009
9:24 am

m,

go play in the street

Got 12?

December 9th, 2009
9:25 am

Hopefully, Kirby will get a head coaching job. Considering where Bama is right now, almost all other DC positions, regardless of the money, would be demotions. I’m sure he’ll make the right decision. He is Smart.

Dawg Fud

December 9th, 2009
9:26 am

Charlie Strong deserves his shot. He is 48 years old and busted his tail at Florida. Good luck to him, I wish him the best.

PhilDawg

December 9th, 2009
9:27 am

ACC vs SEC is a joke – Tech victories were over Mississippi State and Vandy, not Alabama and Florida. A mediocre UGA team pounded the Bee’s, but that’a a given about eight of ten years. The Bowl Season matches, in every case, a team from the ACC that finished higher in their conference than the SEC team. For example, the Chick-fil-a gets the second choice from the ACC and the FIFTH choice from the SEC. It’s like horse racing, the ACC gets a serious handicap to keep these abysmal match ups fair. Keep it up ACC, the Aways Choking Conference, we love ya little brother!

ha,ha,ha

December 9th, 2009
9:27 am

Got 12?

December 9th, 2009
9:27 am

Strong will be named Louisville’s HC today (or tomorrow at the latest).

IN HONOR OF SAINT SIMONS, RAMBLE ON, YELLOW FUZZ AND ESPECIALLY M:

December 9th, 2009
9:27 am

(((((30-24)))))) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

Dawg Fud

December 9th, 2009
9:27 am

Agreed Got 12? (you may have to change your name to Got 13?)

Now, if Kirby wants to hone his offensive accumen then Richt and Georgia may be a good fit for him.

Bottom line, I don’t think Kirby is going to gamble with Georgia. He seems happy in Tuscaloosa. Let the man be and go get the next Muschamp or Smart.

If we are so good at evaluating talent of players then we should be able to evaluate coaching. I have faith in Damon Evans and Coach Richt to make a solid hire.

Got Heisman?

December 9th, 2009
9:29 am

Once again Tim Tebow shows nothing but class towards Alabama. It’s too bad the Alabama fans didn’t have it in them to return the favor Saturday night.

Charlie Strong to Louisville?

December 9th, 2009
9:32 am

He better not let Rick Pitino know about his stunning wife……

DawginLex

December 9th, 2009
9:32 am

m,

30-24

glad it hurts so bad.

and it’s only the beginning…..

I’m still searching for that mudhole that the nerd herd was gonna stomp on us poor pitiful whining dawgs.

Who is whining now? You are m, like the little girl that you are.

Dawg Fud

December 9th, 2009
9:33 am

Congrats to Tebow and the Gators on the Campbell Trophy.

ha,ha,ha

December 9th, 2009
9:33 am

m Why don’t you talk St. Simons into coming out of hiding to take his medicine? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

m

December 9th, 2009
9:34 am

You all think you are funny. I’ll kick your butts if you come down to atlanta, but you are probably too scared to make the trip. Let me know where you want to meet, anytime, anyplace.

The Jackyl

December 9th, 2009
9:35 am

Kirby will not be taking either the FSU or UGA DC position this. I believe he has already pulled his name from consideration for FSU (who are now looking at another Bama coach Sal Sunseri), and while he remains one of the top 3 for UGA, he is planning to stay at Bama until a HC opp comes along in the next year or two.

Enough Already!

December 9th, 2009
9:37 am

Mark Richt is 12-2 against the ACC. In that stretch, the Bulldogs have never played Duke, Maryland or any other of the ACC bottom feeders. As a matter of fact every ACC team the Dawgs have faced during Richt’s tenure has made an appearance in the ACC title game at one time or another. The point is – WE BEAT THE BEST THE ACC HAS TO OFFER – and never say a word about it. Enjoy the Orange Bowl, Congrats on being ACC Champs. But realize, the ACC will NEVER be the super conference that the SEC is. All-time record – SEC leads 251-117-10 (.677). The Jackets will always be second fiddle – the really sad thing is you know this and still stomp and pout like spoiled, petulant children.

Jim Mora Jr.

December 9th, 2009
9:37 am

m,

Wah. You lost fair and square. Quit making excuses.

Sincerely,
UGA Fans

LAKE OCONEE DAWG

December 9th, 2009
9:41 am

M:
THE GUY NEVER EVEN LIMPED WHEN HE CAME BACK ON THE FIELD…OUR TRAINER IS INTERESTED IN HOW TO CURE A “SEVERE” HIGH ANKLE SPRAIN LIKE THE TECH TRAINER DID WITH NESBITT….HECK OF A TAPE JOB, I GUESS….M, WHEN NESBITT WAS FIRST LEARNING THE OFFENSE AND THE FUMBLES OCCURRED, THERE WAS A LARGE CONTINGENT OF THE TECH FAN BASE CALLING FOR HIM TO BE REPLACED BY JAYBO…HONESTLY, WERE YOU ONE OF THEM…WHAT A MISTAKE THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN….

uga121

December 9th, 2009
9:41 am

Hey m Anyone with commonsence would be scared to come to that scumbag infested thug factory you call home. Look at recent headlines….speaks for itself.

doolydawg

December 9th, 2009
9:41 am

M, what a little crybaby!! The win was so important for Tech last year that you ate the hedges and put the score on your players’ rings. Are we to believe you and your sore loser coach that this game didn’t matter and that the pathetic ACC champ game does?

doolydawg

December 9th, 2009
9:43 am

M, why don’t you go get on a Tech blog..there will be plenty of space for you to write all you want about the awesome ACC title that no one cares about!

JB

December 9th, 2009
9:44 am

“The Jackets would have been 3-0 this year if the fleabags had not deliberately hurt Josh Nesbitt.”

A, no one was intentially injured. B, were you hoping we was going to play some D, too and said injury prevented that??? Unless he was suddenly going to become your top tackler (what little of it there was), it wouldn’t have mattered.

HBTD!!!

GG

December 9th, 2009
9:44 am

Everett Withers for Defensive Coordinator

Monticello Dawg

December 9th, 2009
9:45 am

More on the ACC-SEC. Andy Landers is 70-15 against ACC teams.

Andre "Pulpwood" Smith

December 9th, 2009
9:45 am

M can’t be a real person, can he? I think M is a fictional character created at the AJC to stir the pot.

Mean Dean

December 9th, 2009
9:45 am

Tony–Looking forward to hearing your comments about the NYTimes story on Tenn’s recruiting. The NCAA investigation looks like Kiffin has a lot of trouble with a capital T, right there in River City. Very unusual for the NCAA to interview players while they are being recruited. I’m predicting some dire consequences. There have already been a lot of secondary violations, which is not a good omen for Vol fans. And even if the NCAA does not hammer UT for their use of hostesses, is a player going to be excited to sign with UT when the NCAA is coming to his house asking a lot of questions? Does a top recruit want to risk committing to a school that could get penalized by the NCAA?

birddawg92

December 9th, 2009
9:45 am

I predicted WEEKS ago that Smart would not consider anything other than an HC job.

http://www.saturdayinathens.com

I should be writing for this paper.

DFWTX Dawg

December 9th, 2009
9:47 am

Congrats to Tebow!!!

Kissing Paul's Johnson

December 9th, 2009
9:48 am

Everyone kiss me! To quote Ol’ Bill Curry from 1985, ‘We’ll bring the cheaters to their knees!’.

To quote John DUIberry from 1984, ‘What’s the number of the local bail bondsman?’.

Will

December 9th, 2009
9:49 am

All of this BS that KS is not going to UGA is a a crock. He was interviewed yesterday and will be offered at least a $800,000 contract to come back home. After watching the Bama D shut down UF last Saturday, my feeling is that Damon Evans and CMR have their sights set on him and cost will not be an issue. Money talks and BS walks my friends. Kirby Smart will be the new DC at UGA by this time next month.

Denver Dog

December 9th, 2009
9:50 am

As far as this article, DUH. However, the rest of the college world may not know much about Kirby Smart. So two who played for Ray Goff are now the hottest coaches in the country. Try that one on for size. Travis Jones isn’t far behind. Nice tree Ray has got planted there. Maybe it is all part of the Dooley Aspen System.

Jeepers

December 9th, 2009
9:50 am

m…Please stop. You and Saint Simons are a huge pain to most Tech fans. Chan is gone. Keep it up and we will hope that you consider Greyhound as well. MS. State and Vandy are not elite in that conference. The Dawgs beat us.

TrueCrimson

December 9th, 2009
9:55 am

Got Heisman?

December 9th, 2009
9:29 am

Once again Tim Tebow shows nothing but class towards Alabama. It’s too bad the Alabama fans didn’t have it in them to return the favor Saturday night.

Why not say what you really mean? That it’s too bad the Crimson Tide didn’t fold and let Tim Tebow go out as the big hero that you KNOW he really is. I’ll apologize for Alabama beating the hell out of Florida, if it makes you happy — but I can’t change the final score.

RTR!!!

#1 BAMA FAN

December 9th, 2009
9:58 am

Hey m, you have BAMA on the schedule for 2011 & 2013…get ready. Once again I hope GT has the stadium finished by then, BAMA could bring 55,000. RTR

Denver Dog

December 9th, 2009
9:58 am

Yes indeed Tony, and where are your comments about the “Best little Cathouse in Knoxvilee” AKA the UT Spirit girls. WHo learned this from whom? Is USC next, or will it be something that Monte learned from recruiting against Danny Ford and Charley Pell. Funny about that??

Tony, Lewis Grizzard would want to know why you avoided that subject? Dr. Tom Russell should have made you go back for some remedial investigative journalism courses before awarding your degree!

Paul H

December 9th, 2009
9:59 am

And the Tech fans agree… That must hurt, m.

KingGator

December 9th, 2009
9:59 am

Like I said in an earlier blog, what will doom Bama from ever returning to their Dynasty yrs. under Bryant will be the attrition in the assistant coaching staff. There is way too much parity for any team to have a choke hold on college sports any longer. That is why FL winning two NC titles in 3 yrs is so amazing!! It all boils down to what state your team is in, and that state’s population base, and high school sports programs. With the economy down, and college programs watching for ways to save $$, local recruits will stay in-state more in the future. That’s why you will always see teams from either TX, CA or FL in the top for yrs to come. Bama is an aberration, and just like Kiffin and TN, watch out for Saban to be the next coach investigated.

KG

TechBuzz

December 9th, 2009
10:00 am

I’ll be heading down to South Beach in a couple of weeks for some really good partying at all the clubs, before the Tech game. dawg fans—enjoy shreveport and the weedeater bowl! I heard they have a good all you can eat restaurant there somewhere near the motel 6 where you’ll be staying, to save money. Gotta go!

m

December 9th, 2009
10:00 am

Please note that the “m” at the top of this page is crybaby dawg imposter and you idiots are too stupid to realize it.

Tony, the clock call a the end of the Texas-Nebraska game was complete bullshiiite. If you watch the film of the entire game, every time a ball was incomplete you would have had to put 2 or 3 seconds back on the clock. Why did they only do it at the end of the game except to make sure they ended up with the preordained matchup that they wanted. Total bullshiiite.

Tony, I know it kills you that your man love for Teblow didn’t give him a win. Just remember, Teblow cried for your sins.

And finally the BSbcs should be abolished. The BSbcs championship is a sham and it makes all the other bowls boring and meaningless. It is going to go down as the most asinine system ever developed by man and only COMPLETE TOOLS like tony support this monstrosity.

We need a 16 team playoff. It would be the most exciting sporting event in history.