Kirby Smart would be taking risk following Muschamp

It doesn't make sense for Kirby Smart to make lateral move from Alabama to Florida.

It doesn't make sense for Kirby Smart to make lateral move from Alabama to Florida.

If we are to believe reports,  Kirby Smart is considering leaving as the highly paid defensive coordinator at Alabama to become the highly paid defensive coordinator at Florida, thereby forming “Team Bulldog” in Gainesville with Will Muschamp.

I’ll ask the same question now that I did a year ago at this time when Bulldogs coach Mark Richt tried to lure Smart back to Athens: Why would Smart do it?

Smart is a terrific coach. I know some believe he gets too much credit for Alabama’s defense because he works for Nick Saban. But if he wasn’t highly regarded, he wouldn’t be on Saban’s staff and Alabama wouldn’t have bumped up his contract to $750,000 a year to keep him when Richt phoned.

But Smart’s next move should be as a head coach. He’ll get offers, as soon as next season. We all know there will be some tenuous heading coaching situations going into next season.

If Saban, who has a reputation for burning out assistants, is driving Smart nuts, that’s a factor. If Florida offers to elevate his pay even more, that also would be a factor (although it’s hard to imagine the Gators paying Smart much more than he’s making now). Finally, there’s the opportunity for Smart to work with a close friend in Muschamp.

But if Smart leaves, he will be taking an enormous risk. We know Alabama is going to be a very good team again next season. We don’t know that about Florida. The outgoing Urban Meyer said the Gators are “broken” right now. There’s a transition period for any new head coach.

Mostly, we still have no idea how good Muschamp will be as a head coach. The fact he was the coach in waiting at Texas and deserved this opportunity doesn’t guarantee he will be a success. It’s a different job with different responsibilities when you’re the guy in charge.

If Muschamp struggles, his coaching staff slides down with him. Smart already is a hot commodity. He’s not going to become a hotter commodity in Gainesville.

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Sanford Drive

December 13th, 2010
12:17 pm

(((((42-34))))) hahahahaha

Class of '98

December 13th, 2010
12:18 pm

42-34. We run this state.

DawgByte

December 13th, 2010
12:25 pm

Hiring Will Muschump doesn’t punch an automatic ticket to the SEC East title. Florida’s got serious problems and hiring an assistant from Texas is going to fix those problems overnight.

(((42-34)))
(((73-72)))
(((9-1)))
LMAO!!!!!!!

DawgByte

December 13th, 2010
12:26 pm

… oopppsss is NOT going fix those problems overnight.

GStateBen

December 13th, 2010
12:29 pm

And Georgia just lost 6 games and didn’t beat a team with a winning record.

Don’t throw stones when you live in a glass house.

sUGAr_daddy_Dawg

December 13th, 2010
12:29 pm

The obvious critical hire for Muschamp is an offensive coordinator. One would think Muschamp could handle the defensive side IF needed.

Benjamin

December 13th, 2010
12:30 pm

Kirby and Will are good friends, so that has to play into it at least somewhat.

That said, it’ll be interesting to see what Smart chooses to do. It is a lateral move, and one does have to think that he’s at least got some head coaching feelers himself out there to sort through once things settle. I was a little surprised Miami went after Temple’s head coach with Kirby out there…

Charlie Bulldawg

December 13th, 2010
12:30 pm

This may sound ridiculous, but let’s think about it.
1. Meyer retires
2. CMR has sub par 2011.
3. CMR gets fired.
4. Greg McGarity (who worked in Gainesville) turns to a guy who has been hanging out in Ga for the last year, who knows how to win, and who can recruit…
5. Urban Meyer is hired by Georgia.
Before you say it’s ridiculous, just think about it . I admit it’s make my stomach turn but stranger things have happened.

Benjamin

December 13th, 2010
12:31 pm

One thing: if Florida lands both Kirby and Will, they’re going to be tough to recruit against even in our own backyard. Those two boys will be coming into the state and pulling kids down to Gainesville.

Ricky

December 13th, 2010
12:32 pm

If Smart or any credible assistant, heads to work with Muschamp, they are not too smart. For all the reasons you listed, and more.

How about his 5-7 record? How about the 3 pitiful unranked teams his defense lost to? How about the only teams he could beat were teams like Rice & Wyoming?

hipdawg

December 13th, 2010
12:32 pm

wow another day w/ bad news….everybody besides the pres. thinks CMR is a joke.If Kirby goes to Fla. it would say alot about the state of UGA football

WDE

December 13th, 2010
12:34 pm

What a sad state Georgia football is in. Kirby Smart’s chances of following a UGA alum that Georgia missed on are higher than they were coming to work for Mark Richt. Next year should be hilarious.

Ray

December 13th, 2010
12:34 pm

For once, I agree with you.

Just think

December 13th, 2010
12:41 pm

if Richt had cut his salary to offer Smart more, Uga wins the SEC East easily. How much better would the Georgia defense have been with Smart instead of Grantham?
What Richt’s net worth anyway after ten years at Georgia?
Somewhere between 10 to 20 million.
I’m forgetting the Ford commercials.
He should have taken less and offered more.
Too late now.

ed

December 13th, 2010
12:43 pm

thought diddy saban would not let little kirby make a lateral transfer

yoda dawg

December 13th, 2010
12:44 pm

just think- great writer you are not. goober you are

Mike Bobo 17 INT

December 13th, 2010
12:44 pm

Smart and Muschamp just confirm that the Athens program is so broken that former players who are in high-profile assistant coaching positions will not return to Athens. Why? Because these guys know if they return to Athens it will be business as usual and it would only taint their resume.

We know for a fact that Muschamp and Smart rejected any offers to come back to Athens as DC, and this sort of rejection totally embarrassed the UGA community.

Athens needs to just keep loving CMR and we can just keep on blogging year after year when Athens is 6-6, 7-5 or maybe even 8-4. The problem is Athens did not have the kohonas to fire CMR, because they know that no top-rated coach can be lured to this program.

Florida is the top job in the country, and Athens is the bottom of the barrel.

yoda dawg

December 13th, 2010
12:45 pm

ricky- football you do not know. eating potato chips i sense is your talent

Mike Bobo 17 INT

December 13th, 2010
12:46 pm

What is even more exciting is watching Mushchamp beat the pure living sh#$ out of his former team for the next 10-15 years, thus continuing the Florida streak.

What would be even more sweeter is Smart as the DC with 2 top-def coordinators running the Florida program, and seeing all the color come out of the faces of those Dog fans.

Tech Fan Since 1950

December 13th, 2010
12:47 pm

These guys coached together at Valdosta State University and there is a bond that formed there and in their years at UGA. Do not be surprised if an Offensive Coordinator with VSU roots is also appointed. I’m not saying it will happen, but that it very well could happen.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

December 13th, 2010
12:47 pm

Just as FYI, CMR did not get an offer from Miami because the Athens program has tanked so terribly in the past 3 years nobody wants him.l

St. Clarkston

December 13th, 2010
12:47 pm

When the Georgia head coaching job opens, you two don’t bother applying.

yoda dawg

December 13th, 2010
12:47 pm

benjamin- inside information everyone seems to have. so much knowledge young jedi’s

Mike Bobo 17 INT

December 13th, 2010
12:48 pm

Jeff, thanks again for these amazing insightful and objective articles, I know Athens hates when it when you have hammered on them in the past, but the rest of us say thanks.

Athens has no clue.

jwilli120

December 13th, 2010
12:48 pm

GO FALCONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mike Bobo 17 INT

December 13th, 2010
12:50 pm

Bear Bryant left Kentucky for Alabama because he knew the coaching code at Alabama…”when mama calls, you gotta go.”

When Athens calls, coaches run the other way.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

December 13th, 2010
12:54 pm

Somebody chart this for me….

2007 11-2
2008 10-3
2009 8-5
2010 6-6

Now, it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that there is a downward slope on the number of wins and winning percentages since 2007, but for some reason you dumbasses in Athens just keep those paychecks coming to CMR and his staff.

This must the model of Return-On-Investment (ROI) from the Terry College of Business.

WDE

December 13th, 2010
12:54 pm

I’ll be honest, I was the most vocal (next to Bobo 17 INT) critic of Georgia football this summer. Everyone’s favorite phrase was “dark horse for the national championship”.

I throughly enjoyed watching the wheels come off while my Tigers rode to the top. But now I feel like I’m watching a nature show where the cameramen (Kirby & Muschamp) just watched injured young fawn get eaten by the predator for the sake of “natural conservation”.

Palm City Dawg

December 13th, 2010
12:55 pm

Smart will not budge. He would be crazy to take the chance…

yoda dawg

December 13th, 2010
12:55 pm

smart yoda dawg is, much knowledge i have. listen eveyone needs. goff we must re-hire.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

December 13th, 2010
12:55 pm

I know all of you Dog fans love to break out the stats when it comes to defending your program, aside from any national title stats, you attempt to smokescreen and mediocre program.

I just thought you might enjoy the stats I used in my previous posting. Merry Christmas and enjoy the Liberty Bowl!!

Raleigh Dawg

December 13th, 2010
12:56 pm

If Muschamp is looking for a OC, he should look no further than another Bulldawg. This guy has been lighting up the SEC with over 31 points a game over the last 7 games and is a proven QB coach that can make a QB out of even Brantley…and his name rhymes with Bozo.

Old Gold

December 13th, 2010
12:59 pm

Kirby Smart would be Kirby Dumb to leave Alabama! About as dumb as Paul Johnson staying at Tech! Tech is just a stepping stone to somewhere better!

Mike Bobo 17 INT

December 13th, 2010
12:59 pm

WDE, the reason that Auburn is in the title game is due to solid coaching and well rounded athletes who are disciplined, hard hitting and with overall better speed.

Auburn fans are also very critical of their program when it does not perform (i.e. Tubberville being fired), so basically Auburn is moving towards being a consistent championship program, while Athens is content with an SEC title every now and then, with more emphasis on “then.”

wxwax

December 13th, 2010
1:00 pm

What does Warrick Dunn have to say about it?

huck finn

December 13th, 2010
1:00 pm

LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT. WE BEAT tech IN FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, AND YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT WHO COACHES AT fla, WHO CARES? LET US GET THOSE DOGGIES ROLLING FIRST, CAUSE THE DAM IS ABOUT TO BURST IN THE SEC.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

December 13th, 2010
1:01 pm

“A great offense wins you games, a great defense wins you championships.”

Kirby Not So Smart

December 13th, 2010
1:02 pm

Check out how well the Alabama defense played in the second half against Auburn…then tell me how great little Kirby is…..NOT.

6-6 and headed to Memphis

December 13th, 2010
1:03 pm

UF could have hired Stevie Wonder and UGA would still not beat them next season.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

December 13th, 2010
1:03 pm

Old Gold, I am not a techie, but Johnson is light years ahead of the Athens program, and when he finally gets his recruited players assimilated into this program and offensive schemes, there will be hell to pay in Athens, and this will be the final nail for CMR.

Beating those Nerds on North Ave is no claim to fame, but you retards in Athens act like it is like beating Alabama or Texas. Auburn basically already won their title game by beating Alabama and South Carolina solidly, and I mean solid.

6-6 and headed to Memphis

December 13th, 2010
1:03 pm

Kirby Not So Smart

No one can stop Camzilla. But, Kirby Smart and Nick Saban were the only ones to have gotten to him multiple times.

jwilli120

December 13th, 2010
1:04 pm

the old university of georgia school song “wait till next year”.
FIRE MARK RITCH or we will get SCHLEBROCKED AGAIN.

NoGaGator

December 13th, 2010
1:04 pm

I don’t believe hiring Smart as DC does much for UF, unless Smart isn’t interested in being a HC.

UF is still in arrears from having their OC and DC’s recently move on. Why would UF be interested in bringing in another one for a year or two and then have to replace him with yet another one?

This rumor started out of Tuscaloosa as a knee-jerk reaction to Musschamp’s hire. They may be a little paranoid after last year’s dalliance with UGA. Just saying…

Honky Talkin'

December 13th, 2010
1:05 pm

Hey Jeff,

Can the AJC create a blog just for the ignorant UGA fans? What does “42-34″ have to do with this topic? I know most UGA fans never graduated from high school, but they can’t seem pick the right blog…..

6-6 and headed to Memphis

December 13th, 2010
1:05 pm

“This rumor started out of Tuscaloosa as a knee-jerk reaction to Musschamp’s hire. ”

Yeah, there’s not much else to do in loserville this year other than to start rumors. Gotta love inbred bama fans.

Big Dog 98

December 13th, 2010
1:05 pm

Kirby is over hyped.
Saban calls the shots.
I agree with Kirby Not So Smart @ 1:02
The second half against Auburn shows you that Kirby is not so smart.

6-6 and headed to Memphis

December 13th, 2010
1:06 pm

“Can the AJC create a blog just for the ignorant UGA fans?”

There is one and it’s called the Junkyard Blawg. Lots of delusional dawg fans over there.

Just sayin'

December 13th, 2010
1:06 pm

“Running this state” is kinda like being the cutest girl at fat camp.

((((6-6)))) hahahahahahahaha

6-6 and headed to Memphis

December 13th, 2010
1:06 pm

“The second half against Auburn shows you that Kirby is not so smart.”

He did a better job against Newton than UGA did…….

SOGADOG

December 13th, 2010
1:07 pm

I am surprised Fla. didnt hire Dan Mullen. Any insight there Mr. Schultz?