Was Saban sending a message to Smart?

Just listened to audio of Nick Saban’s final press conference in Pasadena today before he and the national champions flew back to Alabama.

Thought you’d be interested in Saban’s comments pertaining to assistant coaches making lateral career moves.

You could certainly interpret the remarks as pointed advice to Kirby Smart that he shouldn’t leave the defensive-coordinator job at Alabama for the same job at Georgia.

Said Saban:

“I’m always happy and interested for our coaches to be able to advance professionally, especially if it is a professional advancement in terms of a guy being a coordinator who can go be a head coach in a situation where he has a chance to be successful. . . .

“I’m not pleased when guys make lateral moves because it’s a little bit human nature to think, like my dad used to say, the grass is always greener on top of the septic tank. You always think it’s better someplace else. You kind of let your ego get involved, and you make moves that you shouldn’t make and really aren’t in your best interests for a career standpoint. So I’m not happy when guys do that. But anybody on our staff who can move up, we would like to help them do that.”

There were reports Thursday, including one during the telecast of the national-title game, that Texas Tech planned to interview Smart for its vacant head-coaching job. But Texas Tech’s president and athletics director denied the reports Thursday and again Friday.

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425 comments Add your comment

Mirna from smyrna

January 8th, 2010
5:20 pm

First and saban is a big poop!

Matt Joiens

January 8th, 2010
5:21 pm

First. Maybe a happy work enviornment is better than money?

Matt Joiens

January 8th, 2010
5:22 pm

JimDawg

January 8th, 2010
5:23 pm

I guess that’s why he went to Miami and then regressed to Alabama.

DAWG Trapped in BAMA!

January 8th, 2010
5:24 pm

I am not suprised at these comments as Saban is calculated in every move he makes.

michael

January 8th, 2010
5:26 pm

Saban does not have the integrity or credibility in advising anyone on which choices to make in life. I consider the source whenever he speaks.

WalkerMuhDawg

January 8th, 2010
5:29 pm

Nick Saban, Career Counselor: “Do as I say … not as I do!”

DAWG Trapped in BAMA!

January 8th, 2010
5:29 pm

I am suprised at what a good job Mark Richt and his staff has done at keeping a tight seal any “real” news/information related to his DC search

4WhatIt'sWorth

January 8th, 2010
5:31 pm

Is leaving as Miami Dolphins HC to Alabama HC a lateral move?

BurningRedBleedingBlack

January 8th, 2010
5:31 pm

“im not leaving miami!! Im happy here and i’m staying!! I’m not leaving…..i don’t know to make this any more clear”

dallis04

January 8th, 2010
5:34 pm

What a joke.

Kirby Smart's the Guy

January 8th, 2010
5:36 pm

Kirby’s coming to Georgia and Saban is miffed.

Should have paid the guy more than the top 4 DC’s in the SEC Saban.

Jon

January 8th, 2010
5:36 pm

Saban is the best coach in college football. Only coach to win a National Championship at two different schools since 1936. The man is a winner and you have to admire that. He gives more money back to ‘Nick’s Kids’ charities than most people could make in their lifetimes. How many Coaches and Wall Street executives give back to poor kids and their families?

Without-a-clue

January 8th, 2010
5:39 pm

Liar-Liar-pants-on-fire Saban giving such advice is ludicrous. Also, I heard the commentators use Smart’s name ONCE during the broadcast. Otherwise, it was “Saban’s defense”. THAT is a good reason to make a GOOD lateral move.

Top Dawg

January 8th, 2010
5:39 pm

Like moving from college to the NFL (briefly) and then back to college? Is that lateral or up or down? Hmmmm, Methinks Saban talk with forked tongue……….

michael

January 8th, 2010
5:39 pm

Whenever Saban speaks, consider the source. The man has absolutely no integrity. This has been proven by the way he has conducted himself in the past. Smart should definately not listen to this guy for any advise because he has absolutely no credibility. By the way, I do not even want Smart as our DC. My choice would be David Pollack, hands down!

Ole Yeller Dawg

January 8th, 2010
5:40 pm

Worked out pretty good for Will Muschamp!

mowreck

January 8th, 2010
5:40 pm

I know that GT and UGA now need defensive coordinators. What I want to know is how Meyers hired a DC so fast. Just read he signed the Miami Dolphins asst. head coach to be his DC.

Kirby Smart's the Guy

January 8th, 2010
5:41 pm

Yeah, Kevin Stelle left Saban to make a laterla move as Saban’s DC in 2007.

Applewhite, Saban’s OC, left Saban for a BELOW lateral move, to become Texas’ rb coach.

Now Smart heading to Georgia. Of course Saban wants Smart at Texas Tech instead of Georgia, so he doesn’t have to play him in his last year before he burns through another team (5 year maximum for Saban hits in 2010–never coached anywhere more than 5 years)

How about becoming a nicer guy Nick, how’s those social skills workin’ out for ya big guy?

Jon

January 8th, 2010
5:41 pm

Only two Defensive Coordinators makes more than Kirby Smart and that is Monte Kiffin and John Chavis and Chavis just punked Georgia into making LSU give him a big raise. Kirby said he was “looking forward to next year at Alabama”, and the 400K he made this past season. Sabam will ask for and get all his assistants large pay increases and contract adjustments.

Skydawg

January 8th, 2010
5:41 pm

Saban is a first class coach for sure. But he’s also a first class A-hole. The trail of assistant coaches leaving his side for lateral moves should speak for itself. Nobody likes a tyrant, at least not for long.

Newnan Dawg

January 8th, 2010
5:42 pm

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John

January 8th, 2010
5:42 pm

Kirby is obviously waiting until the end of recruiting season to make a lateral move to Georgia. At least he showed Alabama respect not to endanger the top recruiting class by bowing out before finishing the job and taking recruits with him like Charlie Strong.

Brent

January 8th, 2010
5:43 pm

I keep hearing that it is Smart. 3 year deal $750,000 per year.

I think it would be smart of Smart to come to UGA. He turns our defense back into a top ten defense and the head jobs will start coming alot quicker than if he stays under Saban at Bama. After a national title all he can do is go down.

Dawg-All the Way

January 8th, 2010
5:43 pm

UGA needs to name Kirby Smart the Head Coach in Waiting and DC………

"Chef" Tim Dix

January 8th, 2010
5:43 pm

Alabama COULD match any offers but why would they?

It’s Saban world we just live in it.

Kirby Smart's the Guy

January 8th, 2010
5:44 pm

I wouldn’t call increasing pay from $300,000 to $1,000,000 a year, a LATERAL move.

But, does Nick take his own advice? Has he moved from one job as Head Coach to become AD at the next place? Not so much. Nick’s been a lateral mover his whole career, every 1-5 years, JUST LIKE URBAN MEYER.

Newnan Dawg

January 8th, 2010
5:46 pm

Mich State —-> LSU —-> Miami —-> Alabama —-> ?????. Appear to be a lot of lateral moves. Do as I say and not as I do. Is this a double standard for a “first class Coach???

Kirby Smart's the Guy

January 8th, 2010
5:47 pm

Didn’t hear Saban “tough guy talking” in any interviews BEFORE he needed Kirby’s services a few days BEFORE the Natl Champ, did you?

Jon

January 8th, 2010
5:48 pm

Major Applewhite was not working out at Alabama and his leaving was mutual. He went back home to his alma mater and took the job he knew he could always get, a glorified GA. Saban hired him late in the process in winter of 2007, when most coaches were already hired and he was available. Kevin Steele want’s a head coaching job and has family ties to South Carolina area.

KS

January 8th, 2010
5:48 pm

Very interesting how Georgia doesn’t cultivate coaching talent even among coaches with Georgia ties. Take Muschamp and Smart who Georgia wanted no part of until they became ultra successful at other schools, then they claim them as theirs. Georgia even had Smart on their staff (coaching running backs of all things) and let him go to the Dolphins instead of recognizing the talent and promoting him over Martinez. You never hear of any Georgia assistant coaches on other school’s wish lists…just sayin’.

Nick Saban (Dec 21, 2006)

January 8th, 2010
5:48 pm

I’m not going to be the Alabama coach.

4WhatIt'sWorth

January 8th, 2010
5:49 pm

Saban probably does not want to recruit against Smart. Also, wouldn’t it be ironic to see see Smart beat Saban in the SEC Championship in 2 years.

hop

January 8th, 2010
5:49 pm

clearly,alabama is saban’s program and he gets all the accolades his asst.coaches.

if kirby wants to prove his worth, he must do it somewhere else.

USF

January 8th, 2010
5:49 pm

Forget DC, we want Kirby Smart to be our head coach.

chuck

January 8th, 2010
5:49 pm

Saban is a lying prick. Just ask anyone in Louisiana. Who cares about him or his hillbilly lackeys from Tuscaloosa?

Kirby Smart's the Guy

January 8th, 2010
5:50 pm

Don’t think Saban or Meyer took the course in college “employee retention 101″. If so, they both scored an “F”.

Jim

January 8th, 2010
5:53 pm

Saban backed into another NC. There’s no reason for him to stay at Alabama now. Michigan still can offer him big money to leave. Remember the LSU NC made him the highest paid coach which he is no longer. Saban’s loyality is to the biggest pocketbook. Think about it!

Denver Dog

January 8th, 2010
5:54 pm

That Ray Goff coaching tree even has Saban scrambling. Why wouldn’t Muschamp be a head coach candidate at TTU, or one of the other places.

Nick Saban

January 8th, 2010
5:56 pm

The only reason Kirby Smart is anything is because of me. Who do you Leg Humpers think designs all these defenses. It’s not your boy Kirby Smart. Basically I’m telling him if he wants to fall flat on his face then go to UGAY..if he wants to be a success , then stay with me.

Dan

January 8th, 2010
5:58 pm

As a Tech fan, I have a question: many have said that Kirby Smart will never get a head job if he stays as Saban’s DC (which may or may not be true) because Saban is the brain behind the whole thing. But if that’s the case, why would UGA want to be the team that takes the risk on him and also why would they want him for may be a season or two? Be interesting to understand the reasoning (beyond the obvious that he is DC for one of the best defenses in CFB).

Jerry Glanville

January 8th, 2010
5:59 pm

I guess the septic tank is the cesspool in Athens

HUNKER DOWN

January 8th, 2010
5:59 pm

Kirby,
Home is calling back a beloved son. It’s hard for anyone who has never worn the G to understand but go where your heart tells you. No matter what we will always remember with fond memories the glory days shared between the hedges.

AltamahaDawg

January 8th, 2010
6:03 pm

As my daddy used to say, you have to walk in a man’s shoes to know how he feels.

Denver Dog

January 8th, 2010
6:05 pm

KS, that is so right man, there are no UGA coaches anywhere, never been any in Athens. You are so right. It is amazing that there are no UGA coaches around anywhere. I guess we could have some of those star wonders like Mike Shula, Mike Dubose, Ray Perkins, you are so right on.

1eyedJack

January 8th, 2010
6:13 pm

Kirby’s not making this decision, Mrs. Kirby is.

Dave In Tampa

January 8th, 2010
6:13 pm

I really thought that we stood no chance in getting KS, but after viewing Saban’s negative thoughts I’m starting to think other wise

collegeballfan

January 8th, 2010
6:14 pm

This the same Kirby Smart whose defense gave up two touchdown passes to a just out of high school QB? Same one?

DirtyDawg

January 8th, 2010
6:15 pm

Sometimes you make a lateral move if you foresee an opportunity that appeals to you and/or your family. Maybe Kirby would just like to work with, and for, a better person. Maybe he sees that ‘Brother’ Saban is just as likely to move on himself to a job that others might see as something other than a promotion, just because he wants to, or because he and his family aren’t particularly happy in Tuscaloosa, or because his ego tells him to.

If you want the job Kirby, it’s yours, but don’t let this pr**k browbeat you into not taking it. I mean, if you stay with him, just how do you think he’ll treat you for even ‘thinking about’ leaving? Get the hell out of that situation – so long as they keep wearin’ ‘hounds-tooth’ hats and stuff, they’ll never fully embrace ‘Brother’, or you.

Sweet Home Alabama

January 8th, 2010
6:17 pm

Nick saban is God .when he speaks you better shut up.he is the best coach ever in college football.i HAVE BEEN partyiing for 20 straigtht hours since we won a national chammponship.pLEASE CONgratulate me if you like.