Ahead of the biggest… game… ever, Florida’s Charlie Strong isn’t the only defensive coordinator working in the SEC Championship game whose name is being tossed about by the coaching rumor mill.
Alabama coordinator Kirby Smart‘s name has been mentioned in connection with the coordinator openings at both Georgia and Florida State. Right now any and all attachment seems to be mainly media- or message board-driven, but head coach Nick Saban seemed perturbed at the notion of one of his coaches making a lateral move just for the sake of making a move.
“We want our coaches to advance. It should be their motivation to do a good job to be able to create a better opportunity for themselves,” Saban said. “If you’re a coordinator, you can become a head coach. If you’re not a coordinator, you can go some place and be a coordinator, and actually gain more responsibility.
“To move just to move sometimes, when it’s not really an advancement in responsibility, is (not) something that you like to see on your staff because you hope that the people that are there are working to move up the ladder.”
We tend to agree wholeheartedly with Coach Woodcock on this one, only we’ll say it a little bit differently and with no offense meant to either the UGA or FSU programs.
Why in the hell would Smart leave Alabama for the same position at schools who are, quite frankly, simply not at the same level as the Tide right now? It makes no sense at all. None.
Leaving for a head coaching gig is one thing; leaving for a job with the same responsibilities and title at a “lesser” program? C’mon now.
Then again, Smart’s agent wouldn’t be tossing his name out there in an effort to fatten up his client’s Tide contract, would he? Nah, that’s not how agents roll.
Speaking of rolling, insert an eye one here…