Gators offer DC job to Tide’s Smart


The expected (attempted) raid of Nick Saban‘s Alabama coaching staff has apparently begun in earnest.

According to both the Tuscaloosa News and Gainesville Sun, new Gators head coach Will Muschamp has offered his defensive coordinator position to Tide coordinator Kirby Smart.

The News reports that it’s Smart’s job to turn down, although it’s not known whether a formal offer that includes financial terms has been made.  A source close to Smart told CFT this afternoon that he has yet to make a decision on the offer.

A decision from Smart is expected within the next 24 hours, and Saban is pushing very hard for Smart to eschew what would be a lateral move.

Almost immediately upon Muschamp being confirmed as Urban Meyer‘s replacement Saturday night, Smart was connected to the UF job.  Muschamp and Smart served on the same staffs at Valdosta State and LSU, and remain very close friends.

Arizona State hires Beau Baldwin as offensive coordinator

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State has hired former Cal Poly head coach Beau Baldwin as its next offensive coordinator.

The school announced Baldwin’s hiring of new coach Kenny Dillingham‘s staff a week after he resigned at Cal Poly.

The 50-year-old Baldwin spent three seasons as the Mustangs’ head coach, going 4-21.

Baldwin previously served as California’s offensive coordinator for three years after a nine-year stint as Eastern Washington’s head coach. He went 85-32 at Eastern Washington and won the 2010 national championship with three trips to the FCS semifinals.

Baldwin also served as Central Washington’s head coach in 2007.

Stanford QB Tanner McKee declares for NFL draft

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STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee is leaving school to enter the NFL draft.

McKee announced his decision on Thursday after a disappointing junior season on an overmatched Stanford team.

McKee completed 62% of his passes for 2,947 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season as Stanford went 3-9 for a second straight year.

Stanford will undergoing an overhaul with coach David Shaw stepping down after 12 seasons and several players expected to transfer.