Until he’s a head coach somewhere, Kirby Smart’s name will always be linked to coaching searches across the country, at the college level and in the NFL.
Howard Eskin, a TV/radio reporter in Philadelphia, tweeted Thursday that the Eagles, who announced Oregon head coach Chip Kelly as Andy Reid’s replacement Wednesday, were interested in Smart and Georgia’s Todd Grantham as possible defensive coordinator candidates.
Smart, 37, has a year of NFL experience under his belt when he spent the 2006 season coaching the safeties for Nick Saban while he was with the Miami Dolphins. Last month, Smart interviewed for the Arkansas and Auburn head coaching positions and was also linked to the vacancy at Tennessee, too.
While in South Florida preparing to play Notre Dame in the national championship a couple weeks ago, Smart addressed his career future at a press conference. He quashed the notion that he was putting feelers out, saying that he’s committed to the Crimson Tide, but that his ultimate goal one day is to be a head coach.
“It’s not like I wake up every day trying to leave Alabama,” he said. “I have the best non-head coaching job in the country. Period.”
Smart, the 2009 Broyles Award winner and this year’s AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year recipient, just finished his sixth year coaching at Alabama. He collected a salary of $950,000 in 2012, and is known as one of the best recruiters in the Southeast.
“I don’t worry about where I’m going to be in three years or 10 years,” he said. “I think if you win, that takes care of itself and I’m not in such a hurry to run off. If I was 47, I might feel differently. But the most important thing to me right now is winning championships and developing young men into better players and better people.”
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