S aturday saw intense chatter about Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. A Tuscaloosa News report indicated Smart had received a written job offer from Georgia’s coach Mark Richt. The report also said Smart had not reached a decision.
David Pollack via Twitter wrote, “Georgia fans your DC (should) be coming soon. I don’t think anyone will care about the wait anymore. From what I am getting guys I think Georgia has made a very SMART choice on (its) next DC, nothing 100% but def looks good. From what I have gotten it is already a done deal. How does that make you feel Georgia fans? Remember guys I not saying this is 100%, but it looks to be the case.”
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that no Georgia announcement was imminent. According to the AJC report, “Claude Felton, UGA associate athletics director, said he had not heard from coach Mark Richt all day and did not expect an announcement today or tonight. He said he believed Richt was on the road recruiting.”
Forecasting a move like this is intensely difficult without knowing terms of the job offer. One person familiar with coaching in the SEC warned me that anything could happen if enough money or other incentives were offered. In other words, we’ll just have to watch and see what happens.