At a press conference today Nick Saban said assistant coach and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart would be staying at the University of Alabama. According to a tweet from Gentry Estes, “And big news from Saban: ‘Kirby (Smart) is going to be staying here at the university of Alabama with us.'”.
The University of Georgia pursued Smart to fill a need on Mark Richt’s staff. Smart and his wife attended Georgia, and the Bulldogs offered the Alabama Crimson Tide assistant a substantial pay raise, according to published reports.