In a week that saw coordinators from our state changing zip codes, it appears that Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart will stay in his.
It has been reported that Smart, thought to be a candidate for several coaching openings as head coach, interviewed with Southern Mississippi, but has withdrawn from their search.
Smart earns $850,000 annually as the Tide’s defensive coordinator, but you can expect that total to grow even more if Alabama shelves its second BCS National Championship in three years in a few weeks.
Earlier in the week Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain was announced as the new head coach at Colorado State. The Rams opened up the check book (for them), paying McElwain a reported $1.5 Million. Completing his fourth season as coordinator, McElwain will stay on through the BCS title game.
In contrast, Auburn lost both of their coordinators for lateral moves or pay cuts. Defensive coordinator Ted Roof left the plains for the same position at Central Florida. Offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn fled from Auburn for a $500,000+ paycut to become the head coach at college football powerhouse, Arkansas State. Roof won’t be around when Auburn plays Virginia in the Chicken Bowl, while Gus will roll out his bag of tricks, smoke and mirrors for one more game.
Smart, the 2009 Frank Broyles Award winner for the nation’s top assistant, is the engineer behind arguably the nation’s stingiest defense over the last five years. He’s sure to be a head coach some day, somewhere. It simply appears that day hasn’t yet come.