Is Kirby Smart going to the Eagles?

Where is Kirby Smart going this week? It seems that’s the question of the day, most days. It’s almost become comical.

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution sport editor got the latest rumor started today with this tweet:

But that’s the problem with Twitter. Instant news is neat-o. But as we reported with the Manti Te’o debacle two days ago, journalism in this country is dead. Instead we live in a world of tainted journalism, playing to a fanbase or agenda in lieu of chasing the truth. Oh, and trying to be the first on the scene to say something so later, if it should happen, you can say you were first on the scene to say it.

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution feeds a market largely populated by fans who hate Alabama. Mostly Georgia fans, the most underachieving program in America headed by the most overrated head coach. The problem with the Tweet is it reported BamaOnline247 as saying the same thing. And to the best of our knowledge, and those who responded to the tweet here:

…that just isn’t the case.

Look, Kirby Smart will not stay in Tuscaloosa forever. He will either agree to a deal that comes along that he can’t say no to, or he’ll retire in Tuscaloosa following a long coaching career after he’s named head coach, following Nick Saban’s retirement.

I’ve been wrong before, and maybe Smart sees the NFL as the perfect padding for his resume in his quest to become a head coach. But attempting to direct a legitimate defense opposite that Mickey Mouse offense in the NFL doesn’t seem like the best of career moves.

Either way, the Smart speculation is old and tired. Does anyone believe Smart has taught Nick Saban anything in their time together? Conventional wisdom would indicate it’s the other way around. Sources say Smart will interview, and from a career standpoint, that’s, well, smart.

But if he takes it, part of me will be relieved. The rampant speculation by biased media members to give their hate-filled fanbases Bama-hate fodder for consumption has run its course. And regardless of the decision, Alabama football will be fine, either way.

If it does happen, somewhere in Tallahassee there’s a coach by the name of Pruitt that’ll be kicking himself. But according to my sources and the Eagles themselves, via Ian Rapoport…

…and a current recruit that’s talked to him today

…and Rapoport again…

…neither Jeremy Pruitt’s foot or rump aren’t in any danger of bruising.

(Follow ITK on Twitter for Bama news, commentary and smack.)