Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart has been offered the same position on Will Muschamp’s Florida Gators staff, according to The Gainesville Sun’s Robbie Andreu. Andreu also says Smart is likely to accept the offer.
A longtime Muschamp accomplice, Smart’s name has been the only one mentioned with any traction regarding Florida’s defensive coordinator hunt. Smart speculation flared up on Saturday, and this is the first noise that’s been made since.
Smart would be the second former Georgia Bulldogs defensive back hired onto the Gators coaching staff in the past week, as Muschamp himself played for the Dawgs. Both are young, energetic Nick Saban disciples.
Unless Smart is being offered Monte Kiffin money, it’s not clear why he’d want to jump from a rolling machine to a rebooting program led by a first-time head coach, especially if his job title would remain the same. He already makes $750,000 per year with a national championship-winning defense to his credit.