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Glad he's happy at Bama and wish him the best with whatever his future holds!!! RTR!!
Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart won't leave mentor Nick Saban until he has an opportunity for similar success as a head coach.
Vince Lombardi was asked how it felt to have the best football team in the world. He replied, I don't know. We haven't played Alabama yet.
I hope he stays. I could see him being the next head coach after CNS retires.
I think he needs a few years as HC....got to NC State and let's see if he or Dabo is next in line.
Dabo???? You have to be joking. I would like to think we'd NEVER make a hire that bad.
Kirby is definitely the biggest name assistant in the country right now. Going to be very interesting to see what happens going forward. He has proven that he won't take just any job, it has to be the right situation.
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I want him as our next hc but ONLY after he's proven to be a successful head man. We've gone down this road before and most should know Bama isn't a job that u need to learn how to be a head coach. That said, Muschamp and Fisher have done respectively well, so there are exceptions. I know in a perfect universe, I'd love him to get out there and then return.
I think if CKS continually turns away HC jobs he will be with us for a long time.
Look for CNS to slowly turn things over to him. By this I mean CKS starts doing interviews or even taking CNS spot in press conferences. Also if recruits start to mention CKS is doing their home visits, I believe this will be a tale tell sign we will have a seamless transition of power.
I don't think this will happen in the next 5 years but this is how I think it will go down if he stays.
Choose not a life of limitation
He's built Clemson back to a top 15 program, recruits well, and is an Alabama graduate. There are things to criticize, but I'd bet he's on the list in 6 or 7 years when we need it.
Not a chance.
When Mal Moore retires, I know that there is at least one member of the BOT (PBJR) who has mentioned the possibility of Saban moving into the AD roll...perhaps the dual roll of coach/AD for a year or two, and then Smart becoming head coach. Now, will that happen? Who knows? I am 100% sure that when Moore retires, before they interview anyone else, they will make Saban say no first.
Promoting Smart under such a scenario would be unique and unlike any other school hiring an "unproven" coordinator. First of all, the Gators and Muschamp have proven that the idea of a head coach at a major program needing previous head coaching experience isn't necessarily true and depends on the individual. Second, in the scenario I mentioned, Smart as head coach would have his mentor in the office right down the hall. Even though Smart would gradually put his own stamp on the program, his chances of success would be greatly increased by having Saban right there as his boss.
Smart could go off to a place like NC State and not be successful at implementing the system that works here, for a variety of reasons completely unrelated to his own ability...lesser facilities, less commitment to winning, less access to the best recruits. IMO, I don't think success or failure at a lesser program would necessarily be helpful in preparing him to be the head coach at Alabama or an indicator of how he successful he would be as the head coach at Alabama.
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