Another Alabama assistant made headlines Wednesday, as defensive coordinator Kirby Smart was announced as a front-runner for the South Carolina head coaching job.
Later in the morning, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Smart and offensive line coach Mario Cristobal were “being considered” for national jobs, and addressed the potential distractions that come with assistants being named as candidates for vacancies across the country.
“They want to continue to do a good job where they are right now because that’s a reflection of who they are and what they do,” Saban said. “That’s why people would be interested in them.”
He knows they won’t be in Tuscaloosa for long, though.
“I’m always trying to help guys if they have a chance to get a better opportunity,” Saban said. “But I also certainly appreciate the fact that they stay very focused on what we’re trying to do because they care about our players and our team, and I think they both put that first.
“That’s certainly what I tried to do when I was an assistant coach. All the guys that I’ve had have done that very well.”