Nick Saban has been in Kirby Smart’s shoes before, so he knows what Smart is doing is not necessarily in the best interest of his new employer.
Instead of jumping to Georgia full-time after Alabama’s SEC championship game win two weeks ago, Smart — Crimson Tide defensive coordinator, Bulldogs head coach — decided to stick around and finish off a national title run in Tuscaloosa. Good for Alabama? Yes. Good for Georgia? No way.
Saban is obviously pleased to keep his defensive boss around for another few weeks.
“It speaks volumes for Kirby’s character and all that he has to want to come back and finish when it may not be the most advantageous thing for him and his future,” Saban said Wednesday night. “To do right by the players and come back and finish and do a good job for the guys who have worked hard for him.”
Alabama currently has two defensive coordinators in town: Smart and Jeremy Pruitt, who left the same post at Georgia to get started on recruiting for Alabama, and who will be taking the reins in 2016.