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07:34 AM ET 07.02 | This is about the only time of year a coach isn't on the hot seat, though that will soon change with season's greetings around the corner. [Let's take] a look at some offensive and defensive coordinators who could be ready to assume a larger role within a program and possibly fill the need for an AD who soon will need to zero in on a new program-builder. Alabama DC Kirby Smart: We all know that Nick Saban is the main reason why the Crimson Tide is gunning for their fourth BCS national championship in five seasons. ... It appears that he is waiting for the right opportunity -- and a big opportunity -- before leaving the Tide for a head gig. Georgia is probably the dream job, but Mark Richt is not in much danger.

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July 2, 2013  08:15 AM ET

Mus was waiting around for the UTx job, too, but that didn't exactly turn out as expected. I know, not the same situation as Smart/Richt/UGaly.

For the Horn fans in the house, would the heat on Mack be any higher if Mus was still hanging around as HC-in-waiting? I am thinking it would, but am interested to hear other opinions.

July 2, 2013  08:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Mus was waiting around for the UTx job, too, but that didn't exactly turn out as expected. I know, not the same situation as Smart/Richt/UGaly.For the Horn fans in the house, would the heat on Mack be any higher if Mus was still hanging around as HC-in-waiting? I am thinking it would, but am interested to hear other opinions.

Ain't a rusty cow but I don't think it would matter. IMHO, the pressure is on the UTx head coach because it is what it is.

July 2, 2013  08:30 AM ET

Smart has resisted past overtures. If he wasn't comfortable on staff at Bama, it's likely he would have taken one of the HC jobs dangled at him. It isn't a far stretch to think he may be interested in the UGA HC job if and when it becomes available.

July 2, 2013  08:41 AM ET
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Smart has resisted past overtures. If he wasn't comfortable on staff at Bama, it's likely he would have taken one of the HC jobs dangled at him. It isn't a far stretch to think he may be interested in the UGA HC job if and when it becomes available.

Did he not want the challenge of rebuilding the Volunteers?

July 2, 2013  08:43 AM ET
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Did he not want the challenge of rebuilding the Volunteers?

There's challenges, then, there are CHALLENGES.

July 2, 2013  08:49 AM ET
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Did he not want the challenge of rebuilding the Volunteers?

Very difficult to go from Tuscaloosa employment directly to Knoxville employment. It'd be like Sparty hiring a Meatchicken asst.

July 2, 2013  08:50 AM ET
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Smart has resisted past overtures. If he wasn't comfortable on staff at Bama, it's likely he would have taken one of the HC jobs dangled at him. It isn't a far stretch to think he may be interested in the UGA HC job if and when it becomes available.

And Richt's job is far from being a comfortable situation too!

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July 2, 2013  09:02 AM ET
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He for sure wasn't waiting for the UTK gig, but then, who would have been.

I keep applying SIR!

July 2, 2013  09:05 AM ET
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Did he not want the challenge of rebuilding the Volunteers?

I don't recall him 'volunteering' for the position............

July 2, 2013  09:12 AM ET

Smart and Saban get along. I don't know if this means Smart is the same type of personality, or that their personalities are different but they mesh. Remember when someone here said they knew for sure Smart was going to Florida with Muschamp?

I think Smart is waiting for Alabama or Georgia, whichever opens up first. Who knows what goes on in the mind of Coach Saban? If he wins his 5th NC, 4th at Bama, does he retire? No way of knowing. Coach Moore dying might ave impacted his desire for more years.

If Smart coaches and runs a program like Coach Saban does, he'll be a success. It's going to be hard for anyone else applying for a job to match Coach Smart's resume. The more he stays on, the more I want him to be around to take over from Coach Saban.

Georgia is a great job, too, and has an excellent recruiting base. I'm sure if that opens up, Smart will be the favorite and he'll more than likely take the job. Their colors aren't too bad, either. I'd hate to have to coach a team with orange as one of their colors. JMHO.

July 2, 2013  09:21 AM ET
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Mus was waiting around for the UTx job, too, but that didn't exactly turn out as expected. I know, not the same situation as Smart/Richt/UGaly.For the Horn fans in the house, would the heat on Mack be any higher if Mus was still hanging around as HC-in-waiting? I am thinking it would, but am interested to hear other opinions.

don't think so. Mack had a ton of goodwill with The $Billion Club (Jamail, McCombs, Hicks, etc...) to get 2-3 years.

this year is the one that matters, whether Mus is/was around. 10-12 wins or its trouble

July 2, 2013  09:26 AM ET
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don't think so. Mack had a ton of goodwill with The $Billion Club (Jamail, McCombs, Hicks, etc...) to get 2-3 years.this year is the one that matters, whether Mus is/was around. 10-12 wins or its trouble

I was thinking that the whole "the fav QB on the team is the second string guy" mentality might come into play if Mus were still HCIW.

July 2, 2013  09:32 AM ET
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I was thinking that the whole "the fav QB on the team is the second string guy" mentality might come into play if Mus were still HCIW.

maybe so, if he still held title HCIW Mack prob would have stepped down voluntarily

no way that deal woulda worked for 5-6 yrs. think it was all part of an arrangement if '09 ended with mnc, Mack retires

July 2, 2013  09:37 AM ET

Smart is a native Georgian and former UGA DB. He will be at the heart of speculation about Georgia ad infinitum.

July 2, 2013  09:41 AM ET
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Did he not want the challenge of rebuilding the Volunteers?

Hamilton wasn't smart enough to lure Smart, and Hart likely knew his mind, having worked with him for years at Bama.

July 2, 2013  09:42 AM ET
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They will be back, just you wait and see, well, not you, nor your kids, nor their kids, maybe your Great Great Great Grand Kids, or their kids, will see them rise back to the the top, well, at least back into the top 25 at least, you know, maybe at 24 or so.

Feeling your blueness, eh, Colonel?

July 2, 2013  09:44 AM ET
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I'd hate to have to coach a team with orange as one of their colors.

Not likely. Most schools with orange among their colors have coaches and aren't shopping. Kirby's not likely to be interested in any of them, all the same.

 
July 2, 2013  09:44 AM ET

Quint.

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