Auburn University is prepared to throw a wrench into the heated rivalry with their in-state rivals, The University of Alabama, and interview Crimson Tide’s defensive coordinator Kirby Smart for their vacant head coaching job.
According to Auburnundercover.com, Smart and Auburn are scheduled to interview and that a hire could come quickly after the interview.
Smart, 36, has been the Alabama defensive coordinator since 2007 and has perennially had the Crimson Tide ranked among the elite defenses in the nation under his watch–including this year that has put the Crimson Tide in the national championship for the third time in the last four years.
Auburn fired Gene Chizik two years after winning the national championship and a winless season in the SEC. The rebuilding job would need to start on the offensive side of the ball first and foremost where the Tigers played three different quarterbacks and had one of the worst offenses in the nation.
Smart would have some prospects to work with if the current recruiting class remains firm and top recruits, Dee Liner, Rueben Foster and Carl Lawson remain committed to the school. Hiring a defensive-minded coach like Smart likely is a move to keep the recruits from backing out of their oral commitment.
Hiring Smart would be a great choice for Auburn who has been rumored to be in the Bobby Petrino sweepstakes, but may elect to steer clear from his baggage and weaken their rivals by taking the best defensive coordinator in the nation off Nick Saban’s staff.
Can you imagine the scene in the Iron Bowl next season if Smart is indeed the next Auburn head coach when he takes his Tigers squad up against Alabama?
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