An awful lot of never-gonna-happen coaching changes have gone down this week, and Florida appears to have perpetrated yet another: The Gainesville Sun's Robbie Andreu is reporting that Alabama defensive coordinating wunderkind Kirby Smart has been offered what we'll safely assume is a substantial pile of ducats to make a lateral move into the SEC East and join Will Muschamp's new staff at Florida.
This is coaching search news, so please remember to apply a good-sized deer lick of salt before descending upon your message boards of choice in a screaming melee. Everybody's been wrong about everything this week, and it's not that difficult to be wrong about an organization as notoriously closemouthed as Florida football.
To the candidate: Smart is currently pulling down $750,000 a year to run Nick Saban's THE PROCESS defense in Tuscaloosa, a job he's held since 2008. His only previous coordinating experience, prior to a series of position-coaching gigs in I-A and the NFL, was a season steering the defense of Valdosta State.
This would be an interesting get for a couple reasons. Not only would it be a lateral move for Smart, but he's a proven Saban man, having served under the tiny emperor during his time at LSU, Miami, and now Bama. But every fledgling general has to flee the nest sometime, and the offer, whatever it is, is certainly a lucrative one. This could all click together this afternoon or spark a bidding war for Smart's services. You'll know when we do.
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