Alabama coach rejects Georgia
By Marc Weiszer| Morris News Service
Tuesday, January 12, 2010

ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia continues to be spurned by coaches it pursues to become defensive coordinator.

Alabama's Kirby Smart became the latest Monday when he decided to stay in the same position with the national champion Crimson Tide instead of returning to his alma mater.

The Broyles Award winner for nation's top assistant coach is at least the third coach Georgia has targeted that received a boost to his financial package after talking with coach Mark Richt. Virginia Tech's Bud Foster and LSU's John Chavis also stayed put.

Alabama coach Nick Saban announced Smart's decision, which came after two days of contemplating a Georgia offer.

Smart reportedly received a multiyear offer from Georgia for more than $700,000 a year. He made $369,350 last season and will receive a "substantial increase," after trustees approve the deal this spring, according to the Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register .

Smart, 34, was an All-SEC defensive back for Georgia and was running backs coach under Richt in 2005. He has also coached with Saban at LSU and the Miami Dolphins.

Richt might now turn to Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach Todd Grantham, who reportedly had been approached about the job.

From the Tuesday, January 12, 2010 edition of the Augusta Chronicle
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