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Georgia Making a Run at Alabama Assistant Kirby Smart

MIAMI - 2006:  Kirby Smart of the Miami Dolphins poses for his 2006 NFL headshot at photo day in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Getty Images)
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Kimberley NashSenior Writer IDecember 7, 2009

Latest reports on the Georgia defensive coordinator search have the Dawgs making a run at current Alabama defensive coordinator, Kirby Smart. 

ESPN's Chris Low reports the following: 

"Alabama may also have to fight off Georgia to keep defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. The Bulldogs are expected to make a lucrative run at Smart for their defensive coordinator job after Mark Richt overhauled his defensive staff last week, firing coordinator Willie Martinez, defensive ends coach Jon Fabris and co-coordinator/linebackers coach John Jancek."

After the way Smart's defense handled Tim Tebow and the rest of the high-powered Florida offense, this has to be news to the Bulldog faithful's ears. 

Even if Smart is not a done deal, it shows that the Georgia program is definitely serious about finding the right guy to turn the defense around next season. 

Florida State was thought to have an interest in Smart as well but have now turned their eyes towards Alabama associate head coach/linebackers coach, Sal Sunseri, to be their defensive coordinator .

No word on why Florida State may have switched gears, but, hopefully that means that Georgia's chances are better than many thought.

Smart played defensive back at Georgia from 1995-98 and served as an administrative assistant in 1999.

He returned in 2005 and served one season the running backs coach before leaving to coach under Saban in the NFL.

 

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