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Kirby Smart Just Earned Himself a Promotion

28 Oct 1995:  Cornerback Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs stands on the field during a game against the Florida Gators at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia.  Florida won the game 52-17. Mandatory Credit: Craig Jones  /Allsport
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Zachary OstermanCorrespondent IJanuary 8, 2010

(See Kirby Smart run. Run, Kirby Smart, the next available head coaching job.)

Remember that old movie "Secret To My Success," where Michael J. Fox pretends he's a hotshot white-collar business whiz, sleeps with everybody in New York City, and somehow ends up owning a giant company? Kirby Smart just pulled that off.

Leading up to this national title game, there existed a palpable buzz back where I'm from (Atlanta) among the Georgia faithful—a hope, if you will, that Smart would eschew Alabama and answering the home-coming call. A former Georgia defensive back surely would not turn down the red and black's need for a man to steer their wayward unit.

It's a mute point now.

Make no mistake, Kirby Smart won a national championship for Alabama on this night. He put Texas on its heels in the first half, letting his defense pin back its proverbial ears and come after the Longhorns' frozen freshman quarterback.

And when Texas clawed its way back in the second half, a series of perfectly-called blitzes and coverages broke the Longhorns.

Shenanigans, you say. Surely, Kirby Smart, who's been a defensive coordinator for all of 21 months, doesn't have the experience to be a head coach.

Maybe not. But college football, as Frank Solich, Tommy Tuberville and a host of others can attest, is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately kind of world, and Smart is hotter than a west Texas Fourth of July picnic all the sudden.

Wait, west Texas, you say? Isn't that where Texas Tech, the program of the most controversial head coaching vacancy around right now, can be found?

Funny you should say that, because it appears that Smart is a candidate for the Texas Tech job.

My, but wouldn't that be an interesting fit? Texas Tech gets a defense-minded coach who can go hire an offensive coordinator to run another spread offense in Lubbock. I know Tuberville interviewed for that job too, but I just can't see Tommy's smashmouth style making sense with an entire team built around running a record-breaking spread passing attack.

Now in fairness, there are also reports of the university denying such contact, but the point is that Smart has all of the sudden become a hot coaching commodity, and now might just be the time for the 34-year-old to cash in his chips.

If nothing else, there's no way he leaves Tuscaloosa after this year for a Georgia project that would take at least a couple years to rebuild. Stay with Alabama, and he'll be at the top of plenty of athletic directors' lists the next time the coaching carousel starts spinning.

Maybe we'll be talking about Kirby Smart as the next head coach at Georgia in a year's never know.

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