Smart staying with Tide


Kirby Smart was an All-SEC defensive back at Georgia, where he began his career as an administrative assistant in 1999. He was the Bulldogs' running backs coach in 2005.

Dan Lopez/ The Tuscaloosa News
Published: Monday, January 11, 2010 at 5:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 11, 2010 at 5:34 p.m.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart will remain with the national champion Crimson Tide.

Coach Nick Saban announced Monday that Smart chose to remain at Alabama after being offered the same position at Georgia.

Smart received the Frank Broyles Award in December as the nation's top assistant coach. The Alabama defense ranked number two in total defense at 244 yards per game and in rushing defense at 78 yards per game. It was also second in scoring defense, giving up an average of only 11.7 points per game while going 14-0.

Smart was an All-SEC defensive back at Georgia, where he began his career as an administrative assistant in 1999. He was the Bulldogs' running backs coach in 2005.

"I wouldn't even have considered discussing the position with any other school but when it is a place I've spent some of my best years and had some great memories, I thought it was something I should discuss with my family and figure out what was best," Smart said in a statement.

He has worked with Alabama coach Nick Saban at both LSU and the NFL's Miami Dolphins, returning to college football with Saban three years ago.

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