Bama's Smart is staying put 

December, 4, 2012
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama Crimson Tide can breathe easy. Nick Saban's top assistant is not heading to The Plains of Auburn. If he had, the flames of the Iron Bowl would have reached a blistering heat. The competition might have, too.

Reports indicate Kirby Smart, Saban's long-time right-hand man on defense, will not become the next head coach at Auburn University. The 36-year-old defensive coordinator has waited patiently to take the next step in his career and will once again bide his time in Tuscaloosa until the right opportunity comes along.

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