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Smart Stays Put

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The unthinkable nearly happened on Tuesday. Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart was this close to becoming the next head coach at archrival Auburn University.

What if it had become a reality? For one, the state would've turned upside down, and the Iron Bowl rivalry would have been taken to a level it has never been to … which is saying something.

But the biggest impact would've been felt on the recruiting trail. Smart is not only the Crimson Tide's top assistant but also their top recruiter. His strong ties to Georgia are the reason that UA has been so successful landing talent from the Peach State during the last couple of years.