Smart Stays Put

As Auburn hires Malzahn, Alabama keeps Smart -- and his Ga. connections

Updated: December 5, 2012, 12:28 PM ET
By Greg Ostendorf | TideNation
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.

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