This is likely the last in the series of practice videos from the spring. Check out defensive coordinator Kirby Smart working with the Crimson Tide linebackers. You’ll also see a cameo from Rob Ezell, the former walk-on receiver now working as an undergraduate assistant.
This is the final installment of the spring practice opening day series. This time you can enjoy Sal Sunseri and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart working with the linebackers including Dont’a Hightower, Courtney Upshaw, C.J. Mosley and Nico Johnson.
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Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart got another raise this afternoon. The UA Board of Trustees compensation committee approved a bump in pay from$750,000 annually to $850,000. Just a year ago, he was making $360,000.
His contract still calls for a $72,000 buyout if he takes any other job other than a head coaching position.
Strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran also got a raise from $225,000 to $290,000.
In other news, a certain group Alabama fans really don’t want Auburn to win the BCS National Championship Game. They have even made “Roll Ducks Roll” shirts in support of Oregon. See them here.
It only took about five hours to drive back down to Alabama from Louisville. Apparently that’s enough time for one Alabama assistant coach to leave and another was reportedly hired.
Now former Crimson Tide defensive line coach Bo Davis is headed to Texas to take the exact same job.
Don’t freshen those resume’s just yet. Multiple reports indicate Clemson defensive line back Chris Rumph is headed to Tuscaloosa.
Nick Saban issued a statement wishing Davis well but made no announcement of a replacement hire.
In other assistant coaching news, the contracts are up for discussion on tomorrow’s compensation committee meeting of the UA Board of Trustees. That likely means raises for defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran.
Read more in print tomorrow.
The whole Kirby Smart to Florida story has been floating around the interwebs for weeks now. But since assistant coaches and coordinators are muzzled from speaking to reporters, it was until this afternoon’s news conference before Smart could address the talk.
To get newcomers up to speed, Smart reportedly had discussions with new Florida coach Will Muschamp about the defensive coordinator’s job in Gainesville.
“Will and I talk all the time. He’s one of my best friends — I’ve known him more than 20 years now. He and I talk a lot and not really about me coaching with him, no.”
He went on to say the next step he’d like to take is into the head coaching world.
Nick Saban got right to the point at his news conference this evening. He was not happy with news reports citing unnamed sources talking about Kirby Smart’s current and future employment.
“Kirby has done nothing but indicate to me but indicate that he wants to stay at the University of Alabama and be here,” Saban said. “I trust that that’s what he’ll do. He’s done a great job for us. He’s one of the best assistant coaches in the country. Every year he’s closer and closer to being ready to be a head coach himself.”
Read more about this in print Friday.
At this point and with so many names linked to other jobs, it’s more of a question of how many Alabama assistants will stay with Nick Saban instead of how many will leave.
The new hot story is the potential departure of defensive coordinator Kirby Smart who is being courted by new Florida coach and former Saban assistant Will Muschamp. Read this and this.
Don’t forget that receivers coach Curt Cignetti is reportedly a front runner for the Kent State head coaching job and offensive coordinator Jim McElwain is linked to the same job at Texas.
The other question: What’s the deal in Tuscaloosa is both coordinators are considering lateral moves? Any trouble in paradise?
I did a little experimenting with the new video editor feature on YouTube to condense some of the practice tapes posted on the blog. Let me know if you like it better this way.
First, here’s the linebackers working with defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and linebackers coach Sal Sunseri.
Next, Nick Saban works with mostly defensive backs.
Finally, here’s the result of some more toying around with video editing. I tried to line it up with the music as best as possible.
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