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Tide’s Kirby Smart expected to be named Bulldogs head coach

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Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart will have a new job next week. Smart is expected to accept the Georgia Bulldogs head coaching job.

Smart returns to his alma mater and will replace recently fired head coach Mark Richt. Smart was the odds-on favorite to replace Richt since he was fired.

The 39-year-old has been an assistant coach at Alabama for the past nine-years. It’ll be his first head coaching job.

He can’t officially take the job until after the Southeastern Conference Championship game. The Tide face the Florida Gators in the game; however, they’re considered the odds-on favorite to win the game.

He’s expected to bring in his own coaching staff. Yet, there’s a chance that he could retain defensive line coach Tracy Rocker.

Smart had been the highest-paid defensive coordinator in the country. He makes $1.5 million and received a $150,000 raise in June.

He had a $500,000 buyout in his contract. If he has to pay it, the school will likely reimburse him. The remaining three years in his contract will be eliminated with this new appointment.

Richt made $4.1 million this past season. He was also with the Bulldogs for the past 15-years, and will coach the 9-3 team in the bowl game before leaving.

Smart was a safety at Georgia from 1995-98. He also served as a team captain during his senior year.

Before arriving at Alabama, he made stops at Valdosta State, LSU and the Miami Dolphins. The final three stops with Nick Saban.

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