As LSU enters its 13th day without a defensive coordinator, an interesting name has cropped up in the rumor mill. According to The Advocate, LSU has been in contact with representatives of Alabama DC Kirby Smart. The paper, however, also reports that Smart’s interest in the Tigers is unknown.
Smart’s interest in the LSU job remains unclear. His current position is similar to LSU’s opening – a highly-paid defensive coordinator at a Southeastern Conference Western Division power.
It’s long been assumed that Smart’s next move will be to a head coaching position. He is widely considered the top assistant in college football, and a fixture on most hiring shortlists. Given his pedigree (Alabama’s total defense has only once ranked outside the top-5 nationally under Smart) and his relationship with Nick Saban (was also a member of Saban’s LSU and Miami Dolphins staffs), it’s hard to conceive of Smart taking what is, at best, a lateral move.
Smart is the latest individual to join an ever-growing list of potential candidates for LSU.
The two names [Smart and Bears DC Mel Tucker] are part of about a half-dozen people who have spoken with the school concerning the job, including Shoop, Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and former Southern California and Cal defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast.
LSU has been without a defensive coordinator since John Chavis took the same position with Texas A&M following the Tigers’ Music City Bowl loss to Notre Dame.