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"When a loaf of bread looks like a banquet, I've no right buying tobacco. " - Grandpa Joe
Auburn does have a good deal to sell. Their facilities are solid, they've been a winner in the SEC before, and they're in an area where theoretically you can recruit quality athletes.
I get the feeling that Smart will not be their top choice for the job but interviewing is a good way to enhance a coordinator's appeal down the line. Smart's name hasn't really been attached legitimately to a major opening so far. He could get the job but I think they go for Petrino over Smart.
The News channel 9 in Columbus Ga reported Smart has a interview in a undisclosed location per the barn undercover. The only thing is I can't find any other article about it. I hope Smart wouldn't do a career suicide at the barn
The first person I would like to thank is the good Lord, for giving me the ability to play the game of football. Because without the ability to play the game I would have been at Auburn." -- Marty Lyons
I don't think this is a manufactured story by "mad barners." I do believe he is interviewing or already spoke to Auburn officials. I just get the feeling that he won't get offered the position. The SEC has had some buyer's remorse trying to hire Saban assistants lately. Mainly Tennessee and I think Auburn needs a known head coaching winner to bring the fanbase together. Truth is that the fans won't care about Petrino's misgivings and damage he's done to employers because his scheme is a proven success in the SEC.
phillip marshall as the only source of information makes me think this is possibly the new dying trees story.
Serve no master but your own ambition.
This is public knowledge since this morning. Al Del Greco confirmed it and I feel confident he has good sources. He kept mentioning it over and over like he was trying rain on our parade a little Finebaum finally came on and said not a chance.
I like Finebaum's sources in situations like these. The guy has a background in sports investigative reporting and his stature in the sports media field allows him access that nobody else gets outside of the ESPN Mothership. He's not really a journalist anymore but his connections to the people who matter in the college football industry are still strong, alive and well.
Auburn's not going out of left field like Gene Chizik this time, so I think his pulse on the situation will be pretty spot on. Smart is just getting his name out there and Petrino is the best hire. Auburn needs legitimate names around their hunt because immediately going for Petrino will be questionable whereas if he "wins" the interview process...people may buy in more.
In fact, I think the reason Pat Dye went "radio silent" on the coaching position at Auburn is partly due to his proclamation that "Petrino will never be the coach of Auburn." Somebody connected to the program let Pat Dye know that supporting Chizik is fine but don't burn any bridges with our targets.
So will they hire before we go to Miami?
I don't want any BS connected to the Barn's coaching search affecting the way we practice/play. This smells like total Barner CRAP to me--romance our coach and cause questions and concerns with his players that causes a distraction. Deep down, I know CNS won't let this happen, but it is extremely disruptive, IMO.
WSFA reported earlier that Gus and Kirby are the top 2 choices and Petrino has not even been contacted.
"I don't know what class is but I can tell when one has it, you can tell from a mile away"
-- Coach Bryant
"We always talk about playing 60 minutes but this is a 60-10 game: the 60 minutes of the game and the 10 minutes in the locker room after the game that you remember for the rest of your life."
-- Nick Saban day after beating Clemson