quote: I think he was assured a real chance at the Alabama job in a few years.
You can't go public with CIW anymore because the CIW has the same recruiting restrictions as the HC. That said, it's clear he was given reassurances. I've said all along that if he leaves it would be b/c he grew impatient or felt that his shot at the Bama job was no longer there. I think he's been told he's the primary candidate, which is what he's thought since end of 2009.
quote: What if Smart is hanging around until Saban retires?
The word last year was Ole Miss was deciding to hire Freeze or Smart but decided to hire Freeze because they thought Smart considered it a stepping stone job.The longer he stays there the more likely he will take Saban's place as head coach.