since jimbo and smart are apparently on the list, it seems like they are at least looking at some saban lineage.
this would possibly interupt the bama succession plan, which i would think would make the auburn fanbase giddy. i dont know that bama would hire smart when saban leaves, but i would think there would be a decent chance they do.
this also puts an immediate dent in bama's team, both coaching and recruiting. saban would probably promote lance thompson or rehire sunseri as DC. neither are as talented as smart. sure it's sabans D, but smart plays a large roll. if he lost smart, saban would have to spend more time watching the d, which interupts some of the 'process'. to me that has to be appealing to auburn as well.
Smart is a hell of a recruiter, especially in georgia. thats a huge plus for auburn. it also removes on of sabans best recruiters, and their georgia recruiter.
lastly, despite getting off to rocky starts, i think the saban protoge's are turning the corner at UF and FSU. Dooley was always a dud. he was always in over his head. muschamp and jimbo are x and o guys. dooley was a wr coach and saban mimicker. smart is an x & o guy and should do well overseeing a program. even saban struggled early on at each of his stops.
just my 2 cents. i see a lot of positives for auburn if they hire smart. jimbo still refuses to relinquish playcalling, and i think thats the main thing holding his teams back. never been a good playcaller. comes in spurts and the bad spurts cost you. it's easier for a defensive coach to dial back their involvement, then it is for an offensive coach imo.
on the other hand, if smart has any inkling that he would get the bama job and had some idea of the timeline, then i could see him turning down an auburn offer. or possibly if he thought he could get the uga job.
This post was edited on 11/13 at 1:06 pm