TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Kirby Smart has not interviewed with the committee searching for a new Ole Miss head coach, a source close to Alabama’s defensive coordinator said today.
Smart has been on the road this week recruiting with Alabama head coach Nick Saban, the source said.
That’s contrary to various Internet reports.
One report out of Mississippi said Smart was scheduled to meet Tuesday in Tuscaloosa with the committee, co-chaired by former Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning and Mike Glenn, the executive vice president at FedEx. The report came from HeadtoHeadRadio.com, via Twitter.
FootballScoop.com went farther, saying that members of the selection committee that met with Smart were extremely impressed, according to sources.
Another report, from the website RedCupRebellion.com via Twitter, said Smart would be announced later this week at the Rebels’ head coach.
Smart was considered one of four main candidates to replace Houston Nutt, who recently was fired. One of those candidates, Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth, reportedly withdrew as a candidate on Tuesday.
The other candidates are Larry Fedora and Hugh Freeze.
Fedora’s 10-2 Southern Miss team meets Houston on Saturday in the Conference USA Championship Game. He previously was the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State (2005-07) and Florida (2002-04).
Freeze’s 9-2 Arkansas State team is at least the co-champion of the Sun Belt Conference. It ends its regular season Saturday with a home game against Troy and recently accepted a bid to the GoDaddy.com Bowl. He was the Ole Miss tight end coach and recruiting coordinator in 2006-07.
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