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Smart staying with Alabama

Updated: January 11, 2010, 4:50 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is staying with the national champion Crimson Tide, spurning a weekend offer from SEC rival Georgia.

Alabama coach Nick Saban confirmed Monday that Smart would be remaining with the Crimson Tide. Georgia made a hard push to get Smart, offering him a multiyear deal in excess of $700,000 annually. It is believed Georgia's offer is at least a three-year contract.

"I think it was pretty well known that there was an opportunity to return ...

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