Kirby Smart, who was thought to be the leading contender to land the Southern Miss head coaching job, interviewed with the school and then withdrew his name from consideration. Speaking of consideration, I wonder if this had something to do with his decision:
… Fedora earned $685,000 in base pay at Southern Miss in 2011, with incentives that had the potential to push his compensation above $1 million. Smart earns $850,000 as the Crimson Tide’s highest-paid assistant coach.
As for the speculation that Smart is waiting for an SEC slot to open, well, it takes two to tango.
… He was reportedly a candidate for coaching vacancies at Ole Miss and Texas A&M, but sources told ESPN.com that Smart never had contact with either school.
Then again, maybe Kirby’s just waiting for Mark Richt to take the offer from Penn State.