Coaching Carousel: Are the Latest Coaching Changes Going To Affect Alabama?

L.C. May@lcmay474Correspondent IDecember 14, 2010

MIAMI - 2006:  Kirby Smart of the Miami Dolphins poses for his 2006 NFL headshot at photo day in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Getty Images)
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The college football world has been looming over bowl games, award presentations and most of all coaching changes. Colleges like Florida, Colorado, Miami and Minnesota are some of the schools and that is just to name a few.

With new coaches comes new assistant coaches. Since Alabama was last year's national champion, many names in the football program come to mind for the schools. The one most are worried over right now is Kirby Smart.

Following Will Muschamp's hire to Florida, the name Kirby Smart started popping up as his new defensive coordinator. Smart knows Muschamp very well due to the fact that they both played at Georgia and have both coached at many other schools together.

The Tuscaloosa News first reported that Kirby Smart was leaning towards Alabama. Last year, Smart turned down his alma mater to stay with the Crimson Tide. This of course being all the reason Alabama fans believe he is going to stay at Alabama.

Coaches who have been an assistant under Nick Saban are hot commodities. Since Smart already has a assistant coach of the year award on his resume, it will not be long before he is a candidate for a head coaching job.

This will probably be the day that Alabama has to bid farewell to Smart. Smart now needs to focus his attention to fixing the Tide's defense now that he is unlikely to leave for Florida. 

Now even though Smart is the most popular, he is not the only Alabama assistant coach being sought after. The Tuscaloosa News has reported that Curt Cignetti is currently the leading man for the head coaching position for the Kent State Golden Flashes.

Cignetti has been the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Alabama for the last four seasons. It has been reported that Cignetti has visited Kent State twice and is currently the man to land the job.

Although losing Kirby Smart would be considered more catastrophic, Cignetti would also be a tough loss. In Cignetti's career at Alabama, he has coached the likes of Julio Jones, Keith Brown and D.J. Brown. He has also recruited players such as Mark Ingram, Don'ta Hightower, Chris Jordan, Cade Foster and Phillip Sims.

Most Alabama fans should be happy for Cignetti now that he finally gets a chance to be a head coach. Alabama opens up against Kent State in Bryant-Denny Stadium next season.

If Cignetti lands the job, this game should be much more interesting now that there will be a former Alabama staff member at the helm.