Coordinating Success

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's coordinators have mostly
played important but behind-the-scenes roles in the Crimson Tide's
success.

Defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and offensive boss Jim
McElwain had their annual visit with the media Sunday on Fan Day.
Coach Nick Saban otherwise keeps them off-limits to reporters
except at bowl-mandated events.

Both returned to Tuscaloosa after getting interest for other
coaching jobs following the Tide's national championship run.

McElwain was reportedly a candidate for the head coaching job at
San Jose State. Smart even got his salary doubled to $750,000 in a
three-year deal after receiving a similar offer to run alma mater
Georgia's defense for Mark Richt.
He's going into his sixth year working under Saban, including
one season each with LSU and the NFL's Miami Dolphins.


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