Alabama's Kirby Smart named AFCA Assistant of the Year; Reportedly rejects UK

One day after being named the AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year, Kirby Smart reportedly told Kentucky that he had no interest in the Wildcats' head coaching job. (

WACO, Texas - Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart was named the American Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year, the organization announced Tuesday. The honor comes on the heels of winning the Broyles Award in 2009. {}Under Smart's direction, the Alabama defense is one of the best in the nation. Alabama is ranked No. 3 in rushing defense (76.20 ypg allowed), No. 9 in pass efficiency defense (102.76 rating), No. 2 in total defense (247.80 ypg allowed) and No. 1 in scoring defense (11.10 ppg allowed) in 2012.

His defenses have helped Alabama win two BCS national titles in the last three years and five of his defenders earned All-America honors in 2011. Six players on the defensive side of the ball have been drafted in the first round in the last three years. {}The criteria for the award are not limited to on-field coaching ability or the success of the team and players that these assistant coaches work with. Service to the community through charitable work and other volunteer activities, participation in AFCA activities and events, participation in other professional organizations and impact on student-athletes are all taken into account in the selection process.


Smart turns down Kentucky

According to a report from Matt Jones of, Kirby Smart informed the University of Kentucky that he has zero interest in replacing the fired Joker Phillips as head football coach.

"Two sources now telling me that Alabama DC Kirby Smart has told UK he is not interested in the head coaching job." Jones tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

Smart will likely have more head coaching job offers coming his way in the near future, and the position in Lexington isn't exactly the ideal stepping stone-type gig that the Alabama defensive coordinator has waited so patiently for in Tuscaloosa over the years.

Since 2001, three different coaches combined to lose 75 games while winning just 59, which is one less than the 60 wins Smart has contributed to in six seasons at Alabama.