Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Crimson Notes 2/2/10

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With National Signing Day less than 24 hours away, Alabama has lost the most highly touted recruit on the board. Five-star prospect Keenan Allen (wide receiver/defensive back) is expected to decommit from the Crimson Tide and sign with either California or Penn State on Wednesday.

Allen originally gave a verbal commitment to Alabama in November, but when his half-brother Zach Maynard left the Buffalo football program, Allen began rethinking his commitment to the Tide.

It is unclear where Maynard will attend, but unless something unexpected occurs on Wednesday, Alabama has lost the “top name” of the 2010 recruiting class.

With the loss of Allen, Alabama has dropped to fourth in the national team rankings according to Rivals.com. Florida leads the pack followed by Texas, Auburn, and aforementioned Alabama.

In coaching news, the Alabama Board of Trustees approved the new contact for Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.

Smart now has a salary of $750,000 and the new deal will take him through Feb 28, 2013. The new contract will increase his prior salary of $360,000 and will currently make him the highest-paid assistant on the Alabama football coaching staff.

The new contract/deal also includes a no buyout clause if Smart were to leave and take a head coaching position. However, a $72,000 buyout would be in place if Smart were to leave for another assistant coaching position. An obvious example would be if Smart left to become the defensive coordinator at another school.

If Kirby Smart is still at Alabama on March 1, 2010 (next month) he will receive a $34,400 bonus as part of the new contract agreement.

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