Source: Alabama DC Smart front-runner for South Carolina job

Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart could leave one legend in Nick Saban to replace another -- Steve Spurrier -- at South Carolina.

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Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart has emerged as the frontrunner for the South Carolina head coaching vacancy, a source told FOX Sports. 

The 39-year-old Smart was the 2012 AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year and the 2009 Broyles Award winner as college football’s top assistant coach. His D is No. 1 in  the nation in yards per play; No. 2 in run defense and No. 3 in the nation in total defense.

In October, Steve Spurrier resigned at South Carolina. The Gamecocks are 3-8 and 1-7 in SEC play.