The Smart hire, amusing part edition

As you can imagine, I received more than a few emails last night when the news broke.  One of those reminded me that Kirby Smart’s agent is none other than Jimmy Sexton (so is Will Muschamp’s, by the way).  The person who sent that expressed the hope that Sexton wouldn’t let Smart take the job without fighting to make sure that McGarity got his way on how the responsibilities of the position are structured.

To which I could only respond, the idea of Jimmy Sexton as the savior of Georgia football is about as ironic as you can get.

In any event, I hope that Kirby is a huge success here, if only to sit back and enjoy what Sexton will put McGarity through when the inevitable day comes that Nick Saban retires in Tuscaloosa.  (Sexton’s probably mapping his strategy out for that as you read this.)  McGarity deserves nothing less.  LOL.

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66 responses to “The Smart hire, amusing part edition

  1. The most Georgia Way™ thing would be that this is Jimmy’s opening gambit in a bidding war with Sackerlina. Kirby’s done it before.

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    • Bulldog Joe

      The most Georgia Way™ thing would be to choose to not enter a bidding war with South Carolina and to hastily call a press conference introducing Mike Bobo as our new head coach on Christmas Day.

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      • Russ

        Well, that’s the side of the ball that needs fixing. And he has one more year of HC experience than our current guy. But I’m sure he’s too much of a reminder of Richt for McGarity.

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      • BMan

        The most Sexton Way would be that Smart wasn’t officially a candidate with USCe yet, but Sexton floated the talk as a means to making McGarity take action.

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        • Gaskilldawg

          Bingo!!!!!! You are the winner!!!!

          That is EXACTLY what happened. Sexton planted the “Smart to SC” rumors to get McGarity to pull the trigger on Richt and create the opening.

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  2. TennesseeDawg

    I doubt McGarity will make it to the next contract talk

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  3. That’s gold right there … I would pay good money to see Sexton take McGarity behind the woodshed in a negotiation.

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  4. simpl_matter

    What’s not amusing to me is the obvious back story to how this went down. I could be wrong on some points, but it’s clear that McGarity didn’t make his mind up on the way home from GT, and someone had contacted Smart about the position long before this week. It was a Machiavellian maneuver that had more to do with Smart being eminently available than anything.

    In my head, it’s whatever. You want to be Alabama|Florida|Auburn, there’s a whole hell of a lot of institutional changes that need to be made. They are all-in in ways that have little to do with the head coach. Rather than make all those changes, we canned a guy who was in many ways fighting a war with tanks from inside an ice cream truck (and often winning). Kirby is used to fighting from inside the biggest, baddest tank around, lets see what he can do once he gets inside this ice cream truck.

    I truly hope CKS is able to bring about the changes and take full control of the program, Alabama-style. But the way this all went down stinks to high heaven. Welcome to the jungle…

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    • Jared S.

      The mental image of Richt fighting tanks from inside an ice cream truck is priceless.

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    • Bulldog Joe

      Kirby already knows where the ice cream trucks are and the people responsible for putting them there. He also knows what Pruitt and Jere did to move things in a more competitive direction.

      That’s a good head start. Let’s see what he and his agent can get done.

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    • Dog in Fla

      Kirby likes trucks. He’s bringing his own Armored Ice Cream Truck by Battle Tested Equipment®™© ℠, an Arizona-based manufacturer of innovative tactical weapons platform accessories. All products have been extensively tested, proven reliable in the field and will not melt under fire. All parts including creamery butter are made in America from American materials by Americans for use by Americans against Americans or any non-American who happens to be in a target rich environment

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    • simpl_matter – you are right McGarity didn’t make up his mind on the way home from GT. McGarity made up his mind sometime between the end of the ’14 game vs GT and the start of The Belk Bowl only to be overruled by Moorhead. Heck, he may have even decided before that game in 2014.

      When we parted ways with Jim Donnan back in 2000, it was well-documented that Dooley felt like Donnan should get one more and Adams overruled him. Adams didn’t see any value in keeping Donnan, going 7-4 or 8-3 again, then having the same discussion over job security.

      There are a lot of parallels between Donnan’s last season and the last two under Richt. CMR didn’t have the type personality to make a grandstand proclamation like Donnan but both team started preseason with a lot of internal and external preseason hype, Heisman Trophy candidates and an expectation to right the ship against certain opponents and end the regular season in Atlanta. As it turned out, Donnan’s team and both of Richt’s teams limped to the finish line. They all lost embarrassingly to supposed inferior teams on the road ( USC 2000, USC 2014, UT 2015) and couldn’t beat Florida. They each had lackluster wins over Ga Southern. The Heisman Trophy candidates were gone by midseason due to injuries or suspensions. Donnan got blown out at home by Ga Tech. Richt was blown out at home by Alabama. Donnan had made a mess of his QB situation by keeping the redshirt on David Greene. Our current QB situation is probably an even bigger mess. At the end of the 2000, there was a feeling that we were even further away from an SEC East title than we were at the beginning of the year. There was internal issues and ugly rumors about player behavior in 2000. 2015 brought us rumors of open dissension amongst the offensive and defensive staff.

      Does anyone believe that 2016 would be a better scenario for Richt? What will make it better? Eason? He may be good but he is still just a freshman. Stafford, who people had already predicted would be the 1st pick in future NFL draft before he arrived on campus, didn’t start full time until the 8th game of the year. Our 8th game next year is the Cocktail Party. We open the season next year against a team the is currently 11-1 and a win away from the CFP. Hopefully Nick Chubb will come back next year and run like TGIII for the Rams (he has kind of fallen off hasn’t he) but it is just is likely he struggles to get back to form like Keith Marshall last year. We will need to replace quite a few defensive players.

      After winning the bowl game, Donnan finished 8-4. Richt had the SAME exact record at the end of his first year. We lost to USC in 2001 just like in 2000. We lost to UF and Auburn too. The main difference was that we beat Tech to close the year and plus we had the Hobnail Boot of Tennessee. Same record but a different feeling. UGA fans were optimistic about the future and that it turned out to be right.

      Back to the close of the 2014 season and the Belk Bowl rumors and to me it looks like Richt received the extra year that Donnan never got. Maybe after 15 years he deserved more than an extra year but if we go for a second, who really believes that we weren’t going to be at this same stage in 2016? Some really well-moneyed boosters could not bare to see Kirby Smart become the coach of USC and UGA go another year or two or three not getting to Atlanta while Smart possibly builds something in Columbia.

      My guess is that our record next year is about the same as this years. Hopefully we will have the same optimistic feeling that had in 2001.

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      • Kevin

        Spot on! Really enjoyed reading that. Puts things in perspective.

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      • Russ

        So Adams wanted Donnan gone, but Dooley didn’t? Then why the secret buyout deal that Adams made with Donnan that Dooley knew nothing about?

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      • simpl_matter

        UJ, I can’t argue with your appraisal of the last two decades of Georgia football. You are likely right, McGarity wanted to can Richt last year. This is where I take issue with him. In a world where you have shady boosters paying $100k to get sCam Newton, where UF has practically it’s own in-house lawyer & lax weed polices that keep players playing, and, of course, an Alabama program that’s all-in money/commitment-wise, we will always be fighting from a downhill position. We play by rules no one else follows.

        We finally loosen the purse strings a bit last year and yet we don’t even allow RIcht a full year to benefit from the increase in resources because of this season?!? I’m not saying with Chubb we beat UF, but we most definitely beat UT, and UF becomes a game where we don’t need a quarterback to even throw often enough to record 4 interceptions.

        So, Chubb doesn’t go down, we are sitting at 10-2 or maybe even 11-1. Does anyone think Richt still gets canned with either of those records? If your answer is “NO”, then the logical conclusion is that he was ultimately fired because Chubb got hurt. I know, if ifs and buts were candy & nuts….but it’s still a hard pill for me to swallow to think McGarity used our record this season as his opportunity to fire Richt.

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        • I agree with you it would have been hard to fire CMR if he went 10-2 or 11-1. If he went 11-1 then we would be getting ready to play the game Atlanta wondering if he could turn around the blowout from earlier year. Let’s just say he makes to Atlanta, do you think sentiment would be any different if Bama wins at the Dome by 28? Do you think that go over well? It would be another few days, weeks or months of UGA and CMR can’t win the big game.

          I don’t think he got fired because only because Chubb got hurt this year.

          CMR was fired because Chubb got hurt this year, Gurley was suspended and hurt last year and Murray and Bennett and Mitchell and JSW and Marshall were hurt in 2013. CMR was fired because our longtime OC left to become a head coach and took a big part of the offensive staff with him. CMR was fired because the coach he selected as a replacement OC had a terrible 2015 season. CMR was fired because a highly recruited QB who appeared to be in line as the starter turned into a pretty good punter. CMR was fired because he didn’t recruit a QB who went to high school 42 miles from Sanford and now has Clemson undefeated, #1 and a game away from the CFP. CMR was fired because we missed on some recruits who went other places or recruits that did come to Athens couldn’t stay out of trouble. CMR was fired because we undersigned on scholarships or didn’t make staff changes quickly enough, or approached certain games without a sense of urgency or didn’t make offseason training methods a priority or didn’t special team seriously.

          CMR was a very good coach here. He built up enough of a track record that he deserved a lot of loyalty and adoration both on and off the field. Unfortunately those credits were not enough to outweigh the feeling that UGA was going to win an SEC title with him as coach next year or 2017 or 2018. I think CMR lost his job because ever since 2012 the opportunity to win the SEC title seems to be getting more difficult.

          Also, we cannot use the rules that we put in place as a crutch for not winning just as shouldn’t get anymore credit for winning with them. These rules of our own making. There are not separate ones for us directed the NCAA or SEC. We put them in place before CMR and before McGarity. Some of them go back to Chuck Knapp and Vince Dooley and were the product of our own transgressions. If CMR believed the “Georgia Way” was holding him back, then he could have walked away. To his credit he didn’t do it and he didn’t use it as an excuse.

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          • CMR was fired because for the past 8 years or more we were usually out of the running by the end of September but never later than the 1st weekend of November. 2012 was an outlier.

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            • Exactly … just as with Donnan in 2000, those in charge thought that the Mark Richt coaching time at UGA had run its course.

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            • GaskillDawg

              I do quibble with your claim that except for 2012 we were out of the running by November 1st over the past 8 years.
              2014: we were in contention until the day after Thanksgiving.
              2013: we were eliminated November 16th
              2011: we won the East
              2010: we were eliminated before November 1st.
              2009: we were eliminated in October
              2008: we were eliminated November 8th
              2007: we were eliminated November 24th
              2006:: we were eliminated October 28th

              That is 5 of the last 8 years we passed November 1st in contention.

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              • October 28, 2006 Florida 21–14
                September 8, 2007 South Carolina 16–12 (tiebreaker, heartbreaker, whatever; Fat Phil’s last good beatdown came a month later)
                November 1, 2008 Florida 49–10
                October 31, 2009 Florida 41–17
                September 11, 2010 South Carolina 17–6
                October 6, 2012 South Carolina 35–7 (Saved by the grace of, well, you know…)
                September 13, 2014 South Carolina 38–35

                We were “in it” in name only. The die was cast by not taking care of a perpetually overachieving Sackerlina. And if we did get by Darth Visor, FU was usually there to feast on CMR’s bones.

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      • lakedawg

        That will not be good enough for me. Are we going to lower expectations, thought we are now playing for national titles every year. Twelve wins are the year is failure. The only sad thing is if we do, McGarity the lying, two faced cowards will get credit for it.

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    • Comin' Down The Track

      Nailed it.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      Exactly. What happened on the way to Athens was that McGarity talked on the phone with Sexton, who told him that Kirby was available.

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      • I have no inside knowledge of this but I think McGarity knew that Smart was ready to leave as a head coach as far back as midseason. I don’t think that it was an initial factor on whether or not we would part ways with CMR.

        I think there was still a good chance that we would be in this situation even if Smart was staying at Alabama. However, when it was clear that Va Tech was going to hire the coach from Memphis, Hermann was staying at Houston, Smart was ready to leave and Smart was the leading candidate at South Carolina, then the timing became an issue.

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        • GaskillDawg

          I cannot reveal my source, but my source is a coaching friend of Smart’s who talked with Smart Tuesday, December 1st. Smart told him that Smart was never “the leading candidate at South Carolina.” Smart was not interested going there. Instead, Sexton put out the rumor that Smart was going to SC to bluff McGarity into pulling the trigger on Richt.

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          • Maybe so … I have no inside knowledge but you have to figure that USC was going to look Smart’s way at some point. Fuente was going to VT and Hermann is staying at Houston so he can be in the running for Texas next year.

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  5. SouthGaDawg

    I wonder if they even went through the minority protocol and interviewed Sherman Lewis???

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  6. 69Dawg

    If Saban goes pro again Kirby would jump at the UA job. We would be left at the alter for the sexy girl. Now that would get McG fired.

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    • "the" ChilliDawg

      Unless Kirby wins the Naty next season, you won’t have too much to worry about this. Bama has seemingly learned their lesson after the Bear. Look for them to grab the highest profile name. Patterson, Briles, Dantonio, even Carroll or C Kelly… all who many here thought would be beating the door down at BM because UGA is a “pearl” job with so many advantages. Alas, that doesn’t appear to have happened. It does appear that “the Georgia Way” has won out and that a few big name donors will get their “man.” And from rumors, the money for the IPF will come rolling in. Kirby may get some concessions like more funding, but don’t expect BM to go crazy, especially if they have to start paying for these athletes in the next year or so. McGarity appears to be the “errand boy” in all this. He gets rewarded by running off Pruitt, who doesn’t appear to have a close relationship with GM. And life goes on… till the next crisis hits BM.

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  7. I’m still halfway hoping the deal falls through just so somebody can use the headline “Missed it by thaaat much”

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  8. Hogbody Spradlin

    If Kirby is the obvious top candidate as Sanan’s successor, he probably did well at Georgia.

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  9. I dread having to hear Loran say “Kuurbih”

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  10. Go Dawgs!

    I think I’m still rooting for Alabama to win the SEC Championship on Saturday, because I just can’t bear the thought of the lizards winning it in year one under McElwain. The momentum that creates for the Gators would be tough to stop. That said, I dread the thought of another December/January of our coach serving two masters as head coach of Georgia and coordinator for a team trying to win a national championship. I haven’t seen any reporting one way or another on whether Coach Smart will come to Athens after the SEC Championship or continue with Saban through Alabama’s bowl game(s). I’m sure Saban means a lot to Smart and Smart won’t want to screw him over on a chance for a title. But we need Coach Smart focused HARD on Georgia and keeping as many recruits as we can for this class. Smart needs to have an offensive coordinator and quarterback coach hired YESTERDAY. I don’t know if we’ve got a chance to keep Eason either way, but we need to try hard.

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    • If Alabama wins the SEC game then Saban expects Smart to handle it same way the McElwain did when he was the new HC at Colorado State. McElwain split time between the two jobs. Alabama won the title and everyone was happy.

      If Bama some how loses this week, then Alabama fans will blame UGA, Kirby Smart, Mark Richt, Greg McGarity, the Chattahoochee water wars, Downtown Atlanta, the Whip Nae Nae, Atlanta strips clubs, Metro Atlanta traffic and sprawl, Agent Muschamp and Hoagy Carmichael for loss.

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  11. Another amusing part of the hire could be who Smart hires as OC.

    I’m still hearing (probably 45th hand) that the OC here has been fired.

    There’s a lot of dominoes left to fall and be picked up, but I don’t think we are hearing his named mentioned prominently for any jobs – either as a head coach or OC.

    He’s kind of like how I liked my women in college – low moralled and high spirited, but he can develop quarterbacks pretty good.

    Am I suggesting he’s headed to UGA? Nah, but I did think it would be humorous if it happened. 🙂

    Have a good day,

    BD

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  12. RandallPinkFloyd

    Saban leaves for the NFL in January. Smart gets a raise one month into the job just for being mentioned as one of their top choices. Now, that’s amusement.

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  13. W Cobb Dawg

    Sexton: ‘Kirby, you don’t even have to sign the contract. McG is so dumb be pays it anyway’.

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  14. Doggoned

    Why did somebody have to go and mention the name of Lane Kiffin as a potential UGA OC? Just why? That isn’t funny.

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  15. Chuck

    It will be enjoyable to watch 92,000 + come watch Georgia fight for the bottom of the SEC east.

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    • Normaltown Mike

      Didn’t we just do that in 2015?

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      • Chuck

        Your wish came true, as for me it will be difficult to respect this program anymore. My dad ran track for Georgia, I have his letter jacket hanging in my closet, been pulling for the Dawgs several decades. Mark Richt made UGA respectable, and put us in a position every year to compete…hurt is how I feel. Not sure how you justify firing someone with Richt record. He is one of those coaches that should have been allowed to go out on his own terms.

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