“I’d let Kirby go.”

If Alabama doesn’t win the national championship next month, I wonder if Gene Stallings has provided the template for Tide regret with this:

“If I were Alabama, as long as they have (Alabama head coach Nick) Saban, defensively, they are going to be fine,” Stallings told The Opening Kickoff on WNSP-FM 105.5 in Mobile, Alabama. “I’d let Kirby go. He works to get a head coaching job. He’s got it. He can be there physically, but mentally, he’s putting his (Georgia) staff together. He’s recruiting. … You might as well let him go.”

Stallings said his 1996 Alabama team was in a similar situation. Stallings announced his retirement after a 24-23 win over Auburn in the Iron Bowl.

“It happened to me when I was at Alabama,” Stallings explained. It’s not a matter of leaving but when they announced it. Mike DuBose, who was on my staff, was going to replace me. I asked the president not announce it until after the championship game. He announced it on like Monday or Tuesday. … Well, Mike was excited about getting the position. He was concerned about putting his staff together and what he was going to do, so I don’t think we did a very good job, defensively, in that particular game.”

The Crimson Tide lost to then-No. 4 Florida 45-30.

Damned if you go; damned if you stay.

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36 responses to ““I’d let Kirby go.”

  1. Normaltown Mike

    Dubose was concerned with pinching bottoms in the steno pool.

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  2. Jared S.

    If Alabama wins a National Championship AND Kirby puts together a great staff and recruiting class for ’16, I’d say it’s a pretty good indication on how hard-working, energetic, and motivated he is……

    On the other hand, if Michigan State drops 48 points on Bama on New Year’s Eve, we lose Eason, he hires a bozo for OC……

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    • Mary Kate Danaher

      “On the other hand, if Michigan State drops 48 points on Bama on New Year’s Eve, we lose Eason, he hires a bozo for OC……”

      I’ll just save time and blame McGarity right now.

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  3. Josten

    I think Kirby would love to have a 4th ring to use on the recruiting trail.

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  4. Rick

    As much as I bitch about this decision, it is not Kirby’s fault and I do not envy that dude. The next two months are going to take a year off the poor guy’s life.

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    • Jared S.

      Speaking of which, he looks much older than his 39 years. He’s only 7 years older than me, but he looks 15-20 years older than me. Ha. I guess I’ve led a comparatively easy life.

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  5. I love me some Bebes, but this reads like he’s trying to shove some of the blame off on Dubose and Bama’s admin. Truth is, Dubose would have been distracted whether the decision had been made public sooner or not.

    Also, thanks to whoever at Georgia leaked the hire last week, we were in a similarly distracted situation…but won.

    We were outmanned 100% in ’96, whether he likes it or not. We would have lost regardless.

    As far as Smart staying on, everything will get done. Alabama will get done what they need to for preparing…and Smart will get everything done that he needs to get done.

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    • As far as Smart staying on, everything will get done. Alabama will get done what they need to for preparing…and Smart will get everything done that he needs to get done.

      If Kirby pulls off the balancing act, it’s kinda reassuring if you’re a Georgia fan, isn’t it?

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      • Yes, but whatever happens wont be a foreshadowing of his career at Georgia.

        My assumption is that Saban and Smart 1) know Smart’s workload in Tuscaloosa can’t be what it was and 2) know what a new head coach has to do.

        With the dead period, plus the extra time, I think things work out for both.

        He likes Kirby. But if he thought his continued presence would screw things up, he’d be gone yesterday. 🙂

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  6. Timphd

    Oh no! Skip Bayless says that Kirby should be 100% UGA now. If you’ve lost Skip, one of the more rational media members, who do have left? (Sarcasm meters on please!)

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  7. ObjectiveBamaFan

    I know this is apples and oranges, but McElwain stayed after being hired at Colorado State to coach the National Championship Game a few years back. I know Colorado State isn’t Georgia, but there is precedent that it can work under Saban.

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  8. "the" ChilliDawg

    Couldn’t Nick just use the bottle of Coke??? Free Kirby!!!

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  9. Bright Idea

    The recruiting dead period really helps make this a moot point IMO. That is obviously by design due to so many coaching changes this time of year.

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    • Jared S.

      Yeah, I think it’d be better for UGA if Kirby wasn’t coaching for ‘Bama through, potentially, the middle of January, but I don’t really think it’s that big of a deal. Regardless, I think that UGA Football, under Smart, is going to be in the same place three or four years from now….and that’s what he’s gonna be judged on.

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    • Napoleon BonerFart

      The dead period ends 1/13. The championship game is 1/11. So he can’t contact recruits until after the season is over.

      But, he needs a staff in place before 1/13 so that he can come out like gangbusters to try to salvage/add to the class. And the work of hiring has to be done before the championship game. It’s not impossible, but it’s a tall order.

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  10. FtWorthDawg

    We have heard Coach Richt say for years “Finish the Drill”. What would it say to your new team to drop Bama in the middle of a championship run? I think he new team appreciates him finishing the drill at Bama, its what they have been told their entire time at UGA. I just hope all the recruits out there understand his level of commitment.

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    • Napoleon BonerFart

      I think it would say that you’re all in on your new job. I haven’t seen too many people complaining that Richt is off to Miami, rather than staying around to coach UGA through the bowl game.

      It could even be instructive for Smart to see the goings on of the current coaches preparing for the bowl game. He might want to retain a few of them.

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      • Definitely not in the know, but I believe he already knows who is staying. At a minimum, it’s BMac and Brown. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Sherrer and Rocker. Of course, Pruitt is the wild card.

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        • Napoleon BonerFart

          You’re probably right. Coaching is a fraternity and these guys keep in touch and are fairly familiar with each other. But, talking to a guy at a conference is one thing. Shadowing him around the office for a month is another.

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  11. Dividing his time between Tuscaloosa and Athens is nothing. Try working for the Yankees in NYC and nights with a top flight bird outfit in Little Rock.

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  12. Go Dawgs!

    I knew I liked Gene Stallings…

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  13. JoshG

    He should be focusing all his energy on locking down this class and getting his staff signed and announced. He’s not setting himself up for success by focusing one ounce of energy on getting his former employer a ring. I’ve always called Kirby “Saban’s Toady.” I almost wish I wasn’t always right.

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  14. SKB

    Complete mess…. I wish we would have kept Richt.. Atleast he was dedicated to UGA before we fired him. It is clear Kirby’s priorities is being Saban’s lap dog.

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