Rush Probst, on the coaching changes at Alabama and Georgia:
“No question Kirby makes more of an impact than Mark,” Propst explained. “Mark had grown tired of the bureaucracy of that was going on. … The fan base was very patient with Mark. They were a lot more patient than they would be at Alabama or Auburn. Georgia’s just different. …
“For Jeremy to go back to his home state to be a defensive coordinator is very important to him. Let me say this about Jeremy – and he won’t say this – but he wanted it to work at Georgia. He wanted to bring Georgia back to the heyday of the 80s. … When mama calls, it’s hard to say no.”
Say what you will about Probst personally, as a summary of what’s gone down, that’s fairly accurate. Although the unanswered question is whether the conditions that wore on Richt have changed for Smart.