One more day

… and we won’t have to share Kirby Smart with Alabama any more.  All things considered, the transition hasn’t worked out too badly on either end.

Smart was able to put his Alabama defense in a good position while smoothing the blowback that resulted in firing someone like Richt, who was an exceptional coach during a 15-year period.

It’s easy to think Smart should have dropped everything he accomplished and risk relationships for the sake of starting the Georgia job immediately. But with how things played out, Smart handled it beautifully. Nothing disastrous happened to Georgia, and Alabama is playing for a national championship Monday against Clemson. It’s the best possible scenario Smart could have hoped for at this stage of the transition.

And Tuesday, Smart will no longer wear the crimson “A” on the left side of his chest. He finally will trade it in for the black “G” for good. He’ll wait out the final few days of the dead period before hitting the recruiting trail. From there, Smart will do his part to keep what’s considered a top-five recruiting class. Given Smart’s reputation — and the optimism brewing around the program — that’s something that easily could occur.

Smart also was able to nail down his coaching staff, which would be lauded by some and hated by others no matter who he picked. And he also landed an up-and-coming strength and conditioning coordinator in Scott Sinclair, who was recommended to Smart by numerous confidants in both the states of Georgia and Alabama.

I’d like to think a smooth transition portends an era of wise stewardship as Georgia’s head coach, but, really, who knows?  Maybe things went easy more because of Nick Saban than anything else.  (I keed, I keed… I think.)

Two things I’m most curious about as I type this post:  one, how well does Smart game plan to control Deshaun Watson tonight; and two, how well does Smart game plan to control the Georgia Way after tonight.  We’ll find out soon enough.

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  1. approximately 15 hours

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  2. sniffer

    I remember video images of Richt in the coaches booth calling plays in the BCS CG all those years ago and thinking, “man, we’re getting a good coach!” Today, I reflect on the years gone by and realize I’ve grown old with Mark Richt. This new era is somebody else’s. I’ll always love Georgia football, but I will not have the connection to it that I’ve had with Richt at the helm. Glad the change was made and looking forward to what Smart brings, but, I’ve had my day. You young’ins enjoy the ride and stay off my lawn…

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    • old dog

      well said, sniffer…I, too, have grown old (and a little weary) waiting on the Richt express to deliver the goods…it’s a new start and I’ll hope for the best and keep my fingers crossed…I ain’t getting any younger…

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      • gwmullis

        I agree with sniffer. All of this is very bittersweet to me. I have been thrilled with Mark Richt the man and frustrated (weary is a good word, too) lately with Mark Richt (and company) the coach and team, particularly when it was obvious they weren’t ready for big games/ranked opponents. But part of me has to question your “deliver the goods” comment. Yes, that’s true if the only measure of a team of “scholar-athletes” is a MNC or SECCG win. But I do truly believe that the intangibles of why students participate in extra curricular activities, be it sports, marching band, debate team, or whatever, are supposed to provide something bigger than wins and losses to the student. On that, Mark Richt definitely “delivered the goods” and I will miss his presence in Georgia. That said, Kirby was my favorite UGA player while he was there, and I’m excited to see what he can bring. Hopefully, it will be that extra win. But it that’s all he brings, some kids, particularly kids who need some male role models, will miss out.

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    • I feel that way, too. I grew up with Dooley, suffered through Goff, became frustrated with Donnan, and enjoyed the view with Richt. I wish CMR all the best in Coral Gables, and I hope we see the U in a CFP championship game someday soon. While we can still watch the activities of our AD very closely, it’s time to turn the page and support the man who now leads our Bulldogs. GATA, Kirby!

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    • Uglydawg

      Sniffer, while I admire your point of view on this, and I understand and do not judge or challenge your nostalgic feelings…and knowing that you are a wise old fart as are a few others that post here,
      still, I beseech thee…
      Sniffer, “Do not go easy into that good night”.
      On a beautiful fall evening, when they tee it up ‘tween the hedges’ and we see the Dawgs arrayed in the red and black, the excitement and joy of being a Dawg fan will surely come coursing though our old veins.
      Change is constant. Sometimes it is even for the good. CMR will be fine with his legacy…and he’s making plenty of money. He was a blessing to us while he was here and his good ways will linger in the lives of all the young men he mentored.
      And good luck keeping ’em off your lawn! (that was a good line, Sniff)

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      • reality check here

        Richt is better off and we probably are too. I got to the point I did not enjoy watching the games. When we lost Chubb it was obvious we were going to really struggle on offense with our key player gone. And special teams are no longer special for Georgia. We were so close in 2002 2007 and 2012. I am optimistic we can take that next step now and we will all be celebrating.

        And Richt may be just the guy who will awaken the sleeping giant at Miami and if he does I will be happy for him.

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        • Uglydawg

          +1 Your post is a testimony that the healing process (for all of the dissapointments, strife between Dawg fans, etc.) is well underway.

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          • I Wanna Red Cup

            Great job to all in this thread. I am as old as sniffer and share his feelings, BUT, I will still get my fat ass up every Saturday and go cheer on the dawgs after doing a few 16 ounce curls with my friends and tailgate partners of over 35 years. Never gets old for me. Give em hell Kirby and lets GATA everybody. Time to get on same page for the old red and black.

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            • Athens Dog

              Starting coming to games with my folks in the early 60’s. Been tailgaiting with SIgma Chi’s since 1975. My fat ass will also be there next year (God willing) And after many curls…………..

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    • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

      You’ve ‘grown old’ with Mark Richt? You’re a baby if that’s true. I remember when Dooley replaced Johnny Griffith, and we really wondered about what we were getting – he had just been an assistant coach at the Barn so the “Georgia Way” has a long history. I hope I never get so old that whoever is the coach determines whether I am a fan or not.

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    • 3rdandGrantham

      I’m in my late 30’s and feel the same. In my case, its not due to old age (yet), but simply due to family, career, and hobbies that occupy 99% of my time.

      I went through a period of my life where I was consumed with UGA football but generally an unhappy person overall (and this was during CMR’s halcyon days of ’02-’05 or so), so I eventually made some huge changes and started focusing on all the things within my control, while giving scant attention to everything outside of my control/influence. Best thing I’ve ever done, and I’m a far happier and content UGA fan today as a result.

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      • @ 3rd. Same as you, control what you can and football is not one of them. Enjoy the games, and go on my merry way as a content fan.. In my case this is due to getting up there in age.

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    • Russ

      I was sorry to see Richt go, but I knew that day would come. I started my Dawg journey a few years after Dooley arrived, and when he left, I might have drifted for a bit, but I found I still enjoyed the Dawgs win, lose or draw. I’ll keep looking forward with Kirby. As always, I think he’ll get us there, and if he can’t then I’m sure the next guy will.

      Wash, rinse and repeat. 🙂

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    • lakedawg

      Sniffer,my sentiments exactly, something just does not feel the same and part of it is the way things went down. Will never forgive GM. I sit looking at my contribution form and not like the big dog contributors, but still think I will reflect my lessened optimism by writing a lessened check this year. Also do not know if I really want to continue buying eight season tickets anymore, may just cut back on those and let somebody else spend that money. However nothing like being in parking lot early with old friends and enjoying friendship, food and beverages. Of course the games also.

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  3. dawgtired

    “Smart also was able to nail down his coaching staff”

    I would like to know if KS actually got his first choice in each of the coaching hires. We heard lots of names being tossed around. Is this info available? Just curious.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      Good question. I suspect Schumann, or however he spells it, was a first choice for whatever role he serves. The rest of the answer depends upon whether by “first choice” you mean the first choice of those avaulable, or dream candidate regardless of whether the candidate was available or interested. There may have been some Alabama coaches he knew would not make lateral transfers. If we mean first choice among those abailable, I wold guess Pittman may have been one. I would think Chaney, due to the timing of the hire, may have been at the top of the available list. Based upon Cochran’s raise and the timing, I suspect he was the first choice at S & C.

      Hard to say with Tucker. Did Smart target him early and keep it under the radar so as to keep Alabama ‘s distractions to a minimum? It would be interesting to know what recruiting for Alabama Tucker was asked to do the past couple of weeks. Tucker is getting a promotion rather than a lateral transfer so Smart may have known all along Tucker was available.

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      • Just from reading the tea leaves, here are my guesses (and that’s all they are, guesses)……

        I think Cochran was first choice for S&C, with the caveat that Smart had to have known he was a long shot. Once that shot was gone and he really started looking elsewhere, sounds like he got the guy he zero’d in on.

        From the way it sounded, it didn’t sound like Smart called Chaney until after he was denied the chance to interview Enos. So I’m guessing Chaney was not his first choice. I’d say at a minimum, Enos was ahead of Chaney on the wish list, and of course there may have been one or two others we never heard about. But as quick as it happened, I can’t imagine Chaney was TOO far down the list, and may have truly been the #2 choice, especially with his history with Pittman.

        There was enough smoke to the rumors that I do believe Muschamp was Smart’s first choice for DC. However, once that opportunity went away, it sure doesn’t seem like anyone besides Tucker was seriously considered. So kinda like the Cochran deal, had a longshot in mind, but once that went away, he got the guy he zero’d in on.

        We know retaining Thomas Brown was his first choice for RB coach.

        I’d guess Beamer was likely his first choice for special teams/TE. Same for Pittman.

        Hard to say about Coley, if he was a fallback or not.

        I guess you’d consider Rocker and Sherrer to be first choices, since they were retained.

        Overall, a mix, but my guess is it’s pretty rare to land the majority of your first choices. But if you land a few of them, then a few 2nd or 3rd choices, you still come out with a pretty good staff.

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        • Not getting Muschamp was addition by subtraction to me

          Rhetorical question – If all of this happened with Bobo still on the staff, what do people think Kirby would have done?

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          • I agree with you about Muschamp. I was less than enthused about possibly getting him.

            And yeah, really good question. And here’s another one – after being passed over despite being the good soldier for 15 years……do you think Bobo would have even wanted to stay?

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            • It would have made for some interesting conversation during their families’ vacation this summer. 😉

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              • I Wanna Red Cup

                I will always believe that with Bobo on staff CMR would not have been fired. Brice would have been QB and I think Bobo would have gotten a lot more out of the offense even with Chubb injured.

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                • Debby Balcer

                  I second that when I saw that Bobo was leaving my heart sank because
                  I believed we finally had the coordinators to be get there and to start all over in the Offense would set us back and I knew the impatience was there. Bobo leaving is what did Mark Richt in.

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                • I totally agree with that …

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                • I firmly believe Lambert would have never set foot on campus if Bobo hadn’t gotten a HC job either. In this alternate reality – does that mean Kirby is now the head man at South Carolina and Boom left Auburn to become the DC at Alabama? I think I could have lived with Kirby being the HC in the bad Columbia just to see the collective mushroom cloud of heads exploding from the greater Opelika area.

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                • Mayor

                  This. South Carolina returns to being South Carolina without SOS at the helm, whoever the replacement may be. At least that is my hope.

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                • Yeah I can definitely subscribe to this line of thought.

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                • I agree too.

                  But it’s worth noting Bobo left because the cupboard was empty at QB and even with him we were going to stink there in 2015. He knew if he stayed he’d have to roll with Brice or Park, that the offense would take a step back. If that happened, his stock falls and he wouldn’t be so sought after. He also knew Eason will struggle as a freshman in 2016 (he will) and that the next time his offense could really hum again would be 2017 if he stuck around.

                  So, what would you do, leave when you’re a hot commodity in 2014 after somehow making Hutson Mason look good, or wait till 2017 and hope your stock recovers by then?

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                • I Wanna Red Cup

                  I don’t think Bobo thought the QB cupboard was bare at all. I think he liked Brice and thought he would make a good QB. He was confident in Brice enough in 2014 to insert him in a few spots in the middle of the season that were not mop up duty. We will never know if Ramsey would have developed under Bobo’s coaching since he left for CSU. I also believe Bobo left because he had not been paid as he should have been for along time and he got a nice raise to get a shot as a head coach.

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                • charlottedawg

                  This is my hypothesis as well. Had Bobo stayed Brice was his guy, the offense becomes more feast and famine, than when we had mason. I also think had Bobo stayed our offense would’ve been good enough for us to get our asses kicked by Bama twice and Richt still has a job.

                  I also don’t think there’s an amount of money we could’ve paid to keep him since he was getting a promotion nordid i get the feeling Bobo thought the cupboard was bare at quarterback.

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                • I’ve heard rumors that Kirby asked Bobo what his opinion of the QB situation was at Georgia. Bobo responded that if he were still there, Ramsey would have been the starter this year.

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                • Napoleon BonerFart

                  Bobo didn’t leave UGA because of Brices, Fautons, or Greysons. He left because of Benjamins.

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        • Gaskilldawg

          Thanks, Rev. I forgot about Enos.

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  4. I generally could care less now whether they slow down Deshaun Watson other than whether Herbie or the pompous ass Fowler take a shot at Kirby if they don’t.

    I’m very concerned now about what is his plan to deal with and work around the negatives of the Georgia Way. Also, the comment from Butt about Kirby with the G on for good is VERY suspect at this point. I hope the Tide wins but not because I think it’s positive for UGA but as a negative to the Tigers to the east.

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    • Uglydawg

      “I hope the Tide wins….as a negative to the Tigers to the east”.
      That’s a very fine reason to pull fot the Tide…Also, ‘Bama fans are getting used to it and some are even acting like they’ve been there before. If Clemson wins it…their fans will be unbearable, their recruiting will pick up and the ACC will suddenly become the superior football conference in all the land. Roll Tide!

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      • MGW

        I want Clemson to win 2-0.

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      • Bazooka Joe

        I really couldn’t care less who wins tonight…. Clem and sons recruiting has already blown up so I don’t think a natty boosts it THAT much (but will to some degree). Also I am not one of those “pull for the SEC” guys, unless it directly helps UGA (which Bama winning doesn’t). Plus Bama’s head is a bit too big – needs a little deflating.
        Just my 2 cents…

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    • I’m normally an SEC guy. But I’m sick of Bama. I definitely a major case of Bama Fatigue. 🙂

      I don’t think win or lose is gonna be a positive/negative thing for Clemson…….unless they get flat out embarrassed tonight. But win or lose, they’re likely in line for a top 5 recruiting class, and they have proven that you can go there and have the opportunity to win big. So again, short of s blowout, there’s just not much negative that can come out of the result for them either way. Plus, living in the area, I have lots of Clemson friends. And even a few who aren’t insufferable. LOL.

      So I’ll cheer for Clemson, though not passionately. If Bama wins, it’s still a feather in the cap for the conference, which is a good thing too.

      (FWIW, I do think Bama wins unless Watson plays out of his mind, like a Vince Young against USC type of game).

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      • DawgPhan

        not really sure that Clemson is going to have a top 5 class. They are currently on the outside of the top 10 and not really even in the running for any of the top uncommitted guys available. They could win the national title and maybe that helps them flip 5-6 guys but it would take a huge effort at this point to get them into the top 5.

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      • Mayor

        I have been weighing whether it is better for Georgia for Clemson or Bama to win tonight and have concluded that it is better for the Dawgs if Bama wins. We’re getting the Bama DC as our new HC. A win might get us a few more recruits. Also, we really don’t recruit head to head against Bama all that much. But we do recruit directly against Clemson as we dip into the state of South Carolina a lot. Better for Georgia for Bama to win–big.

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  5. Jared S.

    I don’t love Saban, but I have to admit that I appreciate him more and more as the years pass. As I’ve said before, I used to have a case of Saban-hatred, till I realized that it was simply Saban-envy. Not envious of who he is personally, or his “process” but of his results. And as we sit on the verge of the very real possibility of Alabama winning a NC four times in Seven years, I feel like the man deserves tons of respect.

    Greatness is fun to behold any time you see it. And Saban’s Alabama is a Greatness Machine. I’d love to see them win tonight, regardless of the fact that this is Smart’s last game as their DC.

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    • Uglydawg

      I feel the same way, Jared. When SOS was winning at UF, I admired his success but hated his arrogance and especailly his vendetta against Georgia…But Saban is different. I don’t think he hates any team, not even Auburn, but hates anything less than perfection out of his coaches and team. He is a perfectionist…whatever is in his being that drives that, who knows? But it works and I can’t help but envy/admire the results.

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      • Jared S.

        Good point about him not hating any particular team. I think this is true. The man simply has an obsession with perfection and a drive to prove that he understands how to win better than anyone else. What he has done in his professional SEC coaching career is simply astounding. To craft a dynasty in the the 21st century is crazy! (Speaking of hate, I cannot imagine how much LSU fans hate Saban, knowing that if he’d stayed at LSU, they’d probably be playing for their 4th or 5th NC under Saban by now….hahaha)

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        • Derek

          Inasmuch as I agree that 1) its hard not to be envious of the success they’ve had at Alabama and 2) you have to be a helluva dedicated person to consistently achieve that success, it irks me that people find that success is an end unto itself. In my view, success should be the end result of doing things the right way. There is no way to achieve anything worth achieving if its the end product of bad, questionable, and/or unethical acts, even if they are technically within the rules.

          Saban stepped on a lot of people to build that empire and in ways that would, at least for me, sully the success that they’ve had. For example:

          accepting a commitment and then not following through with the scholarship paperwork because a better player committed on signing day
          medical redshirts in order to get rid of players that weren’t contributing
          failing to renew scholarships for players whose sin was not being good enough to play
          getting Jonathan Taylor just because they just didn’t quite have enough 6’5″ 325lb. beasts along the DL AND saying it was an academic decision AND saying he was disappointed that Taylor had to be let go before he had due process
          coordinating with law enforcement to protect the program.

          All of this can be easily documented. The calculations were made that these things could be done and if you won you can do whatever. That calculation is no doubt correct, but don’t ask me to applaud it or emulate it.

          The public doesn’t notice and doesn’t care. The 17 year old kid won’t see any of this as a cautionary tale because he sees himself of too good to be the next victim.

          College football is NOT the NFL. One of the reasons that I liked CMR was that not only was he winning more consistently than we ever had at UGA, he did things the right way. I hope that CKS wins every game, but I hope that he does not bring ANY of this BS with him. I haven’t celebrated a natty since I was eleven. There isn’t much I’d rather have. The winning ticket on Wednesday may be the only thing I’d trade for a national championship for Georgia. However, I’m not interested in trading my soul for it. I hope CKS doesn’t ask any of us to.

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          • MLB2

            Great post.

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            • Uglydawg

              Derek makes a good case for Saban being less than “honorable”. But as I’ve said before, it persists because the administration and fans of that university don’t care. Win at all costs. But to be sure, these practices are more widespread than we hear about.
              Saban is just doing what they require. If he straightens out, he’ll get a brick through his window.

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              • @uglydawg: living in Bama and knowing a number of fans and money fans, your comment is spot on. Saban, by his own comments, is also well aware of this. Lose too much and bye.

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          • Jared S.

            Yeah, I liked CMR too….because I believe football should be about more than simply the W’s.

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          • FisheriesDawg

            Well-said. I’m truly hopeful that we win big under Kirby, but I’m hopeful as well that I can enjoy it without feeling guilty about it if we do. We’ve already had one player transfer to Jacksonville State, so I’m a little worried that Alabama amoralism is already taking hold in the program.

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            • Derek

              We’ve had some transfers before, but I always got the sense that it was the kid’s call. I can’t imagine running Tramel off. Pretty talented kid even if his career hadn’t shown that. Friggin’ all star games….

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          • Gaskilldawg

            Agree 100%.

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  6. Scorpio Jones, III

    Funny how them bridges Kirby burned down in Athens got rebuilt, huh?

    And I would slightly disagree with Jason Butt’s homage in that Kirby will be an assistant coach on a national championship team that may, or may not be a national champion when he officially moves his ring collection into his office in Butts-Mehre.

    Having said all that, I have to say I am more than a little impressed with the clear skill both publicly and privately (it would seem) that our new coach and former bridge burner has handled a complicated situation.

    (gulps Kool Aid)

    Next year in Jerusalem, baby. 😀

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    • Jared S.

      Ha, I know some would probably accuse you of “drinking the Kool Aid” but I think your assessment is an objective one. Kirby decided to see Alabama through to the end of their season. I don’t think anyone could have expected him to do a better job than he’s done under these circumstances. He’s secured some great recruits….and directed Bama’s defense in demolishing Michigan State in the CFP. So far so good. And quite impressive.

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    • Dog in Fla

      Bring Out the Kool-Aid!

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  7. Bulldog Joe

    Kirby is working his ass off and is setting a great example of what’s to come here.

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  8. Kirby Smart seems to be swimming the intricacies of the”Georgia Way” very well at this point! Staff came together nicely without the boss even getting his boots dirty. Recruiting doubled the number of “5” stars before he even got that “G” over his chest. The amazing part is … he still thinks he has one of the top coaching jobs in America! We don’t play Alabama every year due to SEC scheduling! Until we get the coach who can thump the Big Boys every year in the SECCG we are not really making progress ! I know Coach Smart is a DGD and all, but our neighbors to the west have too much of a head start to catch up ! Hell, it took Mark Richt to even identify the “Georgia Way” for us! If we take every cast off coach from Bama for the next hundred years, flip every other Bama recruit to UGA, and”Red Shirt”, “Gray Shirt” or “Black Shirt” all of our players’ we still won’t be able to stack up against Alabama! Auburn has been trying to long! We don’t have to win a National Championship every year to have “The Georgia Way” mean something! It’s all about a sustained level of excellence. Being better,not just bigger, that will get and keep their attention! We can’t just expect it, we have to demand it! So, 1/12/16 is a new beginning. Coach Smart can bask in the “Glory,Glory to Old Georgia”! Welcome Home!

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  9. Normaltown Mike

    One more day….and then Smart can introduce the players to the new off-season regimen:

    Look down, look down
    Don’t look ’em in the eye
    Look down, look down,
    You’re here until you die

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  10. about 11 hours to go

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  11. GaskillDawg

    I expressed in the past that, although Smart has excellent skills as a DC he had not exhibited skills related to being a head coach, except recruiting.

    I now say that the last couple of weeks has shown he has an ability to organize his time and attend to multiple details, which are head coaching skills. I had optimism based on just faith. Now I have some actual track record (albeit it a couple of weeks worth) upon which to base optimism.

    Good job, Kirby!

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Agreed. Kirby did a pretty good job with the staff hires. Compare that to CMR, who I think has some real question marks hiring his son, unproven Hartley, Searels (again), and Brown as unproven co-OC.

      But back to UGA, two 5-star, three 4-star, and one 3-star early enrollees is a great start. I assume CKS will shoot for the max signing class of 25 – particularly if he’s going to take a K and/or P. Since the #1 recruiting need of QB is filled, I see our next big need as OT, followed by DLs and WRs.

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  12. Will Trane

    Winning is not the most important thing? Kidding. Well, in getting to “W’s”, where does commitment, dedication, hard work, loyalty, improvement, passion, practice, and fun sit in that string. Guess Head Coach Kirby Smart comes in tainted by working under Nick Saban for 9 years.
    Think people are going a little over board during the slow moments of ending the 2015 football season.
    Personally, I am glad Richt is gone. He gave UGA some great times. But it is over, well, for some of us but not others. Hard for some people to let go…just want to hang on.
    Did find out today via the WSJ I have one thing in common with Saban. I, too, eat Little Debbie cakes with my coffee almost every morn. We have them in the office for staff.
    Scott Cochran does not serve them to players. But they could end up in the Butts-Mehre.
    And just think who would have ever thought a UGA player / former coach / former Gator head coach would follow SOS as a HC.
    Best thing to do with coaches. Hire them and fire them. Alums just want a winner. And now two have that chance. Really, really hard to see Clemson going for it. More reason for Smart and his defense to do well tonight.
    And just think two former coaches and the current HC at UGA come out of high schools in southwest Georgia … the legendary 1AAA region.
    SEC football is just amazing!!!!!!

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    • AthensHomerDawg

      Personally l wish you didn’t need to get your jellies off by trollin’ GTP with this continual Richt rhetoric. Really, just shut the fuck up turd. You really are quite lazy. And really beginning to annoy me.

      …sorry Bluto.

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      • MLB2

        Damn! AHD dropping bombs. I feel you. God I’m sick of this. This championship or bust generation and their lack of class and perspective is really taking a lot of joy out of following the sport.

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  13. Will Trane

    So Abram leaves the team. Secondary is getting depleted.
    Putting in a roster will be a big task for Coach Smart and the staff starting tomorrow.
    What does the two deep roster look like for the opening game in the Dome and the month of September with only one home game.
    I’d say the HC and staff have a tall order in front of them.

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    • Dog in Fla

      T-8 hours and holding
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      • Mission Management Team and launch director receive weather update to ensure Trane runs on time
      • Launch team verifies no violations of launch commit criteria before loading the external tank with propellants
      • Clear pad of all personnel
      • Chill-down of propellant transfer lines
      • Begin loading the external tank with about 500,000 gallons of cryogenic propellants with a dash of diesel fuel as an igniter
      • Warn all cleared personnel not to try this at home
      • Align Merritt Island Launch Area (MILA) tracking antennas toward general vicinity of Moultrie and/or Valdosta

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  14. 69Dawg

    At the rate the expectation curve is going up, we are going to be well past the crazy Kool-Aid of the last 10 years and become the disillusioned fan base that is Bama. As has been pointed out numerous times by numerous people being 5th nationally in recruiting doesn’t mean anything if you are 4th in the SEC.
    What I want to see tonight is has Kirby finally cracked the code on how his 5 star defense can stop a spread attack with as good a duel threat QB as he has faced since Cam Newton. Barring Watson being hurt, which is a real possibility, Alabama is going to have as big a challenge as they have faced since Ole Piss beat them. I look for Bama’s front 3-4 to be tasked with keeping Mr. Watson hemmed up. I don’t expect a lot of sacks by the front because of the danger of Watson getting loose. If it becomes an offensive scoring match Bama loses.

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  15. Scorpio Jones, III

    All these thoughts are interesting, even mine, but here’s the real question, there.

    If Bama loses tonight….should we fire Kirby?

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  16. Sorry, but Derrick Henry isn’t half the running back of Todd Gurley or Nick Chubb.

    What a call by Saban to onside kick and Griffith with great execution.

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  17. Finally the hour has come.

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  18. Will this be the earth shaking moment all Ga fans are awaiting.

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    • MLB2

      If the refs will let our corners tackle before the ball arrives like they let Bama’s last night we’ll never lose. What trash.

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