I admit it. I was being a little facetious yesterday when I questioned whether Kirby had the right mindset going into the Tech game. There’s no reason to think he’s any more ignorant of what the series history has meant to his predecessors than Mark Richt was, who, after all, had no contact with Georgia before Dooley hired him.
If you’re looking for clues about how seriously Smart is taking the rivalry game, start with bringing VanGorder in as a consultant primarily for preparation for the triple option. That’s hardly the first clue, though. This is:
Smart said the biggest obstacle in playing Georgia Tech is the preparation. Because of the rarity of the triple-option offense, this will be Georgia’s first time defending it in 2016. Georgia has dedicated time in the offseason and during the bye week for this game, as the coaches understand how unusual the matchup will be. [Emphasis added.]
Maybe that explains Florida. Okay, I keed, I keed. A little, anyway.
What that does tell us is that Smart’s been locked in on Tech from the get go. Maybe, then, hate isn’t so much passion gone amuck as it is a coldblooded determination to drive those guys into the dirt. Works for me.