I saw a somewhat smug comment last night about Georgia hiring Smart instead of Herman as somehow vindication of the process that brought him to Athens, the point being that the end justifies the means.
In rebuttal, allow me to cite the case of In re: Orgeron.
It’s pretty on point. LSU set its sights on hiring Herman. When Texas snuck in and grabbed Herman in a flash, Joe Alleva’s fallback was to offer the permanent position to Orgeron without hesitancy because he was there and was appealing to the locals. No further hiring process evaluating the program’s options was needed.
What they’ve wound up with is a guy who’s never been strong on the Xs and Os front and is now undercutting his offensive coordinator’s system, which, as Staples points out, is the reason they brought Canada in. That’s how you wind up with a program in disarray.
Blind luck is blind. Smart appears to be working out; Orgeron appears to be reenacting his flop at Ole Miss. When an AD is too lazy or too pressed by big boosters to do his homework properly, them’s the breaks.
Kirby Smart is bailing out Greg McGarity. That will never mean that McGarity did his job correctly in bringing Smart to Athens… as much as I know that’s the spin that’s inevitably coming. As grateful as I am for Kirby (boy, am I grateful), I’m just as mindful that coaches like Smart usually don’t grow on trees as low-hanging fruit. You think anyone at B-M has learned that lesson?