If there’s one valuable lesson Kirby Smart has learned over the years, it’s never give an inch on the recruiting front.
That’s right. Smart is pulling out all the stops for UGA Coaches Clinic 2018, which begins Thursday at the Butts-Mehre Football Complex. Get a load of Smart’s lineup of instructors:
- Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn
- 2017 NFL Coach of the Year Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams
- New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, 5-time Super Bowl champion.
… Don’t be misled. This, too, is another competitive endeavor in college football and in the SEC in particular. And it can have recruiting implications. UGA recruits its home state the hardest, and the majority of participants in Georgia’s annual clinic coach in the state.
Not lost in all this is the fact that Alabama’s Nick Saban will host what he calls the Clinic of Champions April 12-14 in Tuscaloosa. And Saban’s dance card is scheduled to include Super Bowl-winning coach Doug Pederson of the Philadelphia Eagles, Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers along with his special teams coordinator, Ron Zook.
Apparently Alabama has been known to pull in 500 or so coaches to its clinics. So, naturally, the ever-competitive Smart said he hopes to draw more than 1,000. If his other endeavors are any indication, he’ll probably get it.
Any list that has the Zooker on it is probably going to come out second-best as a matter of general principle. But I digress. Kirby can bat his eyes and insist it’s all about giving back to the high school coaches — and, sure, that never hurts — but it’s just as much about giving it back to a certain college coach.
Which I’m in favor of, of course. Not one inch, Kirby.