As the reader poll I ran yesterday indicates, I’ve got some question about how motivated this Georgia team will be playing in the Sugar Bowl after narrowly missing a shot at a berth in the CFP.
Dial up this clip to around the thirteen-minute mark, and you’ll discover that Kirby isn’t all that certain, either.
There are some rather interesting comments he makes in that regard:
- “Sometimes to a senior class, you have to be careful: They see it as punishment.”
- “A traditionalist like myself sees the Sugar Bowl a certain way. But it’s like talking to our players about Herschel Walker. They don’t have memories like that. Shoot, our guys don’t remember Robert Edwards. It’s very different and a very delicate situation.”
- “No family sees it as that. But kids nowadays, they look at it like, ‘What’s my next opportunity?’ We see guys are declaring for the draft, not seeing the value in playing.”
Shorter version: it’s a different world than it was just 20 years ago. Kids are different. College football is different.
Add to it this comment from Jake Fromm, via Jeff Schultz ($$):
“It’s tough. If you ask everybody on the team, is this where we wanted to end up? No, it’s not. But this is the hand we were dealt. So we’re going to come in; we’re going to compete and try to get as good as we can for next year.”
Eh, maybe that’s enough. Pride should matter and this is a proud program. Bottom line, though, nobody really knows for sure how this team will play the emotional cards it’s been dealt until kick off time.