Here’s what Smart had to say about the transition at offensive coordinator:
This will be James Coley’s first season as offensive coordinator and playcaller after Jim Chaney left in the offseason for Tennessee. Smart said he didn’t want to see Chaney leave, but was also intent on keeping Coley, not to mention offensive line coach Sam Pittman.
“People were coming after (Coley) left and right,” Smart said. “I love Jim. He did a good job and led that side of the ball. I was very comfortable with that, but he felt like this was his chance to get paid at a really high level. I ran the risk of paying him at that level and possibly losing two other coaches. The key is you’ve gotta figure out who you’re going to pay and where your value is in recruiting.” [Emphasis added.]
If you want to get paid major bucks on this staff, you’d best be a hit on the recruiting trail. At Georgia, the Jimmies and Joes are worth more than the Xs and Os.