Gotta start somewhere.

Good story from Seth Emerson’s piece ($$) on Valdosta State, cradle of coaches, where Kirby Smart landed his first defensive coordinator job, barely three years out of playing at Georgia:

After one season, Muschamp moved on to LSU, where Nick Saban hired him to be the linebackers coach. Smart was elevated to defensive coordinator, thrust into a job running a defense just three years out of college. He didn’t think he was ready. He called up Joe Kines, who had been his DC at Georgia, who told him: “There’s no book for that. You don’t get ready for that. The only way you get ready is you take the job, and you sink or swim.”

Although I’m sure it sounds better told in the original Kines.

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  1. Cojones

    Go Blazers, my undergrad alma mater. There was a very good BBall team when I attended, but no football while I was there. If you wanted to see football, you journeyed over to watch the Valdosta HS team, ranked #1 in HS at the time. Back then they routinely played Murphy HS in Atlanta for the Georgia HS Championship.

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  2. Red Cup

    Great article. Impressive coaching tree. Wish we had their AD

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  3. Ricky McDurden

    OL JOE JUST TOLD KIRBY TO WATCH THAT INSIDE TRAP THE OPTION WON’T HURT YOU MUCH JUST GOTTA WATCH THAT INSIDE TRAP.

    Side note: Given what we’ve witnessed in the 13 years since, it’s just weird to think about Alabama playing a 6-6 Oklahoma State team in the Independence Bowl.

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