Georgia is one of the great mysteries in college football: a top-5 job without enough top-5 results. Smart might be the coach to elevate the program but needs a championship this fall or in the near future to truly validate the progress. What Georgia could be is a tired refrain if the program never actually reaches that level.
Swinney has fully tapped into the potential that Clemson didn’t fully realize under his predecessors. The Tigers have everything they need to continue dominating the ACC and making CFP appearances. As long as Swinney is at the helm, Clemson should be a force both on the field and in recruiting. But what about when he leaves? A dropoff is possible if not likely, and it could be a significant step backward.
“[The better job] should be Georgia, but right now it’s Clemson,” an industry source said. “But if Dabo retires tomorrow, what’s the better job? It’s going to be hard to follow Dabo.”
The next year or two ultimately will shape Smart’s tenure at Georgia, but he’s already spearheaded important changes and investments to put Georgia on par with similar programs, especially in the Southeast.
“What Georgia could be is a tired refrain”. He’s certainly doing what he can to make that a reality. Does Kirby owe him money or something?