And on the seventh day…

… well, I wouldn’t say Kirby Smart rested at the ceremony dedicating the $80 million expansion of the Butts-Mehre football complex, but he did make a surprising admission.

“Today is giving thanks for the facilities we’ve been able to get,” Smart told a crowd that featured fans, donors, state legislators and various dignitaries. “But we can’t be done yet. We will not be complacent. We will not sit idly and let others pass us by. It’s been a catch-up game for us for quite a long time. We feel like we have caught up, but now we have to maintain and continue to grow.”

Georgia’s “caught up” in the facilities race?  Damn, Kirby.  Maintain and continue doesn’t have the same edge when it comes to pushing donors, does it?

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19 responses to “And on the seventh day…

  1. godawgs1701

    I mean, when the only thing that the other guys have that we don’t is a slide, it’s a little hard to still cry poverty to the boosters. Besides, as it currently stands I think Kirby would be OK if some of those boosters re-directed some of the mad money into NIL channels for a few years.

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  2. practicaldawg

    I wish I could go back in time and show Vince Dooley’s teams film of the facilities that exist today

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  3. akascuba

    Without that fat new ring on his finger my guess is Kirby’s still selling we’re behind in that race. Kirby resting on his success is something we don’t need to worry about.

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  4. I’m just glad that we got our facilities in place before NIL took off. It means we don’t have to choose between paying new recruits and building facilities to develop them.

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  5. Ozam

    It is going to real interesting to see how the nil and pay to play model impacts donations.

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    • JoeDashDawg

      This is why the conferences will eventually crack down on the NIL enticement deals to unsigned players and the booster led collectives. Starting to hear some of those rumblings already. Unfortunately the NCAA has no teeth for enforcement – it will have to come from the individual conferences. It will just take some time to get all the conferences on the same page as no one wants to fall behind.

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      • 69Dawg

        Unfortunately, if the Conferences get on “the same page” they will be violating the Sherman Anti-Trust Act and get sued.

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        • JoeDashDawg

          No they would not. Even Cavanaugh in the Alston ruling commented that the conferences have the rights to make their own rules. Also, cracking down on enticement and booster contact with HS kids is not the same as limiting player ability to make money on NIL (though I’m sure someone will try to make that argument)

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  6. whb209

    ….doesn’t have the same edge when it comes to pushing donors, does it?…..
    Winning that NC sure does PUSH donations..
    Winning is much better pusher than begging..

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  7. JoeDashDawg

    Did you like the feeling from January? Don’t let up now…

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  8. 69Dawg

    Right now I am more concerned with coaches with the money they have in the bank deciding to leave the college game and either retire or go to the NFL. Dan Mullens seems real happy at the Lake and Matt Luke just said I’ve had enough. Burnout is a real thing.

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  9. Ole Dokes

    Kirby channeling his inner-Churchill or FDR. Does he have a speech writer?? Sounds like a rallying crying from the early days of WWII or perhaps Kennedy & the space race against the ruskies…

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