It was the safe decision, but was it the smart one?

Kirby Smart

Kirby Smart

Having spent most of my day off today (I’m now working Tuesday-Saturday) away from the computer, I checked back in to find that the rumor one of my brothers had called me about earlier today is true: Kirby Smart isn’t coming home.

It’s disappointing for Bulldogs fans, of course. Smart had been the sentimental favorite for the defensive coordinator job dating back to, well, actually long before Willie Martinez got fired.

But it’s not really all that surprising. When you consider to the move from Tuscaloosa to Athens, what was really in it for Smart? More money? Doubtful. If Alabama hasn’t already matched Georgia’s offer, it likely will.

A chance to make a name for himself away from the shadow of Nick Saban? Well, yes, that was the biggest selling point Mark Richt had going for him.

That cuts both ways, though. Smart wants to be a head coach one of these days. By going out on his own at Georgia, he might have been able to build a strong case for himself. But there was an element of risk in that scenario that probably made Smart gunshy. What if the Georgia job hadn’t worked out as well as what he already has at Bama? Where would that leave him?

Staying with the Crimson Tide, where most people assume Saban is the force behind the defense, probably won’t allow Smart to develop a reputation on his own the way running the defense at Georgia would have. But the safer, more conservative approach for Smart is to continue to ride on Saban’s coattails.

Only time will tell if Smart played the odds correctly or blew his big chance.

381 comments Add your comment

dawgs own tech

January 11th, 2010
9:04 pm

New Name

January 11th, 2010
9:05 pm

Go Dawgs, did you get fitted for your black dress yet? Seriously. I heard Pollack is coming back to help you. I heart Stafford said he takes less punishment playing in Detroit than he ever did at UGA.

Richt Needs To Get A Proven Coach

January 11th, 2010
9:06 pm

Richt needs a big year in 2010 to shut up his critics. He can’t risk hiring a loser like Smart who is untested, and not shown an ability to STAND ON HIS OWN SKILLS.

Richt MUST HIRE a guy that is absolutely BATTLE TESTED, PROVEN, done it without a great defensive head coach mentor, done it without as much talent, done it in a short amount of time.

Kirby isn’t even in the conversation. What in the world was Richt thinking? WAY TO RISKY? No one will ever hire that clown expect Saban.

Robert

January 11th, 2010
9:08 pm

New Name

January 11th, 2010
9:08 pm

Will you please come coach for me? Really? Please? Please, please, please, I promise I won’t fire you. Seriously, we’re back. Honestly. We’re contenders. Lane who? Never heard of him. Please, for the love of Walker, please come coach her. I’ll be honest man, I can’t lose my job. I’m not going back to high school. Name your price man. I’ll do anything. Literally, anything.

dawgonegaboy

January 11th, 2010
9:09 pm

Chill out guys .. it will all work out … I would rather see somebody with no experience but who has passion and fire for the program …such as David P …come in than these overpaid egos we have been talking to ..by the way…censored I don’t know what the heck the CVS and pharmcist crack is about but check your facts ..even pharmacists just out of school START at six figures or more …much more than most AL grads can ever hope for …and I am a UGA and AL grad …but back to football …who is out there who brings the junkyard attitude back the dawgs? Any suggestions?

jesse james

January 11th, 2010
9:10 pm

Mark Richt is such a dream boat! With him at the helm we will win the next 4 national championships!

GO DAWGS!!!

January 11th, 2010
9:12 pm

No new name I didn’t. But I did take your Moma to get hers.

disgruntled Dawg

January 11th, 2010
9:13 pm

Boy Mr David Pollack blew it and some idiots have mentioned for him to be hired on UGA’s coaching staff. This has been a tough day to be a DAWG. Looks like us UGA fans will endure more disappointment for years to come. This is a hard pill to swallow and the Athletic dept has egg on its face. Damon Evans is a toatal goofball !

charliedawg

January 11th, 2010
9:13 pm

Ray Goff had it wrong, you still have an alma mater when you get fired from it. People don’t hate Ray Goff, they hated Dooley for hiring a coach with no coordinator or head coching experience. Ray Goff still is holding a grudge, that’s his problem.

On the contrary, you do not have an alma mater when you turn your back on it.

And to all of those bama fans, enjoy it while it lasts. St Nick has never stayed in any one place too long. Then it won’t be long before Mal hires another Mike Shula or Mike Dumbose.

Krogunner

January 11th, 2010
9:13 pm

We need a new Head Coach and will get one after next year! Hire the guy from Boise! Now that is a well coached football team. I wonder how many 4 and 5 star recruits he has and still wins big. Fire Mark Richt!

GO DAWGS!!!

January 11th, 2010
9:13 pm

New Name, what are you? A Tech Fan?

jesse james

January 11th, 2010
9:16 pm

How about don’t use my name unless you are man enough, and you aren’t.

They Call Me Saban's Shadow

January 11th, 2010
9:17 pm

How would you like for people not to even remember your name during the National Championship Game. How many times did Brent What=a=Burger say “Wow, Saban’s defense is tough tonight”.

Bama’s defensive coordinator is Nick Saban, all others on the staff which are untested apart from Saban are officially called “Saban’s Shadow”

Kirby 2 Smart 4 You

January 11th, 2010
9:19 pm

UGA is undisciplined on and off the field. Richt’s inability to control his team would put Smart in a position to fail, and damage his ability to progress. Working with talent he recruited and a head coach from whom he can learn was clearly more important than the approval of his fellow alumni (or the guys who just get the shirts off the Wal-Mart rack).

Vince Dooley was an Awbie

January 11th, 2010
9:21 pm

“A chance to make a name for himself away from the shadow of Nick Saban?”
I think he’s made a name for himself now! Everyone in the country knows him.

“…most people assume Saban is the force behind the defense…”
Mark Richt and all the UGA & Bama fans who wanted him so badly sure didn’t think so.

UGA fans, you need to get over it and move on. You’re starting to sound like those Georgia Tech whiners.

Floundering Foxhounds Batman !

January 11th, 2010
9:21 pm

Any Word on a new DC for UGA? The Third richest college program in the US according to Forbes and cant hire a coach? What an absolute joke !!!!!

Denver Dog

January 11th, 2010
9:22 pm

I guess we could’ve gone after a 66 year old coach that might die on the sidelines We went for the two best in the country so far Buf Foster and Kirby Smart. Now that we have the admin, and the fans out of the way, hopefully CMR can hire someone whom he is comfortable with. It’ll be a good hire, the time wasn’t right for Kirby, he is on the verge of a head coaching job. You can pick from about 12 right now, and Grantham, Bumpas, Diaz, Withers, are among those, I’m sure. We will see something shortly, Wish Kirby the best and who knows, he may be at UT after they fire the Brat Pack at the end of the year.

Lieutenant Dan

January 11th, 2010
9:22 pm

Everything was looking good until Evans and Richt sprung the first day schedule as follow
Meeting with AD review video of Georgia 1981 Championship Season
Meeting with Richt to review video of Georgia 1981 Championship Season
Attend Vince Dooley Roast
Watch 1981 Georgia Championship Season following roast
Attend Barbara Dooley Roast
Watch 1981 Georgia Championship Season following roast

Meeting with CMR to determine what Sudanese village Kirby would be spending his summer constructing mud huts

At this point Kirby thought ” Rutt Ro” and declared a no go

JD

January 11th, 2010
9:22 pm

mickey andrews is available as dc. then hire derrick brooks as linebackers coach. can u say fsu defense from 90’s, early 2000?

Sandman053

January 11th, 2010
9:24 pm

After reading the diatribes for a while now, I thought I would make some observations:
#1. Penalties/discipline : Total lack of discipline on and off the field lead to our massive amount of penalties.
#2. QB : nuff said
#3. Lack of defense: that is the problem we are trying to fix….at least get the fire back in their bellies and wrap those arms around the folks they are trying to tackle. Hopefully we won’t be sticking them defending a short field with Cox gone, but with a freshman QB it could happen some.
I think if we fix those three problems, then we will be in good shape, no matter WHO the DC is.
Kirby did what he thought he should do and I wish him luck. CMR went after someone that he thought would help the program and got played. Well I wish him the best of luck in continuing the search for our next DC.
Maybe the AF guy…the discipline would certainly go a long ways.

GO DAWGS!!!

January 11th, 2010
9:24 pm

Kirby 2 Smart. How hilarious you make the Wal-Mart comment when for the first time in history of the Championship Trophy, you rednecks from Alabama display it in not just one, but two Wal-mart stores. Now, let’s talk about where 99.9% of the people in Bama shop. They knew if they displayed the trophy anywhere else then it wouldn’t be seen.

67 Cheers

January 11th, 2010
9:25 pm

I swanee I wouldn’t want to work for a school with fair weather fans (and ugly at that). Good decision Mr. Smart. You are one of UGA’s smartest grads. That also makes you one of the smartest Bama boys. Good ole boy.

jesse james

January 11th, 2010
9:29 pm

It doesn’t matter how many times Mark Richt leads us to shreavport, I will always follow. He is such a hotie and I just love that little smirk he has on the sidelines. I think next year we should wear black helmets, have a black out every game, and storm the field after every td. That will insure us a national championship!

Kirby 2 Smart 4 You

January 11th, 2010
9:29 pm

GO DAWGS!!!, had UGA won a title since 1981, you might know about corporate sponsorship and commitments. That being said, I assume you acquiesce to the main points.

Krogunner

January 11th, 2010
9:33 pm

It’s not too late to get rid of Richt and bring in a whole new coaching staff. That is the answer! Plenty of good coaches out there that would have us disciplined and ready to play.

jesse james

January 11th, 2010
9:34 pm

I love Mark Richt’s sunglasses. They make him look like such an outlaw!

Bruce Jones

January 11th, 2010
9:35 pm

Whoever we hire now should in no way approach the $700,000 salary mentioned for Smart, especially not an NFL position coach.

Leadership starts at the top

January 11th, 2010
9:36 pm

Everyone that thinks Bobo and Martinez are(were)the problem, please raise their hand.

Krogunner

January 11th, 2010
9:38 pm

The problem is at the top!

dawg fan 1107

January 11th, 2010
9:39 pm

Censored

I graduted High School in Georgia and make well into the six figures so please tell me how making six figures has anything to do with this story. You don’t impress any Georgia fans by saying you have a masters from Alabama and make in the six figures. I doubt your masters tought you anything about football. You were probably a cheerleader in high school. Kirby may have been a good hire, but I for one would rather have someone who is proven. Richt will get a very good DC and we will be in the hunt in the east again next year. What is Alabama’s record over the last ten years compared to Georgia? I don’t have to look it up to know who has a better record. Post on your Bama sights, so we don’t have to read your look at me comments that discuss your six figure pay. No one cares what you make.

71 dawg

January 11th, 2010
9:46 pm

Dawgs do not take a backseat to Alabama. In 2003 Bama was 4 wins and 9 losses – they got to play an extra game for playing in Hawaii that season. Both 2006 and 2007 they were 6 and 6. That’s small time football at it’s best.

Kirby 2 Smart 4 You

January 11th, 2010
9:46 pm

dawg fan 1107: Alabama’s record is 1 championship, Georgia 0. Sorry, that was too easy. I do agree with the your other points, though.

Krogunner

January 11th, 2010
9:49 pm

71 dawg, you’re making us all look bad. Take the high road on this one. Bama and Florida are winning National Titles while Richt styles his hair. while you’re sitting here typing Saban is shining a crystal football. 1980 was a long time ago…

No country for old men

January 11th, 2010
9:49 pm

Since the bees are hiring a senior citizen, let’s go one better and bring back Vince the prince–although only on a game to game contract.

Coach's hairdresser

January 11th, 2010
9:53 pm

Hey Krogunner, do you think Coach would look sexy with highlights in his hair? I keep telling him the cameras are focusing too much on his receding hairline and that he needs to give them a different focal point.

DILLIGAF

January 11th, 2010
9:54 pm

Yeah, all of the UGA detractors are right about UGA being a second tier program in college football, second tier if you call being a historic, academic institution nestled in a highly desirable town, in a beautiful, part of the country, with a coach that possesses the 4th ranked active,win perentage in college football.

An institution that ranks #3 on the Forbes list of most valuable college teams:

University of Georgia, Bulldogs
Value: $90 million
Profit: $43.5 million
Conference: SEC
Head Coach: Mark Richt

Georgia’s $60.3 million in football revenue last season was the highest in the Southeastern Conference.
Lower tier University all of the way.

I don’t blame you for posting your mindless, drivel. The truth is, you’re fools.

Krogunner

January 11th, 2010
10:03 pm

coach’s hairdresser, yes, I think highlights in his hair will make all the difference. That will bring at least 2 more wins. I would prefer a coach that worries less about his hair and more about teaching kids to play with discipline and passion.

Krogunner

January 11th, 2010
10:05 pm

Hey DILLIGAF, 1980 was a long time ago…

GatorBra

January 11th, 2010
10:23 pm

UGA need to look in the mirror and take an honest assessment of where they are as a program. You have pursued 3 straight coaches and asked them to make a lateral move at best but in reality, they were all taking a step down. Richt is on the hot seat and no respectable coach is gonna roll the dice and go there. Make an offer to a young hungry coach and move on. Richt reeks of desperation. Why not give Garner a chance. He has been loyal for years and won’t wait around forever.

NCR

January 11th, 2010
10:33 pm

Listen up Bullpups, here’s the REALITY staring you in the face now. Beat the rush, buy your Shreveport 2010 tickets now!

It’s Richt and Bobo (along with a fresh-behind-the-ears DC ) coaching all over again. It’s a new untested starting QB. The stud juniors are gone to the NFL.

You’re competing in a conference that will have the defending National Champs (Bama), and #1 rated recruiting class (Florida).

You’ll get a chance at having Kirby Smart all over again (if you still want him), after Georgia fires Richt after another 8-3 season.

Dawg 3/20

January 11th, 2010
10:37 pm

We will move on from this fellow Dawg fans! I think I have something that will make you smile a bit during this dark day for UGA, check out this bonehead picture of Urban Crier, what an idiot!!!

http://cdn1.sbnation.com/photo_images/79707/30378_Urban_Meyer.jpg

Septic Dawg

January 11th, 2010
10:41 pm

Most people get used to the smell of Athens after a few weeks.

Cracker Jacket

January 11th, 2010
10:50 pm

All y’all bama fans should be on your way to the Walmart in Ton-of-losers to see the trophy by now! Get a good look cause the NCAA will be taking it back real soon… because the cheating will be exposed real soon! Shame you bama fans have to find jobs in the State of Georgia! Y’all get tired of pulpwooding? And them Gators won’t win again with that whimpy coach !

Cracker

January 11th, 2010
10:59 pm

Topdawg

January 11th, 2010
11:03 pm

To hell with Kirby, if he dont want to be here we damn sure dont want him! GO DAWGS!

Now Richt Can Finally Get His Man

January 11th, 2010
11:17 pm

Now that Richt got that Kirby Smart garbage out of the way to appease the fan base, Coach Richt can get the guy he REALLY wanted in the first place.

Jeff

January 11th, 2010
11:20 pm

It is doubtful Bama would ever hire another assitant coach to be the head coach.

Randawg

January 11th, 2010
11:21 pm

-What about the D-coach at Iowa that kicked Tech’s hiney..looked like a good choice to me!!

Paul's Johnson

January 11th, 2010
11:32 pm

If the Georgia D/C job carried career advancement, and the pull of home was too strong to resist, then why did the Mutt coach have to resort to the time-honored technique of buying this guy, in effect, by offering to double his salary?

Anybody who takes the Mutt job (and ours too for that matter) may not have as much talent to work with next year compared to this year—so its certainly no guarantee of improved results either way.

I don’t know what Suntan’s backup plan, but that’s four down and counting. The entire mindset from the get-go has been to go after a big established name and boy has it not worked.