Smart stays at Bama, and a UGA backlash ensues

That thud you heard at roughly 3 p.m. EST Monday was of Bulldog Nation’s chin plopping into its doggy dish. Kirby Smart isn’t coming. First Bud Foster, then John Chavis. Now a born-and-bred Bulldog has turned down Georgia. And here’s where the backlash sets in.

Georgia has been searching for more than a month and is still without a defensive coordinator. It has approached the absolute right guys but has been left with nobody to announce as its new man. And once you’ve offered Kirby Smart the moon and the stars and he has said, “No, thanks,” where is there to turn?

Speculation is rampant within the industry that Georgia’s backup — guess he’s not a backup any more — is Todd Grantham, the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive line coach. But Grantham doesn’t carry one-tenth of the collegiate cachet that Foster, Chavis or Smart does. He’s a pro guy, has been for more than a decade, and he got fired from the only coordinating job he held.

At this point, almost anyone will be seen as a fairly tepid consolation prize. Can’t blame the Bulldogs for aiming high. But when you aim that high, you have to close the deal or you’ll be seen as having failed. And that, sorry to say, is how folks are viewing Georgia today.

This isn’t to say Todd Grantham (or whoever) won’t do a first-rate job. But if Georgia was ever going to dazzle its constituency, the chance was extinguished when Kirby Smart said no.

1,030 comments Add your comment

The Disciple

January 11th, 2010
3:17 pm

BHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHA

Leo

January 11th, 2010
3:19 pm

This stinks!

Leo

January 11th, 2010
3:20 pm

Georgia has spent a lot of time on our new DC. I’m sure we’ll get a good one. Keep you head up DAWGS!!!! Maybe it wasn’t meant to be.

Brandon from Warner Robins

January 11th, 2010
3:20 pm

The Bradley Curse strikes again!!!!

Michael

January 11th, 2010
3:20 pm

This Dawg is happy he’s not coming. I might be in the minority, but I think too much of Kirby’s success is really Saban’s success. We can do better.

Heywood Jablome

January 11th, 2010
3:21 pm

Hire Manny Diaz now! Let’s get someone who wants to be at UGA!

GeoffDawg

January 11th, 2010
3:21 pm

Well, it does suck but I think when we’re seeing significantly better coached defensive players this fall, we’ll get over it. It’s not that hard to upgrade from Willie.

brookwood_skunk

January 11th, 2010
3:22 pm

Hee, Hee, Hee. I love it.

Mark Fox

January 11th, 2010
3:22 pm

I wasn’t Georgia’s first pick.

Ask Georgia Tech how good of a coach I am. Or Kentucky.

HeBelongsInBama

January 11th, 2010
3:23 pm

I see that he now fits in there. Saban lied, now Smart lied, and would not fit in at Georgia anyway. Whatever happens, we’ll be better off anyway. Not as big a deal as we think right now, ‘Dawgs.

Ron Zook

January 11th, 2010
3:23 pm

I WAS Florida’s first pick!

Willie Martinez

January 11th, 2010
3:23 pm

Listen Guys, you’ve been turned down 3 times now, it’s time to stop embarrassing yourselves and realize you can’t do any better than me. I’m willing to forgive and forget – no hard feelings. I’d be happy to come back and I promise to try and give up less than 30 pts/game. I’ll be waiting for your call!

Vincent: Head of nWo Security

January 11th, 2010
3:23 pm

I SAY ITS GREAT TO BE A GEORGIA BULLDAWG!

RxDawg

January 11th, 2010
3:24 pm

Whatever. Smart was the 3rd choice for this very uninformed misguided fan. I never understood the infactuation with Smart nor why he would make a lateral move over to UGA.

I don’t see this as some kind of failure and neither should anyone else.

Judge Dawg

January 11th, 2010
3:24 pm

what part of this story reported about a backlash. No one wants to bribe Smart to come to UGA where he would then leave to become a head coach. Let’s not let the AJC stir the pot of discontent.

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

January 11th, 2010
3:24 pm

not surprised, Grantham probably a better coach but not recruiter

Georgia Tech '93

January 11th, 2010
3:24 pm

jimmy

January 11th, 2010
3:25 pm

we don’t need a d.c. who can’t speak for himself

DAWG07

January 11th, 2010
3:25 pm

DAWGS will be fine.

John

January 11th, 2010
3:25 pm

What he can’t come out and reply himself? Does Saban have him locked up in a box somewhere?? Pathetic. Daddy Saban..

coach smith

January 11th, 2010
3:25 pm

coach smith

January 11th, 2010
3:15 pm
I wouldn’t buy this just yet…Chris Low has a new story up about the Rolando McClain press conference where this announcememnt was “supposedly made” and he MAKES NO MENTION OF IT

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft10/news/story?id=4816604

Joe

January 11th, 2010
3:26 pm

I agree with Micheal I think Kirby is still searching for his identity. I am sure he will continue with his success at Alabama until Saban decides he wants to coach in the NFL again and I feel confident that with his success at Bama continues NFL owners are watching. Just look at what Pete Carroll has done. I say GA needs to focus on Grantham look at what he has done with the defensive line at Dallas.

nickz

January 11th, 2010
3:27 pm

This is getting ridiculous…I don’t care who we get, lets make a hire and be done with it.

The D will better on the lone fact that Willie “I don’t know what a blitz is” Martinez is gone.

What kind of a name is “Kirby” anyway…what a loser

Josh

January 11th, 2010
3:27 pm

Apparently Kirby is not confident in himself.. he needs Saban to be successful. With pay probably equal amoung the two institutions, anyone worth their worth and confident in their abilities would want to return to their “HOME” and give back to a “GREAT” university that has given so much to him. Therefore, the only reason to stay put is due to a lack of confidence to lead a struggling defense back to greatness on your own, hence he didnt believe he could do the job, therefore not a big loss.

Beelzebub's Advocate

January 11th, 2010
3:27 pm

Rusty Russell.

PMC

January 11th, 2010
3:27 pm

I’m still hoping they are considering the guy from Air Force.

dawgonit

January 11th, 2010
3:27 pm

Now that we can quit worrying about hiring a name, let’s get a good coach. Hire the Air Force guy. He’s been named as possibly the best coach of the bunch. He would probably take the job and not go ask for a raise from his current employer. We’d probably get results like we did with Van Gorder.

GeoffDawg

January 11th, 2010
3:28 pm

It was probably going to be a lot more money than what he was making at Bama, but my guess is that he didn’t want to rock the boat when he’s probably looking at a HC opportunity at a major program (better than Tx Tech) within a couple of years anyway.

MCRP 09

January 11th, 2010
3:28 pm

Will someone explain to me what’s wrong with promoting Rodney Garner? I dont get the snub….

coach smith

January 11th, 2010
3:28 pm

Guys…NOBODY is reporting this EXCEPT some BAMA site!!!!!!!

droopydawg

January 11th, 2010
3:28 pm

sigh…on the positive, we have already proven that grad assistants are better at coaching tackling and scheming a defense than Willie, Fabris, and Janacek ever were, plus Tech is probably going to be awful this year with all their NFL-caliber players leaving at once.

JimDawg

January 11th, 2010
3:29 pm

Smart’s decision sucks as much as Bradley’s articles…

Beelzebub's Advocate

January 11th, 2010
3:29 pm

That’s because to ESPN, McClain is the story, not Smart.

droopydawg

January 11th, 2010
3:29 pm

Oh, and (thirty-) FIRST!!!

Paul Johnson

January 11th, 2010
3:29 pm

Ha Ha. I got my guy. Too bad CMR couldn’t think fast enough!

Paul "The Giant" Wight

January 11th, 2010
3:29 pm

Georgia should just cancel their football program and focus on woman’s gymnastics.

Asheville Dawg

January 11th, 2010
3:30 pm

I knew the Dawgs would not get any lateral moves to be DC. I just hope that Foster, Chavis, and Smart give UGA a donation for getting them those bog raises.

Hunting Dawg

January 11th, 2010
3:30 pm

Bridgers (RxDawg), The allure (infatuation) was that he would be coming back to his alma mater and he would truly be the DC without being in Saban’s shadow. That being said, I’m fine with the decision and I think that we should allow the 3 student assistants who helped prepare for the bowl game be co-defensive coordinators for the 2010 season!

John

January 11th, 2010
3:31 pm

Theres is no concrete evidence of this yet..

PeachJam

January 11th, 2010
3:31 pm

I was uneasy with Kirby Smart coming b/c he has not ultimately proven himself.

Paul Johnson

January 11th, 2010
3:31 pm

Ha Ha. My guy is Al Groh.

Whoops.

Somebody please . . .

January 11th, 2010
3:31 pm

. . . revoke David Pollack’s Twitter account.

jellybeandawg

January 11th, 2010
3:31 pm

I find it odd that Smart is not man enough to come out and make a statement himself. Instead the man pulling his leash has to make a statement for him.

nickz

January 11th, 2010
3:32 pm

Alabama smells funny…it’s true, i’ve been there

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

January 11th, 2010
3:32 pm

Maybe this will keep you hiney sniffers busy for a while and off the GT blogs. No septic tank for Kirby.

mudcat

January 11th, 2010
3:33 pm

Who’s the Green Bay defensive coordinator?

DesertDawg

January 11th, 2010
3:33 pm

No worries, who ever we get will do a great job. Go Dawgs!

Mike

January 11th, 2010
3:33 pm

Who cares. Get someone with more exp.

dawg it

January 11th, 2010
3:34 pm

place a add in the AJC. look at some walk ons. somebody needs a job and we are gonna pay a ton to have them here. Please tell me this down ward turn ends soon. all the news today has sucked. oh…that guy in Tampa, Thanks for showing your A$$ .your a punk thug for choking out a woman..YOU LOSER

Dawg4life

January 11th, 2010
3:34 pm

This one hurts!!!!