Kirby Smart: ‘looking forward’ to next season with Tide

Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, whom many Georgia fans would love to see in the same job in Athens, made a rare appearance before the media today and said he is “looking forward” to being with the Crimson Tide again next season.

Smart, who like other Alabama assistant coaches is normally kept off-limits to the media by head coach Nick Saban,   was made available at a news conference advancing Thursday’s  BCS national championship game.

According to this Mobile Press-Register report from the news conference in southern California, Smart did not categorically deny interest in Georgia’s open defensive coordinator position, although that might have been because he wasn’t directly asked about it.

Here is some of what Smart did say at the press conference, according to the Press-Register:

“It’s been great. It’s been great having these players and doing this, and I’m looking forward to it next year. I mean, we’ve got a lot of good players coming back. We’re losing a lot of good ones too, but it’s something that’s special to be around, because these guys bought in and they went through some hard times. And now they’re reaping the benefits, which they deserve.”

On his head-coaching aspirations, he said:

“To be honest with you, I don’t ever think about it or worry about that. I think [longtime Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews] had a hell of a career. He’s a father figure to me. I worked for him for two years, and if I ended up coaching at Alabama for the next 30 years or however long he was at Florida State, I’d think my career was a pretty big success.

“My lifelong goal was to ultimately be a defensive coordinator, and if I ever got a chance at a head job, that would be great. But that’s not something that I’m going to draw my career and say I was a failure, I didn’t get to be a head coach or whatever. I’d be completely content with that. If a better opportunity presents itself, then obviously that’s something down the road. But young as I am, I’m happy to be where I’m at and happy to  be at the University of Alabama.”

Since Georgia’s Dec. 2 firing of Willie Martinez, Smart — a former UGA player (1995-98)  and assistant coach (2005) — has been at or near the top of just about every rumored  list of defensive coordinators that Mark Richt would or should pursue. And if the Georgia job remains open after Thursday’s  national-title game, perhaps that possibility would heat up.  But to this point Smart still has given no indication he would leave Alabama for another coordinator’s job.

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$1.4 million Shreveport vs. our $14 million BCS Orange bowl

January 3rd, 2010
2:58 pm

hugedawgfan

January 3rd, 2010
3:05 pm

1.4 million: that ass-kicking still stings, huh? Enjoy your bowl. In the SEC, you wouldn’t be relevant, like you weren’t in November. You know who runs this state, huh, St. Simons.

Brogen's Hero

January 3rd, 2010
3:15 pm

Just like the techesters to still be talking about last year’s score. It must suck to know that the two teams who played for the ACC championship got punked by two SEC teams that are down this year.
St Simons you’re still a loser.

jay

January 3rd, 2010
3:15 pm

“If a better opportunity presents itself, then obviously that’s something down the road”

To me, a better opportunity would be coaching at my alma mater.
Especially if I am named head coach in waiting. He should take
it under those circumstances (again just speculation) because
if, if, if Richt leaves (for whatever reason) Will Muschamp will
be the first name on that “hire” list. Then that door would probably
be closed to Kirby forever.

1.Whatever

January 3rd, 2010
3:17 pm

Without typing in a single word you show your jealousy.

Thanks for coming to the UGA blogs repeatedly.

Good Luck in Miami and Go Dawgs!

Haley Hutchinson

January 3rd, 2010
3:21 pm

One reads the article by Tim Tucker, then checks out the comments by the blogger at 2:57 p.m. and 2:58 p.m. (same blogger) and thinks:

1) “Do they even read the article?”
2) “Do they even have a point?”
3) “Are they sober/sane/sensible?”

Can’t see question #1 or #2 being “yes” but I do hope the blogger from 2:57/2:58 p.m. functions better with his/her family/friends than he/she does in general blog communications. You’ve chosen to embarrass yourself in public, even if you’re too scared to print your own name.

Clint

January 3rd, 2010
3:23 pm

Georgia Tech, hahaha what a joke. Enjoy your BCS game while you can nerds. This is a terrible year for the ACC, but don’t worry Virginia Tech, Miami, and Florida State will all be back soon. You nerds will go back to winning 6-8 games a year and go back to playing in bowl games that you don’t even get $1.4 million for playing in.

Johnson is doing well with kids who were recruited to play in a pro style offense under Chan. Once they leave, no good high schoolers will want to come to play in that high school offense. Big time recruits want to go to schools where they can showcase themselve for the NFL. You can’t do that in the triple option. Sure the RBs put up big numbers, but they don’t do the other things that the NFL looks for(i.e. pass block, catch passes) so therefore the pros do not give them a serious look. That might have worked for Johnson in recruiting at schools where few of the players expect to go pro, but he’s in the big leagues now. Kids that are good enough to play in the ACC want to go pro.

Dylan

January 3rd, 2010
3:23 pm

1.4 million: You just can’t get over that Tech is once again second rate. You had your year last year. UGA fans do not care if GT is in the Orange Bowl. All we care about is what happened at Bobby Dodd Stadium on November 28, 2009. You just look ignorant trying to make Tech sound better than UGA even though EVERYONE knows that Georgia beat Georgia Tech 30-24.

Have fun in Miami.

Hurts doesnt it

January 3rd, 2010
3:24 pm

And with your 14 million you almost come close to what UGA receives yearly for being in the SEC with our current TV contract. Boom Roasted!!

guy

January 3rd, 2010
3:25 pm

Rave on gt fans and enjoy.gt nerds deserve a break too!

FBR

January 3rd, 2010
3:26 pm

1.4 million——Don’t get to these BCS things very often do you?? You’re not only delusional about the techies being a legitimate 1-A school-(4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 cokes)-you’re also delusional about where YOU are– every golfer knows Doral isn’t open the first two weeks in January. Keep enjoying that 30–24 ASS KICKING, and keep dreaming your dream of Doral.

Andy in Blairsville

January 3rd, 2010
3:31 pm

It’s going to be interesting to see what UGA comes up with for a DC since they only offer their cordinators single year contracts, don’t pay well and UGA cordinators aren’t known for progressing into head coaches elsewhere.

8 of 10, with 7 straight.

January 3rd, 2010
3:32 pm

<— read the title, you have no room to talk. Tech has won twice to the Dawgs by a combined 15 points and about to be in their first BCS bowl. Where as UGA has been in 3 BGS games, and thumped the Nats for 7 straight with a few blow out wins put in there.

slobberknocker

January 3rd, 2010
3:33 pm

1.4 million why don’t you go on down to Key West with your boy friend and really have a good time, you know, relax and forget about the ass whoopin you got at Thanksgiving.

Cmill

January 3rd, 2010
3:37 pm

14 million… and you still can’t afford to get that worthless piece of junk car down to Miami. You should be grateful of the generous Iowa fans who you solicited for donations:

http://gazetteonline.com/blogs/the-hlog/2009/12/22/iowa-fans-georgia-tech-needs-your-help

War Eagle

January 3rd, 2010
3:37 pm

I have no sides here, but I do remember the 53-0 pounding UGA gave Tech several years back never GABlawgs for years!!!. I have been blogging since 2004 on UGA, meet and talked to scores of good Dawgs and Bees.

$1.4 million Shreveport vs. our $14 million BCS Orange bowl

January 3rd, 2010
3:39 pm

FBR

Dude, It was certainly open YESTERDAY because I played 9 holes. LOL. And I’m doing it again in about 15 minutes. Hahaha. Just How many times can the dog nation be wrong? Hahahahahaha

Elliot Garcia

January 3rd, 2010
3:39 pm

Willie Martinez is going to be the new cornerbacks coach for the Gators….

dawgonit

January 3rd, 2010
3:40 pm

Apparently, UGA didn’t really need a top defensive coordinator to beat Tech, now did it?

$1.4 million Shreveport vs. our $14 million BCS Orange bowl

January 3rd, 2010
3:41 pm

hey dog nation. LOL. Don’t take it out on me that Kirby Smart told you what I’ve been telling you for over a month. It will be Rodney Garner. And if your smart, you’ll be glad.

gtfanfrom1951

January 3rd, 2010
3:43 pm

ACC -2
“might” SEC -0

dawgonit

January 3rd, 2010
3:45 pm

GTfanfrom1951- National Titles SEC 5 in a row. Maybe 6.

ACC runner up this year- Music City Bowl

Dylan

January 3rd, 2010
3:48 pm

gtfanfrom1951:

November 28, 2009: SEC:3 / ACC: 0

My 7 year old ask me.....Dad how come i never seen

January 3rd, 2010
3:51 pm

THWGT !!!!!!!!

St. Simon's Daddy

January 3rd, 2010
3:55 pm

$1.4 Million what are you doing on the UGA Blog if you are in sunny Miami? Nothing else better to do? Maybe you are on mommy’s pc or are you just obsessed with UGA? Obviously you have no life and carry no revelance. Once a nerd always a nerd. Tech is going to the biggest bowl in its’44 years. UGA has been to 8 Sugar Bowls in that time period. You try to kick us when we have a down year. Yes 8 wins is a down year for us. Only thing that matters right now is we beat you, have beat you 8 out of 9 and lead the series by 21 games. Until you lead the series or dominate I suggest you keep your fingers in your pocket playing pocket pool. Consider yourself b*tch slapped. Go tell Coach Johnson too. You are a second rate program, always have been and in a few years will be behind Georgia State. I am sure Coach Richt will finde a suitable DC. One other thing $1.4, Richt has won 90 games in 9 years. How long has it taken Tech to win 90 games?
Happy New Year to all and to the decent Tech fans enjoy your stay in sunny Miami.
Go Dawgs!!!!

reservoirDAWG

January 3rd, 2010
3:56 pm

1.4, let me get this straight. You are in Miami with a ton of beautiful women around and are on this website. Get back to your cosmo, loser.

slobberknocker

January 3rd, 2010
4:00 pm

Little boys are not supposed to be with grown women, there are laws preventing it.

C

January 3rd, 2010
4:01 pm

$1.4 – go drown yourself in the Atlantic (literally).

Dawgs Run This State...

January 3rd, 2010
4:06 pm

$1.4 million is St Simons… And he isn’t in Miami… He is just a scared little boy that has nothing to brag about anymore.

St. Simon's Daddy

January 3rd, 2010
4:09 pm

My sentiments exactly Dawgs Run This State. Closest he ever gets to Miami is watching Miami CSI on tv.

It will hurt

January 3rd, 2010
4:10 pm

It won’t be long and you will be a slave to the “country deer slayers in Iowa”. I hope that they make tech beg for forgiveness!

80s Dawg

January 3rd, 2010
4:10 pm

1.4 million. It’s “Made” not Mad 3a”. What a Douche!

11-2 GEORGIA TECH in ORANGE BOWL

January 3rd, 2010
4:12 pm

Thanks for a great season,

…………………………………ACC CHAMPS !

11-2 GEORGIA TECH in ORANGE BOWL

January 3rd, 2010
4:13 pm

Enter your Shreveport comments somewhere else:

Not Disappointed

January 3rd, 2010
4:14 pm

Good luck with your Defensive cord. “Georgia and Georgia Tech needs a Defensive Cord!”

Hope we when Tuesday Night.

Ramblin Wreck out!

SuperB

January 3rd, 2010
4:14 pm

To the $/1.4 MM Tech jerk: I am a Georgia grad., made a couple of million in engineering– and won an amateur tourney at Doral– (while staying in Glorida Estefan’s hotel in– South Beach.
Translated for you itty-bitty ACC clowns– BEEN THERE, DONE THAT!

When you win 90 games in 10 years– give me a call.

Keith

January 3rd, 2010
4:15 pm

Funny how 1.4 million suddenly got quiet pretending to be playing golf.

West Coast Dawg

January 3rd, 2010
4:21 pm

Georgia Tech is in a bowl game this year? Oh yea, the least relevant BCS game of the BCS era. Sorry guys, no one around the country cares about your regional team or your cute little offense… but have fun in Miami with those Iowa hayseeds. Cheers.

Hey 1.4

January 3rd, 2010
4:24 pm

Tech is spelled with an ‘h’, not a ‘k’. I doubt you could get in Tech, let alone UGA.
8 of 9

chazzo

January 3rd, 2010
4:26 pm

Get a good high school coach and pay him 50K a year. Screw big names and big contracts. Kill the guys in the other colored jerseys!

UGAgrad71

January 3rd, 2010
4:29 pm

11-2, the bugs have one decent team in a decade and you throw your arms out of joint patting yourself on the back. Are you old enough to shave, or is mommy still wiping your butt for you? MR learned from his WM mistake. It would warm my 60-year old heart to see the bugs get crushed by IOWA! Get a life.

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

January 3rd, 2010
4:34 pm

I put in a call to Kirby Smart before the press conference and offered to stay on as mascot if he would come to Athens. Kirby is a good guy. Yeah, we discussed the a$$ painting and Kirby told me it wouldn’t have happened if he’d been here. Then, he told me he wouldn’t be coming to Georgia. That makes about 4 coaches who have turned down the job, right? 4 that we know about? I think they will get a coach in a few weeks but it may be a soccer coach. Somebody said Richt has lost control of the program since he can’t make his own decision on who his coaches will be. Coach Willie is looking pretty good right about now. He wouldn’t have let them paint my a$$, either.

Rick

January 3rd, 2010
4:36 pm

Many college fans are total a$$es.. UF fan come to mind. The SEC has some of the most insulting blind ignorant homers of all.

But I have to say that UGA fans can be the most insulting ignorant homers of all.

I can honestly see many of them at a KKK rally in Hephizah, Ga. It is like life between 1955 and 2010 never happened. Many probably still drive rusted 1958 Fords and wear crew cuts with Vaseline in their hair. Hardcore Southern confererate flag waving racist evangelicals.

Truly sad for a major university. I have some good friends that taught at UGA. They moved on to other Universities like Colorado and Maryland.

The music seen from Athens has added a touch of hope to the culture of the state of Georgia, until you read one of their posting boards or look and listen to Sonny Purdue the Governor that they eleted.

Frightening and sad.

Yep

January 3rd, 2010
4:37 pm

actually it should have read 42 million vs 14 million since the dawgs have been to 3 BCS games, have fun in the keys, we all know what kind of men live down there, perfect for the tech boys, don’t gulp to loud….

Rick

January 3rd, 2010
4:38 pm

scene not seen.. Sorry.

birddawg92

January 3rd, 2010
4:40 pm

Baffles me that people still think Muschamp is a possibility, or that we’d even want him—we lit up his D’s at Auburn, and as is pretty common knowledge, D is not the trademark of the Big 12. Regardless, Muschamp will be the next coach at Texas. He’s not coming back to UGA, and personally, I think we’re better off.

I hope Smart has the door open, but something that occurred to me the other night, nobody’s talked about the D-Coordinator at Nebraska. Don’t know who it is, and I know immediate reaction will be that it’s a Saban-Smart situation, but anything would be an improvement, and my above Big 12 comment notwithstanding, that Nebraska D flat-out gets after people.

collegeballfan

January 3rd, 2010
4:41 pm

Maybe Richt should look at the DC from UCONN – they handled South Carolina better than every SEC team but Alabama (Tide 6 points – Uconn 7 points).

Porty

January 3rd, 2010
4:42 pm

What’s this about UGa being in trouble with players being paid by agents in school? Uh oh. Here comes more trouble…….

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

January 3rd, 2010
4:43 pm

Paul Johnson said if I’d go to work for him he would never paint my a$$ and he would take me to Joe’s Stone Crab after the game. I don’t know. I always liked Georgia. Why did they paint my a$$?

12anCounting

January 3rd, 2010
4:46 pm

Smart would be a great pickup for UGA but I would think he’d only make that move for the head coaching position.