ATHENS - It remains to be seen just how successful Kirby Smart will be as head coach at Georgia.
While he didn’t win the press conference today, Smart certainly proved to me that he understands the two issues Georgia has had over the Mark Richt era - attention to detail and recruiting.
Georgia has been good at both, but not elite at either. That’s the reason there are no rings or trophies in Athens, and there have been so many in Tuscaloosa of late.
“I am going to be hands on with everything,” Smart said during his press conference today.
Richt, and I thought he was very good, admitted his biggest downfall over the last few years was that he allowed too much control to get away from him. He was head coach, but he seemingly allowed Brian Schottenheimer sabotage the offense for the entire year - strangling it in the bathtub with bizarre decision making every month of the year.
Smart, if we are to believe what he said today (and I do), isn’t going to allow that. He’s not going to let things spiral out of control. He talked about physical toughness, but emphasized mental toughness. Again, Georgia was good at both, but not elite at either.
But the No. 1 think Smart talked today that has the ability to change the program more than anything else is recruiting. I’m going to write more abut this in the near future, but Georgia is not talented enough or nearly deep enough to win the way that folks want in Athens. That take time, dedication and a determined sprit that have only existed in spots at Georgia.
And that’s been the problem on the field later - Georgia has been elite once every four or five years. Now Smart has been hired to yank the Bulldogs out of that funk.