"Kirby did a great job with our backs during the past year," said Georgia head coach Mark Richt. "We hate to lose him but at the same time recognize the opportunity he has and wish him nothing but the best."
Smart was a four-year letterman as a defensive back at Georgia from 1995-98, and was a first-team All-SEC selection as a senior. After going to training camp with Indianapolis as an undrafted college free agent in 1999, he spent the '99 season as an administrative assistant on the Georgia football staff. He served the next two years at Valdosta State, including 2000 as the school's defensive backs coach and 2001 as defensive coordinator/linebackers coach.
A two-year stint (2002-03) as a graduate assistant at Florida State preceded his move to Baton Rouge. A four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll at Georgia, Smart earned his undergraduate degree in finance. He earned his Master's degree from Florida State in 2003.