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Georgia could use a familiar face on the sidelines
He also played at Georgia in the 90’s and was a defensive back. Smart is currently the defensive coordinator at Alabama, where he won a national championship in his second year. Georgia tried to get him to be their DC for this year, but it just ended up getting him a pay raise.
He’s learning under Nick Saban, one of the best in the country. He has coached at Georgia twice before, in '99 and in '05. Come 2011 could he be a head coach? It’s the only way he’d leave 'Bama. Smart’s wife played basketball at UGA, and I’m sure she wouldn’t mind them coming back to Athens.
Smart has followed Saban from LSU to Miami, and then to Alabama. It’s time for him to venture on his own and be a head coach. No prior experience as a head coach before, but learning from the best I think he would be okay. He won the Frank Broyles Award in 2009, given to the best assistant coach. People say it’s all Saban at 'Bama, but Smart contributes as well.
He has a hand in recruiting, despite what people say. After all he did help UGA land Knowshon Moreno. Georgia would love more players like that. He could also help recruit in the state of Georgia, primarily South Georgia, something Richt struggles with.
Smart is from South Georgia, and is well liked down there. Currently there are 19 players from the state of Georgia on ESPNU’s top 150. Only four have committed to Georgia. Seven are in the top 50 ( six from South Georgia), and none of them have chosen Georgia. Granted there still is time left, but Smart would be able to land these guys much sooner.
If Richt is to go, McGarity should chose the Smart choice. 'Bama’s doing pretty well, and why not go after who is in charge of the best defense in the country. Bama lost nine defensive starters last year, and they’re still really good. Smart has been a factor in that. Bring him to Georgia and he can restore them to the top.