If anyone thought former UGA wide receiver Hines Ward was joking when he expressed a desire to join Kirby Smart’s coaching staff, Ward made the intention of his words completely clear.
“I’m dead serious. I want to coach at Georgia,” Ward told DawgNation. “I’ve expressed that to Kirby. I haven’t had any talk with him about what all goes into it, but I think I’ve put it out there. I’m serious. I want to give back to my alma mater.”
Ward recently discussed the possibility of coaching for the Bulldogs in a December appearance on the Paul Finebaum Show. Speaking from the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday — he was in attendance for the Positive Athlete Georgia Scholarship Awards, an organization he helped found that promotes positivity in youth and high school sports — the former athlete went into more detail about what motivates him to want to be involved at UGA.
“Sometimes I get upset. I see kids leave the state of Georgia (during recruiting season) to go play for other teams. I knew if I walked into that room, there’s no way that kid’s leaving the state of Georgia,” Ward said.
Of course Ward — who also had a storied career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, including being named MVP of Super Bowl XL — has been a busy man since retiring from pro football. In addition to his work with Postive Athlete Georgia, Ward and his partner, Kym Johnson, won the ABC reality TV competition Dancing with the Stars in 2011. Ward also recently signed on to become a sports commentator for CNN.
Because of his hectic schedule, Ward is realistic about actually coming to work for Smart.
“Timing is everything,” he said. “Maybe down the road there’ll be an opportunity for me to do something I’ve always wanted to do — to coach back at the University of Georgia.”