Hines Ward got a lot of UGA fans excited this week when he went on the Paul Finebaum show and said he would be interested in joining Kirby Smart’s staff at UGA.
SEC Country reached out to Ward’s agent, Andrew Ree, to see if his client would think about the possibility of joining the staff of his alma mater. Ward is a former UGA football star.
“At this time no one has officially reached out to us from the University about Hines joining Kirby Smart’s coaching staff,” Ree said. “We have had numerous inquiries from various individuals asking Hines if he would consider coaching at UGA and wanting that scenario as we have had in the past.
“Hines has texted his old teammate, Kirby Smart, ‘congratulations’ but doesn’t expect to hear back from him until after this weekend’s game. Hines merely expressed his intrigue with the possibility of coaching at his alma mater with his former teammate and would certainly consider the thought should Kirby call upon Hines to do so.”
Ward has no coaching experience, but it is something that he has expressed interest in ever since his NFL career ended in 2012. He says there’s only one place where he would consider coaching.
“I’ve still got the itch to coach. I’ve always said that one day I would like to coach, and if I ever got the opportunity the place that I would like to do it is back at the University of Georgia,” Ward said. “When Kirby Smart’s name kinda came up as a head coach, it’s something that you kind of get that itch for. Man, how great would that be to be a part of his staff and help my alma mater at the University of Georgia, try to get them to the promised land.
He would be an intriguing hire for UGA even without any coaching experience. What offensive recruit wouldn’t want to learn and get advice from a potential NFL Hall of Famer? One UGA commit, Randrecous Davis, has already expressed that he hopes he becomes the next Hines Ward.
Ward played multiple positions on offense at UGA before becoming a Super Bowl MVP and Pro Bowl wide receiver with the Pittsburgh Steelers.