Kirby Smart has been at Alabama for the past nine years. During that time, the Crimson Tide won three national championships, four SEC Championships and have a chance at another national title this season.
They’re doing something right over there in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Smart, who was introduced as the new UGA head coach Monday, now has the responsibility of trying to transition those principles that he learned as defensive coordinator of Alabama over to Athens, Ga. Smart was asked about the Alabama “process” and offered a small glimpse into the Crimson Tide’s recent keys to success.
“The process is hard work is what it is,” Smart said. “It’s hard work to commitment, doing things the right way, a commitment to excellence on the field, off the field, in the classroom and every social aspect we have for our players. The only way you achieve that is by getting a great organization, a great support staff surrounding yourself with great people and great coaches. That’s what I hope to do here at the University of Georgia.”
The new UGA coach is now tasked with implementing that process in two programs as he will juggle duties of being UGA’s coach and Alabama’s defensive coordinator. Smart said he plans to stay on as ‘Bama’s defensive coordinator throughout their postseason run, but will be out actively recruiting for the Bulldogs until early next week.
He did get a chance to meet with the UGA team Sunday night, and conveyed much of the same message he spoke to the media about Monday.
“We are going to challenge them and demand toughness and effort out of every person in every aspect of their life,” Smart said. “We are going to push them harder than they have ever been pushed. I think to be excellent they have to do that.”