National sports writer thinks Georgia lacks ambition if it hires Kirby Smart
While all signs point to Georgia pursuing Kirby Smart for its vacant head coaching position, one renowned college football writer thinks the Bulldogs can do much better than the Alabama defensive coordinator.
Here is USA Today’s Dan Wolken’s opinion about Georgia potentially hiring Smart:
“That would be unimaginative and unambitious. It’s the kind of thing you do if you’re South Carolina or Mississippi State. It’s not what Georgia should be doing.
“If this is the kind of big-boy job most of the country thinks it is, Georgia needs to pursue the biggest names out there. You start by calling the likes of Gary Patterson, David Shaw and Mike Gundy and you work your way down. If the worst you can do is Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen or Houston’s Tom Herman — and they’d undoubtedly be interested — you’ve done well.
“Georgia needs to get its edge back and fight for championships, not settle for another name straight out of the SEC coordinator bubble, even if it’s someone with ties to the school (an extremely overrated hiring metric anyway). If Smart proves himself to be an effective head coach at South Carolina, you can always hire him away later.
“But if that’s the way it ends up — a quick and easy hire that carries tremendous risk — we’ll know Georgia sees itself less as a competitor to Alabama and more of a wannabe. And we’ll have to wonder whether it was really Richt who lost control.”
Wolken took a similar stance on The Paul Finebaum Show on Monday.