Kirby Smart has only been UGA’s coach for a few months, but he has already joined the long list of college football folks engaging in some sort of back-and-forth with fiery Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.
On Monday, Smart offered a fairly standard opinion of Harbaugh’s plans to hold spring practice sessions in Florida, saying that the Wolverines have every right to “gain a competitive advantage” while also noting that the NCAA should eventually step in to clearly define what is and is not allowed. Harbaugh fired back soon after with an explosive tweet that claimed Smart was “barking up the wrong tree” with his comments.
Fast forward to Friday, and Smart was asked about Harbaugh’s tweet. But the Nick Saban protege made it clear that he has no real interest in escalating the situation.
“No reaction,” Smart told Jason Butt of The Macon Telegraph. “To be honest with you, I’m focused on what we can do at the University of Georgia to get better. That’s the most important thing to me, getting better there.”
So much for that.
But in the wake of both Smart and SEC commissioner Greg Sankey being targets of a Harbaugh remark, it’s fair to wonder: who’s next?