Alabama coach Nick Saban finally addressed defensive coordinator Kirby Smart’s end-of-season departure to the University of Georgia.
The Crimson Tide boss gave his best in an official statement on Sunday:
“We are really excited for Kirby and his family. He’s worked really hard and has done a great job for the University of Alabama, and he’s done a great job working for us for a really long time. He’s really, really appreciated for his hard work and the contribution he’s made to all of the success that we’ve had here. Not only in the good coaching and development of players, but the kind of person he is, the kind of recruiter he is and the kind of team player he is. I couldn’t be happier for someone who is very deserving of an opportunity like this one.”
All week, Saban and the rest of the Alabama brass refused to confirm that Smart had taken the head coaching job at Georgia, as was reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Chip Towers.
But several Alabama players broke the ice following Saturday’s SEC championship game win, and Smart was officially announced as Georgia’s new coach on Sunday.
He’s expected to remain on Alabama’s coaching staff through the end of the Crimson Tide’s season.