Kirby Smart is nearing the end of his double life as Alabama defensive coordinator and Georgia head coach.
Plenty of Bulldogs fans will be cheering against Smart’s Crimson Tide in Thursday night’s Cotton Bowl so the new boss can finally get settled into Athens on a full-time basis.
Smart sees things differently, though.
Monday morning, he said it would be good for UGA if he stays away from the program a bit longer.
“There’s nothing that’s going to help me more as the head coach of Georgia than winning a national championship at Alabama,” he said, according to USA Today’s Nicole Auerbach.
Almost a month ago, it became clear Smart would try to do two jobs. He reinforced that idea on Monday.
“I don’t have mixed loyalties when I’m recruiting for the University of Georgia because I’m working towards an end goal of building a successful program,” Smart told reporters.
“But when I’m coaching these guys and I’m in the meeting room with them, I think everyone will tell you I’m 100% there and we’re concentrating on trying to get better and beat Michigan State. Separating those two things has not been difficult because you’ve got to be able to do that in your job. You’ve got to be able to focus on academics one minute, athletics another minute. And you’ve got to be able to transition from day to day.