Kirby Smart Will Remain as Tide Defensive Coordinator Through CFB Playoffs
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) – Kirby Smart will continue in his current role as Alabama’s defensive coordinator through the College Football Playoff as he also begins work as Georgia’s coach.
Smart, the former Georgia player and assistant, returned to his alma mater on Monday for his introductory news conference. He was formally approved as Richt’s successor during a meeting by the Georgia athletic association executive committee on Sunday. He then quickly began meeting with Georgia recruits.
Smart will have about one week for more recruiting and his search for assistants before No. 2 Alabama begins practice for the playoff semifinal against Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Eve. If Alabama plays in national championship game on Jan. 11 that could keep Smart from devoting his full attention on Georgia for more than a month.
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