Kirby Smart’s Wife Said He Was Close To Taking Different SEC Job In 2015
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Kirby Smart became head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs in 2016. However, according to his wife, Mary Beth, they almost ended up at different SEC program...

“We were really close to taking South Carolina at the time,” Mary Beth said during a recent appearance on 960 The Ref. “… The AD [Ray Tanner] and one of the athletic administration guys were in the kitchen meeting with us that morning Coach (Mark) Richt was fired. It was leading down that road. The way the timing fell for him was really special.”
(The Spun)
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Yall wanna crown his arse then crown him
Reply6 days
We let him off the hook
6 days
Ugh. We know and don’t need reminding
Reply7 days
“We were really close”?? I was not aware that his wife was on the football staff.
Reply7 days
Geez people just love to live their lives trying to find something to bitch about. Men don't give birth, but doesn't stop couples from saying "We're pregnant". And if you don't think a wife has heavy say on where a coach (especially once at major program HC talks) goes, you are a fool. Especially after she's spent decades moving from program to program supporting him. She is going to make sure she enjoys where she's the head honchos wife, and those millions.
6 days
If Bear Bryant, Nick Saban, and Kirby were all three simultaneously on the staff at USC(e) for a decade together, the O/U on Nattys there would be 0.5.
Reply7 days
I disagree South Carolina only lacking in one area and that is recruiting. While South Carolina has some talent it pales in comparison to most SEC states and they have to fight Clemson for that talent. But there is enough they can pluck from surrounding states to have success. Other than they have everything else. Facilities, and maybe the best fan support in the SEC. They just need to the right combo of AD and Coach to commit to it and be patient. I don't know about winning a Natty, but no reason they should as pitiful as they usually are.
6 days
He still hasn't won shit
Reply7 days
The SEC?
7 days
@strannix, i call winning the sec east something, i call winning the sec conference championship something, i call getting to the playoff something, i call getting to the playoff finals something and i also call giving bama an arse whooping vs bama in sec championship 2021 season on December 4th something. What do you mean Georgia has not won shitt with Kirby? Unless u talking about south carolina then i got no clue of their history on what they have done other than play in the sec conference.
6 days
He gave Bama an arse whipping? They lost.
6 days
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