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Want to talk to Georgia football coach Kirby Smart on a golf course?  It’s better to do it quickly
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Want to talk to Georgia football coach Kirby Smart on a golf course? It’s better to do it quickly

Kirby Smart is Georgia’s football coach most of the year.

From August to January it’s pretty much all about constant recruiting.

Then come offseason workouts, spring training and summer camps with some time for family vacations.

This is the time of year to go golfing. He played at a Peach Bowl golf event in Greensboro last week with Sen. Tommy Tuberville, the former Auburn coach.

Smart Wednesday morning was in Hoover, Ala. for its annual stop for the Regions Tradition pro-am in the Champions Tour event.

Who did Georgia football coach Kirby Smart play with in the Regions Tradition Pro-Am?

He was part of a group that played with three-time majors champion Padraig Harrington.

He did short interviews beforehand with a radio station in Birmingham and a group of reporters.

“I’m going to keep this short because I have to hit some balls,” Smart said apologetically to media members. “I might get someone hurt here.”

Here’s some of what he said to reporters:

If, as a defensive back in Georgia in the 1990s, he could have ever imagined that a Bulldogs head coach could one day make $13 million a year and imagined it would be him, “Absolutely not. Look at the coaches that paved the way over the years (Florida State’s) Bobby Bowden, Mickey Andrews, Joe Kines, all the guys that helped shape my career, how hard they worked at what they did, never thought it would have happened.”

On how Georgia did with the transfer portal this spring when it acquired quarterback Jaden Rashada from Arizona State, lost backup running back Andrew Paul and wide receiver Tyler Williams and kept defensive lineman Christen Miller who flirted with the portal.

“It was amazing. We weren’t really active in it. We kind of kept our roster and worried about the kids we had.

On the SEC rule that prevented players from transferring within the conference during the spring period:

‘I would like that rule to be permanent. I think it’s important that we don’t fight each other’s schedules in the spring. I don’t think this is good for our league. It’s probably good for other leagues because I’ve had several coaches tell me outside of our league that they hope we keep that because it gives them an opportunity to recruit SEC players. It’s something that’s been around for a while and I support it.”

Smart also spoke with Cole Cubelic and Greg McElory on WJOX-FM 94.5 and gave a hug to now-retired Alabama coach turned ESPN analyst Nick Saban after he finished.

On keeping his second and third stringers in the transfer portal era:

‘How can we sell you? You may be a two now, but you’re closer to the NFL Draft as a two than if you were at our neighboring school as a one. The development piece is probably what we sell the most.”

About what he most wanted to work on this spring:

“The quarterback running the ball, the running quarterback is becoming more and more common. We want ways to change it to influence him and not make him sit and feel comfortable. We looked at a lot of things with that. Defensively, there are a lot of things with a gap scheme. “

This article originally appeared on Athens Banner-Herald: What Georgia football coach Kirby Smart said before the pro-am golf event