Kirby Smart building a sustainable culture within Georgia football
Week 8 of college football happens to be a bye week for Georgia football, and has given head coach Kirby Smart and his team the ability to reset and reflect. The Bulldogs head coach spoke to the media on Wednesday about the state of the program and how to keep it sustainable.
Smart has been with the Bulldogs since 2015 when he was hired to replace former coach Mark Richt. He has turned the Georgia football program into one that is able to compete at the highest level each year and now sits as the No. 1 team in the country.
Smart mentioned the positives of having a strong staff to keep the program at a high level each year.
“I think infrastructure, in terms of personnel, is key. Meaning you have staff members that buy-in, not just the on-field coaches,” Smart said. “It’s everybody. That’s the recruiting organization, the player development organization, and the training staff. It takes a village. We’ve been pretty sustainable in terms of keeping guys, and our administration has helped us do that.”
Smart and his staff have created a winning machine in Athens. Since he was hired, Smart has coached 73 games, winning 59 and losing only 14 to date. He said that another key to sustained success is the good recruiting classes he has been able to put together.