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How Nick Saban’s retirement impacts the Georgia football program

SystemSystem Posts: 7,416 admin
edited January 11 in Article commenting
imageHow Nick Saban’s retirement impacts the Georgia football program

ATHENS — Kirby Smart has always been incredibly respectful of Nick Saban. It comes from all their shared time together, spanning across college football and the NFL.

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  • jdatl3jdatl3 Posts: 368 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    I think Bama will try and take Sark first, but I would be real surprised if they get him. Like Florida, more than likely Bama's reign is over, and they will eventually fall to a second level for a while. These super coaches don't come along very often.

  • KudzuKudzu Posts: 352 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Truly outstanding article... almost like a "checklist" of what to watch for in the coming weeks. Much appreciated!

  • PetesdawgsPetesdawgs Posts: 386 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Alabama's players are NOT better than Georgia's-Absurd statement not backed up by facts

  • GtheGreekGtheGreek Posts: 880 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    I expect for Greg Byrne to announce Saban's successor within the week if not sooner......need a proven HC, proven recruiter, NFL experience, proven QB developer, someone without an outrageous buy out, someone young enough to allow for at least a 10-15 year or longer stay, and finally someone Saban OK's......IMHO, Trent Dilfer is the man.

  • MontanaDawgMontanaDawg Posts: 1,821 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    I'll be very surprised if Lanning or Sark take the job.

  • kylnmeg10kylnmeg10 Posts: 515 ✭✭✭✭ Senior
    edited January 11

    Year of retirement. Within 2 days, 3 of the winningest coaches in history retire. Carroll, Saban, and now Belichick. Makes you worry for the sport.

  • reddawg1reddawg1 Posts: 3,564 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    I think, just my opinion, but I believe Nick experienced the wild,wild,west of NCAA football this sason and said, "I'm out! Players no longer loyal to schools or want to be at a certain school based on their winning tradition or to play for NC's. Time to, "sit back at the lake and watch the geese sh#t." HIs famous words.

  • reddawg1reddawg1 Posts: 3,564 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    His words about doing things the "right way" are cryptic. Those weren't pulled out of thin air.

  • reddawg1reddawg1 Posts: 3,564 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Nothing less than a Dabo or Lanning will satisfy the fan base. Dabo could be starting to feel some heat from Clemson's base. THEy haven't been relevant lately.

  • Georgia67Georgia67 Posts: 120 ✭✭✭ Junior

    I despise all things Alabama, but I recognize that we need them to be strong. Great teams need a nemesis to stand toe-to-toe with them and push them out of their comfort zone. Alabama is Georgia’s nemesis, and vice-versa. If Alabama drop off too far it could work against us.

    Coach Smart will be the next master by which all coaches and teams are measured. I can easily see him dropping 25 years in Athens. At some point we, too, will be where Alabama is now. Until then let’s enjoy the success and be thankful for our blessings!

    Go Dawgs!

  • 99nout99nout Posts: 210 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Kirby isn't going to coach for 25 years at Georgia. He's said as much. If we get ten more years from him we're blessed.

  • UGADad20UGADad20 Posts: 1,662 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    edited January 11

    Very surprising development. Though, from the outside, Saban has looked like he was tiring of the whole circus that is CFB. On one hand glad to see him go. He has been a major roadblock to UGA. On the other hand, wanted another shot at beating him in '24. Did not relish the thought of having to beat Saban 3 times in '24.

    UGA, UT(X), and probably OR are all better jobs than AL. Maybe Lanning's ties to the SE and the SEC trump the advantages of the OR job and he decides to take the job. AL may have to settle for Kiffin.

    Even with his faults, it is difficult to not respect CNS for what he has built and accomplished. Saban/AL becoming 2nd Chance U for coaches/men in need of career rehabilitation was admirable and provided a service that many were able to utilize. Who fills that void? CKS is too obsessed with winning to be distracted w/coaching rehab tangents. Maybe later in his coaching career.

    CKS being on top of his roster management probably hurts UGA right now with AL players becoming available for transfer. UGA already 6(?) over the 85. You want Haynes? More than BRob, RRob, AP3? Because w/7 RB's somebody will have to go. You want OL (from GA) Ferguson and Pritchett? You just got Truss and TRat back. No room for guys that want to start. Downs? Maybe there is room but Downs liked AL and OSU more than UGA. Bond? Just added 3(!) TP WR's. QB Sayin? Had room for Maiava .......

    Will be interesting to watch what happens w/the AL roster. AL needs to name a successor quickly to salvage the roster and #2 2024 recruiting class.

  • reddawg1reddawg1 Posts: 3,564 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    I know you have to say this every year to keep recruits and such but he just was on record as saying he wasn't ready to retire last year or at the end of 2022. THen the transfer deal broke all the way open and now not only do you have to recruit well but you have to re-recruit your own players you've already recruited and give them raises in essence to keep them. Can you say 3 ring circus?

    Like many elderly people having to learn new systems and change, at some point you just say, screw it.

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