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Why Kirby Smart and Georgia ‘keep the main thing the main thing’
Thursday was truly a great day to be a Georgia football fan and terrible day if you root for the Florida Gators. The Bulldogs landed a commitment from 5-star outside linebacker Mekhail Sherman. Florida meanwhile saw its top 2019 signee enter the transfer portal.
It’s just another example of how big a gap there is between the two bitter rivals and how it might actually be getting bigger. Georgia is continuing to add 5-star prospect after 5-star prospect. Florida meanwhile is seeing its top recruit leave before the rest of the 2019 recruiting class arrives.
Related: Georgia lands commitment from 5-star linebacker Mekhail Sherman
Across all recruiting services, Georgia has 22 5-star recruits on its 2019 roster. Florida will now have zero.
Dan Mullen has taken a number of taunts and jabs this offseason, with many aimed at the Georgia football program. Kirby Smart continues to say nothing about the Gators. No mention of past scores or Mullen’s record against Smart. To use one of Smart’s popular phrases, he’s kept the main thing — Georgia football — the main thing this offseason.
And days like Thursday are an important reminder as to why Smart doesn’t try and troll in the media or take shots at a rival. Because running and maintaining college football is a 365-day job. You have to focus on your own program at all times because troubling times could always be on the horizon. Florida found itself in some of that trouble on Thursday, when its top-rated 2019 signee, cornerback Chris Steele, put his name into the transfer portal.
According to a report from Zach Abolverdi of the Gainesville Sun, Steele’s decision to transfer stems from Florida not handling his request to have a different roommate, as Steele had reportedly asked to not room with quarterback Jalon Jones as early as January. In April, Jones was accused of sexual battery and Steele was named in the police report as a witness.
As we’ve written before, it’s clear Smart isn’t all that fond of Mullen. But instead of trying to pump up the fan base through trolling, Smart has continued to focus on adding talent and improving Georgia. I’m sure part of him would love to take an all-too-easy swipe at Florida. But he’s got more important things to focus on.
And that’s part of the reason why there is such a wide gap between Georgia and Florida right now. Because while Mullen is cracking jokes and trying to figure out to deal with the Steele situation, Smart is continuing to make Georgia better in the present and the future.
Georgia baseball getting healthy heading into pivotal Auburn series
No. 7 Georgia baseball(37-13, 16-8) will be getting its ace back on the mound this weekend. Georgia pitcher Emerson Hancock will be getting the start on Saturday against the Auburn Tigers. The sophomore standout has missed his last two starts due to soreness.
In his last outing, which came against Missouri back on April 18, Hancock struck out 11 batters while giving up only 3 hits in 8.0 shutout innings. The Bulldogs will need him to pitch like that against Auburn on Friday if the Bulldogs are going to pick up a key road win.
Related: Why Georgia baseball has look, sound of national championship contender
The Bulldogs have lost their last two road series, including getting swept by the Mississippi State Bulldogs two weekends ago. The Bulldogs did drop their midweek game on Wednesday, as they lost to Jacksonville State 9-8 in extra innings. Georgia did sweep Florida last weekend.