ATHENS — Georgia coach Kirby Smart has said before he doesn’t think there are many secrets in college football.
That’s probably why Smart opened up Tuesday practice to the Oregon coaching staff, according to OregonLive.com.
The Ducks’ staff, led by former Alabama assistant Mario Cristobal, was in Tuscaloosa on Monday and Athens, Ga., on Tuesday to watch practice and visit with staff members.
Smart was at Alabama as Nick Saban’s defensive coordinator for three seasons while Cristobal was there serving as the line coach.
Georgia places heavy restrictions on the media presence at practice, even while opening up practice for the well-trained eyes of staff members they might ultimately face in the College Football Playoff or in a bowl game.
That’s what happened in the Sugar Bowl, as Smart allowed Texas coach Tom Herman and his staff to attend the Bulldogs’ spring practices last year.
“We took a trip out there this spring just to pick brains and talk shop a little bit,” Herman said leading up to the Longhorns’ 28-21 victory.
Herman said when the Sugar Bowl matchup was announced that he didn’t see the Georgia run game as “anything too formidable.”
The confident Texas coach proved correct against what was the SEC’s top rushing offense.
The Bulldogs rushed for just 72 yards on 30 attempts after averaging 259.8 yards per game.
Smart said his new offensive coordinator, James Coley, has been working to improve the offense and talked with other coaches.
Chances are, Coley spoke with Cristobal about what the Ducks do on offense in addition to visiting other programs that Smart chose not to name.
“We’ve been working on us and saying, okay, what can we do better, and I think James brings a lot of that to the table,” Smart said on Tuesday. “They’ve gone and visited with a lot of people to get new ideas.”