ATHENS — Kirby Smart is finding his internet groove, face-timing players and managing his program via zoom meetings with administration, football staff and position groups.
Smart explained it’s another way of asserting one of his favorite sayings about the importance of learning to “get comfortable being uncomfortable.”
If there’s anyone who knows how to embrace the grind and beat the system, it’s Smart.
Friday night’s On The Beat segment reviews the Georgia head coach’s comments from this week, when he talked more about how he’s managing the program via the Internet, and declared the Bulldogs have a “quarterback competition” on their hands.
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A family member of one projected starting offensive lineman reports his sibling is in great shape, but two other offensive linemen were called out during the show.
Indeed, accountability and player leadership are other areas Smart is focused on during these unprecedented times.
Because Smart and his staff have limited time and oversight with the players, the Bulldogs’ leadership committee has taken on a larger role.
“Each player is looking out for another guy, kind of a leadership group does that, then our strength staff does things as well, just checking in,” Smart said. “I had five or six calls today with our players. It’s not as much about recruiting, as maintaining a relationship with our guys.”
The Friday night show also reviewed Greg Sankey’s telling comments on when he aims for football to return, and how the “autonomy five” commissioners have been talking daily about how things will look when action resumes.
Finally, the tale of a close encounter with LSU’s Mike the Tiger had to be told. The one-of-a-kind exhibition presented more of an adrenaline rush than any kickoff inside the Bayou Bengals stadium across the street for this reporter.
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