Kirby Smart has only been “the Georgia coach” for a couple months, and he’s already managed to find himself in a public spat with Jim Harbaugh.
Even if the Michigan coach may be misreading what Smart said.
“There’s a lot of factors that people don’t think about in that deal,” Smart said. “You’ve gotta think about recruiting rules, how are they going to handle those, is it an advantage, disadvantage? Are they gonna let other coaches come to it, are they gonna hold open practices? Do we all come in there and watch them and scout them? If they’re all open practices why don’t we go and watch them. It’s a Pandora’s Box of what it’s going to get into, obviously.”
Harbaugh may have read the comments and felt Smart was implying that Michigan was trying to break any rules. But that wasn’t the tone of Smart’s comments, at least to this reporter who was in the room.