ATHENS – It’s finally officially official: Georgia will wear black jerseys this Saturday for the first time in eight years.
Not that Kirby Smart has gained any more excitement about talking about it.
Smart’s post-practice media session was wrapping up Tuesday night, when sports information director Claude Felton informed the room that the next question would be the last one. So this reporter, deciding the actual football questions had been properly exhausted, decided to ask away.
Reporter: “I know you love black jersey questions.”
Smart: “Last question.”
Reporter: “What’s the deal. Are you all definitely using them?”
Smart (turning to Felton): “Is this the last question?”
Smart (turning back to reporter): “Yes.”
And he walked off.
A day earlier Smart used only a few more words when another reporter asked about the black jerseys, prefacing it by saying the team hasn’t confirmed they’ll be wearing them this week.
“We haven’t confirmed that yet. You’re right,” Smart said, not smiling, and moving on to the next question.
This will be the first time Georgia has worn black jerseys since 2008, when it was routed at home by Alabama. Smart was the Crimson Tide’s defensive coordinator at the time.
“It’s going to be cool going out there in black jerseys,” Georgia linebacker Reggie Carter said. “It’s more for the fans. I’m pretty sure they’re going to appreciate it. I mean we’re going to appreciate it. But they’re really going to be fired up for it.”