The actual footage of this moment may vary from how Kirby Smart plans it. For a man who likes to script everything, this will be a hard moment to hold true to plan.
Kirby Smart is preparing his team to take the field agianst Alabama in an all-SEC national title game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Monday night in Atlanta in front a home-state crowd that is sure to be anxious in hopes of its first national title since 1980.
During a pregame interview with ESPN’s Maria Taylor, Smart was asked to share what he planned to tell his team right before they take the field against the Crimson Tide.
Taylor: “What will be the final message you want to deliver to them before they take the field before kickoff?”
Smart: “The biggest thing is ‘Go relax and play with great physicality and composure,'” Smart said. “All the things we’ve talked about. It doesn’t change just because we’re here. We played here almost a month ago and I really think these guys can come out aggressive and understand the gameplan and go execute.”
Taylor: “As a head coach walking out with a national championship team, what is going through your mind right now?”
Smart: “I’m just proud of the kids and what they’ve done,” Smart said. “We’ve got a great senior class. I want it to end right for them. They’re such good leaders.”
Smart, who is in just his second season as a head coach, delivered a pretty measured response on national television. Our guess is that it’ll be a little more spirited and colorful in person.