One of the candidates to become the next University of Georgia head football coach, after Mark Richt either retired or was fired over the weekend, is a former Bainbridge Bearcat and UGA Bulldog.
National sports media have said Kirby Smart, currently an assistant coach with the University of Alabama, could be one of the leading candidates for the job.
Smart has been considered one of the top assistant coaches in the nation in recent years, after following Nick Saban to several of Saban’s coaching jobs, and at one point the University of Georgia apparently tried to hire him as a defensive coordinator under Richt.
Smart played defensive back at UGA from 1995-1998 and was a running backs coach for the Bulldogs in 2005.
Kirby Smart, who played for Bainbridge High School in the early 1990s for his dad, former coach Sonny Smart, was a member of a 10-3 Bainbridge team that went to the state HS football semifinals in 1993.