Rumor: Kirby Smart to become Georgia coach; Billy Napier as OC?

Following the news early Sunday afternoon that Mark Richt would be stepping down as Georgia Bulldogs head coach after the team’s bowl game, there have been plenty of rumors about what is next for Richt and the university.

Recent rumors suggest Richt could remain with the university in an administrative role, but what about the football team’s next head coach?

Well, look no further than the man with the strongest ties to the job: former Georgia defensive back and administrative assistant and current Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.

According to the latest buzz making its way around the web, Smart and Georgia have an agreement in place for him to become the next head coach.

It is a dream job for Smart, who could return to his alma mater and perhaps lead them to a championship.

As for the remainder of the staff, the rumors claim defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will remain with the team — which would be great news for the current players and incoming recruits who have expressed their love for the assistant.

When it comes to the team’s offensive coordinator, the university could either promote someone from within the coaching staff or turn to a current co-worker of Smart, Alabama wide receivers coach Billy Napier.

There is also talk that Scott Cochran could leave Alabama to join Smart and potentially Napier for the same role. However, this seems like the biggest stretch as Nick Saban would likely do anything in his power to keep Cochran on the staff.

Whether these rumors prove to be true or are simply wild speculation, this has to have Georgia fans excited.

While this may all be a pipe dream, keeping Richt involved with the program while adding an incredibly talented coaching staff to bring new life to the Bulldogs would be a win-win for everyone involved.

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Rumor: Mark Richt to remain at Georgia as assistant AD