All signs are pointing towards Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart replacing Mark Richt in Athens. However, it does not appear that Smart will be leaving Alabama in the middle of their quest for another national championship.
According to reports on Thursday, if Smart is to take over as head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs, it will not be until the end of Alabama’s season.
Seeing as how the team is currently preparing for the SEC Championship against Florida and a run in the second College Football Playoff, Georgia could be left waiting until mid-January.
Phil Savage passed along the news, citing “two people close to the [Alabama] program.”
This could have obvious implications for the Bulldogs — especially concerning five-star quarterback commit Jacob Eason, whose status with the team is in limbo until they name a new head coach.
Eason was originally set to enroll at the university in January, but things have been up in the air since Richt’s departure.
Of course, if there is an agreement in place for Smart to replace Richt, the coaches on the recruiting trail could be giving prospects the inside scoop on what to expect with the program.
Smart, on the other hand, is keeping his focus on helping his current team and, if all things play out in his favor, he could come to Georgia with another national championship ring. That could certainly make up for a late start in the recruiting game.
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