When former Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart took the head coaching position at Georgia earlier this year, he adopted a lot of things in Athens. One of the things he picked up was the Bulldogs’ rivalry with the Auburn Tigers, known as the “Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.”
Smart, however, shouldn’t be too surprised about the hate the Bulldogs have for the Tigers, as the Crimson Tide hold just as much of a displeasure for Auburn.
Georgia head basketball coach Mark Fox seems to be pretty confident in Smart’s chances going up against the Tigers.
“He’s used to beating Auburn,” Fox said during a speech in Columbus.
Smart joined the Alabama staff along with Nick Saban in 2007 and was a part of Iron Bowl domination over the last nine years, winning six meetings in that stretch. He looks to continue his reign of terror over Auburn with the Bulldogs, who have a permanent crossover rivalry with Gus Malzahn’s club.
Kirby Smart has a lot to live up to in the rivalry with the Tigers. During his 15-year career with the Bulldogs, former head coach Mark Richt had a 10-5 record in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry, including winning eight of the last 10 meetings.
The Bulldogs and Tigers are slated to meet up at Sanford Stadium on November 12 this year.