It turns out the Smart saga was a chapter, not an ending. I'm not mad, just disappointed. There's a measure of hurt to having an alum and former player turn you down. Many are blowing Smart apart for this and I'd give them the space to do so. But about five minutes after the announcement I was ready to move forward. No grief, no real hard feelings. Just don't come back wanting the head position Kirb...
So beyond the disappointment...whatevs. The reality (whether some fans would admit it or not) is that for every percentage chance that Smart would've turned into the best DC on the south sideline since Erk....there's an equal percentage chance that he would have been closer to Ramsey.
As I said Saturday, Smart would have made Coach Richt a hero and the press conference would have generated double digit ratings. But the truth is he's not the right coach for Georgia. As Streit so eloquently pointed out, the right coach wants to be in Athens. Smart was not that man.
For Coach Richt, the page turned on him again yesterday. And while the huddled masses groan about the embarrassment and duration of this search, I'm sure CMRs focus is the same today as it was the day he told three coaches to hand over their whistles.
Let's be clear....there's no sense of entitlement here Reader. No one said this would be easy. And as difficult as the process has been on the interwebs and the social networks, the load is multiplied for the head guy. Last I checked neither Mark Bradley nor Colin Cowherd were Hartman donors. So if you're ashamed when you read newspapers, fold them up. When a DotCom says we're floundering around...just click away. If a talk radio dude laughs at your beloved program, turn the damn dial. Talk is even cheaper than print.
Coach Richt is doing work. He'll finish this drill. And we'll all be better for it.