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Age / DOB:  (42) / 12/23/1975

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On the Athlon Sports preseason All-SEC team, Georgia tops all comers with 13 entrants.
While Athlon sees Alabama winning both the SEC and national championship by the close of the upcoming campaign, the Crimson Tide take a slight backseat to the Dawgs. Bama has 11 representatives in the preseason exercise, tying with none other than Missouri. Behind the three aforementioned program, Florida, Texas A&M and Mississippi State slide in with nine selections by the outlet. May 23 - 3:21 PM

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Georgia and HC Kirby Smart agreed to a seven-year, $49 million contract extension.

In just two seasons down in Athens, Smart has transformed the Bulldogs from an always-good, rarely-great SEC outfit into a true national title contender. They went 11-1 during the 2017 regular season, then proceeded to top Auburn in the conference title game and Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl to reach the national championship bout with Alabama, which they would lose in heartbreaking overtime fashion. Smart capped off his magical 2017 run by finishing up with the top recruiting class for the 2018 cycle. With this new extension now on the books, he becomes one of just seven collegiate coaches to draw at least $7 million annually. The others are Nick Saban (Alabama), Urban Meyer (Ohio State), Dabo Swinney (Clemson), Jimbo Fisher (Texas A&M), Jim Harbaugh (Michigan) and Gus Malzahn (Auburn).
Source: CBS Sports
May 3 - 2:55 PM

The Ringer's Shaker Samman believes that Georgia HC Kirby Smart is the new "king" of college football recruiting.

It's tough to disagree with Samman's proclamation. After a strong class in 2017, Smart's group in 2018 is considered by most recruiting services to be the best in the nation. He also already has four five-star prospects committed for the 2019 class, so we could be looking at back-to-back recruiting "championships" for Smart. Samman summarizes it well: "Considering the star-studded class that’s about to arrive in Athens, it’s a safe bet that the Dawgs will remain in College Football Playoff contention for many years to come,"
Source: The Ringer
Feb 10 - 5:29 PM

Georgia HC Kirby Smart was named the winner of the Maxwell Club's George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award.

One last accolade for Smart's work in 2017 before we plunge into the darkness of the offseason. To recap the second-year coach's body of work, Smart's crew was dealt just one regular-season loss -- to Auburn, in November -- then went on to capture an SEC title and a Playoff berth before defeating Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl and falling just short of a national championship in a thriller of a loss to Alabama. Smart is currently in the midst of wrapping up what could potentially finish as the No. 1 recruiting class for the 2018 cycle.
Feb 2 - 11:05 AM

Bleacher Report's David Kenyon ranked Georgia's class first overall after the All-American games this weekend.

Ohio State comes in at No. 2, with Texas, Penn State and Alabama rounding out the top five. "The amount of high-end talent in this recruiting haul is borderline ridiculous," Kenyon writes. "Justin Fields is the top-ranked dual-threat quarterback, and running back Zamir White, guard Jamaree Salyer and outside linebacker Adam Anderson are each rated No. 1 at their positions. Offensive tackle Cade Mays and defensive end Brenton Cox are also 5-stars." Georgia still has some irons in the fire with the remaining unsigned players, but even if they come up short, this is clearly the best recruiting class in college football.
Jan 8 - 4:51 PM

Georgia HC Kirby Smart earned a reported $675,000 in bonuses courtesy of Saturday's SEC Championship Game win over Auburn.

Smart is up to $900,000 in bonuses in what's been a brilliant season for the former Alabama defensive coordinator. He's far from alone in terms of bringing home the extra Christmas cash, though. Among the other notable bonuses netted by Playoff coaches -- Clemson HC Dabo Swinney netted $300,000 between his team's ACC title win and his team's entry to the Playoff, while Oklahoma HC Lincoln Riley likewise netted $150,000 for OU's Playoff berth and Alabama's Nick Saban took in a more modest $110,000 in bonus money with the Tide sneaking in as the four-seed.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 01:32:00 PM

In the latest release of the CFB Playoff rankings, Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame and Clemson remained the top four teams.

The top four squads remained static from last week's initial rankings release, as did No. 5 Oklahoma. There was some shuffling after that quintet, with TCU jumping up two spots to No. 6 and Wisconsin landing at No. 7. USC is one team to watch -- they rose six spots in this incarnation, up to No. 11, making them the second-highest ranked two-loss team on the landscape just one spot shy of Auburn. Michigan State, meanwhile, saw a whopping jump of 12 spots, as the Spartans are now sitting at No. 12, ahead of fellow Big Ten teams Ohio State (No. 13) and Penn State (No. 14).
Tue, Nov 7, 2017 08:11:00 PM

Georgia HC Kirby Smart called his team's No. 1 slot in the first CFB Playoff rankings a "distraction."

"It really means nothing right now," Smart said. It's a predictable enough bit of coach speak, though Georgia was going to land in the top four teams at one spot or another even if it wasn't at No. 1. Smart and crew will look to maintain their perfect record when they face off with South Carolina on Saturday.
Wed, Nov 1, 2017 06:40:00 PM

In the first release of the CFB Playoff rankings, Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame and Clemson landed as the top four teams respectively.

Strength of schedule played heavily into the initial rankings, with one-loss squads Notre Dame and Clemson landing far ahead of undefeated Wisconsin (No. 9) and Miami (No. 10). Following up Clemson at No. 5 is Oklahoma. The rest of the top-ten beyond the Sooners is filled out by Ohio State, Penn State and TCU. As for action outside of the first 10 teams, Auburn ranks as the highest two-loss squad in the field, slotting in at No. 14, followed by a fellow two-loss outfit in Iowa State.
Source: SB Nation
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 07:33:00 PM

In the latest release of the AP Top-25 poll, Georgia saw a bump from No. 5 to No. 4.

The Bulldogs slide into the top-four courtesy of their win over Vanderbilt on Saturday, one which saw them improve to 6-0 on the season. The back half of the top-10 might be the most intriguing segment of the new AP release -- TCU, Wisconsin, Washington State, Ohio State and Auburn now occupy spot Nos. 6-10. Miami sits just outside that lot at No. 11. One somewhat low-key riser to watch would be Notre Dame. The Irish moved up from No. 21 to No. 16 via their win over North Carolina on Saturday. And their one-point loss to Georgia back in September is looking more and more respectable as the season draws on.
Sun, Oct 8, 2017 02:17:00 PM

Georgia and UAB have scheduled a contest for September 11, 2021.

The Bulldogs will play host to the Blazers in four years' time, with UAB AD Mark Ingram saying in a statement, "We want to put together a schedule that creates excitement as our momentum in Birmingham continues to reach new heights, and playing at Georgia helps us do exactly that." The two programs have played twice before, with UGA coming away victorious in both 2003 and 2006.
Tue, Oct 3, 2017 05:26:00 PM

In the latest release of the Amway Coaches Poll, Georgia moved from No. 12 to No. 8.

No changes at the top, as Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma and Penn State all retained spot Nos. 1-4, respectively. Further down, Georgia bumped up four spots to land in the top-10 courtesy of Saturday's dominating win over Mississippi State. TCU nearly joined them after their upset of Oklahoma State, but not quite, not quite -- the Horned Frogs moved up from No. 15 to No. 11. As for the biggest droppers, nobody took a harder hit than Florida State. The 0-2 Seminoles plummeted 14 spots to No. 25 following their loss to NC State and are now teetering on the edge of falling out of the poll altogether.
Source: USA Today
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 01:54:00 PM

Georgia has self-reported three minor rules violations to the NCAA.

We are talking very minor stuff, here. The violations occurred during the 2016 season. One consisted of former DL coach Tracy Rocker -- who has since been fired -- making an unauthorized phone call to a recruit. Another saw a non-coaching staff member make a call to a high school coach in relation to a recruit's eligibility. Such calls are only allowed to be made by head coaches and assistant coaches. The final violation is just silliness, as it consisted of a recruit's guest (on a visit) taking a picture of the Georgia team and subsequently sharing it online. As photos such as these are not allowed to be shared with the media, boom, another violation. None of this amounts to much of anything.
Sun, Mar 19, 2017 12:25:00 PM

Georgia approved a $63 million renovation plan for Sanford Stadium.

The Bulldogs just opened up a new indoor facility. Onward to the next project, now. It will be an extensive one. Of the $63 million tabbed for Sanford Stadium renovations, $53 million will be raised by fundraising efforts from the athletic department, with the final $10 million coming from reserves in the department. The money will go toward moving the home locker room, creating a 500-seat "recruiting plaza" above student seating and moving the scoreboard back 30 feet (in order to accommodate for that plaza). The renovation is expected to take about 17 months. Georgia's new locker room should be ready by the time the 2018 season starts.
Source: Dawg Nation
Tue, Feb 14, 2017 10:30:00 PM

Georgia HC Kirby Smart addressed expectations, saying, "I feel the pressure of the whole state."

"The people that love this place, I want to be great for them," Smart said. "I want to be great for us. I want to be great for these players." He referred to the immense task of taking over as head coach at Georgia -- previous HC Mark Richt held a 145-51 record in his 15-year career with the Bulldogs-- as "overwhelming [at times]" and spoke to the goal of winning the conference. "That's the aiming point: going and winning the SEC and getting in that four and then going and playing teams that maybe aren't as good as the ones you played during the year."
Mon, May 30, 2016 02:20:00 PM