Kirby Smart knows Georgia’s history. He’s a part of it. He was a member of the team in the 1990′s, an assistant coach in the mid-2000′s and the head coach starting in 2016.
He knew it had been 41 years since Georgia last won a national championship. He had the presence of mind to mention one of Larry Munson’s more iconic calls in the moments after defeating Alabama 33-18.
It is also why he sought out former Georgia coach and athletic director Vince Dooley on the field in the moments after the game. Dooley was the head coach of the 1980 team. His name is now on the field where Georgia plays its home games.
The connection to Dooley is also why a chance encounter Smart hard the night before seemed like a positive sign ahead of Monday’s game.
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