Kirby Smart on Tech Rivalry: “Everything’s Different When You Play Tech”

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Kirby Smart on Tech Rivalry: “Everything’s Different When You Play Tech”

Kirby Smart - Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Georgia 19-Nov-2016
Kirby Smart deciding what play to call on the sidelines.


Rivalry week is finally here for the Dawgs, and it’s time for some “clean ole-fashion hate.”


The last few years the Georgia-Georgia Tech rivalry has been one of the most intense games of the season, and this year should be no different despite both teams coming into the game with a record of 7-4. This one could go either way, and you can bet emotions will be high. This will be another test for Coach Kirby Smart’s young team as they have to prepare for the triple offense that Tech runs.


During Kirby Smart’s press conference on Monday the subject of what this game meant to him came up.

“Well, I think anytime you play your state rivalry, first of all, it’s great for the state. It’s a lot of people split down the line. When it comes to this game, a lot of passion and energy goes into this game on both sides of it. You know talk is all the time you’re remembered by what your senior class does and what your record is against Georgia Tech. So you know I think, its the same case as any rivalry. You gotta keep it within the grasp of your emotions and play with emotion, but you gotta play with the control of the emotion. Gotta make decisions on the field, and gotta prepare well,” Smart said.


Smart also went on about how his team will prepare for the game and how it’s different preparing for to play a team that runs the triple option from most other weeks or practice.


“It’s a different kind of week of preparation because it’s Thanksgiving week. So it’s so different a week than your tradition, got classes, come over, the schedules different for both teams. So everything’s a little bit different when you play Tech. When you add in the offense and the time in the week we’re not in classes, so it has been a great rivalry, and when I played in it and coached in it. It’s always been heated and been a lot of close games,” Smart said.






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Savannah Leigh is a recent graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia. She is an avid SEC, Dawgs, and college football fan. She also adores her four-year-old black lab, Champ Bailey.