Kirby Smart’s success at Georgia has resulted in coaches from around the country making the trip to Athens to see how the Dawg staff has brought UGA to national prominence in just three seasons. University of Iowa coach Phil Parker (and three other Hawkeye assistants) recently visited Athens to take advantage of ideas shared by Smart and Company. Coach Smart and Coach Parker worked together for a while at Alabama.
One of the Iowa assistants that made the trip to Athens was defensive line coach Reese Morgan. Morgan’s complete comments can be heard at the link below, however, here are a couple of his takeaways:
“They’ve got great athletes, but they also are great people,” Morgan said. “The players we met were unbelievably polite. Nice kids. Sometimes you think because a kid’s a highly recruited kid, he’s going to act a little differently. But the culture there is very, very strong. The work ethic is amazing. And the coaches were unbelievable. They just gave us so much time.”
“The big message is don’t be so concerned about the scheme as much as the fundamentals, the details, getting things done right and the process,” Morgan said. “… I think that probably helps reinforce what we believe in, what we’re doing. Obviously, we have to get better at everything we do, though.”