|Nick Saban (left) with Kirby Smart (right). Image via dawgnation.com.|
From the "Worst kept secret ever" department come world that Georgia has officially named Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart as its new head football coach.
A statement from the school says that the UGA Athletic Association Board of Directors gave its approval for the hire on Sunday.
Smart, who was a defensive back for Georgia from 1995-1998, described being hired to be head coach of his alma mater as "an honor and privilege" in the statement. He also thanked Alabama head coach Nick Saban for "11 seasons with him as my mentor."
Smart will be officially introduced as the Bulldogs next head coach at a press conference on Monday. He is, however, expected to continue on as Alabama DC for the Tide's run in the College Football Playoff.
Smart succeeds Mark Richt, who was fired after fifteen seasons as Georgia head coach last Sunday. Richt accepted the position as head coach of his alma mater, Miami, last week.