Nick Saban Reveals Message He Told Kirby Smart Upon Smart's Departure For Georgia

Nick Saban Reveals Message He Told Kirby Smart Upon Smart's Departure For Georgia

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Nick Saban Reveals Message He Told Kirby Smart Upon Smart's Departure For Georgia

Before Kirby Smart was the head coach at Georgia, he was Nick Saban’s assistant at Alabama for nine years, helping the Tide to four national championship victories.

Now, Smart and Saban meet again in the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship in Atlanta on Monday night.

The two coaches’ relationship is well-known, and very well documented, especially over the last week

On Sunday, during a joint press conference at the Atlanta Sheraton Hotel, Saban and Smart were questioned about their relationship, with some questions focusing on what main message Smart took away from Saban upon his departure for Georgia.

“I told Kirby this when he left,” Saban said. “Be your own man, be yourself. Do it the way you think it ought to be done. Don’t try to be somebody else.”

Smart must have listened, because when his superstar player Roquan Smith was asked a question about Georgia being the “next Alabama,” Smith had a very Saban-esque response, that I would guess was passed down from Smart.

“We don’t think about (it) like that,” Smith said. “We’re Georgia. We’re not caught up in this or that. We are who we are, so we’re not worried about anything else.”

Saban continued discussing his and Smart’s relationship, dismissing any hint of drama revolving around the two coaches reuniting, but on opposite sidelines.

“It isn’t personal when we compete against each other,” Saban said. “I’m sure he wants to win for his players, and we certainly want to win for our players, and it’s not a personal thing.

“I hate to lose, and I’ve been around Kirby long enough and he’s been on my basketball team long enough that I know he hates to lose, too. I think that has something to do with it.”

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