Kirby Smart spoke to the media on Tuesday in Destin, Florida, while attending the Southeastern Conference’s annual meetings.
While at the meeting in Destin, Smart commented on the topic of scheduling and conference alignment, telling the media that he would love to ‘return the favor’ Georgia paid Auburn in 2013. — This being in reference to Georgia traveling to Auburn back-to-back years as a result of the SEC’s recent expansion.
“Yeah, absolutely. If we get a chance to fix that and return the favor that we paid to them,” Smart said. “I hear about that a lot – obviously I wasn’t there – but about the two times there to travel back-to-back. I think if you can make it more consistent, it will balance things out, probably be helpful in the long run, but I got a feeling there’s more to it than just us and them. It always affects so many other moving parts, but it would be nice to do that.”
While traveling to the Plains in back-to-back years hurt the Bulldogs, it also affected their status in the long run. Now, the Bulldogs have to play the Auburn and Tech games on the road every other year. Smart agreed with Gus Malzahn’s suggestion that Auburn would only get one of their 2 big rivalry games at home each year.
“I feel like if we could fix it, from that perspective, it would help and it would help from not having two roads games back-to-back for us in the situation we had like this year, with the Auburn and the Georgia Tech back-to-back,” he said. “It’s not exactly way high from a priority list, but I understand there’s problems and difficulties trying to appease everybody especially with the SEC conference having to do it.”
It will be interesting to see if the Bulldogs can convince the conference to let them host Auburn in 2019, 2021 or a later year.