Georgia Tech coach Brent Key spoke transparently about his “hatred” for the Georgia football program at an alumni event on Thursday.

“There’s nothing I hate more in the world. It’s probably the only thing I actually hate,” Key said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Chad Bishop. “When I say hate, like, truly despise everything about it. I really do.”

Key is entering his 2nd full season as Georgia Tech’s head coach, but his time with the Yellow Jackets dates back a couple of decades. He played for Georgia Tech from 1997-2000 — a stretch that included 3 victories over the Bulldogs.

Key also had 2 separate stints as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech before earning the interim head coach title midway though the 2022 season. Since re-joining the Yellow Jackets’ staff in 2019, Georgia Tech is 0-4 against UGA.

Last year was a close game, however. Georgia won 31-23 and nearly had to give the ball back to the Yellow Jackets with a chance to tie the score in the game’s closing minutes. Key said on Thursday that the sequence that led to Georgia Tech’s 2023 loss to the Bulldogs has been discussed throughout its offseason.

“Three minutes and 31 seconds with three timeouts left, we’re down by eight,” Key said, via the AJC. “Muff the onside kick, get (Georgia) to third-and-3, they run a toss sweep out of the bunch formation to the boundary. (Linebacker) Kyle Efford is about two inches away from making the tackle.

“I think about it every day. (Efford) thinks about it every day. We talk about it every day.”

Efford is amongst several key players Georgia Tech will return in 2024 with an eye on perhaps pulling off the upset against rival Georgia. The Yellow Jackets have only won 3 times in this series since 2000 and not at all since 2016.

Georgia Tech will have to go on the road to Athens to face the Bulldogs this season on Nov. 29.

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