Kirby Smart issues statement on passing of former Georgia assistant DJ Looney
The college football community is mourning the loss of Louisiana assistant DJ Looney. In the SEC, the 31-year old is best known as a former Mississippi State player (and later, graduate assistant), but he also spent a season on Kirby Smart’s Georgia Bulldogs staff. In 2016, Looney served as a graduate assistant working under offensive line coach Sam Pittman. Smart issued a statement to the media on Saturday.
“The sudden loss of D.J. Looney was tragic for his family and friends but also for the coaching community,” Smart said in a release. “During his time at Georgia, he demonstrated the tools that would provide an outstanding career in the profession. I know I speak for all the Georgia Bulldogs in expressing our sincerest sympathy to his family.”
A quick look at Smart’s Twitter account shows that the Dawg family is saddened by the news. Smart has retweeted his former players and assistants reacting to the news:
RIP Dj 💔 The world lost a great human being today https://t.co/aHYvK83Q2zFREE DOWNLOAD FROM SDS
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— Isaac Nauta (@isaac_nauta) August 1, 2020
RIP🙏🏼 We lost a special light and soul today. DJ was an up and coming star in our profession – he was a great coach, friend and person. My prayers go out to his family. Going to miss you DJ! https://t.co/LCLxMmZZBg
— James Coley (@CoachColey) August 1, 2020
Gone to soon. RIP Coach Looney, you were a great coach and an outstanding person to be around. My thoughts and prayers are with the Looney family! 🙏🏻 https://t.co/tAuWm49kHs
— Jacob Eason (@skinnyqb10) August 1, 2020