Kirby Smart saw Georgia's struggles coming, called it during South Carolina warmup
Surprised that South Carolina went on the road and upset No. 3 Georgia this past Saturday? Maybe you shouldn’t have been.
That’s because Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart alluded to the fact it was going to be a competitive game when he did a pregame radio interview with WSB 750 ahead of the matchup with the Gamecocks at Sanford Stadium.
“They’ve got a great football team, we’ve got to get our ass ready to play,” Smart said at the time. “Our team is not ready to play right now, we’ve got to get our team ready to play. We’ve got to get ready to go execute, it’s going to be a physical, tough game.”
But Georgia apparently never got ready. And Smart reflected on those pregame comments and the loss when he spoke with WSB-TV on Monday.
“I saw it in the pregame warmup, and that’s different from practices,” Smart told WSB-TV. “We had really good practices up to the game. I think the early start, going out early in pregame warmups, I’m always looking for guys that hit and attack and get really physical. We addressed that.”
Here is our story from Monday.. I asked Kirby what he saw pregame that led him to share his feelings with Chuck pic.twitter.com/dcNQOaToAG
— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) October 16, 2019
As Smart alluded to, Georgia got off to a slow start against South Carolina, as it trailed 17-10 at halftime. Then, there were no points scored until the Bulldogs tied it up on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Jake Fromm to Demetris Robertson with 1:48 to play.
Georgia went on to fall in double overtime for its first loss of the season.
Perhaps the unexpected loss will help the Bulldogs have better pregame warmups in the future. They’ll look to get back on track when they host Kentucky on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN.