Nick Saban congratulated former assistant Kirby Smart on winning SEC title
It’s only been two years since Kirby Smart left his position as the Alabama Crimson Tide’s defensive coordinator to take the Georgia head coaching job.
In only Smart’s second year at the helm of the program, he has led the Bulldogs to the College Football Playoff by beating Auburn in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday night, 28-7.
Smart’s former mentor, Alabama coach Nick Saban, noticed his protege’s outstanding performance and decided to give him a call after the big win, according to ESPN reporter Chris Low:
Nick Saban told me he called Kirby Smart to congratulate him earlier Sunday morning on winning the SEC title. We could see the first Saban vs. Smart matchup for the national title if Alabama and Georgia both win their CFP semifinal games.
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) December 4, 2017
Now, the Crimson Tide and the Bulldogs have a chance to meet with the national title on the line if both teams win their respective semifinal games.
Alabama will take on Clemson in the Sugar Bowl, while Georgia will travel to California to take on Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl.
Whatever happens, both coaches have elite programs and should be proud of what they’ve accomplished this season.