As the adrenaline slowly began to put on off, Nick Saban settled in for his postgame press convention, ready for the inevitable query.
He and former Alabama assistant Kirby Smart shared a prolonged postgame handshake dialog, and one reporter requested the legendary coach about what was stated and his relationship with the Georgia star. Saban shared one factor which will shock followers—if the Crimson Tide misplaced the national title, he had a desire on who it might be to.
“If we needed to lose a national championship, I’d fairly lose one to one in every of the former assistants who did an awesome job for us, and has completed an awesome job together with his program and his group,” Saban stated. “They deserve it; they performed nice all yr. We had been the solely group to beat them in the SEC championship recreation. We simply couldn’t end the recreation tonight like we needed to.
“However I believe Kirby has completed a very, actually good job there, I congratulated him on the win. I’m actually happy with him, and I’m happy with the approach he’s been capable of coach his group and the consistency that they’ve performed with all yr.”
Smart additionally requested Saban about Jameson Williams, who exited the recreation early on account of an harm. And the Alabama head coach apparently told Smart, “You guys kicked our asses in the fourth quarter. Congrats.”
The national title recreation could have began out as the battle of the discipline targets, nevertheless it quickly become a throwing competitors in the fourth quarter, ultimately being capped off with a championship sealing choose six from Kelee Ringo.
Monday’s win over Alabama marks Georgia soccer’s first national championship since 1980. Stetson Bennett has gone from a former walk-on quarterback to a national champion, and Smart grew to become the first former Alabama assistant coach underneath Saban to beat him.
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