‘Can’t get Florida coach to agree with me’ on moving Georgia-Florida game on campus

Georgia coach Kirby Smart made some of his strongest comments Wednesday about his desire to move the Georgia-Florida football game to school campuses instead of playing it in Jacksonville, Florida, each season.

During an interview on the SEC Network at SEC Media Days on Wednesday, Smart said having the game in Jacksonville, where it has been played every but two seasons since 1933, is detrimental to recruiting because under NCAA rules, prospects don’t they can attend a neutral event. location game

When Georgia was named the home team in Jacksonville, they played just three home games in Athens, Georgia that season. It gives the Bulldogs fewer opportunities to receive recruits on campus.

“I am competing [coaches] All over the Securities and Exchange Commission getting recruits at their biggest games,” Smart said. When Auburn plays at Alabama, guess where the recruits are? When LSU and Alabama play, that’s where the best recruits want to go. It is an opportunity for us to bring these children, who travel from all over the country. What game do you want to come see Georgia play? They’d like to see Georgia play in Florida, but they can’t.

“It’s very important. Employment is very important… I can’t get a deal on myself for a Florida trainer [moving the game]. «

Last year, the Jacksonville City Council approved a contract extension that will keep the SEC contestant there until at least the 2023 season. There is also an option to play them there in 2024 and 2025. This season, the Bulldogs and Gators are scheduled to play at TIAA Bank Field on October 29.

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Speaking to reporters at SEC Media Days, New Gators coach Billy Napier said he wants to coach in the game before making up his mind about where he should play.

“I want to try the match first,” Napier said. “I would like to see that game in Jacksonville, try that game, before I have an opinion on it. They both have a lot of credibility.” [arguments]. Home and hearth would obviously be cool, but there are some traditions in there too. There is competition there. Time will tell.”

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