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Kirby Smart shrugs off Gus Malzahn’s post-game comment

Kirby Smart
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Auburn’s Gus Malzahn was exultant after his Tigers beat Georgia on Saturday and he wasn’t shy about expressing his opinion.

Malzahn was heard saying “We whipped the dog crap out of them, didn’t we?” as he was walking off the field.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart was asked about the comments Monday and didn’t seem to mind.

“When you perform the way they did on the field, you earn the right to say really whatever you want,” Smart said. “So I don’t get into what Gus says and he probably doesn’t get into what I say.”

Georgia scored on its first possession and led 7-6 at the end of the first quarter before Auburn took control. The Tigers held the run-oriented Bulldogs to a season-low 46 rushing yards.

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Smart tried to steer the conversation off the loss to Auburn and toward this week’s game against Kentucky. He had talked about not allowing “Auburn to beat you twice” Saturday and tried to continue the same narrative Monday.

“I am worried about Kentucky,” Smart said. “I really am. I know you want to ask about that and focus on that. We had mistakes, we had really undisciplined penalties, things I talked about in the postgame presser. But our players — we have told them we have moved on. We have to go get ready for Kentucky, and that is really where our focus is.” 

Georgia (9-1 overall, 6-1 in the SEC) already has clinched the SEC East title. Kentucky (7-3, 4-3) is trying to finish with its first winning record in SEC play since 1977.

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