Georgia football is sitting pretty with head coach Kirby Smart as another SEC team fired its head coach on Monday. Auburn announced that Brian Harsin is out after going 9-12 with the Tigers. With Auburn firing Harsin, among the eight schools that Georgia plays every year, seven have made coaching changes in the last six and a half years, with 16 different coaches hired for at least one season.
Since Smart took over, there have been three head coaches at Florida and Tennessee. Auburn and Georgia Tech will be three sooner than later, and there have been two head coaches at Missouri, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt. The only team that has not made a head coaching change is Kentucky with Mark Stoops.
While Georgia Tech isn’t in the SEC, and I wouldn’t consider Missouri or Vanderbilt a Georgia rival, it’s still important to include them because they’ve made multiple coaching changes since Smart’s Dawgs dominated them.
These numbers prove how much of a stronghold Georgia has on the SEC East, Georgia Tech and Auburn. On average, the Dawgs have seen 2.46 coaching changes among these seven schools in the last six and a half seasons.
Georgia football sees another foe’s coach come and go as the Dawgs dominate the SEC East.
After Smart’s first season and going 3-4 against these seven teams, he is 31-3 against them since 2017 — not counting this current season. He has dominated the East from his second year on, and since then, these schools seem to be fighting to catch up with the Dawgs. However, with the grip that Smart has on the East and recruiting, it’s going to take a lot for these schools to mimic what he is doing.
Of course, it isn’t just losing to Georgia that is making these schools fire their head coaches, but it is a peculiar stat that since the Dawgs’ championship run in 2017, there have been this many coaches among the East and Auburn. One of those coaches is on staff at Georgia now as co-defensive coordinator Will Muschamp used to be the head coach at South Carolina.
While some schools have turned to Georgia’s coaching to snag them away, it doesn’t seem like Auburn will do that in this coaching search. For now, Todd Monken and Dell McGee are safe in Athens. I would even say that Muschamp is safe right now too. This staff is so good together, and the Dawgs need to keep them as one whole unit because it is a recipe for success.