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Report: Georgia has its replacement for Mark Richt
during the Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium on December 30, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Georgia did not take long to find their new head coach after parting with Mark Richt on Sunday.

According to the AJC, Georgia is in negotiations with Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart to make Smart the next head coach in Athens. AJC’s touts sources with knowledge of the situation and that Smart will officially be name Richt’s replacement later this week.

Smart has been with Alabama for nine total seasons as a coach, winning three championships with the Crimson Tide. Alabama’s defense has been its strongest asset over that time span, and many point to Smart’s eight seasons at defensive coordinator as a big reason why.

Smart will return to his alma mater by taking the Georgia job, as Smart was a defensive back for the Bulldogs in the 90s. It is unknown how much Smart will make in his new position, but he will likely become one of the highest paid coaches in college football.

Smart still has the SEC Championship Game and potential College Football Playoff games to coach at Alabama. Mark Richt, meanwhile, is supposed to coach Georgia in its bowl game this year.

More information to come as it is made available.

Bo was born in Atlanta, GA, and has always been a savvy sports follower. He attended Georgia Tech and has previously worked with ESPN TrueHoop, HawksHoop, and the Georgia Tech Newsroom. He covers national college football for FanBuzz.
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