Kirby Smart’s NIL vision suggests more ‘Super Conference’ action could be on the way

ATHENS — Kirby Smart might not have known UCLA and USC would be joining the Big Ten, but the Georgia head football coach shared a vision in May that was on par for how the dominoes appear to be falling.

Smart asserted almost two months ago that college football was headed into a land of haves and have-nots when sharing what he would do if he were in charge of the sport.

The Bulldogs were in charge of college football on the field in 2021 en route to winning the CFP Championship. The Georgia defense set a modern-era regular-season record by allowing just 6.9 points per game with a defense that featured five first-round 2022 NFL Draft picks.

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Smart’s thesis began with the notion of balance and uniformity across the sport with regard to NIL legislation, something that would likely involve a collective bargaining agreement and require congressional oversight.


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