There will be no war of words between Kirby Smart and Jim Harbaugh.
Smart was asked if he had any kind of reaction to what Harbaugh, Michigan’s head coach, wrote on his personal Twitter account. After Smart stated his concerns for Michigan and other programs holding spring practice in states such as Florida, Harbaugh’s take was that Smart shouldn’t insinuate he’s breaking a rule.
Smart, who was hired by Georgia in December, elected not to take any kind of bait Harbaugh was throwing his way.
"No reaction," Smart said following an hour-long speech he gave at the Minority Coaches Association of Georgia's football coaches conference. "To be honest with you, I’m focused on what we can do at the University of Georgia to get better. That’s the most important thing to me, getting better there."
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This all started when Smart was asked a question about the hot-button issue on Monday at the Macon Touchdown Club Spring Jamboree.
A fan in attendance asked Smart for his take on Michigan deciding to hold spring practice at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Smart said Michigan had the right to do this based on the rule book, but that he hopes the NCAA intervenes and decides to change the policy in the future.
NCAA President Mark Emmert has also stated his concerns over what Michigan is doing, with the governing body reportedly considering to discuss the subject in April.
"I can’t comment other than to say they’re obviously trying to gain a competitive advantage," Smart said on Monday. "That’s their right but I think the NCAA, in due time, will have to step in and keep it from getting out of hand. There are a lot of factors people don’t know about in that deal. You’ve got to think about recruiting rules, how are they going to handle those? Is it an advantage, disadvantage? Are they going to let other coaches come to it? Are they gonna hold open practices? Do we all come in there and watch them and scout them? If they’re all open practices why don’t we go and watch them? It’s a Pandora’s Box of what it’s going to get into, obviously."
Two days later, Harbaugh fired back at Smart in less than 140 characters.
“If the Georgia coach is implying any intent on our part to break rules, he is barking up the wrong tree,” Harbaugh wrote.
In fairness to Smart, he never spoke or insinuated Harbaugh and Michigan were breaking or attempting to skirt rules during his Macon Touchdown Club appearance.
Smart also said on Monday that he didn’t have any interest in leaving campus to hold spring practice.
"I don’t want to get into doing it because I’d like to practice right there at my facility, and I’d also like to have the prospects that are in the state (of Georgia) come to our practices and us not have to go to them," Smart said. "It’s important for them to get on campus because ultimately that’s where they’re going to spend their next four to five years, on that campus, not wherever they’re at practice. I don’t know how it’s going to go down but it will be interesting to see."