Opinion: After knocking off mentor, Kirby Smart's rivalry with Nick Saban may just be beginning

Opinion: After knocking off mentor, Kirby Smart's rivalry with Nick Saban may just be beginning

Nick Saban approached his former defensive coordinator amid the confetti at Lucas Oil Stadium with a smile and a simple piece of analysis about what just occurred in the College Football Playoff national championship. 

“You guys kicked our ass in the fourth quarter,” Saban leaned in to tell Kirby Smart, summarizing Georgia’s 33-18 victory that secured its first national title since 1980. 



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