I'm honored and excited for the opportunity at Georgia and promise high energy, effort every day, and hard work every minute on the part of all our coaches, staff and student-athletes." Smart has served on the Alabama staff the past nine years, the past seven as defensive coordinator.During his tenure at Alabama, the Crimson Tide won three BCS National Championships, one College Football Playoff national title, three Southeastern Conference crowns, six SEC western division titles, and was ranked in the nation's final top ten rankings the last eight years in a row.The Bulldogs own a 16-12-2 edge over the Tar Heels dating back to 1895.
The Bulldogs have never played Nicholls and own a 1-0 record versus the Ragin' Cajuns after beating them 55-7 in the 2010 season opener in Athens.
Georgia leads the series with the Yellow Jackets 65-38-5 as the Bulldogs have won 13 out of the last 15, including last year's 13-7 victory. UNC last played in this game in 2010, losing to LSU 30-24.
A former standout defensive back and scholar-athlete at Georgia, Smart was one of the nation's most respected defensive coordinators.
During his time at Alabama, he coached players at three different positions, in addition to his coordinating duties. The Bainbridge, Ga., native is married to the former Mary Beth Lycett of Mc Donough, Ga., a 4-year letterwinner, and 2-year starter, on the Georgia women's basketball team from 2000-2003.
When Smart was named head coach he said "It's an honor and privilege to return home to the University of Georgia and my home state.
I'm deeply appreciative of the faith President Morehead, Greg Mc Garity, and the Athletic Board Executive Committee have demonstrated in asking me to lead one of the truly great college football programs in the country. I have been fortunate to spend 11 seasons with him as my mentor and have learned a tremendous amount from him as a coach and teacher.He is a 30-year coaching veteran of the SEC, Big Ten, ACC and the NFL.Chaney served the 2015 season at Pittsburgh following a two-year tenure at Arkansas.Eason completed the annual G-Day scrimmage going 19-of-29 for 244 yards and a touchdown.New Offensive Coordinator Jim Chaney will also coach the QBs.He also served as Offensive Coordinator at Tennessee (2009-12), Purdue (1997- 2005) and Cal State-Fullerton (1988-92).