Georgia is smart to coach the College Football Playoff championship with a heavy heart

LOS ANGELES – Sonny Smart isn’t here, and that bothers his son Kirby. Sonny is dealing with health issues that have prevented him from being a part of Georgia’s College Football Playoff. He missed the Peach Bowl classic when the Bulldogs rallied to beat Ohio State, and he will miss their attempt at a national title repeat Monday against TCU.

“It hurts me that he and my mother [Sharon] won’t be here,” Kirby Smart said Saturday, offering a rare moment of vulnerability amid the impersonal and transactional bustle of CFP media day. “But I know it’s the right decision for him. Nothing worse than watching your parents get old. It’s like taxes; it’s inevitable. They’re going to get old. And it’s been tough.”

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