ATHENS, Ga.—Kirby Smart learned a great many things during his 11 years as an assistant to Nick Saban.

He learned how to put together a football organization. He learned that the focus of that organization should be on “the process” and not the results. Smart became one of college football’s very best recruiters during his decade-plus with Saban. That is not a coincidence.

He also learned that he had to put his own stamp on a program.

But as Smart prepares for his third season as the head coach at Georgia, he will need to implement perhaps the most important lesson he learned during his time in Tuscaloosa.

Simply put, Kirby Smart has to learn, and then teach his team, how to handle success.

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