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Kirby Smart Speaks Out Against Transfer Portal

Kirby Smart talking to one of his players.

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 29: Head Coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs discusses a play with Tyson Campbell #3 during the game against the Tennessee Volunteers on September 29, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

The NCAA's transfer portal has become an extremely popular tool lately. Some of the top teams in the country have used it to land star players who were toiling as backups on other teams. But Georgia head coach Kirby Smart isn't as big a fan of it as some other coaches might be.

On a recent radio appearance, Smart expressed his belief that he doesn't believe the transfer portal is good for football. He explained that he feels that student-athletes using the transfer portal are taking "the path of least resistance."

From DawgNation:

“It may be good on an individual basis. But when you give kids an easy way out sometimes, sometimes they take the path of least resistance..."

He quickly made sure to make a distinction between students using the transfer portal and coaches leaving for other jobs by stating that coaches work on contracts. He also stated that coaches can fired at any time.

"...People can say ‘well, coach, you are free to go wherever you want to go,’ we also have a contract and they are free to fire us anytime they want. So they can fire us anytime they want as an assistant coach.”

Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs have arguably been among the most adversely affected by the transfer portal this year.

The Bulldogs lost five-star quarterback Justin Fields to Ohio State and top tight end Luke Ford to Illinois, as well as two other players.

But it's not as though Georgia has gotten no benefit from the transfer portal. The team has two skill position coming next year with wide receiver Lawrence Cager joining from Miami and tight end Eli Wolff joining from SEC rival Tennessee.

Regardless, the transfer portal has grown increasingly popular with hundreds of students deciding to take their talents elsewhere in pursuit of more playing time.

Smart may be in the minority as far as public opinion for the transfer portal goes, and it's very likely he'll remain there.