As Bulldogs celebrate one national title, Smart plots another

Atlanta Journal-Constitution photo by Steve Schaefer via AP / University of Georgia football coach Kirby Smart cheers on the crowd during Saturday's celebration of the Bulldogs' national championship at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga.

University of Georgia football coach Kirby Smart told a near-capacity crowd at Sanford Stadium on Saturday that the Bulldogs don't plan to wait another 41 years for their next national championship.

"It's moments and events like this that allow us to look back and allow us to look forward," said Smart, a defensive back at Georgia in the late 1990s who took over as head coach at his alma mater in 2016. "... We're burning the boats, baby, and we're coming back! Go Dogs!"

The celebration in Athens, attended by Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, followed a parade down fan-lined Lumpkin Street to the Bulldogs' 92,746-seat stadium. Georgia announced Friday it had no more tickets available for the gathering at Sanford.

Georgia finished 14-1 and No. 1 in the final AP Top 25 after its 33-18 win over Alabama in the national championship game Monday night in Indianapolis.