Smart says Georgia 'built to be here for a long time'

Smart says Georgia 'built to be here for a long time'

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart steps to the podium to speak during NCAA college football Southeastern Conference Media Days, Wednesday, July 20, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATLANTA - Before last season, the two most recent college football national champions from the Southeastern Conference not named Alabama were Auburn in 2010 and LSU in 2019.

Auburn went 3-9 two seasons after reaching the sport's summit, while LSU has struggled to an 11-12 record the past two seasons.

The reigning national champion now is Georgia, and Bulldogs seventh-year coach Kirby Smart made it crystal clear Wednesday that his program isn't about to stumble down those same paths - even after losing a record 15 players to the NFL draft.

"We didn't build this program on hoping for one-year wonders or hoping for one opportunity," Smart said as the SEC media days continued inside the College Football Hall of Fame. "We built the program to be sustained. You sustain it by what you do every single day.

"This