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Kirby Smart asks for fan base to 'unite' and fill Sanford Stadium at spring game

Jason Butt

jbutt@macon.com

Video: Kirby Smart addresses fans at UGA basketball game

Georgia coach Kirby Smart got a standing ovation while speaking to fans at halftime of the Georgia-Arkansas basketball game.
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Georgia coach Kirby Smart got a standing ovation while speaking to fans at halftime of the Georgia-Arkansas basketball game.

Head coach Kirby Smart preached the need for unity among his program's fan base during a halftime address at Georgia's basketball game against Arkansas.

Receiving a loud ovation as he approached the center of the Stegeman Coliseum court, Smart asked for the fan base's unconditional support with offseason preparations for the 2016 season underway. This includes Smart's desire for Georgia fans to fill Sanford Stadium to maximum capacity for this April's G-Day game.

"I really want to unite the bulldog nation right now and tell everybody -- fans, our students -- with all this passion and energy, we expect to see this same passion and energy in Sanford Stadium at the spring game," Smart said. "We want 93,000 fans to come out to the spring game to support us. The easiest thing in recruiting is when your fan base is united and everybody pulling in the same direction. That's what we need, that's what we want, that's what we expect to get that done."

Smart and members of his coaching staff were on site hosting a plethora of recruits, including defensive tackle Derrick Brown, receiver Mecole Hardman and offensive lineman Patrick Hudson, among many others. The recruits, most likely strategically, were escorted to their seats in front of Georgia's student section during the second media timeout of the basketball game, which drew a loud applause.

Smart also told the crowd he and his staff are working toward finishing strong with its recruiting class of 2016.

"We're also recruiting right now," Smart said. "We have a lot of guys we're pursuing, trying to finish off an awesome recruiting class to bring to Athens. The current players are working with Coach Sinclair and the weight staff, the strength staff, and they're busting their tails to build what we want to build here, which is a championship football program."

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