Then he continued on about the series and caught some of us off guard with what memory has stood out to him.
Smith’s memory from playing Georgia over the years doesn’t have anything to do with a play on the field. Instead, he remembers a conversation he had with Georgia skipper Dave Perno during his redshirt season.
“I was out here helping cleanup the field and he was like, ‘you know, if you went to Georgia you wouldn’t be in street clothes right now,’” Smith recalled. “Ever since then I can’t make myself stomach that whole situation.
“He called me over and I was expecting — I wasn’t expecting that. I didn’t really have a response for him, I just kind of smiled and kept walking.”
Smith reasoned that Perno’s comments came as a result of him not attending school in Athens, adding that the Bulldogs were not a major contender during his courtship.
“No, they didn’t have a shot honestly,” Smith said. “I really didn’t like the program to start with. He kind of wanted me to go there and once I chose here, it made him a little mad.”
POMERANZ NAMED MIDSEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR: This was brought to my attention yesterday by RebelGrove.com’s Chase Parham. The baseball publication Baseball America does mid-season All-Americans and awards and has named Ole Miss ace Drew Pomeranz as their Midseason Player of the Year.
Here is the article by Aaron Fitt.
Baseball America’s Regional Predictions also have Ole Miss hosting, with Kansas, Southern Miss and Ball State all traveling to Oxford to kick off the march to Omaha.
HITTING THE ROAD: I’m about to hit the road and head back to Georgia for this weekend’s series against the Georgia Bulldogs. Be sure to check back here for game recaps and more.
Tonight’s game is set for 7 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU, while Saturday and Sunday’s games are scheduled for 3 p.m. and 1 p.m. (April 9, 2010)