One last question, coach, before you leave the Loveliest Village on The Plains with this hairy 21-14 victory over Auburn: In your locker room address afterward, did you even acknowledge winning a third straight Eastern title, or celebrate it at all?
“I don’t think so,” Smart said, with video cameras and voice recorders rolling. “I don’t think I said anything.”
“I told them ‘How ‘bout them (bleeping) Dawgs?’ That’s what I told them, excuse my language.”
And gained here Saturday, better late than never, was a new, blue rallying cry for the season.