Smart, Riley get acquainted ahead of College Football Playoff showdown

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Smart, Riley get acquainted ahead of College Football Playoff showdown

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Georgia coach Kirby Smart (left) and Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley talk after a news conference before the College Football Awards show at the College Football Hall of Fame, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Atlanta.

Georgia’s Kirby Smart and Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley were seated side-by-side at a College Football Playoff news conference in Atlanta late Thursday afternoon. It wasn’t the first time of the day that the two coaches found themselves in the same place. 

“I thought it was pretty cool this morning when I walked into a local high school (recruiting) and the first guy I saw was him,” Smart said. “He was going solo and I was going solo, and we got to sit there and talk and enjoy it.” 

Smart and Riley joined the head coaches of the other two playoff teams – Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and Alabama’s Nick Saban, whose teams will meet in a semifinal in the Sugar Bowl – for Thursday’s news conference at the College Football Hall of Fame.

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