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Gerald Herbert / Associated Press

It looks like Bulldog Nation has its new leader.

Kirby Smart is expected to be the new football head coach for the University of Georgia, according to

An official announcement could be made next week.

The 39-year-old Smart is currently the defensive coordinator for Alabama. On Saturday, the Crimson Tide will face off against Florida in the SEC Championship Game.

Chuck Burton / Associated Press

Georgia coach Mark Richt is stepping down after 15 seasons in what is being called a "mutual" decision.

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity says he met with Richt on Sunday morning "to discuss the status of our football program" and "mutually agreed that he would step down as head coach and would have the opportunity to accept other duties and responsibilities at UGA following the bowl game."

The decision was announced in a statement released by Georgia.

Georgia (9-3) concluded its regular season with Saturday's 13-7 win over Georgia Tech.

Authorities say bones found on the University of Georgia campus are human and could date to the 1800s.

Parts of a skull and jaw bone were found Tuesday at a work site outside a classroom building, The Athens Banner-Herald reports.

Police said Friday the bones are human. They note that the remains were found near the Old Athens Cemetery, which was used for burials in the early to mid-1800s.

John Raoux / Associated Press

Georgia freshman Natrez Patrick and Chauncey Rivers have been suspended for Saturday's game against Kentucky following their arrests on marijuana charges early Wednesday.

Georgia confirmed the two were arrested on misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Each was released on $1,000 bond Wednesday morning, according to the Athens-Clarke County jail report.

Patrick, a linebacker, has 13 tackles in seven games. He was the top backup to starting middle linebacker Jake Ganus.

Rivers, a defensive end, has one tackle in two games.

John Bazemore / Associated Press

The ongoing battle between the University of Georgia and Florida resumes this weekend.

So far this season, the Bulldogs are 5-2, while the Gators are 6-1. Georgia leads the all-time series with Florida, with a record of 50-41-2. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. Saturday.