A weekend worth barking about

Football may have entered the official off season, but UGA athletes were still competing in a serious way this weekend, mostly at an elite level.

Of course, the Gym Dogs sent Suzanne Yoculan off into retirement with a fifth consecutive national championship, with resident Olympian Courtney Kupets wining the all-around, bars, beam and floor titles and setting a career record with nine individual NCAA titles. Already proclaimed the best college gymnast ever by her coach, who’s known quite a few exceptional ones, Kupets is one of four finalists for this year’s Honda Award, presented annually to the nation’s top gymnast. She’s already won the AAI national senior gymnast of the year award.

Meanwhile, at Foley Field in Athens the Diamond Dogs weren’t able to sweep Arkansas, thanks to an exceptional one-hitter pitched Sunday by the Hogs’ Brett Eibner, but they took two out of three in the series and sit atop the overall SEC standings with a two-game lead.

But wait, as the TV pitchmen say, there’s more! Georgia’s ultra-successful equestrian team took another national championship, its fourth in just seven years, and the No. 1-ranked men’s golf team notched another SEC championship, winning by 13 strokes. The women’s golf team didn’t do as well, finishing sixth in team competition, but the Dogs’ Marta Silva Zamora, a freshman, took individual medalist honors in the SEC Championship. And the sixth-ranked UGA softball team swept a three-game series with Auburn, securing them a birth in the SEC Tournament.  

I know some folks who post on this site don’t think these spring sports are worth talking about, even when the football team is idle, which puzzles me. I suppose they’re strictly tunnel-vision football fans, and that’s it. But a lot of us Dog fans get a kick out of any success UGA students have athletically, even if it’s not at Sanford Stadium.

So I’d say this weekend rates a couple of extra woofs.

68 comments Add your comment

LoyalDog

April 20th, 2009
10:16 am

Thanks, Mr. King, for the props these men and women deserve! It was a great weekend for the Bulldog Nation and I am glad that someone noticed!

Cuz

April 20th, 2009
10:21 am

All Dawgs don’t wear shoulder pads. Way to go teams for playing your hearts out. This Dawg fan is proud of all of you. GO DAWGS!!!!!!!

Right On Time

April 20th, 2009
10:50 am

Bill,

Thanks for the recap. I enjoy reading about any endeavor in which UGA is involved. If you are going to do it, do it right and win. Hey, I would root for the Dawgs in a game of checkers. I wonder if
the Gymdogs will slip now that SY is gone. Also, how many schools participate in Equestrian?

Pago Flyer

April 20th, 2009
11:02 am

It sure would be very nice to beat gt in something!

UGADawg83

April 20th, 2009
11:21 am

Courtney Kupets has easily been one of the greatest athletes to ever put on the Red and Black. Her accomplishments rank with names like Walker, Pollack, Greene, Wilkins and Belue.

AltamahaDawg

April 20th, 2009
11:26 am

I don’t care if the Dawgs are playing ball, swinging on a metal bar, or debating world events, I’ll be pulling for them.

DAWGS276

April 20th, 2009
11:27 am

Bill, you forgot to mention the Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams both beating Tennessee to close out the regular season for both teams. Onto the SEC Tournament!!

Mikey

April 20th, 2009
11:28 am

Two simple words:
GO DAWGS !!!

TheItalianDawg

April 20th, 2009
11:29 am

good job Bill and how about them dawgs. oh wait, Does anybody know the score of yesterday’s baseball game against Ark

NewnanDawg

April 20th, 2009
11:42 am

Awesome! I was really irritated that no one carried the gymnastics championship live. ESPN 2 was running stuff i thought was way less interesting. Way to send SY out with a perfect 10 NCAA titles. Congrats to all of our other athletes also; lokks like UGA and D. Evans are building an athletic association all Dawgs can be proud of!

Quick football note – picked up another commitment out of FL – Go Dawgs!

JacketsRule

April 20th, 2009
11:50 am

Equestrian team? LOL—are you serious? What a waste of money. Ga should cut out that program when the state is broke.

BugKiller

April 20th, 2009
12:12 pm

By her accomplishments alone, Courtney Kupets is by far the greatest Georgia athlete of all time, and one of the greatest athletes in college sports history.

And I’m not joking, I’m not using hyperbole. I use cold, hard stats to back up my claim.

And along those same lines, Coach Yoculan is a college sports coach whose only peers are John Wooden, Pat Summit, and Bear Bryant.

Yep. She’s that good.

Cuz

April 20th, 2009
12:13 pm

Let me guess, Tech being located in an Urban Environment does not have an equestrian team. I bet you guys have an awesome chess team. And of course Tech is the preseason number one for Dungeons and Dragons. Even with losing their starting wizard to Microsoft. Go Nerds!!!!!!

Cuz

April 20th, 2009
12:15 pm

Gotta agree with those excellent points Bugkiller. Can we recognize the Gym Dawgs at one of our homegames? Nothing like 90,000 fans woofing to get your blood up.

Cuz

April 20th, 2009
12:18 pm

And Courtney is just so gosh darn cute, put her on a Wheatie’s box. Is there room for all her trophies in the Butts-Mehre building until we build the Youclan Arena?

sec1

April 20th, 2009
12:22 pm

Ramble on: waiting on your crass comments…

UGAfans=lozers

April 20th, 2009
12:37 pm

45-42, 67-62, 57-42, 11-6. GOOOO JACKETS!!!!!!!!

UGAfans=lozers

April 20th, 2009
12:38 pm

Yup, “U” GA managed a good weekend because they were not facing Tech in anything.

Michael Scharff

April 20th, 2009
12:46 pm

Congrats to the Gym Dawgs! We have just witnessed feats that may never be duplicated agaib ==n in the sport. Coach Yoculan, well done, and we will miss you!

DS

April 20th, 2009
1:06 pm

Hey Tech Nerds just go back to playing you “Pocket Pull” game that you do best.

DS

April 20th, 2009
1:07 pm

Yes a typo. ” playing YOUR”

Dave In Tampa

April 20th, 2009
1:08 pm

Great weekend to all Dawgs! It did not take long for the UGA envy by Tech to start up. I love it!

UGA'er

April 20th, 2009
1:27 pm

Gymnastics should not count as a championship unless all D-1 schools foeld a team. Also these non revenue “sports” (and I use that term loosly) should be cut out of the budget. They are a waste of time and are a drain on the revenue producing sports.

Preston

April 20th, 2009
1:30 pm

Dave, you’re exactly right. The morons think that their remarks are going to piss someone off or somehow make us feel bad when the truth is we laugh our asses off at their obvious jealousy. I personally feel sorry for them. It will be fun to end their one game win streak this year!

Hondo

April 20th, 2009
1:40 pm

What about the Men and Women Tennis teams????Women beat Tenn in Knoxville and men won 60th home match in a row by Tenn and clinching SEC East title….

NCdawg

April 20th, 2009
1:58 pm

UGA’er, Gymnastics is a revenue sport. They pack Stegman every meet and are sold out for the season and most D1 schools field a team. Get your facts. The Gymdogs are as exciting as football to watch. 2 olympians and other previous US National Team members are in competition for us. You should stop in on a meet and your attitude would forever change.

UGAfans=lozers

April 20th, 2009
2:01 pm

“U”GA envy by Tech??? What are we envious of? Football? Nope, can’t be that. Basketball, men’s or women’s? Nope. Baseball? Nope. Gymnastics and horses? I don’t think so. Now all of you “Dawg” fans, most of whom have never set foot on that Athens campus except to attend a sporting event can go back to minding your drive-thrus. Super size mine, please. GO JACKETS!!!!

NewnanDawg

April 20th, 2009
2:02 pm

UGA’er – Hey Moron, not all D-1 schools field a team in football or basketball either. So nobody should compete in those sports either?

I’m glad that UGA provides an opportunity for all of these athletes to compete – and I’m glad our PRIVATE donations are strong enough to support them!

Go Dawgs!

There is no National Championship in College Football

April 20th, 2009
2:04 pm

UGA leads series 59-37-5 (Football), UGA leads series 195-149-2 (Baseball), and UGA trails series by 10-15 games in basketball (the ONLY sport for which Tech has a winning record against UGA).

Meanwhile UGA has won 35 NCAA awarded team national championships in Gymnastics (10), Men’s Golf (2), Women’s Golf (1), Men’s Tennis (8), Women’s Tennis (5), Women’s Swimming & Diving (4), Equestrian (4), & Baseball (1). Football National Championships are not awarded or sanctioned by the NCAA. Tech has won ONE total NCAA awarded team National Championship in the school’s history.

So Tech until you catch up………..shut up.

brad

April 20th, 2009
2:06 pm

equestrian exists because of Title 9, requiring that the number of men and women’s sports be equal. Without equestrian, UGA would have to cut a men’s sport, possibly football. So now who wants to cut it? No comments from the peanut gallery now?

UGAfans=lozers

April 20th, 2009
2:07 pm

Actually, NCdawg, you should get your facts. Only 66 schools compete in Division 1 gymnastics. Not exactly “most.”

Cuz

April 20th, 2009
2:07 pm

lozer, I think you would be amazed at how many fans here matriculated at UGA. If I am using too many big words for you just let me know.

UGAfans=lozers

April 20th, 2009
2:10 pm

Cuz, you using too many big words? Ha. Try using commas, though.

There is no National Championship in College Football

April 20th, 2009
2:12 pm

Georgia Tech was concieved, chartered, capitalized, and established almost entirely by UGA graduates. UGA is literally and figuratively Tech’s “Daddy” as it relates to………….well…… EVERYTHING!!

It’s pretty easy to understand the large chip Tech carries on it’s shoulder.

Fort Worth Dawg

April 20th, 2009
2:18 pm

AltamahaDawg — Actually the UGA Debate team did very well this year. UGA qualified three teams for the national championship tournament (the maximum allowed – only six schools may do so), which places UGA in the elite company of Cal-Berkeley, Emory, Harvard, Northwestern, and Wake Forest.

Cuz

April 20th, 2009
2:50 pm

I guess the excessive celebration penalty against Florida when discussing the merits of the Fair Tax versus the Flat tax did not hurt the Debate Dawgs.

Erk

April 20th, 2009
2:51 pm

Hey UGAfans=lozers,

Speaking of facts, here’s one for you. UGA’s men’s tennis team is 49-1 against Tech over the past 50 years. One victory against UGA in 50 years!

UGA'er

April 20th, 2009
2:57 pm

Just because you “pack” Stegman doesn’t mean you are making money. It simply means you are giving tickets away or barely charging for those willing to pay. To be factual, you must allow for the coaching salaries, lights,use of the facility, travel,meals, uniforms etc. No way they are profitable on their own. As for not all D1 schools fielding teams…..there are over 100 D1 schools. Are you trying to tell me all of them field a team? At best they have an intramural team much like the bowling team or the chess team.

NCdawg

April 20th, 2009
3:04 pm

UGA’er
The gymdosg do make money @ UGA. They also have their own endowment fund like FB & basketball because they are so successful. Tickets are not given away, you must donate to have the option of purchasing gymnastics tickets. 2/3 of D1 schools field a team and they are competitive. As for lozer, you’re just jealous that Tech fans don’t donate enough to field many athletic teams.

NewnanDawg

April 20th, 2009
3:04 pm

UGA’er – can you read? You said that sports should be cut if not all D-1 schools field a team. I said that not all D-1 schools field a team in football or basketball. So, should those sports be cut as well? I think NCDawg had a valid point also; when a sport packs the house, even if it only breaks even, obviously there is huge interest from the UGA fan base and student body. Also, as I said before, the vast majority of the athletics programs are privately funded, so if you don’t like the programs, you don’t have to donate; of course you probably don’t anyway. You just like to complain about things you don’t have anything to do with.

UGA'er

April 20th, 2009
3:10 pm

I think I said gymnastics should be cut from the budget. I don’t think I said any school that don’t filed a particular sports team should have it cut. Mainly saying gymnastics should be cut from ALL school athletic budgets and turned into what it really is….an intramural sport. The girls could drive themselves to the meets instead of using a university supplied van.It is a burden for the money generating teams to keeo subsidizing them.

superDawg

April 20th, 2009
3:12 pm

tech plays in traffic pretty good,but they earn – points due the fact when headlights shine in their eyes they freeze.So next time turn your lights out and make a sport out of it.

NewnanDawg

April 20th, 2009
3:15 pm

UGA’er
OK, but you did say that all non revenue producing sports should be cut, and some schools have footbal or basketball teams that don’t have enough support to generate revenue – so again, should they be cut?

And once again, if you don’t like where the PRIVATE DONATIONS go, don’t donate. If you already don’t donate, butt out. We who do donate like a wide variety of sports, are proud of UGA being competitive in such a wide array of sports, and don’t care what you think!

Go Dawgs – in everything you do!

AltamahaDawg

April 20th, 2009
3:25 pm

I don’t know how many other schools participate in equestrian exactly but it’s pretty certain they wanted to win it too.

I am sure there is some clever comparison about the “deposits” left on the field in that sport, and the tech fans that infest our boards, but I don’t have time to spin one.

AltamahaDawg

April 20th, 2009
3:34 pm

And it’s for damn sure, if you DON’T donate, you have zero opinion as to where the money is spent.

UGA'er

April 20th, 2009
3:37 pm

Football, basketall, and baseball should be the only sports that should be allowed to play. Womens sports should be intramural.If schools would do this the cost of college tuition would decrease. In some form or fashion women sports are responsible for the escalating athletic budgets. Ultimately the athletic dept. has to borrow form the general athletic budget, and finally they have to borrow from the univerity. When that happens the state university system has to go up on tuition to cover the shortfall. School like Kennesaw State, Ga. Southern suffer because they have no gymnastics, womens soccer, volleyball, etc. teams to support but are still part of the university system that has to riase tuition to help defray the costs for such sports or activities.

Lane

April 20th, 2009
3:40 pm

Both men’s( #6 ?) & women’s(#2) tennis teams are doing very well

Both in the top 6

Lane

April 20th, 2009
3:44 pm

Oopps:

Men’s tennis team jumped to #4

Mad Dog

April 20th, 2009
3:53 pm

Suzanne Youclan is not a good coach. She is a winning coach and a bad role model for young women. Now I hope she takes Regent Leebren, her married main squeeze, and locates out of state.

mdawg

April 20th, 2009
3:57 pm

where’s chip towers uga blog?

NCdawg

April 20th, 2009
4:01 pm

ok UGA’er, now you’re just trying too hard to get a rise out of people. Not worth the time to comment on any further. Again, nice sports weekend for the dawgs in all sports participating. I enjoy all sports and am glad we have a great venue at UGA and many other colleges to see so many phenominal athletes.

Bill King

April 20th, 2009
4:05 pm

Two out of three against Arkansas proved to be good enough to keep the Diamond Dogs No. 1 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches’ Poll, out today.

Cuz

April 20th, 2009
5:02 pm

Bill, tell me that the AJC is not reassigning you also.

BigNCDawg

April 20th, 2009
7:00 pm

The golf team has been ranked no. 1 just about all year and has added yet another one of many SEC champships. Most all of our spring sports teams have been top 10 contenders for many years. I am very proud of there accomplishments. I was able to attend my first DAWG baseball game in 40 years last week. I have sadly lived away from Athens for that long, and have always loved the spring sports. Like most, however, I live for football.

dawg3fan4

April 20th, 2009
7:28 pm

Anytime UGA wins anything it is great. Congrats to all the Dawgs on this weekends accomplishment, espcially the gym Dawgs 5 in a row!

Hunk Erdown

April 20th, 2009
8:28 pm

I think it stinks that we finally got Chip broke in good and now they have taken him away from us.

ghost dawg

April 20th, 2009
8:51 pm

yep tech boy uga didn’t face tech, simply put you aren’t good enough. Don’t fret one day when you grow up and say your prayers you may turn into what every bug wants to be a Dawg. Till then mommy will change your diapers and you keep dreaming of better red and black days. sic em

student

April 20th, 2009
10:06 pm

UGA’er, you have the right to your own opinion, but you need to get something straight concerning the UGA Athletics Association. It operates on an entirely seperate budget from the University of Georgia. The scholarships are not funded by the general scholarship fund, but through private donations to THE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION and revenue from all sports. The school and the athletic association are separate entities and the funding of the varsity sports at UGA has no effect whatsoever on the University as a whole. The UGA Athletic Association has had one of the top three profits each of the last 4 years. The athletic association actually donates some of it’s money to the university to fund general scholarships each year.

And Mad Dog….you obviously don’t know Suzanne or any of the parties involved in or affected by her life. If you did, you’d know that she is not only an exceptional coach, but an outstanding teacher. She prepares her athletes for the real world, has never had an athlete transfer in 26 years, and as a personal friend of several alumni of the gymnastics team, I can tell you that they adore her.

TechEngineer

April 20th, 2009
10:35 pm

No way Ga’s gymnastics program makes a profit. Giving away a bunch of cheap tickets to get a full house doesn’t earn a profit. UGA can win all this minor league titles it wants—no one really cares. Why can’t UGA win titles in football or basketball, the two major sports that fans care about. Tech won the football title in 1990 and has been in the final 4 several times in the last 20 years. UGA: last football title was almost 30 years ago!!! LOL! Tech’s football team will beat GA this year again–I’m not worried.

RealDawg

April 21st, 2009
1:49 am

TechEngineer-speaking of money-Your athletic department doesn’t turn a profit-$400k in net loss fiscal year 2007. Hmm..same year UGA put $9 million back for rainy day. Worry about your own teams and get off our blog.

AltamahaDawg

April 21st, 2009
7:18 am

Student, you can’t really think that the parents of those young ladies in the gymnastic program could possible care more about thier daughter, and role models around them, than somebody who has the full advantage of hearsay.

Chiefdawg

April 21st, 2009
7:53 am

Who cares! Football and Basketball are the 2 biggest sports. I would give all these other championships up for a football National title and a run at the Final Four. These other sports don’t mean a thing in the grand scheme of things. They are just something to brag about for those who can’t win one of the big ones.

UGA_Alum_93

April 21st, 2009
11:43 am

Hey Tech Engineer when was your last title in football? The 1998 Co-ACC Championship when you tie with FSU in the standings and lose to them head-to-head…what a joke. The ACC must be into charity to award you part that lame championship. Our last title was the 2005 SEC Championship. When you go to 3 Sugar Bowls in the last 6 years you have something to crow about and your fan support swells. That is why you can’t fill your pathetic 50,000 seat stadium…no tradition of winning consistently since the LBJ Administration. Little boys in Georgia dream of playing between the hedges. Very few dream of playing on the flats then again who could blame them…you haven’t been to a major bowl since the 1966 Orange Bowl <<<pathetic.

Voice of Reason

April 21st, 2009
1:29 pm

Tech Engineer- how can you laugh about our NC being almost 30 years ago when yours was almost 20 years ago…. in my opinion, they are both way too long ago to make a difference now. I just never realized until I started coming on these blogs that there were actually people out there who thought that Ga Tech had a major collee football program. I thought that everyone knew it was a joke. I guess team loyalty can be blinding. I bet you guys think that you have a lot of pretty girls there too!

RealDawg

April 21st, 2009
3:43 pm

Chief Dawg-I am a lifetime football season ticket holder and almost agree with you. However, basketball is not one of the major sports at Georgia and hasn’t been for a very long time (if ever). Many of us plan our fall around football. Does anybody really pay attention to basketball. We don’t even sell out our small arena that was built for rodeos not basketball.

It isn’t a competition to see which UGA sport is the best. If you look at the great athletic programs around the Country (including those with Good football teams), they are typically winners at the other sports. Having national champions training along side our football and basketball teams and staying in the same dorms can only inspire them. I would much rather have a bunch of highly ranked “other” sports than a bunch of losers.

Personally, I could care less if we dropped basketball all together. Football on the other hand is a different story.

Bill King

April 21st, 2009
4:28 pm

In answer to questions posted about how UGA coverage is being handled, here’s a response from public editor Shawn McIntosh:

We have been fortunate to have two strong reporters covering UGA. However, we’ve had to reduce staff, and so we have named Tim Tucker as the sole full-time UGA reporter. Tim is one of our most seasoned reporters, and an excellent writer. He has been an editor, columnist and reporter and understands how to develop a beat and find stories.

Tim will be helped by many on our sports team including Jeff Schultz, Mark Bradley and blogger Bill King.

Chip Towers will be moving to our breaking news team, where he’ll be aggressively jumping on breaking news on a variety of topics, heavily focused on sports.

Our goal is to continue to be a premier sports source in print and online and our editors believe this best positions us for that.

superDawg

April 29th, 2009
10:28 pm

superDawg

April 29th, 2009
10:30 pm

If you don’t like that then you are well you know what you are.