Bulldogs abroad and SEC rule changes

So I’m walking through the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday after my family and I had arrived from Milan, Italy, for our connecting flight back to Atlanta, and I’m wearing a Bulldogs T-shirt, as I’m known to do pretty regularly. As I pass another group of travelers, one of them looks at my shirt and proclaims with a smile in slightly accented English, “Georgia!” 

A nice reminder that the borders of the Bulldog Nation reach farther than you might expect.

The night before, at our hotel in northern Italy’s beautiful lake district, we’d shared our dinner table with a woman who attended the University of Iowa and another from Ohio State. As one of them put it, “a Hawkeye, a Buckeye and four Bulldogs.” We had something in common with the Buckeye, though, because she’s a Pittsburgh Steelers fan and, in particular, a major admirer of Hines Ward. That made up for the fact that she initially thought we might be from the Illinois Decatur rather than the Georgia one. 

Anyway, it was a wonderful trip and now I’m back and trying to catch up on what’s been happening on the UGA sports front, besides the seemingly never-ending discussion of Jacksonville or not.

A couple of items out of the meeting of SEC presidents and athletic directors in Destin, Fla., did catch my eye this morning and are worth commenting on. 

The first is the proposed legislation that would cap the number of football signees an SEC school could sign at 30 (up from the original proposal’s 28). The presidents vote on that today. Schools already are limited to adding 25 signees to their rosters, but some schools lately have been signing considerably more than that (37 by Ole Miss and 32 by Arkansas), figuring that number will get reduced to 25 come August by nonqualifiers. Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said that allows him to build relationships with the junior colleges where the nonqualifying players are parked. But SEC commissioner Mike Slive is concerned the practice might get out of hand.

As long as the SEC presidents limit themselves to proposing such a change to the NCAA at large and don’t act unilaterally on this, it sounds like a good idea. But the conference doesn’t need to be adding restrictions that aren’t adopted by rival conferences.

Another legislative proposal mentioned by Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald was offered by Alabama. It would prevent an SEC school’s junior varsity team from playing a prep school or junior college that could have a prospective recruited athlete on it since the payouts from these games could influence the prep or junior school’s coach to encourage players to sign with that SEC school. It seems Tennessee and Kentucky still play JV games against the likes of Fork Union Military Academy and Hargrave Military Academy and subsequently have signed players from those teams.

The proposal sounds sensible, but the main point of interest to me was that the Vols and Wildcats still have JV teams, unlike UGA, which dropped JV play way back in the early 1990s. That set me to wondering if there’s anything to be gained by letting your scout team and bench players get more game experience in a JV outing and if perhaps Mark Richt ought to consider scheduling a couple of these games each year.

What do you think, should the Georgia Bullpups be revived?

18 comments Add your comment

Simple Really

May 29th, 2009
10:18 am

Bring back the pups!

Mac

May 29th, 2009
10:19 am

Yes, revive the Bullpups and get them some game experience. Play Tech for charity.

DawgGirl32

May 29th, 2009
10:39 am

Two Europe stories for you Bill:

My boyfriend and I went to Europe with the university a few years ago. We were in a small town in Germany in one of its squares and we saw a man wearing a Georgia tee-shirt who wasn’t in our group. We were reeeally excited because what are the chances of seeing a UGA fan in Europe, right? We walked up to him and said “go dawgs!” and he just stared at us blankly and didn’t say anything. Then he said something in German to his friend standing next to him and we realized then that he didn’t speak a word of English and obviously had no idea what was on his shirt. What a disappointment.

2nd story: My boyfriend went to Eastern Europe last August. He was on a tour in St. Petersburg, Russia wearing a UGA tee-shirt that said “GEORGIA” in big letters when his English-speaking tour guide informed him that Russia had just invaded the country of Georgia that day and he should probably change his shirt.

As for the JV team, I really like the charity idea, even if it was a joke. I think we forget how valuable the scout team is to our football team and how hard they work. This would be a great way to give them some game experience and showcase their talents.

Dawg fan

May 29th, 2009
10:41 am

Bill,
What is the rule if a school signs some number of players and more qualify than the school has available scholarships? Any penalty for that or does the school just break their commitment to some kid that they signed? I suppose if it is UT, Kiffy just says they decided they didn’t want to play for UT. Seriously, what happens when a kid does better scholastically than was expected?

PTC DAWG

May 29th, 2009
11:31 am

I’ve never been a fan of OVER signing. It just doesn’t seem fair to the kids..

DawginGermany

May 29th, 2009
12:09 pm

Bill,

Europe is a beatiful country, I hope you enjoyed your stay here! I am stationed in Germany, and my wife and I consider it a true blessing. We were in Paris last summer and ran into a couple of Dawg fans at the Hard Rock Cafe. After sharing a few beers with our new friends, we were off to do some more sight seeing. I, of course, was wearing my UGA t-shirt, and I hear from across the street, “War Eagle!” I immediatly replied a loud “GO DAWGS”, and the French looked at us like we were idiots! It is always a great day to be a Georgia Bulldog!

Pi$$onaDAWG

May 29th, 2009
12:11 pm

Out of hand rule breaking not in the SEC. Please say it ain’t so. I thought rules were in place for a reason.

Herschel

May 29th, 2009
12:40 pm

Remember Richard Tardis ,the LB from France, was a walk on in the 80’s that did quite well. I think he increased our popularity in Europe.

GAGirl

May 29th, 2009
1:22 pm

My husband and I went to Grand Turk Island in Turks & Caicos about 3 years ago. It’s a tiny island in the middle of the West Indies that is very sparsely populated. We saw a few cars lined up along the side of the road, and one of them was a big red pickup truck with a UGA sticker on the back windshield. We couldn’t believe it!!!

Father Francis Mulcahey

May 29th, 2009
1:33 pm

A Hawkeye, a Buckeye and four Bulldogs walk into a bar……

….and then they all go adopt a potcake puppy from the islands, mon!!!

and you can too! http://www.potcake.org

Spay and neuter!

bali

May 29th, 2009
2:50 pm

gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo you hairy bull puppies

Trey

May 29th, 2009
2:51 pm

I was once 200 miles in the West African bush and walking toward me was a young Arican boy naked from the waist down but wearing a UGA shirt. Didn’t know whether to say “Go Dawgs” or not.

daslicksta

May 29th, 2009
3:03 pm

You’ve never heard “How bout them Dawgs” till you have heard it with a Liverpudlian accent as I did in 1984 at Joe’s American Bar and Grill in the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool, England..

LifelongDawg

May 29th, 2009
3:27 pm

I miss the Bullpups game vs. Tech. That, however, would require Tech getting a JV squad togther as well. And since TN and KY have teams, the Pups could play them. A three game schedule sounds fair.

Gene Dawg

May 29th, 2009
4:18 pm

I’m not sure I like the Bullpups idea. We redshirt kids b/c we know we’ll need them next year. The last thing we need is a redshirt receiving a career-threatening injury in a meaningless game against the clampetts to our north. Obviously the JV thing hasn’t worked out too well for UK and UT to neccesitate bringing it back.

dd

May 29th, 2009
5:36 pm

I´m american, but in Brasil visiting my wife´s family right now. All of my in laws have or will soon have Dawg hats.

They will also learn how to say to hell with tech and florida very soon.

gotta go, too many hot babes to look at.

Chow

Showdog

June 1st, 2009
6:23 pm

You are old enough to know this Bill,the Bullpups were the freshman team. Prior to 1978,I believe that’was the year freshman became eligible for varsity sports,the FRESHMAN team(only freshman could be members of the team)was known as the bullpups. The biggest freshman game was the Scottish Rite game between the Tech and Georgia freshman teams. When freshman became eligible for varsity,the JV team came into being and with it a decline in the Scottish Rite game. It was exciting to go watch the future stars,but dull to watch the also-rans.Leave it the way it is now!

Bill King

June 2nd, 2009
3:11 pm

Originally, the Bullpups were freshmen-only. But after freshmen became eligible to play on the varsity, the Bullpups became a JV team.