Bulldog Bites: Coaching furloughs at UGA?

Georgia Athletic Association staff members are expected to be subject to state-mandated furlough days that are to be taken by the end of the calendar year, the Athens Banner-Herald reports. Athletics director Damon Evans says that could include contract employees like coaches, but he’s still waiting for a ruling on that. The athletic association is a private, nonprofit corporation, but is subject to the furloughs because those who work there are state employees, Evans said, adding that they haven’t yet figured out how unpaid days off would be implemented for coaches during the football season. That’s a tough break in terms of timing, with football season essentially taking up the remainder of the year, but if Mark Richt and his staff must take the three furlough days mandated by Gov. Sonny Perdue, it seems like the best solution would be to do a few during the off week in October and the rest in December. …

As Tim Tucker has reported, UGA has announced some more cutoff scores for the cumulative lifetime contributions to the Hartman Fund necessary to buy tickets for individual games this season. They range from a high of $32,500 required to buy LSU tickets to $4,000 to buy Oklahoma State tickets. Cutoffs haven’t been calculated yet for Vandy, Tech and Florida. The cutoff for the 5,000 Oklahoma State tickets was notably lower than last year’s cutoff for tickets to the Arizona State game, which was $27,007. Stillwater may indeed be a great little town, as Cowboys fans have been insisting in the blog comments, but it obviously is not as attractive a trip for UGA fans as Tempe was. … 

The Banner-Herald reports a few more details on plans for the first hour of the extended four-hour pregame show on UGA football radio broadcasts this season. Play-by-play man Scott Howard says “the format for that will be a little bit different from the bulk of the pregame show. It will be more of a studio-type presentation. There may be some live interviews, some prerecorded interviews, some phone calls, kind of a mishmash of things. … There will be at least two hosts for that hour with maybe some crossover from the rest of the broadcast crew, including myself.” Sounds like that first hour might be the part of the show based at the new Hotel Indigo in downtown Athens, as was reported earlier.

86 comments Add your comment

Saint Simons

July 31st, 2009
10:38 am

((((( 45 42 ))))) hahahahahahaha

UGADawg83

July 31st, 2009
10:44 am

Saint Simmons—-you really need to get a life, or a job.

Fort Worth Dawg

July 31st, 2009
10:48 am

How many “Furlough Willie Martinez” comments will appear?

L-Dawg

July 31st, 2009
10:48 am

((((7-1))) (((38-3))) REGGIE BALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lol

July 31st, 2009
10:48 am

i hope you dont get paid to link to tim tucker’s blog on your own website

god and greyhound

July 31st, 2009
10:53 am

Uog: Preseason and recruiting champs. Postseason CHUMPS

BugKiller

July 31st, 2009
10:55 am

Couldn’t it be argued that Willie Martinez has taken furlough days for the following games:

Auburn in 2005?

Florida in 2005?

WVU in the Sugar Bowl?

Tennessee in 2006 and 2007?

Kentucky and Vandy in 2006?

Bama, Florida, and Tech in 2008?

That’s TEN furlough days by Soft Willie. At least. I’m sure I’m forgetting a few.

BEATDOWN BY THE HEDGES

July 31st, 2009
10:55 am

45-42.come get some mutts

dawgfanatic24-7

July 31st, 2009
10:56 am

Willie will prove himself this season. Let’s hope.

southsideDAWG

July 31st, 2009
11:21 am

Why not pay these coaches from all the extra money that football brings in to the state/school. I think the players should be getting some kind money to this is crazy. The way the school has all this money and the players get nothing!

Buddy El

July 31st, 2009
11:21 am

If UGA’s or any other coaches are furloughed they should simply report for work as usual whether they are getting paid for that/those days or not. I certainly wouldn’t want my section of the team to fall behind because of the furloughs. Same goes for any other profession whose system will allow such.

Sea Island

July 31st, 2009
11:23 am

Guys…these Tech fans don’t understand normal English. Please refer to your Translation to Warcraft manual if you feel the need to respond to the nerds.

CLTDawg

July 31st, 2009
11:27 am

Wow, losing by 3, what a beatdown! 51-7, now that is a beatdown. Now get back to your bunson burner.

sharecropper

July 31st, 2009
11:28 am

Don’t be silly. These guys make so much money that a “furlough” means nothing. Not to mention that if they don’t show up for work, paid or unpaid, they are history. To suggest they will actually stay home for three or four days is humorous. You are hanging around football locker rooms too much.

T.O

July 31st, 2009
11:29 am

Nice one Sea Island. 7 out of 8 about to be 8 out of 9. The domination continues!! TECH will always be UGA’s Bitc@%!!

Mandingle

July 31st, 2009
11:31 am

Furlough is the new Black.

Cuz

July 31st, 2009
11:32 am

Fort Worth, the temptation is too great. Let Willie “The Fireman” Martinez take his furlough days on the Okie State game, the JAX beatdown and the North Avenue brawl.

Sorry, I could not help myself.

Sea Island

July 31st, 2009
11:33 am

Saint Simons is just jealous that we have a gate to keep all the nerds off the high cotton district.

Gatorman

July 31st, 2009
11:36 am

CLTDawg, the same can be said for 49-10. That is kinda like 51-7.

turd hater

July 31st, 2009
11:38 am

why are you tech fans so happy that we were kicking your a#*es in the first half of that game and got so bored and fell a sleep on you guys in the second half. You guys go ahead and have your fun, the option is all ready figured out and when you guys get your beat downs this year by everyone and have another uga ass whipping for the next 10 years, you guys can stay off these blogs and enjoy your dork parties with all 5 of your friends.

Sea Island

July 31st, 2009
11:39 am

Gatorman…are you missing the sale down at the Jortarama?

Try selling out a 55,000 seat stadium......

July 31st, 2009
11:45 am

Free GT ticket with Test Drive!!!!! While supplies….. ummm….. last

it's getting close

July 31st, 2009
11:48 am

What do Kiffin, Meyer, Spurrier and Johnson have in common??? They ALL suck!

L-Dawg

July 31st, 2009
11:51 am

What QB in his right mind is going to sign with Tech in the future. Now that LSU taught everybody how to defend the HS offense…. TECH IS SCREWED!!!

Jim

July 31st, 2009
11:52 am

Why do I even read these comments? What cretins. Off to a sports site, as this is obviously an outlet for Study Hall at ALTO STATE Correctional Institute. What a waste of time. Every single day. AND the AJC doesn’t even monitor it.

ESPN BIAS!

July 31st, 2009
11:53 am

BugKiller?? Florida in 2005??? Are you on crack,,14 point and 260 yards for Florida in that game..If the O had not had 4 turnovers in the first half against WV the D would not have give up all those points..AU 2005 came down to the safety not bring in his place, he was at fault not CWM…

CLTDawg

July 31st, 2009
11:53 am

Gatorman, I would (unfortunately) agree, 49-10 is a beatdown, but seeing as I was trying to straighten out a techie, not sure why you mentioned it. Now go trim the mullet and get you freshly washed jorts off the clothes line in the swamp.

Sanford Drive

July 31st, 2009
11:55 am

There is no doubt in my mind that St. Simons works for the AJC.

Gatorman

July 31st, 2009
11:56 am

CLTDAWG, I agree with you on a certain level. My point is that the only games that matter are those that happened most recent. UGA is full of those that live in the past. WE owned the past and will own the future.

Dawgie Style

July 31st, 2009
11:58 am

GUYS IF YOU KEEP RESPONDING TO ST. SIMONS HE WILL KEEP SAYING IT…………..PLUS….ITS OBVIOUS HE WORKS AT THE PAPER BECAUSE HE IS ALWAYS FIRST TO RESPOND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sanford Drive

July 31st, 2009
12:01 pm

It doesn’t matter if you respond to St. Simons or not. He will always post since he is almost always first to comment on any article related to UGA.

Dawgie Style

July 31st, 2009
12:05 pm

THIS SAYS IT ALL:

Since 1964, the Jackets have managed just 12 wins against Georgia. Let me say that again for all of you Jacket fans out there…12 wins in 45 games.
To say that Georgia has dominated this series in the past 45 seasons would be a slight understatement. During that stretch of dominance, Georgia has posted win streaks of five, six and seven (twice). Tech has won three straight once (1998-2000).

Scoop

July 31st, 2009
12:06 pm

I have told everyone time and time again, that this St. Simons guy works for the AJC. It gets them more web hits and forces people to read their crapy stories. AJC, you are the reason the newspaper industry is dead.

Gatorman

July 31st, 2009
12:08 pm

Again, I say: the only game that matters is the most recen. Who cares what the score was in 1984. That is the sad part, UGA fans do care.

BigMike

July 31st, 2009
12:10 pm

Saint Simons, Is that 45 guys you’ve been with, or 42 Transsexuals you’d like to try.

Dooley's Cardiologist

July 31st, 2009
12:11 pm

Gatorman, I agree and you don’t need a degree in Poultry Science to figure that one out.

AU

July 31st, 2009
12:18 pm

To infer history is irrelevant is stupid. Rivalries developed BECAUSE of history. None of would give two sh-ts about these games if it wasn’t for the rivalries between us.

AU

July 31st, 2009
12:19 pm

chazzo

July 31st, 2009
12:19 pm

Hell yeah, they better get their asses furloughed. Every other state employee is.

GT Dog

July 31st, 2009
12:24 pm

St. Simons works at the paper? I think we already cleared this up didn’t we? I’m telling you, he’s a valet parking attendant at the Cloister Resort on the isle.

It’s NOT like he’s going to get a date at work, so he spends all of his free time sitting by the computer waiting for the blogs to come out.

GT grad? Come on, he’s never even seen the campus. Just let him enjoy himself, he’s harmless…but I do get irritated because he ALWAYS parks my car in either spot 45 or spot 42?????????

Sanford Drive

July 31st, 2009
12:29 pm

I never really gave a thought about St. Simons’ posts until recently. I went back to a few articles/blogs and sure enough, he was always first, and generally posted within 10 minuts of the article being published. Discretion is key, AJC.

student

July 31st, 2009
12:31 pm

Bill, I just need to clarify one thing about furloughs; a furlough day does not mean you have to not work, it just means you don’t get paid for those days. Most professors I’ve talked to here at UGA aren’t planning on taking the day off and they can’t in some cases. There’s no way you see the coaching staff just take off 3 days completely during the season. They’ll work through them just like everybody else.

PS- While it may seem like gettting furloughed for three days of pay would be a lot for Mark Richt considering he makes $2.85 million a year, it actually won’t affect him as much as it will other staff members. Of that $2.85 million, only $328,050 of that is actually paid by the UGAA; the rest comes from endorsements.

Dooley's Cardiologist

July 31st, 2009
12:36 pm

I think Bill King is actually St. Simons. I know he says he is not, but I why should I take the word of a newspaper writer. I mean the AJC is not the most credible news source to begin with, they quote TMZ for goodness sake. I’m telling you, it’s Bill King. By the way, he looks like a Chester.

Dooley's Cardiologist

July 31st, 2009
12:38 pm

Correction: there shouldn’t have been an “I” before “why” there. Apologies..

BJohnDawg

July 31st, 2009
12:56 pm

St. Simons works for the AJC. He is posting as quickly at all times of the day on any blog shortly after they come out. Either he is a vampire that can stay away 24/7 or he works for the AJC. Probably someone who works on the blogs. Frankly it is VERY cheesey for the AJC to play this kind of game, but what do you expect from a newspaper that has frankly gone down hill for the most part. At one time it “Covered Dixie like the dew”, now it just covers the bottom of bird cages.

Saint Simons

July 31st, 2009
12:58 pm

Ok guys im going to let the cat out of the bag…. im Terence Moore, you “southern” people never understood my greatness and i will continue to mess with you heads hahaha. by the way im working with the Obama administration trying to figure out how many licks it take to get to the bottom of a blow pop. Im almost there, i just need some more stimulus money.

Dooley's Cardiologist

July 31st, 2009
1:02 pm

More like it “Covered Dixie like the Dung” -The Regular Guys

Houdawg

July 31st, 2009
1:09 pm

Can we have a Penn Wagers ( & crew ) furlough ? Preferably from September thru December ……

Coach Cool

July 31st, 2009
1:11 pm

They don’t call it “Stoolwater” for nothing. Good luck vs. the OK Aggies.

ReptilesRule

July 31st, 2009
1:11 pm

Isn’t it a wonderful day! Just thought I’d try and change the subject. Can’t we all just have a sitdown with a few beers???