UGA-Tech rivalry goes full-bore all year long

A full house is needed at Stegeman Coliseum tonight. (Georgiadogs.com)

A full house is needed at Stegeman Coliseum tonight. (Georgiadogs.com)

Any time Georgia and Georgia Tech meet in athletics, there’s plenty of trash talk and bad feeling between the two camps.

Which is as it should be. What good is an in-state rivalry if the word “hate” doesn’t get bandied about regularly? And in that regard, the folks from North Avenue make it so easy. …

The main focus of the rivalry between the two schools may be in football, but it’s hard to beat the atmosphere at a men’s basketball game between the Dogs and Jackets, especially the student sections.

Unfortunately, the UGA athletic association schedulers, who didn’t do Mark Richt any favors this year, have made it tough for new coach Mark Fox as well by agreeing to play Tech in basketball a couple of days before classes resume at UGA, thus possibly negating some of the Dogs’ home court advantage, which has been considerable in this series. UGA has won 24 of 27 games played against Tech at Stegeman Coliseum.

Remarkably, the Jackets haven’t won in Athens in men’s basketball since Gerald Ford was president. Of course, the game wasn’t played on either school’s home court for a while. The series returned to the campus arenas in the 1995-96 season after 14 straight meetings at the old Omni in Atlanta. The home team has won every time since, with one exception: Georgia’s 75-70 win on Dec. 6, 2000. Tech’s last win in Athens came 13 tries ago, on Nov. 26, 1976.

Hopefully enough students will already be in town to have the Steg rocking tonight, but reserved-seat tickets for the game are still available. My new editing duties on the AJC’s print side will keep me from attending, but I’m hoping any of the folks in red and black who are free tonight will make the trek over to the Classic City and pack the house. The ticket booths at the Steg open at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $15. Student tickets are $2 (student ID required) and are on sale until 3 p.m. today at the UGA Bookstore and from 4 to 5:30 at the coliseum. The first 1,000 UGA students in attendance will receive a Wreck Tech T-shirt.

Meanwhile, the football Yellow Jackets will be playing their bowl game against Iowa tonight, which raises an interesting situation for UGA fans, who generally aren’t too fond of the Big 10. But if there’s anything UGA fans hate worse than the Big 10 (and Notre Dame), it’s Georgia Tech. So not surprisingly I’m hearing from a lot of Dogs fans that they’ll be pulling for Iowa in tonight’s Orange Bowl.

What about you? Can you bring yourself to pull for a Big 10 team as long as they’re playing the Jackets?

RESHAD AND RENNIE

Not many folks are surprised to hear that safety Reshad Jones won’t be returning for his senior season with the Bulldogs, and the expectation is that linebacker Rennie Curran probably will join him in leaving for the NFL. ESPN says they’re both likely to make the announcement official later today.

Jones had his ups and downs as a Dog, particularly with pass coverage and tackling, but finished strong this season and made a couple of key interceptions. Curran has been the leading tackler and one of the mainstays of the defense for the past couple of years. They’ll both be missed next year, when whoever winds up as Georgia’s new defensive coordinator will have a pretty big rebuilding job on his hands, with graduation meaning the departure of the heart of the D-line as well.

184 comments Add your comment

L-Dawg

January 5th, 2010
10:47 am

GLORY GLORY TO OLE GEORGIA!!!!

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8-1
60-39-5

WE RUN THIS STATE

UGA Fans Are Pathetic

January 5th, 2010
10:48 am

Wow, I know you UGA “fans” hate Tech, but I am suprised at this vitriol. I rooted for you guys against A&M – while I do not hold any love for your school, I like to see the state of Ga do well. And further, the better your opponent, the better the rivalry. Grow up UGA fans.

WonderDawg

January 5th, 2010
10:48 am

Go BB Dawgs! Go FB Jackets!

cattle dawg

January 5th, 2010
10:48 am

I think reshad could use another year. Rennie isnt getting any taller, so he might as well go.

WonderDawg

January 5th, 2010
10:49 am

What vitriol?

Dostoyevskiy

January 5th, 2010
10:49 am

I bet there will be more UGa fan interest in the Tech bowl game than in their bb game w/Tech. I understand that. Unlike UGa bb, at least Tech’s FB team isn’t a disgrace to the state.

WonderDawg

January 5th, 2010
10:51 am

Rashad will show doubters just how bad (if we already didn’t know) Willie Martinez coaches defense and DBs.

L-Dawg

January 5th, 2010
10:53 am

UGA FANS ARE PATHETIC……

GO HAWKEYES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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8-2
60-39-5

BREAKING NEWS!!!!!! A MAN CLAD IN RED WAS JUST ARRESTED FOR RUNNING DOWN NORTH AVE THIS MORNING. HIS NAME WAS CALEB KING. HE SAID TO THE PRESS THAT THERE WAS JUST NOBODY WITHIN MILES THAT COULD STOP HIM!!!!

dawgaholic

January 5th, 2010
10:54 am

Go iowa, but more importantly……. go dawgs tonight in athens. Time to protect the steg

L-Dawg

January 5th, 2010
10:54 am

TYPO……….

8-1

Dale

January 5th, 2010
10:54 am

second poster: “Every one of you hates every one of
us and we hate you right back. I don’t drink with nobody I hate,
I don’t shake hands with nobody I hate. Let’s get at it.”

Bernardo, West Side Story

L-Dawg

January 5th, 2010
10:56 am

REGGIE BALL JUST PASSED THE BALL TO DEMARYIUS THOMAS…. AND UGA FANS WENT WILD!!!!!!!!

THANKS FOR A GREAT ENDING TO THE REGULAR SEASON DEMARYIUS!!!

GO HAWKEYES!!!!!!!

Haley Hutchinson

January 5th, 2010
10:59 am

Tech isn’t worthy of being a big-time rival. They’re not good enough, not interesting enough, not worth UGA’s time. If they win, now and again — as every blind squirrel finds the occasional nut — it doesn’t change reality. Tech isn’t in UGA’s class.

Tech. Is. Boring.

Dostoyevskiy

January 5th, 2010
11:06 am

Haley, UGa and class are oxymorpons

Dostoyevskiy

January 5th, 2010
11:06 am

Haley, UGa and class are oxymorons

Peadawg

January 5th, 2010
11:07 am

“Unlike UGa bb, at least Tech’s FB team isn’t a disgrace to the state.”

How’s Tech’s BB team doing w/ all those fantastic recruits? Mediocre again…

Buzz29

January 5th, 2010
11:07 am

L-Dawg,

Your sources are incorrect. His arrest involved a scooter and no drivers license.

Bill King,

Are you related to the Wolfman and Donna?

CatsFly

January 5th, 2010
11:08 am

UGa’s most prominent schools at the university are: School of Agriculture; School of Lackofculture

Hawkeyes

January 5th, 2010
11:09 am

Go Dawgs BB and Go Hawkeyes!! This could turn out to be a really good night.

SEC basketball = terrible

January 5th, 2010
11:10 am

SEC basketball = terrible

UGA math dept is close to unraveling the mystery of how many points a 3 pointer is worth. Dawg fans still smell like pork rinds though.

Peadawg

January 5th, 2010
11:11 am

“Haley, UGa and class are oxymorpons”

So are Tech fans and good spelling!

GT student = nerd

January 5th, 2010
11:13 am

Too bad UGA is ranked as the No. 6 best value for public colleges.

U Gotta B Kidding Me

January 5th, 2010
11:13 am

Look in the mirror, they sell anti-UGA window decals and such at the GT bookstore, so try again loser.

RAMBLE ON!!!

January 5th, 2010
11:14 am

I use to take L-dawg side when it came to Herschel Talker, but I must agree with Herschel Talker.

L-Dawg likes men who like men.

Paul Hewitt has destroyed GT Basketball. It doesn’t matter anymore, even against the fleabags. I don’t expect it to be the sloppiest game of street ball you’ll ever see now that Felton is gone. But, I assure you, GT will be sloppy, 55% free throws made, and about 20 turnovers.

The last 3 years of GT/UGAg Basketball were the 3 sorriest games I think I’ve ever seen.

I heard there’s a football game on tonight also.

DawginLex

January 5th, 2010
11:16 am

Rennie is making a huge mistake. He should stay and tell Richt he wants to gain 20-30 pounds and become a hybrid rush DE. That is his ticket to the NFL, a situation DE. He is not an every down middle LB in the pros.

Move Rennie to rush end and put Richard Samuel at MLB and the results would be astonishing.

RAMBLE ON!!!

January 5th, 2010
11:16 am

Buzz29, Bill King is Capt. Kangaroo’s son.

bigdawg88

January 5th, 2010
11:17 am

It’s not called clean old-fashioned hate for nothing! I ALWAYS go against tech, even if they are playing florida. I’m just glad they’re in another conference.

Can you imagine the anguish the auburn fans are having over the BCS championship game? Do you go ahead and pull for your most hated sec rival, the hated big 12, or just hope the earth opens up and swallows up the stadium?

Go Iowa! We’ll loan Caleb AND Washaun to you tonight. THWGT!!!

The Hype

January 5th, 2010
11:18 am

It could be a long nite for Jacket fans. Techs defense is full of holes. Nothing wrong with good old fashion hate but Dawg fans really should be worried more about SEC rivalries–Fla. Tenn. S.C. Auburn

Tim

January 5th, 2010
11:19 am

Wow Peadawg, talk about calling the kettle black!!! How is UGA football doing with all its ‘fantastic recruits’? UGA football has dropped to the ranks of the mediocre, middle-of-the-pack, average football team full of un-coachable 5 star athletes more interested in their egos then wins.

CatsFly

January 5th, 2010
11:20 am

It’s been rumored that Walmart is airing the UGa basketball game tonite closed-circuit at its Athens store. Just like the casinos, don’t want its primary clientele (UGa fans) to leave and break for supper.

Dawg Stephen (and his blog)

January 5th, 2010
11:21 am

You bet it goes all year!!!! Anyway, I have posted my top 10 villains for the last decade, check it out, and follow me on twitter…..dawgstephen

http://dawgstephen.blogspot.com/2010/01/top-10-villians-of-last-decade.html

D(r)ooley

January 5th, 2010
11:22 am

“It could be a long nite for Jacket fans”

Obviously a Dawg fan, get back to the books. 41-17

NCAA

January 5th, 2010
11:22 am

I wonder if Joe Hamilton knows how much a 3 point basket counts?

Paul's Johnson

January 5th, 2010
11:23 am

I thought Mutts went into hibernation until Spring football. Basketball? Really?

As to Mutts pulling for Tech—-the next one who announces his support for Tech in the Orange Bowl will probably be the first one.

Our own Governor who got his GED at Mutt U. wouldn’t even make a friendly wager with Iowa governor in this game. If Sonny, an elected official who allegedly has some dignity would do this, then what about the typical Mutt fan?

CPJ's Sportsbra

January 5th, 2010
11:24 am

“What about you? Can you bring yourself to pull for a Big 10 team as long as they’re playing the Jackets?”

Are you kidding me? I would pull for an Iranian football team against GT!

Go Hawkeyes!

UGA/85′

ugagrad05

January 5th, 2010
11:25 am

to SEC basketball = terrible

Um I dont think your little dork school would stay within 40 points of john wall and UK. Keep getting awesome recruits and let paul hewitt coach them down to an NIT team again.

Buzz29

January 5th, 2010
11:25 am

Thanks ramble on. I knew he looked familiar but I couldn’t figure it out.

Gainesville DA is a Gator Booster

January 5th, 2010
11:25 am

Hey Drooley,
How many more traffic citaitons did your football team get this past week? 251 and counting

Paul's Johnson

January 5th, 2010
11:25 am

I’m a loser and my life partner is leaving me because of my problems with ED.

Ed

January 5th, 2010
11:28 am

bigdawg88, I share your hatred of Tech, but under no circumstances could I root for Florida against anyone. If they were playing Al Qaeda and coached by Hugo Chavez I wouldn’t pull for the SOBs.

Paul H

January 5th, 2010
11:31 am

No matter what happens tonight, I would not want Hewitt as my head coach.

L-Dawg – I think another guy wearing red was also spotted running all over North Ave. Washaun Ealey!

Tech fans don’t foret, WE RUN THIS STATE

Paul H

January 5th, 2010
11:31 am

Paul H

January 5th, 2010
11:32 am

Holy cow I actually agree with Ramble On about something – Hewitt has indeed destroyed GT basketball.

Does the body good

January 5th, 2010
11:35 am

HEY TECH FANS, ON ACCOUNT OF THIS WEEK’S EXTREME TEMPS, I URGE YOU TO NESTLE UP BY THE FIRE WITH A NICE, HOT BOWL OF…

30-24!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA

Buzz29

January 5th, 2010
11:35 am

Don’t be ignorant ugagrad05. A team has to have atleast a .500 record to play in the NIT. Paul “Screwit” Hewitt can’t even get us that.

Addison Steele

January 5th, 2010
11:37 am

I’m one of many UGA grads/fans who actually cheer for Tech… accept when they play against the Dawgs. The perfect football game would be an undefeated UGA (soundly) beating an undefeated Tech team.

Rob

January 5th, 2010
11:37 am

I love that Mutts constantly mock the # of seats at Boddy Dodd Stadium,
yet here Bill King is BEGGING UGA fans to show up and watch their team play.

dawgfan

January 5th, 2010
11:38 am

Congrats to the Jackets for making it to a BCS bowl–hope they clobber Iowa.

Go bb Dawgs tonight at the Steg

The Grinch

January 5th, 2010
11:41 am

I will root for tech tonight and they should win. I like to see Georgia teams do well. Granted, they play in the A She She, but I can’t stand the thoughts of the 3rd place team in the Big Two, er, I mean Big 10 Conference winning a BCS game. Iowa shouldn’t even be there.

I don’t really hate tech, I just hate the attitudes of some of their obnoxious fan base. That being said, we have a few pistols of our own. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Peadawg

January 5th, 2010
11:43 am

Tim, how many 7-5 seasons has Tech had this decade? We have 1 bad year after losing 2 1st rounders and now we’re mediocre…hhmmmm.