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

The Grinch

January 5th, 2010
11:43 am

Rob

January 5th, 2010
11:37 am

I think you missed the point.

Tech cannot fill the stands even when classes have started. Classes haven’t started at UGA and Bill is hoping for the home court advantage offered by a large and loud fan base. Good grief, stop parsing everything he says. You sound like one of the aforementioned obnoxious tech fans. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

The Grinch

January 5th, 2010
11:45 am

Buzz29

January 5th, 2010
11:35 am

So what’s the contract buyout amount after this year?

Does the body good

January 5th, 2010
11:45 am

HEY DUCK A FAWG – THAT’S SOMETHING YOU ARE ROUTINELY USED TO ISN’T IT?? DON’T FORGET TO WASH DOWN YOUR BOWL OF 30-24 WITH A NICE, HEARTY SERVING OF 1-8!!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Bulldawg82

January 5th, 2010
11:47 am

I love how Bulldawg fans on this site are making all Dawg fans look terrible. The Tech game is over, yeah, we have had a dominant decade over the Jackets, but that has NOTHING to do with this article. This article is about basketball, focus on that. No wonder UGA gets crap all the time for being an idiotic school, it’s thanks to all you trailer park hicks who call yourselves dawg fans. You guys couldn’t even get into UGA if you tried.

Peadawg

January 5th, 2010
11:50 am

“You guys couldn’t even get into UGA if you tried.”

I got in, graduated from, and currently work at UGA as a computer programmer. Thanks for trying though jackars.

senoiadawgs

January 5th, 2010
11:52 am

Go BB Dawgs!!!! Go FB Jackets!!!! Good luck to both tonight. There is nothing worse than seeing a Small 10 school beat a southern school.

The Grinch

January 5th, 2010
11:52 am

Duck a Fawg

January 5th, 2010
11:37 am

Gee, I don’t know. I believe 1996 was the last time UGA lost 5+ games. tech is the team who usually loses 5 games in a season. So, how does it taste? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

senoiadawgs

January 5th, 2010
11:54 am

And really Dawg fans do you have to continue to stoop to Saint Simmons level by constantly posting the score. In case you have forgotten we are SUPPOSE to win that game. Post the score over and over when we beat UF.

Truth

January 5th, 2010
11:54 am

GT football national championships – 4
UGA football national championships – 2

GT b’ball national finals appearances – 1
UGA – 0

GT b’ball Sweet Sixteen appearances – 7
UGA – 1

UGA may beat Tech more than vice versa, but it’s only because we keep looking past UGA to bigger and better things. You won this year, but you’re still second-rate to us. Say hi to Daddy Florida for us.

Buzz29

January 5th, 2010
11:55 am

The grinch,

That’d be a cool 7 mil. Too bad Taz Anderson doesn’t love round ball as much as football. We all know he had a lot to do with. Chan’s firing. That and Chan couldn’t coach his way outta a paperbag.

nick

January 5th, 2010
11:55 am

Grinch,

Everybody hates their boss

The Grinch

January 5th, 2010
11:56 am

Truth

January 5th, 2010
11:54 am

UGA bball team failing to meet the minimum APR – 0
Tech bball team failing to meet the minimum APR – 1 (2 schollys lost as well)

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

The Grinch

January 5th, 2010
11:58 am

nick

January 5th, 2010
11:55 am

Wrong again. I was self-employed (prior to selling my business). I was my boss and I sure don’t hate myself. Nice try, though. Thank you for playing, we have some lovely parting gifts for you. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

The Grinch

January 5th, 2010
12:00 pm

Buzz29

January 5th, 2010
11:55 am

7 mil? Wow. Does he have one of those automatic rollover contracts? Nothing against him personally, but Hewitt has had a ton of talent with little to show for it. I do believe tech could find a better head coach.

Peadawg

January 5th, 2010
12:00 pm

“Say hi to Daddy Florida for us.”

I would love to see GT play Florida…that would hilarious.

Porty

January 5th, 2010
12:03 pm

Bill, how was the 30th reunion party for the cast of Caddyshack? Did they ask you to bring the entire gopher costume back with you or just trim the beard back like you did in ‘80?

Truth

January 5th, 2010
12:04 pm

Weak sauce, Grinch. C’mon, for such a superior program like UGA you can do better than that.

Tech’s record on the national scene is better, bar none. Head-to-head UGA certainly has the advantage, which is some mild consolation I’m sure. Poor UGA needs Tech to help forget about the yearly beatings from Daddy Florida.

And Tennessee now.

And Kentucky at home now.

Light shines on a dawg’s arse every now and then. Weren’t you preseason number 1 once?

Otto

January 5th, 2010
12:04 pm

Truth
GT ZERO consensus National Titles
UGA 1 consesus national tile

Truth

January 5th, 2010
12:08 pm

The first GT championship was consensus actually. Try again.

The Grinch

January 5th, 2010
12:10 pm

Truth

January 5th, 2010
12:04 pm

Spoken like a jealous LOSER!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

“Light shines on a dawg’s arse every now and then.”? Are you serious? Don’t you mean the light shines on UGA 8 out of the last 9 years? Oh, that’s right, the UGA game is no longer important to techies like yourself. Been drinking that CPJ kool aid, have you? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Jack Wood

January 5th, 2010
12:10 pm

If one truly loves UGA then they don’t give a damn about Tech. Glory, glory.

Fleischman in Chi Towns Bed

January 5th, 2010
12:12 pm

The headline should read:

UGA-Tech rivalry goes full-SNORE all year long..

Alabama: 2010 BCS National Champions

F Allbarn

The Grinch

January 5th, 2010
12:12 pm

Truth

January 5th, 2010
12:04 pm

By the way, I notice you didn’t dispute the “truth” about my posting about minimum APRs. In the immortal words of Nathan Jessup, you can’t HANDLE the truth! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

The Grinch

January 5th, 2010
12:14 pm

Fleischman in Chi Towns Bed

January 5th, 2010
12:12 pm

I agree that Bama will beat UT and win the NC. Congrats on that, but don’t get too full of yourself. There was about a 10 year spread in the not-too-distant-past when you were feared about as much as tech was during the same timeframe. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Tim

January 5th, 2010
12:14 pm

Peadawg,

UGA football has done NOTHING since 1980, even after supposedly having the best recruiting classes year after year. That is mediocre. Oh, I forgot the pre-season NC you guys won. Maybe you can make a flag for that one and hang it next to the one from 1980 so it doesn’t look so lonely.

A computer programmer…..hahahahah!!! From UGA? Hahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is called a cash register. Just because you hit the keys when someone supersizes their meal does not make you a programmer.

The Grinch

January 5th, 2010
12:15 pm

Tim

January 5th, 2010
12:14 pm

No, no, no, Tim. You got it all wrong. Instead of a flag UGA is considering one of those cool and impressive “score” rings. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Paul H

January 5th, 2010
12:16 pm

Truth – it’s ironic that you call yourself that when what you say is false. “Bigger and better things” are what UGA looks to every year both before and after whipping Tech. Go to a few more conference championships and BCS bowls and then start comparing. Note – it will take a while.

The Grinch

January 5th, 2010
12:17 pm

Tim

January 5th, 2010
12:14 pm

By the way, IF you even went to tech, it doesn’t mean you’re an engineer. After all, how about these impressive majors you can earn at the north avenue trade school:

The School of History, Technology, and Society
The School of Literature, Communication, and Culture
The School of Modern Languages
The School of Public Policy

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Paul H

January 5th, 2010
12:17 pm

By the way, Truth – teams that look to “bigger and better” things don’t get rings for a regular season win.

Paul H

January 5th, 2010
12:20 pm

Tim – really? UGA has done nothing since 1980? Conveniently forgetting about 2 conference championships and 2 BCS bowl victories aren’t we? Not to mention utter domination of TEch since probably before you were born.

30-24
1-8
4-15

Glad it still stings. Pun intended.

Roddy Jones

January 5th, 2010
12:20 pm

Thanks UGA fans for all of the attention….by the way I just broke lose for another score in athens….GO JACKETS!!!

Tim

January 5th, 2010
12:21 pm

I guess they need a ring to replace the ones they sold on e-bay.

And for you dawg fans that always hide behind the SEC banner and brag you have the toughest conference, IF Bama beats Texas, that makes you 5-5 in bowl games. If it wasn’t for Alabama and Florida, you would be no different then the WAC or the Mountain West.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Boo Boo Thomas

January 5th, 2010
12:21 pm

Thanks UGA fans for all the attention….by the way I just dropped another fourth down pass……GO DAWGS!!!

Joe Cox

January 5th, 2010
12:22 pm

I love playing Tech. They’re so easy to beat, even I can do it! 30-24!!

The Grinch

January 5th, 2010
12:23 pm

Tim

January 5th, 2010
12:21 pm

UGA defeated Ga Tech
SC defeated Clemson

Ga Tech and Clemson play for the A She She Championship.

BWHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Peadawg

January 5th, 2010
12:24 pm

“Maybe you can make a flag for that one and hang it next to the one from 1980 so it doesn’t look so lonely.”

And maybe Tech can make rings again with the Ga-Ga Tech score in another 7-8 years. How’d the Chick-fil-a bowl go after that?

1eyedJack

January 5th, 2010
12:27 pm

Roddy, too bad you couldn’t break loose THIS year.

Tim

January 5th, 2010
12:32 pm

Wow Paul H……..2 conference championships in 30 years. You must be so proud. Does this years victory in the weed eater bowl rank right up there with your big win over Hawaii? Was that a BCS bowl? It has been so long ago, I forgot.

TechFan

January 5th, 2010
12:32 pm

We’re just angry because we have little stingers.

1eyedJack

January 5th, 2010
12:34 pm

Who has the taller midget, GT’s offensive or defensive line?

And what ever happened to Tech’s punt returner?

The Grinch

January 5th, 2010
12:36 pm

Tim

January 5th, 2010
12:32 pm

And just how many conference championships does tech have during the past 30 years. Any you’re just now getting ready to play in your first ever BCS bowl. Talk about pathetic……BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Roddy Jones

January 5th, 2010
12:38 pm

and which bowl did you go to???? Losers…………….

The Grinch

January 5th, 2010
12:39 pm

Roddy Jones

January 5th, 2010
12:38 pm

Our bowl wan’t played on a blue field. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Tim

January 5th, 2010
12:39 pm

Hey Peadawg……this years ring says ‘ACC Champs’. What does UGA’s say?

The Grinch

January 5th, 2010
12:40 pm

Roddy Jones

January 5th, 2010
12:38 pm

By the way, the only losers are those cowards who hijack the name of a good athlete. Doubt if you’ve ever set foot on a gridiron except to ask for autographs. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

The Grinch

January 5th, 2010
12:41 pm

Tim

January 5th, 2010
12:39 pm

Ours say UGA 30 – Tech 24 BWAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

The Grinch

January 5th, 2010
12:42 pm

Tim

January 5th, 2010
12:39 pm

Besides, you’re the A She She champs are aren’t even rated in the top 10. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Tim

January 5th, 2010
12:42 pm

That’s right Grinch, and you are not playing in the Orange Bowl.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Paul H

January 5th, 2010
12:44 pm

Tim, I also forgot to mention 5 top 10 finishes 5 10+ win seasons this decade alone. Richt’s record is 90-27. Call me when your team gets there, but don’t hold your breath.

1-8
4-15
30-24

Peadawg

January 5th, 2010
12:45 pm

Tim, how many conference titles do y’all have this decade? How many BCS Bowl wins? How many 10 win seasons? How many wins against UGA? It shouldn’t take too long to count.