First, whatever Mark Fox is doing at halftime … stop it!
Another game, another second-half collapse by his Dogs, followed by the obigatory “we got comfortable” or “we got complacent” or “we relaxed” or “we let the other guy back in the game” quotes from alleged team leaders Travis Leslie and Trey Thompkins.
Perhaps Fox should just try changing everything about the way his team is approaching the second half, because the current plan just isn’t working and there’s been no sign of improvement.
Meanwhile, Georgia might not be able to beat Florida on the field or on the court these days, but Greg McGarity showed the Gator braintrust that “it takes two to tango,” as he put it when he bucked UF’s plan to hike the ticket prices for the annual Jacksonville football clash by $10. “We’re not ready to make that move yet,” he told the UGA athletics board Thursday. Bet that raised a few eyebrows in Gainesville. Go Greg!
The athletics board meeting also saw a couple of moves made toward improving the game day environment at Sanford Stadium. Upgrading the scoreboard/video screen again allows Sanford to keep pace with other SEC schools’ stadiums, but the approval of new rules governing student ticketing is likely to have more of an impact.
Georgia has been plagued at some games with nearly a third of the 18,000 student seats going unused, a problem exacerbated when they went to electronic ticketing using the student ID cards, which made it more difficult to sell or give away unwanted tickets. Under the new rules, if students with tickets don’t attend a game or designate their seats for use by another student or for sale to the general public, they’ll receive a “strike.” Three strikes in a season and they’re ineligible for tickets to a bowl game and the following season’s games.
As reported recently by The Red and Black, student leaders support the plan because it will increase the flow of tickets to freshmen, who are generally considered more likely to show up at the games than the jaded upperclassmen, who have priority in ticket-buying.
Anything that gets more loud, cheering students into the stands at Sanford is a plus, and with Georgia’s so-called home-field advantage sometimes difficult to discern amid all the complacent alums sitting on their hands, game day in Athens could certainly use the added energy the kids bring.
And as I’ve noted before, it also would help if the powers-that-be would shift the Redcoat Band so that they could more easily be heard by the majority of the stadium.
Any other suggestions for improving the game day experience at Sanford Stadium?
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— Bill King, Junkyard Blawg