Timing couldn’t have been worse for UGA’s online meltdown

A lot of folks want to be here come September. (University of Georgia)

A lot of folks want to be here come September. (University of Georgia)

Thirteen FBS teams played in front of more than a million people last season, CNBC reports, and UGA was among them. (The others big-timers on the SEC-dominated list were Michigan, Penn State, Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Florida, LSU, Texas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Carolina.)

Obviously, a whole lotta folks like watching the Georgia Bulldogs play football. That’s why Thursday’s digital meltdown in Athens has drawn more attention than your average Internet outage.

While nobody can say they don’t do a bang-up job of managing a multi-million dollar sports enterprise at Butts-Mehre since UGA is one of the most profitable college athletic programs around, someone apparently was asleep at the switch when it came to a little matter of renewing the domain registration for the official website, Georgiadogs.com.

Oops. Sometimes it’s the little things that trip you up.

And it just happened to be on what was supposed to be deadline day for Hartman Fund donors to renew their season tickets and order other game tickets for this coming season.

Embarrassing, yeah, but by Auburn standards this offseason pretty much a minor hiccup. The official explanation is that what was supposed to be “an automatic renewal process” handled by UGA’s media rights holder, IMG, somehow didn’t turn out to be automatic. Hopefully UGA won’t have to pay off some cyber squatter to get the domain back.

In the meantime, because of the problems with the website (which as I write this still can’t be accessed), the deadline for Hartman Fund donors (aka Georgia Bulldog Club members) to order 2011 football season tickets has been extended through 5 p.m. Friday. If you wish to place your order online, you can log on to your online account via The Georgia Bulldog Club website, thegeorgiabulldogclub.com (click on “My account” to get to the ticket ordering page). You also can mail your season ticket application with a postmark dated April 1. Or if you’re in the Athens area you can visit either the UGA Athletic Association Ticket Office or the Georgia Bulldog Club offices. The UGA Ticket Office has been temporarily relocated to the Stegeman Coliseum Box Office ticket windows located off Sanford Drive. Parking is available in the South Campus and Carlton Street Decks. The Georgia Bulldog Club offices are located on the fourth floor of Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall, where parking is always very limited.

Those glorious fall days in Athens are worth the trouble, though.

PLAYING THROUGH THE PAIN

A number of folks have asked what’s up this spring with Ken Malcome, the redshirt freshman who’s part of the pre-Isaiah Crowell competition at tailback. Dawgs247 has an update on the back, who’s been battling through a lingering groin injury he got late last season while toiling on the scout team.

It’s been frustrating for Malcome because the injury has slowed down his progress. But I like his attitude. “I’ve just got to fight through it,” he said. “I’m trying to show toughness. It’s hard for me to do a lot of stuff out there, but I try. I may mess up. They might get on me. But hey, it’s the next play. I can redeem myself the next play.”

Keep at it, Ken!

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61 comments Add your comment

Fred

April 1st, 2011
7:35 pm

I read these comments, (not all of them, I couldn’t stomach any more after the first dozen or so), and all I can think of is “Wow.” Were you folks, UGA or GT fans, raised in the same South I was raised in? Where is your civility? Your pride? Does anonymity make you lose your character? I think not, if you had any character to begin with you wouldn’t post the things you do.

If your momma’s would be proud of the things you say to each other I pity you.

AltamahaDawg

April 1st, 2011
7:43 pm

Oakwood, I hate that for you man. Last season was terrible timing for your first year as a Dawg fan.

KeepDreaming

April 1st, 2011
10:01 pm

So you’re basically saying that Ken’s out, he’s got no shot…greeeeeaaaaatttt

GR82BAG8R

April 2nd, 2011
7:42 am

The irony is more than mildly amusing. Georgia fans love to berate the “nerds” from Tech, yet the UGA Athletic Department can’t seem to master something more complex than turf management.

UGA football – - never has so little been done with so much.

King Gator

April 2nd, 2011
7:54 am

Losing to UCF in the Liberty Bowl….having your AD get a DUI with his g/f (not his wife) and her undies in his lap… losing the domain http://www.georgiadogs.com…. having your starting qb get injured playing soccer in the offseason…Yup folks, this is Georgia athletics. (plus being pwned by the Gators year after year) Go Gators!!

Trey

April 2nd, 2011
9:47 am

Now that we’re in the off-season, wouldn’t this be the perfect time to take an in-depth look at UGA and have a serious discussion about the problems at UGA and why the arrest rate of players is the highest in the country? it’s common knowledge that UGA is a party school, but have any dawgtard players every actually graduated with a real degree? Jan Kemp exposed the school and the coaches almost three decades ago, but there is no sign that anything has improved; if anything, the arrest rate shows that things are getting more outrageous every year while the clueless Mark Richt has absolutely no control over his players. And then there is the infamous “red panties” incident that will haunt UGA for decades.

UGA has become a major embarrassment to all Georgians, and we want some answers starting now.

Preston

April 2nd, 2011
10:17 am

Oh boy, here we go again with more bs trash talk about the arrest rates among the football team. I’m actually proud of the fact that our student athletes don’t get breaks like all the other FBS college towns. They’re held to the same standards as all other citizens in Athens. I guess you idiots believe that the football players in Tuscaloosa, Auburn, Knoxville, gainesville, etc. never drink or do the stupid things that these UGA players get in trouble for. Get real! They get a ride home by the local sheriffs department when they get caught doing wrong instead of paying the penalty like everyone else. At least our guys aren’t stealing dead people’s credit cards and robbing people at convenience stores. It takes something like that to even make the news everywhere else. Please tell me that you don’t believe that UGA is the only school that has college football players that actually drink. I laugh at you fools that love to come on here and actually spew that garbage because you envy our program. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be here in the first place. Keep it up because we laugh at you every day morons!

GR82BAG8R

April 2nd, 2011
11:09 am

Preston, are you saying you laugh at the “fools” with your 6 – 7 record, provided by your perennial top-10 recruiting classes? Exactly what are you laughing about?

mismatch

April 2nd, 2011
1:19 pm

top recruiting classes — top facilities — big fan base — lots of money

6-7 record???????????

something doesn’t compute

choke sign

April 2nd, 2011
1:23 pm

$750,000 salary for grantham—highest assistant salary in the SEC, terrible defense and all he can do is give choke signals to florida players??? how did that work out?????

don’t worry—richt’s working on a new endzone taunting dance for 2011!!!! Could be special!

SickEm

April 4th, 2011
11:09 am

Sure you have a profitable program when you don’t have top-notch facilities to attract the highly-rated recruits. And when you never travel any further than Jacksonville or Lexington….you save a TON on travel.