Dawgs need to get student body back on board

Backup Hutson Mason got some valuable playing time against Coastal Carolina. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Backup Hutson Mason got some valuable playing time against Coastal Carolina. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

A few more thoughts after the third game of the season. …

Well, we finally got the answer to the question, what does it take for UGA not to sell out a game at Sanford Stadium? The answer: An 0-2 start and an FCS opponent with a name most folks can’t pronounce.

The 10,000 or so empty seats at Saturday’s meeting with the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers were sort of to be expected at a game like this, but Georgia’s 64-game streak of home sell-outs also ended, with about 800 tickets going unsold. That’s a first for the Mark Richt era.

“I don’t think it’s that big a deal,” said the head coach, who apparently was under the impression the unsold tickets were returned by Coastal Carolina too late for Georgia to sell them. But actually late in the week UGA announced that the tickets it was putting on sale at the last minute were “unclaimed UGA student tickets.”

That’s bothersome. In the past, the students showed up early, stood throughout the game and supported the team no matter what. Saturday was a first step toward getting the Dogs back on track, but I’m afraid it probably will take a victory over a quality SEC opponent to get the student body fired up again.

Other quick hits from Saturday: After two games of the new Redcoat Band pregame routine, I’ve concluded two things: The “spell Georgia” cheer needs to be returned to its traditional spot at the end of the halftime show, and the Redcoats should dump that convoluted version of the “Georgia/Bulldogs” cheer that requires the crowd to wait for the musicians to switch positions on the field. … Mike Bobo’s “hurry up” offense seems to work better when it’s scripted and the team doesn’t have to stand there looking toward the sideline. But they still look most comfortable in the I-formation. … Michael Bennett looks like he’s quickly taking Kris Durham’s spot as Georgia’s possession receiver. … It’s worrisome that the Dogs’ defensive front couldn’t even get sacks against Coastal Carolina. … From the loose way he was carrying the ball on that interception that he ended up fumbling back to the Chanticleers, it’s a good thing Bacarri Rambo isn’t one of the defensive players getting a shot at carrying the ball for the offense. … I hope we see more of Georgia throwing out of the backfield to Isaiah Crowell and Bruce Figgins. That’s a really potent weapon for Bobo. … Aaron Murray looked OK Saturday but doesn’t appear to have completely shaken off his sophomore slump. On the other hand, once Hutson Mason got warmed up, he was delivering some really nice-looking throws. After this season, the Georgia coaching staff is going to face a decision over whether to redshirt Mason and go with Christian LeMay as the backup next year in order to get some more class separation in its quarterbacking corps. … I wonder when the last time was that the Dogs’ “long snappah” and placekicker both recovered fumbles in a game. Kudos to Ty Frix and Blair Walsh for heads-up play Saturday. … I know it was “only” Coastal Carolina, but it was great to see the Dogs stuff a fake punt. Ditto watching Carlton Thomas taking down a pass-rusher who looked to be twice his size. … Oh goody. Now we get to worry about Vandy, too.

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bardawg

September 18th, 2011
5:52 pm

Forget the student body...

September 18th, 2011
6:00 pm

…they do not give money – the Dawgs need to get their big money fan base back on board if they want to continue to “thought” of by anybody who gives a rat’s patooty about the football team this year…

And, as far a Hutson is concerned, it is not difficult to look good with”some really nice looking throws” against a tired, third tier opponent…

bardawg

September 18th, 2011
6:01 pm

What a display of immaturity on my part, but it felt good. Anyway, we’ve got to show some cohesion as a team and not stumble around looking lost. Yesterday was an improvement, but I’m not real proud of beating a junior high team.

MassiveDawg

September 18th, 2011
6:01 pm

And, we continue to pay $750K for this...

September 18th, 2011
6:02 pm

…”It’s worrisome that the Dogs’ defensive front couldn’t even get sacks against Coastal Carolina” …

Herschel Talker

September 18th, 2011
6:03 pm

FIRE MARK RICHT!!!! IT’S TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE!!!

sign up true dawg fans

September 18th, 2011
6:06 pm

VA DAWG

September 18th, 2011
6:07 pm

Unfortunately with Greg McGarrity’s “Florida scheduling philosophy” of 3 patsies out of 7 home games I feel we will see more vacant seats. As a loyal Bulldog alum, season ticket holder and Virginia resident it is hard for me to justify the expense of traveling 1000 miles roundtrip in a weekend three weeks in a row if 3 of the opponents on our schedule are going to be teams of the caliber of Coastal Carolina. While it is hard for me to justify why students can’t crawl out of bed in time to make a 1:00 pm kickoff while living in Athens I would like to see better competition on our home schedule going forward.

Moobs Johnson

September 18th, 2011
6:09 pm

Please keep Richt, I have a good chance to bring my record against UGA to .500 this season.

Gregg Forrest

September 18th, 2011
6:13 pm

Bill, since you don’t reply to bloggers then your blogs are becoming empty too. You write a blog then say nothing else. Bloggers like interaction. Check out Mark Bradley & Jeff Schultz blogs. They have up to 20 pages of blogs. Are you too good to participate ? I’m gone until you do.

Delbert D.

September 18th, 2011
6:14 pm

Coastal Carolina had some big offensive linemen. I didn’t see that game, so I don’t know how that worked with the lack of sacks; did the QB have a quick release?

Gregg Forrest

September 18th, 2011
6:14 pm

Didn’t I read this same exact blog from Jeff Schultz yesterday ?

Cali Dawg

September 18th, 2011
6:18 pm

The student body should be ashamed of themselves…period!

Dirty Dawg

September 18th, 2011
6:19 pm

What’ll it take to get the students back on board? The same thing that it’ll take a ‘lifelong Bulldog that claims to offer a fan’s perspective on UGA sports’….namely, winning games. Just watch, even you will be back on board the bandwagon soon enough…but don’t think we won’t remember.

AltamahaDawg

September 18th, 2011
6:21 pm

And did your coke have too much ice too? the sun too bright?

Magnolia, Tx Dawg

September 18th, 2011
6:26 pm

It is too early to tell, but unless progress is made with preparation and team effort, the student body will be the least of Georgia’s worries.

golfman42

September 18th, 2011
6:28 pm

One thing that’s made student attendance less is probably the new ticketing system. Ever since they changed it from actual tickets to tickets on the student ID’s it’s not as easy to sell tickets one doesn’t want to someone who does. The new ticket donation system they started this year is what led to those tickets that went on sale at the game. If they still had physical tickets they could have been sold to anyone weeks before the game. Used to be a Facebook group for buying and selling student tickets back in 2008 when I started.

Poor Puppies

September 18th, 2011
6:30 pm

Tech ranked #24, and the puppies reduced to……………….how bout them dogs, we beat coastal CAROLINA!!!!!

win a meaningful game that results in an sec east title

September 18th, 2011
6:31 pm

that’s what we’ve been waiting for since before that abomination to the rodney hampton jersey (#7 to you young’ins) left our football program. No SEC titles from him, either….

Still@theBAR

September 18th, 2011
6:39 pm

The Students were searching every coloring book in the library trying to find out what a Chanticleer is. Sorry UGA didn’t buy the Canterbury Tales Coloring book.

flying tigers

September 18th, 2011
6:44 pm

when you have to have your old coach and the president of your school start begging the fan base to support the team and coaches you got some real problems. face it, Richt has done less with more than anyone in the country over the past 3 or 4 years and most of his success is tied to BVG. never have seen anyone with all top 5 to top 10 recruiting classes perform so poorly. cuss the “old ball coach” all you want, but he is right, what happens to all these “players” these 4 and 5 star recruits when they get to Athens?

Greg

September 18th, 2011
6:50 pm

There is no decision to be made between Mason and LeMay. LeMay would have been the number 1 or 2 qb prospect in the country last season if not for his suspension that led him to chose to sit out his entire Senior year.

Mason had no major offers and was only offered by Georgia because our numbers were getting thin at qb. We needed an insurance policy in case one of their more heralded/talented qb’s get hurt. That is the only scenario where Mason plays much in his UGA career…if Murray or LeMay get hurt.

That might sound harsh, but I don’t mean anything against Mason. Wouldn’t be surprised at all if he wound up transferring to an FCS school for his last two years and doing very well there.

they serve gruel in prison

September 18th, 2011
6:51 pm

all of you jacklegs against CMR have never worn a string in your life……

I Miss Larry

September 18th, 2011
6:57 pm

I love my dawgs and it pains me to say this but I see at least 3 more losses this season.

Literary Gazette

September 18th, 2011
6:58 pm

“Sorry UGA didn’t buy the Canterbury Tales Coloring book.”

Actually, they did, but when the library burned down, every book was destroyed.

Both of them.

richmondDawg

September 18th, 2011
7:05 pm

If LeMay keeps his grades up and his head in the playbook, I have no doubt that he will be challenging Murray for the starting QB position next spring.

Harriett

September 18th, 2011
7:05 pm

Something that no one wants to hear, but here it is: the UGA student section comes to the game half-drunk already (completely drunk if it’s a night game), and the few decent students are sick of being puked on or getting hit in one of the many drunken brawls. So they don’t come, they stay in their dorms and listen on the radio if they care at all.

JB

September 18th, 2011
7:07 pm

Ole Miss W
Miss St L
Tenn. 50/50
Vandy 50/50
N Mexico W
Fla..L
Kentucky W
Tech….gulp..
Auburn 50/50 ( coaching alone)

JB

September 18th, 2011
7:08 pm

If Tech is for real, my gulp above is a L

destin dawg

September 18th, 2011
7:14 pm

we’re going up hill… we beat S.C… Spurrier said so !! just not on the score board…. Grantham’s defense wins games coming up… just don’t give ‘em away on offense… that’s up to Richt…Call the plays.. play Mason.. and Malcome… if we don’t win ‘em all .. ( not more than 1 loss )… from here then it IS time to let Richt go… lets get behind ‘em …. we’re committed for this season…

NiquePhotog

September 18th, 2011
7:20 pm

SC isn’t good. Based on SC’s performance, UGA’s about on par with Navy.

You almost beat a vastly over-rated team. Congratulations.

student

September 18th, 2011
7:22 pm

you have no idea what you are talking about bill. Uga just started a new penalty system for student tickets.(copied from Alabama) For a very long time the student section has been partially empty for games like this, but the student tickets were just not used. Now, the student tickets must be returned to the school by Wednesday, or you get a strike. Too many strikes = no bowl ticket or tickets the next year.

Big Wally

September 18th, 2011
7:26 pm

Considering the lousy football product they have put on the field for the last 3 years, they should be thankful for that many fans showing up.

Bobby

September 18th, 2011
7:36 pm

“We beat S.C… just not on the score board…” You Dawg fans are unbelievable. You just don’t seem to grasp what has happened during the last decade. Your team hasn’t gotten worse; many of the teams you play have just gotten better. The fundamental problem is that Alabama, South Carolina, LSU, Arkansas and Florida all have much better coaching staffs than UGA now. and frankly, I don’t know who you could go out and hire today to change that.

16 games, 7 W's and 9 losses

September 18th, 2011
7:39 pm

JB

you have it exactly right———–no sacks against the Chanticleers,plezzzzzzzzze.

You know a lot has changed...

September 18th, 2011
7:39 pm

at UGA when students don’t want to go to the foorball game. During my junior year at UGA, the year after the National Championship, they were actually issuing student tickets for the aisles! I’m sure it was probably against safety codes, but they found a way to meet the demand for tickets.

16 games, 7 W's and 9 losses

September 18th, 2011
7:48 pm

Bobby

right on, we have the players, the coaches suck——-the entire team is undisciplined

fire them all—–just look at the staff Muschamp put together!

JB

September 18th, 2011
7:50 pm

Better start winning BIG games or you’ll see ads in the Athens paper for 4 cokes 4 hot dogs and the Hartman Fund will be long gone and we will be BAD and Broke. No demand, no Hartman Fund, just say’n.

slydog

September 18th, 2011
7:52 pm

There was a comment made that the students do not give money. That was a little bit naive. The majority of the student’s parents and grandparents have paid the majority of the costs to fund Georgia and lay the ground work for it’s athletics department. It’s called taxes, tariffs, fines, fees, and anything else the government,federal, state, and local asks you to pay. Of the fans who buy the merchandise, 35-45% of them are students or former students. So since they don’t give money, tell them to not attend Georgia anymore.

On another note, these students are roughly 18-30. And the only way to appease them is regime change. These kids, like all natural born Georgians, think of Georgia football as hard-nosed and containing some of the most talented players in the country in any sport. Our players tend to turn out better in the long run, to include Texas, Florida, and California, who beat us only by quantity ,not quality. They see all these other programs winning titles or at least in contention. Why not Georgia? They owe nothing to CMR. 2005 was ssssoo yesterday. And it ended in a blow out. Facebook wasn’t as popular. Twitter wasn’t even in two states yet. The iphone, ipod, and all the others… nada. Georgia is on par with Arkansas, in their eyes.

SugarHillDawg

September 18th, 2011
7:52 pm

JB, don’t worry, Tech is still the bunch of POSERS they always have been. Carolina will bring them back to reality next week.

LakeDawg

September 18th, 2011
7:53 pm

While Murray still needs to keep improving, I wouldn’t consider his season so far a “sophomore slump.” 10 TD’s and only 2 INTs in 3 games. I’ll take that. Now if we can only stop anybody with a pulse.

slydog

September 18th, 2011
7:55 pm

Besides, with LCD’s and plasmas in every room, why go to a game? If no one was drunk at the game, it’s still a better experience at home or in the dorm or in the student center or at a bar downtown. You get the point.

Mr. SEC

September 18th, 2011
7:57 pm

Bill,
You finally wrote an article worth reading!

DuluthDawg

September 18th, 2011
8:03 pm

JB,

I agree with your schedule prediction, at least for now. I’m going to go 50/50 (instead of the gulp) with the NATS also because they haven’t played anyone. However, if we win half of the 50/50 games we’ll end up with a 6-6 record for the season, bowl eligible but not a good one. Also, in a year when we could truly take the SECE we appear headed to mediocrity again.

If it plays out like that how could CMR remain HC?

UGA Class of 14

September 18th, 2011
8:08 pm

Go back to student paper tickets. Instead of putting the ticket on our IDs. They tried to fix a problem that wasn’t there a few years ago when they took away our paper tickets.

NiquePhotog

September 18th, 2011
8:17 pm

How long have you been at UGA? They took away the paper tickets like 2 or 3 years ago, and you’re class of 2014????

Bill King

September 18th, 2011
8:17 pm

Student:

I’m aware of the student ticketing policy and the penalties for not using them. My point is that the problem in terms of not having a sellout is they’re not using them. If the team improves, chances are more students will want to use their tickets and won’t be turning them back in.

Bill King

September 18th, 2011
8:19 pm

Dirty Dawg:
Go back and read the blogs I’ve written so far this season and then tell me how you think I’m off the bandwagon.

R

September 18th, 2011
8:25 pm

What is up with the Redcoats?!?! I don’t mind the new seating section, but to mess with Spell Georgia?!?!? Email the band and get it put back!

Lakedawg

September 18th, 2011
8:31 pm

UGA allocates to many tickets to students. Have known fans last several years could not order season tickets and if students do not show, then sell them to fand who will show up before sometime in 1st quarter.