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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dwh

September 18th, 2011
8:31 pm

CMR will think it’s a big deal if it keeps happening every week.

Multiply 10k by the rest of the home games times parking, hot dogs, cokes, book store, etc. etc.

Lose those revenue streams CMR and you lose your job. TJTWIW

Greta

September 18th, 2011
8:46 pm

How can the best football program and team ever not fill the stands? The b lickers will not lose another game ever.

The lickers will win the National Title this year. Tenure Mark Richt.

tar and feathers party

September 18th, 2011
8:46 pm

UGA finally wins one, time to drop to Division II, where winning is possible!

Russell

September 18th, 2011
8:49 pm

I love how know one talks or even mentions the Redcoats until they do something different. When was the last time you wrote about the Redcoats? Give the new pregame a chance. Change is good and the crowd will figure out “Georgia-Bulldogs” quickly enough. If it doesn’t, I’m sure the directors will try something else.

NYB

September 18th, 2011
8:54 pm

@”R” and Mr King- when you write your annual check to support the Redcoats, as I’m SURE you both do every year, please include this note of criticism…as I’m sure you have also thanked them for their loyal contribution to every other game.

wag

September 18th, 2011
8:56 pm

Why do Tech people get on this blog. If Georgia would have played the 3 cupcake teams tech has played, we would be 3-0 too. Most highschool teams would be 3-0 with those three teams. Get a life nerd. We own tech even when we are bad.

rincon dawg

September 18th, 2011
9:04 pm

OK so now its the students fault. When is it ever gonna be Mark Richts fault. Quit blaming everyone else under the sun, it starts at the top.

Greg

September 18th, 2011
9:05 pm

The only gimme’s we have left on the schedule are Ole Miss, New Mexico State, UK and Tech(yawn).

cmac22

September 18th, 2011
9:11 pm

If the 800 unsold tickets are “no big deal to richt”, how bout he pony up the approx $35,000 in lost revenue!

Redcoat fan

September 18th, 2011
9:27 pm

I don’t like the changes to the redcoat band. I can understand the move to the end zone so the “whole stadium can hear them”, but it is a problem with the visiting band so close. Don’t like the idea of the student section split and the cheerleaders are one place and band another. And finally, I hate they are not doing the Georgia block at the end of halftime. Are we a HS band and just march off the field? Most college bands do some kind of special “thing” after their show at halftime and now we do it at pregame when most people don’t get to see it. Sometimes tradition is a good thing and shouldn’t be changed.

HSW

September 18th, 2011
9:29 pm

Agree 100% on the band deleting the Georgia/Bulldogs cheer in their pregame show–it’s lifeless and its a cheer that is often started by the fans.

bilbo799

September 18th, 2011
9:31 pm

We have an offensive coordinator who started a converted linebacker over the best running back we’ve seen in a while at UGA for two games. We have commentators who think an offense scoring 42 points (while giving up pretty much 21 through turnovers) against USC is really good (East Carolina had scored 37 the week before). Who cares if students don’t want to watch bad football?

Kirby

September 18th, 2011
9:31 pm

@ Fan – perhaps the powers that be want people to be in the stadium for Pregame.

The Only Horses I like Are Under My Hood

September 18th, 2011
9:49 pm

FROM THE VIEW OF A STUDENT:

First of all, I seriously doubt that 10k seats were unoccupied until UGA began to poor it on. It really seemed like the crowed was at least 86k or so but I could be wrong as I could not see the entire stadium from sec 111. The lower student sections were full, minus some small patches near the band.

Secondly, the student ticket policy issued this year is a good thing with the penalty system in place. BUT students should be able to select the home games they wish to attend instead of being forced to buy a full season. Out of 35k students, not all are going to be like myself and really want to attend every home game. Some just care about the big home games. This would also make for fewer split ticket packages for freshman and, in some cases, sophomores, who want to go to all of the games. It is really stupid, however, that with the size of our stadium that not all students receive a full home game package that want a full package.

Thirdly, I know Sanford has a unique structure, but if schools like USCjr and Auburn have student sections that are completely together and in the lower deck…so can UGA. Acoustically, moving the student section and band from the open end zone and moving them to the closed end zone would make Sanford twice as loud as it is now. Take away some visitor seats in the lower bowl and expand UGA student seats in the lower bowl (we give visitors too many lower bowl seats anyway). Maybe some students would still be in the upper level but we need more students unified in one huge section in the lower bowl to make Sanford truly rock like it should.

Lastly, “The “spell Georgia” cheer needs to be returned to its traditional spot at the end of the halftime show” ……are you kidding me? That cheer at halftime does nothing with most fans using the restroom or getting a Coke. After two games, the fans have gotten use to the new pregame routine so against Miss St., it will be loud and sound awesome. TOTALLY agree however with the GEORGIA—BULLDOGS cheer. We do not need to have a 5 minute lag time, do it regularly and it will be deafening like it is when it is preformed at regular speed throughout the game.

Otto

September 18th, 2011
9:52 pm

If I read this correctly the tickets were not claimed by students and then put on sale to the public.

If so it is more than just the students who are not up for the game/season.

The students need more seats down low not in the upper and they need to be in one end zone. After making it a point to travel to multiple SEC stadiums including UT, LSU, Auburn, Bama, and Ole Miss over the past few years. UGA is sadly one of the tamer stadiums. Stundents were being split between the wedge next to the band and some on the bridge end zone a few yers ago, assume it has not changed. Let them have the lower level endzone with the locker room.

Saban

September 18th, 2011
9:56 pm

Is Russ still alive? Word is Choakdawg ate him. Something about a field goal.

jay

September 18th, 2011
9:56 pm

Yeah, my dawgs are going through a bit of a slump. But for Tech fans to say anything when you
beat us once in 10 years makes you look like a bunch of ***** (rhymes with wussies).

sldkfjslk

September 18th, 2011
10:06 pm

UGA screwed up when they kept students from selling their tickets on the open market back after 2008 when demand sent prices through the roof. Now the demand is down and students can’t sell tickets as easily now that all student id’s are scanned. Recent ex-grads used to be able to use their ids and buy tickets from uninterested students with both parties being better off. It doesn’t help that Richt’s team has been in a freefall since the 3rd quarter of the 2008 Tech game.

Gail

September 18th, 2011
10:24 pm

Those tickets were actually not unsold tickets. They were already sold to students. If a student couldn’t attend the game, he had to donate, ie they do not get reimbursed amount they already paid, by noon on Wednesday or get a strike for not using the ticket. The tickets then get offered, for free, to other students who did not get a ticket for that game. If those students do not claim the ticket then UGA then sells the ticket again.

King DAAAWG

September 18th, 2011
10:31 pm

I see old man King is drinking the Hutson Mason juice too…

Bill King

September 18th, 2011
10:44 pm

NYB and others:

I write about the Redcoats every year. I’ve devoted entire blogs to the Redcoats. One of my brothers was a Redcoat and I’m a fan of the Redcoats. That doesn’t mean I have to agree with or like everything they do. I happen to think the spell-Georgia cheer works better at the end of the halftime show. And the Georgia/Bulldogs thing with the band just isn’t working. Second game it was done, the crowd was no closer to catching on and the lag time while the band members reposition themselves ruins the pace of the cheer. I am very glad, though, to have the band down in my end of the stadium now, though having them and the South Carolina band playing at the same time was problematic. Anyway, I love the Redcoats. Ain’t nothing finer in the land!

Richt the Man!

September 18th, 2011
10:49 pm

Considering this state bleeds Red & Black and that we have the casual sidewalk fan coming to our games (unlike Tech) not selling out a game is a true embarassment. My goodness, Alabama sells out the Spring game. Just more ammunition on why Richt’s days should be numbered if he loses more than one more game.

bulldog87

September 18th, 2011
10:50 pm

I can’t imagine why student’s didn’t show…maybe tired of the Mark Richt Mediocrity? What is one win over a nobody when the team can’t handle the somebodies? The administration doesn’t care about unsold student tickets, but when money alums drop off (and they will, because the Mark Rich Mediocrity will continue) we will see some action.

student body was born bwt 1989-1993

September 18th, 2011
10:52 pm

not exactly the heyday of UGA football – why would they sit around watching an 0-2 team play Coastal Carolina?

student body was born bwt 1989-1993

September 18th, 2011
10:53 pm

not exactly the heyday since then, I should say

LeMay Rules!

September 18th, 2011
10:57 pm

The dawgs need to get Lemay a lot more minutes—he’ll likely be starting after a few more games. Mason–good, but not in lemay’s league.

Chris

September 18th, 2011
11:02 pm

We are slowly turning into Georgia Tech. Our first of many non sell outs to come.

If you want sell outs, fire Richt.

Dr. Phil

September 18th, 2011
11:11 pm

I think that Adams reduced the number of student tickets to SEC games a couple of years ago and converted them to season tickets. Changing to the ID’s kept students from selling their tickets. If someone is going to make money off of football tickets, Adams wants to make sure it is Adams.

beanster

September 18th, 2011
11:26 pm

I can see similar non-interest in the N. Mexico State game. No one really wants to see the inevitable happen, it’s pretty boring. That said, y’all who are saying this is the beginning of a trend of non sell outs are smoking something. We’d have to go 6-7 for 4 years before attendence would truly drop off.

I hate to take pleasure in someone else’s injury but to hear UT’s Justin Hunter is out for the season doesn’t break my heart. Go Dawgs!

Billy Johnson

September 18th, 2011
11:37 pm

Hey Bill, you’re not Norman Rockwell….

RIP Larry Munsen

September 19th, 2011
12:02 am

We lost to a team that barely beat Navy? Do Ugas dies naturally or do they commit suicide?

KaliDogg

September 19th, 2011
12:03 am

Hutson Mason looked very, very sharp. And, his pocket management was a thing of beauty. Why is it that so many QB’s think that the way to avoid a rush is to go backwards? And why do some QB’s think that, once they start to run, they can’t throw the ball (assuming they’ve not passed the line).

That kid looked awfully good out there. And I didn’t see him sailing balls 10 yards over a receiver’s head. Murray needs to strap it on and get serious out there. There is a lot of quality at that position. Hey, can any of our QB’s play linebacker? Kidding.

GT 2011

September 19th, 2011
12:05 am

Bill doesn’t seem to realize that the first wave of Exams for college students are coming up this weekend. Even at Georgia, students have to study. Go to a Coastal Carolina game or Fail your Exam. Your choice Bill.

herschel's 2nd personality

September 19th, 2011
12:09 am

Exams at Georgia can be filled out in #2 pencil or blue crayon. Students choice.

UGA Class of 14

September 19th, 2011
12:46 am

NiquePhotag this is only my second year here but I’ve been following the Dawgs for a long time so I’ve been aware of the student ticket policy for several years now. My point is you bring back the paper tickets and it will solve your problem.

golfman42

September 19th, 2011
1:35 am

With regard to the split student sections, I’m in Redcoats and heard that the plan is to move the rest of the student section over to connect with the endzone we now play in, and move the away team’s band across to our old area. Just what I’ve been hearing. Also, have to say that more people are probably in the stands for pregame than halftime based on what I’ve seen so more probably get to participate in the Georgia spellout when its in pregame.

OH HECK YES THEY DID

September 19th, 2011
1:51 am

If you could actually get in most of you would get to go.
But stupid is as stupid does.

Scott

September 19th, 2011
2:04 am

The students nowadays are so spoiled. I attended UGA during the Ray Goff era…enough said!

Damon Evans

September 19th, 2011
5:40 am

Fire me… I’ll show you! The curse is… ON!

Ohio State

September 19th, 2011
6:52 am

800 UGA student tickets returned unsold, and Bill King calls for THEM to do something about it ?

When will we beat a team who finishes in the AP Poll Top 10, since the last time we did that was Six (6) Seasons ago when we lost to a 4-8 Vandie but beat # 9 Auburn.

When will be not get beat by team who finishes the season not ranked in the AP Poll Top 25, since Mark Richt and his “coaching staff” have accomplished this ignoble feat 10 times in 10 years to 10 teams who did not finish in the AP Poll top 25 even with their win over us.

Do both of those and maybe the students will buy their tickets Bill King.

CobbDawg51

September 19th, 2011
7:44 am

Yep, with the issues we have let’s talk about the band and students!!!!

Ace

September 19th, 2011
7:46 am

Why go, nobody cares if they win or lose.

Ohio State not ranked in either AP or Coaches Polls

September 19th, 2011
7:50 am

Young UGA team is LIE.

Just as is “this team is on the rise.”

Media Guide for 2011 (white cover with 5 prominent players on the cover – none of whom will be here after this season), shows on Page 10 The

“2011 Depth Chart”

23 Seniors
25 Juniors

We have, if you consider Georgia tek has not played anyone yet and got ranked # 25 last night in the AP Poll for wins over nobodies, one team – whom no one considers any good at all – Florida on the entire remaining schedule.

If we lose to today # 16 Florida, we will have beat – if we beat everyone else – beat NO ONE.

How can you be “on the rise” when to be “on the rise” you have to (1) beat a team who would end the season in the AP Poll Top 25 while at the same time (2) not losing to a bad team who ends the season not ranked in the AP Poll Top 25 even with their win over us

We haven’t done either in the last Six (6) Seasons, and the coach on the hotseat declares we are a team “on the rise” and his Apologists in this blog state “the team is young.”

Hogwash on both.

Tell me again how a team with 23 Seniors and 25 Juniors is a “YOUNG TEAM”

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Ohio State not ranked in either AP or Coaches Polls

September 19th, 2011
7:54 am

I would prefer too, to talk about the band and the students than to try to declare this team is “on the rise” or try to explain why all last year and all this year we were told to drink the Kool-Aid that Todd Grantham’s 3-4 Defense would result in sacks of opposing Quarterbacks when we have none of that, either.

Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

September 19th, 2011
8:05 am

No pressure on ANY QB from Dawgs will give Tennessee the upper hand when we play them. Bray will play on Sunday’s. He has an NFL arm.I watched him against a pretty athletic Florida backfield and he looked pretty sharp. Give him all day, he’ll throw for 400 yards. Yikes.

Georgie Boys

September 19th, 2011
8:21 am

Good Morning!!!

Can you say?

YELLOW———-JACKETS!!!!

YELLOW———-JACKETS!!!!

Browndog

September 19th, 2011
8:38 am

Why diss on USC? Navy scores on everyone with their triple option, much like GT. Teams just don’t play against that offense very often so very difficult for D to get ready for. USC has a good football team and IF Garcia every gets on track they will be tough to beat. Lattimore is the best RB in the SEC and maybe the country.

WDE

September 19th, 2011
9:28 am

@Georgie Boys good morning to you…how is probation working out for you this fine morning?

seriously?

September 19th, 2011
10:00 am

Seriously people I don’t get the whole fire CMR thing. You guys act like UGA was some major power house BEFORE he got there and now he’s bringing UGA down. Look at Dooley’s 24 year coaching career at UGA. Lots of losing and 7-5 years there. It took CMR 9 years to have 1 losing season whereas most new coaches start out with at least 1, maybe 2. It also took Dooley 24 years to have 6/10 win seasons. It took CMR 10 years. UGA fans for whatever reason feel entitled to greatness yet we’ve never really been a great team year in and year out no matter the coach. You fairweather fans also demand greatness but only support your team when they’re winning. 1 losing season and the coach should be fired? CMR is the reason we even got back on the national map! Its because of his 6/10 win seasons. Give the man a break!!! And I know some will say, “well at least Dooley won a National Championship”! In the modern era of football he wouldn’t have done that because he would have been fired after the previous years(1979) 6-5 record! Be careful what you jackholes ask for!

The Only Horses I like Are Under My Hood

September 19th, 2011
10:11 am

@Golfman42:

Is that really a plan? That would be awesome epecially if they replaced some of the visitor’s lower level seats with student seats. I swear we give the visiting team more lower deck tickets than any other SEC school. It seems like Bama, Florida, and Auburn just give visitors less tickets than we do, and the tickets they do the opponent are sky high. We need to pick up on this concept.