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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funny...

September 19th, 2011
10:19 am

So now it’s the students fault.

You alumni kill me. You’re the kings of showing up late and leaving early. You never stand and you’re late to get loud.

You know how I know you’re old?

The students aren’t stupid either, who wants to go watch the product on the field right now? The players are given all sorts of perks, early registration, free tuition, segregated dining, access to gyms and trainers, medical support, tutors, beautiful athletic centers, teachers simpathetic to the athletic department and the students are supposed to support 7-9 over two years.

Pathetic.

funny...

September 19th, 2011
10:25 am

Also, I don’t feel bad for UGA when anyone can donate and get season tickets. You don’t even have to be an alumnus to get season tickets.

Furthermore, the students are the lifeblood of Sanford Stadium, move them down from the 300 level. Seriously, you want Sanford to be loud and intimidating, put the entire student body from endzone to endzone. UGA will still get it’s donations for tickets and still basically sell out every game.

Also big changes this year. Gates open 90 minutes before not 120. The Redcoat Band moved to the endzone and they don’t play anything until they’re on the field 15 minutes before the game. We had to listen to USCe’s band only two weeks ago.

Changed the pregame routine. Please, just play the Bulldog March Medley, now they’re bucking tradition.

matt

September 19th, 2011
10:32 am

Have not made it to a home game yet but I’ve heard the band’s new location is not a popular one. My parents are class of ‘73 and they said they liked it better when the band was in the student section. Easier to hear, easier to coordinate with the cheerleaders, etc.

KJ

September 19th, 2011
10:41 am

Hilarious how the gnats come in here and talk trash about beating a cupcake, when they’ve done nothing but beat cupcakes this year. So self-deluded.

dawgfacedboy

September 19th, 2011
10:43 am

Funny- I agree with most of your post. Watching a subpar product while getting all the perks is frustrating.

Standing has always been a “student thing”. There is a big difference between being 50 and 20 and one day you will understand that.

Putting the “entire student body from endzone to enzone” would be disastrous since 90% of them would be liquored up. Drunk and rowdy is not always a good thing, especially in mass numbers. Also, since I assume you you mean the lower level of this “endzone to endzone” thing where exactly do you plan on putting the alumni or whoever used to be sitting there that was paying 10 times what you paid for your student tickets? Do you think whoever was sitting there is going to pay the same price for their upper level seats? Cany you afford season tickets in the lower level?

President Adams knows that the money comes from alumni who donate money. While your idea sounds fun because you are in college the fact remains that half of Sanford Stadium does not need to be a drunken orgy riot in order to show support of the team.

Dawgs Fans For Anthony Weiner

September 19th, 2011
10:45 am

Give the kids a break; they’re too busy study things like proper cattle rotation and pre-pre-pre-school administration.

harold

September 19th, 2011
10:46 am

STUDENT BODY WILL NOT SUPPORT A 16-15 COACH. IT IS TIME FOR RICHT TO GO. SEE COACHES ON THE HOT SEAT DOT COM.

Real Silver Britches

September 19th, 2011
10:49 am

The student body is only interested in consuming adult beverages, wanting the dawgs to wear ugly ghetto uniforms and listening to brain washing liberal professors like Cynthia Tucker. They have not a care in the world until they get out into the real world and see who really foots the bill. Its the football coach stupid!

2georgiadawgs

September 19th, 2011
10:56 am

Maybe we missed it, but why the seating change, for the band??

LawDawg

September 19th, 2011
11:03 am

Unsold student tickets? The current crop of undergrads sucks.

Dawged

September 19th, 2011
11:05 am

Blame the students, blame the band, but you can also ‘blame’ the regular fans. After 2 intense games, even rabid fans might need a break before the upcoming conference schedule. Would’ve happened at 2-0. I saw more people than ever before standing in front of the stadium seating chart signs trying to figure out where to go. I saw more families with their small children. The schedule this year is so front-end loaded with home games, and it was just one of those games when people take off to do other things. I think they’ll be back for Missy State.

LawDawg

September 19th, 2011
11:06 am

funny…: You miss the point, the 800 tickets were STUDENT tickets. That reflects poorly on the current student body. UGA was terrible when I was an undergrad pre-Richt and I still went to every game because it is UGA football. Richt spoiled all you special little snowflakes and you think you are entitled to a 10 win season every year. Fair weather fans, particularly fair weather students tick me off.

Jborodawg

September 19th, 2011
11:14 am

Bill, do you know if the CC game will be re-broadcast? Thx!

bugsquacher

September 19th, 2011
11:15 am

NOT DRINKING THE KOOL AID YET….

Good win Dawgs! But what does it really mean? Does it mean we are a contender in the SEC? Probably not. Does it mean we can contend with second tier divison one teams? Probably. Is this where the Dawg Nation wants to be? Probably not. Should we expect more out of the Georgia football program? Yes. Why? 1- one of the top football facilities in the country, 2- great booster and fan contributions and support, 3- great recruiting classes …. just to name a few. The facts speak for themselves, we are trending down, we are not feared in the SEC, we are known as a team which cant finish. LOOK AT THE FACTS…… they cant be disputed….
1-GEORGIA is a combined 0-5 against Top 25 teams in 2010 and 2011
2- GEORGIA has lost 10 of its last 12 against ranked teams. (2-10 record)
3- GEORGIA is now 15-14 in his last 29 games
4-GEORGIA is 6-10 in the past 16 SEC games.
5- GEORGIA is 3-5 in their last 8 games going back to last season
6- GEORGIA has won 1 of it last 4. (and it wasnt a powerhouse we beat today)
LETS SEE WHAT NEXT WEEK BRINGS WITH MISSISSIPPI

UGA insider

September 19th, 2011
11:22 am

The only thing Adams cares about is money so if the stands don’t sell out and contributions are down….then CMR is in trouble. Wins/Losses really don’t matter. I was shocked to see so many empty seats. I think it was closer to 20,000.

ARdawg

September 19th, 2011
11:32 am

Bill,

As far as things to p1ss and moan about there are plenty in the football program alone. Finally a victory against a lesser team and you gripe about the Redcoat band? Some will complain about being hung with a new rope

Top Dawg

September 19th, 2011
11:34 am

Top Dawg

September 19th, 2011
11:40 am

Nobody out there pounding their chest. Just took care of business the way they were supposed to. Now it’s on to next game on the schedule and so on.
People need to applaud the successes instead of constantly griping, like a nagging wife, what happened in the past. If they are improving, which they have the last 2 games, who knows how the rest of the season will play out? Nobody. That’s why they play the games.

Top Dawg

September 19th, 2011
11:45 am

Idiots that derive more pleasure from denigrating others and instigating, instead of simply supporting their own teams on their web sites, are worthless.
They probably got beat up a lot as kids.

DawginLex

September 19th, 2011
11:47 am

complaining because the defense didn’t get a sack?

How many points did they score?

I bet Grantham shuts out Ole Miss this wek too

sammiamm

September 19th, 2011
11:47 am

Hey “sign up true Dog fans” –

Dogs have printed and pinned that up all over. Players love their coach and will play hard for him/ Especially wit the motivation you just provided.

So to you, we say “Thanks”

Gotta love such opposition-supplied motivation. Beats changing unis and dancing in end-zones. Go Dogs. onward and upward.

schmeckdawg

September 19th, 2011
12:08 pm

Jborodawg

September 19th, 2011
11:14 am
Bill, do you know if the CC game will be re-broadcast? Thx!

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It was on CSS Sunday morning @ 11 a.m. If you have Comcast, you may want to either search if it will be replayed again or give Comcast a call and maybe they could let you know.

schmeckdawg

September 19th, 2011
12:14 pm

@DawginLex:

What’s up my man? Hope all is well! I have to admit, that I too am concerned ablut the lack of sacks. As we move into the meat of our schedule, If we let some of the QB’s that we will be playing against stand back there all day, we will get killed. We need to at lesat get some hits on these guys.

I thought the whole thing about bringing in TG, was that he was going to have a much more agressive defense. I mean I see blitzes and things of that nature, but they are being picked up. And unless I have missed it, I haven’t seen Jenkins or Geathers or really anyone get close to a QB. I know that there have been a sack or two from blitzing CB’s but we’re going to have to get better.

Go DAWGS!!!!!!!!

golfman42

September 19th, 2011
12:15 pm

@under my hood

That’s what I have heard. Whether or not that actually ends up happening will be something we’ll have to wait and see on. I’d hope they do that, because I never understood why you had two separate student sections so far apart in the first place.

Alphare

September 19th, 2011
12:30 pm

“Redcoat Band”? why not “Redpanty Band”?

bunch of fair weather fans

September 19th, 2011
12:33 pm

If you are a TRUE fan of any team then you support them through thick and thin. You say who would want to watch the current product on the field? A REAL fan would..those who bleed red and black, What if our players were as wishy washy and heartless as most of you negative nellies on this blog. They are out there busting their tails and playing hard. I was proud of the effort against USCe, but not pleased with the final score. There is a lot of season left to br played. If you’re a true dawg fan then shut up, hunker down, and lets get behind our coach and our team. If you’re not just shut up!!

DawginLex

September 19th, 2011
12:54 pm

schmeck

I bet we shutout Ole Miss and send Nutt packing

schmeckdawg

September 19th, 2011
12:56 pm

@DawginLex

I hope you are right! Would love to see it!

CHUCK UGA

September 19th, 2011
1:00 pm

seriously,
Your information regaridng Dooley is WRONG. You should check your facts before running your big mouth. Dooley had ONE losing season at Georgia during his career. He also only had a period of mediocrity from 1972 through 1974 followed by a 9-3 season. Times are different now. Mark Richt has FIVE TIMES the talent base to pull from than Dooley had. This is put up or shut up time for Mr. Richt.

Lagdawg

September 19th, 2011
1:04 pm

Win and everyone will return. It’s a simple cure for the problem.

hilarious....

September 19th, 2011
1:05 pm

Awesome, I hurt Bill’s feelings so he blocked funny….

How do you know when you’ve hit home. A journalist can’t take the heat. Bill, I win. Go on leaving early from the games.

CHUCK UGA

September 19th, 2011
1:09 pm

One other note. Richt has had 11 and 12 game schedules PLUS an SEC Title game three times. Dooley did not have an 11 game schedule until 1971 (he became coach in 1964). Dooley dod not have a losing season until 1977, his 14th season. He also almost always beat a ranked opponent even when he had a middle-of-the-pack team. There is much more inconsistency with Richt’s results, and most of it is because of a very average coaching staff (just my opinion). Apologists and excuse-makers has been a problem with UGA for years, and I am sick of it. There is NO EXCUSE for this program to EVER lose more than four games in a season. None. Just look at the in-State base of talent and tell me how a good coach couldn’t win big.

War Dang Dawg

September 19th, 2011
1:23 pm

Good points, Chuck UGA. Dooley also went 11-1 the season before (’71) the bad run, so he built up a lot of goodwill. Dooley always followed a mediocre season or two with a special season. Can’t say the same for Richt. And Dooley didn’t play two joke games a year like Richt and everyone else seems to do now.

War Dang Dawg

September 19th, 2011
1:29 pm

Georgia fans need to accept that Sanford isn’t, and never will be, a snakepit for opponents. The acoustics just aren’t there. And the positioning of students and the band will not change that reality much. I’ve heard 40,000 Georgia fans make more noise in the Gator Bowl than I’ve ever heard 90,000 make in Athens. When Lindsay took it 93 yards in ‘80, it was so loud I couldn’t hear myself yell.

What Sanford Stadius IS – a beautiful and historic college football stadium that we should all be proud of.

Charlie Hayes

September 19th, 2011
1:30 pm

I agree with the paper tickets comment. Go back to paper tickets so the students can sell them if they chose not to attend. Problem solved and the stadium will be full.

The other way to solve the problem is to win. But, no one wants to fire CMR and thus here we are again heading down the 6-6 or 7-5 road.

They say stuff gets worse before it gets better. Last year was “worse” enough for me. Why drag all of us through it again. Should have hired Kirby Smart and this would have been a rebuilding year for the guys. Smart would have been able to keep the dream team together and we would be licking our lips waiting on next year. Now, we have stretched that out to a two year plan…….McGarity this one is on you.

AltamahaDawg

September 19th, 2011
1:50 pm

You know who WOULD have been there if they would convert some of the unused student allotments going forward? The thousand of very recent graduates, who are priced out. They are just as deserving, would be just as loud, and have been in the real world long enough to have outgrown the belief that it’s just too much trouble to show up.

RealDawg

September 19th, 2011
2:31 pm

Nobdy was priced out of that game. There were tons of tickets available before the game. Anybody that has attended games would have known.

The attendance at this game was actually much more than I expected after two big weekends of football. People do have lives. These games are always the ones people bring kids to and share there tickets with friends and family. When tons of fans give their tickets to other fans, it reduces the demand for any unsold tickets.

When I was in school (Ray Goof) it was uncommon for students to even get to an early game the end of the first quarter. I think the first come/first serve changes to the student section and the digital tickets are a good thing.

RxDawg

September 19th, 2011
2:36 pm

In the past, the student body was made up of 99% americans. Now there is a lot of immigration and foreign student population at UGA. Not that thats a bad thing, but the simple fact is they could care less about football. When I was in pharmacy school there was a fair amount of asian students that signed up and got priority for student tickets to the game. The whole intent was to resell the tickets for a profit. It kinda peeved me… but then again it was their right to buy them and do with them as they wish. But that’s just one example. There is so much diversity in unervisities now that there are many populations that just don’t care for football. Sove even shun it.

LSUFANINGA

September 19th, 2011
2:36 pm

Could see 2-3 more losses in next 4 games!

bob

September 19th, 2011
2:39 pm

Enter your comments here

bob

September 19th, 2011
2:40 pm

UGA pays the DC clown 750 k and the team had no sacks against Coastal. Pathetic!

ARdawg

September 19th, 2011
2:41 pm

LSU could lose 2-3 in the next 4 games. I can see that

ARdawg

September 19th, 2011
2:46 pm

bob

Sure we all would have loved to see some sacks against a clearly inferior opponent. The game was clearly put away in the first quarter. The Georgia defense completely dominated CC’s offense. There was no need for a blitzing defense on Sat. Although it would have been nice for the front 3 to have bagged a sack or two. It didn’t happen. That game should be zero in measurement as to the Dawg D. Not good, not bad.

Top Dawg

September 19th, 2011
2:52 pm

RB coach needs to stand over Crowell now as he puts on uniform. Make sure he puts on his flak jacket. How did he get away with not putting that on in last game?
Dan Pastorini is gonna get you

Fred-D

September 19th, 2011
3:03 pm

For those who constantly persist on wanting CMR head on a platter, please give me some REALISTIC alternatives for the head coach position @UGA, I know times have been lean the last couple of years, but be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. Just ask the good people of Knoxville if they could, would they give Phil Fulmer just one more year, rather than bringing in the California golden boy for his one year tour of SEC

South Carolina Dog

September 19th, 2011
3:27 pm

Why should students be criticized??? Many freshman and sophomores do not get tickets to all home games. The ticketing system is a debacle!!!!!!! Students all “squeeze in” certain areas because they do not have a physical ticket, but a wrist band. I have a senior and sophomore at Georgia, and if my husband and I did not have season tickets, they would have missed home games during their time there. THAT IS UNBELIEVABLE!! Also, those seasons that the students stood and got there early were basically winning ones. Who wants to go at 10 o’clock in the morning to see a team that is average. WHEN IS THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT GOING TO GET A CLUE???????

DawgFan88

September 19th, 2011
3:31 pm

Hey Bill -

At least this week you didn’t completely slam Bobo. How about this: Everyone on this blog recognizes that you think he’s an idiot and can’t call a game to save his life. Since we all know that, since you’ve said it ad nauseam, why not just let it be? You don’t need to mention him any more. You can write about other coaches. What do you say?

South Carolina Dog

September 19th, 2011
3:36 pm

No students should ever, ever have to sit in the 300 section!! I have been to every stadium except Arkansas, and most all students sections are ALL TOGETHER, and the worst seats for them are the endzone. If anyone has paid out-of-state tuition, their students are nicely contributing to UGA!!

Tyrone Shulaces

September 19th, 2011
4:02 pm

I love the smell of NewCoach in December

takedowndawg

September 19th, 2011
4:46 pm

I do not believe that Coach Richt is totally committed to winning until we see a c sold out pass rush when our opponent is punting. We have lost 4-5 games during the past 5 years on fake punts. Everyone in the SEC and the nation knows we don’t attempt to block punts anymore. We want to “block” for our punt returner instead. My contention is, if this approach is such a great one why does no pro team (that I am aware of ) use Richt’s non-block the punt approach.! Maybe the pros know that it is shear folly. I would much rather our opponent try to keep us from blocking their punt by leaving “beefer” lineman and heavy duty backs in their backfield to block and then have to run down our speedy punt returner. As it is, our opponents are sending linebackers and speedy safeties and corners after our punt returner. All punt returners know that they are responsible for making 2-3 guys with speed miss them in the return. The second point is, Coach Rcht should be directly involved in all offensive play calling for the rest of the year. My confidence in Mike Bobo’s ability to get the job done has waned. Richt can either become directly involve once again or look for greener pastures. Good man, but has lost his way. Our offense has continued to falter under Bobo. Please, Coach Richt, try calling the offense once again.