Fan talk: Empty student seats, ‘Battle Hymn’ soloists, backup QBs and more!

Not enough of these guys are showing up at Sanford Stadium. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Not enough of these guys are showing up at Sanford Stadium. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

The Red and Black reported this week that the athletic board, school officials and student representatives have been discussing the increasing problem of empty seats in the student section at Sanford Stadium during even big games.

The student section never reached capacity last season, the R&B report noted, with more than half the 18,000 student seats going unused at one game. But while it shouldn’t be that surprising to have 10,000 students deciding to ditch the Coastal Carolina game, it’s shocking to read that there were 3,000 empty student seats for Auburn.

Wells Ellenberg, the student representative on the athletic board, put it bluntly: “Students, for whatever reason, don’t feel the need to go to the football game. We lack the appropriate culture here for an SEC football school.”

While some older fans are quick to conclude that all those scholars with the high SAT scores drawn to UGA by HOPE just aren’t interested in football, I think that’s probably a minor factor in the decline of student attendance. I’ve known of plenty of top students who were ardent football fans; I don’t think it’s really a “culture” thing at all.

There have always been students who bought tickets to the games and then decided not to attend, especially the lesser games. But in the past they could easily give or sell those tickets to friends or even nonstudents (often recent UGA grads), and so someone still wound up sitting in the seat.

In fact, one of the chief complaints about the old way student ticketing was handled was that freshmen got left out because upperclassmen with no interest in going to the games ordered tickets anyway and and then just sold them off.

But the main problem was the athletic association got greedy. They were so upset by the idea that students might sell their discounted game tickets (and possibly even pocket a little profit that didn’t go into the coffers at Butts-Mehre) that they changed the distribution system a couple of years ago to eliminate hard tickets in favor of electronic “tickets” applied directly to today’s interactive student ID cards.

The end result? Empty seats. They tried fixing the problem by allowing students to donate their unused tickets to a particular UGA student or put them back into a pool to be resold by the athletic association and even added penalties for those who bought a ticket and didn’t use it or donate it.

And yet they still ended up with 3,000 empty seats for the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry, which looks pretty embarrassing on TV.

OK, I recognize that students get their tickets cheaper than the public and the athletic association missed out on a few dollars when so-called “student” seats were filled by nonstudents. But so what? It’s not like UGA’s athletic program is hard up for money. And which hurts more, students scalping tickets or empty seats showing up on national television?

Frankly, I think a return to paper tickets for students, even though they might get scalped, sounds like the lesser of two evils.

Plus, until student demand once again exceeds the supply, they ought to reduce the number of seats allotted for students. Then the athletic association can sell those extra seats to season ticket holders or the general public at full price, which ought to alleviate just a bit of the sting of those ill-gained proceeds going into the pockets of student scalpers!

Now, let’s check out some of this week’s Junkyard Mail. …

Jeff Sutton writes: Hi Bill, I was wondering if you knew why UGA has stopped the trumpet solos that begin the playing of “Glory, Glory” at basketball games? The solos were played at the first few games of the season, but stopped somewhere around midseason. Will they also be banned at football games this fall? I really miss them and the tradition. Thanks for all the info and insight you provide. Keep up the great work!

Thanks, Jeff. I certainly hope there’s no consideration being given to beginning a football game at Sanford without the Redcoat Band trumpet soloist in the corner of the upper deck kicking off the “Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation.” That’s become a really beloved tradition among fans. As for the absence of the soloist at Stegeman Coliseum recently, I put your question to UGA sports information chief Claude Felton, who responded: “I think you could say we are simply experimenting with some new initiatives inside our pre-game and trying some new combinations. The trumpet solos have not been totally eliminated and good chance you’ll see them again.”

Interim mascot Russ may serve for another game or two. (Johnny Crawford / AJC)

Interim mascot Russ may serve for another game or two. (Johnny Crawford / AJC)

Michael Parsa writes: Uga IX. Any news? Haven’t heard a thing at all.

Sonny Seiler, owner of the Uga line, said back in December that a new mascot likely will be selected sometime this summer. The Savannah Morning News reported that interim mascot Russ has produced several possible heirs and that Charles Seiler, Sonny’s son who deals with the mascots, will decide when Uga IX takes over from Russ. The paper said he was concerned about subjecting a puppy to the early September heat (although a subsequent schedule change means the second game no longer will be played in Columbia, S.C.), so Uga IX might not don the collar until the third game of the season against Florida Atlantic in Athens. Russ, of course, wasn’t considered for permanent mascot because he’s 8 years old and they don’t want to have to come up with another mascot in just three years, especially after the recent run of bad luck with them. And for those worried about “inbreeding,” the Seilers say that the pup that becomes Uga IX will have a mother who is not related to the Uga line.

Kobie from Savanah writes: Are we going to implement more screen passes into the offense, rather than have [Aaron] Murray sit back in the pocket and hope a receiver is open downfield before the pocket collapses? Also, why is Coach Richt so steadfast in not allowing our backup quarterbacks to get some meaningful snaps? Murray took a pounding some last year and that was with a more experienced offensive line than what we have now. [Christian] Lemay really could use the experience if we are going to redshirt [Hutson] Mason.

You’re preaching to the choir on both counts. I’d love to see Mike Bobo utilize screens and the short passing game a lot more than he did last season, especially on third down! Like I said recently, I’m also a proponent of giving your backup meaningful playing time, but the reality is that Murray is going to be behind center unless the game is out of reach or he’s hurt. And if it’s the latter, you’ve got to wonder whether Georgia would go with an unproven backup who hasn’t played in a couple of years. I think it’s more likely that the redshirt would come off and Mason will be first off the bench in the event of a Murray injury.

Steve Langston writes: Who is going to start on our O-line in the fall?

With Ben Jones, Cordy Glenn and Justin Anderson all gone, the offensive line will get a major shakeup this spring. It’s pretty much a mix and match situation, with any of the players likely to land at any spot on the OL. At least seven guys likely will get major playing time on the line. Center will be either Chris Burnette, who started at guard last season, or David Andrews. If Andrews is the center, Burnette will start as one of the guards. Kenarious Gates will be in the running for one of the tackle spots, as will incoming freshman John Theus. Dallas Lee is likely to get one of the starting guard spots, Junior college transfer Mark Beard could wind up as a guard or tackle, and also in the running are Austin Long, Watts Dantzler and Kolton Houston (assuming his NCAA problems are cleared up). Xzavier Ward, Zach Debell and Hunter Long might eventually contend for backup playing time.

Ryan Graham writes: Hey Bill, I’ve been reading your blog for a while now. I was born and raised in Athens and grew up a Bulldog. I attended Georgia State for college, though. Now that we have a football team, I am all for it. I was wondering what your thoughts on Georgia State moving to FBS from the point of view of a Bulldog. Do you think it will affect UGA negatively or positively? Personally, I think GT has more to fear than you guys, but I’m looking for your perspective.

Generally, you don’t welcome any additional FBS schools recruiting in your territory, but assuming State does make the jump to the higher level in a conference like the Sun Belt, I think you’re right that it’s more likely to impact the school on North Avenue than it will UGA. Kids capable of playing SEC ball aren’t likely to want to play for the Panthers. You didn’t ask, but if you’re wondering whether I think UGA is likely to add GSU to one of the nonconference spots on its home schedule, I’d say not for a while. And, frankly, I would prefer that UGA wait until Bill “Bring the Cheaters to Their Knees” Curry is gone before rewarding the Atlanta program with one of those big pay days.

Tyler Standfield writes: What’s our projected starters looking like for CB, how is our depth? Also, which freshmen do you think will have the biggest impact next season (Marshall, Theus, Harvey-Clemons, or Gurley)?

Sanders Commings and Branden Smith are the likely starters at cornerback (once Commings finishes his two-game suspension), with Bacarri Rambo and Shawn Williams as the safeties. Damian Swann is most likely to fill in for Commings and probably will be the starting nickel back. Depth is a bit thin, but Marc Deas, Corey Moore, Quintavious Harrow and Devin Bowman could see playing time. So could incoming freshman Sheldon Dawson. And, of course, Malcolm Mitchell may wind up playing some cornerback, too. As for which true freshman is likely to have the biggest impact, my money’s on Keith Marshall at tailback. Even if he doesn’t wrest the starting spot away from Isaiah Crowell, he’ll still get plenty of reps.

Ronnie Weeks writes: Greetings from the frigid “Rust Belt,” where a displaced DAWG alum is looking forward to some warmer temperatures and some springtime gridiron action! My question has to do with the tailback rotation for the upcoming season. It seems to me like the tailback position has gone from a relative “famine” last season to a “feast” of tailback talent for this season. All accounts I have seen reflect a tremendous offseason for the embattled Isaiah Crowell who will be pushed by the true frosh sensations Keith Marshall and Todd (T.J.) Gurley. Boo Malcome also came on strong at the end of last season and provided some tough yardage between the tackles. Specifically, do you see either Marshall or Gurley getting redshirted next year, and will be there be enough carries for the likes of Carlton Thomas, Richard Samuel, and Brandon Harton? How do you think the coaching staff will use the tailbacks in 2012-13?

I expect we’ll see the usual tailback-by-committee that Mark Richt and Bobo have always tended to favor, with Crowell and Marshall eventually being the first two in the rotation. Samuel may begin the season ahead of Marshall but I think the freshman will supercede him eventually, though Samuel will still get a fair amount of time on the field, possibly at fullback. Gurley certainly will get a look in preseason, too, though I think he might be more likely to redshirt than Marshall. Carlton Thomas just keeps hanging around the program and probably will be used as a change-of-pace back. Malcome might get some relief work. I don’t see Harton getting much action unless there’s another rash of injuries.

Sam Kamar writes: The defense has improved a lot but don’t you think there is a lot of room to improve where depth and conditioning are concerned? Do you have any idea what is happening with the strength and conditioning coaching staff? I’ve read of several departures but not anything about new hires.

As we’ve already noted, depth may be a problem in the secondary. And Richt said recently that “finishing” games was a primary concern for the defense, so he’s thinking along the same lines you are. You can expect the conditioning staff to be filled out to the new NCAA maximum of five pretty soon with a couple of new hires. Athletic director Greg McGarity has said that one of the hires will be a speed specialist and among those in the running is Sherman Armstrong, who runs V.A.S.T. Training in Tampa.

Steve Yearta writes: [The] blowout in Lexington was painful to the point of embarrassment. I support Coach [Mark] Fox and the team but wonder if he’s on Greg McGarity’s “to do” list?

Not yet. I think Fox will be given a couple more years in which to attract the talent he needs to Athens. It’s been a disappointing season for the basketball Dogs, but a couple of big wins over ranked teams even with a depleted lineup showed what Fox is capable of accomplishing.

Happy birthday, No. 34!

Happy birthday, No. 34!

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304 comments Add your comment

Corkylovesbeer

March 3rd, 2012
1:52 pm

Lifelong Bulldog Bill King offers a fan’s perspective on UGA sports.

Bill, I enjoy reading your blog but you hardly ever cover the basketball team….

sogadog

March 3rd, 2012
1:59 pm

Strange, I have heard students complain they had a hard time getting a ticket then on game day, there are 3000 empty seats for the Auburn game. Give the kids paper tickets and let them do with them what they wish. The University’s primary goal is to educate and serve the student. Student should always come first at UGA.

2georgiadawgs

March 3rd, 2012
2:03 pm

sogadog……..well said!!

7576DAWG

March 3rd, 2012
2:05 pm

With McGarity being a firm believer that we should have some easy games on the schedule that 90% of the time will be home games I think the season ticket holder gets short changed too much and is the biggest argument to making the Florida game home and home.I have gone to many Georgia games since the seventies but have never attended a Florida game in Jacksonville and never will . Jacksonville rips off the fans that one week and as a student I couldn’t afford it and as an adult I refuse to let anyone rip me off deliberately ,right in my face. I go to games because I support and love Georgia football , I don’t go to get drunk not remembering most of the game.
I hope , in my life time that the game will be moved permanently to Gainesville and Athen’s were it should be and stop letting the Georgia drunks and partiers dictate where this game is played. It’s a football game that most of them don’t even talk about the next week , they talk about the partying and the drunks.

Red Stick

March 3rd, 2012
2:16 pm

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
12:42 pm

“Red Stick…It has to do with the AA forcing people to pay too much for crappy games. The Cost to travel, park, tailgate on top of the donation and ticket cost to see the Pathetic home schedule isn’t worth it.”

I agree that the cost if making it tough for many to attend. I have had LSU season tickets for 30 years and we are being nickled and dimed on everything.

I’m also with you about the crappy games. I have gotten to where I don’t like to go to those games at all. That said, it’s unrealistic to have 4 tough OOC games. I’d at least like to play one national power one of those games each season but it’s hard for many schools like LSU, to give up a home game to play a home and home series.

Unfortunately football is the bell cow for the other sports, except basketball, at the big-time schools and money has to be made.

CHDawg

March 3rd, 2012
2:40 pm

I look for Malcome and Crowell to work to the top as the year progresses. Marshall is small (and very fast), but he will likely need a few years in the weight room before he can run between the tackles in the SEC. He might be strong if they can get him in space. Gurley might be the surprise here, but he will likely need some toughening, too. Thomas will continue to contribute. Samuel improved a lot last year, so he will likely be a big contributor somewhere. Could be TB, and he could work in at FB if the other guys crowd him out. I think he would be a great FB. The extra time in the weight room will make IC awfully tough to beat out at TB. I think Dawg fans need to appreciate how well he did–an incredible job for an 18 year old freshman imho. It sounds like he is maturing well and right on schedule for a teenager in his position. Malcome is the heir apparent for power, and we will always need a power back. Samuel might be the power guy next year, too. Here is the point, though: we haven’t had this much talent and experience at TB in a long time! Overall, I think the Dawgs will be very good next year, but if our line becomes really good, then look for us to make a run for the crown. We have the D and the position players on O like I can’t remember. If Friend can turn our talent into a very good SEC line fairly early next year, we could really have a special team. Staying out of trouble is paramount, too. We can’t have any more discipline/school issues. Go Dawgs.

UGA12

March 3rd, 2012
2:41 pm

The student section is NOT the problem and increased Greek block seating, as Mr. Ellenberg has proposed, is not the answer.

A.) You old fart alumni/season ticket holders need to get your hands out from under your asses, stand up and cheer. You all act like it’s golf and not football!

B.) The attendance of the greek section is PATHETIC. A large portion of the unused seats stem from Greek organizations showing up late and leaving early. To give them more block seating, and to relocate it into the prime end-zone real estate, is absurd.

C.) I keep saying this over and over and over. The Recoats DESPERATELY need a more rousing pre-game show. The changes made this year were better, but left something to be desired. There need to be some new cheers and songs. I’m sure there are some classics in the archives that fell by the wayside over the years, but should be revived. Look at the pre-game shows for Auburn/LSU/FSU: High step precision marching that gets the blood flowing! Enough with the lax and lethargic pregame shows. I want something that, by the end, makes me want to run on the field myself and take on a player from the ‘Barn or Carolina.

Ringleader

March 3rd, 2012
2:45 pm

The athletic board simply ratifies what Mike Adams presents to them, no discussion, they vote for what Mike wants. Simply go
back to a paper ticket and do away with any student id. Put them in the marketplace and let anyone use them.

60 percent of the students are now female……..they get a ticket, they do not care if it is not used and make no effort to find a student who may want it.

Joey

March 3rd, 2012
2:48 pm

Well said UGA12 on the pregame festivities!

Corkylovesbeer

March 3rd, 2012
3:00 pm

uga12,

our alumni would not approve high stepping……high stepping is for thugs

evil empire

March 3rd, 2012
3:04 pm

a few comments…who can blame the students for not showing up!!!…the atmosphere at sanford is weak…go to a game in baton rouge or college station, come back to sanford, and compare…like comparing a new king ranch f-350 to a rusted out, broken down 89 nissan pick-up…sanford sucks big time…

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
3:09 pm

UGA12
March 3rd, 2012
2:41 pm

You old fart alumni/season ticket holders need to get your hands out from under your asses, stand up and cheer. You all act like it’s golf and not football!

I love how you young fans feel the need to tell others how to act at the games. We are the ones that created the atmosphere in the first place. You can tell me how to enjoy my game day experience after you spend more that 30 years siting in the stadium. Until then you can Shut Your Mouth and enjoy the game how you wish while I enjoy it how I wish.

JB

March 3rd, 2012
3:40 pm

Get a team in there that beats ranked teams and is in the National conversation again and the place will fill up.Like any poor product out there, it’s a tough sell if it’s not up to par with the competition.

Jackson

March 3rd, 2012
3:42 pm

Please move the band back to it’s rightful location on the North side in the traditional student section as it is truly a homefield advantage there with the noise behind the visitors bench. It is a non-factor in the endzone and the band members certainly deserve better seats not to mention tradition. What is even worse is the fact that when a rival school brings a band both bands drown each other out.

JB

March 3rd, 2012
3:46 pm

Prez Adams has destroyed UGA football with the tail gating shut down and the Mark Richt extension. The football experience in Athens has fallen greatly.

LagDawg

March 3rd, 2012
3:52 pm

It’s sad that CMR wants to put blame on the defensive unit when the problem lies totally on the offense. Bad decisions by the QB, poor OL play which will cause the running game to be awful. It all starts with the OC. So now UGA has OL and RBs. It now lies on the shoulders of Bobo. What will be the excuse next. He’s made excuses for the last 4-5 years and the problem is bobo should have never been given the OC job. It is not going to improve, so I hope the search is on for a new OC, if not UGA will continue to be outcoached by better DC.

2georgiadawgs

March 3rd, 2012
3:55 pm

jackson… I agree!I I wrote ot our AA last year and asked why they were moved, and was told it was by “popular demand” feel free to write him… gmcgarity@sports.uga.edu

Your Daddy

March 3rd, 2012
4:10 pm

->Still@theKool-aidBAR

Nobody cares that you have been at Sanford the last 30 years. Obviously your fanfare has done us quite the service the past 30 years, considering all the National Championships we have won. I’ll get with the athletic department and see if we can’t get you a plaque. And another thing, you are on these blogs all the damn time, get a life. But, I guess you are soooo “much cooler online.”

The reason Sanford doesn’t have the atmosphere that Bama or even USC has, is the fact that our stadium is made up of a whine and cheese crowd. Folks are too stuck up to get excited. Next time some of you uptight people should drink a bit before the game. Or better yet, just don’t come. Maybe if we would round up some real fans from the surrounding Georgia countryside, I’m sure we could get Sanford rocking.

Obvious

March 3rd, 2012
4:16 pm

Crank up the hip hop music during prevalent. It’s 2012!!!!

UGaaaaa

March 3rd, 2012
4:18 pm

Umm yeah, nobody can get excited when they are blasting Phil Collins or Luke Bryan.

2georgiadawgs

March 3rd, 2012
4:27 pm

Auburn Blackout!! Loudest game I ever been to at Sanford!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
4:29 pm

You red…neck drunk trash are what make the UGa fans some of the worst to be around. if you want to be Drunk jerks stay home or go to a bar. Enjoying a game and having fun doesn’t mean you have to be obnoxious classless drunks. You can sit cheer loud or stand and cheer at a good play. You can shove the Hip Hop music too. Play your ipod with your earphones in any crappy music you want to get yourself up for a game. I don’t need music to get excited about a football game.

UGaaaaa

March 3rd, 2012
4:37 pm

I believe someone said it before, but I’ll acknowledge it again, if you don’t like the fans, then please don’t come! The rest of us will have a great time without you! And the Hip Hop music isn’t for you, it’s for the players. If you actually ever went to pre-game you might notice that the players play their own music so they don’t have to hear that crap we have to listen to. Get over yourself.

AltamahaDawg

March 3rd, 2012
4:39 pm

Bottom line, no excuse stopped the student from simple showing up. They didn’t. That’s on them.

Brilliant move students. Force that “greedy AA” into giving you even less tickets next year. That aught to really show em. Down with the man.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
4:44 pm

UGaaa exactly the players have to GET UP for the game and listen to their music. The Fans don’t need to get up for the game much less listen to crappy pregame music. Do you Get up for a game you are watching on TV by blasting Hip Hop music or do you listen to the announcers informing you about aspects of the game?
If i don’t like the fans? If you don’t like how I enjoy the game then you stay home get drunk and beat your wife of girlfriend if the Dawgs lose.

Bo in North Carolina

March 3rd, 2012
4:46 pm

So ole Russ has sired several possible mascots. Great to know he has a life away from football.

UGaaaaa

March 3rd, 2012
4:48 pm

I’d rather just beat up on you. :) But then again, I don’t hit women and since you qualify, I guess I couldn’t beat up on you.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
4:49 pm

AltamahaDawg..can you imagine? I don’t get it either. As a student the tickets are basically paid for and all you have to do is get the ticket and go. I wouldn’t risk failing out by going to a game if I needed to study but I would not miss games either.

Real Dawg

March 3rd, 2012
4:49 pm

Maybe if the dogs weren’t inbred and fed lobster and filet mignon, then the health problems wouldn’t arise.

Cobb Dawg

March 3rd, 2012
4:50 pm

I’ve been worried for a long time about the lack of atmosphere at the games — and I do think there’s not enough effort to try and get students into the stands. I’d actually be in favor of increasing the number of student tickets and going back to paper. And if a student doesn’t want their ticket, have them sell it back to the university to go into a pool from which other students can buy.

As for Marshall and Gurley, they’ll be great — but let’s please not make the same mistake we made with Crowell and expect too much too soon — they’re still just kids and might need a year or so of conditioning before they’re ready to carry the entire Bulldog Nation on their shoulders.

Mobile Dawg

March 3rd, 2012
4:51 pm

Reading the pro and con comments continues to confirm one main theme. Dawg Nation is divided. You can debate and throw rocks until the cows come home. It’s clear to this long time Dawg fan the problem lies with the Head Coach. He either needs to “produce” or step aside, I don’t see him doing either. The program has “clearly” regressed under his coaching methods and philosophy over the last 5 years. Continuing to avoid the inevitable will continue to divide the ranks. If any reasonably intelligent, open minded person looks at the facts, record, and particulars of the program only one very obvious conclusion can be reached. Mark Richt hasn’t earned his salary, and Dawg Nation is paying for it in more ways than one. And Dawg Nation is standing by watching him get an extension for the sub par performance he’s given us the last few years as the program collapsed. Incredable, kinda reminds me of politics.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
4:51 pm

UGaaa and how many years have you had season tickets?

chuck

March 3rd, 2012
4:52 pm

The reason students and alumni don’t get to the game until just before kickoff is simply the crackdown on bringing alcohol into the games. When I was a student, we sat in the stands for several hours before games having an adult beverage. The campus police have gotten ridiculous with arresting poor student for MIP (minor in possession). The alcohol police have sung way too far and the obsession with terrorizing students for drinking a beer on the lawn of a frat house is a joke. We are raising a society of young adults that are law breakers for having a beer and then they think breaking the law is OK because everyone does it. The total ban on bringing alcohol into a game also is a direct cause to binge drinking. The students and alumni think they have to drink s a few drinks right before going into the game versus spacing out their drinking.

Real Dawg

March 3rd, 2012
4:52 pm

Still@theKool-aidBAR: About as long as you’ve been celibate

jj

March 3rd, 2012
5:01 pm

For the life of me, I can’t understand why any alumni would want to sit in that sea of drunken humanity known as the student section. Also, as an alumnus who has sat in that section on many occasion during
my years there, I can’t understand why a student would want to miss sitting there.

Muck Richt exposed

March 3rd, 2012
5:53 pm

It’s common knowledge and an unquestioned fact that UGA head football coach Mark Richt has brought shame on the state of Georgia and made an embarrassing laughingstock of the state’s largest university. Even the most avid UGA fans understand this even when they won’t acknowledge it, bless their hearts. :-)

The most embarrassing thing is the win-at-any-price mentality of Richt, which has effectively made UGA a football f-a-c-t-o-r-y, with cheating, recruiting of low-intelligence dummies who barely graduated from high school, and tolerating immoral and unethical activities by both players and coaches. Even with all this, he still can’t win.

Richt is a product of the lawless environments of the University of Miami and Florida State University, where he learned well how to conduct himself in the most tawdry way, while pretending to the world to be a saint. Make no mistake – Richt is in coaching purely for the millions of dollars that have been wasted on him, and the millions more he will add until someone in Athens has the integrity and intestinal fortitude to run him out of town.

A truly shameful situation, especially since all Georgians, including UGA alumni and fans, have to live under this shadow of infamy.

ugaStinksLike....

March 3rd, 2012
5:54 pm

Maybe a free coke and a hot dog will draw more students to your semi professional football games. So much for the spirit of the student-athlete…..

Isn't it against the law in this state? Or maybe not if you're a Democrat...

March 3rd, 2012
5:58 pm

Yes, we all agree that inbreeding is a problem at UGA.

And I’m not talking about canines.

Dawg Bounty Hunter

March 3rd, 2012
6:08 pm

go Dawgs !! this is our year.. SEC. champs… Grantham’s junk yard defense will be Awesome !!!!

es54

March 3rd, 2012
6:09 pm

As a current student holding 2 degrees from UGA, I have seen first hand what the switch from paper tickets to those put on my card has done. I used to could buy extra paper tickets from people not wanting to go to the game and give them to my brothers and friends who were not students but were dying to get in. Now the unwanted tickets end up in an electronic black hole of despair, never to be used or seen from again.
Bring back the paper tickets please! We can deal with the student scalpers on our own.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
6:15 pm

Maybe if there were paper tickets the soccer girl wouldn’t have had to stuff her drawers with hash browns. She could have sold some tickets for money for meals.

zgoldatl

March 3rd, 2012
6:22 pm

GSU fan here. Why the Bill Curry hate? He has done a great job starting our program from scratch, and seems to be a great mentor to some good kids on our squad. I went to Tuscaloosa when we played Alabama, and will be in Knoxville when we play Tennessee this year, so apparently your mighty SEC brethren don’t have a problem beating up on us for a pay day. I’d like to see us play Tech and UGA, and one day hopefully be competitive with y’all. Go Panthers, Bleed Blue!

DAWG60

March 3rd, 2012
6:53 pm

BEEN A SEASON TICKET HOLDER FOR 37 YEARS. PLAYED COLLEGE BASKETBALL. GO TO ALL HOME GAMES AND AWAY GAMES. BEEN TRAVELLING TO ROAD GAMES FOR OVER 30 YEARS. ALREADY MADE RESERVATIONS FOR MISSOURI AND ALL ROAD GAMES THIS YEAR. GOT 8 SEASON TICKETS ON THE 50 YARD LINE. I AM VERY LOUD FOR THE DAWGS. THE YOUNGER GENERATION DOES NOT NEED TO CRITICIZE ALL US OLDER FOLKS. AFTER A HEART ATTACK 5 YEARS AGO, MY CARDIOLOGIST, WHO SITS 10 ROWS BEHIND ME, TOLD ME TO NOT GET TOO EXCITED AT GAMES. LAST FALL, THE WEEK OF THE AUBURN GAME, MY WIFE AND I WERE MIRACULOUSLY NOT KILLED IN A HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT AND MISSED THE GAME IN THE HOSPITAL. I WAS IN THE STANDS THE NEXT WEEK. I HAVE BEEN TO EVERY STADIUM IN THE SEC AND SEEN EMPTY SEATS WHEN UGA GOT A COMFORTABLE LEAD. JUST SUPPORT THE DAWGS AND DO NOT CRITICIZE FELLOW UGA FANS. AND I DO NOT NEED ANY HELP AT HOME AFTER 40 YEARS WITH A SPECIAL ANGEL.

Dawg48

March 3rd, 2012
7:14 pm

UGaaaaaaaaaaa , flat out sucks! What a retard it’s your mind set and people like yours is the reason society is in the shape it is in.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
7:27 pm

48 see the Duke UNC score? UNC 24 Duke 8 ugLY early

Dawg48

March 3rd, 2012
7:35 pm

Still, yea I have a bet on this game and I have Duke and three.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
7:38 pm

That is about even with Duke being at Home.

Dawg48

March 3rd, 2012
7:39 pm

They are playing better.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
7:40 pm

It will be a crazy game by the end. At the FOUL rate who will be left?

Dawg48

March 3rd, 2012
7:47 pm

Duke looks horrible!