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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GATA

March 4th, 2012
7:32 am

UGA should take the average student attendence over the past 5 years, reduce the student section to that number and make some friggin’ tickets available to military those who can’t afford the huge donation fees each year.

3d

March 4th, 2012
7:42 am

How about we put an exciting product on the field instead of one that takes a knee and trots into the locker room at halftime content with whatever the score is at the time; winning or losing? Then maybe, everyone will want to come to the games.

Our football team has gotten boring at times and at other times looks clueless in respect to play calling.

I’m a long time Dawg from the late 60’s, but 2012 is it for me with this coaching staff.

If the second half meltdowns continue and the erratic play calling and inconsistency aren’t dealt with, I’m going back to the yard work. I can’t watch this nonsense any more.

What we’ve been watching the last 3 or 4 years is not Georgia football.I don’t know what it is, but it’s not Georgia football.

I believe CMR has lost focus and has also lost the fire. I hope he proves me wrong.
We shall see. JMO

Thomas Brown

March 4th, 2012
7:47 am

Mark Richt vs teams who ended up top 25 AP Poll all 11 yrs :

09-14 Loss Sakerlina 2001 # 13
26-24 Win vols 2001 # 4*
10-24 Loss Crocodiles 2001 # 3*
17-24 Loss Allbarn 2001 Unranked**
31-17 Win Georgia tek 2001 # 24
16-20 Loss Boston College 2001 # 21**
27-25 Win Alabama 2002 # 11
13-20 Loss Crocodiles 2002 Unranked**
24-21 Win Allbarn 2002 # 14
26-13 Win FSU 2002 # 21
30-00 Win Climpsum Farmers 2003 # 22
13-34 Loss LSU 2003 # 2*
13-16 Loss Crocodiles 8-5 in 2003 # 24**
41-14 Win vols 2003 # 15
10-17 Loss LSU 2003 # 2*
34-27 Win Purdue 2003 # 18
45-16 Win LSU 2004 # 16
14-19 Loss vols 2004 # 13
06-24 Loss Allbarn 2004 # 2*
24-21 Win Wisconsin 2004 # 17
10-14 Loss Crocodiles 2005 # 12
30-31 Loss Allbarn 2005 # 14
34-14 Win LSU 2005 # 6*
35-38 Loss West Virginia mountaineers 2005 # 5*
33-51 Loss vols 2006 # 25**
22-24 Loss Vandie 4-8 in 2006 Unranked**
14-21 Loss Crocodiles 2006 # 1*
20-24 Loss Kentucky 2006 Unranked**
37-15 Win Allbarn 2006 # 9*
31-24 Win Virginia Tech 2006 # 19
12-16 Loss Sakerlina 6-6 in 2007 Unranked**
14-35 Loss vols 2007 # 12
42-30 Win Crocodiles 2007 # 13
45-20 Win Allbarn 2007 # 15
41-10 Win Hawai’i 2007 # 19
30-41 Loss Alabama 2008 # 6*
10-49 Loss Crocodiles 2008 # 1*
42-45 Loss Georgia tek 2008 # 22**
24-12 Win Michigan State 2008 # 24
10-24 Loss Okie State 2009 Unranked**
19-45 Loss vols 7-6 in 2009 Unranked**
13-20 Loss LSU 2009 # 17
17-41 Loss Crocodiles 2009 # 3*
30-24 Win Georgia tek 2009 # 13
27-34 Loss Kentucky 7-6 in 2009 Unranked**
06-17 Loss Sakerlina 2010 # 22**
24-31 Loss Arky 2010 # 12
12-24 Loss Missy State 2010 # 15
31-34 Loss Crocodiles 2010 Unranked**
31-49 Loss Auburn 2010 # 1*
27-29 Loss Colorado 5-7 in 2010 Unranked**
06-10 Loss Central Florida 2010 # 21**
21-35 Loss Boise State 2011 # 8*
42-45 Loss Sakerlina 2011 # 9*
10-42 Loss LSU 2011 # 2*
30-33 Loss Michigan State 2011 # 11

**without the win over Mark Richt, opponent ends up not ranked
* Mark Richt vs teams ending up AP Poll Top 10 all 11 yrs

Mark Richt all 11 years :
>was 3-6 vs teams finishing in the AP Poll Top 10
>lost the last 7 since in a row since win over # 9 Auburn 2006
>3-13 Mark Richt all 11 yrs vs teams finishing AP Top 10

Mark Richt all 11 years :
>Lost 16 games to teams who would not have finished in the AP Poll Top 25 without their win over Mark Richt
>10 of those 16 Losses to teams who even with their win over Mark Richt still did not end up AP Poll Top 25 teams

After Georgia tek in 2009 when Mark Richt was 18-19 vs teams finishing in the AP Poll Top 25 after beating Georgia tek 2009,

Mark Richt has Lost Every Game vs teams finishing AP Top 25 since:

1.Sakerlina
2.Arky
3.Missy State
4.Allbarn
5.Central Florida
6.Boise State
7.Sakerlina
8.LSU
9.Michigan State

0-9 vs teams finishing AP Top 25 after Georgia tek win 2009

Mark Richt all 11 years :18-28 vs teams finishing AP Poll Top 25
_____________________________________________

Last win over a team finishing AP Poll Top 10 :

37-15 Win Allbarn 2006 # 9* since then,
30-41 Loss Alabama 2008 # 6*
10-49 Loss Crocodiles 2008 # 1*
17-41 Loss Crocodiles 2009 # 3*
31-49 Loss Auburn 2010 # 1*
21-35 Loss Boise State 2011 # 8*
42-45 Loss Sakerlina 2011 # 9*
10-42 Loss LSU 2011 # 2*

Mark Richt was 3-6 vs teams finishing in the AP Poll Top 10 after the win over Auburn in 2006.

0-7 vs teams finishing AP Top 10 since after Auburn win 2006

Mark Richt all 11 years :

3-13 vs teams finishing AP Poll Top 10

UGA alum and parent of 2 undergrads

March 4th, 2012
7:48 am

No where in the SEC are students placed in 3 different sections throughout the stadium. My husband and I live in South Carolina and both USC and Clemson have one student section ON THE LOWER LEVEL!!! My daughter, a senior, received tickets for the 300 level. My son, who was at the games at least 1 hour early told me about students who could not get to sections because the event staff closed it off and then the students refused to go up to the 300 level. I DO NOT BLAME THEM. Students’ parents pay plenty enough for the students to get prime seats. As an alum, I would say our adult fan base is wretched. I am repeatedly asked to sit down at some games and I am over 50!! Sanford Stadium needs life and they need the students. There are plenty of students who do love football and do want to stadium to rock. I know this because I am the mother of two of them. Alumni are the problem, not the students.

Thomas Brown

March 4th, 2012
7:54 am

Next time someone tells you Georgia is doing well, that we are fine, or that we will be fine, that we have it going on, that we are improving, that we are just great, and that you are a negative poster because you don’t drink Kool-Aid like they do, see if you can get them to explain this to you.

We haven’t beat a team finishing in the AP Poll Top 10 since beating Auburn # 9 in 2006, six seasons ago. 7 Losses in a row Top 10, including Every Aaron Murray Start.

We haven’t beat a team finishing in the AP Poll Top 25 since beating Georgia tek # 13 in 2009, three seasons ago. 9 Losses in a row Top 25, including Every Aaron Murray Start.

Thomas Brown

March 4th, 2012
8:04 am

DJ Shockley

Since he has been gone, here is what we have done, as a team :

I-A Winning Percentage after 2005

2005 season was 8 yrs ago now this up-coming 2012 season

01. .9240 at 73-06 Boise State
02. .8461 at 66-12 TCU
03. .8000 at 64-16 LSU
04. .7922 at 61-16 Southern Cal
05. .7804 at 64-18 Oklahoma
06. .7777 at 63-18 Auburn
07. .7692 at 50-15 Ohio State
08. .7692 at 60-18 BYU
09. .7682 at 63-19 Virginia Tech
10. .7594 at 60-19 Oregon
11. .7594 at 60-19 Wisconsin
12. .7564 at 59-19 West Virginia
13. .7435 at 58-20 Texas
14. .7435 at 58-20 Utah
15. .7246 at 50-19 Alabama
16. .7179 at 56-22 Penn State
17. .7051 at 55-23 Auburn
18. .7051 at 55-23 Oklahoma State
19. .7051 at 55-23 Cincinnati
20. .7000 at 56-24 Missouri
21. .6835 at 54-25 Georgia

mdc

March 4th, 2012
8:15 am

Screen pass?????has anyone seen us execute one correctly the last 5-10 years. the paass bounces off helments, thrown in the dirt etc. BoBo doesn’t know how to teach it. we are horrible at it ….

Thomas Brown

March 4th, 2012
8:17 am

1. FL 0 or 1 loss season 3 times since we did last
2. AL 0 or 1 loss season 2 times since we did last
3. AU 0 or 1 loss season 2 times since we did last
4.LSU 0 or 1 loss season 2 times since we did last

9 SEC teams had 0 or 1 loss seasons since we did last.
That was now this up-coming season, 10 years ago.
We do not and have not competed, have we ?

You want to try to explain how this is not Mark Richt’s Fault ?

BullDogMike

March 4th, 2012
8:26 am

Not the appropriate culture here for an SEC football school ? Where are we getting these students from ? Jupiter ?

Thomas Brown is correct

March 4th, 2012
8:29 am

A few comments about UGA:

1. Four different SEC teams have won the last six BCS championships.

2. UGA was not one of those teams.

3. During that period, UGA did not win the SEC championship.

4. Red panties.

In other words, UGA has sunk into total irrelevancy both regionally and nationally.

So why is UGA paying Mark Richt millions of dollars a year?

Thomas Brown

March 4th, 2012
8:32 am

Bobo and Richt have as their Favorite QB

# 72 in nation pass completion percentage QB 2011

And, you want to talk about Screen Passes not being completed ? They account for nearly all of the 22 interceptions by Aaron Murray in his 27 games, having beat no one.

It would be a lot worse, if he didn’t have 6.4 carries a game for 1 yard per carry in his career with 23 fumbles in 27 games, having beat no one.

It would also be a lot worse, if he didn’t have 56 sacks in 27 games, having beat no one.

Oh, yeah, Aaron Murray is going pro early and winning the Heisman Trophy. Uh huh. At the combines he would show up at right on 6 feet, right on it and 4.81 in the 40-yard “dash” slower than The SEC DL who have thrown him around once they get their hands on him, like a rag doll. He’s tough. He gets right back up, and still hasn’t beat a single team who ends that season in the top 25 of any poll. If he ever does, he has 1 chance this entire regular season against a team who last season ended in the top 25 – which would then make him 1-9 assuming South Carolina does not end up with 5 Losses and unranked; and still will not include his 2 losses also to teams who did not even finish up in the top 25.

Screen passes are the least of our worries. We have a puny QB who has poor footwork and therefore rarely has a lane he can create where he could throw short passes over the middle, as they are batted down at the line. What I love most is his leadership going on Twitter to tweet about how badly he is going to beat the opponent who ends up in the top 25, while we did barely yet 27 teams had a better won/loss record than we and they beat teams who ended up in the top 25, not him – obviously.

And, we have 5 Quarterbacks (6 if you consider another we have playing another position who also would complete the passes, obviously, when he doesn’t have the tools to complete passes) with Mark Richt’s latest commitment 2 weeks ago. There is not 1 of the 6 who would end up # 72 in the nation in pass completion percentage as Aaron Murray just did 2011.

ozzfest

March 4th, 2012
9:13 am

YOU THINK THE STUDENT SECTION(S) HAVE BEEN LIGHT IN ATTENDANCE….I AM PRETTY SURE GREG McGARITY IS GOING TO BE DISAPPOINTED WHEN HE SEES HOW MANY SEASON TICKET HOLDERS LIKE MYSELF DITCH

BUFFALO
FLORIDA ATLANTIC
GA SOUTHERN

WHY WOULD ANYBODY…STUDENT OR NOT…BOTHER TO ATTEND SUCH NON-COMPETITIVE GAMES? I WOULD RATHER DRINK A BEER, WORK IN MY YARD AND WATCH THE SEC-GAME-OF-THE-WEEK ON ESPN.

Jacket99

March 4th, 2012
9:23 am

ozzfest is right. Scheduling cupcakes is a disservice to the fans. All programs do it and it pisses me off.

Jacket99

March 4th, 2012
9:24 am

ozzfest is right. Scheduling cupcakes is a disservice to the fans. All schools do it and it p’s me off.

ozzfest

March 4th, 2012
9:25 am

OH YEAH…ANOTHER PROBLEM WITH THE FEEL OF SANFORD STADIUM IS THE GREY HAIRS.

OBVIOUSLY THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN BE DONE, BUT WHEN THE SOLE FACET OF FAN PLACEMENT IS THE DOLLAR, THEN YOU GET A CASTE SYSTEM….AND A HUGE NUMBER OF OLD, RICH PEOPLE “BETWEEN THE 20′S” ON THE SOUTH SIDE.

SANFORD STADIUM IS BORING…AND IF THAT MAKES YOU SQUIRM WITH DOUBT…GO TO A TEXAS A&M GAME IN COLLEGE STATION. CASE CLOSED.

ozzfest

March 4th, 2012
9:27 am

THANK YOU JACKET99. NOW WORK ON YOUR KARATE MOVES.

Jacket99

March 4th, 2012
9:27 am

ozzfest…old people contribute lots of $$$$$ and sometimes leave even more when they die. Please be respectful to your elders. They’ve paved the way for you.

Jacket99

March 4th, 2012
9:30 am

Karate moves? lol. Someone needs to jap slap you for yelling on a Blawg.

Opening

March 4th, 2012
9:46 am

the Library for public use will help with attendance.

Bob

March 4th, 2012
9:57 am

Maybe they can play at Bobby Dodd and fill it up.

Miz Zou

March 4th, 2012
10:08 am

Missouri 37, UGA 17

A fun game to watch as UGA gets soundly drubbed.

Don

March 4th, 2012
10:18 am

A couple of topics here…Student section tickets…move them to the east end zone lower level and push those ticket buyers to the north stands. Take the seats down to the hedge and create a feeling they they have at notre dame where the fans are on top of the field. A tiny capital investment, some seat shifting, and some excited fans at exciting games will solve the student attendance problem. It’s a marketing problem, not a student problem. Put them where they feel they will make a difference. Would YOU want to be the opponent driving into that at the end of overtime? not me…Also, on the stadium addition front: I’m not for adding on to the stadium for size sake, but I’m also not a fan of keeping the sacred west end zone open, either. You can’t see into it, anyway except to look at the east upper deck, and on game days it’s covered. Make a grand West entrance from the bridge, hang a big deck over it and put the seats in. Taking the stadium around east campus road is way too expensive and put fans close enough to the oconee to fish. Just a thought.

Dap01

March 4th, 2012
10:50 am

Hey UGA, is your goal to make as much money off of the students as possible?

Getting a UGA game ticket is nearly impossible, yet there are empty seats? Greed is killing the atmosphere at our home games.

Thomas Brown

March 4th, 2012
10:53 am

ozzfest, sir :

3-9 Buffalo bills
1-11 Florida Atlantic
5-7 vols
6-7 Vandie
5-7 Kentucky
0-0 Georgia Southern 1-AA FCS
2-10 Ole Miss
8-5 Mizzou, not ranked any poll, 2 under 10-Win
8-5 Ga tek, not ranked any poll, 2 under 10-Win
7-6 Florida, not ranked any poll, 3 under 10-Win
8-5 Auburn, not ranked any poll, 2 under 10-Win
27 teams had 10-Win Seasons-we play one 2012
We beat none of 27, 10-Win Season teams 2011
We beat none of 36, 9-Win Season teams 2011
53-72 for 10 of 11 teams 1-A FBS play 2012
11 of 12 opponents won an average of 4.8 games

I am supposed to get all hyped up about us beating 2 of 48, 8-Win Season teams 2011 ?

Positive statements come when you Beat Top Teams and when you don’t Lose to Less-Talented or Equal teams. We do Neither. You can make up whatever excuses you want, including that I am a Georgia tek fan : They don’t hold water.

FLA DAWG

March 4th, 2012
10:54 am

Why not play dixie ?

Thomas Brown

March 4th, 2012
10:58 am

Miz Zou, sir :

While we return 9 of 11 starters on Defense (with 12 who should go to NFL, all of whom have started here, after this up-coming 2012 season) :

MISSOURI :

Over the last 3 decades MISSOURI has sucked at football. 8-5 this season just ended, Missouri has a SORRY DEFENSE, SORRY SPECIAL TEAMS, and no passing game with James Franklin.

Missouri sportswriters out there, think Missouri got an EASY SCHEDULE. Uh, you play ALABAMA, Georgia, and South Carolina.

Georgia BEAT Missouri in the Orange Bowl SHUTTING OUT MISSOURI, 14-0.

I think Missouri will find that they will GIVE UP TONS OF POINTS vs SEC teams with their lack of anything but a running offense. I don’t think they have the tools to call their schedule, a punk schedule 2012. A schedule of SEC PUNKS.

Cannot see it.

# 77 in Won/Lost Record over the entire last 3 Decades

MISSOURI

160 Wins
185 LOSSES
7 ties
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160-185-7 over the last 3 Decades MISSOURI
___________________________________________________
And, Missouri has an easy schedule of PUNKS ?

The sportswriters in Kansas City Missouri think Missouri has a 2012 schedule of SEC Punks ?

I don’t think so.

The PUNKS on The SEC Schedules 2012 are MISSOURI Tigers.

Missouri has fared better against SEC teams than Texas A&M, that is for sure; but Missouri are the PUNKS 2012, not that some Kansas City sportswriter can write a story that Missouri has a schedule of SEC PUNKS.

# 77 football programs over the last entire 3 Decades

ARE PUNKS.

http://voices.kansascity.com/entries/missouris-punk-sec-football-schedule/

Missouri put forth the

# 61 NCAA Total Defense in 2011

Mizzou LOST its entire team from 2011.

MIZZOU 2011-2012 NCAA Rankings :
# 61 Total Defense NCAA
# 50 Net Punting
# 55 Punt Returns
# 53 Kick-Off Returns
# 94 Pass Defense
# 54 Sacks of Opposing Quarterbacks
# 71 on 3rd Down Conversions with your Offense
# 75 on 3rd Down Conversions allowed by your Defense

You get 50,000 fans at your stadium most games in the middle of nowhere, 1500 miles round-trip for me. Your stadium will be filled with Bulldogs. You have no idea what you are in for in The SEC. You don’t have a football team.

8-5 and you are world-beaters ?

I hardly think so. UGA is starting the season out ranked # 6 in the nation. Your running game will NOT be better than our running game. And, that’s all you’ve got : a running game.

It is a poor match-up Mizzou running offense against UGA’s Stout Rush Defense.

MIZZOU KEY LOSSES for 2012 :
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OFFENSE: Jerrell Jackson-WR, Wes Kemp-WR, Michael Egnew-TE, Jayson Palmgren-OG, Austin Wuebbels-OG, Dan Hoch-OT, Grant Ressel-K
DEFENSE: Jacquies Smith-DE, Terrell Resonno-DT, Dominique Hamilton-NG, Luke Lambert-SLB, Trey Hobson-CB, Kenji Jackson-SS

Mizzou is picked to come in # 42 next season. Welcome to The SEC. Missouri has lost its entire football team this off-season, except for its running quarterback and its running backs.

FLA DAWG

March 4th, 2012
11:04 am

Mizzou will not be down for long.

They have an ability to reload, train well and execute on gameday – a couple of those areas we are not good at. Our recruiting is very good but gameday play against ranked opponents has been dismal by our Dawgs for years.

AngryDawg

March 4th, 2012
11:09 am

Ga will beat missouri like a rented mule—they will get a rude intro to the SEC with that beatdown.

DawgVoiceofReason

March 4th, 2012
11:09 am

I love how Thomas Brown says he shows respect to other posters!!! Now that’s funny!

DawgVoiceofReason

March 4th, 2012
11:14 am

Bill,

Can you see about getting this blog fixed? It “eats” posts without explanation. You don’t ever know whether its just a delay or whether it arbitrarily removed it. Haven’t you seen many, many people complain about this over the years?

Thomas Brown

March 4th, 2012
11:16 am

23 signed 2008 rank # 5
20 signed 2009 rank # 4
19 signed 2010 rank # 21
28 signed 2011 rank # 6
19 signed 2012 rank # 19
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109 Signed by Mark Richt toward his 85-Scholarship Limit

2008 class signed 23 and have only these remaining : Cornelius Washington, Richard Samuel, Bacarri Rambo, Tavarres King, Christian Robinson, Carlton Thomas and Sanders Commings (7.)

79 on scholarship today
includes 3 walk-ons who don’t play offense or defense
85 total maximum allowed
6 under the Scholarship Limit
109 Signed to play 2012
26 kicked-off, forced out, transferred out – supposed to play 2012
over-signing by 24, we over-sign, don’t we ?
Don’t we ?
We run off undesirables 26 who were supposed to play 2012
Don’t we ?

Thomas Brown

March 4th, 2012
11:20 am

Dawg Voice of Reason, sir : It’s called filter. There is a filter which filters for a word. You never know what the filter is looking for. I have figured out some of the words. And, what I said was I show my respect for the other posters, by RESEARCHING WHAT THEY SAY and POSTING MY REPLY.

We don’t run off players don’t want ?
But Alabama, does ?
Huh ?

These will not play here at UGA 2012 :
Mark Richt gave Scholarships for 2012 to :

1.Brent Benedict # 10 OT 4-Star, transfer
2.AJ Harmon # 10 OT nation 5-Star, transfer
3.Dontavius Jackson # 23 TB nation 4-Star, transfer
4.Nick Williams Safety, transfer
5.Marcus Dowtin # 7 LB nation 4-Star, transfer
6.Bryce Ros # 22 TE
7.Johnathan Owens # 39 OT
8.DE Jeremy Longo
9.Xavier Avery RB
10.Toby Jackson # 9 DE nation 4-Star failed qualify transfer
11.Makiri Pugh, Safety Cornerback, transfer
12.Montez Robinson # 10 DE 4-Star kicked off team transfer
13.Washaun Ealey # 15 RB nation 4-Star, transfer
14.Lonnie Outlaw WR failed qualify, transfer
15.Jakar Hamilton Safety 4-Star, transfer
16.Derek Owens Cornerback, transfer
17.Demetre Baker # 23 LB 4-Star, kicked off team, transfer
18.Jalen Fields DE 4-Star, failed qualify, transfer
19.Kent Turene LB Dream Team failed qualify
20.Chris Mayes DT Dream Team failed qualify
21.Chris Little OL transfer
22.Zach Mettenberger # 14 QB 4-Star kicked off transfer
23.Jordan Love # 21 CB 4-Star, transfer

We also lose these frontline players from the 2011 roster :

offensive lineman Justin Anderson, blamed AM 56 sacks
offensive lineman Cordy Glenn, blamed for AM 56 sacks
OL center Ben Jones blamed for AM 56 sacks, 3 to NFL ?
offensive linemen Trinton Sturdivant, senior gone
TB CB kick returner Brandon Boykin
punter Drew Butler
Tight End and Fullback Bruce Figgins 1 run all season
defensive end DeAngelo Tyson
place-kicker Blair Walsh senior made 21 FG missed 14
place-kicker Brandon Bogotay, senior, gone
tight End Aron White who drops the ball, runs mouth
split end Israel Troupe, senior, gone
free safety Jakar Hamilton, senior, transfer

That’s 36 who will not play 2012.
Addition by Attrition ?

Thomas Brown

March 4th, 2012
11:20 am

Dawg Voice of Reason, sir : It’s called filter. There is a filter which filters for a word. You never know what the filter is looking for. I have figured out some of the words. And, what I said was I show my respect for the other posters, by RESEARCHING WHAT THEY SAY and POSTING MY REPLY.

FLA DAWG

March 4th, 2012
11:22 am

I am confident our D will be better than last season. But as bad as our O Line was it will likely be worse.

Don’t sell Mizzou short. Their coaches know what smashmouth football is all about and will bring the best they have. No way will this be a blowout for either team in my opinion.

Of course we have Bobo as O.C. so we have to subtract 14 points (minimum) from our scoring potential in every game.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 4th, 2012
11:22 am

Voiceofreason….before you post Copy it so you can change it and re-post if you have used words the filter didn’t like.

Thomas Brown

March 4th, 2012
11:22 am

We don’t run off players don’t want ?
But Alabama, does ?
Huh ?

These will not play here at UGA 2012 :
Mark Richt gave Scholarships for 2012 to :

26 kicked off, forced out, transferred out

We also lose these frontline players from the 2011 roster :

offensive lineman Justin Anderson, blamed AM 56 sacks
offensive lineman Cordy Glenn, blamed for AM 56 sacks
OL center Ben Jones blamed for AM 56 sacks, 3 to NFL ?
offensive linemen Trinton Sturdivant, senior gone
TB CB kick returner Brandon Boykin
punter Drew Butler
Tight End and Fullback Bruce Figgins 1 run all season
defensive end DeAngelo Tyson
place-kicker Blair Walsh senior made 21 FG missed 14
place-kicker Brandon Bogotay, senior, gone
tight End Aron White who drops the ball, runs mouth
split end Israel Troupe, senior, gone
free safety Jakar Hamilton, senior, transfer

That’s 39 who will not play 2012.
Addition by Attrition ?

Told ya so Dawg

March 4th, 2012
11:23 am

Murray is terrible….. we will loose with him and Bobo….

Thomas Brown

March 4th, 2012
11:24 am

You don’t subtract 14 points for Mike Bobo as OC

You ADD 14 points to the opponent’s total, if they are a ranked team

Because our Offense GIVES AWAY POINTS to top teams

Thomas Brown

March 4th, 2012
11:26 am

We don’t run off players don’t want ?
But Alabama, does ?
Huh ?

These will not play here at UGA 2012 :
Mark Richt gave Scholarships for 2012 to :

26 kicked off, forced out, transferred out

We also lose these frontline players from the 2011 roster :

offensive lineman Justin Anderson, blamed AM 56 sacks
offensive lineman Cordy Glenn, blamed for AM 56 sacks
OL center Ben Jones blamed for AM 56 sacks, 3 to NFL ?
offensive linemen Trinton Sturdivant, senior gone

TB CB kick returner Brandon Boykin
punter Drew Butler
Tight End and Fullback Bruce Figgins 1 run all season
defensive end DeAngelo Tyson
place-kicker Blair Walsh senior made 21 FG missed 14
place-kicker Brandon Bogotay, senior, gone
tight End Aron White who drops the ball, runs mouth
split end Israel Troupe, senior, gone
free safety Jakar Hamilton, senior, transfer

That’s 38 who will not play 2012.
Addition by Attrition ?

Thomas Brown

March 4th, 2012
11:26 am

We don’t run off players don’t want ?
But Alabama, does ?
Huh ?

These will not play here at UGA 2012 :
Mark Richt gave Scholarships for 2012 to :

26 kicked off, forced out, transferred out

Thomas Brown

March 4th, 2012
11:27 am

We also lose these frontline players from the 2011 roster :

offensive lineman Justin Anderson, blamed AM 56 sacks
offensive lineman Cordy Glenn, blamed for AM 56 sacks
OL center Ben Jones blamed for AM 56 sacks, 3 to NFL ?
offensive linemen Trinton Sturdivant, senior gone

TB CB kick returner Brandon Boykin
punter Drew Butler
Tight End and Fullback Bruce Figgins 1 run all season
defensive end DeAngelo Tyson
place-kicker Blair Walsh senior made 21 FG missed 14
place-kicker Brandon Bogotay, senior, gone
tight End Aron White who drops the ball, runs mouth
split end Israel Troupe, senior, gone
free safety Jakar Hamilton, senior, transfer

That’s 38 who will not play 2012 of the 109 signed vs 85-Limit

FLA DAWG

March 4th, 2012
11:31 am

You know TB I wanted to give credit to the stout D we will have but you make a good point about Bobo’s O giving away points.

Either way, with Bobo it’s a minimum of 14 to the opponent.

Thomas Brown

March 4th, 2012
11:32 am

Current 8-year period Mark Richt :

# 49 at scoring Touchdowns

# 57 at going 3 and out on Offense

Thomas Brown

March 4th, 2012
11:34 am

Yep,

You’re correct 14 points is what the offense costs us against any and all teams who end up in the top 25

Been that way for years.

You can blame our Offense for all this, for example :

NTL CHAMPS DURING MARK RICHT ERA :

11 Nick Saban AL CMR 10-4 Lost Outback bowl
10 Gene Chizik AU CMR 6-7 Lost UCF Liberty bowl
09 Nick Saban AL CMR 8-5 played in Shreveport
08 Urb an Me yer FL CMR 10-3 CapitalOne bowl
07 Les Miles LSU CMR 11-2 played # 19 Hawai’i bowl
06 Urb an Me yer FL CMR 9-4 played Chick-fil-A bowl
05 Mack Brown TX CMR 10-3 Lost W.Virginia in bowl
04 Pete Carroll USC CMR 10-2 played Outback bowl
03 Pete Carroll USC CMR 11-3 played CapitalOne
02 Jim Tressel OSU CMR 13-1 played 9-5 FSU bowl
01 Larry Coker Miami CMR 8-4 Lost Boston College

FLA DAWG

March 4th, 2012
11:35 am

Yep, I’m no Richt Fan either.

Bama, Auburn, UT, UF (and even Ark I think) would have run him out by now. But we give him an extension.
The 10 game win streak last season is in the books but it’s sandwiched between two dismal losses on each end.

Thomas Brown

March 4th, 2012
11:36 am

Current 11-year period Mark Richt :

3-13 vs teams finishing AP Poll Top 10 all 11 years

# 52 Average NCAA Total Offense

# 55 nationally bowl record win % at 7-4

# 19 nationally Top 25 at time of game Mark Richt

# 6 SEC Coach win % vs Top 5 at time of game

# 6 SEC Coach win % vs teams ending Top 25

9 teams Mark Richt not a winning record against

# 27 best coach during Mark Richt era vs teams ending up under .500

26-35-2 ATS HOME entire Mark Richt era

# 88 best coach at HOME ATS Mark Richt era

# 52 on 3rd Down Offense as Head Coach Mark Richt era

# 37 as head coach during Mark Richt era scoring TD

# 6 highest paid coach in The SEC

# 81 Mark Richt era coach judged on grad rates and APR

As for Talent, Mark Richt is the # 6 best coach in America at getting talent here based upon average number of NFL Draft Picks, comparing Mark Richt to ALL coaches 2001 to present average NFL Draft Picks.

FLA DAWG

March 4th, 2012
11:39 am

Not exactly a ringing endorsement for a contract extension.

DawgNole

March 4th, 2012
1:06 pm

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.
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You come off as pompous and entitled in many of your posts, Kool-aid, but I have to admit I got a chuckle out of this one. Maybe you’ve given the soccer gal an idea.

A Father

March 4th, 2012
1:18 pm

It is not the students or Alumni fault: IT IS LEADERSHIP FROM TOP DOWN!!

Michael Adams, AD – now Greg McGarity, Coaches etc

The University of Georgia athletic department is in shambles and the President by the name of Michael Adams is so quiet there is growing concerns that himself along with some politicians and regents are using the University as a PERSONNAL PIGGYBANK to line the pockets deeper.

Change, will not happen until the many heads of this monster are cut off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 4th, 2012
1:26 pm

Hire this as the next HEAD Football COACH because She can fill the JOCK STRAP of both Richt and Bobo….Finebaum Interviews Yoculan / Gym Dogs Win SEC
First off, the Gym Dogs won the SEC…again….the 6th time and 7 years. Congrats to the Gym Dogs.

That’s all well and good, but if you want a real comedy check Suzanne’s interview with Finebaum before the tourney last week (if that link doesn’t work go here). She talks about her personal rivalry with Sarah Patterson at Alabama. Paraphrase:
Paul Finebaum: It always seems like Sarah Patterson comes off as the goodie two shoes and you’re the evil one. In wrestling terms you’re the masked woman, and she’s Shirley Temple.

Suzanne: The media started some of it. I’m definitely more spontaneous than Sarah. Even in press conferences, she’s more calculated, protective and careful, and I’m more spontaneous.

Sometimes I’ll stick my foot in my mouth, but I say what I feel. If I think my team is unbeatable or whatever, I’ll usually say so. There have been some times where we’ve beaten them and she has said things about equipment, the bars, or judging or whatever.

Whatever, winners make adjustments. So we go back and forth alot, and I probably fuel the fire more with my comments. She’s able to keep her Shirley Temple persona, but if you listen to who says what a lot of it starts in Alabama.

I don’t mind being the Darth Vader team of the SEC. In fact, 10 years ago we made the decision to just embrace that Darth Vader image, and we wear black everywhere we go on the road. We’re an aggressive, confident team. That’s our style. That’s my style. I like enthusiasm. I like excitement. We’ve won a lot of championships because of that.

I don’t believe in failure. I’d rather go out on a limb now and have it break once and a while than to never go out there. That’s just my approach. It’s offensive to some people, but it wins for Georgia. So I recruit athletes who can embrace going for it.

We’re like Steve Spurrier vs. Georgia. No one in Georgia likes Spurrier because he beats us a lot. (PWD: Inferring that no one in Bama likes them b/c they never beat Georgia anymore).

Sarah is more of a southern lady than I am. She does and says the right thing, and has better manners than I do. But that’s not my style. I say what I think.

I respect her. She’s had the same challenges at Bama that I have had at UGA.

I don’t use nouns when I can use verbs. I don’t call my team “underachievers.” I say that they are “underachieving.” I don’t call Sarah Patterson a “loser,” I said “don’t gripe about losing.” I don’t hate anything but cauliflower and turnips.

I have never had a girl transfer away from Georgia in my entire career. What other coach in any sport at any school can say that?

The entire interview is a blast. Honestly, I could do without Suzanne’s off the field antics related to Don Leebern, but I really do get a kick out of the Steve Spurrier personality. I enjoy the smack talk, and I think it has added tremendous interest to women’s gymnastics in college. She has made the rivalry with Bama what it is. It’s fun, and she’s having a blast with it. Plus, she’s one helluva a coach.