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!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HERSCHEL!

Let’s close off by wishing Herschel Walker a happy 50th birthday. And in honor of that occasion, if you haven’t yet seen the ESPN Films “Herschel” documentary, you can order it on a DVD that also has bonus features like extra interviews, deleted scenes and 1981 Sugar Bowl highlights. It’s available here and here.

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DawgNole

March 4th, 2012
1:30 pm

Stephen A.Dogg, you’re right on the money with your posts–especially the comparison of UGA to the FSU of a few years ago. Your strongest point, in my mind, is the importance of scheduling at least one EXCELLENT OOC opponent annually in a home-and-home arrangement. Your example of FSU-Oklahoma was spot on. I was at that game last year in Tallahassee, and the crowd was thunderous–far louder and more exhuberant than I’ve ever heard Sanford Stadium–with 10,000 fewer seats, no less. Yes, the Noles lost both of those Oklahoma games, but the respect they earned in the national media spotlight simply for having the guts to schedule Oklahoma was immeasurable. You may recall that they made their “Road Warrior” reputation in the early Bowden years by taking a back seat to NO ONE in terms of scheduling tough road games against programs that simply refused to come to Tallahassee (Nebraska, Michigan, Ohio St, etc.). Damon Evans, for all his faults, at least made an effort to boost our OOC slate and “spread the brand” to other parts of the country with home-and-homes against Colorado, Arizona St, Oklahoma St, etc. You’ll get no such attempts by McGarity, who couldn’t cancel the planned Oregon series fast enough. The hypocritical NCAA’s biggest fault is that they even allow such disgraceful OOC scheduling by all big-time programs (UGA and FSU included). A few years ago, there was a move to raise the importance of schedule strength, but it fell by the wayside in the wake of the addition of a 12th game. It’s a sad state of affairs to me when we actually pay an FCS team to come to Sanford Stadium (or Doak Campbell, for that matter) and bend over. Nothing would improve the quality of college football more than forcing the “elitists” to schedule at least one decent OOC game a year the place of a cupcake.

On another topic, I agree with you (and Thomas Brown) to SOME extent on the success of Landers. But if you aspire to championships, he’s obviously not the answer. NOT EVEN ONCE in 24 years has he won it all with the Lady Dawgs. That, to me, is unacceptable in light of the quality of athlete he’s able to recruit.

DawgNole

March 4th, 2012
1:36 pm

Trying to post but no luck. If you don’t know what word the filter’s choking on, how can you modify your post to accommodate it? Mine, by the way, contained no inappropriate language whatsoever. I see where others have had this problem. Anybody have an answer? I did copy mine, but every time I try to repost, I get a message indicating that “I’ve already said that.” DUH!

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 4th, 2012
1:46 pm

Dawg Nole you have to change it some to repost. words like Sat….ur..day, Pan…tie don’t pass you will just have to maybe repost in parts to find the word.

DawgNole

March 4th, 2012
1:49 pm

Thanks for the tip, Kool-aid. I’ll give it a shot.

DawgNole

March 4th, 2012
3:30 pm

“Stephen A.Dogg, you’re right on the money with your posts–especially the comparison of UGA to the FSU of a few years ago. Your strongest point, in my mind, is the importance of scheduling at least one EXCELLENT OOC opponent annually in a home-and-home arrangement. Your example of FSU-Oklahoma was spot on. I was at that game last year in Tallahassee, and the crowd was thunderous–far louder and more exuberant than I’ve ever heard Sanford Stadium–with 10,000 fewer seats, no less. Yes, the Noles lost both of those Oklahoma games, but the respect they earned in the national media spotlight simply for having the guts to schedule Oklahoma was immeasurable. You may recall that they made their “Road Warrior” reputation in the early Bowden years by taking a back seat to NO ONE in terms of scheduling tough road games against programs that simply refused to come to Tallahassee (Nebraska, Michigan, Ohio St, etc.). Damon Evans, for all his faults, at least made an effort to boost our OOC slate and “spread the brand” to other parts of the country with home-and-homes against Colorado, Arizona St, Oklahoma St, etc. You’ll get no such attempts by McGarity, who couldn’t cancel the planned Oregon series fast enough. The hypocritical NCAA’s biggest fault is that they even allow such disgraceful OOC scheduling by all big-time programs (UGA and FSU included). A few years ago, there was a move to raise the importance of schedule strength, but it fell by the wayside in the wake of the addition of a 12th game. It’s a sad state of affairs to me when we actually pay an FCS team to come to Sanford Stadium (or Doak Campbell, for that matter) and grab their ankles. Nothing would improve the quality of college football more than forcing the “elitists” to schedule at least one decent OOC game a year in the place of a cupcake.

“On another topic, I agree with you (and Thomas Brown) to SOME extent on the success of Landers. But if you aspire to championships, he’s obviously not the answer. NOT EVEN ONCE in 24 years has he won it all with the Lady Dawgs. That, to me, is unacceptable in light of the quality of athlete he’s able to recruit.”

An old man's view and one with old school attitude

March 4th, 2012
3:35 pm

My wife and my sister were BOTH UGA babes back in the day. Lookers then, lookers now in their 60s. We were at UGA from around 65-73 over all. Good old days they were.

My girlfriend then, now my wife of 40 yrs, use to leave the dorm on game morning or later on, the sorority house, as did my sister and they always indicated that it was “sad to see the smart” but maybe not so babalicous, homely or chunky gals in their night gowns around 11AM waking up and “playing bridge” in the dorm’s lobby or on their floors.

Seriously, then the gals that now look like Hillary Clinton now AND then, stayed in their dorm or apartment with their night gowns on and played cards or studied. The same is true with the dork guys ( I was was one for sure) and now that UGA is consistenly full of high SAT folks and real students, it is what it is.

Besides …………….if UGA can filed a team that will win big games, that too might fill the stadium.

Go Dogs
UGA class of 71 & 73

evil empire

March 4th, 2012
4:00 pm

word is that zach mett and vadal alexander are impressive at LSU spring camp….buffalo, fau, ga. southern, vandy, ut, and ole miss…is that the home schedule of uga or mtsu????…mcgarity sure can schedule ‘em, can’t he…furman and chattanooga probably were called by had prior commitments…samford on standby if buffalo’s bus breaks down!!!!!!!!…what an absolute joke…

A Father

March 4th, 2012
4:16 pm

Thefootball program is in trouble, we should have a pretty good 2012 and then the lowest of lows could become reality.

Todd Grantham is gone after this year.

NC_Dawg

March 4th, 2012
4:58 pm

Bottom Line – students are too drunk to attend the game. It’s all a big party for undergrads, the game is secondary. The greeks only care about dressing up in their sunday finest. Girls only care about being seen. Guys only care about getting laid. I didn’t really watch the game when I was in school there. I didn’t start paying attention, listening to Munson on headphones, until after I graduated. Hell, I hardly remember going to games while I was in school. It’s hard to remember the details of the game when you are blackout drunk. Luckily for me, I was there during the Ray Goff era! I don’t care to remember those games.

Chiefdawg

March 4th, 2012
6:01 pm

Until UGA starts competing at the level of schools like Alabama and LSU students will remain disinterested in games. It is high time that UGA competed for a National Championship.

FLA DAWG

March 4th, 2012
7:11 pm

As Notre Dame has turned into a 100% Academia Institution to the extent that it has sacrificed its athletic program My Beloved UGA under Adams has done EXACTLY THE SAME.

Our prowess as a football institution is over. The poor dumb parents of high school talented athletes have not yet realized this but will do so in the forthcoming years.

We are witnessing, “The Fall Of Rome” in my opinion.

The retention of Richt and Bobo…………….need more evidence ?

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 4th, 2012
7:31 pm

Fla D….Try comparing UGa to a school with no real tradition of being a football champion like Purdue instead of Notre Dame.

NCDawg90

March 4th, 2012
7:33 pm

It is a culture problem, but has nothing to do with UGA students in particular. I live in Durham, NC, and for the past several years Duke has had a hard time keeping the famous Cameron Crazy section full. The UNC game is the only game that enough undergrads show up to fill the section. Duke has been forced to give the tickets to Grad Students or, gulp, alumni or even sometimes sell them to the general public. Growing up here, the general public could never get tickets to any seat in Cameron, much less the student section right on the court.

Coach K says its just kids today not appreciating what they have. This crap about the logistics of ticket sales causing the problem is just that, crap.

FAN

March 4th, 2012
7:43 pm

Funny that wanting STUDENT ATHLETES that are students first is the…“The Fall Of Rome”…when it might actually be the REBIRTH OF ROME and the greatest thing to happen to College football.

James Ainsworth

March 4th, 2012
8:00 pm

Surely there’s a spot for Hershel in the strenght and conditioning program and maybe assistant running back coach ? That would be a great hire for Georgia, the program and the athletes.

I know Hershel would have to agree to it, and he really doesn’t need the dollars or spotlight but I can’t help but be excited about the impact the football great would have on the players at Georgia regarding conditioning and strenght development. And he could teach the running backs, how to be the best they could be and how to play with heart and determination.

Coach Richt, ask him , he may surprise you and say “yes”.

As far as the game no-shows, Georgia has got to get this straightened out. It could have a huge fan on TV games? I hope this gets resolved soon and doesn’t hurt the program.

Start the games a little later or open tailgating activities up a little earlier, Tradition, means anything?

James Ainsworth

March 4th, 2012
8:02 pm

Sorry about the previous type-o.. Meant to say impact not fans..

Mobile Dawg

March 4th, 2012
8:21 pm

James, I don’t know if “insecure” is the right word but I believe Mark Richt is uncomfortable sharing the limelight with anyone who might have more star power than he. My opinion is that’s why we didn’t hire Ralph Friedgen last year. Richt was afraid it might expose him, or even undermine his job security. It’s a stretch, but in my opinion probable.

Norman Cowans

March 4th, 2012
8:41 pm

Ralph Friedgen with all of the UGA talent would be scary!

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 4th, 2012
8:42 pm

I don’t think Friedgen would have taken the UGa job. The Fridge has forgotten more Football than Richt and Bobo combined.

Mobile Dawg

March 4th, 2012
8:52 pm

I think he would come if the price were right….I think Richt’s ego is to big to handle sharing the limelight….

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 4th, 2012
8:58 pm

He is real mad how MARYLAND treated him but he Won a National Championship at Tech. I just don’t think he would walk the sidelines in Sanford. Bobo would have to find a new job and I don’t see Richt doing that either. Bobo hasn’t left UGa since he walked on the campus as a freshman.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 4th, 2012
8:59 pm

He won a National Championship and I don’t see him walking the sidelines in Sanford. What would Richt do with Bobo?

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 4th, 2012
8:59 pm

Sorry national Championship at TECH

FLA DAWG

March 4th, 2012
9:06 pm

Still@theKool-aidBAR,

If you think UGA has no Football tradition then you’d better think again.
Every heard of Frank Sinkwich? Fran Tarkenton? Herschell Wallker?
I hope I missed your point and am off base otherwise you have some ’splain’n to do!

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 4th, 2012
9:12 pm

FLA D….you compared UGa to Notre Dame…..Notre freaking Dame……UGa isn’t a pimple on the butt of Notre Dame when it comes to Football History and tradition. Pick Syracuse, Purdue, or some other school with High Academics and Minimal Football history, but not Notre Dame.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 4th, 2012
9:16 pm

Fla D…..you picked Notre Dame…pick a school with Minimal Football History and High Academic standards like Purdue, Syracuse, or Michigan St, but not Notre Dame. UGa has had a few great years in their history, but Notre Dame fills the College Football Hall of Fame. Try another team for your comparison.

Mobile Dawg

March 4th, 2012
9:30 pm

I for one think the Freidge would fit well if Richt would make room. House on Lake Oconee, so he already spends a lot of time in the area. Bobo as we said last year could coach QB’s and continue the “great” job he does at recruiting.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 4th, 2012
9:35 pm

Do you think Richt could actually Demote Bobo? Bobo has been ALL UGa since the day he walked on the campus as a freshman. He is Family to the Dooley’s. He has 5 kids to feed and educate. Can Richt keep paying Bobo the same $$$ and keep all the other assistants happy after demoting Bobo? AIN’T Going to Happen.

Still don’t think “Fridge” would coach at UGa with his ties to TECH.

phil

March 4th, 2012
9:39 pm

The best move i EVER made was not renewing my overpriced tickets some 5 seasons ago.

You bozos that reupped this year are just pouring your money down the drain for one of the worst home schedules anywhere. I’m embarassed by it.

Stay home and spare yourselves another season of chokes when it matters!

phil

March 4th, 2012
9:41 pm

No, hiring 10 personalities Herschel would NOT be a good move.

phil

March 4th, 2012
9:41 pm

Fire someone!

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 4th, 2012
9:43 pm

i don’t see Fridge walking the sidelines in Sanford with his ties to TECH.
How could you pay Bobo the same money and have to demote him then expect the other Assistants not want pay raises
Richt wouldn’t demote Bobo at this point I don’t believe.

phil

March 4th, 2012
9:45 pm

Firing Bobo would be nice though….

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 4th, 2012
9:49 pm

Phil the only Bobo goes is if Richt goes. I would say that the next coach would still hire bobo in some capasity too. Recruiting, married to the Dooley Family, grew up a Georgia fan and has NEVER had a job outside of UGa. Has 5 mouths to feed. Bobo is UGa. LOL

AngryDawg

March 4th, 2012
11:54 pm

friedgen—still fatter than ever. he’s too fat to fit through the gate at sanford stadium and would eat the entire team buffet before the game, leaving no food for the players.

chazzo

March 4th, 2012
11:56 pm

We lack the appropriate culture here for an SEC football school?

What an idiot. What idiocy. Maybe the culture is what is it. Maybe students don’t believe in all the rah rah crap and athletes that don’t qualify as students that equates to being an “SEC football school.” Make it about the students and about the game, the money will follow. You’ve made it about the money, and folks are tired of it. Ellenberg obviously lacks the intelligence to work in a university environment.

RED DOG 77

March 5th, 2012
12:47 am

I’m not opposed to the move Bobo to QBs, handle recruiting and secure a top OC……….but Friedgen? I just don’t see it…………There are plenty of super-smart O-minds out there who would love to come to Georgia………….I’m thinking you rob the NFL like we did to get Grantham………..Hell I don’t know who it is otherwise I would be the coach, but friends I assure you he’s out there and very “gettable”…………Now it’s time to grow a pair and pull the trigger!…………As for you Thomas Brown………….I regret my pragmatic style offends you, but damn son, do you have to write a book everytime you want to make a point?…..RED

Bill Lee

March 5th, 2012
1:21 am

What about teachers tickets? Do they still get paper tickets that they can resell. I had a customer that was a retired professor who had been getting free tickets as part of retirement package for years and years…

Thomas Brown

March 5th, 2012
6:07 am

Current 11-year period Mark Richt :

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

17-24 vs teams finishing AP Poll Top 25 all 11 years

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

9 teams Mark Richt not a winning record against

# 19 nationally Top 25 at time of game Mark Richt

# 6 SEC Coach win% vs Top 5 at time of game all 11 yrs

# 6 SEC Coach win% vs teams ending Top 25 all 11 yrs

# 88 coach at Home vs Spread Mark Richt all 11 years

26-35-2 vs Spread at Home entire Mark Richt all 11 years

# 55 nationally bowl record win % at 7-4

# 81 coach Mark Richt grad rates and APR 2001 to now

# 52 Average NCAA Total Offense all 11 years

# 37 coach Mark Richt Scoring Touchdowns all 11 years

# 52 coach 3rd Down Conversions Mark Richt all 11 years

It has nothing to do with length of my posts.

Another Voice

March 5th, 2012
6:58 am

If you think the student section during football is embarrassing, have you been at Stegeman for a Lady Dogs’ game? THAT’s embarrassing. Even with a huge giveaway of gifts (flatscreen TV? Kindle Fire? etc), the student section was virtually empty. Maybe if they gave away more stuff during the season, attendance would grow.

Either that, or let those groups that bought tickets moved down from upper decks to fill the stands.

Thomas Brown

March 5th, 2012
7:05 am

60-35 vs teams over .500 at end of season 63% Mark Richt

86% win% vs teams over .500 at end season Chris Petersen
83% win% vs teams over .500 at end season Dave Doeren
76% win% vs teams over .500 at end season Pete Carroll
74% win% vs teams over .500 at end season Jim Tressel
72% win% vs teams over .500 at end season Larry Coker
71% win% vs teams over .500 at end season Urb an Mey er
71% win% vs teams over .500 at end season Bob Stoops
71% win% vs teams over .500 at end season Chip Kelly
71% win% vs teams over .500 at end season Dana Holgorsen
70% win% vs teams over .500 at end season Mack Brown
69% win% vs teams over .500 at end season Nick Saban
68% win% vs teams over .500 at end season Gary Patterson
66% win% vs teams over .500 at end season David Shaw
63% win% vs teams over .500 at end season Mark Richt

DawgVoiceofReason

March 5th, 2012
8:27 am

Bill,

Please fix the filter. As others have indicated, it filters out some words that are perfectly fine and should be allowed. Yes, curse words should be filtered but just about everything else should be allowed. Worse, the filter misses stuff it should catch. It is very frustrating!!!

Jacket99

March 5th, 2012
8:30 am

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.
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What is the likelihood of Georgia Southern claiming to “Run This State” this year?

Thomas Brown

March 5th, 2012
8:52 am

It sure ain’t gonna be Georgia tek who runs this state this up-coming season either, when you have beat UGA 1 time the whole entire 11 years of Mark Richt and now we start out # 6 in the nation for 2012.

I can assure you of that.

Jacket99

March 5th, 2012
9:01 am

Thomas Brown

March 5th, 2012
8:52 am
It sure ain’t gonna be Georgia tek who runs this state this up-coming season either, when you have beat UGA 1 time the whole entire 11 years of Mark Richt and now we start out # 6 in the nation for 2012.

I can assure you of that.
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Can we still play the game? We’ll see come November. I asked about Georgia Southern, not Georgia Tech. What are Georgia Southern’s chances against UGA? GSU played better than expected against Bama last season. Congratulations on being #6 preseason, by the way. Considering your schedule, where do you expect UGA to be at the end of the season?

I-DOG

March 5th, 2012
9:02 am

Muck Richt:

Way to use specifics in your argument! Listen, we all know that the world is flat, the sky is pink, and the moon is made of cream cheese because I say so. We ALL know it is true because I am typing it on my computer keyboard and it is showing up on the AJC blog.

Jacket99

March 5th, 2012
9:18 am

What kind of season would it be for the Dawgs if they lost to both Georgia Southern and Tech but still played in the SECCG?

Columbus Dawg

March 5th, 2012
9:28 am

I saw a post regarding the article in the Bleacher Report regarding Auburn, the article was more about UGA’s shortcomings than Auburn’s outlook. Sub standard media outlets like Bleacher, as well as pay sites like Rivals, Scout, ect. are all about appealing to the fan base of teams. While SOME of the things pointed out about UGA are true, they are slanted in a way to make Auburn fans believe that they are “Advantage Auburn” points. Now I will be the first to recognize the stated facts concerning UGA such as the special teams issues, and OL issues absolutely must be fixed in order for the Dawgs to achieve it’s goals, I also recognize that fixing these issues are obtainable. There are some close to the program who are very optimistic about the improvement of the OL, with an all out open competition for starting spots, as well as more sheer numbers of players at the position than has been available for some time. As far as special teams goes, I do not know what caused Blair Walsh to implode and go from one of the nation’s best to one of the worst, especially when being counted on the most in games, but UGA has able replacements for him, and will improve in the field goal department. Now coverage is another thing entirely. I saw where Richt’s answer is to put more starters on coverage teams, and hopefully this will help. It can’t get much worse. The bottom line is that even with all of these problems, UGA was thirty eight points better than Auburn in 2011, and I expect another UGA win in 2012, although I do not expect another blow out, mostly because of Van Gorder.

The D. A. reporter that wrote the article has no insight as to the skills or shortcomings of the OL players who were redshirted or played sparingly during their short time in Athens, and comes off just like the IDIOTS that are the mouthy Auburn fans.

I will also agree that the Dawgs need to take advantage of the fact that the D will be the strength going in, and come out running the ball down the throats of opponents, and actually ask Murray to do less. This will be the MOST important area of improvement. Georgia, with it’s immense talent on offense should not have to rely on field goals this season anyway, except in some of the biggest games that may be close. Having a kicker that can come off the bench and win a big game when the pressure is on is what is needed, not coming in at the end of every offensive drive to try to get points because the offense stalled, AGAIN. The Auburn game of 2011 was THE most complete game that UGA has played in years, and it was largely because of the second half rushing by IC. Run the ball effectively in the second half of games in 2012 and success will come.

Thank God for Reggie Ball

March 5th, 2012
9:43 am

@Jacket99

I think Tech fans know the feeling so you don’t need an answer

Thank God for Reggie Ball

March 5th, 2012
9:45 am

OMG did I just hear Thomas Brown talk positively about UGA.

maybe the Mayans were right