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.

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Happy birthday, No. 34!

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304 comments Add your comment

Thomas Brown

March 5th, 2012
9:49 am

I agree.

I don’t see Auburn beating Georgia. I too have read this buzz about Auburn since once again, Auburn has gone out and hired great coaching staff compared to our own. They still didn’t do diddle-e-squat last year except beat South Carolina, whom of course, our Offense Gave The Game Away to. Auburn ended up one of the 48 teams in the nation with a 8-win season in a 14-game season. Not good. Not ranked in any poll whatsoever for the 2011 season.

Auburn has all kinds of issues with its football team. While hiring a good coaching staff for Gene Chizik is obviously hugely important, they have to fix all these issues with their own team – not the least of which is

Auburn LOST 5 games 2011. That is totally unacceptable.

Do you have a URL Link where I can go read this please ?

Thomas Brown

March 5th, 2012
9:51 am

We better have a positive year, when we play 1 team who ended last year a ranked team.

13-1

Jacket99

March 5th, 2012
9:53 am

Thank…Reggie Ball…We know the feeling, I just wondered if Dawg fans could imagine that happening to them. I think you’re right about Thomas Brown. I felt the same way when WnE wrote something sensible, once.

Maybe I should express thanks for Jasper Sanks.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 5th, 2012
10:04 am

77………..I’m thinking you rob the NFL like we did to get Grantham…..YouGeeA didn’t ROB the NFL because the NFL was done with Grantham. It was like Robbing a Homeless Person getting Grantham.

BulldogBen

March 5th, 2012
10:29 am

“…but a couple of big wins over ranked teams even with a depleted lineup showed what Fox is capable of accomplishing.”

Really Bill? Then how do you explain inexplicable losses to South Carolina, LSU, Ole Miss, Auburn, and a BAD Georgia Tech team?

Fox hasn’t shown much in my opinion so far. He still gets a pass but it’s time to put up or shut up next year.

harold

March 5th, 2012
10:44 am

THERE JUST IS NOT “ANY” EXCITEMENT WITH RICHT THERE. UGA FANS WANT A NTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!

Thomas Brown

March 5th, 2012
10:54 am

National Championship ?

All I want is :

Beat a team who ends up Top 10
Beat a team who ends up Top 25
Not lose to teams who do not end up Top 25
Not have QB # 72 nation pass completion percentage
Not end up # 6 team in all the polls just in The SEC
Not have NCAA # 52 Total Offense as always
Not go to 7-5 in bowl games
Not kick off any more than 26 already 2012
Not lose all the games we should win for a change

Columbus Dawg

March 5th, 2012
11:30 am

Thomas Brown, the first post on page three of comments section on this blog by Chris has the URL link to article that I was talking about.

Pulpwud Smiff

March 5th, 2012
11:46 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 5th, 2012
11:55 am

“Georgia will likely start an offensive line that has collectively played in 46 games. These are not total starts, but all games where these players crossed the sidelines to enter play for even the briefest moments. Georgia recruited poorly for offensive linemen in the 2012 class. Adding to this problem is the fact that Georgia lost both its starting fullback and tight end. High-caliber blockers to pick up blitzes do not usually come from high school.”

I do not care for Bleacher Reports because of the caliber of their authors and because their software does not work properly. But, I would give the guy props on this part of his analysis.

Also, if he is correct that Auburn gets back 62 of the 70 players on their 3-deep Depth Chart for 2012 – not that any of those who played last year on Defense were any good at all.

Presumably, the author believes since it was such a blow-out of their Defense last year by Mike Bobo that Auburn has the advantage over us 2012. I don’t see where Auburn or Georgia either one has a thing to brag about, except for our # 6 rank to start the season 2012 because we play 1 team all season long who ended last year in the top 25.

Which Auburn did not. On paper, this is a win by UGA. I do get your gist about the URL Link that he is biased in favor of what has been and promises to be again in 2012, a sorry Auburn football team.

Columbus Dawg

March 5th, 2012
12:02 pm

Fan apathy and disgruntled contributors was what it took to finally get Ray Goff removed from the position in 1995, although you would never get Vince Dooley or then President Charles Knapp to admit it. I can tell you this, Richt is not off the hot seat with either of these groups, just because McGarity wants everyone to believe he is. Richt is expected to win the SEC this year, and I don’t mean lay an egg in the Dome like last year. I don’t care who is the West representative, they will not be unbeatable. The defensive players returned to do something special this season, and screw ups from the coaching staff will not be a wise career move this year. Yes, Richt will be given a symbolic contract extension, but if he does not take the program to the next level, he will be gone. The problem Richt has is he will have to capitalize THIS season while he has the defensive players to get it done. 2013 will be a rebuilding year again, and almost every year since 2005 has been a rebuilding year in one way or another. There is a major difference in an excuse and a reason. Richt’s excuses are old hat, and he will be hard pressed to come up with a legitimate and acceptable reason for underachievement in 2012.

Now, I am not saying Richt will be fired if he does not win the conference in 2012, but by the end of 2013, if he has not won it, it will be over. Fact is, it will be MUCH harder for him to win it in 2013 without the monster defensive players that are in Athens now.

DDPO

March 5th, 2012
12:06 pm

Bill,

You can say what you want about Bill Curry, but he always plays by the rules. That’s probably the reason that you don’t like him, because he calls a spade a spade…

And your own students are citing that you do not have the spirit of most SEC schools.

Thanks for the update

ugab

March 5th, 2012
12:23 pm

The students are too drunk

Joe

March 5th, 2012
12:48 pm

This from an interview with Murray in the Athens Banner Herald:
There’s new blood — highly-regarded tailback signees Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley, newcomers whom Crowell has said he would welcome.

Murray said the competition has lit a fire under Crowell.

Pretty sad state of affairs that our coaches dont feel the same about competition for Murray. 2 of 4 losses a direct result of his poor decisions………this year probably alot like last…could of would of should of………

Thomas Brown

March 5th, 2012
12:56 pm

No. It is the football team. And, it is the schedule we have for home games, with no good game at home, yet again this up-coming season, too.

Plus when the 1 poster wrote his solution to the rest of you, I presume none of you even noted his solution. What that poster just told you was that unused ticket seats should have fans moved down from the corner upper deck of the end zone, which also are vacant.

If we are so excited about Mark Richt getting to a 10-win season, like 27 other teams, having beat as his best wins two teams # 48 and # 47 in the nation at 8-5, neither a ranked team in any Top 25, then why is that every blog is inundated with nothing but this issue, that issue and these other issues – left with unfretted changes to fix any of them ?

Our Heisman Trophy QB # 72 nation pass completion %

Our coach NC when he’s lost 9 in a row to teams finishing top 25

26 players given scholarships 2012 none of whom will play a snap

Soft-easy home schedules with no real game all season anymore

Fanbase who runs in here whining that we are great why so many negative posts ?

Silverdogg

March 5th, 2012
12:59 pm

As a season ticket holder who sits next to the upper level stident section let me say getting more students in the stands is not going to make Sanford a louder place or inhance the atmosphere. From what I have observed the students that do attend are too busy texting or talking on their cell phones, or just there to be seen. The majority of them have no idea what is actualll going on during a game anyways.

War Dang Dawg

March 5th, 2012
1:00 pm

Buffalo…Florida Atlantic…Georgia Southern…and that’s just one season! It’s a wonder they get anyone to shell out the bucks for these games anymore, which are little more than glorified scrimmages.

War Dang Dawg

March 5th, 2012
1:06 pm

I kind of feel sorry for the current students who have to put up with so many bad games. Any of you other old-timers remember when the boring game on the home schedule would be either Vandy or Kentucky, or maybe someone like Temple, all of course are what we now call “BCS” schools? I miss those days. You have to really hold your nose to purchase season tickets now, because the schedule is full of stinkers.

Ole Russ

March 5th, 2012
3:02 pm

Why can’t ole Russ be the mascot already? Sure he isn’t the stereotypical UGA but come on man. He would be a great choice in my eyes to UGA regardless of looks.

Jeff Griffith

March 5th, 2012
3:22 pm

Should never have gone away from paper tix to begin with! Keep student tix at will call to claim the day of game, if not claimed by an hour before kickoff, sell them to public who walk up.

Hiram Dawg

March 5th, 2012
3:28 pm

I agree that the fans need to amp up the atmosphere at Sanford. Go back to paper student tickets and move the band back behind the visitor bench. But as a 30-ish female who sits “between the 20’s on the lower level” and yells her brains out rooting for my beloved Dawgs, it embarasses me when I hear other UGA fans around me yelling at specific UGA players when they mess up. These are college KIDS and they are playing for YOUR team. Let the opponents yell at them, get in their heads, and tear them down. WE as Bulldogs need to support our team!!!

wesley

March 5th, 2012
5:44 pm

I don’t think the student section issue is really that big of a deal. The main reason for the gaps in the end zone is that students overload the section 108 and 109… as a recent grad i can tell you those sections are well beyond capacity. Why would you sit in the end zone when the tickets are general admission?

Move On

March 5th, 2012
6:03 pm

Why can’t UGA restore a beloved tradition and play DIXIE ?? The fans would go wild!!!!

Oh Oh

March 5th, 2012
6:19 pm

The 2012 schedule is totally embarassing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RED DOG 77

March 5th, 2012
11:36 pm

@ Thomas Brown “Auburn has gone out and hired great coaching staff compared to our own”………….Yup, Thomas, I guess some would say Willie Martinez is pretty strong. But then again, that’s you Thomas, can’t say I’m with you on that one ‘ol pal…………….RED

RED DOG 77

March 5th, 2012
11:47 pm

My goodness gracious…………I scan the posts on this blog and wonder………..Do these people even like college football?….and if so, what would satsfy them?………..Mabe a Ntional Championship every other year?………….I have never heard any more miserable people in all my life…………Sure, I get frustrated, but I think the game has truely adversely affected alot of people’s mental health……………….I love football, but not that much…………..Good Luck with the ‘ol noggin guys………………and remember if it gets too tough, you can always call 911…………..RED

TheTruthHurts

March 6th, 2012
4:13 am

Hire a head coach who’s a winner and empty game day seats will not be a problem. Stick with Richt and empty seats will be a bigger problem in the future. Just ask the Tennessee crowd.

Thomas Brown

March 6th, 2012
4:40 am

Right, when we Beat a team who ends up Top 10

When we Beat a team who ends up Top 25

When we don’t Lose teams who don’t end up Top 25

When our QB isn’t # 72 nation pass completion %

When we don’t end up # 6 SEC team in all polls

When we don’t have NCAA # 52 Total Offense

When we don’t go to 7-5 in bowl game record

When we don’t kick 26 players off team for 2012

When we don’t play :

(1) 2-10 Ole Miss at Sanford Stadium and
(2) 0-00 Georgia Southern at Sanford Stadium and
(3) 1-11 Florida Atlantic at Sanford Stadium and
(4) 3-09 Buffalo bills at Sanford Stadium and
(5) Vandie with their losing record too and
(6) vols with their losing record as well

These are the 6 Home Games other than lowly (7) Georgia tek which we have at Sanford Stadium.

Fan apathy ? Negative posts abound by every poster to every blog ?

Duh.

When we do something, instead of a vocal minority trying to tell us how great we are # 6 in The SEC in every single solitary poll, fan apathy will not be the problem it is.

The schedule absolutely sucks for Season Ticket Holders like myself and the rest of us. We continue to water down our Home Schedules so our Season Tickets are against no one except Losing Record Opponents.

Or, as RED DOG 77 says :

RED DOG 77 March 5th, 2012 11:47 pm

“Sure, I get frustrated”

“I love football, but not that much”

Thomas Brown

March 6th, 2012
5:43 am

BUCCADAWG

March 6th, 2012
5:44 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HERSHAL # 34 ITS GREAT TO BE A GEORGIA BULLDAWG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thomas Brown

March 6th, 2012
6:07 am

Herschel Walker ALSO criticized Mark Richt and his results about not winning big.

http://blogs.ajc.com/uga-sports-blog/2010/10/21/herschel-walker-weighs-in-on-ugas-off-field-problems/

Thomas Brown

March 6th, 2012
6:16 am

GREAT TO BE A GEORGIA BULLDOG ? Put the pipe down.

“The losses, that is going to concern me as well, but when you got kids that got off-field problems, we need to get into and see what’s going on. He’s got to fix it,” Herschel Walker said of Mark Richt. “He’s the leader there on that team, so he’s got to take control.”

Now, of course, we have 26 players whom Mark Richt gave Scholarships to to play this soft-easy Home Schedule of 6 teams with LOSING RECORDS – 26 players who are kicked-off the team, transferred out – not a 1 of whom will play one down 2012 of the 26. And, we STILL HAVE 25 Losses the last 6 years – MORE THAN FOUR (4) LOSSES A SEASON.

Does it surprise us what Fran Tarkenton says, what Herschel Walker says, what David Pollack says, what Justin Houston says, what is said by Ben Dukes ?

If I try to cheer at game...someone behind me tells to sit down and shut up

March 6th, 2012
9:32 am

At UGA game, go figure this one out…eh!

murfdawg

March 6th, 2012
10:23 am

I have had season tix since 1973, and this year’s schedule has me so excited that I am planning a trip to Ireland to see Navy vs Notre Dame instead of UGA vs Buffalo. Maybe I’ll get back in time for the Vandy game.

Gene

March 6th, 2012
11:01 am

Adams converted the best student seats to season tickets a few years ago and relegated students mainly to out-of-conference cupcake games. These students aren’t stupid and recognize a scam when they see one.

harold

March 6th, 2012
12:30 pm

THERE IS NO EXCITEMENT WITH RICHT THERE ANYMORE. VERY BLAND.

Wood

March 6th, 2012
4:18 pm

With a stronger run game, the defense should spend less time on the field. That’s the key to winning games for the Dawgs. Hard pounding up the middle play after play when the defense is tired.

nobody

March 6th, 2012
5:18 pm

BB, both Men & Women, is an afterthought at best in our program…

DaculaDawg

March 6th, 2012
8:31 pm

Having been a Husker fan in the distant past we all know they have had their share of problems with winning big the last few years, but somehow they still sellout and show up for every home game. Don’t know what the number is but I believe they still have the record for the longest running home game sellouts. They really aren’t better than our beloved Dawgs, are they?

RED DOG 77

March 6th, 2012
10:11 pm

@Thomas Brown Wow you’re quick dude! Like I didn’t kow you would take my comment out of context ………..My point as you know, sure I get frustrated, but I don’t love football enough to wallow around in a pool of cess and constantly beat myself because everything doesn’t go my way. Actually I’d bet I have been around college football alot longer than you have……………or at least long enough to relize the futility of wetting myself when I don’t get my way…………Should we call you “Sponge Bob” Thomas Brown……………..Try keeping the sheets dry ‘ol boy……………..RED

Thomas Brown

March 7th, 2012
6:02 am

RED DOG 77 March 5th, 2012 11:47 pm

“Sure, I get frustrated”

“I love football, but not that much”
__________________________________

Dogs Smell

March 7th, 2012
8:06 am

Maybe that is why Georgia plays such a soft schedule, so that the Homers can see them win.

Thomas Brown

March 7th, 2012
8:28 am

No, it is to Rack-Up 10-Win Season in these 14-game seasons nowadays, and ignore that there are 27 teams with 10-Win Seasons in 2011, us having beat none of them nor any team finishing in any top 25, and brag how great Mark Richt is for it, with the Most Losses at 4.

truedawg

March 7th, 2012
9:58 am

Get Hines Ward in Athens by spring!!! Find a spot. make it happen! Could be good for recruiting as well..”hey kid..look at my rings..mvp ..etc.” Come to UGA..I’ll show you the way to get your own”

Also what is the latest on the contract extension?????????

GO DAWGS!!!

TJ

March 7th, 2012
10:04 am

Hey Bill…going back to paper tickets?…reducing the number of student tickets to have demand outstrip supply? This sounds like stuff the North Avenue Trade School would be doing. How about this…how about we put a team out there that performs as an elite SEC school? That would take care of it, I guarantee it. Say what you will about us winning the East last year…I think the students are just tired of watching the team play inconsistently, so rather than get all hyped up about a game, they’d rather hang around the dorm/apartment, have some beers, take a nap when it becomes apparent we didn’t show up to play, and then gear up for partying that night. Build a championship level team and they will come.

Ben

March 7th, 2012
10:11 am

Hey Bill,
Love your column, but you need to get these guys to shorten their questions. They’re longer than your answers. Go Dawgs and thanks for the updates.

Thomas Brown

March 7th, 2012
10:12 am

harold

March 7th, 2012
10:14 am

JUST NOT ALOT OF EXCITEMENT WITH RICHT THERE. CERTAINLY NOT LIKE SABAN AT ALABAMA OR MILES AT LSU.

Megan

March 7th, 2012
1:43 pm

I am an Alumni holding 2 degrees from UGA and now work as faculty for UGA but was returned my money for season tickets this year…go back to making students wait in line for tickets the week before each game like I used to have to do!

Megan

March 7th, 2012
2:28 pm

And get rid of those stupid 12 noon games!!!! LSU has a raucous crowd because they play their games at night! Students and Alumni are going to drink… dont force them to try and do it at 7am in the morning… what are we supposed to tailgate with breakfast?