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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304 comments Add your comment

ARdawg

March 3rd, 2012
10:32 am

Italian_29

March 3rd, 2012
10:34 am

Go Dawgs GATA!!!!

funny...

March 3rd, 2012
10:46 am

It was great going to games with paper student tickets. I could bring friends. When my wife and I graduated we got tickets from our friends still in school. All while building up our cumulative score to qualify for alumni association tickets.

The athletic association isn’t losing any money anyway, they’ve already sold the tickets. Plus the students weren’t making all that much money anyway by selling their tickets. Most people don’t want to sit (stand) in the student section anyway. You have to really want to go to a Georgia football game to sit with the students.

It makes me angry that they can’t see past this.

Remember the students are their for school, sometimes you can’t make all the games. It happens. Don’t punish the students, this is a fat cat greedy alumni association problem.

funny...

March 3rd, 2012
10:49 am

Bill if we’re throwing the students under the bus, can we address the late arriving, early leaving alumni as well?

Sanford Stadium is a pretty tame place before kickoff and a pretty lame place in the 4th quarter.

Desert Fox

March 3rd, 2012
10:50 am

Murray, Bobo and production at RB must improve otherwise the results will be the same as 2011 season where UGA loses to ranked teams.

funny...

March 3rd, 2012
10:51 am

All this and the team needs more players like Malcolm Mitchell. That kid has heart and desire.

Crowell you listening? Thank God we won’t have to drag him to class and workouts THIS YEAR.

What an idiot. Anyone remember Jasper Sanks.

CleanOldFashionedHate

March 3rd, 2012
10:57 am

GO DAWGS TO HELL WITH TECH! The place on Facebook for COFH! facebook.com/CleanOldFashionedHate

(We happen to welcome both Dawgs AND Jackets fans, but we are are bit biased!)

Dawg Tired

March 3rd, 2012
11:03 am

If the Athletic Board doesn’t have enough sense to solve the simple student ticket problem, I suggest they all be replaced for being “too stupid” to function in society.

oakisland

March 3rd, 2012
11:07 am

What kind of students are attending UGA that chooses not to support the football team? Hell, when I was at UGA, we had to get in the stadium at 11:30 and save seats for our older fraternity brothers. Really hammered by the 1 o’clock kickoff. 1969 grad.

Dawg Haus

March 3rd, 2012
11:17 am

I’d say the changes implemented by the Athletic Association are more to blame for the students not showing up than the students themselves. I was at UGA from ‘03-’06 and never had any trouble selling my paper ticket for a game I couldn’t make, even Middle Tennessee State one year. One thing is for sure, that huge gap in the end zone is embarrassing. Someone needs to address that issue for 2012.

hipdawg

March 3rd, 2012
11:24 am

if they would let the kids party a little bit instead of looking to arrest the students they might want to show up.

Joey

March 3rd, 2012
11:25 am

HD, Flat Screen TVs are causing declining attendence everywhere.

tell me again

March 3rd, 2012
11:28 am

If you want Sanford stadium to be the kind of place that intimidates opponents, you need to kick the old fogey alumni out and open the gates to the screaming and passionate student fans – watching a bunch of old alumni sit there and decompose is very frustrating. We need the crazy student passion that makes the fans in attendance the 12th man. Yeah, In know – “but the old alumni are the ones that pay the big dollars for the season tickets.” Ok – so you get what you want – money in your pocket instead of an electric game day environment – have it your way.

I-DOG

March 3rd, 2012
11:33 am

beat a couple of top 10 teams and the students will be lining up to go to the games again. It is that simple. Losses to Colorado, Central Florida, Kentucky, and close games with Vanderbilt took some of the luster off the Dawgs the last couple of years and college students are going to be more influenced by very recent events than other folks are.

Win and they will come back.

Ryan

March 3rd, 2012
11:33 am

Not too sure I understand why Curry being part of the program would limit UGA’s scheduling. Maybe there’s some history I’m not aware of. I agree, we would not be competing for SEC caliber talent in the foreseeable future.

Coach Bobo's Playbook

March 3rd, 2012
11:34 am

The Athletic Association resembles the federal government – rather than allow economic freedom, they institute more and more regulations, and cause more harm than good. There was nothing wrong with the old system, but they just couldn’t stand someone gaining a bit financially other than themselves! Now, with the weak home schedule we have this year, student attendance could be even worse if they don’t loosen things up.

On another note, one of the players mentioned this week that he was excited that Coach Grantham could go deeper into the defense’s playbook this year due to having 10 starters returning. I fear that Coach Bobo will not choose to turn even to Page 2 of his playbook this year!! (short yardage pass plays, screens, toss sweeps, fullback runs, and quick hitting TB plays are NOT on Page 1, clearly). ….GO DAWGS!!!

Frank Lane

March 3rd, 2012
11:41 am

Boo Athletic Board. I am sure that this is a policy problem.

Paul in NH

March 3rd, 2012
11:43 am

Bill Curry’s comment about “bringing the cheaters to their knees” had nothing to do with UGA. He made it when GT entered the ACC and was likely referring to a certain school that plays in orange and paints tiger paws on the roadway.

Gulf Shores Dawg

March 3rd, 2012
11:43 am

At the Outback Bowl, I noticed the MSU band majorettes NEVER sat down! The band played tunes constantly and they danced in the stands showing tremendous excitement…I have noticed the Texas A&M fans on their feet constantly in their games and being loud as heck waving towels…Missouri fans are also fanatic with energy…This is to put the Dawg Fans on notice, we look anemic at times at our games…we should be loud and proud all the time at our games and not let the new additions to the SEC – OUT FAN us…come on guys, get some excitement in Athens!!!

RMI Major

March 3rd, 2012
11:44 am

Go back to paper student tickets. Problem solved. Athletic Association doesn’t want a solution they want a solution that keeps our tickets on our student IDs.

Ash

March 3rd, 2012
11:50 am

Remove UGA from the Seilers. The lineage of UGA is very large now and the Seilers appear to just use these bull crap excuses so they can be in the news. Bulldog Woods would be a more fanatic fan to carry the honor of UGA owner.

I-DOG hit a homerun...

March 3rd, 2012
11:53 am

…with his comments, unlike Gulf Shores Dawg – get a team that is EXCITED about playing, and shows it on the field, and the fans in the stands will take care of themselves…

Corkylovesbeer

March 3rd, 2012
11:55 am

Bill,

Do you ever write a blog about the basketball team?

Ash

March 3rd, 2012
11:57 am

tell me again said it best…..bunch of dang old people at the games who just want to sit and watch. They need to erase all prior points for tickets so new blood can afford it.

gooberDaWg

March 3rd, 2012
12:04 pm

whO TH HAIL wuud go to UgA for just an eduucashun. Dont they no whuts importent??

Hey, Corkylovesbeer

March 3rd, 2012
12:12 pm

…why should Bill write about basketball at UGA? There really is not much to say about it…

JimdawginTexas

March 3rd, 2012
12:12 pm

They teach the freshman they do not need to go to the games by not allowing all of them to go. So they figuure out they can have fun and not go to the game. When I attended GA every student who wanted to go could. They should go back to this policy and remember, school is for the students and not the alumni.

I remember when they jerked the students around on basketball games tickets and then had to beg for students to came back to the games. They thought they could make more money selling basketball tickets to the alumni. When the alumni stopped going, they had a lot of empty seats.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
12:22 pm

Ash & tell me…..You will get old too. We have paid for and earned the right to watch the game from the expensive seated position.

s smith

March 3rd, 2012
12:27 pm

It’s also time for McGarity to add Andy Landers to his “to do list”.He just can’t Georgia to the next level.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
12:27 pm

And you dawgs give Tech fans and students a hard time? Sounds like the same thing is happening at UGa that has at Tech with the students having OTHER options over actually going in the stadium for the game.

Ash

March 3rd, 2012
12:29 pm

Still@theKool-aidBAR

earn the right? you started getting tix when the cost was much lower. Being an old fart does not mean you earned a thing. The initial buy in to tix now is a lot more than when you started, and the is an opportunity we didnt have.

Red Stick

March 3rd, 2012
12:38 pm

Joey

March 3rd, 2012
11:25 am

“HD, Flat Screen TVs are causing declining attendence everywhere.”

Perhaps to some degree but apparently not yet at LSU. LSU just completed a feasibility study to add nearly 7,000 seats to the top of the South end zone no later than the 2015 season or perhaps 2014. This would increase capacity to 99,500 and make arguably the loudest stadium in the country even louder.

I think it has more to do with the Dawgs having a sub par year in 2010 and starting slow last season.

I expect that the top 7 ranking UGA will have in the preseason and being a contender for the SEC title will resolve this problem.

Geaux Tigers
SEC Champions

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
12:39 pm

Ash you moron and I did get paid as much either. A 66 Mustang coupe was $3490 brand new. The Cost isn’t much different. Glad to see you are using your fine education. You cry baby entitlement punks need to grow up.

Ash

March 3rd, 2012
12:40 pm

you you old seat sitters need to break a hip and stay home!

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
12:42 pm

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

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
12:43 pm

You need to get a better JOB and make more money if you want my seat.

Dawg Haus

March 3rd, 2012
12:46 pm

I agree, Red Stick. Attendance at the stadium is a reflection of the overall pulse of the program. A dominant season will take care of all of those woes.

Ash

March 3rd, 2012
12:51 pm

It could happen to us all. The fact it is said doesnt make it any more or less likely to happen.

maharajiean shorts

March 3rd, 2012
12:51 pm

I could care less if there was 400 people in the stadium as long as Bobo never runs the shotgun draw EVER again.

UGA FRIEND

March 3rd, 2012
12:52 pm

About the Battle Hymn Solo: I love and treasure this song.
The answer that Bill got when he asked why it was stopped was not clear. Does anyone know what the real reason could be?

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
12:54 pm

ASH a parents gets some revenge a few ways. 1 spoil the grand kids to make it harder on you. 2 live long enough to have your kids change your diaper. 3 Live well and spend all the money so your kids have to make their own.

Rabun Dawg

March 3rd, 2012
12:58 pm

Bill, I hate that Richt says the defense can’t last four quarters. The correct observations is that his offense puts them in bad situations in the fourth quarter because they can’t make a first down. We had five games inwhich we had the lead going into the fourth and the offense sat on it. Three we almost lost and two we did loose- USC and MSU. Now that Hines Ward is out in Pittsburg, let hire him as wide receiver coach. I heard he wanted to come to UGA to coach.

Happy Warrior

March 3rd, 2012
12:58 pm

Why not do what Alabama does…. if a student does not use their ticket for a game, they have all other tickets pulled from them and offered to other student. If they miss 2 of more games in a year they are moved to the bottom of the list. In other words, they will not be able to get student tickets for any games

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HERSCHEL

March 3rd, 2012
12:59 pm

PLAY DIXIE!!!

Bobo, Bobo, a Pirate's Life for Me

March 3rd, 2012
1:09 pm

As a student, I can tell you that although there is a way to transfer your student ticket to others it has to be done by wednesday or thursday of that week. For those people that don’t find out about work, late plans, emergencies, or students who simply tailgated too hard and don’t wind up going to the game their seats go unfilled. My freshman year this was not the case as it was easy to either sell your own ticket right before the game, or give it to a brother/friend to sell on their way to the stadium. It is hard to fill every seat, but 3,000 seats is a large number and that space looks absolutely TERRIBLE!!! If nothing else, they should just let people without tickets in at half time to fill the space…

7576DAWG

March 3rd, 2012
1:24 pm

Go back to the paper ticket. Who cares if the student resales his ticket for a little extra cash. Georgia Alumni make sure the football program is one of the most profitable program in the nation. That little bit of money ,the student’s get mean’s nothing. When someone buy’s those ticket’s most of the time that means someone who really is a Dawg fan will be occupying the seat the whole game.

2georgiadawgs

March 3rd, 2012
1:36 pm

Let’s see…tailgating restrictions, student ticket sales restrictions, mediocre seasons..come on UGA give ‘em something to cheer about!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7576DAWG

March 3rd, 2012
1:40 pm

I have read a few times that CMR wants the defense to be able to finish at the end of the game . I believe our problem was mostly that the offense turning the ball over late in the game or going 3 and out again just after the defense made great stops to get the ball back to our offense. The fourth quarter problem was the offense not the defense. The main reason we were ahead for 3 quarters was because the defense did such a great job . The defense was tired by the fourth quarter. THE OFFENSE, MURRAY AND BOBO ARE THE ONES THAT NEED TO STEP UP.

Skitty Fritty

March 3rd, 2012
1:40 pm

With the current economy, I am surprised there are not more no shows all over the stadium. You have to contribute a minimum of $2,500 to get a parking pass or become cattle and ride the bus. You have to pay a minimum seat fee to have the right to purchase your ticket. Finally, you get a Noon kickoff so you don’t have any time to tailgate.
After the game the Athens Police in all their wisdom won’t let you drive around the town or leave the way you want to. Everyone is sent in the same direction.
I have been going to UGA games for over 30 years and I think the experience is getting worse and the cost higher.

Old Boy

March 3rd, 2012
1:40 pm

As a poor military guy with tons of friends at UGA, I attended several games in the student section despite not being a UGA student. My tickets were purchased from students, generally the night before at one of the downtown bars. UGA games are going to have scalpers. The only question is whether the money on top of the ticket price is going to a student, one at a time (resulting in a student making up to $50) or going to some scalpers, at near unlimited quantities. On one hand, we are allowing more people to see the games and filling our student section with young, die-hard fans and in the other we are making scalpers richer and giving them more incentive to scalp tickets.

Corkylovesbeer

March 3rd, 2012
1:52 pm

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

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

sogadog

March 3rd, 2012
1:59 pm

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

2georgiadawgs

March 3rd, 2012
2:03 pm

sogadog……..well said!!

7576DAWG

March 3rd, 2012
2:05 pm

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

Red Stick

March 3rd, 2012
2:16 pm

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
12:42 pm

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

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

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

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

CHDawg

March 3rd, 2012
2:40 pm

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

UGA12

March 3rd, 2012
2:41 pm

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

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

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

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

Ringleader

March 3rd, 2012
2:45 pm

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

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

Joey

March 3rd, 2012
2:48 pm

Well said UGA12 on the pregame festivities!

Corkylovesbeer

March 3rd, 2012
3:00 pm

uga12,

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

evil empire

March 3rd, 2012
3:04 pm

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

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
3:09 pm

UGA12
March 3rd, 2012
2:41 pm

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

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

JB

March 3rd, 2012
3:40 pm

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

Jackson

March 3rd, 2012
3:42 pm

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

JB

March 3rd, 2012
3:46 pm

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

LagDawg

March 3rd, 2012
3:52 pm

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

2georgiadawgs

March 3rd, 2012
3:55 pm

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

Your Daddy

March 3rd, 2012
4:10 pm

->Still@theKool-aidBAR

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

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

Obvious

March 3rd, 2012
4:16 pm

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

UGaaaaa

March 3rd, 2012
4:18 pm

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

2georgiadawgs

March 3rd, 2012
4:27 pm

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

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
4:29 pm

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

UGaaaaa

March 3rd, 2012
4:37 pm

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

AltamahaDawg

March 3rd, 2012
4:39 pm

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

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

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
4:44 pm

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

Bo in North Carolina

March 3rd, 2012
4:46 pm

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

UGaaaaa

March 3rd, 2012
4:48 pm

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

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
4:49 pm

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

Real Dawg

March 3rd, 2012
4:49 pm

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

Cobb Dawg

March 3rd, 2012
4:50 pm

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

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

Mobile Dawg

March 3rd, 2012
4:51 pm

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

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
4:51 pm

UGaaa and how many years have you had season tickets?

chuck

March 3rd, 2012
4:52 pm

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

Real Dawg

March 3rd, 2012
4:52 pm

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

jj

March 3rd, 2012
5:01 pm

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

Muck Richt exposed

March 3rd, 2012
5:53 pm

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

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

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

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

ugaStinksLike....

March 3rd, 2012
5:54 pm

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

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

March 3rd, 2012
5:58 pm

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

And I’m not talking about canines.

Dawg Bounty Hunter

March 3rd, 2012
6:08 pm

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

es54

March 3rd, 2012
6:09 pm

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

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
6:15 pm

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

zgoldatl

March 3rd, 2012
6:22 pm

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

DAWG60

March 3rd, 2012
6:53 pm

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

Dawg48

March 3rd, 2012
7:14 pm

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

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
7:27 pm

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

Dawg48

March 3rd, 2012
7:35 pm

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

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
7:38 pm

That is about even with Duke being at Home.

Dawg48

March 3rd, 2012
7:39 pm

They are playing better.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
7:40 pm

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

Dawg48

March 3rd, 2012
7:47 pm

Duke looks horrible!

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
8:01 pm

Doubled them up at the half

Lakedawg

March 3rd, 2012
8:10 pm

I am one old fart who is in the parking lot by 7:30 every game regardless of start time. Is hard to look over at student section 15 minutes before game and see empty seats. Also have fans come tailgate and then go home for lack of tickets some games.

If it gets bodies in seats by all means go back to paper for students and let them make a few bucks and get some kid or fan in seat that wants to be there.

There or enough fans in state to fill a stadium twice the size if they new they could get in and find a place to park.

Chris

March 3rd, 2012
8:45 pm

read this dumb article. I love the bleacherreport but this is the worst article ever please comment on the article

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1089394-auburn-football-2012-an-early-look-into-the-georgia-game

uga12

March 3rd, 2012
8:53 pm

I’m a UGA student and I get really angry when I see all the empty student seats, especially for the Auburn game. A few years ago when there were paper tickets it was a lot easier to get tickets to people who wanted to go to the game. But what ruined it was the Alabama game when people I know sold thier student ticket for $200 and up. That caught some attention.
Oh and this problem of empty seats was around then too. As a student here I say there just happens to be a lot of students at UGA that don’t have long ties to the school and simply aren’t as passionate as those at other schools. So let non-students buy student tickets if theyre going to come to the games on time and be loud.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
8:58 pm

Sorry 48 you needed a lot more than 3 to win the bet tonight.

2georgiadawgs

March 3rd, 2012
9:01 pm

Wish I hadn’t read that!! But CMR knows what he’s doing…right???

guy

March 3rd, 2012
9:02 pm

Start winning like Alabama and they will come!!!!!

Dawg48

March 3rd, 2012
9:16 pm

Duke got there clocks cleaned tonight! What a horrible game.

ugalee

March 3rd, 2012
9:18 pm

As a uga grad ‘93 I left right before the hope scholarship started. I went back a few years later and definitely noticed that the composition of the student body seemed to have changed somewhat. I think that there is definitely an i ncrease in the amoun of serious students that dont care about football. Also, I think with Ga Sou becoming a “university” has caused a lot of good ole boys to go there when in years past they would have gone to uga

2georgiadawgs

March 3rd, 2012
9:18 pm

guy…TOUCHE’

westcoastdawg

March 3rd, 2012
9:26 pm

I completely agree that the student tickets should revert back to the old system. of course it wasn’t perfect but it was certainly better than the current system. An important factor that I think isn’t mentioned often enough is that students would often buy extra tickets from other student friends to take visiting friends or family to games when they were in town. The new system impedes the overall enjoyment of the student/university experience which, in the long-term may hurt the university when it inevitably comes calling for donations in the comming years. Additionally, albeit probably less important, the University, athletic program and football team are all a brand, and it doesn’t help to grow the brand by making it more difficult for visitors to enjoy the experience that is a game at Sanford stadium and become a new fan.

ugalee

March 3rd, 2012
9:26 pm

It is no secret that Georgia has the least home fielddvantage of any of the big time sec programs with 90 plus thousand seats. One reason is the Yuppie Atlanta crowd and the other is the gradual slope of Sanford stadium. I know this sounds sacriligous but if they could get rid of the walk ways around the hedges, wipe out the lower deck seats and repour the concrete at a steeper slope,putting the utfront row 50ft closer to the field, the noise level would increase tremendously, I know this will never happen but ohio st did something similar when they got rid of their red track years ago . whaadyall think?

uga grad 2014

March 3rd, 2012
9:35 pm

tell teh student representative that the reason students arent showing up isnt because they dont feel like they need to go to game. the reason is that every home game is at 12:30 or 1:00. college students dont like to get up that early and stand in the heat with a hangover from the night before, they’d rather watch it at the frat house and not waste their time. hopefully we can schedule some later games this upcoming year seeing as we willl likely have a decnt preseason ranking coming in, knock on wood.

2georgiadawgs

March 3rd, 2012
9:41 pm

Why don’t we try winning getting nationally ranked, and winning our bowl games, and see if that helps fill up the stadium?

Mobile Dawg

March 3rd, 2012
9:47 pm

2014, that doesn’t seem to be a problem in Columbia, Baton Rouge, Tuscaloosa, Knoxville, Auburn, etc. Seems the culture has changed in Athens, want to guess why it’s changed? As far as tickets, paper is the only way to go.

Sautee Dawg

March 3rd, 2012
9:52 pm

Happy Birthday Herschel.
Whats wrong with the students making a few bucks off unused tickets? Go back to the old system. Embarrassing to have 3000 empty seats on one of our only major televised games of the season.
The Bleacher Report failed to list the positions in which Awbarn will be starting players who haven’t yet played a college snap, not to mention a sideline full of new asst. coaches. Good lick with that one.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
9:57 pm

2014…How and Why are there so many Underage Drunks at UGa? Freshmen & Sophomores shouldn’t be hungover because they are not legally allowed to be drinking.

Stephen A.Dogg : Fan apathy is starting to set in at UGA.

March 3rd, 2012
10:03 pm

A series of disappointing seasons, player defections, player expulsions, a predicatable and outdated offense, and weak scheduling has caused the students and many fans to lose interest in Georgia football. A wise man once said offense sells tickets and defense wins championships and that statement is true in a sense for Georgia. The students and fans are tired of seeing UGA win the setup games and lose the games versus quality opponents with poor offensive performances. The Georgia defense plays with heart until it wears down and the predictable offense is at best, good at being predictable and just not good enough to win big. Georgia football has become boring as I have stated in several previous posts. I love college football and count down the days until the next game, but that hasn’t stopped me from being incredibly bored at times watching an dysfunctional Georgia offense leave the defense on its own. I’m starting to duck certain UGA games myself. There were several SEC games such as Ole Miss, Florida and Vandy, where the Dogs should have lit up the scoreboard and those games shouldn’t have been nearly as close as they were if Georgia is a real championship contender. I fell asleep on the Ole Miss game, was frustrated throughout the “win” over UF and avoided watching the Vandy game altogether because it went as I predicted. UGA has no killer instinct and lets bad SEC teams hang around in games.

Then Georgia is like a bully that picks on weak-links and always gets whipped when they play a top twenty opponent. Predictable Once fans start skipping games their attention shifts to something else that’s more exciting that can keep their attention, like other programs. Who wants to see UGA wallow with Buffalo on the same day ‘Bama is going to tackle Michigan ? There’s going to be justified fan apathy. The same thing happened here in Tallahassee in the final seasons of FSU’s Bobby Bowden. Due to disappointing ACC losses ( especially when Tech came down from Atlanta and stunned the Noles in Tallahassee) and annual beatings by the Tebow-led Gators, the students and fans stopped coming to Doak Campbell Stadium by the thousands. It got so bad FSU couldn’t even give away free tickets to get the fans to come back. Something had to be done because things like fan apathy can’t be ignored. It is a true indicator of unacceptable mediocrity at programs who are traditional winners. Empty bleachers stand out and it gives ESPN a thrill to report it. FSU’s administration did not ignore fan apathy and forced Bowden’s retirement when all he wanted was one more year after over three decades of service and two MNCs for the Seminoles. Could history be repeating itself at Georgia ? The fans at UGA are badly divided on confidence in the coaching staff. Nobody questions the coaching staffs’ ability to recruit, but everyone is really undecided or delusional about whether the coaching staff is able to win at an elite level in order to win it all. With the addition of a 9th SEC conference game, I honestly don’t see CMR winning a national title if he can’t win the SEC any longer. 2005 was seven long years ago and he was badly beaten in the 2011 SECCG. The odds will get even longer if the SEC implements a playoff system within the conference to determine a champion by adding wild cards. It’s only going to get more and more challenging and the days of backing into the SECCG by having Arkansas play SoCarolina, while UGA plays Ole Miss are over. Fan apathy and the losing at Tennessee and Florida has led CBS to cancel its yearly coverage of the Vol/Gator game due to predicted low tv ratings and lack of interest by college football spectators. Fan apathy ultimately may be CMR’s undoing and I hope he won’t ignore it as his mentor at FSU did. I hope he will make necessary and needed changes to shake the students and fans interest, which will motivate them to be active, not passive, in their support of Georgia football in attending home games or tuning in on tv. People are not going to support mediocre programs any longer. Go ‘Dogs !

Old Dog

March 3rd, 2012
10:11 pm

I think students might come to games where the football payed was GOOD. Mediocre football doesn’t inspire. And that is what we have now and will continue to have until Mark Richt is gone!

Mobile Dawg

March 3rd, 2012
10:17 pm

Stephen, you have described me verbatum. It’s unknown to me why others don’t see it, or choose to ignore it. Change is never easy, but it’s time….

Old Dog

March 3rd, 2012
10:21 pm

I was going to buy a Ford truck until I heard Mark Richt say “Ford Trucks are just like our Bulldogs…”, by which I assumed he meant it would start out good, but when you really need it, it would lay down and die.

Stephen A.Dogg : Hail to our Legendary Hero !! # 34

March 3rd, 2012
10:22 pm

Happy Birthday !!!, Herschel Walker.

Every time I watch the Herschel Documentary it gives me chills !! Truly you are a great person and the greatest RB in modern college football history !! All I can say watching your performances at UGA makes me feel great to be a Georgia Bulldog !! Thank you for all you have done for the sport of football !! Your tremendous sacrifices for the ‘Dogs will be remembered forever and ever !

D Fence

March 3rd, 2012
10:35 pm

Even with half of the student section in attendance, it is still more than those who attend a Tech Thursday night game.

2georgiadawgs

March 3rd, 2012
10:40 pm

Thank you Stephen A.. GO DAWGS!!

g

March 3rd, 2012
10:49 pm

throw all the students out! seats are for paying people not those need broke students!

jack bull

March 3rd, 2012
10:54 pm

Kobie from Savannah,

We don’t use the screen pass anymore because A Murray can’t complete it..I’m not just ragging on Murray, it’s plain and simple, he airmails the ball over everyone’s head when he tries to throw it. Look back on any game where we attempted a screen pass and you’ll see. And the reason he can’t complete a screen pass, because of his height. That’s why we don’t use them anymore.

Murray also has a whole lot to do with why Bobo gets so conservative late in the game, or when we’re deep in our own territory…think about it…

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
10:59 pm

jack bull….But But 35:55minute Murray is one of the 2 best QBs in the SEC and he is an early Heisman Candidate.

A.Bishop

March 3rd, 2012
11:01 pm

Being a recent grad, I was there during both paper tickets and electronic. It’s not a issue with culture. Trust me when I say that there are enough students who care a lot about football at UGA to fill the student section. Going back to the paper tickets might help some but you can’t forget why the students are at UGA in the first place. It’s not to go to football games, it is to be a student and earn a degree. If there is a big test or project coming up a students priority is on that and not the game. Also taking the students tickets away won’t do anything but piss off the students. Besides when it comes down to it they are the most important group of fans there. Not the alumni and other fans but the students. They are the ones actually attending the school, that the student athletes are playing for…no offense. Besides its better a student make some extra money (you remember being a broke college student) than some dirty scalper who will charge you an arm and a leg.

6-18 Against Ranked Teams Since '05

March 3rd, 2012
11:11 pm

Heisman…..and Aaron Murray do not belong in the same sentence!!!

When’s the last time you saw a Smurf QB win a Heisman???

UGA84

March 3rd, 2012
11:25 pm

There are many reasons student seats are empty. One has been mentioned – in order to donate a ticket I think they have to do it by noon on WED. before the game. Also, the end-zone seats are less desirable. I think the students are cramming in the other student section seats. Another is that most of the upperclassmen live off campus now, as opposed years ago when more upper classmen also lived on campus. Back then it was easier to just roll out of bed and get to the game. It is really an all day affair these days. And the buses do not run on game days thus students also have to deal with parking issues.

UGAGOLFER

March 4th, 2012
12:14 am

I have had season tickets since Richt arrived, and either had them or found tickets when Goff and Donnan were around during my 17+ years living in Atlanta. I am fed up with the Athletic Association’s greed and nickel/diming every single thing they can to add more to the coffers. They do NOTHING with the profits but sit on them, occasionally investing in improved facilities. Never mind the mediocre budgets of Men’s basketball and other sports. UGA could have a really good hoops program for example, but it is more important for the mint julip-sipping athletic board members to sit back and count all the profits. Well, I made my Hartman Fund donation but likely will skip season tickets for the first time under Mark Richt. Just tired of the apathy, greed and less than 100% commitment to winning (unlike LSU, Bama, Auburn and even SC to some degree). I’ll have no trouble at all finding tickets to the games I want to attend AT FACE VALUE.

UGAGOLFER

March 4th, 2012
12:22 am

Stephen A. Dogg, you nailed it. Excellent post. Georgia will not win the SEC next season or in 2013. Just not going to happen. A wise observer who has correctly predicted a lot of SEC changes said that Mark Richt will be gone by the end of the 2013 season. He has done all he can at Georgia, mainly because he will NOT change anything and revise his playbook. That being said, there will be many empty seats next season at EVERY GAME unless something strange occurs.

Stephen A.Dogg : What can be done to keep the fans interested in Georgia.

March 4th, 2012
1:02 am

Something has to be done to encourage students and fans interested in Georgia Football and combat mounting fan apathy. Again I defer to the FSU example. FSU was forced to make drastic and dramatic changes that ultimately cost a college football coaching icon to be ousted. FSU became more aggressive in its scheduling by setting up home and away games with teams like highly ranked Oklahoma and West Virginia. When new FSU coach and OC, Jimbo Fisher was installed he represented the change fans had clamored years for. When the Seminoles invited the then No.1 ranked, Oklahoma Sooners to Tallahassee last season, the fans in the thousands came back and set an attendence record at Doak Campbell Stadium at Bobby Bowden Field.

I’m not saying Georgia should get rid of Coach Mark Richt, but damning problems persist that may be writing on the wall. Fan apathy has set in at Georgia meaning support is shrinking in certain areas, the fanbase is badly divided between the delusionists and apathetic, the football program is best described anywhere between mediocre, irrelevant or forgotten, and the coach, who just survived a hotseat is seeking an extension for the proverbial ” the recruits need to know I’m gonna be here for them”, excuse over coaching performance or meeting expectations logic.

Richt may have survived the hotseat, but there’s no room for him to relax. The pressure is not in his face as it was last season, but it’s underground now and volcanoes can blow at anytime. CMR brought in several interesting new recruits on offense but he failed to make any personnel changes to his offensive staff. Lack of talent hasn’t hurt UGA, it’s the coaching that is being constantly called out. Which leads most to believe there will be no changes in offensive philosophy. Former Tennessee coach, Lane Kiffin said,” It was easy to prepare for and beat Georgia, because they don’t change anything about their scheme. They always run what was expected and were very predictable”. Kiffin was in the SEC only one year and has been gone for three years now, and if it’s still like he says it was at UGA, we are running many years behind the elites of the SEC. Richt will have to re-invent his coaching wheel by dumping his old 90s FSU pass-first offense for a more balanced, I-formation attack which will feature the talent his of running back stable and re-built, fully operational O-Line. It’s time for Georgia to dump the finesse labels and play SEC powerball. Change is coming one way or the other at Georgia, and Richt must adapt to at least reluctant change to stay or he will stubbornly keep things status quo and suffer the consequences for the error of having things his way. Richt has been doing things his way for twelve years at Georgia and still no national title, while Bama has two, UF has two, LSU has two, and Auburn got one and should’ve had two within that same 12 year window. It’s past time for CMR to do something different to take Georgia to the next level ! Go ‘Dogs.

RED DOG 77

March 4th, 2012
1:26 am

@Mobile, “change is never easy, but it’s time.”………Let’s say for the point of argument, you’re right. I doubt though given the fact that UGA is about to ink an additional three years on to Mark Richt’s contract [with buyout] the coach is about to be terminated. I’m trying as best I can to see your point. I wonder, are you trying to start a grassroots effort to get rid of him?…….even if I agreed with you, which I don’t, I just don’t see a chance of gaining much steam………….having just come off a season he won 10 straight [never mind who they beat] 2012 looks to be at least as good for Richt considering the schedule, and mabe better…………could be by then, all the 5* studs in the 2013 class we so desperately want and need decide to sign-on with the Dawgs…………..Mobile, I look at coaches like Steve Spurrier [can't stand him] who is as talented a coach as there is, look at his struggles, what about Gator Urban? dude sort of fell apart at Florida didn’t he? Mack Brown ? hell he has his pick of the state of Texas…………question: who will have a deeper downturn, Florida or Georgia? my guess Florida…………The mighty Southern Cal has Lane, they might end-up being pretty good this year but haven’t they been down a spell?………Mobile, I know you are a committed, loyal BULLDOG……….but really, who are you going to replace Richt with today?…….If you were to say Todd Grantham, I might be with you, but Adams certainly wouldn’t do anything as logical………………….So my point, are we going to pull for South Carolina to beat us this year just to.. get rid of our coach?…..My hope is we do well this year, and even better in 2013……..would that be so bad?……..Remember we just went to the SEC championship last year, how many leauge members can boast our numbers over the last 10 years?…………Like that snake Bill Clinton said, “I feel your pain”……….Mobile I do, I’m sure we sweat out the games in a simular way……….but our appraoches to solving our problems seems to be miles apart……….As Jerry Clower said “Son, one of us needs some relief”…………I’m hoping either your dreams or mine comes true, because we both want our Dawgs kickin’ ass and winning championships soon…………..Regards, RED

Thomas Brown

March 4th, 2012
1:27 am

phil March 3rd, 2012 2:11 pm

“As long as we continue rewarding mediocrity by being “positive” about it, we’ll continue to stumble.”
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J.T. Keene March 3rd, 2012 9:11 am

“If you want a “closed circuit blog” for only the dreamers then write each other thru the mail and keep it to yourselves.”
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Stephen A.Dogg : Special Thanks to my fellow 'Dogs.

March 4th, 2012
1:54 am

If Offense sells tickets and Defense wins championships, then Georgia is halfway there. UGA DC, Coach Todd Grantham has shown us all that he is the man for the job on the Bulldog defense. His “34” defense has done an admirable job considering the circumstances the defense constantly is put in by a lackadasical offense. I hope CTG will be able to establish more depth on his defense to combat fatigue. In the MSU bowl game a tired and weary ‘Dog defense mounted a final stand and gave Georgia a chance to put the Spartans away. That’s all you can ask of the defense. It was very painful to watch the UGA offense and special teams squander that opportunity. Okay it’s behind us and I’m sorry for bringing up unpleasant memories. As I said, I feel our defense is in good hands with CTG’s coaching skill and once he builds up proper depth we could possibly have a championship level defense. We were not blown out in the SECCG, but turnovers and lack of depth wore our defense down and LSU did what they were supposed to do by taking advantage of our lost momentum and applied the TKO. Still I think that first half experience meant a lot to our defense after seeing ‘Bama play with that same intensity for both halves. Our Bulldog defense is not that far away from being a championship defense. They say defense wins championships. Go ‘Dogs !!

MaxDog

March 4th, 2012
2:28 am

I stopped going to athens when they put in all the tailgating restrictions—and haven’t been back. I sell my tickets for some games but can’t give them away for all these creampuff games. Watching the game on a huge TV with tons of beer and wings without the uga restrictions? Much more fun.

Thomas Brown

March 4th, 2012
2:32 am

Andy Landers at Georgia has won a combined 11 Southeastern Conference Championships and SEC Tournament titles, the second most by any league school in the nation’s premier women’s basketball conference, consisting of seven SEC regular-season titles, four SEC tournament championships. He is 22-8 ranked # 16 today, and faces an uphill battle again in The NCAA Tournament where, because our gym is never considered for hosting post-season basketball games, he always has to go on the road.

Andy Landers has 5 Final Fours, 10 Elite Eights and 19 Sweet 16s.

26 twenty-win seasons while playing in a cruddy gym not considered one of the top 75 gyms in college basketball.

Averages 24 wins per season, Georgia thrives under head coach Andy Landers.

Georgia ranks No. 2 in both NCAA Tournament appearances with 28 and weeks ranked by the Associated Press 480 weeks, currently ranked # 16 in the nation.

Andy Landers has continued to send his recruits to the WBNA. He has the third-most alumni in the WNBA of any school in the nation with 21 former Andy Landers players in the WNBA.

Andy Landers gets after his recruits both on and off the court, which is why you do not hear about his players with all these off-field issues. This is further evidenced with Andy Landers’ 104 percent graduation rate among four-year letterwinners (57 letterwinners with 59 degrees.)

I have watched every one of Andy Landers seasons. I know women’s basketball. I can tell you this, if he played in a gym considered one of the nation’s best, he would do far better. Several posters state every year on this blog that Andy Landers just has to go. I ask what their familiarity is with our team ? Have they ever watched a game to see how Andy Landers gets after his players to get the most from them ? Have any personal knowledge of the game of basketball, at all – such as earned a letter in basketball, as I and 1 of 4 sports and a walk-on at UGA where I put up a 3.88 GPA thank you very much and still could work for UGA a few hours before my 1st class daily. What was your GPA ? Your parents invited to the Foy Fine Arts Bldg for their son being honored Top 5 % of the Graduating Class?

Mark Richt has Everything to Work With here at UGA in 1 of the Greatest or Certainly one of the Top 6 Greatest Facilities in the nation.

854-277 a .755 winning percentage, Andy Landers significantly impacts the game of women’s basketball.
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The question I have is has Mark Richt significantly impacted the game of college football ?

Stephen A.Dogg : Special Thanks to my fellow 'Dogs.

March 4th, 2012
2:56 am

The Georgia offense is the primary area of concern for the apathetic segment of the divided fanbase. The delusional segment of the UGA fan base are more fans of Mark Richt, the kind, well-respected, religious gentleman, more than they are fans of the University of Georgia, the Institution. Any critical comments about Richt’s decisions or lack thereof concerning the offense is wrong if you ask a delusionist. Their is always an excuse and it’s everybody elses’ fault but CMR’s. The primary scapegoat is my friend, the psuedo-OC, Mike Bobo. The term “psuedo” means, false or artificial. The real OC is Mark Richt and Bobo is responsible for emplementing Richt’s offensive philosophy and gameplans. Nothing is ran outside of Richt’s 1990s FSU playbook and CMR has complete autonomy over the offense. Bobo doubles as QB coach and that’s a whole lot of responsibility to be heaped on a guy that specializes in coaching workman QBs as he once was himself. Bobo is there for Richt, to catch the heat, ire, and blame whenever then antiquated offense stalls or breaks down. Last season the offensive blame game was rampant and passed around like a pair of old shoes from Goodwill. Easley and King were dubbed bad seeds and systematically ran off after Crowell signed. The talented, but unprepared Crowell was labeled a spoiled, injury-prone malingerer after being thrown in a meat-gringer, Boo Malcome once quit the team and spent the season in Richt’s doghouse, Samuel, the injured DGD, was flipped from D to O, the thin, but giant-sized O-line, was inconsistent and totally ineffective by the Mich.St. game. Then there was the forgotten one, TE, Orson Charles, who was fed up and went pro early and the young, inexperienced wide receivers, who dropped TD passes in the SECCG. And last, but not least, the overacheiver, under-sized QB Aaron Murray, who was asked to do more than he should at times and it often resulted in critical turnovers. But Murray, who has yet to QB the team over a win over a top twenty program, threw for a record 35 touchdowns. Some psuedo “experts” have claimed he is a bona-fide Heisman trophy candidate in 2012 and will leave after his junior year to be a top pick in the 2013 NFL draft. All I can say is WOW. Guys help me out. Where do you begin to fix this mess ? I’ve listed some of the chatter concerning the offense. I failed to mention a lot of fans have been crying out for a new OC, citing a plethora of reasons to justify it. Look I have no faith in CMR’s offense and I feel it should be scrapped completely for and I-formation based attack. Bring in a new OC and give him complete control. I know it’s not going to happen under Richt, but it will happen after other changes take place brought on by fan apathy for mantaining things through CMR’s status quo regime.

Thomas Brown

March 4th, 2012
3:03 am

Stephen, that is really good sir. I appreciate all your posts, this 1 more than ever, sir.

P. Bull Terrier

March 4th, 2012
3:05 am

Please tell me that people like “tell me again” and “Ash” aren’t really UGA students.

The problem is that there are too many empty seats in the student section. According to these geniuses, the solution is to take tickets away from the alumni who are comming to the games and give them to the students who aren’t showing up.

No wonder the Tech fans make fun of us.

Stephen A.Dogg : Special Thanks to my fellow 'Dogs.

March 4th, 2012
3:10 am

What’s your point Thomas Brown ? All Georgia fans respect Coach Landers body of work in the UGA Womens basketball program. Georgia is a year in year out top twenty womens basketball program that is nationally respected . I think Coach Landers has done an excellent job and we need to keep him for as long as he desires to coach. He gives us hope each season the UGA girls can win that elusive national title. He will take over the SEC when Tennessee’s Pat Summit, who is in an impassioned fight with dementia, retires.

Thomas Brown

March 4th, 2012
3:26 am

My point is posts such as these that set me off, Stephen :
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Rick S March 3rd, 2012 7:11 pm

“I am ashamed that Georgia continues to keep Andy Landers as Womens Basketball Coach- I wish I could have a job like Mr. Landers where getting into the NCAA and always losing aftyer one round guarantees me another year of medicority! Unbelievable that Georgia Womwen would lose to South Carloina in the Womens Tournament, but Andy Landers has done his job in obtaining a spot in the Women’s NCAA Tournament- right?

Very disappointing that Mcgarity puts up with this type of performance as there will never be a SEC Championship let alone an NCAA Championship under Andy Landers.”
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phil March 3rd, 2012 2:11 pm

“Yesterday? Another in an endless string of lady dogs choke jobs. Yet we keep the angry and over the hill andy landers right there to screw it up yr after yr…”
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I’d also like to further discuss your points about Mark Richt’s average NCAA Rank all 11 years of

# 52 Total Offense Mark Richt all 11 years

How can Aaron Murray go pro early when he is

# 72 QB nationally in pass completion percentage

And, how can we discuss the Offense at UGA and somehow try to ignore the 26 Scholarships Mark Richt gave out for this up-coming 2012 season, not 1 of the 26 who will play one single solitary down ? You mentioned it Stephen about several RB run out of the program, and how that affected the season when Isaiah Crowell did not show up in the 4 games against what you refer to as Top 20 teams. 109 Scholarships Signed by Mark Richt to his 85-Scholarship Limit for 2012, yet he has only 77 on Scholarship and that only because he Rewards Walk-Ons whom he never has played on Offense or Defense, just our lousy # 80 Special Teams.

You really covered it Stephen.

9 losses in a row vs teams finishing top 25
7 losses in a row vs teams finishing top 10

And, we are supposed to post positive posts, now ?

Why ?

Because of the 12 regular season games, only 1 ended up top 25 last season ?

What a cupcake schedule.

I am supposed to mention that Mark Richt beats 7-6 teams.

He also loses to 4-8 type teams and has amassed 16 losses to teams who would have not ended up top 25 in his 11 years without their win over him and 10 of those 16 still did not even with their win over him.

He is 17-24 vs teams finishing top 25 in his 11 years.

He is 3-10 vs teams finishing top 10 in his 11 years, none in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and in fact the last was # 9 Auburn in 2006, when he lost four (4) games that season too (his average over current 8-year period – all 30 to teams with lesser or equal talent.)

Stephen A.Dogg : Special Thanks to my fellow 'Dogs.

March 4th, 2012
3:29 am

@ RED DOG: >>>…………We both want our DAWGS kickin’ ass and winning championships !!

Right on, RED, Right on !!

Stephen A.Dogg : Special Thanks to my fellow 'Dogs.

March 4th, 2012
3:36 am

@Thomas Brown: Oh I see your point now. TB just disregard that hater’s post. Andy Landers is going no where. His job is safe as ever. He will soon be the Dean of SEC womens basketball and all sensible UGA fans know he is irreplaceable. Go ‘Dogs !!

Thomas Brown

March 4th, 2012
3:55 am

We will name the new gym The Andy Landers Coliseum; for it can have no other name. He should have had the opportunity to have had it named after him many years ago. I don’t disregard anyone’s posts. I read them all. Always have. I reply to them all. I try to be respectful of the opinions of those who say their viewpoint in public by attempting to research their points, as that is my hobby.

I have come to the conclusion that, as you correctly identify them as Mark Richt fans RICHT-0-PHILES, that the haters of those who dare to post that our lady’s basketball program is excellent and that our football program has nothing but Bad Press Every Single Day of Every Single Year, are incapable of researching where we really are

and, prefer instead to have here a

“closed circuit blog” for only the dreamers,

while the vast majority – not the vocal minority – see it as phil (one of my favorite posters too) :

“As long as we continue rewarding mediocrity by being “positive” about it, we’ll continue to stumble.”

UGA FRIEND

March 4th, 2012
6:02 am

Decrease the number of student section tickets. Make these seats available at regular ticket prices. Seats will be filled. Simple solution. Why will it not work?

this is pathetic

March 4th, 2012
6:55 am

tells you exactly what the state of UGA football is. no one cares. it’s no wonder that the conference and espn took bama off the schedule. espn needs the ratings in atlanta

Thomas Brown

March 4th, 2012
7:01 am

We were not going to beat them.

Why play anyone who everyone knows we’re going to lose to ?

We have Lost 30 games the current 8-year period to teams with less talent or equal talent to us – 4 a year.

Thomas Brown

March 4th, 2012
7:14 am

Aaron Murray said he’s working hard to “improve on my footwork,” which he believes will improve his accuracy. “I wasn’t as assurate as I need to be.”
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# 72 QB nationally Pass Completion Percentage
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238 completions of 403 passes 59 % completions

23 Fumbles, 22 Interceptions, 56 Sacks, 174 Carries, 27 Games, 0-9 vs End Top 25

11 Games to-date opponent’s QB Far Better than Aaron Murray

21-35 Boise State : 7 carries minus 33 yards, 1 interception, 16 of 29 passing 2 TD, 6 Sacks

42-45 South Carolina : 6 carries 11 yards, 2 Fumbles, 1 interception, 19 of 29 passing 4 TD, 2 Sacks

10-42 LSU : 8 carries minus 5 yards, 1 Fumble, 2 interceptions, 16 of 40 passing 1 TD, 4 Sacks

30-33 Michigan State : 8 carries minus 13 yards, 1 Fumble, 2 interceptions, 20 of 32 passing 2 TD, 4 Sacks

103-155 Totals in 4 Losses : 29 carries minus 40 yards, 4 Fumbles, 6 interceptions, 71 of 130 Passing 9 TD, 16 Sacks, opponent’s QB Far Better all 4 games (and 11 games to-date opponent’s QB Far Better than Aaron Murray)

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
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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 :
___________________________
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
__
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.
__________________________________

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.

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

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?

Bama Bar and Grill

March 7th, 2012
2:54 pm

Fact is AA is becoming greedy of the student tix situation. Which is the lesser of two evils? Fill the stadiums, or fill their pockets? Greed typically prevails.

G-Dawg

March 7th, 2012
2:57 pm

I agree…Seilers should be out. No more UGAs coming from Savannah. They should reside in Athens.

MehtaDog

March 7th, 2012
6:44 pm

I haven’t been to a game in 2 years since they started those new parking and tailgating rules—I just watch games on my 65 inch plasma—-much better, with tons of cold beer, burgers and wings!!!!

LawDawg

March 9th, 2012
1:07 pm

You are dead right, Bill. The only reason is that seats are nontransferrable, but current students who only want to go to one or two games will still join the season ticket lottery because it is easier.

“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,”

This is complete and utter BS. I graduated in 2004, well after the effects of hope and, you know, being a better school had been felt, and we never had empty seats while I was in school. In the years after graduating, I went to most of the games still in the student section with tickets friends who were still in school would find for me. It was a great system for recent alumni who were still in hard partying days and still had friends in undergrad (since we could sit with them). It was also better for the families because they did not have my drunk, profane person in the presence of their children.

This strikes me as a win-win-win, so of course UGA changed it because they were not making sufficient money from this arrangement.