Fan talk: Adding a ninth SEC game, Hines Ward, freshmen and more!

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Brian Stewart writes: I see a lot of gripe/debate going on about the SEC’s 6-1-1 schedule choice. I am all for preserving the Georgia-Auburn rivalry, but I also am a bit torn on whether or not I would be more in favor a 9-game conference schedule. On the one side, it would probably compare a lot better than this year’s home slate of games, replacing a Georgia Southern or Buffalo with another SEC team. On the other side, 9 conference games plus the rivalry with Tech would leave us very little wiggle room to fit in a tune-up during the season, and would pretty much destroy any hope of ever scheduling compelling out-of-conference games, like we tried to do with Ohio State. I’m curious as to what your thoughts are on these subjects?

My view on a nine-game conference schedule has been evolving, as someone once said. Originally, I was supportive of the stance the SEC coaches and athletic directors take: that adding a ninth game in what’s already college football’s toughest conference would be a strain on players and coaches and make it tougher to compete for the national championship. Plus it would mean in alternating years teams would have to play five of their nine conference games on the road. It also would be a problem for the three schools — Georgia, Florida and South Caroline — who have in-state nonconference rivals from BCS conferences. As long as the rivalry with Auburn was protected, I wasn’t too concerned with how often the Dogs saw other SEC West teams in Athens — which will be every 12 years under the eight-game (6-1-1) plan adopted by the conference this week. But I’m coming around to the arguments in favor of a nine-game schedule, namely that it would produce a more attractive overall schedule for the fans (one less cupcake), it would provide a stronger inventory of games for television (which should pay off financially) and it would put the conference in a stronger position if strength-of-schedule winds up figuring into how playoff teams are selected. With the eight-game schedule, the SEC is likely to come up short in that latter category. Of course, in big-time sports, the bottom line is usually the bottom line, and many observers think the SEC eventually will be forced to cave and overrule its coaches on playing a ninth game simply because the conference’s TV partners will demand it.

Walter Davison writes: Do you think Derrick Henry will honor his commitment and remain a Bulldog, or do you think he will sign with Alabama?

Well, Henry’s been a UGA commitment for nearly a year, but it’s not looking good. Alabama has put on a big recruiting push trying to flip him, and Henry’s comments have indicated he’s seriously looking at playing in Tuscaloosa. With Nick Saban’s success there, can you really blame him? I think perhaps the increasingly crowded tailback corps at Georgia, with the addition of Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley in addition to Isaiah Crowell, might be a factor in Henry reconsidering whether he wants to go to UGA.

Gerry Pinkston writes: I was surprised to read this week that Hines Ward had signed with NBC as a sportscaster. I thought the reason he was hanging out in Athens with Mike Bobo this spring was because he was thinking about a coaching career. I was really hoping Hines would wind up on the UGA staff. Our players could really use someone with his work ethic as a role model. What happened?

Hines Ward is getting his own Batman movie action figure. (McFarlane Toys)

Hines Ward is getting his own Batman movie action figure. (McFarlane Toys)

Ward may still be considering a coaching career, but he indicated all along that it was likely to be at least a couple of years down the road and that he’d probably wind up on TV first. Thanks to last year’s “Dancing With the Stars” victory and his upcoming appearance in “The Dark Knight Rises” Batman film (check out his latest action figure, decked out as one of the Gotham Rogues in the movie), Hines is a hot media commodity right now, and you can’t expect him not to explore that fully. If he does eventually decide that coaching is what he wants to do, UGA is likely to have a good shot at getting him.

Jim Weber writes: Hi Bill. As a Bulldog I am extremely upset by the contract offered to Mark [Richt]. Mark is one, if not the best, of the coaches in the SEC, but paid as the 6th highest best coach in the league. I am unhappy that the university decided to save the money knowing Mark and his family wanted to stay and decided they could extend his contract by adding years and incentives, but not real annual dollars. They are lucky that Mark is not a dollar-motivated individual. … Give Mark what he is worth — he should be at least the 4th highest paid coach in the SEC. … If you want a great coach, you better treat him as a great coach. Go Dawgs.

I don’t think anyone questions that Richt is a good man. But as I noted last week, Richt’s 2011 record, coming off a losing season, was good enough to get him off the hot seat and won him the much-needed contract extension, but wasn’t really good enough to win a pay raise. However, should Georgia live up to its advance billing this season, I’m sure the question of Richt’s compensation will be revisited.

David Harvey writes: As a huge Bulldog fan living in Louisville, KY, I just want to thank you for your Blawg. It keeps me up to date on all the happenings down there. Just one question: Our special teams have been horrible over the past few years, it’s cost us a few games. Just want to know are we ever gonna get one coach to coach these guys? The committee thing just seems to be not working. Again, thanks for all you do.

I appreciate it, David. Richt has indicated he’s not likely to add a full-time special teams coach as long as current NCAA limits on coaches remain in place. As the coach said last fall, “I looked at it. But what happens is, if you have a guy that does only special teams, all of the sudden you’re robbing a position from the offense or defense. You’d be shorthanded on one or the other. So I decided to continue on with what we’ve done since I’ve been here, splitting up the roles.” Richt has indicated, however, that much more emphasis is being put on special teams play this season and a lot more starters are going to wind up playing kickoffs and punts. But if special teams play continues to be a disaster this year, you’ve got to wonder whether Richt might not think again about changing how he approaches that aspect of the game.

Complicated new rules on student tickets are aimed at filling those empty seats at Sanford Stadium. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Complicated new rules on student tickets are aimed at filling those empty seats at Sanford Stadium. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

On the subject of student tickets, I heard from a couple of seniors this week who aren’t happy with the decision to give freshmen priority at getting seats in order to try and fill some of those thousands of empty seats in the UGA student section at home games. Micah Shue writes: Hi Bill, I love the Blawg!! As a current senior at UGA I have gotten home season tickets for my first three years and haven’t missed a game yet. I love the Dawgs and cannot imagine skipping a home game. I have read some articles about freshmen now getting priority for tickets. Will this really happen? Is that really fair to seniors like me? I know that the student section is not full at most games, but I would be extremely angered if some freshman got full home tickets and I only got half.

And on the same subject, Shane Ward writes: Hello Mr. King, I’m soon to be a senior at the fine University of Georgia. I recently read over the new provisions the athletic department is proposing for student ticketing and frankly, I find the system to be completely unnecessary and unfair. Coming in in 2009, I’ve seen most of the changes that [UGA President Michael] Adams has implemented come into play and muck up my opportunity to enjoy my football experience to its fullest. Firstly, the suspension of tailgating on North Campus after my first year was effective, but I believe was too much (including the new addendum to the rules from this year). Simple fixes were never considered or voted on by the student body who should have had some sort of say on the decision. This brings me to my next point, the new ticketing policy proposed by the athletic board. It is simply too complicated and unfair to the seniors who have waited years just for a chance to get to go to all the games. This will be the first year where I will (hopefully) be able to get a Florida and SEC championship game. The new rules make it seem as though freshmen, being of new faces and more excited (which I don’t believe if you have met my friends), will show up to every game. This will not be the case as we will see next year. Simple fix, as I’ve seen mentioned on the AJC before, is go back to hard tickets. I understand there is the possibility of students profiting on tickets, but why does that matter so much to the athletic department? I am sorry this turned into a rant, but one last question. Is there anyway to contact the athletic department or [Greg] McGarity to have our voices heard or are we screwed?

As you’ve correctly noted, the thinking is that freshmen, who in recent years haven’t been able to get tickets to all home games, are likely to be more enthusiastic about actually attending the games than upperclassmen. And I agree with you that a return to hard tickets would solve most of the attendance problems. I also can certainly understand seniors being concerned about what this will do to their seniority. The plan, as outlined in The Red and Black, is pretty complicated and includes priority for post-season tickets being based on attendance at previous games and then on seniority. So the best thing seniors can do is make sure they attend every game they get a ticket for. In the meantime, if you want to let the athletic association know what you think, the main phone number is 706-542-9036 and you can email McGarity at ad@sports.uga.edu.

Terry Shirey Sr. writes: Several years ago, before I decided to stop contributing to the economy of Jacksonville each year, I was paired by the starter at a golf course in Jacksonville with the director of the UGA Band. In conversation I questioned him on the rationale for the band playing Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” as an intro for the team. He responded that is was the selection of Jim Donnan. I asked him if Donnan was aware of the fact that the Valkyries were the handmaidens that escorted the “fallen warriors” to Vahalla in Wagner’s Operas? His response was that he didn’t debate many things with Donnan since the coach also wanted to move the band to that section that was used by the visiting bands because the visiting band could be heard better throughout the stadium. It intrigued me that a coach had the time to concern himself with the acoustics of Sanford Stadium (that may have been Donnan’s problem). It is true that the location of the visiting band (Section 101) is more desirable because it doesn’t have to travel over an open area to circle the stadium. The west end zone allows the music from the UGA band location to leave the stadium as it circles around but it really only affects those sitting in the visitor’s section. I applaud the movement of the band back to the student section if it does become a fact.

“Ride of the Valkyries”? This must be one of those repressed memories from the Donnan era that refuses to resurface for me. They must not have played that very long, because I don’t remember it and I asked half a dozen other veteran fans, including one former Redcoat, and they don’t remember it, either! As to your point about the band’s location, I think the move to the west end one wasn’t the best choice because of the proximity of the visiting band, but a return to the old spot in the student section isn’t great, either, because the band can’t be heard very well in much of the stadium. I think putting the Redcoats in the middle of the student section that’s in the east end zone would be the best solution.

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Scott

June 2nd, 2012
11:09 am

First! and fine blawg once again Mr. Bill

DawgNole

June 2nd, 2012
11:22 am

BILL KING: “. . . I’m coming around to the arguments in favor of a nine-game schedule, namely that it would produce a more attractive overall schedule for the fans (one less cupcake), it would provide a stronger inventory of games for television (which should pay off financially) and it would put the conference in a stronger position if strength-of-schedule winds up figuring into how playoff teams are selected. With the eight-game schedule, the SEC is likely to come up short in that latter category.”
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These are excellent reasons for switching to a 9-game SEC schedule, with the “one less cupcake” reason being the most valid.

Much better that you’re “coming around” late than never.

Paul Midler

June 2nd, 2012
11:24 am

Second. Yep yep…lol

Paul Midler

June 2nd, 2012
11:25 am

Well if I had taken the time to read the Blawg first I would be second.

Fridawg

June 2nd, 2012
11:29 am

Hey Bill, the east end zone is alumni seating. I’ve been there for 12 years. Don’t try to move us for the band, I love our seats!

SSIgator

June 2nd, 2012
11:35 am

“I was really hoping Hines would wind up on the UGA staff. Our players could really use someone with his work ethic as a role model.”

Exactly. He would be great at advising the UGA players what and what not to say to the police officer before they are put in the back of the patrol car.

Frosty Dawg

June 2nd, 2012
11:38 am

Bill: I’ve been in the 9 SEC games camp from the start, so welcome aboard the train. The question is: how do those of us who support that effort make our voices heard so that if and when the scheduling is revisited, the right thing is done? I certainly intend to keep contracting the UGA Athletic Department and the SEC offices, but it’s also very helpful if “megaphone” guys like you keep up the drumbeat on a frequent basis. You gave these excellent reasons for your change of heart: “it would produce a more attractive overall schedule for the fans (one less cupcake), it would provide a stronger inventory of games for television (which should pay off financially) and it would put the conference in a stronger position if strength-of-schedule winds up figuring into how playoff teams are selected. With the eight-game schedule, the SEC is likely to come up short in that latter category.” To those I will add: I’m aware of no objective analysis that supports the notion that playing a 9th SEC opponent endangers a shot at a title more than not doing so. In regard to the SEC title, all teams would play a 9 game schedule, so there’s no impact to odds of getting to Atlanta. In regard to the national title, it’s by no means automatic that the extra SEC game is riskier than scheduling Boise State, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, etc. It’s true that if we played Alabama next year rather than Buffalo, we’d have a tougher game, but I’m assuming (please God) that we won’t making a habit of 3 cupcakes (personally, I think 2 is too many).

The clincher for me is: good teams play good teams. You want to be challenged by the best. That’s what it’s all about. I understand that there are plenty of good teams in other conferences that we can schedule. But by making the game TRULY MATTER (as in re: the SEC title) and by having recurring match-ups (even if separated by a couple of years), we’ll increase the intensity and attractiveness of the SEC games.

Sugar Hill Dawg

June 2nd, 2012
11:59 am

As a former Redcoat and a member of a family of Redcoats that has been a part of that organization at different times over the past 50+ years, I have no idea what Mr. Shirey is talking about. 1) I can’t think of any time the band has played Ride of the Valkyries other than possibly a halftime show and 2) if he is talking about the same director I played under in the early 90s, I would be willing to bet the man never played a round of golf in his life.

ARdawg

June 2nd, 2012
12:09 pm

Bill,

To a team fit and ready to play, a nine game conference schedule even in the SEC won’t make any difference. It’s time to consider dropping the cupcakes anyway and play competition. I understand the first game of the season but, going forward after that should be a line up of the best possible teams. If you want to be the best, you must beat the best. Oh, why do we still schedule Tech?

Paul in NH

June 2nd, 2012
12:17 pm

UGA should have no problems with a 9 game conference schedule but they will have a hard time persuading Mike Slive or the ADs at MSU, Vandy, UT and UK. Replacing a guaranteed win against a directional school with a tough conference game would have meant that none of these schools would have gone to their last bowl games.

Wilson Pickett

June 2nd, 2012
12:27 pm

The 9 game deal is out due to the schools need that home game to pay the bills for all the other teams other than football and Basketball. Stop bashing the weak sister on the schedule for the give the team a break within the season. 99% of you never played a down of football and don’t understand your team can’t get up week after week for the best teams. Just buy the ticket enjoy the game and give it a rest. Better still sell the ticket watch on TV. You and all the other teams in the SEC have been playing little sister of the poor since the 50’s and that was done to give the players some rest as well as allow to build some depth over the season in order to be better the following year. You pay a team 500k to come give you a game and you make 6 million for it.

@ the guy that believes mark richt is a great coach….”you can’t be serious”.

kingdaddy

June 2nd, 2012
12:41 pm

Go to a 9 game SEC schedule and find out more about Special Teams. We have a lot of unanswered questions on a position that hurt us bad last year. Nobody want to talk much about it. Coach Richt always seems to give short statements with little substance. I’m worried that we won’t be prepared again this year. If CMR wants a N.C., he needs to address this from Day-1, and not wait until a loss to react. Address it before a loss and maybe there won’t be a loss…

SiddyBoy

June 2nd, 2012
12:41 pm

Why not go to a 13 game schedule then a 14, then play year round !!! That will solve lots of those pesky problems like over signing since every team will need 300 players in order to field a team.Instead of national signing day, we can can have national signing month every month. I’m obviously joking but conference expansion which is driven by the “all mighty” dollar is ruining CFB.Or is it the other way around?

Just Asking

June 2nd, 2012
12:41 pm

Coaches will not last long if they go to a 9 game schedule and you can forget about a perfect season by almost any team in almost any season. We proved two years ago that we need a tuneup game to get ready for the season. I think the 6-1-1 format is the right one. I just can’t understand Tennessee wanting to play Alabama every year?

chilidawg

June 2nd, 2012
12:53 pm

I disagree with CMR about a special teams coach. Something has to be done.

GTBob

June 2nd, 2012
1:15 pm

A 6-1-1 model is a joke. You guys really think its fair that over a 12 year stretch Tennessee has to play Alabama 12 times, Florida has to play LSU 12 times, and UGA only has to play each of those teams twice? Plus, dont you want to play those teams a little more frequently considering they are the top tier of the SEC? The whole lets play less good teams so we can win a championship thing is getting annoying. It seems like everyone is a bunch of cowards.

RHall55

June 2nd, 2012
1:23 pm

1) Keep an eye on Special Teams this year!! If they do not improve, then make a change!! 2) UGA needs to keep D Henry!! The excuse that UGA has too many top notch RB’s is not a good excuse!! AL has several young backs also plus (2) very good back committed!! 3) The only excuse is that if D Henry goes to AL is that UGA was outrecruited for his services!!!

Natureboy809

June 2nd, 2012
1:42 pm

Everyone who wants to add a 9th conference game is being selfish as a fan. Sure, it would make for one more big week, but the “cupcake games” are good for college football for a couple of reasons:
#1) Most of these cupcake schools depend on their mismatch games against schools like UGA to meet their athletic budgets. We seldom think of it like this, but some female soccer or tennis player got a scholarship to Coastal Carolina paid for by their game against UGA. Eliminate these games, and some of the athletic departments of these smaller schools will be greatly strained or even eliminated.
#2) It is great for the players of the cupcake teams to get to live out their dream of playing inside a big stadium in front of 90,000 fans.
#3) It is great for all of the walk ons and other guys who bust their tails in practice for years who never get to play to live out their dream of getting on the field in Sanford Stadium.

Natureboy809

June 2nd, 2012
1:56 pm

@ GTBob- you could argue that since the conference formed 2 divisions in 1992 that UGA’s permanent opponent, Auburn, has been the best program in the SEC West. But UGA isn’t crying about playing them every year like some of these other schools/coaches.

Fan

June 2nd, 2012
2:19 pm

I agree with everything Sugar Hill Dawg said. I’m a more recent Redcoat alum, and never once did we play Ride of the Valkeries. In fact, I cannot recall EVER hearing the band play that. Maybe Terry was thinking of Krypton instead? Granted my time was after the Donnan era, I knew the director(s) from that period fairly well – it’s hard to imagine Satterwhite or any of the others playing golf. Just don’t see it at all.

Also, Terry, THE WEST END ZONE IS A STUDENT SECTION, especially the areas immediately surrounding the band this year. That’s my biggest beef. It’s annoying hearing all the comments about the band moving out of the student section. They didn’t – they just moved to a different student section. There are 3 student sections – the WEST endzone, some of 100’s in the Northeast section, and some of the 300’s in the Northeast section as well. The most popular / intense area is definitely the 100’s in the northeast, but there are those other two areas as well. I think the only thing Terry was actually correct on is that the visiting band does in fact sit in section 101.

I’m still undecided on where the best area for the band really is, as everywhere has pros and cons. I do think though that if they kept the band in the west end zone over the next couple of seasons, then the “hard core” student fans would eventually migrate over to that section as well. Last year, I sat nearly everywhere from the 600’s to the field level bleachers in the east end zone, and the band sounded incredibly different from all the different angles. It’s all a matter of perspective.

Bill, what student section in the east end zone are you referencing? Unless they made some pretty recent changes, there is no student section in the east end zone that I’m aware of.

Paul in NH

June 2nd, 2012
2:21 pm

“you could argue that since the conference formed 2 divisions in 1992 that UGA’s permanent opponent, Auburn, has been the best program in the SEC West.”
SEC West division winners – Alabama 7, LSU 5, Auburn 4

dap01

June 2nd, 2012
3:06 pm

CMR’s answer for a special teams coach is lame and someone in the press should call him out. The special teams are poorly coached and poorly prepared. Almost all other colleges have more solid prepared special teams.

The problem is we have a “defensive tackles coach” who is the Asst. Head Coach. That is the wasted spot.

Does Henry’s girlfriend have the job at Alabama yet?

DawgNole

June 2nd, 2012
3:26 pm

Natureboy809
June 2nd, 2012
1:42 pm

Everyone who wants to add a 9th conference game is being selfish as a fan. Sure, it would make for one more big week, but the “cupcake games” are good for college football for a couple of reasons:
#1) Most of these cupcake schools depend on their mismatch games against schools like UGA to meet their athletic budgets. We seldom think of it like this, but some female soccer or tennis player got a scholarship to Coastal Carolina paid for by their game against UGA. Eliminate these games, and some of the athletic departments of these smaller schools will be greatly strained or even eliminated.
#2) It is great for the players of the cupcake teams to get to live out their dream of playing inside a big stadium in front of 90,000 fans.
#3) It is great for all of the walk ons and other guys who bust their tails in practice for years who never get to play to live out their dream of getting on the field in Sanford Stadium.
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In your ignorance, what you and other opponents of the 9-game SEC schedule conveniently overlook is that it STILL allows you to (shamelessly) schedule AT LEAST two cupcakes. In UGA’s case, it would be 9 SEC games, plus GT, plus two cupcakes. In the case of teams w/o an OOC rival game, it could be 9 SEC games plus three cupcakes.

How many cupcakes do you cowards want? It should be illegal for D-1 teams to buy victories. Period.

pj

June 2nd, 2012
3:27 pm

I do remember “ride of the Valkyries”. Donnan brought it over from Marshall and it went over like a lead balloon as was changed back to “Krypton” pretty quickly. Also – Students should be allowed to sell their tickets, plain and simple. This will be my 27th year going to games and not having a full student section is embarassing and negates the same racous home field advantage you see at Florida, LSU and Bama

ARdawg

June 2nd, 2012
3:34 pm

natureboy

GTBob has no argument. Only ramblings of a bitter old man. Watch him continue to insist that UGA has everything to do with the rivalries between TN/Bama and FL/LSU. He has no good sense left in him

ARdawg

June 2nd, 2012
3:36 pm

In 4 years from now, both LSU and Bama will not be the perennial powerhouse of the SEC. One might be but unlikely. Yet, those rivalries will continue, and should

Dirty Dawg

June 2nd, 2012
3:40 pm

The thing about ‘early, verbal’ commitments is that they don’t mean crap until signing day. If Alabama’s NC, combined with want appears to be a lot of depth at RB at Georgia, turns the kid’s head then so be it. Seems to me that if we go out and do what Mark Bradley’s saying we will, then let’s see how impressed the young man will be come next February, or whenever they finally commit.

As for special teams…what is there to it but athletes (AKA speed and strength), assignments (stay in your lanes, don’t get blocked and tackle the man with he ball) and practice (Spring, Summer and Fall)? I mean anybody with the title ‘Coach’ could do see to that.

Fan

June 2nd, 2012
3:42 pm

@ Paul in NH

…. “you could argue that since the conference formed 2 divisions in 1992 that UGA’s permanent opponent, Auburn, has been the best program in the SEC West.”
‘SEC West division winners – Alabama 7, LSU 5, Auburn 4′
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Overal records since 1992 – Alabama – 174-77-1. Auburn – 169-75-2. LSU – 166-80-1. Auburn has the fewest outright losses and more wins than LSU. If you factor Alabama’s 21 vacated victories from 2005-2007 into the equation, then Auburn has more wins than the other two as well.

So, yes, a case can be made that Auburn is the best team from the West since the two divisions were formed in 1992.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 2nd, 2012
3:45 pm

With 9 SEC games how can you Suspend all the Potheads for just 3 cupcake games?

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 2nd, 2012
3:46 pm

FAN what is UGa’s record since 1992?

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 2nd, 2012
3:47 pm

Fan Do all the SEC teams records since 92 and lets see where they all rank.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 2nd, 2012
3:48 pm

FAN………..better yet take only the SEC record of all the teams in the SEC since 92 forget OOC games and bowls.

Bill King

June 2nd, 2012
4:06 pm

Fan:

I thought one of the student sections spilled over into the east end zone. Even if it doesn’t, I think that end zone would be the best location for the band, as it would be closer to the main student section than the west end zone was, and would let the band be heard by more of the stadium.

Fan

June 2nd, 2012
4:12 pm

Kool-aid,

Put down the cup and look it up yourself. You can spin it anyway you want – take only the MNC’s into consideration, take only their head-to-head records into consideration, drop this, add that, etc., and you’d have different outcomes almost every time. All three are good teams. A logical argument could be made for any of them being the best in the west since ‘92. The point is, yes, an argument can be made for Auburn being the best (as can LSU or Alabama). You can pick the cup back up now.

Fan

June 2nd, 2012
4:41 pm

Bill:

Yeah, as far as I know, it doesn’t spill into the east end zone. However, putting the band there as you mentioned might work. It’d be good to have them back with the main student section and more of the stadium would probably hear them. I’d worry about the sound being lost out of the West end zone though, as that’s directly where their horns would be pointing. I do like them being in an endzone in general, as its easier to point the horns directly at the opposing players, messing with their snap counts and causing a delay of game (kinda funny to watch when it works).

I’d be intrigued to see them in the lower southwest corner (below the battle hymn soloist). The horns would be pointed directly at the main student section, and they’d still be bordering the west endzone student section. Hopefully more students would eventually flock to that side by the band. Plus, the home band would be in the same endzone, opposite corner as the visiting band, which could be intriguing. Heck, even the southeast corner could be interesting, as then they’re directly facing the visiting band – would make for some loud competition.

Horn direction is probably the biggest factor in hearing the band. Besides the “Hey Song,” the only time they really change horn directions is when they play glory to all four directions of the stadium after Krypton in the 4th quarter. Perhaps having them face a different direction than straight ahead during a few songs would help.

Lagdawg

June 2nd, 2012
5:36 pm

If Henry does flip to Ala., it will be because as of now, they deveolp RBs better than UGA. UGA doesn’t have a proven RB Coach or WR Coach and until CMR deceides to upgrade the offensive staff they will continue to underperform. I just hope Will Friend can get the OL to do its job because if they don’t learn to block, nothing will work and CWF and the rest of the Offensive staff need to go.The bottom line is when games and look like a dominant team and eveything will be alright. Time is out for this soft play on the field and it’s time to man up and be a top team every year. CMR got the contract he deserved. A lot of people feel like he did what he had to do to keep his job. Now if he can make this team into a powerhouse and make better decision hiring coaches, he will get top dollar. Win a NC and the pay will come. No matter what we say about Saban, he gets the job done. I vote for CTG to be the HC.

Same ol' same ol'

June 2nd, 2012
5:41 pm

I don’t think anyone questions that Richt is a good man.

Well, yes, actually, many people question this. Richt is a hypocritical sleazemonger who recruits punks and drunks, and his very un-saintliness is showing badly. And he’s a third-rate coach at best, truth be told.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 2nd, 2012
5:44 pm

BOBO is the best investment according to the other SEC coaches.

Flo-Ri-Duh

June 2nd, 2012
5:51 pm

Bummers depth chart at RB will be even more congested than UGA’s. Henry will be the big power back UGA needs. Bummer will have Hart Yeldin returning and both are big powerful talented RBs. Samuels is graduating for UGA. Henry will have a chance be in the rotation as a freshman. If UGA wins the SEC Henry will stick with them and he may anyway. There is a long time to signing day and the success of the coming season will persuade a lot of recruits pf where to go.

K-Baby

June 2nd, 2012
5:53 pm

As a former Redcoat (’78 – ‘83), I think the placement of the band should be on the other side of the student section from where they (we) used to be to place them in the northeast corner of the stadium. They should also be higher up in the stadium for better sound projection, possibly placing the sousaphones near the top row of the lower section and going down from there. I remember back in the day that the Tennessee and Kentucky bands were higher up in their home stadiums and could be heard better than we were at Sanford.

Also, bring back the ELECTRIC SQUAD! (electric bass, rhythm guitar and trap set) I believe it was eliminated due to being considered too loud years ago. However, with the atrocious piped in music now played, it shouldn’t be an issue anymore. That always helped the band to be heard better.

And it would help if the athletic department would stop dictating what the band plays (as has been discussed on the blog before) – - leave the music selection to the experts.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 2nd, 2012
5:56 pm

It is FOOTBALL Who cares where the freaking band sits.

K-Baby

June 2nd, 2012
6:06 pm

Still – where the band sits is important. Just look at what happened at the Tech game in ‘79. We played Glory 77 times and disrupted the Tech offense repeatedly. The announcers at halftime said the most important factor in the game “both offensively and defensively, was the Redcoat Band”.

The band is a huge part of the FOOTBALL EXPERIENCE.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 2nd, 2012
6:11 pm

I guess why that is No Music is allowed during play. Who cares about the band geeks? Most people go to the bathroom and concession stand at half time.

K-Baby

June 2nd, 2012
6:25 pm

Still – go crawl back into your mama’s basement.

Dawg Goneit

June 2nd, 2012
6:31 pm

Eight is Enough

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 2nd, 2012
6:38 pm

8 is enough for Chickens that feel the need pay for 3 or 4 easy OOC wins plus a Vandy(e) or Ole Miss(w) win.

K-Baby

June 2nd, 2012
6:38 pm

Dawg Goneit – I agree. Eight conference games are enough. However, I would like to see maybe Clemson replace one of the cupcakes on an annual basis. Also, am okay with GA Southern since they are in process of going to FBS in about eight years. It is another natural rival.

Paul in NH

June 2nd, 2012
8:14 pm

@Fan
You could make a case that Auburn has been the best team in the west since 1992 but most people would think that division championships define the best team in the division.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 2nd, 2012
9:17 pm

SEC best teams since Divisions

Florida 198-59
Tenn 179-75
Bama 174-77-1
UGa 173-75-1
Auburn 169-75-2
LSU 166-80-1
Arkie 138-101-2

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 2nd, 2012
9:19 pm

SEC best teams since Divisions

Florida 198-59……….MNC
Tenn 179-75………….MNC
Bama 174-77-1…….MNC
UGa 173-75-1
Auburn 169-75-2……MNC
LSU 166-80-1……….MNC
Arkie 138-101-2