UGA president nixes Thursday night football, more Dome games

Don’t expect the Georgia Bulldogs to start scheduling any Thursday night games. And not because of any Georgia Tech copyright.

UGA President Dr. Michael Adams at February’s dedication of a renovated athletics headquarters in Athens. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

UGA President Dr. Michael Adams at February’s dedication of a renovated athletics headquarters in Athens. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Tim Bryant of WGAU (1340AM) had Michael Adams, the president of the University of Georgia, on his morning radio show this morning. Bryant thoughtfully shared a sound clip in which Adams said:

”To the best of my knowledge, and I think this is accurate, we’ve not played a home or away Thursday night game during my time here, and we won’t.

“I don’t do scheduling, but I do set certain parameters and certain rules within which the athletic departments are expected to operate. We don’t let teams play on exam days, for instance. We don’t like for them to play on reading days, but there’s been a time or two that has been unavoidable because of conference commitments.

“But generally, I think football ought to be a Saturday occurrence. I think it ought to be fun for an entire community on weekends.”

But Adams didn’t stop there.

”I just go one more. Given the fact that we’re playing in the [Georgia] Dome this weekend, I think people ought to view this as a one-time event. I’m a very strong believer in on-campus, student-centered football.”

So enjoy those Bulldogs while you can, Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic. Athens is sacred ground.

And to be sure, the locals probably don’t appreciate Atlanta poaching on their economics. Not in these hard times.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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[...] least as long as Michael Adams has any say about it. ”To the best of my knowledge, and I think this is accurate, we’ve not [...]

What?

September 2nd, 2011
1:11 pm

thwg

September 2nd, 2011
1:12 pm

Reading days? You mean they really are trying to learn to read?

Frank Lane

September 2nd, 2011
1:12 pm

I rarely agree with Adams, but I do here.

FDR

September 2nd, 2011
1:12 pm

Glad to see that Dr. Adams is keeping an open mind.

Wondering

September 2nd, 2011
1:19 pm

As long as its student centered football. Does this mean all UGA students are able to get tickets to home games? It used to be donor centered football. Has that changed?

al del greco

September 2nd, 2011
1:21 pm

Look guys, Larry Bird is not walking down that tunnel.

bob loblaw

September 2nd, 2011
1:21 pm

Haha. Now if they could learn to count past 10 the football team and student body as a whole would be in great shape.

bob loblaw

September 2nd, 2011
1:22 pm

Oh. And my name is Jason Marcus. My pathetic life consists of running a tumblr blog and eating dinner with my dog.

OLD AND UGA-LEE

September 2nd, 2011
1:40 pm

Mr. Gallowqy;
UGA Football is not politics; It is RELIGION!!!

Jim Mora, Sr.

September 2nd, 2011
2:20 pm

Reading ???

Are you kiddin me ???

Reading ???

You wanna talk about Reading ???

Runnin With The Dawgs

September 2nd, 2011
2:24 pm

I’m ready to end the Fla. game being played in Jacksonville also. We should be alternating between Ga. and Fla. each year like we do with other schools in the SEC.

JP Dawg

September 2nd, 2011
2:28 pm

Lets just say this…regardless of when games are played or any of that, Adams is not now, has never been, and will never be a true Dawg. I look forward to the day when he finds something else to do.

Tech '10

September 2nd, 2011
2:28 pm

Reading is good. Drugs are bad.

Centrist

September 2nd, 2011
2:31 pm

Of course John Lewis and a few dozen other Congressmen and Senators are socialists. Just because they don’t want to “toxic label” doesn’t mean they don’t subscribe.

Okeefenokee

September 2nd, 2011
2:36 pm

UGA has “reading” days ? Do also have “writing” days as well ?

Do they have “coloring with crayons” day as well ?

Just face facts people. UGA is just a modern-day Plantation.

It takes in this redneck state’s MOST academically illiterate student-athletes,
enrolls them in remedial, non-college credit coourses, for the specific purpose
of generating PROFITS for that PRIVATE, NON-PROFIT corporation called the
University of Georgia Athletic Association.

I dont exaggerate. UGA’s very own “Dr.” Leroy Ervin stated THE EXACT SAME THING
for Federal Court.

So, the UGA-AA profits off the educational cast-offs of this state’s disgraceful education system.

And yet, from the Gold Dome to the AJC, no one seems to care.

So, keeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep living the lie folks, trying
to convince yourselves thet UGA-AA is not what it REALLY is.

Ralph

September 2nd, 2011
2:40 pm

At least a few of the thUGA slaves get into the NFL. The others become professional carjackers, after their amateur stints in Athens.

the real Old Gold

September 2nd, 2011
2:46 pm

Worried about traditional game days? What about traditional uniforms? I guess Arena League helmets are as traditional as it gets.

Way Too Easy

September 2nd, 2011
2:49 pm

Man, talk about setting it up on a tee!

Reading days???? Now that’s funny right there, I don’t care who you are!

Truth

September 2nd, 2011
2:57 pm

Thursday night games are for bush league programs. Good decision Mr. Adams.

RED NECK

September 2nd, 2011
2:59 pm

Yellow Jackets, that game was awesome. I just hope UGA can score some points against those blues brothers.

jconservative

September 2nd, 2011
2:59 pm

I am not a UGA grad or fan, but…………….you guys cut Adams some slack. He took an average state university and has turned it into one of the better universities in the SE.

The incoming freshman class just had its highest SAT average – 1274.

Progress.

DawgInaTruck

September 2nd, 2011
3:02 pm

bob loblaw

September 2nd, 2011
1:21 pm
Haha. Now if they could learn to count past 10 the football team and student body as a whole would be in great shape.

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Bob, everyone remembers a certain QB of yours that couldn’t even count to four.

But....

September 2nd, 2011
3:04 pm

Question Mr. Adams: What about the basketball, baseball, softball, tennis, volleyball, and golf teams?

But....

September 2nd, 2011
3:07 pm

Those teams must be stronger readers.

Missy

September 2nd, 2011
3:09 pm

This is all Obama’s fault. I can hear the repub sound bytes now…..

brad

September 2nd, 2011
3:25 pm

Okeefenokee……and your point is?

Sandra

September 2nd, 2011
3:32 pm

The Hope scholarship (not Michael Adams) is primarily the reason UGA has been able to attract more high achieving students with higher SAT scores. This does not mean that the academic standards have improved under Adams’s presidency.

markie mark

September 2nd, 2011
3:34 pm

@running with the dogs….as a former POW in Jacksonville for 10 years, and growing up on SSI, please do not wish that on South Georgia….its the only game that we don’t have to travel hours and hours for. Have all the other games at Sanford Stadium, but PLEASE leave GA/FLA alone..(and they have the #$%#$^ nerve in Jacksonville to call it FLA/GA…..damn….)

Okeefenokee

September 2nd, 2011
3:34 pm

DawgInaTruck = just another UGA redneck idiot supporting THE Plantation in Athens.

Reading Days

September 2nd, 2011
3:35 pm

For those of you who apparently haven’t been near a college campus recently, “reading days” are the days set aside between the end of instructional class time and the start of exams for students to study. Most campuses have quiet hour rules, late library hours, etc. during those days.

downsouth

September 2nd, 2011
3:49 pm

Forget You Adams… he failed to mention the “we suckle the mugwump so we must accept the terrible noon and 1pm kickoff times because the tv money is too good for the UGA-AA”. what a way to “get the whole community involved in gameday weekends”… forget them all… UGA-AA, isn’t that a funny acronym! and hey, i resemble that remark!!

Eat a Peach for the Classic City

Wow, Okeefenokee

September 2nd, 2011
3:49 pm

…you do not get out or read much do you? Those comments and accusations are only about 30 years old…

Fire MIchael Adams

September 2nd, 2011
3:50 pm

I could take or leave the idea of a Thursday night game, but for Adams to sit there, on the eve of a game in the Dome, that has the fan base wayyyy more pumped up than we should be given the sorry state of our program and is bringing us some much needed but un-deserved national attention and say that this will be the last time we ever do this, is beyond ignorant. It’s archaic thinking that’s yet another slap in the face to the tens of thousands of fans that give money to his school. Heaven forbid we do things differently every now and again to keep people interested and excited. This is the same type of thinking that allows the constant mediocrity of mark richt to be perfectly ok.

joe

September 2nd, 2011
3:51 pm

Did he make any comments on red panties being nixed?

Jon Lester

September 2nd, 2011
3:56 pm

This is the first time I remember enjoying every single one of the comments in one thread. As for the economic angle, the first home game will bring traffic past my store on 10 September, so I hope I can sell some flags.

dobearsbare

September 2nd, 2011
4:22 pm

Jim, seriously, leave the sports alone. You guys have a full-time staff of sports writers to cover this stuff, and they have. The Thursday deal is old news. Just because Adams opens his mouth doesn’t mean it’s suddenly new again.

Jim N Buckhead

September 2nd, 2011
4:27 pm

The day MA gets off the UGA teat will be the greatest day in UGA history….

JRHD

September 2nd, 2011
4:44 pm

I really don’t like MA and I don’t think anything will ever change that, but I agree w/ him on this. Let’s keep the games on campus (I’m torn on the GA/FL thing). And all you people bashing UGA about the ‘reading days’ statement are showing your ignorance. You obviously didn’t attend college/university.

Michael

September 2nd, 2011
5:27 pm

Alas, you are correct. Those of us in the Vet School, Pharmacy School, Law School, Business School, among others, don’t know how to read. Maybe I can get a job at Tech sweeping floors. If I could only read a Marta map, of course.

Bob

September 2nd, 2011
5:43 pm

Good for you Prez…and next, how ’bout no more 7:00 PM or later starts. ESPN is notorious for four hour games…run a play, then four to six commercials…run another two plays, then four more commercials and a local station break. Let’s look out for the fans, not the money.

Mike

September 2nd, 2011
9:48 pm

I look forward to Nick Saban being able to come back to the Kickoff Game, at the Dome, to poach Georgia recruits.

Pot Calling the Kettle

September 3rd, 2011
11:39 am

It’s obvious that many of the commenters have no post-secondary school experience, if any secondary school experience.

All of these “reading days” jabs and jokes are idiotic. The days set aside for students to study for exams are called “reading days.”

What’s ironic is that these commenters are attempting to call the athletes stupid, while confirming the fact that they, themselves, know nothing about that which they speak.

P.S. I type in perfect English and I am an ex-athlete educated at Georgia – undergraduate and post-graduate degrees. Is it too much to expect better manners and English in the comment section of an online newspaper?

Tech BZZZZ

September 5th, 2011
3:14 pm

more phony BS from the University of Football—just “try to” win baby!!!

Richard

September 6th, 2011
9:06 am

I see he has a terrible memory. I believe GA plays off campus with Florida every year, even in Florida unless Forida the stadium in Florida is being used. If the GA/FL games has to be off campus, why can’t it be Atl one year, JAX the next year?? Is there something that UGA owes to the City of JAX??

VININGS DAWG

September 6th, 2011
9:19 am

Dear Mr. Prez,

Hate to tell you but not a lot you can do about a road Thursday night game at places like Starkville. TV makes that pick and the home team has the nod. Stick to whatever you do and do not comment on athletics, because it is more and more obvious that you were always the last kid picked.

JD

September 6th, 2011
2:21 pm

If football is so “student centered” at UGA why isn’t every student who wants a ticket guaranteed the ability to buy one? Are they still having lotteries for three game packages and such nonsense? “b”ig time college football “student centered”? Some one should concentrate during his “reading” days on the meaning of the word “hypocrisy”.

Jeff

September 6th, 2011
5:20 pm

Why are people worried about playing on so called exam and reading days? What is a reading day anyway? Is that a dy that they go get students who can read, and read stories to the players? Be honest with yourselves. For most of the players UGA is just a bump in the road to get into the NFL. That is why Universities have to offer easy majors like communications, or management. A lot of the guys major in P.E.

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