Missy Franklin: Olympic swimming star may attend UGA

Missy Franklin to UGA? (AP)

Missy Franklin to UGA? (AP)

The face of U.S. Olympic women’s swimming may attend college at UGA.

Missy Franklin, who is the darling of the 2012 Summer Olympics after winning four gold medals, told NBC’s Bob Costas on Sunday night that she will turn down millions of dollars of endorsements to realize her dream of swimming for a college team.

When Costas asked which colleges she was considering, Franklin replied “Cal-Berkley, Georgia, USC and maybe Texas.”

Franklin’s mention of the Bulldogs sent UGA fans on Twitter into a frenzy.

The 17-year-old Franklin is a rising senior at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado. At the Olympics, she also set the world record in the 200-meter backstroke. She talked about the decision to remain as an amateur with Costas:

“I have always wanted to swim in college. I love being a part of team. It is so important to me. A  lot of people think of swimming as an individual event, but there is such a huge team aspect behind [it] in just knowing that you have the support of so many people behind you. And you know they’re there, and they’re cheering you. I think that’s so special and college takes that to a whole other level.”

What are your thoughts? If Franklin signed with UGA, would you go watch her in a swim meet? Please post below.

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GT

August 6th, 2012
12:58 am

Hell yeah I would go see her and I go to GT lol.

nc2011

August 6th, 2012
1:06 am

Yes. Would definitely catch a meet when in Athens during swim season. It’s funny that the schools she mentioned are ones that have heavy influences on the US Swim Team. Hopefully her friendship with Allison Schmitt will help her choose UGA.

freedyg

August 6th, 2012
1:25 am

Sign me up.. I was already going to see Allison, add in Misty and it’s a done deal..

gtdude1

August 6th, 2012
1:26 am

No brainer and I think it will come down to uga and USC

Jerry Seinfeld

August 6th, 2012
1:29 am

Yes, she is a gold medalist and the best in the world so I would love to watch her.

Jerry Seinfeld

August 6th, 2012
1:29 am

I want to see Allison as well.

gtdude1

August 6th, 2012
1:34 am

Swimmer's Ear

August 6th, 2012
1:53 am

Love to have her but Cal is the team to beat. Much of the success of this year’s women’s Olympic team is given to Cal’s coach. I hope Jack can get her here, but Cal is the up and coming program. Go Dawgs!

Fan

August 6th, 2012
2:13 am

UGA has a great swimming program, and she would do very well here. I don’t think it would cause many people to attend meets, though. We’ve had plenty of gold medal swimmers over the years, and attendance has changed much. Heck, Jack was the 2008 Olympic coach. Still, would be nice to have her here.

N h gamecock

August 6th, 2012
2:18 am

It’s ftbsll season lmao

Dawg Paddler

August 6th, 2012
5:33 am

First and foremost, yes my family and I would go see her, schmitt and vreeland swim. UGA has had an impressive women’s team for years. Second, nh gamecock, why do you find it necessary, or even acceptable to post on a topic, sport, and blog that has nothing to do with you? Do your parents know you are using the computer at 2:18 am? What is ftbsll? Please report to your parole officer immediately and stop pissing me off! Thanks Cock.

fran tarkenton's accountant

August 6th, 2012
6:43 am

there you go Tray, one more white girl in the mix. Stay committed to the Dawgs we need you bad.

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Buckeye

August 6th, 2012
7:02 am

if she becomes a dog, she will learn to smoke dope, eat brownies and steal bacon.

MattinAtl

August 6th, 2012
7:18 am

In a word, yes!

Sess Poole

August 6th, 2012
8:08 am

I think Missy made the common mistake of confusing “pool” with “cesspool.” Once she learns what a slimy place UGA is, she’ll diss UGA and choose a real school with real student-athletes, not the dummies who go to UGA.

Don’t forget: There’s a reason why UGA is known everywhere as The Cesspool of the South.

Freehawk

August 6th, 2012
8:13 am

UGA has a very good swimming program.

School Daze

August 6th, 2012
9:21 am

If she becomes a dog, she will learn to smoke dope, eat brownies and steal bacon.

Don’t forget urinating in public, staying drunk most of the time, and getting beat up by a football player. :-)

SoManyInternetToughGuys

August 6th, 2012
9:49 am

Actually “Sess Poole,” if you’d get out of your parents basement once in awhile, you might realize that only pathetic little tech fans with a “little brother” complex and self esteem issues refers to Athens that way. Any time I see that phrase, it’s a dead giveaway that it was typed by a pencil-neck geek who doesn’t know what it is like to even speak to a live girl without first having to give them their mother’s credit card number. I guess life’s a b*tch (and so are you) when even your World of Warcraft imaginary elven girlfriend is embarrassed to be seen with you in the Land of Mordor, or whereever the h*ll you spend your cyber time. Walk outside and get some sun, you’ll feel better…

Seriously?

August 6th, 2012
9:58 am

I think Buckeye smokes dope, eats brownies and steals bacon.

I would certainly make it to Athens to see Missy and Allison.

Omar Little

August 6th, 2012
10:13 am

Tough to turn down Cal. Closer to home and a much better academic school than UGA.

juvenal

August 6th, 2012
10:17 am

congrats to all Olympians connected to our state…

Don

August 6th, 2012
10:19 am

She’s loca to not take the millions now.

Jackson

August 6th, 2012
10:21 am

Take the millions, and go to school where you want to.

GTBob

August 6th, 2012
10:23 am

If she turns down millions of dollars to spend time in Athens then she has a bit of a screw loose.

A person SMART enough to know......

August 6th, 2012
10:25 am

She is too SWEET and Innocent to go to UGa. That school will turn her out faster than a Dude driving a Purple Caddy wearing a Fur Hat.

Georgia fans are certainly stupid

August 6th, 2012
10:25 am

it’s really simple..if she’s serious about getting a respected. quality education, she goes to Cal or Texas…if she is interested in swimming, she goes to Cal or Texas…no way she should go to UGA…the constant losing is embedded in the athletic department…at UGA, losers are developed…

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

August 6th, 2012
10:26 am

She’ll probably stay out on left coast and la la land.

A person SMART enough to know......

August 6th, 2012
10:27 am

Go to a school in California where you can stay in the Media Spotlight. At UGa you might end up on the Police Blotter then the Media Spotlight.

Buckeye

August 6th, 2012
10:30 am

Serioulsy,

Yes, and usually in that order.

idiots

August 6th, 2012
10:31 am

Some of the UGA haters are just, wow. I understand some of this stuff on the football blogs, but here it does not make any sense. We should all be proud/pleased that she is considering a Georgia university. If she had said she were considering Tech or Bama, and not UGA, I would root for her to go to one of the “neighbor” schools.

Regardless, way to go Ms. Franklin! You represented the USA so well.

Destin Dawg

August 6th, 2012
10:33 am

all these Techie haters on here make me SICK.. no women at Tech.. just metro crime, drugs, muggings, with NO LIFE ! afraid to come out.. so they are on here night and day.. pitiful

A person SMART enough to know......

August 6th, 2012
10:35 am

If she had Tech on her list I would tell her the same thing. Go to a School in California where you will stay in the public eye much more.

dawgfan

August 6th, 2012
10:35 am

I don’t know where she’ll go but she obviously sent the insanely bitter and jealous Techies in to a frenzy as well and for that I give her props.

Georgia Tech=JOKE.

Devil's Advocate

August 6th, 2012
10:35 am

Why do Tech fans continue to bash and ruin positive blogs about UGA when they can’t even walk around campus without being robbed at gunpoint? Who is The Cesspool of the South again?

dawgfan

August 6th, 2012
10:39 am

“If she had Tech on her list I would tell her the same thing.”

If she had Tech on her list we’d all be outside looking at all the pigs flying in the sky and not on the internet talking about her right now. Big time athletes like Missy Franklin have absolutely no interest in a joke half azzed athletic program like Georgia Tech. They are winners and champions and they want to go where they can win and win big. I’ve been following the Olympics and I haven’t heard Missy Franklin make too many crybaby sore loser excuses when something doesn’t go her way. Therefore, she probably wouldn’t be a good fit at Tech.

Georgia Tech=JOKE.

ugafan

August 6th, 2012
10:43 am

Turn down possible millions to swim on a college team! Really?

GTBob

August 6th, 2012
10:43 am

We should all be proud/pleased that she is considering a Georgia university.

We should be proud that she wants to attend a mediocre university where athletes get arrested more than they excel? That doesn’t make sense. She is america’s sweetheart now. It would be a shame if she ruined that and tarnished her career.

Queen Noor

August 6th, 2012
10:44 am

It would be wonderful to call Missy a Bulldog. I would love to see her compete and do well at the University.

npgator

August 6th, 2012
10:46 am

Georgia’s academics suck compared to the other coniderations.

Paul in NH

August 6th, 2012
10:47 am

Good luck to Franklin wherever she goes to college – but if she is planning to swim in the NCAA’s in college she is passing up millions

Reid in EAV

August 6th, 2012
10:49 am

Good grief, people. Everything is not about football and Good Clean Old Fashioned Hate. UGA is not its football program, or the kinds of people it recruits for its football program, thank goodness. It has actually transformed over the past few decades into a school that you have to be a better than average student to get into, and pretty studious in order to graduate with a degree. (The Board of Regents made a strategic decision to let other state-funded schools be the ones that try to accept everyone, and UGA’s academic rep has risen accordingly.) I personally give the edge to Cal, but UGA has a top five swimming program, its degrees are respected and Athens is a pretty cool place to live. She could certainly do worse.

I like GT as well. It’s academic offerings are top-notch, though limited, and its swimming facility is a former Olympic venue, of course. That said, its swimming program isn’t nearly as strong, and unless she’s planning on engineering, a place like UGA offers more choices. Can’t we all get along?

Al

August 6th, 2012
10:56 am

Please do not respond to GTBob. He is fake, not a GT fan, & posts under many handles.
He bashes UGA just to get responses from the fans.

With that said, hope Missy does come to Athens but either way I wish her well in her career.

dawgfan

August 6th, 2012
10:56 am

I really hate myself, but I love underage girls :-)

Heisenberg

August 6th, 2012
10:58 am

Some of you making jokes about getting in trouble with the law seem a bit confused. She would be on the swim team – not the football team.

coniderations?

August 6th, 2012
11:03 am

“suck”? What an exceptional example of academic prowess.

GTBob

August 6th, 2012
11:04 am

Please do not respond to GTBob. He is fake, not a GT fan, & posts under many handles.

Sorry to disappoint you man, but I don’t post under any name except GTBob. Also, if I am not a GT fan than what is my motivation for posting as a GT fan for the past 3 years?

Leigh

August 6th, 2012
11:05 am

She’d be a fool to choose UGA over Cal. Period. UGA cannot even hold a candle – it’s a joke by comparison. Not only is it better for swimming, but also with educaton. UC schools in general are far superior UGA.

A person SMART enough to know......

August 6th, 2012
11:05 am

Heisenberg…I guess you missed the “In the pants Hash Brown stuffing Female Soccer player” article or the Female selling Dope and Acid out of her dorm room or the German Teaching Cross-Dressing prof arrested for prostitution. It ain’t JUST football players in trouble in Athens.