Athletic board buzzing about Georgia-Florida, too

    Greensboro — As it does everywhere else in Bulldog Nation these days, the site of the Georgia-Florida game came up in Thursday’s  meeting of the executive committee of the UGA Athletic Association board of directors at Lake Oconee.

    UGA President Michael Adams and athletics director Damon Evans said, basically, that they are open-minded about  what happens with the game after 2010 and that they’d like to make a decision by, say, late summer.

   The best comment on the issue, though, came from board member Bob Bishop.

   “I have very strong feelings about that,  but the problem is I change my mind about once a week,” he said.

   Adams indicated that comment crystallized a delicate decision.

   “It’s not one of those [decisions] that is 90-10,” Adams said.

   Another board member suggested Bulldog Nation might be divided 50-50 on the issue, to which Evans replied: “It changes a little bit [depending on] how we compete down there. The year in which we do well, I don’t hear as much about it.  The year we lose, it’s, ‘We got to go.’”

   While saying he has “no predisposition” one way or the other about where the game should be played after the current Jacksonville contract expires in 2010, Adams did reveal why, in years past, he has favored keeping it in Jax.

   “The thing that has consistently driven me in that equation is all the folks in South Georgia who say this is their best  chance to see a live game,” he said.

   But Adams reiterated no decision has been made beyond 2010, and “we . . . are going to listen to folks on both sides of the equation.”

   Since Georgia and Florida  like to sign a new contract when existing deals get down to two games, Evans questioned whether a four-year contract — the typical length — is too short.

    “It rolls around so fast,” he said. “I’d like to get to the point where this is it for a while.”  

 

    For those still wondering: No, the $40 million expansion  of the football facilities at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall — approved by the  board Thursday — does not include the indoor practice facility (IPF) long sought by Mark Richt.

   In fact, the Butts-Mehre project pushes the IPF  onto the backburner, Adams said.

   And yes, Richt  was OK with that.

   As much as he has advocated an IPF, he decided the massive expansion/renovation of Butts-Mehre was more important.

  “Let me be clear about this,” Adams told the board. “The coach was given some options. This is what he chose. And a lot of things now move ahead of an indoor practice facility. With this $40 million expenditure in the near term for football, there are a bunch of other sports that are standing out there. . . .  We’ve got to do some fan-serving facilities; we’ve got to make some basketball [improvements] and some other things that now move ahead of an indoor practice facility, given the decision to do this.”

  Added Evans: “Everybody brings up indoor practice facility. We have done studies; we have traveled to other institutions. . . What it came down to for Mark was, what do the student-athletes touch every single day? This [Butt-Mehre] is where they are every day. An indoor practice facility is used [only] in inclement weather.”

    The Butts-Mehre project, adding 53,000 square feet of new construction and renovating 23,000 square feet of existing space, will produce a massive new weight room, a new training room, new coaches’ offices, new meeting rooms and a large multi-purpose area  that will be used for receptions and other functions and, on occasion, limited football drills.  But that multi-purpose area, with synthetic floor, won’t be large enough or high-ceilinged enough to be an IPF, Evans said.

   “What it will allow them to do is what they call walk-throughs,” he said. “Or they can go in there and do some other drill-type work.”

 

   The Athletic Association board gets back together this morning at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge for a presentation by Mark Fox.  

 

 

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JB

May 22nd, 2009
8:19 am

We need to take 5 mil of that money and hire the best defensive coach money can hire/buy and get serious about competing with Florida.

Sid

May 22nd, 2009
8:40 am

Home and home forever. Has nothing to do with the record in recent years.Get it on campus !!!This is college football !! Also, let Athens-Clarke County and Uga get some revenue at least once every other year.As for those poor folks in South GA, I’m disabled and,if I can get a ticket,will probably get there if in Athens much better than J’ville.What a stupid statement President Adams.Typical PR for you !!Going to run for Govenor or Senate next?

todd

May 22nd, 2009
8:42 am

So now your telling me we have athletic board members who want to hide under thier Ga gear and not own up to the fact that Jax, FL has nothing to do with the outcome of the game year in, year out.
Are they now talking that it is too hot in Jax. Poor ole, UGA has to go down and play in the Gator Bowl.
Raised in Jax, FL and a UGA grad in 1985, I fully remember Jax being no problem.
Now you can’t even get the Athl. Assoc. or MR to show up for a Bulldog meetng in Jax.
It really is embarassing and ashame it’s come to this, instead of simply just saying we’ve got to do a better job coaching and not playing tight

RedGADawg

May 22nd, 2009
8:48 am

Playing the game is South Georgia was a good reason, now if you are not a significant contributer you can not order tickets! So make it a four year rotation home and home then Jax and Atlanta. It would give UGA and FLA two years each when they could schedule major teams to play on a home and home basis. I am tired of paying big bucks for tixs, and have had tixs since 1975 to watch Tenn Tech, Coastal Carolina or ULA Lafayette. Waste of time and money!!!!! This type of rotation will make for better schedules, give South Georgia fans a great weekend in Big A, keep the JAX tradition alive and give us DAWG fans an opportunity to invade the swamp.

Mikey

May 22nd, 2009
9:06 am

Do not move the game. We just have to get our heads out of our ___ and stop being tight.
Moving the game is nothing short of surrendering to Gator Nation and I for one do not want to have the game moved and then listen to the BS for god knows how many years- “Dawgs had to move the game because you were chicken bleep to play us there”

We must simply man up and compete- no gimmicks- just compete!!!

UGASlobberknocker

May 22nd, 2009
9:06 am

I hope this thing never moves..but if it did..this rotation might work for everyone:

Jax/Athens/Jax/Gainesville/Jax, etc. forget the Ga Dome no one wants to come to Ga in Nov.

Instead Ga can play another regular season game there sometime ..

Then the city of Jax could then fill in the off years with an alternating FSU series (Miami would be a natural) Jax/Tallahassee/Jax/Miami.

I could live with that and Im diehard on the Jax site.

Saint Simons

May 22nd, 2009
9:26 am

45-42!!!!!!!!!! hahhahahahahahahahahahahahaahaha

Paul Hamilton

May 22nd, 2009
9:27 am

I really don’t care what they do with the game, but Florida does seem to have a small psychological edge and there is no denying it is basically a home game for them. Florida is very comfortable playing there as well. Georgia’s play on the field is to blame for each defeat, so changing the game will only make it a more level playing field for both teams on paper, and perhaps a bit in the head.

I honestly don’t understand the attraction with Jacksonville. Home and home series would be so much more meaningful and exciting for the fans.

DawgGirl32

May 22nd, 2009
9:31 am

…..why are we still talking about this…

[...] how we compete down there.  The year in which we do well, I don’t hear as much about it.  The year we lose, it’s ‘We got to go.’”Adams said that the thing that has always made him lean toward keeping the game in Jacksonville is [...]

MOVE

May 22nd, 2009
9:39 am

ITS NEVER A HOME GAME FOR GEORGIA PERIOD. WE TRAVEL WAY TO FAR AND florida DOES NOT TRAVEL BUT WHAT ….;.A FEW HOURS? IT’S IN THE STATE OF florida!!!!

Hello

May 22nd, 2009
9:41 am

I cannot believe alumni, students, and fans would even hesitate to have the Georgia Florida game on the UGA campus every other year. Tailgate on campus and walk to the game. Plus 25,000 additional seats!

AltamahaDawg

May 22nd, 2009
9:47 am

ITS NEVER going home/home. Both schools would lose over a million to do that and I havent seen too many ADs that think that is a good idea. Can we go ahead and get over that? The only option is rotating to Atlanta on occation.

And the statement that the entire state of Georgia gets very little financial benifit from the game being in J-ville, is just factually incorrect.

And Sid, I appreciate your take on it, but let’s be honest, you, me everyone else, all have selfish agendas on this topic. Dr. Adams didn’t try to disguise anything to say that the folks in South Georgia have a personally motivated desire to have One game a year closer to them. How is that a stupid comment on his part? Was he somehow mistaken?

DawgMan

May 22nd, 2009
9:48 am

Richt needs to get Evans to move the game to Athens in the UGA home game years. That will be the best chance for the Dawgs to win. Florida just has too many advantages in jacksonville and it’s not fair to play them 50 miles from their campus, when they take a 1 hour bus trip to the game, while Ga has to travel hours on planes and buses. I’m tired of losing that game almost every year, so get it done.

foxdog

May 22nd, 2009
10:07 am

The “I’ll take my ball and go home crowd” makes me want to puke!

The “travel” excuse is just lame as hell. You think high schools all over the state of Georgia don’t ride buses for hours on Friday afternoon and then play the same night? These are 19-23 year old men in top shape. A one hour bus trip, 1 1/2 hour flight, overnight in a top hotel, and then a bus trip of less than an hour the next day should have zero effect.

Just quit whining….

jim carroll

May 22nd, 2009
10:22 am

As far as South Georgia fans seeing a “live game” in Jax, thy have to have season tickets and a very high contribution level to see it live.

PTC DAWG

May 22nd, 2009
10:26 am

Home/home will NOT give UGA an additional home game. We don’t/can’t play 4 non BCS conference patsies at home every year like many of our SEC foes.

Jax is where the game belongs. Give that up, and it’s just another home SEC game.

PTC DAWG

May 22nd, 2009
10:27 am

2ndly, as far as travel, just take 3 planes out of Epps EVERY year just like did last year when we played at Baton Rouge. It’s very simple.

leslie22h

May 22nd, 2009
10:44 am

What the Home-Home crowd fails to acknowledge is that the game in Jacksonville provides South Georgia with a much-needed economical boost. While my counterpart in Athens may see a little uptick in sales revenue with an extra home game every other year, my much smaller company (not to mention the dozens of hotels, motels, restaurants, etc.) here in South GA would suffer a devastating blow from the lost revenue in an otherwise “dead” time of the year. I’m not talking about a gameday boost, I’m talking about an entire week that benefits scores of businesses in the area.

Anyone who thinks the Jacksonville site perpetuates a bias in favor of UF must not remember 1970 – 1989 when we kicked Gator butt fifteen out of twenty games. I’ve lost count of how many Georgia-Florida games I’ve attended since I was a kid, but one thing has never changed… the crowd has always been 50-50 in the stadium, regardless of how many Florida fans actually reside in Jacksonville.

Something happened when Dooley stepped down as Head Coach… the tide shifted in Florida’s favor and Georgia’s dominance over Florida ended. Who should we blame for this? Ray Goff? Jim Donnan? Michael Adams? How about Steve Spurrier? I blame him, because he was the first truly effective coach against us and he left a solid program in place for his successors. The same cannot be said for Coach Dooley.

UGA’s lack of success against Florida is psychological. Many times over the last 20 years has Georgia fielded a better team against Florida only to fold like a cheap suit. The Home-Home crowd need not blame the venue.

murfdawg

May 22nd, 2009
10:50 am

Now is the time for all good Dawgs to rally and take back Jax.I cannot imagine what grief the gators will give us once they run us out of Jax. Then they will chase us to Athens, and kick our butts. Then they will chase us to the Ga Dome, where they will kick our butts. Then we will have to go to an undisclosed, double secret location to play, and watch them kick our butts. Grow up people and stand up to the gators and beat them in Jax(like we used to)!!! We need some leaders with guts and who will attack the problem head on, instead of running from it. I cannot imagine George Patton whining about having to fight the Germans in Argonne because it was too cold and too far from home. Evans, Richt and Adams need to stop whining and take back Jax and make it fun for the next generation of Dawgs.

stoopid

May 22nd, 2009
10:56 am

i for one do not wanna move anything!! these are all great points that people are makin. and sure, its an advantage for the gaytors being an hour away and playin in the “gaytor bowl” but think about this… what happens when we do all this bitc*in and get the game moved and then proceed to get our a$s waxed in our home state?? what happens then?? i cant even imagine the comments that would spew outta the folks wearin the jorts!!!!

St. Bernard

May 22nd, 2009
11:06 am

I’m interested to hear what Fox says.

Huh?

May 22nd, 2009
11:52 am

You guys have got some wonderful ideas. Just try harder and “man up?” Brilliant. Richt will kick himself for weeks for not thinking of this. Once these fail proof strategies are implemented Florida may not win another game against us again.

Good grief.

Reebok

May 22nd, 2009
12:25 pm

Tech fan here. Leave the Georgia-Florida game in Jacksonville. As a real football fan, I appreciate what makes the game special and I think it’s a great spectacle. See you on The Flats in November…

Luisb

May 22nd, 2009
12:35 pm

hahahah you guys are so gay, when UGA was on a win streak did the Gators try to change venues? no! Was UGA interested in moving the game home? NO! this stuff is cyclical, recruit better, play harder, and just win baby! That stadium is split down the middle every year, and it gets national attention every year, which is good for both programs, moving the game would be a mistake….stop crying.

IveyLeaguer

May 22nd, 2009
12:39 pm

I think a rotation between neutral sites Jacksonville & Atlanta would be great. And it has nothing to do with the W/L of either team, that’s funny paper stuff. I’ve seen firsthand both schools with their foot on the other’s throat, and there’s always a stupid minority that think the location greatly impacts the outcome of games. The only qualification is Atlanta would have to do it up right.

And I think they would. Not only that, they would outperform Jacksonville. That Atlanta group knows what they are doing, except they err in going for once per 4 years, IMO. They should go for straight rotation. I have no doubt the competition between Atlanta and Jacksonville would be great for the game, both schools, and really great for the fans. Fans would end up with all kinds of perks they’ll never get otherwise, with Jax and Atlanta trying to outdo each other by the next contract date.

The only negative I see is 5 or 6 thousand people will lose tickets every other year, about 3K per school. But IMHO, it would put the already great series on a level by itself, unequaled in sports. Yes, there would be Jax traditions that are broken (my family had a longstanding tradition), but all that would still be there every other year. It wouldn’t take long at all for those things to settle down.

What worries me is the series returning to a Home & Home. I’m very much against that. I’m against Athens and Gainesville being involved in any way (there’s some discussion about a H & H + an annual rotation, which is nuts, IMO). It’s important to keep the game at a neutral site. The concern is, should Florida be closed to discussion of a rotation, things could come to an impasse, and negotiations could get locked up.

If that were to happen, the series would go H & H by default.

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mightyKC

May 22nd, 2009
12:41 pm

dawggirl32, we’re still talking about this because it’s all UGA talks about in the offseason: how can we finally beat FL? we can’t just focus on getting better players or coaches, let’s try to put ex-lax in their gatorade or make their bus get a flat tire. oh wait, let’s move where the game is played. yawn.

jimmy

May 22nd, 2009
12:51 pm

take adams back to athens and let the athletic director and coach handle the situation

mdbatl

May 22nd, 2009
1:00 pm

If we want to throw up the white flag, we can move the game to Atlanta or home and home. Admit it- that’s the only reason this is even on the table. When we won in 2007, no one complained about Jacksonville. I’m a student at Georgia, and as long as I’ve been alive, Florida has done nothing but whip our butts save for 4 exceptions. But, like anyone who has followed the team for a long time, I recognize the history and tradition of the game in Jacksonville. Granted, the Red River Shootout is less cyclical than the WLOCP, but I’ve never heard any whines from Oklahoma fans about moving the game because of Texas’s “unfair advantage.” Moving from Jacksonville would be a completely cowardly gesture that would give Florida leverage over us for years to come.

I love and respect Mark Richt, but his opinion on this reflects that of someone not very familiar with Georgia football. I understand he wants to beat Florida, but he should focus more putting a better game plan on the field than complaining about the venue.

I get the feeling that the vast majority of the Bulldog Nation opposes a move from Jacksonville, but those who want the game out of Florida are just much, much more vocal. I know, as a student, we love our 3-day weekend to Jacksonville or St. Simons. I know there are multitudes of alumni that, like Tony Barnhart said in his column a few days ago, circle this game and weekend on the calendar to catch up with old friends, tailgate, and reminisce. Giving away all of that because we’re scared of Urban Meyer would, for the first time, make me ashamed to be a Bulldog.

rtgator

May 22nd, 2009
1:05 pm

Leslie22h puts the issue into the clearest context. I am a gator, born and raised in Jax. and a UF grad ‘71. For twenty years the Dawgs waxed our behinds. And guess where they won those games. Yep, in Jax. One of my dearest friends played QB for Ga. in the 50’s and is sick of the the Dawg faithful and their whining. Next to The Red River Rivalry the Ga./Fla. game is Jax. is the greatest off campus rivalry in college football. The economic impact to N. Fla. and S. Ga. is beyond debate. Ga. just needs to man up and get competitive. By the way I believe the series went home and home during the refurbishment of the G. Bowl. Believe it was Spurrier’s “half a hundred” game in Athens. Pretty much the same in Gainesville. The Dawgs recruit as well as anyone. Just coach those kids up and get going.

Rick S

May 22nd, 2009
1:17 pm

I am proud and excited that the UGA Board voted to invest 40 million dollars to expand Butts-Mehre and believe this will be great for the players and a good recruiting tool, but here is my list of facility enhancement priorities:

1) New (not rennovated) Basketball Arena
2) New Baseball Stadium
3) Widen the concourses, add new restrooms and eating places, and enclose the end zone in front of the bridge at Sanford Stadium. (Tennessee has a massive multi-phase project underway to rennovate Neyland Stadium, LSU and Florida also have major construction projects underway to their Football Stadiums, so if Georgia is to remain competitive with not only the facilities but recruiting, it’s time to step-up and and at least lay out a plan for the future)!
4) Indoor Practice Facility for Football

AltamahaDawg

May 22nd, 2009
1:19 pm

Jim, you can’t be serious.

Leslie22h, that is a very valid wrinkle to finacial debate. No way would everyone still come into town and start spending money the week before the game, as they do now in the Golden Isles. Can’t agree on the “many times” upset losses though. It’s not psychological as much as it is physiological.

PTC, I have wondered that all year. Just fly direct out of Athens, now that it’s possible. I’d be willing to bet that the expence to do that is one of the things they force the City of J-ville to cover in the new contract. That should completely end any rational discussion of travel time.

Huh? Obviously it’s all about adjusting. Oh and not being unprepared. Wait. That first, then the adjusting thing.

Gators0086

May 22nd, 2009
1:26 pm

Having grown up in Jax and attended UF, there is one small but overlooked change the occurred in 1990 that most people do not even realize occurred but I beleive had a huge impact on why we have dominated the rivalry the last two decades. One of the first things Steve Spurrier did when he ws hired was he had the artifical turf removed from Florida Field and replaced with grass. For years the Gators were used to playing on turf in Gville while the Dawgs always played on grass in Athens. When we got to Jax, our speed advantage and the way our players cut and the angles they took to tackle were nuetralized (remember “Run Linsdey Run”). The Dawgs didn’t have the same problem. The Gators could never get accustomed to the difference between the two surfaces. Florida in the 70’s and 80’s had a dismal record of playing away games on grass and a pretty good record of playing away games on turf. I truely beleive this had a significant impact on the rivalry and I beleive the Ole Ball Coach new it as well.

Obama hates Cheney's bald head the most

May 22nd, 2009
1:30 pm

WE SHOULD JUST WATERBOARD THE GATORS SORRY ARSES AND THAT WOULD KEEP THEM FROM HANING 49 ON US NEXT YEAR; F WHERE WE PLAY, LEAVE IT IN JAX FOREVER!!!!!!

WWWWWWWHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!! Thats me slapping the pi$$ out of Cheney’s bald head.

Obama hates Cheney's bald head the most

May 22nd, 2009
1:32 pm

Oh and Rick S, closing the bridge at the staduim is a HORRIBLE idea and has no effect on recruiting. I don’t care about being like the other stadiums, i like ours; BAD IDEA.

gdawginkalamazoo

May 22nd, 2009
1:40 pm

Moving the game to the ATL or Athens does not give UGA the “best chance” to win. We have the “best chance” to win by putting the better team on the field, preparing them and coaching them up with a better game plan on offense, defense AND special teams. If we do that we can win ANYWHERE.

Lee Dawg

May 22nd, 2009
1:44 pm

I don’t think the game should be moved. It is a tradition! Georgia just needs to play better against the Gators! As far as tickets go, I live just north of Jax. and have not been able to get my hands on one of those suckers yet!

hop

May 22nd, 2009
1:50 pm

the time has come to make the move just as georgia did when it moved the auburn game from columbus back to a home and home.

georgia continues to have scheduling problems in having enough home games; you make the change and the problem is gone.

jacksonville makes a ton of money far more than south georgia and we need to have that money reinvested back into georgia.

jarchangeladidas

May 22nd, 2009
2:09 pm

I have a great idea…play the game in Athens EVERY year. I don’t want to hear any more excuses about nothing. When Dooley owned the GATORS there was no cring what so ever. Now all of a sudden its a home game for UF. Riiiight!!! Just move the game to Athens and get it over with. Because of that stunt CMR pulled in 07, Urban hates ur guts the same way Steve did. You garabedawgs do remember what Spurrier did in Athens don’t you? Go GATORS!!!

Ed

May 22nd, 2009
2:16 pm

Georgia needs to toughen up, in my opinion. I suggest hiring Dick Cheney as defensive coordinator. Or maybe hire his daughter, Liz. Them tell to get after the Gators the way they’ve gone after Obama and the liberal press lately.

mexdawg

May 22nd, 2009
2:22 pm

You move this game and you surrender recruiting of south Georgia to FSU and to some extent UF.I kid you not,this game IS THAT IMPORTANT.I for one do not want to take that chance.Coach move this game and it will cause you your job within 3 years.THINK ABOUT IT.Just go down to jax and take care of business.GATA.Your good enough to beat Myer anywhere.Hell Dooley did it all the time.Lets go and remember LET THE BIG DAWG EAT.

Huh?

May 22nd, 2009
2:24 pm

What’s the point. We’ll probably just lose to the Gators as usual again. I’m sick of it! Fire Willie Martinez! This is really starting to get to me. Losing to Florida and Tech in the same year is stupid. I’ve been over on the Tech boards given those nerds hell about it since November. They know what’s coming…they know what’s about to hit them. Cox is about to hit them right in the mouth. Wait…did that sound bad?

AltamahaDawg

May 22nd, 2009
2:39 pm

The other change that affected the game when they hired Steve Spurrier was the hiring of Steve Spurrier.

SoCal Dawg

May 22nd, 2009
2:45 pm

Not everyone that wants the game moved wants it because of a lack of fairness. There’s a large number of us that want it changed so we could try to fit in some power houses that we have no chance of playing other wise i.e. Texas, SoCal, Ohio St., and the list goes on. I want to move but this should be the ONLY reason we do it not because it’s too hot.

Cuz

May 22nd, 2009
2:49 pm

Altamaha, once again you amaze me with your profound profundity.

IveyLeaguer

May 22nd, 2009
2:49 pm

[This is a follow-up post to the one above.]

I want to emphasize and underscore the fact that these negotiations are not about how we can beat Florida, as I mentioned above.

Notwithstanding that fact, Florida does have an inherent location and logistics advantage that has the ability to translate itself into game performance. That wasn’t really true in the past and has just now, in the past few years, become a factor in college football.

That’s because top college teams are much more sophisticated than in the past. Technology has been the backbone and the catalyst behind these changes, and the effects are multi-dimensional. For example, game film can be broken down in a matter of a few hours (I’m guessing) and acquired in a matter of minutes even if you’re on an airplane, bus, or automobile (not guessing). Teams are managing and converting every quarter-hour of the week into production using sophisticated time-management techniques which translate into everything from coaches getting a head start on a game plan to the accumulative rest of players for the week. And these things are now becoming part of the competitive process.

I haven’t talked to him, but I think it’s pretty obvious this is where Coach Richt is coming from. It’s getting to the point where, added up, these things become a factor. Now I don’t think this advantage has had anything to do with the outcome of any Georgia-Florida game so far, and I’m pretty sure nobody in Butts-Mehre thinks that, either. But if technology has brought us to the point to where it is now possible for a game location to really matter, why would you give your #1 rival that advantage EVERY year, knowing sooner or later it will affect performance in a game and perhaps even the outcome of the game, regardless of whether or not you can quantify and qualify the result?

If you and I were dead even as tennis players and were to meet in a high-stakes tournament next week, and the rules gave me an extra 8-hour day to watch film and prepare for your tendencies, plus an entire extra day to rest-up mentally and physically, would you not feel I had some degree of unfair advantage?

Well that’s pretty much what happened at last year’s Georgia-Florida, the result of Georgia playing in Baton Rouge @ 3:30 (which was lucky because it wasn’t 7:00 or 7:45) and Florida playing a home game vs. Kentucky. There are even more little things that factor in. Now Georgia lost the game last year because it lacked heart, discipline, toughness and leadership, and because Florida had all that. And for no other reason. But because of technology, sooner or later a game(s) is going to come down to the little things. It’s only a matter of time. Who among us would doubt the advantage of the open-date in this series? Anyone who does should simply look at the record for the past 30 or more years. The baby-fresh logistical advantage will never have the impact of an open-date. But it is now a reality, and a factor, regardless of whether we accept it.

In today’s major college football, if you mismanage logistics, including time, you will soon find yourself falling behind. But in the SEC, you can only manage what you are given and there is precious little you can control. Why then, should Georgia give Florida a perpetual logistic advantage in the series when it has the power to do otherwise?

A Home & Home series would level the playing field but that’s a bad idea for a number of reasons. A Jacksonville game with a rotation in Atlanta every 4 years is better than nothing, but what is that? It should be a straight rotation. It’s another long post, but the Atlanta Sports Council needs to step up to the plate with an attractive proposal that will more than compete with Jacksonville. Everything is there for the game to be at least as attractive for the fans. The game would still be in Jacksonville every other year. No tradition has to be lost, only modified. And the opportunity to enhance or add to current traditions is there for all, especially for Florida people.

This decision needs to be an administrative one, not a popularity contest. Georgia should do what it is in the best interest of its program. And other than the regrettable 3K lost seats every other year, the fans need not be affected. It will be different, but the enjoyment and excitement can be better than ever.

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Cuz

May 22nd, 2009
2:50 pm

When is it too hot on Halloween? Maybe in Australia.

ray

May 22nd, 2009
3:32 pm

Interesting rationalizing here. I can’t see UF agreeing to playing in Atlanta. Gator fans aren’t going to go to Atlanta in Nov., especially when odds are they’ll be back in another 5 weeks to play a more important game. Crowds in GA Dome would be least 65/35 in dawgs favor, so there is no incentive for Florida to not just play home and home.

As far as economic impact, I lived in Atlanta for over 30 years, went to Jax every year to the game. I only stayed in Jax one time. Too many drunk students barking and barfing all night. I always stayed in Savannah, Brunswick, even Valdosta, always in Georgia, though. The net loss to the state economy would be huge if it went home and home; far fewer hotel nights, lost gasoline and alcohol tax revenues, etc.

This game is special now, like a bowl game in mid-season. Home and home, it becomes Auburn, Tennessee, Alabama, LSU, just another big SEC game. Do you really want that?

CrimsonRedScarlett

May 22nd, 2009
3:43 pm

Has anyone bothered to find out how the students feel about this?