More buzz about Georgia-Florida and Jacksonville

   While University of Florida president Bernie Machen apparently is ready to extend the contract to play the Georgia-Florida football game in Jacksonville, Georgia is not at that point, UGA athletics director Damon Evans said Tuesday.

   Machen was quoted by the St. Petersburg Times as saying at Florida’s athletics board meeting Monday that he will meet soon with officials in Jacksonville and expects the game to remain there on an annual basis. Machen said he thinks Georgia is “leaning the same way we are” and the parties are “headed toward a meeting of the minds.”

   Not so fast, Evans basically replied.

   “We haven’t even sat down to have our internal meetings about that yet,” Evans said. “We will do that in the month of July.

   “We have not made any decision. . . . It’s not a big surprise that they [Florida officials] want to keep the game there. I guess they were able to come to their decision a lot faster. I just want to look at it hard, and that’s what we’re going to do. And then come out with a decision and move forward.”

    At Georgia’s athletics board meetings last month, UGA President Michael Adams said he had “no predisposition” about what to do with the game. But Adams also said: “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. . . . There are things we want yet out of the city of Jacksonville that can even the playing field a bit.” Then he said again: “There is no predisposition to doing anything.”

  Evans said Tuesday that  ”nothing has changed” on Georgia’s stance since his earlier comments that the school is open to all options — keeping the game in Jacksonville, moving it to the campuses or playing it occasionally in the Georgia Dome — after the current Jacksonville contract expires with the 2010 game. But Evans, like Adams,  is on record as saying that moving the game from its traditional home in Jacksonville would not be a decision to be made lightly. The game has been played there for all but two years since 1933.

   Machen was quoted this week as saying he wants to resolve some security issues with Jacksonville but “hopefully we will be able to sign an extension before the end of the summer.”

 

 

230 comments Add your comment

Good Dawg

June 24th, 2009
2:48 am

I wonder what the things are that would “even the playing field a bit”.

Cuz

June 24th, 2009
4:57 am

Galen Hall will replace Urban Meyer on gameday.

LET THE BIG DAWG EAT

June 24th, 2009
6:35 am

HOME AND HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

georgiadawg 1970

June 24th, 2009
6:55 am

Good Dawg,

I guess Adams means we would swap coaches every two years.

Ramblin Rick

June 24th, 2009
7:03 am

of course UGAg doesnt wanna play there. They lose EVERY FREAKIN’ YEAR.

45-42

Good for UF...

June 24th, 2009
7:15 am

…so, play the game in Jax when it is their home game and in Athens when it is the Dawgs home game – this is not exactly rocket science.

UGADawg83

June 24th, 2009
7:15 am

Leave JAX alone……make Tech host its home game in the Georgia Dome!!

Actually, Ramblin Rick...

June 24th, 2009
7:17 am

… UGA only loses to UF about the same amount of time that GT loses to UGA, which is ALMOST EVERY FREAKIN’YEAR!

[...] Tim Tucker of the AJC writes that there’s more talk about Georgia-Florida and Jacksonville. [...]

UGASlobberknocker

June 24th, 2009
7:39 am

To mess with that tradition would be a huge mistake that would certainly backfire on Damon Evans. I hope he isnt overestimating his power and his perception of Ga fans apathy toward a move. …because if he changes this; he will be gone in 3 years as soon as people realize what we lost. He will be the scapegoat right or wrong.

athensdawg

June 24th, 2009
7:44 am

here’s a real radical thought….

i bet that we will know what they are going to do when they sign the contract…

gotta love these summer “stories.”

Gen Neyland

June 24th, 2009
7:49 am

Squeeze the turnip before you ink it, Mr. Evans…

tim

June 24th, 2009
7:54 am

they could play that game on the old Atlanta Cracker dirt field on Ponce and the puppies would still get the crap kicked out of them…..every year

Pago Flyer

June 24th, 2009
8:12 am

It’s real embarrassing to “run out of Jax”!!

AltamahaDawg

June 24th, 2009
8:19 am

Good Dawg, My guess is that since travel is really the only legitimate issue, it has to do with compensation for the cost to charter directly out of Athens.

SC Dawg

June 24th, 2009
8:20 am

If the game is going to continue in Jacksonville, then something is going to have to be done about the panhandlers. They are on the streets and wander around parking lots asking for handouts, especially around the Jacksonville Landing area. These days, you never know if any of them have a gun or not.

Festus

June 24th, 2009
8:28 am

SC DAWG……. Them thare aint panhandlers them thare Georgee fans. You oughts to be ashaimed!

T B Shirey

June 24th, 2009
8:34 am

How can it be the best chance for the people in South Georgia to see a “live” game when they have to buy season tickets and make a sizeable contribution to be able to purchase tickets to the Florida game? Why not play the game home and home and every other year, Georgia will have seven home games (with the home field advantage)?

richtfan

June 24th, 2009
8:37 am

this is NOT the only chance folks in south ga have to see a game. it’s the closest, but they have every home game to come to Athens (where UGA is anyway) and see any game they like. this pandering to folks in south Georgia is the wrong motivation for keeping any game in Jax. Just another asinine comment from idiot Adams.

Ramblin Rick

June 24th, 2009
8:53 am

Florida will never let the game leave Jacksonville. UGA is Florida’s beeeoootch.

[...] even sat down to have our internal meetings about that yet.”Further, Evans stated, “We have not made any decision. … It’s not a big surprise that they (Florida officials) want ot keep the game there.  [...]

heyberto

June 24th, 2009
9:03 am

it’s just posturing… holding out for more money. I think the deal will get done.

6:09 or 51 to 7

June 24th, 2009
9:05 am

Ramblin Rick should know all about being owned like a little beeotch.

gomdawg

June 24th, 2009
9:06 am

Leave the game in Jax. Fl. This is a game that has been played there for years its not home field for Ga. or Fl. We get a good chance to recruitt better out of Fl. with this game in Jax.Tha Bulldawg club is big in Jax.

Gator Nation

June 24th, 2009
9:09 am

“There are things we want yet out of the city of Jacksonville that can even the playing field a bit”…………for example, more money.

Otto

June 24th, 2009
9:10 am

Leave the game in Jax changing the location will not change the series. Take a look at UF’s record against Tenn and LSU.

Derick Richards

June 24th, 2009
9:11 am

Damon, how many people have said to you that keeping the game in Jacksonville is their best chance for seeing a game? Ten? Five? Three? One big contributor? It’s not like people still have to travel gravel roads to come up to Athens. And certainly in the state, to coin a phrase, “All roads lead to Atlanta.” Traveling to Jacksonville might be some people’s best chance for a ticket, but if the tickets are alloted the same, then it will be just as easy for them to get a ticket in the Georgia Dome as in the old Gator Bowl. Hey, play the game in Atlanta, and maybe I can actually see it for a change. Traveling to Jacksonville is out of the question. In short, put this game back on truly equitable ground; after all playing the game each year in Jacksonville means playing the game in FLORIDA.

Cuz

June 24th, 2009
9:26 am

How about pandering to the fans who live in East Georgia?

Don't Tase Me Bro

June 24th, 2009
9:29 am

You Dawg fans are idiots, why give up a home game every other year just for tradition? Well the tradiition right now is that the Gators are kicking your tails every year. And you want to extend the deal? Hope the tradition (and money from Jax) is worth losing every year.

murfdawg

June 24th, 2009
9:31 am

Why do both of the GT fans care where we play fl? The atmosphere is like a championship game, a major bowl game and a big rival game all rolled into one weekend. Since GT dropped out of the conference and dropped from our most hated rival, the only thing they can do is whine and try to get some satisfaction from fl dominance over the dogs in recent years. The game in Jax is special.

Matt from Suwanee

June 24th, 2009
9:32 am

My God! I am so ready for this story to go away!

BLAZER

June 24th, 2009
9:36 am

49-10 VERY SPECIAL!!

Sanford Drive

June 24th, 2009
9:37 am

This again? Keep it in JAX. Next.

GetOverIt

June 24th, 2009
9:41 am

Just like the Dawg fans getting satisfaction from the LSU bowl win over Tech since the Dawgs couldnt get it done!

Voice of Reason

June 24th, 2009
9:41 am

what is all this about UGA getting beat every year by UF? I thought we won every now and then. Not too often, but not getting beat every year folks.

Voice of Reason

June 24th, 2009
9:42 am

doing better v. UF than Tech is doing v. UGA

BLAZER

June 24th, 2009
9:45 am

49-10 WAS SPECIAL!

MetroDawg

June 24th, 2009
9:47 am

UGA is still in the process of cleaning up a major scandal in the UGA ticket office that began many years ago. Many South Georgia fans were receiving prime seats for UGA home games, without making the required contribution. Forget about South Georgia. The game should be moved to a home state neutral site arrangement, with the Georgia Dome, and Jacksonville hosting alternating years.

Ramblin Rick

June 24th, 2009
9:50 am

6:09 or 51 to 7 ———– 45-42 You and your sissy friends have been owned.

PAUL JOHNSON owns ATHENS

Chopper

June 24th, 2009
9:50 am

When Florida is the home team, it should be played in Jacksonville. When Georgia is the home team, it should be played at the Georgia Dome. They can still divide the tickets equally among the Dawg fans and Gator fans. And it will still be played off campus at a “neutral” site.

45-42?

June 24th, 2009
9:55 am

UGA owns Tech. Everybody knows. That blind squirrel finds a nut every once in awhile.

Chopper

June 24th, 2009
9:58 am

How can you say Tech owns Athens? That is so stupid and lacks anything to back it up. So you won the last game by three points. Big freakin deal. I’m a Dawg fan and that would be like me saying Georgia owns Florida because we beat them in 07. Be a Tech fan if you must, but be realistic as well!

Larry

June 24th, 2009
9:59 am

A four rotation:

Jacksonville
Atlanta
Gainesville
Athens

This will satisfy everyone’s agenda at least in part, add uniqueness every year over four years, and this will completely end any argument of competitive imbalance.

The Truth

June 24th, 2009
10:03 am

Hey Blazer….so was the beat down we put on the gators two years ago…Tebow sacked 6 times ..him crying after the game.. the gaytor coaches crying after the game because we hurt their feelings for jumping in the endzone …what a bunch of pompous idiots. I heard on ESPN last night that the Florida fans were voted as the #1 most obnoxious fans in the nation….it all starts at the top and Meyer leads the way!

Maybe Next Year

June 24th, 2009
10:06 am

Leave the game in Jax. Dawg fans should be embarrased at the idea of running out of Jax. If UGA won 16 out of 19 there would be no cries to move the game. If the game move to home and home and UF wins in Athens what will the excuses be then and where will the game be moved to next?

Chopper

June 24th, 2009
10:07 am

The Truth is correct! I go to the Georgia Florida game every year and the best way I could describe the fans are: Georgia: Classy, Florida: Unclassy All you have to do is go to the game and walk around the stadium before the game for an hour or so and you cannot refute this!

G

June 24th, 2009
10:10 am

51-7. Well if Tech fans can dwell on a score in the past, why can’t we? Plus, I like the sound of a 44 point beatdown.

PTC DAWG

June 24th, 2009
10:12 am

I don’t think he’s actually talking about the real playing field. Probably something more on the lines of the way that Jax rips the UGA visitors on Hotels, etc. I love the game in Jax, but even I will admit that Jax rips UGA visitors a new one with the rates/lengths of stay clauses etc.

Larry

June 24th, 2009
10:12 am

Continued….

Jacksonville (Florida takes the bus, Georgia flies)
Atlanta (Georgia takes the buss, Florida flies)
Gainesville (Gator students reamin on campus)
Athens (Dogs students remain on campus)

Anyone who argues agsint this format has undeniable selfish motives–period!

Guys, please don't tell my mom I'm blogging and not studying for my Tech exam; she won't cut the crust off my sandwich

June 24th, 2009
10:17 am

HOME AND HOME BABY!!!!