On furloughs, hoops and an injured center

Athens – Another interesting day on the Dogs beat.

I went to the Tate Student Center – great building, by the way – to hear Michael Adams present his “campus budget update” to faculty, staff and students. The UGA president outlined the state’s and school’s dire budgetary challenges, revealed the six dates UGA employees will take unpaid furlough days (Oct. 30, Nov. 25, Dec. 24, Jan. 4, March 8 and April 30), and said afterward the Athletic Association will be a full participant in the furloughs. Details here.

From an athletics perspective – this is, after all, a sports blog – the bottom line is:

– Six unpaid days off for all Athletic Association employees, including coaches.

– Some flexibility on when those days are taken, so the coaches can coach and the necessary support staff can provide support  when the teams are playing or practicing, then take alternative days off within the same calendar month.

– Six days in which the Athletic Association offices will basically shut down.

And this will be an interesting situation to watch: Workaholic coaches are going to be ordered not to work on their furlough days.

Adams was clear on that last point, saying: “By Regents’ policy, furloughed employees are not to report to work or do work on behalf of UGA on furloughed days.” Asked later if he can imagine offensive-line coach Stacy Searels taking a day off in mid-season, tackle Clint Boling said with a laugh: “I wish. But I don’t think it’s going to happen.”

Of course, in the interest of context, we should note that the impact on athletics is a tiny, tiny piece of the budget/furlough story.

“The University of Georgia has gone through some really tough challenges in the last 220-plus years or so,” Adams said near the end of his address in the Tate theater.   “We’ve survived wars and plague and pestilence and all sorts of things, and we will get through this. We’ll come out, I believe, leaner and cleaner. I hope we are not leaner and meaner.

“But with the exception of the post-World War I Great Depression, this is clearly one of those economic times you will look back and talk to your children and grandchildren about. . . . I am certain that, a year or two years or five years from now, we will look back at this as a serious bump in the road but one we survived and managed and learned from.”

A couple of other things of note from yesterday:

The men’s basketball schedule is finally set. (Full schedule here.) Mark Fox’s first season as the Dogs’ coach will be a test, to say the least.

There are five non-SEC games against teams from power conferences, only one of those in Stegeman Coliseum (Jan. 5 vs. Georgia Tech). The others are: vs. Illinois (Big Ten) at Gwinnett Arena, vs. St. John’s (Big East) in New York’s Madison Square Garden, at Virginia Tech (ACC) and at Missouri (Big 12).

Plus, there are home game against Rick Majerus-coached St. Louis of the Atlantic 10 (Dec. 2) and against Pepperdine (Dec. 30).

The SEC schedule opens on Jan. 9 at Kentucky, which, as you know, also has a new coach (John Calipari).

And finally, at football practice, Chris Davis was working at center with Ben Jones sidelined by the ankle injury sustained the day before.  Still not known how long Jones will be out. More here.

74 comments Add your comment

dawgfan1970

August 21st, 2009
7:12 am

How do you furlough someonw that is covered by a contract?

AltamahaDawg

August 21st, 2009
8:45 am

Good heavens people, the man’s name is Michael Adam, there’s no s on the end. sheesh.

Saint Simons

August 21st, 2009
9:04 am

45 – 42 !!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahah

GeoffDawg

August 21st, 2009
9:09 am

Good question dawgfan – maybe for those employees, they’re asking for their voluntary cooperation.

BruffDawg

August 21st, 2009
9:25 am

The legality of furloughs in general is quite questionable. But, if you have people who agree to it and the govenor mandates it; i gues it works. Thank the lord for the depth we have on offensive line this year. Any word on Robinson’s hamstring?

Stinger

August 21st, 2009
9:29 am

Oh no, our record of 222 points against Cumberland is in jeopardy. T. Boone Pickens has picked the Cowboys to defeat the Dawgs by the score of 397-24, a whopping 363 point loss for the Dawgs. We can’t let the Cowboys out do us so if this happens, we will have to score 398 pts. on you. It’s doable.

AltamahaDawg

August 21st, 2009
9:32 am

Teachers are covered by contracts too. Same as College football coaches. I don’t think it’s voluntary when you get cut 2 days of pay.

I am sure the coorperation part is not showing thier faces for those days, so that the appearance is that even (football coaches) are affected.

Saint Simons

August 21st, 2009
9:40 am

(((((45-42)))))hahaha and we actually held a Tickle Pile on “your” campus!!!!!

Question?

August 21st, 2009
9:41 am

Most teachers worked (at schools opened by administrators) on the furlough days. Why is it that coaches are not allowed to work but teachers were? I would imagine there will be some off-campus coaching going on.

TommyP

August 21st, 2009
10:15 am

Altamaha: What? Get your facts straight before you start correcting people on how to spell the president of UGA’s name.

Copied straight from the UGA homepage:
President
Michael F. Adams
Telephone: 706/ 542-1214

You are the first person I’ve ever heard screw that simple name up.

Concerning the furloughs, the coaches will just take their work home and do it from there.

RAMBLE ON!!!

August 21st, 2009
10:28 am

What happened to all that money the AD was making?

Bernie Madoff investments?

Lars Taint

August 21st, 2009
10:33 am

TommyP,
Altamaha was just trying to be funny. He is running a joke from yesterday into the ground about Richard Samuel because I asked people to stop calling him Richard Samuels.

Kendawg

August 21st, 2009
10:54 am

15 days and counting.

Judge Dawg

August 21st, 2009
10:56 am

BB team will be improved and get better. They beat the gators and wildcats (up there) at the end of the season. Look for team play and increased scoring.

Too Easy

August 21st, 2009
11:16 am

Richard Amuel.

AltamahaDawg

August 21st, 2009
11:19 am

Tommy, I am going to just cut the leader off as far down as I can. That hook ain’t coming out.

Cuz

August 21st, 2009
11:25 am

TommyP, Altamaha was using the ancient practice of sarcasm. Well Lars. I thought it was funny.
Of course if you really want funny watch this reading from the first book of Sam.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPxPciXcJvc

AltamahaDawg

August 21st, 2009
11:27 am

I figured Lar would appreciate it the most.

Paddy

August 21st, 2009
11:27 am

I will take UGA and the points.

LONG DAWG

August 21st, 2009
11:34 am

Stinger has smoked more sausage than Hickory Farms… UGA had 551 yards of offense on Teck last year and you had three defensive guys who went to the pros. They are gone and your D will sux this year. One or two injuries and teck will win maybe 6 games. We can’t wait to get a hold of your ass you punk.

dawgstephen

August 21st, 2009
11:34 am

Concerning the ankle injury to Ben Jones. He is day to day. Will probably be out a week from practice. The x-rays were negative. This just allows the depth to be shown. havent lost him for the season, and no expectations of missing any games. He will be fine. Looking forward to this years version of the dawgs. The basketball schedule will be a challenge, but Mark Fox is the man for the job. he will do fine.

http://www.dawgstephen.blogspot.com

shane#1

August 21st, 2009
11:36 am

Alt run a joke into the ground? Never! Let’s call the coaches’ furloughs what they are, Adams’ lame attempt to be politically correct. At least UT was honest enough to lay the instructors off while paying assistant coaches 1,000,000 bucks a year. Most of the academic stars only teach one course a week anyway, they are too busy bilking taxpayers out of research money to study the mating habits of the South African Dung Beetle to actually teach young people.

AltamahaDawg

August 21st, 2009
11:45 am

shane, I have his phone number now if you want to call him.

TommyP

August 21st, 2009
11:46 am

Sorry, guys. Wasn’t around for yesterday’s happenings.

Cuz

August 21st, 2009
12:04 pm

TommyP, it is all in fun dude. Welcome to the huddle.

AltamahaDawg

August 21st, 2009
12:07 pm

No big deal, it’s not like you missed anything informative or thought provoking. BTW, we suck and tech is on the verge of a dynasty. Now you are all caught up.

AltamahaDawg

August 21st, 2009
12:10 pm

shane saying all college students are Dung Beetles is brand new.

Cuz

August 21st, 2009
12:29 pm

Alt, shane was referring to the professors vaunted research skills.

shane, I did take Entomology 101, Bugs and you. Great class.

DamnGoodDawg

August 21st, 2009
1:04 pm

Maybe the Techies can pawn their rings for $10 a piece and make a contribution to the coaching staff during their furlough days. Just a thought. The rings have probably already turned their fingers green anyway. You can always count on nerds to be nerdy.

shane#1

August 21st, 2009
1:15 pm

Cuz, Bugs and You! No wonder you are so hip to the Techies, and Alt, I was not refering to the students as Dung Beetles, though some of the Tech students qualify as Fruit Flies! I confined my college research to the mating habits of Co-eds, even though I recieved no grant from the goverment. Science truly is it’s own reward.

DawginLex

August 21st, 2009
1:20 pm

Stinger,

You have the same math skills as Mark Bradley.

397-24=363??????????????????

I guess engineering doesn’t include math?

How about Clempson 38 GT 35 in double OT?

Wouldn’t that be a kick in the old stinger?????????????????

bug

August 21st, 2009
1:31 pm

Alt, you got that right! @12:07
Now if you guys could just spell dogs…..sheesh! LOL
I took a furlough a few times…30 days a year. Still got paid too. About $93/month. Was not from prison though. Sometimes felt like…

Fort Worth Dawg

August 21st, 2009
1:36 pm

Oklahoma State game questions: Where are some good places to park? Is there a standard place to go to buy tickets? My OK co-worker said there’s no scalping laws in OK – is that a safe assumption?

AltamahaDawg

August 21st, 2009
1:41 pm

Nobody *sniff* gets me.

Cuz

August 21st, 2009
2:14 pm

Nobody wants to sniff you that is for sure.

Cuz

August 21st, 2009
2:17 pm

Fort Worth, look up Stillwater on Wikipedia. It won’t tell you where to park or score tickets but it does mention the area where all the pre-post game festivities will occur.

TybeeDawg

August 21st, 2009
2:28 pm

I don’t know why everyone is worried about Ben Jones. Who IS Ben Jones??? It is Ben Jone, our starting center we should be worried about. There is no s at the end of his name. Cmon people get your facts straight.

Lars Taint

August 21st, 2009
2:59 pm

Ok guys, you got me. Sorry for saying anything about people saying Samuel’s name wrong. I will never make such a mistake again. Wow! I thought it was just the Tech fans that make the same annoying posts over and over again.

Darindawg

August 21st, 2009
3:06 pm

Hey Saint Simons….I asked a Tech friend of mine what a “tickle pile” was because I seriously had no clue. He said it was when a bunch Tech GUYS (NO GIRLS) get together at night and take off their clothes and bunch up in the street and begin tickling each other’s….and I stopped him right there and said…uh…thanks, but uh…I don’t think I want to know. Man I don’t think I would be bragging about that.

AltamahaDawg

August 21st, 2009
3:31 pm

At least Chris Davi is getting some good work in.

TybeeDawg

August 21st, 2009
3:59 pm

I dont think we will be hearing any more from aint imon after Thanksgiving weekend.

JaxDawg

August 21st, 2009
4:05 pm

Tim – Nice story on Carlton Thomas. Sounds like his heart and desire more than make up for his lack of size.

Voice of Reason

August 21st, 2009
4:13 pm

I’m just ready to see the freshmen Orson Charle, Shawn William and Abry Jone play.

Voice of Reason

August 21st, 2009
4:15 pm

….. And now the joke is officially in the ground.

Burdell

August 21st, 2009
4:16 pm

I have 3 degrees from GT. I am now a member of the research faculty and I have NEVER heard of these darn tickle piles. We may be nerdy and a bit international as a student body but C’MON!!!

Here’s to all the Dogs and Jackets staying healthy this year….

See you on the Flats in November. And PLEASE take care of the cowpokes in Stillwater.

AltamahaDawg

August 21st, 2009
4:34 pm

How about some Jethro Tull?

Cuz

August 21st, 2009
4:35 pm

Thanks Burdell from this toothless, Wal-mart apparel wearing, tobacco spitting, trailer park living, illiterate, illegitimate(my parents could not read), red-neck Dawg fan. I think I covered most of the bases. Oh yeah, insert drunk somewhere.

AltamahaDawg

August 21st, 2009
4:36 pm

Burdell, have you ever done any work with Dung Beetles?

NewnanDawg

August 21st, 2009
4:37 pm

Would they consider being on a plane to Jacksonville taking the day off?

Burdell

August 21st, 2009
4:47 pm

No work on Dung Beetles here. I’m sticking to biofuels. We actually work very closely with UGA’s Complex Carbohydrate Research Center. There are some top notch scientists at UGA, especially in the biochemistry field.

Wow, did I just type that?