Well, I thought this might be a good time to look up from the defensive-coordinator search and take note of some other interesting things happening in Bulldog Nation this week.
Tonight, in men’s basketball, it’s Georgia vs. Georgia Tech at Stegeman Coliseum. It’ll be Mark Fox’s first foray into the rivalry, and the Bulldogs will be trying to keep alive their streak of having not lost to the Yellow Jackets in Athens since . . . Nov. 26, 1976. Of course, for many of the intervening years (14), the game was played annually at Atlanta’s Omni (remember the Omni?) But since the series returned to campus sites in the 1995-96 season, the home team has won all but one game: Georgia’s 75-70 win at Tech on Dec. 6, 2000. The Dogs are 12-0 against Tech in Athens since the 1976 loss.
This season’s meeting comes two days before spring-semester classes begin at UGA — and four days before the Dogs begin SEC play.
“It’s on a date where our students aren’t back yet; it’s right before league play; I think it’s an interesting placement of the game,” Fox said Monday. “But I think anytime you look at a rivalry situation when you’re in different leagues, finding a date can be difficult. We know wherever we put that game it’s going to have a lot of interest. We’re excited to have such a challenge in front of us this week. We have two terrific [opposing] teams –- one at home and one on the road -– and we’re going to have to play at a very high level.”
The week’s second game is Saturday, when Fox’s SEC debut comes at . . . Kentucky. That’s 15-0 Kentucky.
“I saw something this morning,” Fox said, “where the top two projected picks in the  NBA Draft are [Kentucky's] John Wall and [Tech's] Derrick Favors. And we get to see both of them in the same week.”
Not sure where Fox saw it, but it’s a popular projection. NBADraft.net and Slamonline.com, among others, have the freshmen Wall and Favors going 1-2. Actually, everyone has Wall going No. 1.
Georgia is 7-5 entering the Tech game, and the schedule now takes a turn toward rugged. In fact, the six-game stretch that started with Missouri last week has Georgia facing opponents with a cumulative record, entering this week, of 59-8.
“We have had, I think, a productive non-conference part of the season,” Fox said. “We really have focused on trying to get better, and I think we have continued to do that. We’ve had, obviously, some ups and downs. We have tried with this team to focus on any experience, whether it be a good one or a not-as-pleasant an experience, and try to use [it] to get better. Whether it was our loss last week to Missouri or a win vs. Illinois, I think our focus with this team has been to try to improve off each performance.
“We are young and we’re inexperienced and we have a small margin of error, but if we can continue to get better, then I think hopefully we can keep finding some successes.”
Also of note this week, Georgia’s women’s basketball team has a chance to make some history Thursday night. A win over Kentucky at Stegeman Coliseum would give the Lady Dogs a 15-0 record, which would be the best start in the esteemed program’s history.
Then, on Saturday, UGA’s five-time defending national champion gymnastics team opens a new chapter in its history, its first season under head coach Jay Clark. Stanford is the season-opening opponent in Stegeman Coliseum.
First things first: What do you expect against the Jackets tonight?