– The UGA Athletic Association’s latest financial projection is that it will generate $84.9 million in operating revenue for this fiscal year, up almost $5 million from the previous fiscal year. Operating expenses for this fiscal year, which ends June 30, are expected to be $69.5 million. The rest of the revenue will go largely to debt payments and into reserves, with $2 million going to the university to support academic programs. Athletic Association reserves are projected to reach a hefty $60.2 million by the end of the fiscal year. All of these figures come from financial statements provided to the Athletic Association’s board of directors.
– Look for Georgia center Albert Jackson, benched for Saturday’s basketball game against South Carolina after he was arrested Friday, to be back in action soon. “Albert is still with our group,” UGA coach Mark Fox said on the SEC teleconference, “and we should see him back this week.” The Dogs play at Tennessee on Wednesday and at home against Alabama on Saturday. Jackson, a senior, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear for arraignment on a June 2008 misdemeanor charge of hit-and-run of a parked vehicle.
– If you’re pining for spring, you’ll be glad to know that baseball season is right around the corner. The college season opens Friday, with David Perno’s Bulldogs in Waco, Texas, for four games in three days -– two against Baylor and two against Duke. The Dogs, ranked No. 22 in the Baseball America preseason poll, open their home season on Feb. 24 vs. Presbyterian.
– Back to basketball. Georgia has a winning record in SEC games at home (3-2) but is one of just two SEC teams (LSU the other) without a league victory on the road. Of course, LSU doesn’t have an SEC victory anywhere (0-11).
– And what are the odds of this? Georgia’s loss at Auburn last Wednesday evened the all-time series between the Dogs and Tigers at 87-87. And Georgia’s win against South Carolina on Saturday evened the all-time series between the Dogs and Gamecocks at 47-47.
– The preceding note got me to wondering: How many SEC schools does Georgia’s men’s basketball program have an all-time winning record against? Just one: Ole Miss.
– And if you missed it, check out this interesting story by my AJC colleague Carroll Rogers on the role Roy Williams has played in Mark Fox’s coaching career.
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