David Paschall’s lead on a story in the Chattanooga Times Free Press today grabs your attention:
Georgia officially became a college basketball powerhouse Monday, passing North Carolina in the latest Ratings Percentage Index standings.
David is having some fun there, given the defending national champion’s plummet in the RPI and elsewhere. But it’s true: The Bulldogs rank 89th in the latest RPI, and the storied Tar Heels rank 92nd.
How crazy is that?
Georgia (12-13, 4-8 SEC) plays at Vanderbilt on Thursday night. The Dogs, as you know, are still winless in true road games this season. North Carolina, by the way, is 14-13, 3-9 ACC.
A few other notes:
– Much has been made recently of the soaring salaries of defensive coordinators in the SEC. Finally, an offensive coordinator got a big raise. Auburn boosted Gus Malzahn’s salary 43 percent to $500,000. He still lags far behind the SEC’s four highest paid assistants, all defensive coordinators: Georgia’s Todd Grantham ($750,000), Alabama’s Kirby Smart ($750,000), LSU’s John Chavis ($700,000) and South Carolina’s Ellis Johnson ($700,000).
– One more thing from the NCAA’s comprehensive study of 2009 football attendance that was released yesterday: The biggest jump in average attendance was by Mississippi State, up 10,339 per game from 43,453 in 2008 to 53,792 in 2009. But you’ll probably never guess who had the second biggest jump: Yale, up 10,174 from 11,071 to 21,245.
– UGA’s baseball home opener is Wednesday at 5 p.m. vs. Presbyterian. Right-hander Eric Swegman, a 6-foot-6 transfer from Young Harris College and a 29th-round draft pick by the Braves in 2009, will be the Dogs’ starting pitcher. If you missed it, here’s the AJC’s preview of the UGA baseball season.
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