Dogs No. 10 in spring attendance … Barbara Dooley at Vols event … Chapas, Durham, Atkins graduate Saturday

Georgia ranked No. 10 in the nation in attendance for its spring football game, according to figures compiled by Sports Business Daily.

Alabama again had the largest spring-game crowd (91,312), followed by Nebraska (77,936), Ohio State (65,223), Auburn (63,217), Penn State (55,000), Florida (51,500), Florida State (51,000), Texas (44,000), Virginia Tech (41,000) and Georgia (38,472).

Also topping 30,000 in spring-game attendance: Tennessee, Michigan, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Michigan State.

A full chart of the attendance for BCS schools’ spring games (except for a few on which attendance was unavailable) can be found  here.

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According to this report in the Knoxville News Sentinel, Barbara Dooley was in attendance — and in orange — at Wednesday night’s Atlanta stop of Tennessee’s Big Orange Caravan.

“There is no way I can come into this state without my mother finding me,” Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley told the audience.  “I never knew how good she looked in orange. All these years she’s been wearing the wrong color.”

Dooley — Derek, not Barbara — also talked about the importance to the Vols of recruiting in Georgia, according to the News Sentinel report.  “We started it on signing day,” he said, “and we’re going to keep pushing it to bleed orange right into this state for a long time.”

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Fullback Shaun Chapas and wide receiver Kris Durham will play their final football season at Georgia this fall with their college degrees already earned.

Chapas and Durham will graduate at Georgia’s spring commencement ceremonies in Sanford Stadium on Saturday evening.

Chapas is a marketing major and Durham a middle-school education major.  They will take graduate courses while completing their football eligibility in the fall.

In addition to current players Chapas and Durham, 10 former UGA football players will get their degrees Saturday. Among them:  defensive tackle Geno Atkins, a recent fourth-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals.

134 comments Add your comment

1eyedJack

May 6th, 2010
9:31 am

Hey, Georgia Tech had…..oh, never mind.

Worm

May 6th, 2010
9:35 am

we would Do much better without that MASTERS conflict..Since admission is free, I guess they don’t care.

The most interesting man alive

May 6th, 2010
9:42 am

38742 all came and were disapointed at the Midgets performance.

1eyedJack

May 6th, 2010
9:44 am

Speaking of midgets, wasn’t Tech’s spring game attendance held down by midget raslin’?

Pago Pago Dawg

May 6th, 2010
9:48 am

So a true DAWG would rather watch a golf match and not go to Athens?! Strange….

DOUBLE G

May 6th, 2010
9:48 am

10 of 12 teams in SEC were in Top 25. Think we’re a football conference?

Pete

May 6th, 2010
9:49 am

Thanks….note to AJC….we dont care if Teblows jersey is top seller in NFL…..you are a GA Paper….do we need to have Teblows pic on everyday???? Why not print his “cryin me a river” pic????? What a joke for a newspaper

JB

May 6th, 2010
9:59 am

Next two years will be HUGE for Richt and program. Two straight years of mediocrity has caused some fans ( i use that term carefully) to take a wait and see attitude. While Florida and Bama have taken their program to new heights, Dawgs have fumbled around, no pun intended.
You can’t win big time by giving up 30+ points on a regular basis and allow teams to drive the field in a tight game late and beat you. Sadly, Under Martinez, that was our MO. Richt finally had seen enough and brought in a New defensive staff. I’m impressed so far with the intensity and effort, but we’ll see. Georgia has appeared to turned up recruiting a notch or two……..Oh course, Two storied programs along with us have been struggling, Auburn and Tennessee. Gonna be interesting to see who of the three will rise and give Florida and Bama a battle.

dawgster

May 6th, 2010
10:00 am

Not sure how they calculated the attendance but from what i saw at gday there was closer i say to 40,000 plus, but not a scientific calculation, just from an estimate of areas that were full and even the scattered here and there…But still a great turnout considering last season and all of the negative issues that fair or unfair attached to the program…

JB

May 6th, 2010
10:02 am

Note: when I said gonna be HUGE for Richt, I meant as an evaluation, not predicted success.

BigDawg

May 6th, 2010
10:11 am

Too bad attendance doesn’t equate to coaching ability. We likely have a top 7 or 8 program, we recruit in the top 5 in most years, yet we lose to the likes of Ky and UT last year!!! We come out #1 in the nation and lose to two a little better than average teams (Bama and GT) and took our yearly whooping in Jacksonville.

We need a top 10 coach instead of top 40 if we truly plan on challenging at the national level.

POAD

May 6th, 2010
10:12 am

People in the south must be really boring. The best thing you can do on a Saturday is to go to a free & meaningless football practice game. I get it is a large # of fan that are poor and can’t afford Tickets to the real games and have to spend fall weekends in the woods Kill’n some Deer to feed the family.

Alphare

May 6th, 2010
10:13 am

Nothing against UGA, but you cannot read this number too much man.

In Alabama, you don’t have a major sport franchise. The thing going there is BAMA and Auburn.

Tech is in a major city, lots of distractions, it’s just hard to attract too many people to thing called a game.

Athens is a city without even a major highway. Anything can be an attraction.

Before the internet age, everybody reads newspaper or magazines…

Tech is like in the internet age. BAMA/Auburn/UGA is like in the pre-internet age.

Nothing against you guys, that’s just what it is. You don’t have much else to do, sports become your life.

HBTD

May 6th, 2010
10:15 am

1eyedJack

May 6th, 2010
9:31 am
Hey, Georgia Tech had…..oh, never mind.

You feel kind of bad for the tech players. Heck, the nerds will spend more time on this blog obsessing about UGA than getting out in support of their own team. Amazing, but it does make for good laughter.

St. Simon

May 6th, 2010
10:18 am

(((((((((((((((((((((UGA 30 – GT 24)))))))))))))))))))))))))!!
((((((((((((((((((((UGA 73 – GT 66)))))))))))))))))))))))!!!!

WE RUN THIS STATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

BTW…How many fans showed up at the GT spring game? Nevermind… I guess the 4 free hotdogs and 4 drinks were not offered.

mike shula

May 6th, 2010
10:19 am

Its the only time the bama trailer trash are allowed into B-D stadium. Kind of like the annual Caddy Day in Caddyshack.

POAD

May 6th, 2010
10:20 am

there you go again HBTD. The TECH game was in the middle of a large Rain Storm. If I paid for the Ticket I would be at the GAME. A practice game in the rain is not what I want to do on a Saturday in the BIG CITY. I am sure if I had to look at a 35+ yr. old UGA wife that has been drinking since she was 19; I would go to drink and watch a bunch of boys play a practice game too.

The D

May 6th, 2010
10:21 am

I didn’t realize attending a game made me lifeless, on a Saturday no less. I happen to enjoy waking up cooking a nice big ribeye (still mooing) and eggs, have my beautiful lady in gorgeous red and black! My life sucks every Saturday let me tell you freaking bug, bzzzzzz off

The most interesting man alive

May 6th, 2010
10:22 am

BigDawg, its because most of your fellow Dawgs would prefer a man who does a better job at raising young men than winning championships. Funny thing with the 30+ arrests over the last 3 years he isnt even doing a good job at that.

derrick

May 6th, 2010
10:31 am

The SEC once again on top 4 teams in the top 10 and 8 inthe top 20. Well all see who is ready to dominate. Over half the conference can you say another National?

HBTD

May 6th, 2010
10:36 am

It sure mest be miserable to be a tech supporter…….
400 nerds sitting in the rain at T-Day……………………………………………………………………..typical
A head coach that quits at the half to protect a completely inept new DC…………………no surprise
Tech nerds on a UGA blog attempting to prop up their pathetic program…………………hilarious
Listening to the nerds explain how there program is relevant…………………………………..priceless

POAD

May 6th, 2010
10:41 am

The NCAA made a new rule last week. It is the UGA Rule. Coach Richt can have practice all day, everyday so he can keep his players out of JAIL.

OC_Dawg

May 6th, 2010
10:43 am

UGA probably would’ve had a larger attendance if it weren’t for the Masters.

1eyedJack

May 6th, 2010
10:44 am

POAD

If you don’t like the South then why don’t you just get the flock out? And “Kill’n some Deer to feed the family” is a man-thing. You wouldn’t understand. By the way, what are you going to feed your family when the economy crashes and the Obama cash quits flowing? Lastly, sitting in the rain on a spring day to watch the team you love shouldn’t be that big of a sacrifice…might even wash off that foul odor.

HBTD

May 6th, 2010
10:45 am

POAD. You can do better than that.

HugoStiglitz

May 6th, 2010
10:45 am

I didnt realize that so many people went to these spring games. Do people really enjoy watching a team play itself in an exhibition game? Half of the players they are watching probably wont even play during the season. What a waste of time. I guess there isnt much else to do in Alabama though.

HBTD

May 6th, 2010
10:49 am

HugoStiglitz

May 6th, 2010
10:45 am
I didnt realize that so many people went to these spring games. Do people really enjoy watching a team play itself in an exhibition game?

Oh yeah. It’s a southern thang, well, except for tech.

Dumb Dawg

May 6th, 2010
10:49 am

dap01

May 6th, 2010
10:55 am

Tech would love to have 38,000 during the season (at least 38,000 who does not get mugged).

The most interesting man alive

May 6th, 2010
10:59 am

Dont brag about 38k that was free, some schools charged a minimal 5 dollars. And quit making fun at Techies, most of them flew back to India and Pakistan for a few days.

Dixie Clear

May 6th, 2010
11:01 am

spring games????….now we’re talking spring game attendance???……must not be much happening in these SEC cow towns…..

bammer's_suck

May 6th, 2010
11:28 am

Who cares about GT or TT or sitting in the rain. 38 thousand showing up to support their program is great. Go Dawgs, everyone else choke and die!

ScoutDawg

May 6th, 2010
11:31 am

I don’t know why you call yourself Dicksie clear you are obviously not from here. What else would you care for us to talk about, college football wise, in the first week of May. A$$.

DANTE

May 6th, 2010
11:38 am

AFTER 2010, richt will be the talk of the nation. In fact, after Oct. 30, when he goes 9-0 and locks in the #1 ranking, he’ll be the talk of the town. Next spring game might be over 50,000.

AltamahaDawg

May 6th, 2010
11:45 am

But UGA has to rank a solid #1 in volume of discussion about spring games.

most interesting woman alive

May 6th, 2010
11:48 am

just wondering who the most ineresting man alive is…and oh there is plenty to do in bama

most interesting woman alive

May 6th, 2010
11:52 am

most interesting woman alive, how about in Cornelia? Is there a lot to do there?

Paul's Johnson

May 6th, 2010
11:55 am

Stephensons stadium is bigger than ours. New promo for tech. buy one ticket get robbed leaving the game we suck a33

Matt the Brave

May 6th, 2010
11:57 am

Best of luck to the younger Dooley, except when UGA’s playing them. I hope they whoop Florida this year.

nolerick

May 6th, 2010
11:58 am

90,000? Guess there aint nothing else to do in Bama?

5 Dawgs

May 6th, 2010
12:08 pm

So Derek Dooley has decided to start slamming the state of Georgia, and the colors of red and black. I think those colors paid for that wonderful education he received!!! I hope the VOLS fall flat on their face!!!!!!!!!!!!

most interesting woman alive

May 6th, 2010
12:10 pm

5 dawgs, I wouldn’t be too concerned, that was booster club talk.

juvenal

May 6th, 2010
12:17 pm

there is a reason there were only 2000 or so at GT’s spring game-that is about half of all the real fans we have…if we didn’t make good money, the program wouldn’t be as good as, say, Vandy..that being said, don’t care that much for crowds, myself..

ScoutDawg

May 6th, 2010
12:27 pm

Good to see you again Altamaha Dawg, sure wish Buck from the Northwest was still with us. Didn’t really know much about him except that his football knowledge was encyclopedic. Can you tell me a little about Buck, and wasn’t he a “Fan o’ Chan”?

78 DAWG

May 6th, 2010
12:29 pm

10th in spring attendance. Instead of going to a meaningless “Spring” football game, how bout reading your first book since 8th grade?

ScoutDawg

May 6th, 2010
12:36 pm

Speak for yourself 78, UGA isn’t in the top 30 public institutions, as well as THE oldest state college, 1785, for no reason.

Tybee Dawg

May 6th, 2010
12:40 pm

I hope little Dooley does beat Fla, but I hope Mark Richt sticks it to him when they come to Athens this year. All these GT fans are pathetic. I really feel bad for your parents to have such pathetic, disappointing kids.

ScoutDawg

May 6th, 2010
12:45 pm

Sweet talk Tybee.

Bama Mom in GA

May 6th, 2010
12:55 pm

ROLL TIDE ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL teee heeee

Delusional Dawg

May 6th, 2010
12:57 pm

I think Derek Dooley is still a bit of an enigma even to those people at Tennessee. Seemed coming in that he was going to restore the respect for the traditions and he has certainly said all the right things. But he has had some issues with the press as he has taken a bit of a Saban like approach and was “MIA” press wise for a spell. Then there was a “misunderstanding” regarding the access for the former players that created a bit of a stir. And of course, the sudden departure of Nick Stephens and the certain departure of Bryce Brown. But the biggest thing was his stance on the Darren Myles arrest in which many were surprised that some kind of suspension wasn’t handed down and apparently there will be no playing time missed. You know, the old “internal” handling thing. With some of the past problems in K-Ville, you’ve got to wonder if that sent the right message. And it will be really interesting to see if they officially offer troubled Zack Mettenberg because of their desperate QB situation. Stay in your seats, this could be a very long, bumpy ride for the Vols.