More than seven months after the decision was made to keep the Georgia-Florida football game in Jacksonville through 2016, a new contract still isn’t signed.
But it will get done, probably this summer, according to Georgia executive associate athletics director Frank Crumley.
“We’re moving along very nicely,” he said. “We’ve got every hurdle worked out and are coming up with a [contract] draft to distribute to all parties.”
He said the delay was caused by making the three-way contract more comprehensive than in the past and dealing with “some very small issues … in the scheme of things.”
There’s been no big hurry since this year’s Georgia-Florida game is covered by the previous contract. The major components of the new deal -– length (six years) and economics –- are unchanged from what was reported last fall, Crumley said. As previously reported, Jacksonville will pay for the Georgia team to fly directly from Athens, and back.
This is the time of year that the NCAA typically releases its Academic Performance Rate (APR) statistics –- a measure that can result in loss of scholarships for programs that are under-performing academically.
I checked with the NCAA and was told this year’s release date isn’t set yet, but will be within the next month or so.
Georgia’s brutal baseball season is winding down. There’s a game tonight at Foley Field against Georgia State, then SEC series at Florida this weekend and vs. Kentucky in Athens next week.
Georgia enters tonight’s game with a 13-33 record (3-19 SEC) and an 8.80 staff ERA. The Bulldogs have lost their past four games, eight of their past 10 and 17 of their past 20.
Georgia State will bring a 29-18-1 record and a .367 team batting average to Athens tonight. The Panthers have scored an average of 11.3 runs per game this season.