- Demario Mayfield, who left Georgia’s basketball program two months ago in search of more playing time elsewhere, has landed at UNC-Charlotte, as expected. “He gives us good size and skill at the wing position,” new Charlotte coach Alan Major said in a news release Tuesday. “With a year to sit out, he’ll have the chance to expand his game and then have three years remaining.” Added Mayfield: “I want to come in and just work and build my way back to earn more playing time,. The coaching staff made me feel like I was already a part of the team. As a group, they just made me feel welcome.” Mayfield averaged 0.9 points and 6.5 minutes per game as a freshman at UGA last season.
- Meanwhile, in a different sport, a former Bulldog seeking a new team — quarterback Zach Mettenberger — won’t find it at Louisville. Mettenberger, who last week pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery in Valdosta, confirmed to former Georgia player Kelin Johnson (on the website kelinjohnson.com) that Louisville decided to pass on him before a scheduled recruiting visit last weekend. The Cardinals open the 2011 season against Georgia in Sanford Stadium. Mettenberger plans visits to Cincinnati and Troy, according to Johnson.
- Georgia baseball coach David Perno had a challenge for his team before Tuesday night’s game at Foley Field: “I told them before the game we haven’t had a win on an in-state team this year.” After three losses to Georgia Tech and one to Kennesaw State, the Bulldogs went out and got a win over Georgia State, 13-9. More on the game –- a welcomed respite in an agonizing season for Georgia – is here.
- Work has begun on the renovation of Stegeman Coliseum. There’s no time to waste, with the wider concourses and new glass façade to be completed by the start of basketball season.
- And speaking of basketball season, ESPN’s Andy Katz has Georgia at No. 25 in his latest offseason rankings, writing:
If you’re looking for a sleeper in the 25 slot, then I’ve got one in Georgia. The Bulldogs have two of the top talents in the SEC in Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie. If you haven’t seen these two perform, you’re missing a good show. UGA also adds a terrific scorer in Tennessee State transfer Gerald Robinson Jr. The Bulldogs slowly developed into a big-time pest in their first year under Mark Fox. Remember, this team beat Illinois, took out Georgia Tech and Florida, crushed Tennessee and Vanderbilt and gave Kentucky a serious scare in Lexington. Georgia will be taken seriously from the outset next season. Don’t sleep on the Dawgs.