UGA adds Charleston Southern, Georgia Southern to future football schedules

Georgia has added Charleston Southern to its home football schedule for 2014 and Georgia Southern for 2016, UGA associate athletic director Arthur Johnson said this morning.

The Nov. 22, 2014, game will be Georgia’s first ever against Charleston Southern, while the Nov. 19, 2016, game will continue the Bulldogs’ trend of playing Georgia Southern once every four years.

Georgia will pay Charleston Southern $450,000 and Georgia Southern $525,000 for making the trips to Athens.

Both schools are Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) members.  FCS teams command payouts considerably smaller than Football Bowl  Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) teams. The going rate for getting a FBS team to play in your stadium without demanding a return trip is close to $1 million.

Georgia typically plays one FCS opponent per season.

Charleston Southern played at Florida last season and lost to the Gators 62-3.  Georgia is 4-0 against Georgia Southern; the teams played in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2008 and also are scheduled to play in 2012.

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jack

September 30th, 2010
8:06 am

embarrassing!!!

So, if...

September 30th, 2010
8:09 am

…these two teams will accept $450K and $525K to come to Athens, and AL only pays Ga. State $425K to play in Tuscaloosa, why is UGA paying New Mexico State (or whomever) next year $1mil to play in Athens? Seems like Damon got snookered on that one….

Randy

September 30th, 2010
8:09 am

Good to know McGarity’s trying to help Georgia 5 years down the road.

Too bad McGarity’s made 2 major mistakes already:
1- Not getting Green’s suspension reduced
2- Not backing Richt unconditionally in 2010 to help recruiting

MURPHY

September 30th, 2010
8:10 am

Hope paying out all this money gets us in a position to go to Atlanta

David

September 30th, 2010
8:11 am

What a joke!

Rook

September 30th, 2010
8:14 am

Randy, I am not sure what you are smoking but McGarity could do abosolutely nothing about getting Green’s suspension reduced.

TazzDawg

September 30th, 2010
8:15 am

What? Is UGA no longer a BCS member? What a laughing stock!

Guess MR needed a few more, possible guaranteed wins on the schedule to pad his W-L record!

dentaldawg

September 30th, 2010
8:17 am

Couldn’t agree more with this move…It’s the current wave in college football to schedule these cupcakes so you can inflate you wins at the end. UGA had nothing to gain by playing Oregon. Make Ga/Fla. a home and home game, then talk to me about toughening up the sched.

NORRIS

September 30th, 2010
8:19 am

When UGA shows that they can win then we can worry about toughening up a schedule.
We will be lucky to win 5 this year.

DawginLex

September 30th, 2010
8:22 am

We all get upset about these type of teams coming in and getting blasted by the Dawgs. However, these games are the LIFEBLOOD for many of these programs. Where else are they going to raise that kind of money in one day?

It doesn’t fit the “we play anybody anywhere” mindset that fans want but the reality is that the tougher scheduling gets coaches and AD’s fired sooner than they want.

Dawgs Tell

September 30th, 2010
8:23 am

@Norris agree 100%

Charlie

September 30th, 2010
8:28 am

WOW! Charleston Southern? I’m really impressed. This should do wonders for both our national ranking and our recruiting program. Does Savannah State have any open dates?

With McGarrity, Athens=Gainesville North

September 30th, 2010
8:32 am

Richt is probably thinking, hmmmm Ron Zook was fired because he lost to Ms State, maybe I better fire bobo.

mcdaviddawg

September 30th, 2010
8:34 am

If most of the home games are going to be cup cakes, I think it’s going to get harder to keep the stadium full. I am sick of going to Athens to watch the team practice at high prices. Now if the team continues with Richt, the fun at Athens will go down hill so fast that you can look for a lot of empty seats. I know I’m trying to decide what to do about my 8 season tickets next year. The loss of the Oregon game is a major blow. The dogs have fallen to fight for the bottom instead of the top. Fire Richt!

RxDawg

September 30th, 2010
8:36 am

Well….I like playing Georgia Southern. I have diplomas from both UGA and Georgia Southern, so this game holds a special place for me. But, I’d rather the entire schedule be SEC games. I wish every game was a gut wrencher during the season, but for everyone else involved as well.

Pope UGA XXIII

September 30th, 2010
8:37 am

The UGA/Ga Southern game is great for the state and I
applaud it’s continuation. In 2008, there were over 100000
requests for tix. They will be playing Tech and several other
D-1 schools in the coming years and will probably move up
to the D-1 level. also. “Pass” on Charleston Southerm though.

ga gator

September 30th, 2010
8:38 am

I agree with you RX. If we had a playoff, there would be no reason for cupcakes.

Montgomery Burns

September 30th, 2010
8:40 am

I guess UGA is desperate to break through the 8 win ceiling that has formed over Richt’s head.

Duckin' Dawgs

September 30th, 2010
8:43 am

McGarity’s comment: “Ninety-nine percent of the time, if you go undefeated in the SEC and win in Atlanta and beat Georgia Tech, you’re going to be playing in the national championship game. You have to be careful in scheduling the other three games because you must be at your best for the SEC games.” If that is the reason for changing the scheduling philosophy, it would help if we could actually beat the other SEC teams. Our record against out-of-conference BCS teams is better than or record against SEC teams over the past couple of years.

Kevin in Jax

September 30th, 2010
8:52 am

Richt will not be around to enjoy these future games. Bowden was right on Tuesday evening when he stated “we don’t need to replace all 30 players.” However, he stopped short of stating the obvious. We need to keep the players and replace the coaching staff. Time to get the staff in place that can carry this program to new heights. What the hell are we waiting for? The writing has been on the wall for quite some time now.

cb

September 30th, 2010
8:53 am

Love the UGA-GSU game. The Eagles are getting back to their old ways. I am excited about the Blue and White’s future. The Dawgs… not quite as hopeful.

Bob

September 30th, 2010
8:53 am

An absolute and total embarrassing decision but not surprising since McGarity has orange and blue pom poms all over his office. Disgraceful is all to polite to describe this garbage. How much are we paying these guys to come to Athens?

I understand McGarity is wanting to play South Gwinnett in 2015 but only in Athens. He is not willing to travel to Snellville as it might be too arduous. South Forsyth is ready to fill the bill if the Comets decline.

Pathetic.

george

September 30th, 2010
8:55 am

gotta find someone who you can beat

POPS

September 30th, 2010
8:57 am

these are allways home games season tickets are for great games, not these

The Alpha Male

September 30th, 2010
8:58 am

Yeah, george…… too bad we can’t schedule Tech 12 games a season….. we’d be National Champs.

sandman053

September 30th, 2010
8:58 am

I am pretty excited about a seventh home game honestly. A lot of folks are complaining on here about the so-called “cupcakes”. Was MSU a cupcake? I think we should just buckle down and cheer the Dawgs on no matter what. I think that McGarity is using what worked at Florida, so let’s not knock it until we try it.

Go Dawgs!

September 30th, 2010
8:59 am

@ Randy – 2- Not backing Richt unconditionally in 2010 to help recruiting

That’s thw worse thing an AD can do, it’s the kiss of death. Think about all the times an AD has come out and publiclly “supported” a coach. It’s a signal that something is wrong enough with a respective program that support has to be public, and in most cases a coach is fired at the end of that season or the next. Kids are smart enough to pick up on that as well I’m sure.

Dean

September 30th, 2010
9:00 am

As a UGA alum, I hate that they are taking the easy way out. The other games were interesting and I’d much rather have the Tennessee philosophy of play anybody. I guess McGarity is more Florida than I imagined. It’s trash, junk, embarresing, whatever you want to call it. It stinks!

UGASlobberknocker

September 30th, 2010
9:03 am

Pathetic, Why should I continue to pay big bucks to go see for crappy people like this? This is pitiful. If this is the new scheduling policy, I predict roughly 5 out of the 7 home games from now on are going to be boring, the crowd will be listless and leave at halftime..is this what we want? this is bullsh#t.

BobDog

September 30th, 2010
9:05 am

Oregon would be a whole lot more interesting than Charleston Southern. MvGarity’s reasoning was to lock in another home game instead of having to make a return trip to Oregon. Plus, the formula of injecting cupcakes in the schedule has worked pretty well at Florida.

UGASlobberknocker

September 30th, 2010
9:06 am

I hear Brookwood is looking for a game in 2013..Maybe we can schedule them, ,We better pass on Camden County though..dont want to travel that far to lose,

tim

September 30th, 2010
9:07 am

UGASlobberknocker……the puppies are now going to play some teams that are equal in talent to them..maybe you sissies can win a few games before the Gators slap the crap out of you every year

Mike Bobo 17 INT

September 30th, 2010
9:07 am

Bill King is a coward for blocking my posts on his site, and affirms why the UGA program is tanked. Go ahead Bill, bury your head in the sand and hope for the best. Schultz allows me to post, and he is about the only write at the ACJ sports desk with any sense.

UGA contiunes to shop for weak teams in an effort to try and put some w’s in the column.

LOL

September 30th, 2010
9:08 am

So…. the Dawg management has lost its spine……

what an joke… I wont be attending those games !!!!

Doga Smell

September 30th, 2010
9:08 am

Tradition continues ! This is how UGA typically start the year 3-0. While other schools in the SEC are playing West coast schools with home and away Ga puts cupcakes on to show they are a powerhouse. This is why once again GA fans are so hated as you will brag about being 3-0 4-0 because you beat schools like this ! I cant ask when will you as fans wake up because you still sleep with the past of Dooley and Walker !

Hobnailbooty

September 30th, 2010
9:08 am

Hey for all of you bashing this move – especially from other schools, check your own schedule first. i.e. Auburn Fla etc. Where do they travel and how many home games do they have and how many cupcakes do they play. Fla had 3 cupcakes last year and UGA had 1. So stick it where the sun don’t shine. That said I hate playing these cupcakes and paying $100 per ticket for a cupcakes and a Tenn or Auburn game. But if everybody else is doing it why shouldn’t we.

cattle dawg

September 30th, 2010
9:09 am

I agree that we dont need a schedule like last year. It was just dumb in my opinion to add oklahoma state and arizona state plus the usual tech game to the sec schedule, but it would be nice to keep a few of these games. Im heading out to Boulder tonight and hope to come back with a win.

Dawg Trainer

September 30th, 2010
9:09 am

All I know is…if Tennessee drops Oklahoma, Nebraska, OR Ohio State from our future schedule like Mikey Hamilton’s craven drop of North Carolina, I’ll be heading to Knoxville with a bullwhip!

Charleston Southern? Really? Their ’stadium’ seats 4K folks. Just got waxed by Hawaii (remember them?) 66-7 last Saturday. You Dawg fans just got hosed. Man up and bring in Tennessee State if you want a FCS team in Athens. At least their band would be worth the price of admission!

Mike Bobo 17 INT

September 30th, 2010
9:10 am

Athens make the dumb move of giving CMR a long term extension several years ago, because they are insecure about coaching selection. The program is so horrible now that it would be very difficult to land a top-tier coach, so basically you have done it to yourselves.

Well, you are 1 game away from my prediction of 8-4, and if you lose 3 more, the best you can is .500. Matter of fact the chances are good that UGA will lose to AU, UT and UF, so .500 is looking better and better.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

September 30th, 2010
9:11 am

cattle dawg, I would not waste the money going to Boulder, even if you win, what is it worth. Nothing.

I can see why UGA does not want to add OSU to their schedule, they opened with them last year, got waxed, then everything came apart. UGA proved they cannot open with a competitive team on the road.

SecIsFootball

September 30th, 2010
9:13 am

Get used to this type of scheduling. The new AD has already said he wants to try to make the out of conference schedule as easy as he can.

Charleston Southern? Seriously?

Texas Pete

September 30th, 2010
9:13 am

Many of you people are morons. Florida and Tech play FCS cupcakes left and right but just because UGA does it now it’s shameful? Please…

DawgAlumni

September 30th, 2010
9:14 am

Are we going to add high school teams to the schedule next? Why do we want to be bullies? I would rather see UGA play a strong team and lose than play a powderpuff team and win.

Hammond

September 30th, 2010
9:14 am

Why not play local High Schools

DametheButcher

September 30th, 2010
9:16 am

As a GA fan this schedule thing is pathetic.

Theron Sapp

September 30th, 2010
9:16 am

Shame.

Duckin @ 8:43 is exactly right. McGarity’s logic is backwards. He says if we beat the SEC and GT we don’t need to face non-conference teams. I will submit that when the day comes again when we can beat the SEC and GT, we should be able to beat non-conference teams.

Go Dawgs!

September 30th, 2010
9:17 am

On the scheduling, UF got it right. They have an annual BCS non-conference opponent in FSU (kind of like UGA/GT) so why go out and schedule another when the grind of the SEC schedule is tough enough. two cupcakes balances the fact that we play GT and the SEC schedule. Playing Oregon, Texas or whoever is just another tough game where injuries pile up and are usually close enough that you can’t get the backups much work.
Considering Florida’s success compared to UGAs I wouldn’t question any of McGarity’s descisions, I think he knows what it takes to win championships. I don’t know about the rest of you but I’d trade a trip to Oregon for a trip to Atlanta in Dec. all day!

cantondawg

September 30th, 2010
9:17 am

Randy,

You said Mcgarrity made two major mistakes.

1) It’s not his fault AJ’s suspension was not reduced
2) He has supported CMR unconditionally

Evansdawg

September 30th, 2010
9:17 am

To all the naysayers about games like this….it is the best way to support smaller programs, and it sharpens the host team for conference play. This is NOT embarrassing to Georgia. Florida, Tennessee, LSU, Alabama, Auburn, etc. etc. ALL do it. How about instead of just watching college football peripherally, you naysayers learn something about the sport as a whole???

Tech Man

September 30th, 2010
9:17 am

Remember Appalachian State, JMU, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, South Dakota, UMass, etc., have defeated FBS schools. Georgia Southern almost beat UGA.

That being said playing in state FCS schools is good business. It helps the FCS school’s budget and it sells out the stadium. Those worried about the value of their tickets will have no problem getting face value or more from Georgia Southern and Georgia State fans, should Georgia State be scheduled, for their tickets should they decide not to attend.