ATHENS – Might Georgia play Boise State in a season-opening football game next year in Atlanta?
As rumors swirled Thursday about such a possibility in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity and coach Mark Richt were mum on the matter.
“I just can’t comment on it at this time,” McGarity said Thursday night.
Asked how he would feel about playing Boise State in the Georgia Dome, Richt replied with a smile: “Hypothetically? Hypothetically, no comment.”
Richt said he was told not to comment on the matter, but he did offer a hint of a possible timetable for a decision when he was asked if playing in the Chick-fil-A Game would be important because of the recruiting benefit it has provided other SEC teams.
“I’ll tell you Monday,” he said.
Gary Stokan, who runs the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, has said often in the past that he would like to have Georgia in the game whenever it works for the school. Although he has two Kickoff games lined up for 2012, Stokan has been seeking a 2011 matchup for at least a couple of years. He could not be reached Thursday.
Stokan has noted in the past that matchups are extremely difficult to arrange, particularly for games as close at hand as 2011, because of all the variables involved. He has compared the process to a Rubik’s cube. For example, Georgia and Boise State likely would have to get out of existing contracts with Louisville and Ole Miss, respectively, in order to meet next season.
Ole Miss athletic director Pete Boone posted on Twitter early Thursday: “Will have a big football schedule announcement today.” Later, he posted: “Sorry about the delay announcing football’s future schedule. A lot of moving parts and ESPN has a few loose ends.”
Georgia currently has seven home games scheduled for next season, including the Louisville game.
Boise State is undefeated this season (9-0) and ranked No. 3 in this week’s AP poll.
By the way, Chick-fil-A this month opened its first restaurant in Idaho — on the Boise State campus.