Georgia plans later G-Day game

Three items to start the day:

  • To some, it has been a tough call: watching the third round of the Masters or attending G-Day. You won’t have to make that choice next April.

Plans are “being finalized” to move Georgia’s spring football game back a week to April 16, UGA athletic director Greg McGarity told me as we waited at Hartsfield-Jackson for a (delayed) flight to Memphis on Monday. The Masters will be played April 7-10.

The G-Day game has been played on Masters Saturday the past couple of years. McGarity figures G-Day will benefit in terms of attendance and media attention by not overlapping the Masters.

He said the shift worked best for the football program because UGA’s spring-semester classes will start later than a year ago – Jan. 10 instead of Jan. 7 — and added that eliminating the conflict with the Masters is a “byproduct” of the change.

“It allows us to make sure we get every bit of off-season conditioning that we can get in place [before spring practice],” McGarity said. “Allows us to take advantage of everything we can, the timing of it.”

  • A bit of background on the UGA Athletic Association academic policy that Caleb King violated, resulting in his suspension from the Liberty Bowl:

Former athletic director Damon Evans instituted a strict class-attendance and academic-appointment policy in January 2007 in an effort to improve graduation rates among UGA athletes. The policy calls for a student-athlete in any sport to be suspended for 10 percent of the season (rounded down) if, in any semester, he or she has three unexcused absences from class or five missed appointments with an academic adviser, tutor or mentor. King violated the missed-appointments provision, UGA said.

  • Looks like Georgia is on the hook for at least $50,000 worth of Liberty Bowl tickets it doesn’t need.

Georgia figures it can use close to 6,000 tickets, including sales (about 4,800 as of the latest accounting) and comps for players, staff and guests. But that leaves at least another 4,000 tickets in UGA’s 10,000-seat allotment. The SEC will cover the cost of up to 3,000 unsold tickets, leaving Georgia responsible for at least 1,000 more at $50 apiece.

107 comments Add your comment

Top Row Dawg

December 28th, 2010
6:26 am

I’m one of the 4,800

Top Row Dawg

December 28th, 2010
6:27 am

Will be there to watch UGA move to 3rd all time in bowl wins baby.

BAMA FAN #2

December 28th, 2010
6:31 am

Good luck dawg fans in the bowl game and in the casino’s in Mississippi!!!

Frank Lane

December 28th, 2010
6:35 am

If I were not in Paris, I would be in Memphis.

59bulldawg

December 28th, 2010
7:36 am

Hmmmm! Georgia fans usually travel well! Guess back to back mediocre seasons is affecting enthusiasm for tickets to a mediocre bowl. Lukewarm ticket sales can’t be good for future bowl selections and it may come back to bite us some day.

Moonpie

December 28th, 2010
7:41 am

Air Force?

Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

college is forever

December 28th, 2010
7:49 am

http://www.collegelunchboxes.com Let’s end this season on a positive note, then lets put this awful season behind us and get ready to start becoming a serious player again in the SEC East.Start the New Year off right with a UGA Classic Tin Lunch it’s great for storing all kinds of cool stuff. Check it out. Go Dawgs!!!

takedowndawg

December 28th, 2010
7:53 am

Although, like the majority in this case, I was not happy with our teams and our coaches performance as a whole the I was happy with specific players perform, specifically, Murray. I will always take viewing him perform to watching another team play, period. Too, it is a time to see several of our seniors and those that will move on to the NFL one more time. Don’t watch, if you are too embarrassed for our team, but, I for one, will be there pulling for our DAWGS one more time! Good Luck!!!!! Make us proud.

Bernard Montgomery

December 28th, 2010
8:07 am

Think about the football team THUGA puts on the field. 96% of the players are academically provisionally accepted, with sleazo Mark Richt knowing full well that they will use up all their coaching and tutors and elligibility and then have their asses kicked out on the street and soon be pushing grocery carts around Atlanta looking for a warm place to sleep. What a pitiful way to run the State’s flagship university.

Now pay attention, everyone, especially dawgtards. We will now observe a moment of silence in memory of Saint Jan Kemp, who exposed the shameful practices at UGA that were initiated and carried out by slimeball Vince Dooley. Dooley’s image as a coach and a nice guy were forever shattered during the trial, not to mention the one million dollars that dawgtards had to pay Saint Jan. These practices of recruiting morons and coddling them for four years, them tossing them out like garbage, are still going on, but at least the world knows what’s happening in Athens now.

And now, the moment of silence…
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Thank you, you may resume your normal activities now.

Bernard's Mother

December 28th, 2010
8:12 am

Wow, Bernard. You really did turn out to be a loser.

[...] an example of how Greg McGarity gets it: To some, it is a tough call: watching the third round of the Masters or attending G-Day. You [...]

Big dawg

December 28th, 2010
8:18 am

Bernard Montgomery…..you are one disturbed individual! You are very angry with yourself and life.
Perhaps u should leave Athens…move to Auburn and worship Trooper Taylor.
You are too angry…get a life bro!!

Oh…Go Dawgs!!

Big dawg

December 28th, 2010
8:21 am

One last thing Bernie boy…..it’s not too late to attend one of The Right Rev Newton’s church services. You got some praying to do dude.

Did I say ….Go Dawgs

athensdawg

December 28th, 2010
8:29 am

G.Mac gets it right again. I have often wondered who the bonehead was that kept scheduling GDay on master’s week…well, now we know, CMR was asleep or working on his gameplan, and Damon was…uhh……..

GEORGIA97

December 28th, 2010
8:30 am

I’m all packed and ready for the trip to Memphis:

* Glock 40 caliber – check
* body armor – check
* detailed escape route – check
* “robbing money” in front pocket – check

GO DAWGS!

GEORGIA97

December 28th, 2010
8:31 am

Hey Bernard, why don’t you click your heels together three times and go f*ck yourself.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

December 28th, 2010
8:31 am

Bernard = Herschel Talker

KD

December 28th, 2010
8:44 am

A REAL Dawg fan would chose the G-Day game over the THIRD round of the Master’s any day.

anon

December 28th, 2010
8:46 am

Golf is horrible.

Joey

December 28th, 2010
8:50 am

So, King isn’t failing any classes, but just missed apointments with academic advisors?

Maybe somebody should check Damon Evans’ academic record as a student athlete at UGA and see if he missed any appointments with advisors.

That’s probably another of his, “don’t do as I do, do as I say do” rules, kinda like the “Don’t drive when you drink” ads with his mug on them.

Jborodawg

December 28th, 2010
8:56 am

Bernard, please go back to your Agnes Scott blog. You really should leave your room in the basement every now and then and get some sun and vitamin D.

It is disappointing we couldn’t sell out our allotment. We usually do. The people I know who usually would be going (about 8-10 of em) aren’t because of their economic situation. So, I guess it’s a mixture of “economics” and the sorry season; which leads to a little less enthusiasm. That, and it being hard to get excited about CF. If it were a bigger-name opponent maybe we could have done better with ticket sales…?… Remember, however, CF is a conference champ and they’re ranked. Hopefully we’ll GATA and have a great showing on the field.

Caleb: the rules are fairly simple and you still couldn’t abide. For shame for shame.

G-Day Game: a no-brainer. Why was it during Masters weekend in the first place?

[...] This is a big sigh of relief for all you golfers out there.  Greg McGarity announced there are plans to move the G-Day game away from Masters weekend.  [...]

Quit living in the past

December 28th, 2010
8:58 am

Dawg fans are often admonished to quit living in the past, i.e. 1980, yet UGA fans rarely bring that up Yet Jan Kemp is constantly being mentioned on this site.. The Jan Kemp thing happened nearly 3 decades ago, the university took their medicine, raised academic standards (with the loss of some talented recruits to other ACC/SEC schools), and now have one of the highest graduation rates in the South for athletes..

Some athletes at UGA, as in other schools, choose not to avail themselves of the opportunity afforded them. When someone asked WImp Sanderson how many of his Bama basketball players graduated, he replied, “Everyone that wanted to.”

Finally, Bernard, going through life full of bitterness, jealousy, and envy of UGA, is no way to live. Relax, it is only a game.

Bulldog Joe

December 28th, 2010
9:00 am

Air Force? 14-7? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

Morning Rush

December 28th, 2010
9:00 am

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Joey

December 28th, 2010
9:02 am

“McGarity figures G-Day will benefit in terms of attendance and media attention by avoiding a conflict with the Masters.”
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Hey, McGarity, we will get “media attention” by WINNING, not by re-scheduling a spring football game.

GA Dawg

December 28th, 2010
9:06 am

What some of ya’ll are not realizing is the pressure that McGarity has probably gotten from a few of the influential boosters who are members of the Augusta National. It is not about media and attendance. It is about keeping the big dawgs happy

sogadog

December 28th, 2010
9:09 am

Wow that is sad we can only sell about 4,000 tickets to the bowl game. I remember a packed Superdome three years ago where the Dawgs pounded Hawaii.

Joey

December 28th, 2010
9:15 am

Bernard, a real live girlfriend is better than a plastic one . . .

It is funny for we Dawg fans that Air Force beat Tech, until you realize that Tech was terrible without Nesbitt, and we barely beat them at home.

UGA didn’t beat a single good team this season, and our head coach says, “no staff changes.”

Speaking of our coaching staff, our 6 wins cost nearly $1M each this season, with a $3M head coach, and a nearly $3M staff.

Not much “bang for the buck.”

ozzfest

December 28th, 2010
9:18 am

I am a season ticket holder and will not be in Memphis. McGarity is clearly not a man’s man. Canceling Oregon, declining to comment on Nick Fairley’s hits on Murray, scheduling very weak “cupcake” teams (”talking” about scheduling Notre Dame and Ohio State is not the same as having the contract signed). This is a season…coupled with 2009…where we should have declined any bowl invitation. Instead the most attention we get out of this bowl is the Caleb King story.

Sad.

Paul Johnson

December 28th, 2010
9:18 am

What happenend yesterday? I thought I was the smartest coach in the country but we could only score 7 points. Air Force even ran our offense but had multiple formations. Maybe the AF coach is smarter than me but we only lost by 7 instead of 1.

Fred

December 28th, 2010
9:19 am

@GEORGIA97:

You nailed it. Memphis is a cesspool. It’s too far to drive home after the game and who in their right minds wants to stay over night there?

Skitty Fritty

December 28th, 2010
9:23 am

Who cares about Caleb King!
I say Go Dawgs – Finish the season with a win and lets focus on Boise State & South Carolina.

dawgfan

December 28th, 2010
9:34 am

I would like to extend a heartfelt congrats to the Georgia Tech football program for finishing 2nd in the Shreveport Weedeater Bowl. It was a tremendous accomplishment for those young men to overcome great odds and wrap up the season with a strong moral victory over Air Force. If not for a few turnovers here and there and Nesbitt’s broken arm, Tech would be on its way to the Orange Bowl as the ACC’s chosen sacrificial BCS lamb where it would score a big moral victory over Stanford. Congrats Jackets.

B5

December 28th, 2010
9:35 am

I was just thinking after reading Bernard’s post, what a dork that guy must be!

puppydawg

December 28th, 2010
9:49 am

Thanks to Bernard, there are now 4 types of lies instead of 3: (1) lies, (2) damned lies, (3) statistics and (4) anything Bernard the ‘tard says.

BG

December 28th, 2010
9:52 am

UGA has the most strict class attendance policy in the SEC! UGA needs to be on a even playing field with UT, UF, Auburn and Bama!

UGA Insider

December 28th, 2010
9:54 am

I for one am scared of what the team is going to look like in April. Our depth because of poor recruiting the past two seasons is about to catch up with us. Look at the names we will be without- Green, Durham, Houston, Glenn, Dent, Gamble, Boykin, Tripp, Anderson and Wood. Who in the hell do we have that can play defensive line???? Plus the fact we have 1 defensive lineman committed to this class so far. This is NOT a joke!!! McGarity can move GDay game around all he wants but he better make sure we sign 40 people in Feb so we have enough bodies to hold a scrimmage this summer. UGA is paper-thin as it has ever been.

WesDawg

December 28th, 2010
10:04 am

Bernard, poor pitiful Bernard………..Ozz. SEC teams don’t decline bowl invitations due to contractual obligations to the conference and the large amount of bowl slots we are tied to. Bad season? Yes. Dissapointed? Yes. The bowls are about money for the conference and besides UGA needs all the practice time they can get.

dawgfan

December 28th, 2010
10:06 am

UGA Insider, I just looked at your list of names that we will be without and my question to you is this: Other than Green, Houston, and MAYBE (maybe at best) Dent, who the hell cares? Its not like any of those guys were lighting the world on fire. We may go 6-6 again next year but it won’t be because we lost those guys. We went 6-6 with them. Maybe some young hungry blood is exactly what we need.

Thanks.

UnderDawg

December 28th, 2010
10:07 am

Looks like CPJ out coached another team. If he keeps out coaching everybody then he may not win a game next year.

Cullowheedawg

December 28th, 2010
10:10 am

Well I won’t be in Memphis but will be back next year. Yes to changing the spring game. you may not like it but those Masters tickets are damn hard to come by and you do not want to miss it. At the same time, the spring game is a good thing.
I do wonder how the coaching staff can continue without much change when they do not seem to be getting the job done, in game playing, recruiting, etc.
GO DAWGS

Pago Pago Dawg

December 28th, 2010
10:11 am

You can be sure Ohio State/UM/PSU/BAMA wouldn’t change their Spring game for a golf tournament..if they didn’t change, they would still get 100,000 fans.!!!!

38 Yardline Dawg

December 28th, 2010
10:14 am

All I know is, GA Tech should just say thanks for any bowl invitation and forfeit up front. 6 bowl losses in a row…bet that stings.

UGA Insider

December 28th, 2010
10:14 am

dawg fan, there is NO young hungry blood at many, many positions which is my point. The past two seasons we signed a total of 38 kids and 5 of those are no longer on the team. This is not high school football! We need more able bodies.

Pup Fan

December 28th, 2010
10:15 am

GEORGIA97,
“robbing money” – Now that’s funny!!!!
Go Dawgs!

Joey

December 28th, 2010
10:15 am

You think we’re thin now, UGA Insider, consider that we haven’t had a commitment in over 4 months.

dawgfan, really? Our top two tacklers, our top two receivers (Durham was excellent this season), our All-American pass rusher?

Murray is great, but his job gets tougher without Green drawing double coverage.

UnderDawg, what time is PJ’s fish fry?

UGAY " Nuff Said"

December 28th, 2010
10:18 am

How bout they keep moving Gay Day further and further away….or how about they get rid of the redneck games as a whole? Who needs it? The players involved in Gay Day will only be arrested a week later so I only must guess that Gay Day is a chance for UGAY players to let the coaches, staff, and students see “what could have been” after the UGAY Dogs have another disappointing season.

Tech Nerd

December 28th, 2010
10:22 am

Why doesn’t anyone care about our spring game? If we pass out slide rules and DragonCon tickets at the gate will anyone show up?

dawgfan

December 28th, 2010
10:38 am

UGA Insider, perhaps. I just take issue with this notion that losing a bunch of upperclassmen is going to hurt us. Those guys didn’t do anything in their time at UGA. I personally am shocked that Glenn and Boling are supposedly solid NFL prospects. I guess if they go to a team that passes a lot they’ll be alright, but their run blocking left much to be desired.

Joey, SOMEBODY has to lead the team in tackles. Big hairy freaking deal. Dent made a lot of tackles because our D-lineman, other than Houston, weren’t making any plays up front. As for Durham, you said it yourself. Green was drawing double coverages and he benefited from it. Excellent? Hardly.

I wish all those guys the best but please spare me a bunch of doom and gloom about losing them. Not a single one of them sniffed a championship and we saw some of the most mediocre UGA football ever on their watch. Maybe we don’t have any young guys that will do any better, but I am eager to find out. They can’t be any worse than this lot.

Sorry. Just keeping it real.