Georgia distributed plaques to its senior football players at its annual awards gala last month with 7-6 inscribed as the team’s record, even though the Bulldogs were 6-6 at the time.
Central Florida heard about that and naturally took umbrage, considering it a sign that Georgia was taking the Knights lightly and presuming a Liberty Bowl victory.
Not so, according to Georgia, which says it routinely includes a bowl victory in the record on the senior plaques and then makes a revision in the event of a loss.
“Did not have anything to do with taking UCF lightly,” Georgia associate athletic director Claude Felton said in an e-mail today. “Every year we present the senior plaques at our football Gala, which is always held before the bowl game. One line on the plate is the season record, and we always list it with a win in the upcoming bowl game.
“If we lose the game, we replace the plate. We’ve done that 14 straight years and only had to replace the plate three times.”
Central Florida, of course, beat Georgia 10-6 in the Liberty Bowl — Georgia’s first loss in its past five bowl appearances and third in its past 14, dating to 1997. So Georgia’s 23 seniors will be getting new plates bearing the 2010 team’s accurate record: 6-7.
Estimated cost of the revision is $200.