Today’s fare: Athletic Board meeting, Butts-Mehre dedication and hoops

ATHENS – Good morning. It’s going to be another busy day on the Bulldogs beat.

  • The UGA Athletic Association board of directors will hold its regular quarterly meeting on campus. The agenda appears pretty light, although the board will hear, as usual, from UGA President Michael Adams, athletic director Greg McGarity, faculty athletics representative David Shipley and treasurer Tim Burgess.  Other items on the agenda include “renovation” of the Sanford Stadium video board and distribution of student football tickets. Also expect discussion of this year’s “Hartman Fund” contributions, which you can read about here, and the ticket price for the Georgia-Florida football game. The Florida athletic board tentatively approved a $10 price increase at its Dec. 15 meeting, pending a decision by UGA. UPDATE: McGarity said today that any increase would not take effect until the 2012 game. The board meeting starts at 1:30 p.m.; check back to ajc.com for updates.
  • The dedication ceremony for the recently expanded and renovated Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall — headquarters of the UGA Athletic Association and the Bulldogs’ football program –- will be held at 3:30 p.m. The $33-million project added 53,000 square feet of new space and renovated 23,000 square feet of existing space. Among the participants in the dedication ceremony: Adams, McGarity, coach Mark Richt, senior center Ben Jones and former UGA All-American safety John Little, captain of the 1986 team, the first to use the Butts-Mehre building. The expansion added a 12,000-square-foot strength and conditioning area, a 8,500-square-foot athletic training area with four therapy pools, new coaches’ offices and meeting rooms, a 1,900-square-foot student-athlete lounge and a multi-purpose room with synthetic turf that the football team can use for walk-through practices in inclement weather.
  • And there’s some basketball on tap tonight. The women’s team concludes its home schedule with a game against Auburn in Stegeman Coliseum, while the men’s team plays at Florida. Here’s a Q&A by the AJC’s Carroll Rogers with Lady Bulldogs starting power forward Porsha Phillips and her brother, Cincinnati Reds starting second baseman Brandon Phillips. And here’s my story previewing the men’s game against the Gators, who have built a wide lead in the SEC East with a series of narrow victories, including a double-overtime win in Athens last month.

71 comments Add your comment

? The Mysterian

February 24th, 2011
8:54 am

JB

February 24th, 2011
9:17 am

We need to win 10 football games this year to be taken seriously again.

D A DoubleU G

February 24th, 2011
9:35 am

191 days til kickoff.

UGA Alumnus

February 24th, 2011
9:35 am

Columbus Dawg

February 24th, 2011
9:42 am

Ten regular season games and a decent bowl game to be exact.

Kato Snow

February 24th, 2011
9:51 am

UGA is more then likely going undefeated this year no doubt.

D A DoubleU G

February 24th, 2011
9:58 am

Relax dawggies.

There is NO set number on wins to be considered “relevant” again. We have a great recruiting class, but don’t expect to truly feel it until 2012.

And MY dawgs have always been “relevant”. I couldn’t care less what haters and national media have to say. Nothing will EVER take away the chills I get when the lone trumpeter gets the battle hymn started.

gnomeboy

February 24th, 2011
9:58 am

Gee. I thought it would be held at the Athens-Clarke County Detention center.

REMinds me

February 24th, 2011
10:11 am

Doesn’t seem too busy to me. You must not work much.

Riddick the Furyan

February 24th, 2011
10:11 am

gnomeboy…go play with your slide ruler

KB

February 24th, 2011
10:12 am

Thats a great interview with Porsha and Brandon

PTC DAWG

February 24th, 2011
10:15 am

JB, don’t worry, you’ll never be taken seriously.

deezcoons

February 24th, 2011
10:17 am

does anyone really care about uga basketball? aren’t we all just waiting for football

Larry

February 24th, 2011
10:21 am

Tech Grad to pilot Space Shuttle:

http://www.ajc.com/news/dekalb/georgia-tech-grad-to-850592.html

Georgia grad to pilot Marta Bus! :-)

Buckeye

February 24th, 2011
10:22 am

D A Double,

Hello again.

Correction, 191 days until you are 0-1.

Buckeye

February 24th, 2011
10:26 am

We took care of FL on their court 93-75.

I’m looking for Howard ( before I was Trey) Thompkins to show effort away from the ball on both ends of the court. I’ll be rooting for you, Howard.

Bazooka Joe

February 24th, 2011
10:31 am

Buckeye, I wouldnt bet on that game with YOUR money ! Yes Boise is good, especially when they have time to prepare. However I dont think we will see the same Georgia team that we did the past 2 years (lord I hope not anyway) so this could be a very entertaining game. We both lose a few critical pieces of our respective teams but have some returning as well. I really think this one will be more difficult than South Carolina.

Buckeye

February 24th, 2011
10:40 am

Bazooka,

I would suggest tempering expectations. It could be tight or a blow out either way. SC will be a slugfest.

GoooDawgs

February 24th, 2011
10:41 am

Not to be a hater, but I feel like we are still on the cusp of getting into the NCAA tourney. If we win tonight, I think our ticket is punched, but if we don’t I think we’ll need a good showing in the conference tournament.

What concerns me is that ESPN doesn’t have us listed as either one of the last 4 teams in or first 4 teams out. Does that mean that they think we are 100% in…or 100% out?!

BYRDDAWG

February 24th, 2011
10:43 am

Buckeye we played Boise st in 2005 & drilled them 48-13!!!! We were ranked #13 & they were #18!!! Maybe you should sign in as the COLUMBUS NUT????? Just sayin….

Georgia | MrSEC.com

February 24th, 2011
10:48 am

[...] few years back.  Georgia’s renovated and expanded Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall football complex will get the ribbon-cutting treatment this afternoon.  The expanded facility will feature a 12,000-square foot strength and conditioning area, an [...]

Money

February 24th, 2011
10:52 am

UGA must be doing something right. The Dogs are expanding their facilities AGAIN and most of the MONEY comes from ticket sales and PRIVATE donors.

The market is speaking with their MONEY and they like what they see. This is not some dumb ill conceived Obama program.

UGA is a big time $$$$ program and one of the top 3 or 4 places to be, according to ESPN, when they compared UGA’s coaching jobs to Florida and SC ( Southern Cal ) and Ohio State, Texas.

Folks it IS all about MONEY and UGA is $$$ loaded. Win, lose or draw, we love our dogs and we show it with our MONEY.

Haters ……………….. now YOU DO HAVE something to hate us for.

Goooooooooooooooooooooo Dogs. Woof, woof.

jerry

February 24th, 2011
11:11 am

Money……………why don’t they take some of that money and get someone who can beat Florida?

CatsFly

February 24th, 2011
11:17 am

As an outsider, I perceived that UGa could win any game on a given day, but they were inconsistent. During several games last year I thought their offense was extremely explosive. Then in their bowl game, I don’t believe they scored a single TD. This is not a flame, I just don’t understand the inconsistency. Their defense was not, however, championship caliber. They are not, of course, the only team that suffers from such afflictions.

1eyedJack

February 24th, 2011
11:24 am

jerry, we have been operating for the last twenty years under the curse of a swamp-lizard witch. That curse has now been neutralize by the fact that UF hired a Dawg to coach them. That curse will now shift to them.

Bazooka Joe

February 24th, 2011
11:26 am

Buckeye, trust me I am not one of those “we will be undefeated National Champs for the next 100 years” folks that we seem to see on these posts (at least not until Ive had my sixth bourbon….). I do feel that we are taking appropriate steps to fix a lot of things that combined have dragged us down to a middle of the pack (at best) team the last few years. Will we win the first two games ? Who knows, we could even have a much better team but the record not reflect it. Both of these games are not a stretch to win (can also be lost just as easily). BSU is good, but they are no OSU, UTx, et al. Speaking of that, what are your thoughts regarding the UGA/OSU home and home series coming up later this decade ? I like it and am glad we were able to make it happen.

David

February 24th, 2011
11:29 am

Good to know McGarity won’t have the football team training out of trailers like he did last season. I guess a 6-7 season has a way of expiditing plans for new buildings. Good to know Georgia finally has SEC quality strength & conditioning facilities and equipment.

bulldogmaniac

February 24th, 2011
11:37 am

Totally off topic but….Did anyone else notice on the home page that it says “11 players from Georgia and GT invited to combine”?
8 of them are from UGA!
Should read….8 UGA players invited to combine while ONLY 3 from GT.

David

February 24th, 2011
11:38 am

Check out Alabama’s facilities, no their AD knows how to invest in his football team, and look at how many wins Saban has had, 24-4 at Bama. 120 yard indoor field, 97,000 sq ft facility.

http://www.rolltide.com/facilities/hank-crisp.html

David

February 24th, 2011
11:41 am

Alabama has a 20,000 ft strength & conditioning space, Georgia 12,000.

http://www.rolltide.com/facilities/moore-athletic-facility.html

David

February 24th, 2011
11:43 am

Gators have a 25,000 sq ft weight room, Georgia 12,000.

http://www.gatorzone.com/speedstrength/?p=weight

GTDog

February 24th, 2011
11:48 am

I have to admit it…the UGA MARTA pilot crack is a classic….Funny as he11!

mgdawg

February 24th, 2011
11:49 am

For those of you who didn’t know, this expansion and renovation has been planned and been going on for a little while now. The past season had no effect on it. This was something that was desperately needed, the weightroom was a crowded mess and the training room was so limited with space that it did not allow them to have some newer equipment. The problem at UGA with everything is that there is no room for expansion, the city crowds the school.

David

February 24th, 2011
11:56 am

Good job Damon Evans getting this new facility for Richt.

Cumminfg BullDawg

February 24th, 2011
11:58 am

Buckeye
Ohio State has their own problems. Like who’s going to play quaterback while the suspended,not for the bowl game, players ride the bench?
Larry,
I noticed you did not mention another Tech alum was arrested for DUI. But he’s sorry about it now!
Catsfly
Love the Dawgs but I have to agree. We could beat any team on a given Saturday if we show up. Sometimes we just don’t.

AltamahaDawg

February 24th, 2011
11:59 am

What is amazing is that the contributions are right on pace DESPITE the fans “not giving another dime till Richt is fired”. One of 3 things must have happened:

1. Those folke weren’t giving a dime before now anyway.
2. Somebody new stepped right into thier place.
3. They were all redfaced blowhards, but when the time came, they sat down, shut up, did what they were told, and paid the man.

Columbus Dawg

February 24th, 2011
12:36 pm

This was not the year that the donations were going to drop anyway. Say what you, and McGarity, and Adams want, but the Boise and SC games of 2011 are two of the most important games of UGA’s recent history. Lose these games, go back into the funk that was Memphis 2010, and it is 1995 all over again. For any of you who do not, or choose not to remember, that was the year Goff was finally fired after being left in the head coaching position at UGA for entirely too long. There were huge holes all over Sanford Stadium that normally would have contained fans on the benches, and embarrassing boos resounding through the Athens air as one bad game after another unfolded. With that being said, Mark Richt is not Ray Goff, and as good a Dawg as Goff was, and is he was just not cut out to be head coach at Georgia, especially trying to follow Dooley.

I think we will all see a new found hunger, and focus with the 2011 version of The Georgia Bulldogs, and maybe a little less sense of entitlement. Demands have been made to McGarity and Richt about disciplinary issues, and yes Coach Richt wants to help his players, but I believe that he also knows that the end of the road has come for tolerating the kind of nonsense that has been going on at UGA for the last few years in that regard.

Accountability is being restored in Athens, and much improved results will follow. I’m pretty sure that after the D.A. Buckeye fan in above posts sees the new edition Bulldogs that he will shrivel up like Buckeyes do after having been peeled and left out to dry.

Beatdowns and Meltdowns Galore

February 24th, 2011
12:49 pm

Fire Dave Perno !

Buckeye

February 24th, 2011
12:51 pm

Bazooka,

Looking forward to the home and home with uga. Long way off, however. Ohio State has historically scheduled home and home games with the likes of USC, Texas, Oklahoma, etc. in September. More often (Texas) than not, (the current Miami home and home), both programs are in form and near the top of the rankings and it’s a huge ealry season game.

We catch a lot of crapola about our scheduling but we’ve never shied away from taking on the perennial top programs. You just don’t know what the teams will look like, who the coach will be, etc. Cam Newton and Nick Fairley could well be done with their NFL careers by the time 2019 comes around.

We’ve got Tenneesee on the schedule as well in the next few years so they’ll be plenty of Big 10/SEC matchup’s to look forward to.

Buckeye

February 24th, 2011
12:58 pm

Cumming,

Not so fast my Forsyth County friend,

Look up Braxton Miller. Enrolled as we speak. A 4/5 star recruit depending on who you ask. #2 at the QB position according to Scout.Com. Dual threat, better natural arm than Pryor, 6′2′/6′3′, 4.4 speed. We’ll be just fine.

I suspect Tressell, being loyal to seniors will start Joe Bauserman (not unlike the Falcons back-up, serviceable, prepared, but nothing magical) and will get Braxton Miller several early seaon snaps. That said, don’t be surprised if Miller wins the job in camp. Aside from the in-state revenue share games, We’re at Miami and Michigan State at home before Pryor is available.

Buckeye

February 24th, 2011
1:04 pm

Byrd”dawg”,

Thanks, no. I’ll continue as Buckeye even though I do get hijacked from time to time.

Bazooka Joe

February 24th, 2011
1:06 pm

Buckeye, I agree with you 100% and have seen OSU schedule good OOC games. Yes it is a long way off and who know how each team will be by the time it happens, but thats the way it goes right ? Colorado was good when we scheduled them, not so much by the time we actually played (even though we lost in Boulder – that was more a bad reflection on us than good for Colorado). The stories here were that UGA reached out to OSU, TSUN, ND and Penn State – OSU was the only one that seemed to want to do it. I know a lot of people on this board will disagree with me, but I think we should do one of these big time OOC opponents at least every other year. Whats the old saying “if you want to be the man you have to beat the man”. I know, I know, plenty of “men” in the SEC that must be dealt with every year however as long as we dont do something like play on the west coast, then have to play Bama or somebody like that the next week, Im all for it. Scheduling one good top notch OOC game still leaves us with a creampuff and Tech.
I look forward to going to a game at the shoe !

Buckeye

February 24th, 2011
1:20 pm

Bazooka,

Speaking of Colorado, we’ve got the U and Colorado next season followed by home and homes with
Cal, Va Tech, Oklahoma, TN and then uga. Interesting mix, wouldn’t you say?

Think anyone could argue that facing Oklahoma, Nebraska, Penn State and Michigan is a soft schedule? I don’t care what year it is.

UGASlobberknocker

February 24th, 2011
1:24 pm

Tech just signed a guy who couldnt get into Auburn

Now I want to hear the Tech loser hypocrites talk about how they suck because they cant get the good players into school..that is a crock and this proves it.

hilarioous

corey

February 24th, 2011
1:45 pm

David: You forgot to list some other facts in your comparison to FL and UA. All of their athletic programs use those weight facilities, where UGA’s football weight room is only used by the football team. The basketball/baseball/gymnastics teams all have other weight areas that are used by those programs. In addition, the students at UGA get to use what’s considered the finest recreational building in the US. Named so by several publications, including SI. I’m not sure if you’ve visited the Coliseum athletic addition, but it far surpasses anything else in the SEC. (I’m a UNC grad in sports and rec, and have visited all the others, since you’ll ask). And if you ask around the league, I’m sure those “in the know” would agree that UGA has, by far, done the best job in investing its funds into facilites.

red and black

February 24th, 2011
1:52 pm

Larry…Congratulations on ONE successful GT grad and the best to him on his mission. However we have another of your illustrious GT grads who cleans toilets in the school where my wife teaches…

59bulldawg

February 24th, 2011
1:56 pm

Hey I like that! “a wide lead . . . with a series of narrow victories . . . ” Well put Tim! You describe it very well!

59bulldawg

February 24th, 2011
1:58 pm

Come on now red and black? Really? A graduate?

schmeckdawg

February 24th, 2011
2:00 pm

As much money as The UGA athletic program has, they could not have built a full sized indoor practice facility? What a joke!

59bulldawg

February 24th, 2011
2:04 pm

It’s a buyer’s market right now Schmeck! Bet they could have gotten some really competitive bids given the state of the economy.