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.