ATHENS — The big controversy in UGA sports recently, at least among some students, has been the missing Rocky Run.
Here’s the background. Tom Fell is a UGA student who for four seasons has dressed like the movie boxer Rocky and excited the crowds in the second half of home basketball games by running to the top of Stegeman Coliseum. He was benched at last week’s game against Vanderbilt because the athletics department sold his time slot to insurance company Geico for an in-event advertisement.
The controversy came up at the UGA Athletic Board meeting Thursday, when student representative Trey Sinyard reported to the board: “I can say that this has been a big issue on campus. . . . The pulse on that is students feel the athletics association is over-commercialized.”
Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity quickly responded that Rocky will run again.
“We have had internal discussions on that and have assured students that there are some things that are sacred in our basketball games, and that’s one of those things,” McGarity said. “We acknowledge we made a mistake. I’ll take responsibility for that.”
McGarity said he understands that Fell won’t be able to make it to Saturday’s game against South Carolina because of another commitment. Said McGarity: “I don’t want people to think we’ve run him off. . . . We did not run Rocky off. He’ll be back for the LSU game [next Wednesday].”
Now that that’s settled, click here for the rest of the news from Thursday’s Athletic Board meeting.
And don’t miss Curtis Compton’s photo gallery from the dedication ceremony for the expanded Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall.
– Tim Tucker, AJC