UGA adds South Alabama to football schedule for $900,000 payout

Georgia has added South Alabama to its 2014 home football schedule, UGA athletic director Greg McGarity confirmed Friday.

Georgia will pay the Mobile, Ala.,  school $900,000, McGarity said, to make the trip to Sanford Stadium for the Nov. 8, 2014, game.

South Alabama’s 2-year-old football program has lined up multiple games against SEC teams. In addition to Georgia in 2014, the Jaguars will play Mississippi State in 2012, 2014 and 2016, Tennessee in 2013, LSU  in 2016 and Ole Miss in 2017.

South Alabama begins a two-year transition period to the NCAA’s FBS (formerly Division I-A)  level in the 2011 season.  Beginning in 2013, the Jaguars will be eligible for the Sun Belt Conference championship and a bowl berth.

The South Alabama game completes Georgia’s 2014 non-conference schedule, which also includes games against Clemson, Charleston Southern and Georgia Tech.

“Georgia has obviously built a great tradition throughout the years; they’ve won national championships and had hundreds of players play in the NFL,” South Alabama head coach Joey Jones said in a statement Friday.  “It’s going to be a tremendous venue for us to go up and play in; we’re excited about that.”

The $900,000 payout is not the most Georgia has agreed to pay for a non-conference home game. Florida Atlantic will receive $1 million for a 2012 game in Sanford Stadium, while Buffalo and North Texas will be paid $975,000 apiece for games in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

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Lowcountry Bulldawg

March 18th, 2011
11:54 am

Ed (The Original)

March 18th, 2011
11:55 am

And to think that in the past, Georgia fans had to watch games against teams like Clemson. Who needs drama? Suckers…

Paul in RDU

March 18th, 2011
12:02 pm

Looks like a good move for both schools – USA gets a good paycheck and UGA gets a guaranteed home win in a year with 2 AQ OOC opponents.

Bryan G.

March 18th, 2011
12:02 pm

Can’t wait to renew my season tix that year for that sweet home schedule. Woo hoo

ut96

March 18th, 2011
12:04 pm

Is the same Joey Jones that played wide receiver at Bama. He was #4 I believe?

elvisaintdead

March 18th, 2011
12:04 pm

Well, this is certainly worth all the extra cost for those dandy seatback rentals
they keep spamming the season ticket holders.

UGA Haters!

March 18th, 2011
12:04 pm

The more you post the better we look! Moron Trolls!!!

Bradley G

March 18th, 2011
12:05 pm

Bryan G, can I get dibs on the South Alabama tickets?

D Dog

March 18th, 2011
12:07 pm

Looks like McGarity is giving up on his scheduling a top 5 team like Boise strategy.

Nightmare that won't end

March 18th, 2011
12:08 pm

I am sure all your 5 star dream team players are just dying to play the S Alabamas and the Charleston Southerns. So much to be proud of, so much to brag about. congrats

fambama

March 18th, 2011
12:10 pm

Yes. Joey Jones was an outstanding receiver at Bama and was a very good high school coach in the B’Ham area.

D A DoubleU G

March 18th, 2011
12:13 pm

Seriously people,

do not even bother trying to bash UGA for scheduling cupcakes like this.

Go look at EVERY other FBS team’s schedule, including your own, and tell me what the common denominator is…….

Great work Mr. McGarity. Look forward to spending a beautiful day in the Classic City with great friends and family doing what we love.

GLORY, GLORY!!!!!

Gdawg

March 18th, 2011
12:29 pm

Are we possibly saying Alabama doesnt play cupcakes? Really? come on bammers get a life and maybe a house without wheels!

BYRDDAWG

March 18th, 2011
12:29 pm

Might be tougher than the tech game! By then that high school offense won’t catch ANYONE by surprise…..

Dawg Man

March 18th, 2011
12:32 pm

S.Alabama will probably forfeit, because with all these superstars, we will be National Champs for the next 4 years and will run teams off the field!!!!!!!

Bobby C

March 18th, 2011
12:35 pm

There is only one team, that makes for a great home opener: the Chattanooga Mocs………

Tech Man

March 18th, 2011
12:35 pm

Boy, the DAWGS are really doing well in schedule strength. How about Mars Hill and Bethun-Cookman or even go up to Western Carolina.

1962 Dawg

March 18th, 2011
12:36 pm

Nothing wrong with playing S Alabama. Go back and look at the past 5 NC’s and see how many of these caliber of teams each team played.
Couple of years ago Alabama got spanked by one of these teams. So did Michigan.
Why go across the country and play Az St. when you can get an extra home game with a team like S. Ala??

gabeaux

March 18th, 2011
12:39 pm

The Sisters of the Poor have an opening in 2015, a couple hundred grand ought to lure them into Athens. The season ticket holders will really have something to look forward to. Then again, the way the program is going, these might be some tough opponents for Richt’s replacement.

vannie

March 18th, 2011
12:43 pm

This is how you save Richt’s job–add another cream-puff to the schedule. Whatta guy!

thwg

March 18th, 2011
12:45 pm

Beefing up that pansy schedule I see. South Alabama. I’m surprised UGA didn’t add Marist High school. Such a joke. I guess Richt needs to water down the schedule versus playing powerhouses like Colorado

Too Easy

March 18th, 2011
12:45 pm

I’ll take South Alabama and lay the three points.

guest

March 18th, 2011
12:47 pm

LOL. Guess UCF wasnt available? Oh wait, better not play them, they could beat us.

King Jet

March 18th, 2011
12:49 pm

What about Georgia State???

Skeezix

March 18th, 2011
12:55 pm

We Americans have a lousy sense of priorities. Around the country teachers/police/firemen are losing their jobs and Univ. of Ga. is paying $900K to a team to play them in a game.

INSIDER

March 18th, 2011
12:57 pm

Let’s go Jaguars…..we beat Georgia in basketball when Dominque Wilkins played in Athens (during the NIT) or at least I think we did….it’s been a long time….USA is 17-0 as a football program…by the time we roll into Athens, the team will be up to speed, take your 900K, and get ready for a BCS Bowl….that’s the way I see it going down.

RabidDawgFan

March 18th, 2011
1:03 pm

EVERY team in college football has cupcakes on their schedules! OMG I can’t believe the bashing on here because we do. I didn’t see anybody bashing Alabama for playing Georgia State, North Texas, Charleston Southern,etc. Nobody was bashing Florida for playing The Citadel, or Charleston Southern, or Florida Atlantic, or Furman! Get over yourselves and quit hating.

Steve

March 18th, 2011
1:04 pm

Skeezix, it is a very sad world, in which we live.

Bulldog Arch

March 18th, 2011
1:04 pm

This year—Alabama—-KENT STATE,NORTH TEXAS Arkansas—-MISSOURI STATE,NEW MEXICO Auburn—-UTAH STATE,FLORIDA ATLANTIC,SAMFORD L.s.u.—-NORTHWESTERN STATE Florida—-FLORIDA ATLANTIC,FURMAN Tennessee—-BUFFALO,NORTH TEXAS Ga Tech—-WESTERN CAROLINA,MIDDLE TENNESSEE OH YEAH TECH MAN MAYBE YA’LL CAN SCHEDULE GARDNER WEBB AGAIN,I HEAR THEY’VE ADDED A VARSITY SQUAD SINCE YOUR LAST CLOSE CALL WITH THEIR JV

BYRDDAWG

March 18th, 2011
1:08 pm

LOL.. tech plays that powerhouse kennesaw st in hoops and gets beat! Bama plays kent st, n texas AND ga southern this yr in football but you clowns wanna bash UGA for playing S Alabama!!!! GET REAL…

BYRDDAWG

March 18th, 2011
1:08 pm

ARCH you stole my thunder DAWG!!

KANG here!

March 18th, 2011
1:11 pm

Techman:

Yeah, because Tech NEVER schedules cupcakes! Gardner-Webb, Western Carolina, Duke, MTSU, SC State, Jacksonville State, Samford, etc. All NCAA POWERHOUSES you got there!

Everybody does it, you boob.

Bulldog Arch

March 18th, 2011
1:12 pm

Byrd—They can hate all they want but they can’t change the facts

really ?

March 18th, 2011
1:20 pm

Really strength of schedule gouging from a tech fan , now thats funny S Alabama would finish top three in the ACC .

Blue

March 18th, 2011
1:20 pm

wow…impressive. Way to step up.

JB

March 18th, 2011
1:20 pm

I know Tech is miffed they missed this. Any word on any tickets left for Tech/Western Carolina opening day? That’s a barn burner.

Pulpwud Smiff

March 18th, 2011
1:22 pm

I’ve never understood how anyone – even an alumnus – could support and take pride in UGA’s football team. When you look at their history for the past forty years, how can anyone ignore Jan Kemp and the “remedial studies” scam, the Jim Harrick fiasco, the DUIs in the athletic office, the DUIs and other arrests of players, the #1 party school tag (i.e., the most drunk students), the suspensions and outright dismissals, the Fulmer Cup, and on and on?

As disgraceful and humiliating as it is, I don’t see many alums and fans demanding an end to this sordid activity. It sets UGA apart as the kind of school most people abhor, and it’s become an embarrassment to the whole state of Georgia.

Will it never end? Apparently not while Mark Richt is at UGA. Richt is perhaps the biggest hypocrite in the United States. But even with all the cheating and lawlessness that he ignores, he still can’t win the SEC.

So you’re paying him to be BCS champions, but he can’t even win his SEC division. So why do you pay him millions of dollars a year?

Just asking.

JB

March 18th, 2011
1:23 pm

Go back and look at Florida’s schedule the last NC year they had. Four or five cupcakes on there.

JB

March 18th, 2011
1:24 pm

Nice try pulp….. Go back to your India culture sensitivity training class.

Vance Duuley

March 18th, 2011
1:25 pm

I wonder if any of the books about UGA football include the perspective of someone speaking for the late Jan Kemp? The perspective that “student” athletes like Lindsay Scott were playing years without taking college level courses? That the proudest moment of the football program was earned by players who never earned a single college credit?

Dawgtards love to return to 1980, but their memories are really short when it comes to remembering an earthshaking event that happened a few years later that showed the world what a joke UGA athletes were and what a scam artist their beloved Vince Dooley was (and is). So for all those dawgtards with short memories or who think their athletes are actually taking real courses and trying to graduate, here’s the quote that broke the trial wide open and showed what a slimeball Dooley is:

O. Hale Almand Jr., a lawyer for the defense, offered a justification for the favorable treatment accorded the athletes, citing a hypothetical player. “We may not make a university student out of him,” he told the jury, “but if we can teach him to read and write, maybe he can work at the post office rather than as a garbageman when he gets through with his athletic career.”

Nothing has changed at UGA, they just do a slightly better job of keeping things quiet, but that’s hard to do when 44 of your player-thugs have been arrested, isn’t it?

UGA: WINNER OF THE FULMER CUP AND THE CESSPOOL OF THE SOUTH.

JB

March 18th, 2011
1:26 pm

At the end of the day, still 9 of the last 10, two against the greatest football coach on earth…LOL

GTBob

March 18th, 2011
1:30 pm

Every team schedules like this, there is really no reason to blame UGA for this. It probably is one of the dumbest parts of college football though. Every year instead of watching 12 good games we get at most 10 reasonable games with two practice games that their 4th string wouldn’t lose in.

zgoldatl

March 18th, 2011
1:31 pm

Uga should play Georgia state in the dome. That would be fun for ATL dawg fans, and us Georgia state fans. Go panthers, see y’all at the concrete jungle

swhite

March 18th, 2011
1:32 pm

Hmmmm – in 2011 Alabama will be playing powerhouses like Kent State, North Texas State, and Georgia Southern. Florida gets the always tough Florida-Atlantic, Alabama Birmingham, and Furman. National Champs Auburn also plays the mighty Florida Atlantic, along with Utah State and Samford! Meanwhile, East Division champs South Carolina will take on arch-rival East Carolina, plus Navy and The Citadel. Yeah, it’s a good thing Georgia is the only school that schedules cream puffs.

ozzfest

March 18th, 2011
1:33 pm

To the clown, 1962 DAWG, who wrote “Why go across the country and play Az St. when you can get an extra home game with a team like S. Ala??

Are you like 92 years old? See, they make these little tubes with wings…called airplanes…and they take you to interesting places, beyond the very geographically-boring state of GA. I doubt you attend many away games, but there were a very large number of BULLDOGS at the three out of region games the last three years.

I loved the trips to Tempe, Stillwater, and Boulder…I even saw the baseball team play at UCLA last Friday.

WIN WITH RICHT

March 18th, 2011
1:33 pm

Pulpwud Smiff

Why don’t you got to Awbarn? I hear they have some trees at Toomer’s Corner that need the chainsaw put to them. Be careful, I hear Auburn’s Hole in The Head gang is out on bond. Be sure to lock up you singlewide.

JB

March 18th, 2011
1:34 pm

Classy post by GTBob…… He gets it…..

Whit

March 18th, 2011
1:36 pm

I hear South Alabama is already a 4 point favorite.

jackson

March 18th, 2011
1:38 pm

At least it’s in October–the best month for football in Athens–as opposed to this year when we have none

BYRDDAWG

March 18th, 2011
1:42 pm