ATHENS — I’m here at Sanford Stadium on an absolutely gorgeous day in Athens. Right now it’s 81 degrees and there literally is not a cloud in the sky. Campus was already packed with tail-gaters four hours before today’s 4:30 p.m. kickoff between Georgia and No. 12 South Carolina.
My game advance previewing today’s game was not posted in the blog, so HERE’S A LINK TO IT in case you missed it.
Obviously the theme of the week has been whether or not this is a “must-win game” for Georgia coach Mark Richt. I don’t think anybody in the world believes he’d be fired next week if the Bulldogs lose today. At the very least there will be 10 more games in which they could turn things around. But statements such as the one UGA Athletic Association board member Tommy Lawhorne offered unsolicited at yesterday’s quarterly meeting underscore that this season quite clearly is a referendum for Richt.
Said Lawhorne: “There are many of us who are really concerned about the status of the football program,” said Tommy Lawhorne, a football letterman (1965-67) and defensive captain. “Yet we have confidence in [athletic director] Greg McGarity to get us to where we want to be.”
“I’ll echo that,” added Bob Bishop, a longtime executive board member from Athens.
In case you missed Tim Tucker’s coverage of yesterday’s board meeting, here’s what McGarity and Pres. Michael Adams had to say regarding the feedback they’re getting from fans on the football program:
So that’s the backdrop for today’s game. Regardless of the ramifications, it should be a perfect day for football. Let’s enjoy it.