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Georgia will keep Auburn, Florida, and Tennessee in the 2024 SEC football schedule

 Georgia will keep Auburn, Florida, and Tennessee in the 2024 Southeastern Conference football schedule, according to an announcement Wednesday evening on the SEC Network.  

The one-year, eight-game conference schedule will have the Bulldogs playing three SEC home games (Auburn, Mississippi State, and Tennessee) along with the traditional game with Florida in Jacksonville.  





Georgia will travel to Alabama, Kentucky, Ole Miss, and Texas. The 2024 schedule will be a standalone one-year schedule as Conference members continue to finalize a long-term schedule format.  As previously announced, the SEC will eliminate divisional standings beginning in 2024.

Dates for the games will be announced later this year, although the already scheduled 2024 non-conference games will include Georgia and Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Aug. 31 and Georgia Tech visiting Athens on Nov. 30.

Baseball: Charlie Condon and Connor Tate were named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Southeast Region Team for Division I

Charlie Condon





Condon, a 6-6, 215-pound redshirt freshman from Marietta, was selected to the first team while Tate, a 6-3, 211-pound graduate from Bishop, garnered second-team honors. This is the second year that Tate has been a second-team selection. Condon and Tate were the only Bulldogs to start all 56 games in 2023.

An annual member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, Tate led the 2023 team in hits (83) and doubles (19), finished second in batting (.377) and was third in home runs (16) and RBI (54). He tied a school record with three grand slams in 2023 including two in wins over Southeastern Conference co-champions Florida and Arkansas. Tate enjoyed a stellar Bulldog career, appearing in 219 games with 185 starts. He posted a career batting average .342 with 50 doubles, 43 home runs and 169 RBI. Tate ranks in the top 10 in Bulldog history in hits, doubles, home runs, total bases, RBI, runs scored and games played.

Connor Tate

An Honor Roll student majoring in finance, Condon led the team in batting average (.386), home runs (25), runs (61), RBI (67), total bases (168), slugging percentage (.800) and on base percentage (.484). 

First Team All-Region selections are nominated for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors. The ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. I All-America teams will be announced the morning of Friday, June 16 prior to the start of the 2023 NCAA Div. I College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

In related baseball news Wednesday, Condon was named a First Team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). On Tuesday, the NCBWA tabbed him the National Freshman Hitter of the Year. He has tallied numerous honors after posting one of the greatest seasons in school history. Condon’s accolades for 2023 include:

  • NCBWA First Team All-American; Collegiate Baseball  Second Team All-American
  • ABCA/Rawlings All-Southeast Region First Team
  • Freshman Hitter of the Year by Collegiate Baseball (CB) newspaper
  • Freshman Hitter of the Year by NCWBA
  • First Team Freshman All-America team by CB and NCBWA
  • Finalist for the Bobby Bragan National Collegiate Slugger Award
  • Semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy 
  • Second team All-SEC and Freshman All-SEC (in a vote of the SEC’s head coaches)
  • SEC Freshman of the Year (in a vote of the SEC’s head coaches)
  • SEC Freshman Home Run Record
  • USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Summer Training Camp Invitation

T&F: UGA added Karim Abdel Wahab as an assistant coach who will work with sprinters and hurdlers

Abdel Wahab, who is a native of Egypt, joins Georgia’s staff after serving in a similar role for the University South Carolina team over the last five years. The veteran sprints and hurdles coach was instrumental for the Gamecocks, helping the women experience some of the finest seasons in well over a decade.

“I’m so excited to join the Bulldog track and field family,” said Abdel Wahab. “I’m thankful for the opportunity that Coach Caryl has given me to be a part of her growing tradition of excellence at UGA.”

“I am honored to announce the hiring of Karim Abdel Wahab and I believe we are lucky to have landed him,” said Smith Gilbert. “Karim has a proven record in the collegiate ranks as well as on the international scene, recruiting and coaching some of the top talent our sport has seen in recent years. He is a piece of the puzzle who will bring us closer to our goals. We can’t wait for Karim and his family to get to town and get to work for the Dawgs.”

During the 2023 indoor season, the South Carolina women’s 4×400-meter relay finished second at the SEC Indoor Championships and then seventh at the NCAA Championships. Outdoors, Abdel Wahab coached true freshman Sylvia Chelangat to a new 800m school record (2:02.58) at the UF Tom Jones Memorial, marking an eight second improvement from Chelangat’s previous personal best. This was her first year specializing in the 800m. Later during the outdoor season, Chelangat finished as the runner-up at the SEC Championships.

In 2022, Abdel Wahab coached 13 All-Americans and witnessed a handful of scorers at both the SEC Championships and NCAA Championships. Among those All-Americans were Stephanie Davis, Makenzie Dunmore and Destinee Rocker. Rocker broke the school record in the 60m hurdles (8.07) and registered the third best 100m hurdle time of (12.95). Rocker also finished eighth at the NCAA Outdoor Championship to earn All-American status, while Davis earned hers as part of the 4x400m relay team – the same team that claimed the title at the Penn Relays. In fact, that same relay team of Davis, Dunmore, Angel Frank and Jahnile Registre broke the 4x400m relay school record at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a time of 3:25.45.

The 2022 season also yielded student-athletes like freshmen Jayla Jamison who became the USATF Jr. Nationals champion in the 200m and earned silver in the 200m at World Jr. Championships for Team USA with a time of 22.77. Jamison was the first leg on the 4x100m relays at Worlds, setting a new American record, helping her team earn a silver medal and only finishing behind the relay team from Jamaica.

Abdel Wahab continues to work with Olympians and athletes from the World Championships, including the likes of Gamecock Alum Wadeline Jonathas. Jonathas, who continued to train in Columbia under Abdel Wahab’s tutelage, competed in the 400m for Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics. He has also coached Aliyah Abrams to the Tokyo Games for her home country of Guyana. Both Jonathas and Abrams made it to the semifinals of the 400m at the Olympics. Jonathas was also a member of the women’s 4×400m relay team that advanced in the first round of competition, later earning gold medal for her efforts.

In addition, Abrams competed in the 2022 World Indoor Championships where she finished fifth and broke the South American and Guyana record.

Prior to the shutdown because of COVID-19, Abdel Wahab continued to coach Jonathas and Abrams throughout their run to the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar. Abrams captured the Guyana national title in the 400m while Jonathas qualified for Team USA with her finish at USA Nationals. Jonathas eventually reached the IAAF World Championship final in the 400m and posted a new collegiate record (49.60) to finish fourth in the world.

In 2019 and his first year as a Gamecock, Abdel Wahab’s student-athletes achieved numerous milestones, including the women’s 4x400m relay team winning the NCAA Indoor Championship. Abrams was a silver medalist in the 400m at the NCAA Indoor Championship that same season.

Moving over to the outdoor season, Abdel Wahab coached Jonathas to win the NCAA Championship in the women’s 400m, while her teammate Abrams placed fifth overall in the 400m. That year, South Carolina was the only school in the nation that sent two women to the NCAA finals in the 400m and both achieved personal bests in the finals. The 4x400m relay took third at the same championship.

Abdel Wahab came to Columbia after eight seasons in charge of the sprinters and hurdlers at Colorado State University. His student-athletes combined for 13 new school records, including three Mountain West Conference records.

During his eight seasons in Fort Collins, Abdel Wahab led his student-athletes to six All-America honors and one honorable mention All-America honor. From 2012-14, Abdel Wahab coached Trevor Brown to five All-America finishes, including laurels in the 110m and 400m hurdles outdoors and the 60m hurdles indoors. Brown left CSU as the Mountain West’s record-holder in the 60mH (7.73) and 110mH (13.55).

On the women’s side, Abdel Wahab molded Lorenda Holston into an All-American in the 60m and 100m hurdles in 2017. Holston set the Mountain West’s all-time record in the 60mH (8.06). Before joining the staff at Colorado State, Abdel Wahab spent four seasons at the University of Northern Colorado. He coached UNC’s first-ever NCAA West Preliminary Round qualifiers in the men’s 100m and 200m, helped four Bears set new school records and led multiple Big Sky Conference champions. He also spent two seasons at Colorado School of Mines.

Outside of the collegiate level, Abdel Wahab served as the personal coach for Fort Collins native and 2012 Olympic long jump bronze medalist Janay DeLoach. Under Abdel Wahab’s tutelage, DeLoach finished third in the long jump at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, earning a spot at the 2016 Rio Olympics. DeLoach was also a fourth-place finisher in the long jump at the 2016 World Indoor Championships and won the 2016 60m hurdles at the MILROSE Games (7.85m) under Abdel Wahab’s leadership.

Prior to his time out west, Abdel Wahab served as a team coach for the Egyptian National Team at the 2010 African Championships, the 2011 World Outdoor Championships, the 2012 World Indoor Championships and the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. Among those to train under Abdel Wahab are Amr Seoud who broke the 100m (10.13) and 200m (20.36) national records, and Anas Beshr who set a national record in the 400m (45.40) to qualify for the Rio Olympics.

Recognized as one of the top sprints and hurdles coaches in the world, Abdel Wahab has published several articles discussing the mechanics and methodologies of each discipline. He has taught extensively on the subject throughout the United States and Canada.Abdel Wahab graduated in 2002 from Helwan University in Cairo with a degree in Physical education, exercise science and track and field coaching. He is a USATF Level I Coach and is recognized as an ISSA Fitness Trainer and ISSA Fitness Therapist.

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Greg is closing in on 15 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.