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More 2021 Football Game Info

From Georgia Sports Communications: Georgia’s second and third football games this fall – the home opener versus UAB on Sept. 11 and the Southeastern Conference opener against South Carolina on Sept. 18 – was among an early-round of selections made Thursday for the ESPN networks, according to an announcement by the league office.

The Bulldogs’ contest in Athens against the Blazers during the second week of the season will be slated for 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The following Saturday, Georgia will play host to the Gamecocks at 7 p.m. on ESPN.





ICYMI: Here is the Athletic Board Report

In his report, Brooks touched on a wide range of topics and led with his most prominent observations since taking over the athletic directorship in January.

• He thanked the loyalty and generosity of the Georgia fans, especially through the past 15 months of the global COVID-19 pandemic.





• He praised the performances of the UGA student-athletes amid the many challenges presented by the pandemic.

• He stressed the importance of retaining coaches, specifically women’s basketball coach Joni Taylor, equestrian coach Meghan Boenig and baseball coach Scott Stricklin, all of whom signed contract extensions in the past two months.

• Brooks also announced initiatives aimed at improving the fan experience at all Georgia athletic venues.  Prices of five core concession items — bottled water, bottled soda, candy, hot dogs and popcorn — will be reduced by nearly 50 percent.  The price reductions came about thanks to savings created by the mobile ticketing system implemented this year, which will be continued in 2022.

Additional highlights of Brooks’ report:

• He praised Georgia teams for their success in competition, particularly the championships won by Equestrian and women’s tennis, and the performances this spring by the golf teams, both tennis squads, as well as the baseball and softball teams.  In all, 13 of Georgia’s 21 teams are currently ranked in the Top 15 in their respective sports.

• He also commended all student-athletes for their participation in community service throughout the 2020-21 year.  Highlighted by Dawgs for Pups program started last year, many UGA teams and individuals have been recognized for their outstanding contributions.

UGA is exploring enhancements at Sanford Stadium that include additional fan amenities and improvement of pedestrian traffic on the South 100 Level concourse, as well as the relocation of the press box to the southwest corner of the stadium.  In its place, UGA would be able to add additional premium seating.

Associate AD Matt Brachowski presented an update on the Butts-Mehre expansion and renovation project.  Phase One of the $80 million project was completed in late April, with the UGA football and Sports Medicine programs currently moving in.

Additional aspects of the Butts-Mehre project include the following:

• Plans to transform the former football locker and equipment rooms in the Butts-Mehre building for use by the UGA Track & Field program. This study also includes the re-use of the former football athletic training room into an athletic training space for UGA’s Olympic sports.

• The process to replace the four-court indoor building at the Dan Magill

June Will be a Recruitniks Nirvana

On campus recruiting has been shut down for over a year, but visits will resume next month. Recruits will be streaming into Athens by the dozen and it is great that kids will now get to see the coaches and schools who have been Zooming with them all year.

Here’s the thing with recruiting and Kirby Smart – Kirby doesn’t sign bad recruiting classes. In fact, his lowest-ranked recruiting efforts have been among the School’s best. Those of you who hang on to every indication from recruits should have a field day with June. There will be tons of guys telling you how much they love UGA in their post-visit interviews.

Happy days!

Arian Smith Outruns Matthew Boling

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Greg is closing in on 11 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.