As someone who accepts as a general principle that any day with a college football game, no matter how lame or contrived it may be, has something to recommend about it, I’m glad today is here.
I just don’t go into these spring games expecting much, that’s all. And that’s particularly the case this year, because of all the injuries and also because one of the areas where I’m hoping to see noticeable improvement – special teams on kickoffs – won’t be on display at all.
So I’ll just settle for seeing a few fun things and hoping nobody does anything too embarrassing.
When you get down to it, the most noteworthy aspect to today’s game is how badly Georgia wanted ESPN to handle the broadcast.
“I will admit I was sitting there watching [Florida’s game] on TV, and the first thing I did was pick up the phone and call [a staffer] and say, ‘We got to get our spring game televised,’” Georgia athletics director Damon Evans said.
In part to accommodate ESPN’s schedule, Georgia coach Mark Richt started spring practice a week later than usual so the G-Day game — the culmination of spring ball — would be played on Saturday. Kickoff is 1 p.m. in Sanford Stadium.
Georgia won’t receive a rights fee for the telecast, which Evans sees as a branding and marketing tool.
“The exposure,” he said, “is the reward in and of itself.”
For Richt, the reward is that the telecast might reach a future recruit in some far-flung place.
“You just never know who’s going to watch the game and get excited about Georgia,” he said.