The great news:
The Bulldogs’ football team owns the SEC’s best score in the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) data released on Wednesday.
The APR score measures individual Division-I teams’ eligibility, retention and graduation rates among their athletes over a four-year period. The data released Wednesday measures academic data between the 2004-05 and 2007-08 school years.
Georgia’s 976 football score tied Penn State for the best among teams that finished the season ranked in the top 25, and was seven points ahead of second-place Vanderbilt in the SEC.
That is simply fantastic. Kudos to everyone who played a part in the achievement.
Next, a look at the (upcoming) schedule:
The University of Georgia still has two openings on its 2010 football schedule but has filled out its 2011 slate with New Mexico State.
The Bulldogs will pay the Aggies, whom they’ve defeated three times since 2000 by the combined count of 118-23, a record $925,000 for making the trip to Sanford Stadium.
Georgia’s other nonconference games in ’11 are against Louisville, Coastal Carolina and Georgia Tech.
That’s one Gator-looking OOC schedule in 2011. And two open slots in 2010? Why do I suspect that Damon’s got ESPN on his speed dial?
We’ve got no expectations:
As Richt has begun his normal offseason tour of Georgia fan club meetings, both the tone of the questions and response from the coach have changed. The fans aren’t asking about national championships, and Richt isn’t having to assure anyone that his team isn’t worrying about preseason rankings.
But we probably won’t be surprised by the bad news:
Georgia could be without three players to start the 2009 season because of suspensions, according to UGASports.com.
The Web site reported that tight end Bruce Figgins, defensive end Justin Houston and wide receiver Tony Wilson would each be suspended for an undetermined period after violating team rules.
Head coach Mark Richt would not confirm the suspensions Wednesday, however, saying in a statement through sports information director Claude Felton that “there is nothing to report” at this time.
Hey, they made it into the month of May without incident. Focus, baby!