Daily Archives: April 14, 2016

So there’s to be music after all.

But not country.

It turns out G-Day will have a big name music act just like Georgia officials were hoping.

Rapper Ludacris from Atlanta will perform 15 minutes before the scheduled spring football game.

John Bateman, Georgia’s assistant athletic director for marketing tweeted Thursday afternoon: “Here ya go! @Ludacris performing 3:45 before G-Day game.”

Had it all the way, I’m sure.  Honestly, I don’t know if this came about due to a last minute scramble in response to all the mockery, or if we have a case of an artist taking pity on the athletic department for its clumsiness, but either way it’s a nice save.

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UPDATE:  The article has been updated to disclose that the artist stepped up to pull McGarity’s nuts out of the fire.

UGA athletic spokesman Claude Felton said the school had established a network within the music industry during the process and someone representing Ludacris contacted Georgia officials on Wednesday.

The deal was finalized Thursday morning.

“Everybody’s excited that he’s a Georgia fan, a world-class entertainer and he wanted to be a part of G-Day,” Felton said. “We’re looking forward to having him.”

Speaking of world-class, how does an athletic department that employs someone as skilled as Claude Felton appear so inept at PR?

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UPDATE #2:  Heh.

Sneer if you like, but I’d be interested in knowing if the school had to pay a little extra to sign him at the last moment.  Guess we’ll find out in 90 days.

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In praise of Uncle Verne

Verne Lundquist stopped by Athens this week on his way back from the Masters, which gave Tony Barnhart the opportunity to retell a couple of stories.

Two stories best sum up the love affair Verne Lundquist has with SEC football.

* His first SEC game for CBS was Florida at Tennessee in 2000. In that contest, Florida trailed 23-17 with the ball at its 9-yard line with only 2:14 left to play. Jesse Palmer drove the Gators down the field, and with 14 seconds left, he hit Jabar Gaffney on a short pass in the end zone for a touchdown. The ball quickly popped out of Gaffney’s hands but line judge Allama Matthews (a Vanderbilt grad) ruled it was a touchdown and the Gators won 24-23.

When the game was over Lundquist took off his head set and turned to then-broadcast partner Todd Blackledge.

“Are all of them like this?” Lundquist asked.

“Enough of them,” Blackledge said.

* Later that season, Lundquist did his first Alabama-Auburn game, in Tuscaloosa. Understand that Lundquist had been a veteran NFL broadcaster and had been all over the world when he agreed to become the voice of the SEC for CBS. But on this day, Bryant-Denny Stadium was unlike anything he had ever seen.

“The band was playing. The jets had flown over. It was just an incredible scene,” Lundquist says. “I put my arm around (my wife) Nancy and said, ‘Be honest with me. Would you rather be doing this or Detroit at Tampa Bay?’ ”

This is what people who don’t share my love for Uncle Verne fail to get about him.  At heart, he’s a sports fan who appreciates the settings he’s cast in.  Throw in that he’s not an incessant yakker like the majority of people ESPN shoves in our faces, and he’s a rare bird.

You can bitch all you like about him missing a name here and there, but just think about what we’re likely to get in his place when he retires.  Whoever it is may earn a nickname from the audience, but it probably won’t be a fond one.

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“It wasn’t just the quarterback last year.”

I guess if you’re a head coach making $4 million a year who’s coming off a disappointing season, “I’m a football coach, not a CEO” is the new black.

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God’s way of telling college football it has too much money…

… is Bobby Petrino’s new contract.

I’d say that’s insane, but it’s just the way they roll these days.

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I got a fever, and the only prescription is more …

happy talk.

It sounds like Spurdog is cured, though.

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If you change your mind…

You don’t see this every day.

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Won’t somebody think of the head coaches?

Shorter Indiana University coach Kevin Wilson:  All you did was weaken a conference today, Delany. That’s all you did. You put coaches’ careers in danger. Sweet dreams, son.

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