As usual, admission is free. In the past, the Bulldogs traditionally used this occasion to solicit canned food from fans on behalf of the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. This year, in lieu of bringing canned goods to the game, UGA is encouraging fans to make monetary donations to the Food Bank at the United Healthcare display at the Main Gate underneath Sanford bridge from 11 a.m. until kickoff.
Parking could prove to be a bit of a challenge. There is some reserved parking near the stadium and police will establish a “controlled perimeter” between Lumpkin Street and East Campus Road from a block north of the stadium south to Cedar Street. But everything outside of that perimeter is free and fair game. Here is A LINK TO A PARKING MAP.
Stadium gates will open at 1 p.m. Fans are welcome to sit wherever they want once they enter, but sections will be closed off after they’ve been filled.
Festivities beginning at 1:15 p.m. That’s when a number of Bulldog lettermen will take the field for the alumni flag football game.
At 2:45, the 2016 Georgia football team will commence with the Dawg Walk from Lumpkin Street through the Tate Student Center parking lot.
At 4 p.m., the game will kick off. It will be televised on ESPNU and last about two hours. They will use a running clock, they won’t have live kicks or punts and the last four minutes of each half will be conducted in “hurry-up mode” regardless of score.
I’ve found at least one scheduled replay of the game on the SEC Network, on the 20th at 11AM.
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And on a more upbeat note, I’ll leave you with this as I get ready to head out the door.
The Neyland Award, presented by the Knoxville Quarterback Club, has been awarded since 1967 to honor the stadium’s namesake. Spurrier will participate in several events over the weekend as part of the festivities. He played in a benefit golf tournament on Friday morning that also included former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer and Green Bay Packers receiver Randall Cobb, who’s from nearby Alcoa, Tennessee.
Spurrier said the players he was partnered with in the golf tournament, all Tennessee fans, were quizzing him about some of his legendary barbs.
“They were asking me about all those things I said, the Citrus Bowl jokes and Free Shoes U. stuff,” Spurrier said. “I told them I always thought the best one didn’t have anything to do with Tennessee or FSU. It’s the one I said about preferring to play Georgia the second week of the season because you could always count on them having two or three good players suspended every year. Everybody said, ‘Did you really say that?’ and I said, ‘Yes, because it’s true.’ ”
I like to think I’m better than taking cheap shots… but, nah. You know what else is true? 52-20.
Okay, NCAA, lemme see if I’ve got this straight: Marcus Lattimore, due to his status as a former player and his presence through football camps and foundation, can be around the South Carolina program in an unpaid position, but Marcus Lattimore, due to his status as a former player and his presence through football camps and foundation, can’t be a paid member of the support staff… except Marcus Lattimore, due to his status as a former player and his presence through football camps and foundation, can be a paid member of Muschamp’s coaching staff.
Geez, that’s so convoluted, even Nick Saban couldn’t figure out a workaround.
“But outside of that, the biggest advantage you can have is have good leadership, have a veteran football team, and when you’ve got that, it doesn’t matter whether you have spring practice or not. When you don’t have that, it’s tougher, when you don’t have leadership and you don’t have the experience at certain positions.”— Kirby Smart, Dawgs247, 3/31/20