Seth Emerson has a piece up at The Athletic ($$) about beer sales at SEC venues in which he cites yours truly, but that’s not what I want to highlight here.
The SEC is, as I’m sure you’re aware, unique among the P5 conferences in that stadium beer sales are prohibited by conference rule. In other words, even if an individual school wanted to permit beer sales, it can’t. It’s also pretty well established that one of the more fervent backers of the status quo is Georgia.
Seth had the temerity to ask questions about the school’s stance. He got crickets.
The Athletic sent three questions to Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity, his spokesman and school spokesman Greg Trevor: 1) Is a report by Sports Illustrated, that Georgia is pushing hard behind the scenes to keep the SEC prohibition, true? 2) If so, what are UGA’s main concerns about selling alcohol in the stadium, in general in the SEC and specifically at Georgia home games? 3) What is the response to criticism from some UGA fans that UGA allows alcohol to be served in suites and boxes and that it’s unfair to keep it from being sold to the general public?
McGarity did not respond. An athletics department spokesman said the alcohol policy was “not on any agenda, proposals, etc., at this time.”
Trevor, the school spokesman, responded with a two-sentence statement: “The university follows the SEC’s rules. We have nothing to add.”
I think you misspelled “sets”, Trevor, my man. Even so, there’s nothing more Georgia Way than standing firmly behind a policy you can’t or won’t defend publicly.
Oh, and look who else has signed on.
A request was made to speak to Jimmy Williamson, UGA’s outgoing chief of police, or anyone in law enforcement. The request was not granted.
Man, when you’ve Georgia Way-ed Jimmy Williamson…