A tale of two reports, first, on April 2nd, from Seth Emerson ($$):
There should be another big series announced soon: Georgia is deep in talks with Oklahoma about a home-and-home series, The Athletic has learned. Georgia was seeking a Big 12 opponent and Oklahoma, which Georgia played in the memorable 2018 Rose Bowl, has an open spot in 2023.
Shortly thereafter, from Mike Griffith, at DawgNation:
Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said Thursday the Bulldogs are talking to “a number of schools” right now about future scheduling, but no deals are imminent.
When pressed about reports that a deal with Oklahoma could be close, McGarity said “none of our conversations would be considered deep talks.”
“We’re in conversation with a lot of schools,” McGarity reiterated when pressed on potential home-and-home opponents. “There are two other schools we are having more aggressive talks with than Oklahoma at this time.”
Hmmm… note Greg’s use of the specific phrase “deep talks” there. Pure coincidence, surely.
You know what’s coming next, right?
Georgia and Oklahoma have finalized a home-and-home series, as The Athletic reported was likely a month ago. The two games will be separated by eight seasons: Oklahoma will host the Bulldogs in 2023 and then the Sooners will make a return trip in 2031.
Connor Riley does the announcement honors at DawgNation, sans any reference to deep talks, or, indeed, Greg McGarity at all.
I know some folks have an agenda, but this is getting a little ridiculous.