“I hope it becomes more commonplace because it’s better for the sport.”

Georgia’s Josh Brooks, who played a major role in scheduling the home-and-home with Notre Dame ($$):

“It’s better for everyone,” he said. “It’s better for the fans that are season-ticket holders that they get these experiences, at home and on the road. It allows them to go to places they haven’t been to before, or haven’t been to in a while, and it brings marquee matchups here. And it helps the town, right? Helps hotels, brings visitors here. It’s great for Athens. I hope the standard (Smart) has set and what they’re working on, hopefully it catches on with everyone in the country.

I know I appreciate it.

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18 responses to ““I hope it becomes more commonplace because it’s better for the sport.”

  1. 81Dog

    Oh, come on. You know you’d have enjoyed a couple of home games with, say, Mercer and Louisiana Lafayette every bit as much as the historical home and home with Notre Dame.

    (anyone who believes that probably also thinks there was nothing special about playing in the Rose Bowl as opposed to another scintillating trip to the Belk Bowl, or Weedeater Bowl, or whatever)

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    • Mick Jagger

      As a Mercer alum, I’d like to invite to join us for a game sometime. The stadium and atmosphere are great (and beer is served)!

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      • Tony Barnfart

        I have a strange desire to see more big teams test their mettle on the road against lesser teams in smaller venues. Not the dawgs necessarily because I don’t think our unique scheduling affords it. I do think it would be healthy for the game.

        Realizing the economic concessions bring all of this out of the realm of reality, but I wonder what the public reception would be if Alabama played AT North Dakota State instead of having a terrible FCS cupcake at home in late November. A ballsy move that makes zero economic sense for them, but would be cool nonetheless.

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  2. 79Dawg

    Thank goodness we had Kirby come along to show the brainiacs in the Athletic Department whose responsibility it is to schedule games, show them how to do it…. Where might they have ever gotten these ideas without him…

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    • To be fair, as Seth notes, negotiations for this series began when Richt was still the head coach.

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      • Remember the Quincy

        I am still a little bitter about the home-and-homes we once had scheduled with Oregon and Ohio State that Damon Evans had scheduled, only to be canceled by McGarity.

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        • McTyre

          Agreed – particularly the Oregon matchup – as it would be a road trip unlike we’ve had before. Boulder was cool, but Quackers U is in really cool town and the top of the PAC 12!

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          • PTC DAWG

            The Oregon cancellation was claimed to be mutual, that said, I agree it would have been a great trip for the fans. It would be even better today due to certain law changes. 🙂

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        • PTC DAWG

          From ESPN in 2012

          Ohio State has canceled a home-and-home series with Georgia because of the upcoming Big Ten/Pac-12 scheduling partnership.

          Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity told reporters Thursday at the SEC spring meetings that Ohio State backed out of an agreement to play the Bulldogs in 2020 and 2021. The Big Ten/Pac-12 partnership, which ultimately will have 12 annual matchups between conference teams, is set to begin in 2017, although Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith told ESPN.com the Buckeyes likely won’t begin participating until 2018.

          The schools didn’t have a contract for the 2020-21 games, but rather an agreement to try to schedule games for those years. The agreement would be null and void if dates to play were not reached by June 30, 2012. Ohio State sent Georgia a letter this month informing the Bulldogs it would not be able to confirm dates, effectively nullifying the agreement.

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      • 79Dawg

        I see when I was revising my comment, the /sarcasm font/ note got deleted…

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  3. HirsuteDawg

    Shoot, just playing the SEC teams we never get to see anymore would be better than the steady diet of cupcakes we currently play (enjoy?) And we have Clemson which was always a fun trip, win or lose, right here in our back yard. Texas would be a monster of a road game and at home.

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  4. Texas Dawg

    You would think that even if we don’t always have the marquee OOC matchup, we could do better than Murray State. Illinois, Minnesota, Wake Forest etc. They are not as sexy as ND or Texas, but at least they are Power 5 teams (and usually petty close to a cupcake…kind of like GT). Kind of chops the argument that we played only cupcakes right off at the knees since OSU, Clemson etc have them on their schedule every year. IF they are cupcakes, then they are the same cupcakes our real rivals for the playoffs will have had on their resume as well.

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    • PTC DAWG

      Power 5 teams want a home/home situation…that would seriously impact the amount of home games. You essentially would lose one every year.

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  5. Tony Barnfart

    UNC vs Wake Forest was a non-conference game this past weekend. I’d love to see SEC East vs. SEC West non-permanents get whatever consents / waivers necessary to play each other a few more times in games designated as “non-conference” games. Frankly, I think if there is a future space for non-sterilized neutral site games, this could be it, since most of those would almost have to happen as one-offs.

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  6. AceDawg

    Something I would LOVE is having the NCAA do a drawing every two years to add a Power 5 home and away to each team’s schedule. Draw a year before the games are scheduled in a universally open week on every team’s schedule. Every Power 5 team will be a part of a drawing – almost like a World Cup group pod drawing. Make this an additional game on the schedule, or at minimum require that Power 5 teams play no more than 2 games against non-Power 5 schools each year. The drawing would be fun for fans and teams to watch, and it would ensure non-traditional home and away matchups. Sometimes you would get a lame UGA vs. Indiana game but sometimes you get UGA vs. Ohio State.

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  7. 79Dawg

    The galling thing is for him to say “I hope it becomes more commonplace”. Well who the hell is responsible for making it more “commonplace”? Just goin’ out on a limb here, but the AD and his Senior Associate Vice-Executive Director might have a teensy something to do with it, maybe?
    Sadly, I imagine their response to this criticism would closely dovetail with Nick “we can’t get anybody to play us home-and-home” Saban’s…

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