I don’t know if he got stiffed on a hotel bill down there once, or has a piece of a bar in Athens, but Mike Griffith sure sounds peeved about Georgia’s inevitable decision to take the money Jacksonville offered.
If the Florida-Georgia football rivalry continues to be played in Jacksonville beyond 2021, one unintended consequence will be watered-down schedules at Sanford Stadium for several years.
Georgia plays home-and-home series with other SEC East Division teams, such as Vanderbilt, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky and South Carolina. The Bulldogs’ annual West Division opponent, Auburn, also plays home-and-home.
But the UGA administration has painted themselves into a corner of sorts with their non-conference scheduling…
Problem is, Mikey kinda buries the lede.
… UGA has contracts in place to play high-profile teams in Atlanta — not Athens — in coming seasons.
Georgia’s games in Atlanta are set for 2020 against Virginia, 2022 (Oregon) and 2024 (Clemson).
If you can play in Atlanta in 2020 and 2022, you sure could have chosen to schedule a home-and-home series instead. Problem is, that doesn’t pay as well as the Kickoff Classic.
I know this is a hard concept for some to grasp, but if you want to gripe about the home schedule, don’t blame those of us who enjoy the tradition of the Cocktail Party, blame the driver of everything that runs college football. Not that anyone’s gonna listen…