Full speed ahead

It may be whistling in the dark, but for now, Georgia and Florida are sticking with Jacksonville.

Georgia and Florida athletic directors have indicated the schools’ annual rivalry game will remain in Jacksonville this season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

UGA athletic director Greg McGarity told DawgNation on Thursday that plans are for Kirby Smart and his Bulldogs to make the 339-mile trip to Jacksonville as scheduled.

“Scott (Stricklin) and I spoke about this on Monday and agreed the game would remain in Jacksonville,” McGarity said.

As for fans, who knows?

UF athletic director Scott Stricklin said Tuesday that possibility hasn’t even come up between the two schools.

“Really haven’t had any conversation about moving it out of Jacksonville,” he said. “I know that I saw in the news somewhere that the Jags had a reduced seating capacity planned. I’m sure that’s something that if we get to the point where we’re playing that game there that we would try and use as appropriate depending on where we are in the process and what the requirements are.

“We really haven’t had any conversations about moving it to campus. Our hope is to be able to play the game and to be able to play it in Jacksonville in some form.”

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  1. Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

    And knowing McGarity as we do, is there any question as to who’s campus the game will be moved to if it’s moved out of Jacksonville? Without a return trip to Athens ever?

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  2. HamBone

    Technically, we are the home team this year. If anyone should be pushing for a campus location–its should be us. And we should be driving a hard bargain.

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

      Since when does something so trivial matter? We were supposed to be the home team versus Auburn in 2013, and you saw how that turned out for us.

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      • HamBone

        Are we just going to die on this hill forever? Because we made concessions nearly a decade ago pre-Kirby has little bearing on what happens today. I have to believe that would be a non-starter for Kirby.

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        • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

          It is a wrong that has never be redressed, and it was compounded upon by McGarity allowing the Auburn game to be moved to October from November where’s it’s been for longer than he’s been alive. Fuck McGarity.

          You’re goddamn right this is a hill on which I’ll die.

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        • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

          *that also permanently unbalanced our home game schedule

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          • HamBone

            I mean, it sucked to lose there in ’13, but we are something like 13-4 the last 16 with a SEC championship avenging loss. Have not lost to them at home since ’05…seems like it’s been working out alright for the good guys. Might be time to move on.

            Clearly McGarity is on a short leash, it’s why he keeps getting 1 year extensions.

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            • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

              It’s not a zero sum game. Just because we continue to generally beat Auburn shouldn’t have any bearing on the facts of the matter, which are: 1. McGarity continues to act against the interests of UGA with regards to other programs in the SEC and the SEC Office and 2. Doing so has permanently unbalanced our home game schedule, which is against the interests of the of the ticket-buying fans specifically.

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              • HamBone

                Unbalanced in the sense that we now get AU, UT, and Tech at home the same season and all away the same season? I mean, I guess that sucks in the off years, but last season we had ND and A&M–that was pretty solid.

                I am not saying you don’t have a point. However, you can’t fix it just by swapping home games next year. Then you have a 5-3 home-away split (5-2-1 in seasons like this one). It can’t, and won’t, be “redressed” until they (a) move to a 9 game schedule, (b) Add schools to the conference or (c) Change/eliminate divisions. Since that is not in the near term, why lose sleep over it?

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                • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

                  I mean, I’m not losing sleep over it in the way that I’m always thinking about it, which I’m not, but it is something that simply “is.”

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                • PTC DAWG

                  Glad to see someone understands the issue of only having 2 SEC home games every other year.

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                • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

                  Again, a permanent rival had to be played twice in a SEC West home, it just didn’t have to be Georgia and Auburn.

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            • It’s not about w vs l

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        • Will (the other one)

          Didn’t McGarity also make further concessions letting Auburn move the game earlier in the year for this season? Whether it’s SEC requests or the NCAA, Greg seems quite the “thank you sir, may I have another” type.

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      • PTC DAWG

        The switch with AU was made to keep from having only 3 SEC home games, one of them being the UF game, which would have left 2 SEC games in Athens every other year….now you know..

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        • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

          Other teams other than Georgia and Auburn could’ve been chosen, so this is a lie of omission. Why not two less storied programs with a non-existent “rivalry” like Vandy and Ole Miss?

          This idea that it had to be Georgia and Auburn makes no sense because it didn’t have to be, McGarity simply bent over and took it without getting ANYTHING for Georgia in return like the good bottom he is.

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          • PTC DAWG

            Not sure what good you think moving Vandy and Ole Miss around one year would have done for UGA’s schedule…carry on..

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            • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

              Okay, don’t know why this is difficult. A permanent rival had to be chosen to play twice at the West’s home in order to fit Mizzou into the East.

              It did not have to be Georgia and Auburn. It could have been Vandy and Ole Miss. It could have been Bama and Tennessee. It could have been Floriduh and LSU.

              This idea that it HAD to be Georgia and Auburn is not true. It should have been Vandy and Ole Miss.

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        • Naw man. The bottom line is Georgia Auburn should have been shielded and untouched and other options made. Being able to move that a 125 years of history is terrible. It is the lead to getting rid of rivalry games and go into pods and playoffs.

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          • PTC DAWG

            The UGA/AU game is safe, for now. Florida, on the other hand would drop LSU in a New York Minute.

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            • LSU would drop Florida in a NY minute as well. I would even suggest Tennessee would drop the 3rd Saturday in October if they thought it would be in their best interest. If those 3 joined the other 8 ADs, permanent crossover games would be history.

              I take it that many of the decisions made by the schools are unanimous. Therefore, this very sticky issue is one that the presidents aren’t going to take on directly because they wouldn’t want the outcome to be 10-4 or 11-3.

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  3. Maybe the bars will be open by then.

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  4. ATL Dawg

    “I saw in the news somewhere…”

    LOL, incredible. So they haven’t discussed no fans or reduced capacity? He’s either lying or incompetent.

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  5. The Dawg abides

    Fuck this. McGarity bends over willingly again. Let’s get the team on a plane and fly down and stay in a hotel to play in an empty stadium against a team that will bus over in an hour, for what’s supposed to be our home game. Florida already has the easier conference slate, so let’s just hand them only three road games while we get five. I’m actually surprised McGarity didn’t eagerly offer to travel to Gainesville. Maybe this will be one of the anticipated games that has to be postponed, pushing it to a weekend that Jax can’t accommodate.

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  6. JC

    Florida will reach herd immunity by September at their current rate, so I’m sure all is good.

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  7. If Jacksonville is promising to pay the schools to play in an empty (or near-empty) stadium, I would probably agree to play there as well. If you’re going to have to refund 50,000 season tickets (plus 35,000 athletic fees), you have to soften the financial blow whenever possible from whatever source possible. Even a 50% payment (plus travel) from Jacksonville is better than no payment to play in either Athens or Hogtown.

    Not saying I agree … I’m only looking at it through a financial lens which is the lens McGarity & Stricklin are using.

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    • Granthams replacement

      With an already struggling tax revenue I don’t see how Jacksonville agrees to pay out with no fans. Even at had fans it will be a tough justification. Also any number of fans are really close going in and out of the limited access ramps/escalators in that stadium.

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      • Gaskilldawg

        100% true on reason why Jacksonville would not want to pay for the game with no fans, and the ramps

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      • I’ve thought from the beginning that it would have to be the city that would raise a force majeure issue with the contract for the pandemic. The universities aren’t going to decide just not to play in Jacksonville out of the kindness of their hearts unless the SEC says no neutral site games.

        I’m guessing there are a lot of conference calls among Jacksonville leaders (and attorneys), the 2 ADs, and the universities’ counsel to negotiate a deal for 2020. I would bet they agree to a smaller payout for 2020 because Jacksonville doesn’t want the sour taste of a force majeure fight as the schools enter the negotiations for the next contract with the city.

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  8. practicaldawg

    At least it’s an outdoor cocktail party

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  9. Bright Idea

    Of course the Covid crisis gives DawgNation yet another excuse to rehash the J’ville debate once again and us to beat the Auburn schedule dead horse a little bloodier.

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  10. Will (the other one)

    “Our hope is to be able to play the game and to be able to play it in Jacksonville in some form.”
    Yeah, and my hope is to win the lottery and retire 25 years early, but it’s not really an actionable plan. I also hope this is mostly PR bluster and they’re actually working behind the scenes, but…I have doubts.

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