One last chance to make things right

And so it’s come to this:

For the second time in 10 days, Georgia’s scheduled game against Vanderbilt has been called off because the Commodores couldn’t meet the SEC’s minimum roster and position requirements, the SEC announced Monday.

The No. 9 Bulldogs were scheduled to play the winless Commodores at home in their final regular-season game at Sanford Stadium on Saturday. The SEC said the game would be declared a no-contest.

Georgia is aggressively trying to find a replacement for Vanderbilt to play a game on Saturday. The Bulldogs have had discussions with Colorado State about potentially playing a game, sources told ESPN.

“We’re doing our due diligence,” Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity told ESPN.

Sounds like a man possessed with a real sense of urgency there.

And make no mistake about it, if Georgia is to get some kind of game in the works for Saturday, urgency is what it’s all about right now.  There is no SEC team currently available, unless the conference is going to break an existing game, like TAMU at Tennessee.  Needless to say, that ain’t happening.

That, in turn, means McGarity has to lobby Sankey to allow an exception to the non-conference prohibition put into effect at the start of the season and find an opponent willing to play a hot Georgia team in Athens so that senior day plans can be put into effect.  Plus, he probably has to get all that done by today so that the team has some opportunity to game plan with sufficient time.

That doesn’t sound promising.  There are two likely options.  The first is that one of the two remaining conference games involving teams that haven’t played Georgia yet is cancelled due to its own COVID problems.

The other is that a… well, let’s face it, hapless mid-major volunteers to take a check.

Like I said, the second is a much harder option, because McGarity still has to sell the conference on it.  Is giving the seniors a chance to go out on a high note enough of a convincing sales point for the SEC?  And is McGarity a good enough salesperson to make the case?  Let’s hope he can be if needed.

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52 responses to “One last chance to make things right

  1. 81Dog

    Mcgarity sadly standing by flat-footed when Vandy cancelled, to no one’s surprise but his, just before he loads up the car and leaves town while mournfully shrugging about his tremendous regret and best efforts, is the perfect last chapter in his career.

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    • fisheriesdawg

      Except he didn’t stand by flat-footed this time. He uncharacteristically criticized Vandy for not wanting to play on 12/4, effectively putting them on notice not to do it again. The problem here is that Vanderbilt is shameless when it comes to their football program so they just weaseled out of playing Georgia anyway while still playing their home game against the Vols. There isn’t much McGarity can do about that sort of cynical approach.

      I know there’re a founding member, but I’m about ready to kick them to the curb. Maybe they can stay on as baseball only.

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      • The problem here is that Vanderbilt is shameless when it comes to their football program…

        They suited up 18 scholarship defensive players against UT and lost another nine players this week.

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        • fisheriesdawg

          They didn’t get any back that were lost from the Tennessee game?

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        • bigjohnson1992

          Yeah, those nine were on their period.

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          • Your misogyny is about to get you banned here. That’s your second strike, fair warning.

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            • bigjohnson1992

              2nd?

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            • bigjohnson1992

              Senator, I am not a misogynist. I am sarcastic, like every else on here. I employ 28 people and 16 are women. You should here THEIR jokes. And they love me to death. And I love them. They have thicker skin than I think you give them credit for. No everyone is offended so easily. I take shots and give shots with no bias or prejudice or hatred in my heart. It’s what makes life fun and not boring. Just keep me abreast of the rules on your blog and I’ll continue to offer my opinions and hopefully not offend anyone too bad. Thx.

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      • 81Dog

        ohhhhhhhhh. He put them on notice. I guess he figured THAT would keep them in line. Seems to have worked out just as well as most of his mournful pronouncements have. As opposed to, say, suspecting like virtually every other sentient being connected with UGA that Vandy wouldnt be able to muster enough players at the end of a long, painful season. You dont even have to assume Vandy tanked. You could just count noses and see they were running on fumes. Did Greg have a backup plan, other that tut-tutting and pearl clutching? Doesnt seem to be that case. And if his first inkling that there might be a problem was when he started looking yesterday at dinnertime for a new opponent, well…..failure to plan is a plan for failure. I’m sure he will give a very solemn presser expressing his deep regrets that he couldnt pull an opponent out of thin air at the last second. Surely no one will blame him for the unfortunate circumstances that virtually everyone but him saw coming 2 weeks ago.

        Hope ain’t much of a plan. That should be the epitaph for the McGarity era. Vaya con dios to him.

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    • Migraine Boy

      Knowing that this was pretty likely two weeks ago, should (did?) the “due diligence” have started then?

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  2. gotthepicture

    Couldn’t the SEC follow the lead of the ACC & BigTen and cancel the A&M game to protect their playoff interests and match UGA with Tennessee again.
    Personally, I think Auburn still owes us a home game anyway.

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    • You seriously think after the shit Sankey’s given the ACC and Big Ten about scheduling, he’s gonna cut TAMU a break like that? Get real.

      Besides, there’s no way the conference is going to make two teams play each other again in the regular season.

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    • Joel Wenger

      I think Vanderbuilt should get kicked out of the SEC. They are a stain on the reputation of the league. Replace them with a team like UCF or Memphis.

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  3. munsonlarryfkajim

    Would be a fitting end to his legacy

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  4. Down Island Way

    Would the sec office have not put the kibosh on the idea from the “get go”… with the effort being made, the sec is good with it….$ince this whole $eason was ba$ed on checking account$, one more game $eem$ about right…mcgaritys legacy is alive and well…

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    • 79dawg

      Agreed – it’s the last week of the season, what the hell all bets are off!

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      • chicagodawgfan

        “We’re doing our due diligence”, sounds like someone pouring over M&A opportunities. Sadly, unless ESPN really pushes, I don’t see McGoofy making this happen. Like a poster said above, it would be a fitting end that epitomizes his time as AD. I hope the seniors get the opportunity to go out in style.

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  5. rugbydawg79

    Come on Greg…This old Dog is pulling for you to make something happen.

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  6. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    ask the mormons to come on down?

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    • theorginaldawgabides

      They are playing UCF in a bowl game on the 22nd. That’s been another problem, several of the mid-majors are scheduled to play in a minor bowl in less than a week from the 19th.

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      • otto1980

        Ga State plays on the 26th a full week. State also beat Ga. Southern which makes them the 2nd best team in the State 🙂

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      • stoopnagle

        Plus, there’s nothing in it for BYU now since they lost to Coastal. They don’t need the boost to their rep to make the CFP/NY6. The ship has sailed, as they say.

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  7. At least we won’t get some send-off for the AD on Saturday.

    I hate all of this for the seniors, and Vandy, you are Candy (Assed).

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  8. Granthams Replacement

    Don’t underestimate ESPNs influence ($$$) on having a game in the noon time slot.

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    • stoopnagle

      Hey, if they could blow up a home-and-home with Louisville and a home game for Ole Miss to make Boise-Georgia happen in the dome…

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  9. Tony BarnFart

    “Due diligence” is what you should have been doing on December 4th when Vandy cancelled the 1st time. By December 14th, “execution” is needed.

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  10. W Cobb Dawg

    No surprises here. We knew Vandy was a no-show weeks ago. And we know Greg Mediocrity isn’t going to do shit about the situation. The sec office do something?! Give me a fricken break.

    My disappointment is with Kirby. He knew, just like the rest of us, that this was a very likely scenario, and sat back and let it play out.

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    • californiadawg

      And you know that how?

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      • W Cobb Dawg

        Oh, so there’s people outside BM who are actually surprised Vandy canceled. Here’s some news, this is the second time they canceled.

        So Kirby has no control whatsoever and is stuck with whatever the feckless clowns in BM thrust upon the team? If that’s the situation we’ve got much worse problems than a replacement for the Vandy game.

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    • Tony BarnFart

      Kirby sat back ?! Dude, Kirby was prepping for Mizzou. Do you want him on the horn all day last week or getting ready to put a 35 pt beatdown on a ranked opponent. Last time I checked, there are other people at B-M whose job description is more appropriate for emergency schedule shuffling. And Kirby ain’t the only one you’re paying every time you buy a ticket.

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

    Why is B-M so against playing State? I don’t get it. It’s so self-defeating and stupid, especially right now.

    Offer them $1M of that precious Rainy Day Fund money, and they could never turn it down.

    Why CSU before GSU???

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  12. armydawg

    Why is it always UGA that gets screwed? We took it up the shorts and ended a decades old scheduling tradition so Auburn could get their way. This is McGoofus’ last chance to make it right and walk away a semi-hero. If he can get this game to happen it will make up for the past and he can retire in peace. Come on, Greg. It’s time to prove that you’re really a Dawg.

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  13. 86bone

    Damn…just Damn! My youngest son graduates from the school of Engineering Thursday and we are heading to Athens. Of course they could not allow 56 kids to socially distance and walk across a stage, they have to have a “virtual” graduation. Plus this Saturday, Vanderbilt would have been his last home game as a student between the hedges…this really sux

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    • Russ

      Congrats to your son on his Engineering degree. We need more Bulldog Engineers. What’s his area of study?

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      • Fastest growing school on campus. 86, congratulations to your son. Why they can’t do a Sanford graduation now (outdoors with the seating already distanced) is just pressing the C-19 easy button.

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  14. Scotty King

    Miami?

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  15. Nil Butron is a Pud

    Can we play the Reserve Fund? We can both collect money for playing the fund, AND pay it back to the fund for playing us. It’s the underwear gnomes theory of scheduling…

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  16. 69Dawg

    Crazy ending to a crazy year of UGA football.

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