May 20, 2022 · 9:00 AM
This is welcome news.
Georgia’s next planned major project for Sanford Stadium that will bring wider southside concourses, more restrooms and concession areas as well as additional premium seats and a relocated press box now has a price tag.
The cost will be $68.5 million, athletic director Josh Brooks told the UGA Athletic Association’s finance and development committee Thursday afternoon in a meeting held on Zoom.
The full athletic board will be asked to approve a request for funding next week at its end of school year meeting.
The improvements to the south 100 and south 300 areas and Gate 9 are meant to better the fan experience. That will be part of Phase 1 that will begin after this football season and be completed before the 2023 season.
Brooks said in addition to more than doubling the south 100 concourse and adding restroom and concessions to the outskirts of that area, a new connection point will be added to the 100 bridge level.
As a north stands resident, I’m a little jealous, but it’s good to see B-M put some real money where their mouth is when it comes to fan friendly. Which makes this Brooks quote more than a little pathetic:
“For anyone that’s been going to games for a long time, these are decade-old problems,” he said. “I’m talking 30, 40-year old problems that we just haven’t addressed yet. It’s always been difficult and it took a lot of planning to find the best way to do it.”
Alex, I’ll take “Things You Never Heard Greg McGarity Say” for $200. Sigh.
May 20, 2022 · 8:45 AM
Yes, indeedy, it do. I probably spent an hour yesterday scouring the Intertubes for quotes from Saban’s and Fisher’s peers looking for the pithiest comment of all.
For the moment, this one’s the topper: “There has always been an ‘honor amongst thieves’ mantra in the SEC, and those two just called each other’s wives fat to a global audience.”
What’s your favorite?
May 20, 2022 · 8:30 AM
Can I just say that whoever the folks are guiding Jordan Addison’s career know what they’re doing? I mean, a few weeks ago, it’s common knowledge he was jumping ship to USC for a handsome NIL reward (not to mention trading Pittsburgh for sunny LA) and his former coach accused his new coach of tampering. Not pretty.
So what happens? He embarks on a tour of college campuses, supposedly weighing his transfer options, selling it well enough to get a variety of pundits to speculate on his best landing spot, all to wind up exactly where it was said he was going at the beginning.
But the real chef’s kiss? Announcing the decision on the same day that the Fisher-Saban brouhaha sucked every molecule of oxygen out of the media tent. That, my friends, is working it. If I had a kid who was weighing his career options, I’d be looking up Addison’s advisers right now.
May 20, 2022 · 8:00 AM
Pete Fiutak’s Florida preview starts out with a quick, sad look at Dan Mullen’s demise, but it’s not without comedic flavor, as Fiutak asserts, “You can probably come up with about four plays that had they gone the other way, the coaching staff would’ve still been around…”. I’m thinking three of those four plays came in the last two minutes of the first half in Jacksonville, but I digress.
The best part comes with the section headed “Florida Key Game To The 2022 Season”. Now, say what you will about the Gators, but let’s be real — it’s close to automatic that you put Georgia there every season. But not this one.
Kentucky, Sept. 10
There was a generation of Gator fans that didn’t know what it was like to lose to Kentucky.
The 2018 season turned out to be great – going 10-3 with a dominant Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl win over Michigan – but Dan Mullen didn’t exactly make the base happy when Florida lost to UK for the first time since 1986. Florida got the groove back with two straight wins, only to lose to the Cats last year.
The fans are going to give Billy Napier a little bit of time to get everything right, but beat Kentucky in the SEC opener, and follow it up with a win at Tennessee in the next conference game, and everything will seem like it’s on the right track.
I think I’m gonna enjoy this re-calibration of the Gator Standard.
May 20, 2022 · 7:30 AM
Regardless of how much of a truth bomb you think Nick Saban was throwing yesterday, you have to admit some of what he said was nothing but blowing smoke. Andy Staples ($$) neatly skewered perhaps the most eye-rolling comment of Saban’s day with this:
But now in recruiting, we have players in our state that grew up wanting to come to Alabama, that they won’t commit to us unless we say we’re going to give them what somebody else is going to give them. And my theory on that is everything that we’ve done in college athletics has always been equal. Your scholarship is equal. They get equal Alston money. They get equal cost of attendance. They get equal academic support. They get equal medical attention. Everything has always been equal.
Nothing has ever been equal in college football. Troy has never been able to compete with Alabama, even though they are both in the same NCAA subdivision. Louisiana-Monroe did that one time, but essentially these programs are in different universes. Yet Saban claims that the rules promoted equality. What they actually did was create the most lopsided playing field in any major American sport…
Meanwhile, Saban built Alabama into the program most likely to compete for championships by taking advantage of every opportunity for inequality.
Of course he did. That’s been the secret sauce for his unprecedented success. It’s what he sells to keep the talent pipeline to Tuscaloosa flowing.
Much of Saban’s recruiting pitch — as well as the pitches of coaches at other national title-caliber programs — is that everything at Alabama is inherently better than everything those recruits will find at other schools. The nutrition. The academic support. The strength and conditioning program. The entire pitch is about how other schools aren’t equal to Alabama. So the sentiment that the goal is equality is completely disingenuous. The goal is to ensure the other programs don’t find an edge so Alabama can keep being better. [Emphasis added.]
Damn straight, Skippy. And if Nick believes that’s being threatened, either somebody takes steps to rein that in, or Saban will try to find a next level way at Alabama to neutralize the threat.
Parity doesn’t mean what you and I think it means. Don’t say we haven’t been warned.
May 20, 2022 · 7:00 AM
Arik Gilbert, my friends.
And to think once upon a time a lot of us were worried about his conditioning going into this season.
May 20, 2022 · 6:30 AM
… this may be the one I least expected.
Let’s keep Kirbs out of this one, aight? I’m sure that would be his preference.