Give the people what you think they want.

It never occurred to me that what SEC fans have been clamoring for is “Super Bowl styled performances” at halftime.

Just shoot me.

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The Georgia Way is alive and well.

As expected, the cost of the new IPF is projected to run about $30 million.

Also as expected, Greg McGarity wants you.  Er, your checkbook.

The board approved a cost of $30.2 million for the project, half drawn from the athletics department’s reserve fund, and the other half via fundraising…

The Board of Regents, which oversees all state universities, still must formally approve the project in a few weeks. But UGA can now start a full-fledged fundraising campaign now that the project has been formally green-lighted.

McGarity said there were already some “verbal pledges” for the project. Ideally the facility would be named for someone who provided a large donation.

“That’d be very nice,” McGarity said. “That is a priority.”

And if they can raise more than half on the side, that would be cool, too.

In fact, McGarity added, they would hope to raise even more than $15.1 million, as there are other facility projects for other sports the school hopes to build. Any extra money from the football facility fundraising could then be put toward those other projects.

Hopefully, whatever those “other projects” might be, they’ll have a longer shelf life than this one did.

The team’s current, smaller facility, which was built less than a decade ago, will be demolished to make room for the new facility.

Old IPF, we hardly knew ye.

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“We’re going to take the highest paycheck, because we need the money.”

Louisiana-Monroe’s Todd Berry gets down to the essence of mid-majordom:  need paycheck, will travel.

“That’s the way it is, and we kind of knew that coming into it. We’re not funded very well, which has been pretty well documented, so we need those checks, and generally the people who tend to pay the most money are the ones that can’t get games.

“Whether it’s Georgia or Alabama or Oklahoma or Texas A&M or Florida State or TCU, they tend to pay the most money. You don’t have a ton of control over your schedule, because they pay the most money, and you will play them whenever they tell you to play them. We’re also talking to Tennessee for somewhere down the road, too.”

And since I’ve always been a sucker for gallows humor, I can’t let this pass:

Louisiana-Monroe traveled to LSU, Kentucky and Texas A&M last year, which caused sixth-year Warhawks coach Todd Berry to joke Monday about not getting an invitation in July to SEC Media Days. Perhaps an invitation will be awaiting next summer, because the Warhawks not only open Saturday at Georgia but visit Alabama on Sept. 26.

Man, that’s a tough September for anybody, let alone a Sun Belt squad coming off a losing season.

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Strength of schedule, in charts and pictures

Brian Fremeau lays out his strength of schedule ratings here.  Nine of his thirteen toughest schedules belong to SEC schools.  Georgia isn’t among those, although it still comes in at a respectable 31st.

But if you really want to get a flavor for where the real scheduling advantage lies in the conference this season, you need to see this Chartball.com visualization of Brian’s rankings.  Click on the “Sort by conference” tab to see which ranking is unlike the others.  It’s not subtle, that’s for sure.

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Paul Johnson, ladies and gentlemen. He’ll be here all season. Try the veal.

Sure, the book “The Comic Stylings of Paul Johnson” is awfully thin.  But I know funny, and I have to admit this qualifies.

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Win a few games and your sense of humor shows up.

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I don’t always take requests. But when I do…

So there I was last night, minding my own business, scouring the Internets for reactions to the Lambert news, when this popped up on Twitter:

David, since you asked…  Cue the tuneage.

And away we go.

That’s the point when I jumped into the conversation.

And got this in response.

How much of Lambert’s statistical shortcomings in 2014 fall on him and how much on his surrounding cast of coaches and teammates is the big question – one that we’ll start getting a handle on this Saturday.

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“But he got the nod.”

So, Dawgnation, your new starting quarterback is Greyson Lambert.

Georgia’s starting quarterback competition has a winner, and it’s an unexpected one: Greyson Lambert, the transfer from Virginia.

Lambert will start in Saturday’s season opener against Louisiana-Monroe, coach Mark Richt announced after Monday’s practice.

Brice Ramsey, who had been the presumed favorite since he finished last year as the No. 2 quarterback, will share second-team snaps with Faton Bauta this week in practice.

“There may be other or others who get in the game. But right now the thing that I know that he’ll start the game,” Richt said of Lambert. “Very, very close competition. Still being contested in my mind. But at this point we felt it would be wise to name a starter and get him ready to play in this ballgame. …  We’ll start playing ball that way and see how it goes.”

The quarterbacks were notified prior to Monday’s practice. Richt said he and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer were “pretty sure” on Saturday, then gave it a couple days before finalizing it.

Am I a little surprised?  Well, yeah.  A quarterback with less than a month in the program as the man?

Am I a little nervous?  Well, yeah.  I watched Lambert play a good bit last season.  And I definitely get where Mark Schlabach is coming from with this:

“Either Mark Richt knows something Mike London didn’t, or UGA might be in trouble at quarterback,” Schlabach said. “Lambert is a really bright kid and he’s UGA’s tallest QB in a while. But I can’t believe Ramsey didn’t win the job. Clearly, Richt & Schottenheimer went with the more experienced option.

“If he doesn’t make mistakes, UGA offense should be fine.”

That being said, when it comes to coaching quarterbacks, I don’t think it takes a big leap of faith to assume Richt knows more than London.  So there’s that.

What I do appreciate about the decision is that Richt and Schottenheimer knew they had to get to a point with a starter this week.  It’s time to get one kid focused on first team reps.  Taking a chance with Lambert beats continuing to equivocate.

But, man, this sure is an interesting decision.

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