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Team: Georgia Bulldogs
Age / DOB:  (41) / 12/23/1975

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Georgia has self-reported three minor rules violations to the NCAA.
We are talking very minor stuff, here. The violations occurred during the 2016 season. One consisted of former DL coach Tracy Rocker -- who has since been fired -- making an unauthorized phone call to a recruit. Another saw a non-coaching staff member make a call to a high school coach in relation to a recruit's eligibility. Such calls are only allowed to be made by head coaches and assistant coaches. The final violation is just silliness, as it consisted of a recruit's guest (on a visit) taking a picture of the Georgia team and subsequently sharing it online. As photos such as these are not allowed to be shared with the media, boom, another violation. None of this amounts to much of anything. Mar 19 - 12:25 PM

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Georgia approved a $63 million renovation plan for Sanford Stadium.

The Bulldogs just opened up a new indoor facility. Onward to the next project, now. It will be an extensive one. Of the $63 million tabbed for Sanford Stadium renovations, $53 million will be raised by fundraising efforts from the athletic department, with the final $10 million coming from reserves in the department. The money will go toward moving the home locker room, creating a 500-seat "recruiting plaza" above student seating and moving the scoreboard back 30 feet (in order to accommodate for that plaza). The renovation is expected to take about 17 months. Georgia's new locker room should be ready by the time the 2018 season starts.
Source: Dawg Nation
Feb 14 - 10:30 PM

Georgia HC Kirby Smart addressed expectations, saying, "I feel the pressure of the whole state."

"The people that love this place, I want to be great for them," Smart said. "I want to be great for us. I want to be great for these players." He referred to the immense task of taking over as head coach at Georgia -- previous HC Mark Richt held a 145-51 record in his 15-year career with the Bulldogs-- as "overwhelming [at times]" and spoke to the goal of winning the conference. "That's the aiming point: going and winning the SEC and getting in that four and then going and playing teams that maybe aren't as good as the ones you played during the year."
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, May 30, 2016 02:20:00 PM

Georgia AD Mitch McGarity apologized to the board of directors for the contract Ludacris signed to perform at the spring game.

"There are no reruns in life so we need to turn the page, learn from our mistakes and do everything we can to make sure errors of this nature do not reoccur," McGarity said. Ludacris netted $65,000, liquor (amorphous amount) and a box of condoms for his work during spring festivities. School president Jere Morehead summed it up well enough, saying, "[o]bviously in retrospect they should have done a more thorough job of reviewing all of the riders and removing those that were objectionable."
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, May 28, 2016 01:48:00 PM

Georgia announced that per-seat donations for priority season-ticket holders will rise an average of 17% starting in 2017.

This rate-hike for those interested in Georgia season tickets is expected to generate in the neighborhood of $2.5 million in extra revenue. AD Greg McGarity noted that the price bump comes in anticipation of big things for the Bulldogs in the future. "We wanted to be respectable in the increase to not price people out of a certain area but we did feel like we needed to make an adjustment," he said.
Fri, May 27, 2016 02:29:00 PM

Sportsbook 5dimes installed Georgia as a 4.5-point favorite for their Week 1 showdown with North Carolina.

This line might seem a bit low if you were solely judging the two teams on their name value -- particularly given that it will be played in the Georgia Dome -- but the Bulldogs and new HC Kirby Smart are still progressing through some offseason question marks, most notably at quarterback. Graduate Greyson Lambert, redshirt junior Brice Ramsey and freshman Jacob Eason are all in competition for the starting gig. North Carolina has no such issue, having already named Mitch Trubisky their starting gunslinger.
Mon, May 9, 2016 07:00:00 PM

Georgia HC Kirby Smart stood by the changes in his program's transfer regulations.

Smart spoke out about the transfer attempts of redshirt junior RB A.J. Turman, who wanted to join former HC Mark Richt at Miami. Georgia barred him from heading to either the Hurricanes or Gators. Said Smart, "I wanted to set the precedent for the future that kids would not be able to go to Miami right away. It's very important that we understand that, and that's pretty much standard operating procedure when a coach leaves one place, that a kid can't go there with the coach. That's important to me that people understand that." As for the Florida portion of the equation, Smart actually spoke with multiple SEC coaches in an attempt to see what their transfer rules looked like. According to him, they also have in-conference transfer policies that are similar.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Apr 1, 2016 07:43:00 PM

Georgia HC Kirby Smart will not allow players to transfer to Miami.

Smart is attempting to prematurely stop players from following Mark Richt to Coral Gables, a mind-bogglingly hypocritical stance from a person who just freely left Alabama for Athens and millions. "I wanted to set the precedent for the future that kids would not be able to go to Miami right away," Smart said. "It’s very important that we understand that, and that’s pretty much standard operating procedure when a coach leaves one place, that a kid can’t go there with the coach." Smart later acknowledged that he understood the argument that he was championing a double standard, but went on to justify it by saying that during the transfer-restriction appeals process "90 percent of transfers are granted without restriction," an ad-libbed stat hoping to absolve Smart of hypocrisy by arguing that he's only following procedure (of his own installation) and the player will be done right by the NCAA's clearinghouse in the end. Rightio, Kirby. Rightio.
Sun, Mar 20, 2016 01:14:00 PM

Georgia AD Greg McGarity indicated that the program has changed its transfer regulations.

"We are not totally restricting transfer opportunities for our student-athletes. We will take each request on its own merit to determine if any restrictions should be placed on the release due to any extenuating circumstances," McGarity said. This comes on the heels of the attempted transfer of junior RB A.J. Turman. The program did ultimately allow his release, with a caveat. They prohibited him from landing with either Florida or Miami. "Kirby brought me up to date on this when we were discussing our stance, and so that stance has been adjusted," McGarity said. Under previous HC Mark Richt, Bulldog players had been free to transfer wherever they pleased.
Sat, Mar 19, 2016 04:10:00 PM

Georgia and Florida will continue to play the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party at EverBank Field in Jacksonville through the 2021 season.

The rivalry has been played in Jacksonville since 1933, but the contract in place was set to expire after the Gators and Bulldogs squared off in the coming campaign. Crisis averted. Georgia AD Greg McGarity said in a statement, "From a financial standpoint, this game generates significant resources to each institution on an annual basis. This consistent revenue stream is a critical component to our financial model annually." This past season, the showdown resulted in one of Florida's best wins of the 2015 campaign as they clamped down on Georgia to the tune of a 27-3 final score.
Thu, Mar 17, 2016 11:33:00 PM

Georgia HC Kirby Smart said that he had "no comment" in regards to Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh's Twitter shot at him.

Several days ago, Smart weighed in on Harbaugh's choice to take the Wolverines to Florida for part of spring practice, saying (in part), "They’re obviously trying to gain a competitive advantage, and obviously that’s their right, but I think the NCAA in due time will have to step in and keep it from getting out of hand." That seems pretty well-balanced. But when Harbaugh got wind of it, he set his Twitter response to "stun" and pulled out an old school non-attack attack, referring to Smart as "the Georgia coach." Smart's not taking the bait. "To be honest with you, I’m focused on what we can do at the University of Georgia to get better. That’s the most important thing to me, getting better there," said "the Georgia coach."
Fri, Feb 26, 2016 10:24:00 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban compared DC Kirby Smart's departure to Georgia to that of a son heading off to college.

"Well, Kirby has been with me a long time, all the way back to LSU days, Miami days and the entire time we've been at Alabama, nine years," Saban said, before adding that the situation's akin to "like you have a son and he's moving away, and you want to see him do really, really well because we all go through stations of life where things change." Smart might be leaving to a dimly lit dorm in Georgia, but he'll have one more chance to earn Saban's begrudging smile in the National Championship, as he'll be serving out his term as defensive coordinator in Monday's contest.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Jan 10, 2016 04:19:00 PM

Former Georgia mascot Uga IX passed away in his sleep Monday morning.

Uga IX was less formally named Russ. He enjoyed one month of retirement before passing away peacefully at the age of 11. During his reign as mascot, Russ held a stellar 44-19 record. He hung up the collar on November 21 prior to the Bulldogs' near-loss to Georgia Southern. Uga X, less formally known as Que, took over following Russ' retirement.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 05:04:00 PM

Georgia HC Kirby Smart indicated that the team is "trying to work to keep [RB coach Thomas Brown]."

Smart's pulling double-duty right now, working to shore up Georgia's coaching staff before returning to his defensive coordinator duties with Alabama for the College Football Playoff. He's already settled on Jim Chaney at OC and Sam Pittman at OL coach. Current RB coach Thomas Brown isn't a lock to return, but Smart's exploring the possibility of retaining him on staff. "I’ve had this conversation with Thomas, and I feel comfortable with Thomas. I was fortunate enough to coach him, I think he’s a great young man, a great asset to the program." Under Thomas in 2015, the Bulldogs averaged 194.33 rushing yards despite losing Heisman candidate Nick Chubb to a season-ending knee injury against Tennessee on October 10.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 04:14:00 PM

Updating a previous story, Alabama HC Nick Saban has confirmed that new Georgia HC Kirby Smart will retain his role as defensive coordinator for the Tide during the CFB Playoff.

Said Saban of Georgia's new head coach, "Kirby is going to do what he does over there for the next week or 10 days. And when we come back and start practice, he’s going to come back and do what he does here." While Smart will be serving as defensive coordinator for Alabama during the Playoff, Georgia interim coach Bryan McClendon will be guiding the Bulldogs in the TaxSlayer Bowl against Penn State. Once all this dust has settled, it'll be Smart's world moving forward.
Source: al.com
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 06:06:00 PM