UGA Recruiting: Dawg Targets and Commits Involved in Moving the State Finals to School Sites, Right or Wrong?

Moving finals to school sites stirs debate
The Georgia High School Association’s decision to move six postponed state-championship football games to high school fields this Friday night is unanimously unpopular among the six teams playing on the road.
Rome head coach John Reid called the move ‘a joke.’ Hapeville Charter coach Winston Gordon called it a ‘tragedy.’ Blessed Trinity’s Tim McFarlin said it’s ‘sad’ that 6,000 fans who bought pre-sale tickets for a postponed game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium now won’t fit in Marist’s 4,000-seat Hughes Spalding Stadium.
The GHSA says it was just following the contingency plan that it had communicated to the schools last week.
“This is what we said we’d do,” GHSA executive director Dr. Robin Hines said Monday. “Plans were already in place for these schools to go and host the games. That’s how the first four rounds were done. For many, many years before the finals moved into the Georgia Dome [in 2008], that’s the way the GHSA had done it. After weighing everything, we made the decision to stick to the plan.”
The eight championship games were originally scheduled for last Friday and Saturday at the Falcons’ new domed stadium, but only two of those games – Eagle’s Landing Christian vs. Athens Academy and Calhoun vs. Peach County – were played before heavy snow prompted the GHSA to postpone the rest.

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UGA Recruiting Central: What to Watch For and When the 2018 Commits and Top Targets Will Visit and Sign

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Also check out or latest posts below, our recruiting board spanning from 2015-2020, as well as the latest tweets from UGA media covering UGA football and recruiting.



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Kiry Smart Named Finalist for Paul “Bear” Bryant Coaching Award

ATHENS——Georgia head football coach Kirby Smart has been named a finalist for the 2017 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award.

Smart joins six other coaches as finalists for this year’s award. He has led the Bulldogs to a 12-1 record, the Southeastern Conference title and the school’s first appearance in the College Football Playoff. Georgia will face Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2018.

Along with Smart, the other finalists include Paul Chryst (Wisconsin), Scott Frost (formerly of Central Florida and now with Nebraska), Clay Helton (Southern California), Gus Malzahn (Auburn), Jeff Monken (Army) and Dabo Swinney (Clemson).

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UGA Sports: Thirty Three Student Athletes to Graduate Friday

ATHENS, Ga. – Thirty-three University of Georgia student-athletes will receive their undergraduate or graduate degrees Friday, December 15 at the annual fall commencement exercises. The undergraduate ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Stegeman Coliseum followed by graduate ceremonies at 2:30pm.

Among the 33 UGA student-athlete graduates are one baseball player, three members of the equestrian team, 12 current and former members of the football team, two members of the women’s golf team, one member of the gymnastics team, two soccer players, one softball player, three men’s swim and dive athletes, two members of the women’s tennis team, two men’s track and field athletes, and four women’s track and field athletes.

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