How does Georgia stack up with its competition in the facilities arms race?
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If you build it …
Seth Emerson wrote a good piece on Georgia’s position in the college football arms race. The Bulldogs still lag behind many of the top programs in the country, and many of their direct competitors, in the facilities the programs have. With athletic director Greg McGarity seemingly remiss to spend money on more than one project at a time, Georgia likely will lag in the facilities race for a while. At one point, Butts-Mehre was nice, but it doesn’t stack up to the new facilities at Clemson, Alabama and even Kentucky during the last few years.
So, just how bad is Georgia lagging behind these programs? Emerson provided some fantastic info, such as the square footage of weight rooms and cost of buildings and renovations, to give us a good idea of who is ahead of Georgia. But it doesn’t have the same effect as seeing it with your own eyes. So, I’ve compiled some video tours of the best facilities among UGA competitors (a term I intentionally use loosely) to see how the Bulldogs compare.
As a baseline, here’s a video tour of Butts-Mehre filmed after completion of the expansion in 2010. Other than the new IPF, which you’ve seen and heard all about, B-M has not changed much in the last six years, so this is pretty much what you have.
Let’s check out video tours of some of the facilities of UGA’s competitors — in and out of conference — that are regarded as being among the best facilities in the country.
What did you think? Which school had facilities you envied and who do you think Georgia already has a better setup than? Are there any things you saw that other schools have that could be beneficial to Georgia? Did seeing these videos make you more or less confident in Georgia’s current place in the facilities arms race? Give me your answers and other thoughts in the comments section.
Frazier, Maten named All-SEC
As expected, J.J. Frazier and Yante Maten are raking in the postseason honors. On Tuesday, both players were named first-team All-SEC, as voted on by the coaches. Later in the day, the Bulldogs stars garnered Associated Press All-SEC honors, with Frazier named to the first team and Maten chosen to the second team. Georgia and Kentucky were the only teams to have two players named All-SEC.
— Georgia Basketball (@UGABasketball) March 7, 2017
What’s the deal with Mark Fox?
That last sentence in the above paragraph may give you pause. Georgia basketball has its most talented team in years, and it’s still on the outside looking in on the NCAA Tournament. Because the Bulldogs likely won’t make the tourney in a season in which they’ve had two of their best players in the last few decades shows why many fans want Mark Fox gone. On Tuesday, fans went on a bit of an emotional roller coaster in regard to Fox’s status in Athens.
In a (since revised) post earlier this morning, Yahoo’s Pat Forde reported that Georgia had begun exploring its options should it decide to part ways with Fox at the end of the season. (Note: The following excerpt is from Forde’s original post. It’s since been updated to include McGarity’s response.)
Georgia has begun doing due diligence on potential replacements for Fox, with an emphasis on mid-major candidates. Among those considered likely to be on the school’s radar in event of an opening are North Carolina-Wilmington’s Kevin Keatts, East Tennessee State’s Steve Forbes, Chattanooga’s Matt McCall and Winthrop’s Pat Kelsey.
Shortly after Forde’s report broke, McGarity responded with a statement that seems to indicate that Fox is safe for another year:
“In response to the report by Yahoo Sports, we are NOT in the process of exploring our options to replace Mark Fox. We look forward to Mark leading our program next year and all of our efforts are centered on postseason play. It’s unfortunate we need to respond at this time, but it was necessary to quiet these unfounded rumors.”
Of course, a statement guarantees nothing. This could be pure bluster to kill any speculation until after the SEC Tournament and NIT (probably) when McGarity could make a move. While that’s possible, if he’s coming out and saying it, my money is going to be on Fox getting at least one more season.
But keep an eye on those names Forde mentioned. They’re all coaches at mid-majors that have made the NCAA Tournament during the last two years. Some may relocate this year. Those who stay put, however, still would be the top candidates in a Georgia coaching search should there be one in 2017 or 2018.
Overnight rain delay
Georgia baseball’s game with Xavier on Tuesday was suspended because of rain with Georgia trailing 8-4 in the top of the seventh inning. Play resumes at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, two hours before the second game in the series.
UPDATE: Play has been suspended for the night, will resume tomorrow at 4 p.m. The second game of the series will begin after. ?⚾️☔️ pic.twitter.com/bxgTSDixWK
— Georgia Baseball (@BaseballUGA) March 8, 2017
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