Georgia’s annual spring scrimmage, better known as G-Day, was originally set to take place on Saturday. It was going to be a chance to showcase the 2020 Georgia team, as well as be a day to celebrate and show off all that the Georgia football program had to offer.
That now won’t be happening as originally intended due to the COVID-19 outbreak. But Georgia still plans on celebrating the program, thanks to reliving one of the more memorable games of the Kirby Smart tenure.
Georgia will have a virtual G-Day on Saturday, and build it around the 2019 Notre Dame, which will air on the SEC Network at 2 p.m. The Georgia radio crew will also be providing commentary on the game on Facebook Live.
And Smart himself will be sharing tidbits and thoughts throughout the game on his Twitter account.
“It’s an opportunity,” Smart said on a radio appearance on 680 The Fan in Atlanta. “We’re looking for every opportunity we can to get in front of No. 1 our loyal fan base, Dawg Nation, our boosters, Magill (Society) members and recruits.
“And what better way to showcase that than a home game against Notre Dame that was just a spectacular presentation put together by our athletic department with the lights and everything.”
The 2019 contest between Georgia and Notre Dame was a top-10 matchup that saw the Bulldogs come away with a 23-17 win over the Fighting Irish. It was a rematch of the great 2017 game played between the two sides.
College GameDay was also in town for the matchup, making it the first time since 2013 that the ESPN group visited Athens. But more than that it was the first night game of the season for the Bulldogs.
That gave them the chance to show off the new LED light system that had been installed, to go along with fans performing the usual light up Sanford tradition.
And it didn’t disappoint.
The game proved to be a massive selling point for the Georgia program, as a number of recruits praised the environment and attributed the whole day as to why they committed to Georgia.
Months after the game on National Signing Day, Smart still took the time to acknowledge the importance of the game.
“The Notre Dame atmosphere was one of the keys to this signing class,” Smart said.
Georgia ended up signing the No. 1 ranked recruiting class for the 2020 cycle. A number of those recruits in attendance that day, such as 4-star running back Kendall Milton, would’ve gotten a chance to play in the spring game had it not been canceled.
As for what to expect from Smart this Saturday, he did reveal that he’ll be giving some unique behind the scenes looks at what he was going through on that day.
“We’re going to give some juicy generalities and let people enjoy it, fans enjoy it, and might try to get in-depth and go over somebody else’s head,” Smart said.
Smart even joked with one of the co-hosts that he knows he’s going to get flack for deciding to kick a late field goal in the game, instead of going for it on fourth down. Hopefully Smart takes a chance to further explain his decision process throughout the game, even if not all might agree with it.
The game is set to re-air starting at 2 p.m. ET on the SEC Network. Scott Howard, Eric Zeier and Chuck Dowdle will have a be broadcast on the Georgia Bulldogs Facebook account. Smart also mentioned that he may try and pop on the Facebook broadcast in between his in-game tweets.
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