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MVP Roquan Smith (L), Jonathan Ledbetter (13), Mecole Hardman and Nick Chubb (R) celebrate Georgia's SEC championship under a storm of confetti after their 28-7 victory over Auburn.

Georgia to take over SEC Network for 24 hours on Monday

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Georgia to claim SEC Network airwaves Monday

If you’ve ever dreamed of an all Georgia sports TV channel, your dream is coming true. Well, for 24 hours at least.

With football season just on the horizon, the SEC Network is set to begin it’s annual SEC Network Takeover Event. For two weeks beginning July 23rd, each school in the SEC gets a chance to program an entire day’s schedule on the network. Georgia, your reigning SEC football champions, will get the party started this Monday at midnight. So it begins just a few hours after you finish watching HBO Sunday night. (Midnights are so confusing.)

Kickoff off Georgia’s 24 hours in charge is an all-time class from Georgia national championship football season, the 1980 Georgia-Florida game. That’ll be followed up at the 1980 national championship game at 2 a.m. If you want to sneak a peak while you’re getting ready for work, at 8 a.m. you can watch the UGA women’s track team won its first-ever national championship at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track Championships. Take a break during lunch to watch the UGA men’s track team match that feat the same feat at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track Championship at noon.

In primetime, it’s all Georgia football. Relive the magic of the 2017 season at 6 p.m. with a season review show. Things get really good at 7 p.m. when you’ll get a rebroadcast of the 2018 SEC Championship Game win over Auburn. Then, to cap off the day is — you guessed it — the 2018 Rose Bowl Game.

Here’s the full schedule. Set your DVRs accordingly.

Georgia ‘SEC Network Takeover’ Schedule, July 23
1980 Georgia/Florida football game 12:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m.
1980 National Championship Football Game 2:00 a.m.-4:00 a.m.
SEC Storied – Miracle 3 4:00 a.m.-5:00 a.m.
2008 MBB Tournament Champ Game 5:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m.
SEC Storied – Sarah and Suzanne 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.
2018 NCAA Indoor Track 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
UGA WBB vs. Missouri 10:00 a.m.-Noon
2018 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Champs Noon-2:00 p.m.
Best of the Bulldogs Spring 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
2018 NCAA Softball SuperRegional Final 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
SEC Storied – Herschel Walker 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Football Season Review Show 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
2017 SEC Football Championship game 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Kirby Smart All Access SEC Championship 9:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Road to the Roses 9:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
2018 Rose Bowl Game 10:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

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Kevin Kisner leads at British Open

Former Georgia golfer Kevin Kisner is making his presence known at the 147th Open Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland. The former Dawg is the leader after the first round, shooting a 5-under 66 Thursday.

Kisner began the day slow, hitting a bogey on the fifth hole after four opening pars. But he rebounded quick, with a long eagle putt on the par-5 sixth hole to negate the bogey. The rest of the day was smooth sailing for Kisner, who hit four more birdies, including three-in-a-row from the 13th to 15th hole. Kisner, who needed just 22 putts in his opening round, took an early lead into the clubhouse and held it.

Kisner will tee off for the second round alongside Thomas Pieters and Marcus Kinhult at 7:53 a.m. ET Friday. You can catch the action on the Golf Channel.

J.R. Reed dishes on the return of Deangelo Gibbs

During Georgia’s turn at SEC Media Days in Atlanta earlier this week, Kirby Smart confirmed that Deangelo Gibbs and Natrez Patrick are both with the team and available for the upcoming season. With that sorted, the question becomes how their returns will affect the defense. Patrick started at ILB every game he wasn’t suspended for last season, so it’s a virtual given he’ll slot back into that starting role. But the jury is out on what will happen with Gibbs this season.

Gibbs’ cousin, Georgia safety J.R. Reed, told Jeff Sentell of DawgNation about the change he’s seen in Gibbs from last year.

“He’s done a great job in maturing from his freshman year to now,” Reed said. “He’s really honing in and seeing he can really help this team out and really play.”

Reed also downplayed Gibbs’ absence from spring practice and doesn’t believe that will limit him this season.

“It is not really that hard for him to come back after missing all of spring,” Reed said. “When you play football for such a long time it is like riding a bike. All you really need is like a week or a couple of weeks.”

ICYMI: SEC Media Days

Here’s a final batch of news and notes from the final day of SEC Media Days. Practice will be here before you know it.

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