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Georgia football winners and losers following Vanderbilt postponement
Winner: Shane Beamer
While there wasn’t much good news for the Georgia football program this weekend, one former Georgia assistant got what he called his “dream job” as South Carolina hired Shane Beamer to be its next head coach.
Beamer, the son of legendary Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, was born in Charleston, S.C., and previously worked at South Carolina from 2007-10. It was clear he very much wanted the job, and his hiring is in vein to what Arkansas did with Sam Pittman, LSU with Ed Orgeron and even Dabo Swinney at Clemson.
As great as this weekend probably felt for Beamer, now the work really begins. He is a first-time head coach and his annual schedule includes games against Clemson, Florida, Texas A&M and Georgia. Those four teams are all ranked in the top-8 of the current College Football Playoff rankings. That’s likely a big reason why South Carolina ended up with Beamer and not say Billy Napier of Louisana-Lafayette or Scott Satterfield of Louisville.
The first thing Beamer can do to secure an easy victory is make sure that 5-star 2022 quarterback Gunner Stockton remains committed to the program. Georgia did finish as the runner-up for Stockton’s services the first time around, so it will be worth watching what happens from that standpoint.
Loser: Georgia seniors
Saturday was supposed to be a special send-off for the Georgia seniors. That was put on pause following the postponement of the Vanderbilt game.
What made the postponement perhaps even more frustrating was that the game was called off on Friday, just a little over 24 hours before the teams were supposed to play.
And while the SEC did reschedule the game for Dec. 19, based on the words of athletic director Greg McGarity, it doesn’t sound like Georgia is all that confident the game will be made up.
“It’s just extremely frustrating and extremely disappointing, especially if the game on the 19th can’t be played, and that’s what we fear,” McGarity said on Friday after news of the postponement.
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Thing is, the postponement and potential cancellation of this game could have a big impact on this senior class beyond just the lack of pregame ceremonies. If Georgia is to win its final three games, this senior class would finish with the most wins in program history. If the Vanderbilt game isn’t made up, the best this group could do would be to tie the record.
To public knowledge, Georgia has done what is necessary to make sure that it can play all of its games. So you certainly understand where some of the frustration comes from when it is another SEC team that is not able to hold up its end of the bargain.
Winner: Players who benefit from ane extra week
If Georgia is in fact able to play its game against Vanderbilt, it does give the likes of Richard LeCounte, Jordan Davis and Kendall Milton another chance to see the field this season.
Those first two names haven’t played since the game against Kentucky. Milton went down with an MCL injury in the loss to Florida. With an extra week added to the end of the season, this gives them another game to potentially come back and play, in addition to the game against Missouri that is scheduled for this weekend.
The game being moved to Dec. 19 does also create another week of practice for the Bulldogs, as the team likely would’ve been off that week. The downside for the coaching staff is that Georgia does now have to navigate game-planning during the Early Signing Period which begins on Dec. 16.