Welcome to your one-stop shop for Georgia football news and takes every Monday through Friday. Today, we look at the scheduled date for the beginning of fall camp, three dismissed Gym Dogs invited to rejoin the team and Georgia’s schedule for its 24-hour takeover of the SEC Network.
Georgia hosts SEC Network takeover on Friday
For the third consecutive year, the SEC Network is spending part of July handing over its airwaves to every school in the SEC, with each university dictating the programming for a 24-hour stretch. Georgia takes command on Friday, July 21, and the Bulldogs have released their schedule for the 24-hour stretch.
Highlights of the programming slated by UGA include the 1980 National Championship Game, the 1983 men’s basketball regional final, SEC Storied — Herschel Walker and Georgia vs. Clemson from 1982. UGA’s day with control of the SEC Network concludes with Georgia vs. Auburn (2016) at 10 p.m. Friday. Check out the full schedule below:
• Midnight-2 a.m.: 1980 Football National Championship Game
• 2 a.m.-4 a.m.: 1983 men’s basketball regional final
• 4 a.m.-4:30 a.m.: Vamos Perros Costa Rica
• 4:30 a.m.-5 a.m.: Georgia Football Spring Show
• 5 a.m.-6 a.m.: Beneath the Helmet
• 6 a.m.-7 a.m.: Best of the Bulldogs
• 7 a.m.-8 a.m.: SEC Storied: Dominique Belongs to Us
• 8 a.m.-9 a.m.: SEC Storied: Sarah and Suzanne
• 9 a.m.-10 a.m.: SEC Storied: Herschel Walker
• 10 a.m.-11 a.m.: SEC Storied: Miracle 3
• 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: 2011 men’s basketball, Georgia vs. Kentucky
• 1 p.m.-3 p.m.: SEC Rewind: 1996 Georgia-Auburn
• 3 p.m.-5 p.m.: SEC Rewind: 1980 Georgia-Florida
• 5 p.m.-6 p.m.: Beneath the Helmet
• 6 p.m.-7 p.m.: Best of the Bulldogs
• 7 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Vamos Perros Costa Rica
• 7:30 p.m.-8 p.m.: Georgia Football Spring Show
• 8 p.m.-10 p.m.: 1982 football, Georgia vs. Clemson
• 10 p.m.-Midnight: 2016 football, Georgia vs. Auburn
We're taking over the @SECNetwork on Friday!
— Georgia Bulldogs (@UGAAthletics) July 19, 2017
First day of fall camp scheduled
The first day of fall camp is set. Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Kirby Smart announced that Georgia will begin its work for the 2017 season on Monday, July 31.
In that same session with the media, Smart said he is uncertain whether WR Shakenneth Williams will return to the team this fall.
“Hopefully, we’ll have something soon on that. Nothing’s finalized yet,” Smart said before a donor event in Atlanta. “So, he’s still kind of figuring out what he’s going to be able to do.”
Kirby Smart discusses OL plans for fall
Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Smart also gave some indication of the preliminary unit of starting offensive linemen he plans to deploy when fall camp begins.
Smart said that when camp begins, the first team offensive line will “probably” be the same as the one that finished spring practice: Isaiah Wynn (left tackle), Pat Allen (left guard), Lamont Gaillard (center), Solomon Kindley (right guard) and Dyshon Sims (right tackle). The players most likely to still be at their spots for the season opener are Wynn and Gaillard, who both started last season, though at different positions. (Both were guards.)
He also discussed what the Bulldogs are getting in a highly touted group of freshman linemen that includes former 5-star recruit Isaiah Wilson and 4-star prospects Andrew Thomas, Netori Johnson and Justin Shaffer.
“We think we’ve recruited more length. But that doesn’t mean those guys are going to come in and inherit the position just because they pass the look contest,” Smart said. “So, each one of those positions will be evaluated, we’ll compete throughout camp. I’m just excited to get them in and let them compete.”
Previously dismissed Gym Dogs invited to rejoin team
The three former Gym Dogs dismissed from the team by Danna Durante before she was fired as coach have been invited to rejoin the squad. New coach Courtney Kupets Carter was free to reinstate Natalie Vaculik, Caroline Bradford and Jasmine Arnold — all of whom were dismissed for reasons unrelated to academics — when she was hired, and she has since done just that. Bradford, however, decided not to return to the team.
UGA equestrian schedule set
Georgia equestrian released its schedule for the 2017-18 season on Wednesday. The Bulldogs unofficially open the season with the annual Red & Black scrimmage on Friday, Sept. 22, then officially begin their campaign a week later at Fresno State. The SEC Championship will take place on March 30 and 31, 2018.
🎶 Ready, ready, ready… ready to ride 🎶
Our 2017-18 schedule is officially set!
— Georgia Equestrian (@UGAEquestrian) July 19, 2017
Dawgs on Twitter
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) July 19, 2017
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) July 19, 2017
Rookie WR/PR @_CRADICULOUS' unique quickness & agility makes him a potential game-breaking weapon.
He's ☝️ to 👀
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) July 14, 2017
— Emily Gagnon (@Emily_Gagnon) July 19, 2017
Rookie the bat dog tries to be a ball dog. You’ve gotta know what kind of dog you are, my dude.
Rookie the Bat Dog doesn't grab the bat, still does something awesome. pic.twitter.com/UIJt236O2C
— Conor Foley (@RailRidersTT) July 19, 2017