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Where does UGA rank among the SEC’s best head coaching gigs?

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Welcome to your one-stop shop for Georgia football news and takes every Monday through Friday. Today we look at a former Bulldog football player pursuing a career in pro baseball, the steep price of UGA-Notre Dame tickets, and UGA being one of the best head coaching jobs in college football.


UGA ranked as one of the top head coaching jobs in the SEC

Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports ranked the head coaching jobs in the SEC on Tuesday and placed Georgia near the top of the list. The Bulldogs job came in third, behind No. 1 Alabama (duh) and No. 2 LSU.

Even in a state with professional sports teams, I believe only the Atlanta Braves can even be considered a competitor with the Dawgs when it comes to popularity within the state. Georgia football rules the state, and it’s located in one of the most talent-rich states in the entire country. Yes, every SEC team tries to recruit in Georgia, as do some ACC teams, but most of the kids in the state are growing up with that G logo on their clothes. I honestly believe that if Georgia finds the right coach, this program could be a powerhouse.

Fornelli even claims you can make the case the Georgia is one of the top 5 jobs in all of college football, and I think a lot of fans — and not just Bulldog fans — would agree with that. The state has some of the best high school talent country, only surpassed by Texas, California and Florida. And each of those states have three or more top programs competing for talent. Yeah, outsiders will come in and raid the state. But UGA only has to compete with Tech for in-state recruits, and the Yellow Jackets aren’t exactly tearing it up on the recruiting trail.

Georgia is actually very similar to LSU in that regard. The Tigers are the only option for a player from Louisiana wanting to stay in-state, and LSU has the luxury of being able to dip into an even more talent-rich state nearby in Texas (as Georgia can do with Florida).

The big difference of course is that LSU has two national titles since 2003 while Georgia has one SEC title in that span. LSU has, for the most part, gotten the best talent from Louisiana on an annual basis, while also employing the best college football coach of all time for a spell. Georgia has struggled to keep the Peach State’s best players at home for years — though Kirby Smart has begun locking down the state border.

That’s what’s been so frustrating about the UGA programs since, well, 1980. The potential is there to be one of the truly elite programs in college football, the kind that wins national titles, and everyone knows it. It’s just a matter of having a coach who can get the best players from Georgia to stay home and head to Athens, then coach them up to realize the potential. Is that coach on campus now? We’ll just have to wait and see.

UGA-Notre Dame nation’s most expensive ticket this season

If you’re still hankering for a ticket to the UGA-Notre Dame game this fall, be prepared to pay up. Chris Vannini of CoachingSearch.com looked up the cost of tickets on StubHub and, based on the cost of the cheapest ticket available, came up with a list of the 20 most expensive tickets for this season.

And the Sept. 9 game between the Bulldogs and the Fighting Irish in South Bend clocked in at No. 1 with the cheapest available ticket costing $499.

Two historic programs meeting for the second time ever. The 1980 Georgia team beat Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl and won the national title. In a time where so many big nonconference matchups are in neutral sites, it’s awesome to see a unique home-and-home series.

The season opener between Alabama and Florida State ($422) came in second, followed by Oklahoma’s trip to Ohio State ($347).

Trent Thompson named best DL in SEC

Continuing in its preseason coverage of the 2017 college football season, AL.com compiled a list of SEC superlatives as voted on by sports information directors throughout the conference. UGA’s Trent Thompson was voted as the league best defensive lineman.

Junior lineman Trent Thompson finished his sophomore year with 56 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks and 7 quarterback pressures. He was named MVP of the Liberty Bowl after totaling 3 sacks vs. TCU.

Former Bulldog DB Sanders Commings pursuing pro baseball career

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