October 18, 2007

Practice Notes: '08 Schedule Set

Georgia's 2008 football schedule is now officially complete. Thursday, athletic director Damon Evans announced that the Bulldogs will play Central Michigan Sept. 6 of next year.

"We were looking for a quality Football Bowl Subdivision opponent and we found that in Central Michigan, which won the Mid-American Conference championship last year and also defeated Middle Tennessee State in the Motor City Bowl," Evans said.

The rest of Georgia's schedule is as follows: Aug. 30 Georgia Southern; Sept. 6 Central Michigan; Sept. 13 at South Carolina; Sept. 20 at Arizona State; Sept. 27 Alabama; Oct. 11 Tennessee; Oct. 18 Vanderbilt; Oct. 25 at LSU; Nov. 1 Florida (Jacksonville); Nov. 8 at Kentucky; Nov. 15 at Auburn; Nov. 29 Georgia Tech.

Central Michigan will receive $750,000 from Georgia to come to Athens.

It will also be a homecoming of sorts for Bulldog defensive coordinator Willie Martinez and John Jancek, who coached at CMU before coming to Georgia.

Also, a current member of the Chippewas' staff is Jeff Beckles, who served as a graduate assistant coach in 2002, 2004 and 2005.

As mentioned earlier on UGASports.com, the Bulldogs also announced that they will host Coastal Carolina Sept. 16, 2011.

Thought of indoor facility pleases Richt

When athletic director Damon Evans told the athletic association executive board during its fall meeting that football facility upgrades are serious possibility, nobody was happier than head coach Mark Richt.

For years, Richt has been pushing for an indoor practice facility to accommodate the team during inclement weather. Apparently, if Evans has his way, Richt's dream will finally come true.

"I'm excited. We're going to start fund raising and we're going to have (the indoor facility) a big part of this phase that we're going to go into when it's built," Richt said.

Richt said he understands that the new practice facility will be on the athletic association's agenda, sooner than later.

"An indoors facility is going to be part of it," Richt said. "Hopefully, it will even be sooner than what I think. I'm as encouraged as I've ever been about getting this thing going."

What's not clear, however, is where the new facility will be built in relation to Georgia's Woodruff Practice Field facility.

"That's a good question," Richt said. "That's yet to be determined. We just want to make sure we do it right. You can be in a sprint and wish 'I wish we had done it here, I wish we could have done it there.' We'll do a good job of looking at the overall picture and make sure we do it right."

The "Incredible" Richt?

Much has been made of Richt's post-game tirade at his team following Saturday night's game at Vanderbilt after the Bulldogs' jumped on the Commodores' "V."

Although Richt has not yet seen the tape, he joked that his impromptu outburst was reminiscent of a television show character he used to watch as a kid.

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