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Georgia freshman QB Justin Fields outperforms Jake Fromm at G-Day

Georgia freshman QB Justin Fields outperforms Jake Fromm at G-Day

Georgia freshman QB Justin Fields outperforms Jake Fromm at G-Day

Georgia freshman QB Justin Fields outperforms Jake Fromm at G-Day

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ATHENS — Jake Fromm was down after the G-Day Game on Saturday. Not down like “woe is me” and “everything was terrible.” More like he was saying all the right things but deep down was kind of bummed.

Fromm’s Red Team lost to the Black team 21-13, and that was his chief gripe. But he also didn’t play up to the level we saw most of last season when he was leading the Bulldogs to a 13-2 record, SEC championship and national runner-up finish.

To start with, he never threw 2 interceptions in a game all year. Well, up until the last game of the year. He had that many on Saturday, including one that was returned for a touchdown, and a couple of other throws that maybe could have been picked.

His final line was 19-of-38 passing for 200 yards. He finally connected with Riley Ridley on a 57-yard touchdown pass with 1:42 to play in the game. But just the fact that Fromm was still in the game that late speaks to the struggles.

“You want some throws back,” said Fromm, who completed 62 percent of his passes and threw only 7 interceptions all season last year. “I thought I threw a couple of deep balls pretty well, but at the end of the day I could definitely can play better. There’s no excuse for that. I can’t wait to come back out and get with the guys in camp and keep going.”

Conversely, Fromm’s counterpart, the highly touted Justin Fields, had a very good day. The No. 1-rated dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2018 looked the part on Saturday. He was 18 of 33 for 207 yards passing and a touchdown and slipped out of the pocket on several nice runs, the best a 22-yard scamper. He threw an interception, too, but his offense generally seemed to move better.

Now, for some perspective.

Coach Kirby Smart was happy to provide it, just like he did last year when was addressing Fromm outpacing an incumbent starter by the name of Jacob Eason at that G-Day.

The key difference here is one quarterback is facing the No. 1 defense while the other is not. It’s not uncommon for the backup quarterbacks to outshine the starters during spring intrasquad games. Georgia sets up its annual G-Day Game where the No. 1 offense is going against the No. 1 defense, the 2s versus the 2s, and so on. So that first group, either way, has the tougher job. Conceivably at least.

“You all were sitting there last year saying the same things you are now because the other guy was throwing against the No. 2 defense and he was throwing it pretty good,” Smart said of Fromm, who was 14 of 23 with 277 yards and 2 touchdowns this time last year. “Jacob Eason was in there going against the No. 1 defense, which at that time was really good. So, there’s a lot of similarities between those two situations.”

Fromm didn’t make any bones about it; he didn’t think he played real well. Then, again, he did note that the defense he was playing against was exceptional. They also had some other more subtle advantages.

“Going into it, we felt like we’re playing one of the best teams in the SEC, one that’s great,” Fromm said. “They know a lot of our calls and a lot of our [routes] and stuff. It just is what it is. I had some throws I’d like back.”

Mainly the one Deandre Baker picked off and returned 32 yards for a touchdown 11 minutes into the game. There were some others he’d like to have had caught as well.

Earlier in the first quarter, Jayson Stanley was running free down the right sideline, but he was unable to time his reach to haul in Fromm’s well-aimed pass. Later that quarter, Fromm hit Riley Ridley perfectly in stride for what should have been a 44-yard TD. But Ridley landed hard in the end zone — nearly knocking himself out in the process — and failed to maintain possession of the ball.

“I got a little dinged up hitting my head,” Ridley said. “Otherwise I’d hold on.”

One of the best offensive plays of the game was when Fields hooked up with redshirt freshman Matt Landers for a 15-yard TD on third down late in the third quarter. Fields had extended the drive earlier when he fled the pocket on third down to get the Black team to the 34.

In all, Fields had 44 yards on quarterback runs. But he also had 41 in losses because of the liberal use of referee whistle to honor the non-contact rule on the quarterbacks.

Fields, who is under Smart’s perennial gag rule for freshmen, wasn’t available for comment. But Fromm, for one, liked what he saw from the kid, just like he has all spring.

“Yeah, he’s made countless plays this spring where me and Coach [James] Coley look at each other and go, ‘Dang, that was a good play,'” Fromm said. “He’s a good football player. That’s what he should be doing. … He does a great job of extending plays. He’ll throw the ball down the field sometimes, he really does it all.”

Which is not to say Fields is about to unseat Fromm as the Bulldogs starting quarterback. It only means that Georgia has a really good backup behind him, and maybe another one still as walk-on Stetson Bennett played well also.

But it’s Fields and Fromm that everybody was watching and evaluating, Smart especially.

“Both quarterbacks managed things pretty well,” Smart said. “I learned more about them being able to handle things on the field, with a crowd presence, and the shot clock and took the coaching of the players, which I liked.”

As for Fromm, he’ll probably feel better Sunday after he looks at the video and sees how close his bad plays were to being good, and vice-versa, of course.

Fromm was asked if he felt he should be extended a certain amount of grace considering what he did on the field for the Bulldogs last fall.

“At the end of the day, whether it does or doesn’t is not up to me,” Fromm said. “You kind of come in and you do what you do. You come in and throw the ball around and try to put guys in position to succeed. That’s all I do at my position and try to lead the best I can.”

As Georgia fans know well, Fromm’s best is pretty awesome.

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  • BOSTON (AP) - Mookie Betts hit his major-league leading 17th home run, J.D. Martinez slugged his 16th homer and the Boston Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Friday night hours after a surprising roster shakeup. Boston got its fifth win in six games shortly after announcing it had designated Hanley Ramirez for assignment. The move freed up a roster spot for Dustin Pedroia to be activated from the DL, and also created the chance for regular playing time at first base for Mitch Moreland, who had a solo homer in the eighth. The Red Sox fared fine without Ramirez, the struggling slugger they signed to an $88 million, four-year deal before the 2015 season. Xander Bogaerts also had a solo homer as Boston converted big time on its seven hits. Eduardo Rodriguez struggled early but managed to hold Atlanta to just a pair of runs on six hits with three walks in 5 2/3 innings. Rodriguez (5-1) struck out seven despite his early control issues and walked three. Nick Markakis hit a two-run double for the Braves, who have lost three of four. Julio Teheran (4-2) pitched six innings, allowing three runs on four hits, walking three and striking out four. Martinez pulled Boston within 2-1 with a leadoff homer in fourth on a line drive that clipped the top of the Green Monster. Bogaerts tied it two batters later on a solo shot that left the ballpark entirely. Boston took its first lead in the fifth when Jackie Bradley Jr. tripled to center with one out and scored on Andrew Benintendi's sacrifice fly. Rodriguez appeared headed for a short night when he allowed two or more baserunners in each of the first three innings. Atlanta scored twice in the third when Ronald Acuna Jr. and Freddie Freeman started the inning with back-to-back singles and Markakis drove in both with a double to left. Betts' and Moreland's homers came off of reliever Matt Wisler. TRAINER'S ROOM Braves: Placed LHP Luiz Gohara on the bereavement list, allowing him to return to Brazil to spend time with his mother as she recovers from heart surgery. ... Atlanta recalled RHP Matt Wisler from Triple-A Gwinnett. Red Sox: Activated second baseman Pedroia (offseason knee surgery), but did not start him. Dave Dombrowski, president of baseball operations, said the Red Sox are going to let the four-time All-Star and 2008 AL MVP ease back into the lineup, likely starting Saturday. 'He feels good. He's not having any pain so we think that he'll be fine to go out there but we are going to be careful in that regard,' Dombrowski said. UP NEXT Braves: A rookie who grew up in Massachusetts, Sean Newcomb (5-1, 1.29 ERA) is 4-0 with a 0.36 ERA in four starts this month and is making his first appearance against the Red Sox. The Middleboro High School alum had a stretch of 21 consecutive scoreless innings before the Miami Marlins scored one on him in the second last Saturday in Atlanta's 8-1 win. Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-2, 5.97) lasted only four innings against Baltimore on May 18, allowing five runs - four earned - on seven hits while striking out a season-low two. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • It was close, but Georgia got the runs it needed early on Friday and held on to defeat Tennessee in Game 1 of the NCAA Super Regional at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens. An early outburst from the Bulldogs offense in the first three innings spotted an early 4-0 lead, but the Volunteers would make a comeback, scoring 2 runs in the 6th inning before putting up just 1 run in the 7th inning. The win gives Georgia a 1-0 lead in the NCAA Super Regional. Three who mattered Alysen Febrey – The sophomore had 2 RBI for the Bulldogs, including a solo home run in the 3rd inning that put the lead at 4 runs. Alyssa Dicarlo – The shortstop hit one over the fences right before Febrey in the 3rd inning. Mary Wilson Avant – Coming on in relief, Avant closed out the game for the Bulldogs, giving up just 1 run in an inning of work. What’s next The Bulldogs and Volunteers will meet again on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET in Game 2 of the NCAA Super Regional. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN. The post Georgia holds on to defeat Tennessee 4-3 in Game 1 of NCAA Super Regional appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — A Georgia football player was arrested earlier this week for felony eavesdropping/surveillance due to an incident alleged to have occurred last fall. Bishop Detravion “Tray” Bishop, a redshirt freshman defensive back from Dawson, was booked into Athens-Clarke County Jail at 12:25 p.m. on Wednesday and released less than an hour later on $5,700 bond. The arrest came after UGA Police began investigating an individual’s complaint made on April 28 for an incident alleged to have occurred on Nov. 5, 2017. That was the Sunday after Georgia played South Carolina. “The complainant wished to report that there was a student going around showing people a sex tape of her … without her consent,” the police report said. “… A subsequent investigation into this incident led us into determining that the crime of unlawful eavesdropping occurred on 110517. The investigation showed that Detravion Bishop had recorded [victim’s name] inside his dorm room without her permission and without her knowledge.” A warrant was signed by Athens-Clarke County Magistrate Judge Patricia Barron on Tuesday and Bishop was contacted by police at 4:08 that afternoon. He turned himself into jail the next day. Georgia is aware of the situation. “Certainly it’s disappointing when a player or any other young person under our charge is arrested and we don’t condone any illegal or improper behavior,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said through a UGA spokesman Friday. “That being said, we are investigating the matter and it’s important that we gather all information relevant to the situation before we determine what policies may come into play. Then we can take appropriate action if necessary. “ Bishop did not play for the Bulldogs last season. Primarily a quarterback at Terrell County High School, he was redshirted while making the transition to defensive back. He was competing for playing time at safety during spring drills. Bishop was named a U.S. Army All-American after his senior season at Terrell County High, where he also qualified for the state championship as a sprinter. He was the subject of a Next Generation profile last May. Bishop (6-foot-3, 210-pounds) is competing for playing time at safety. He had three tackles for the Red team in the G-Day Game last month. The post Breaking News: Georgia football player arrested on felony charge appeared first on DawgNation.
  • This is the weekend to not think so hard about those 5-star recruits. Please pour some of your mental energy and boundless appreciation toward our 50-star recruits instead. Those prospects signed a binding letter of intent to serve the United States of America. There were no reporters around when they did. Every signee also started out with the exact same ranking. I’m sure the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines made a lot of top 4s when those decisions were being weighed. When that commitment was made, there was no problem whatsoever respecting that decision. Take some time out this weekend to honor our military. The Josh Belk storyline will still be there. So will the most recent thoughts from 5-star ILB Nakobe Dean and his family. Yes, it looks as if Georgia will get a much-needed, methodical two-day visit from Derick “Rambo” Hunter early next month, too. Want a speed read on the week? These were the major DawgNation recruiting storylines over the last seven days: Elite 2020 safety Lejond Cavazos continues to tout UGA as his top school Mother of 5-star Nakobe Dean on UGA: ‘Best visit so far’ Georgia doesn’t seem to be in any ‘Trouble’ with elite LB Rian Davis Why the nation’s No. 2 RB Noah Cain still sees a possible future at UGA Report: Clemson transfer Josh Belk plans to visit UGA Nation’s No. 1 RB Trey Sanders still has a lot to say about Georgia Where UGA recruiting ranks in 2019 Georgia has eight commitments for 2019. Trezmen Marshall , a 4-star athlete, was the most recent  pledge back on April 27 . Marshall, the nation’s No. 7 athlete and No. 98 overall prospect, did extend a silent pledge to the program a few weeks prior to the public reveal. UGA sits at No. 6 nationally in the 247Sports composite team recruiting rankings. The Bulldogs actually moved up a slot in those standings after a recent de-commitment affected the ranking of another school. Georgia still is the only team in the nation’s top 14 that has fewer than nine commitments. Georgia has an average rating of 95.78 per commit. That’s the highest average per pledge in the nation. Alabama has 14 pledges and continues to hold the top spot . Texas A&M and its 12 pledges rank No. 2 in the SEC and chart at No. 3 nationally. Jadon Haselwood, a 5-star wide receiver (Cedar Grove H.S./Ellenwood, Ga.), is the highest-rated Georgia commit. He is the No. 5 overall player in the nation, according to the composite. Haselwood is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 receiver prospect for 2019. UGA also has two pledges for 2020. The latest is tackle Broderick Jones .  He committed to the Bulldogs twice earlier this year and revealed that decision to DawgNation last month. The 4-star prospect drips with 5-star potential and rates on 247Sports as the nation’s No. 36 prospect for 2020. Jones slots as the nation’s No. 6 tackle in his class, according to 247Sports. If you’d like to see the big picture on UGA recruiting each week, please join that Sentell guy on Facebook Live. That’s where we stream our Wednesday Night Live recruiting special every week. That program has been going strong for more than two years on Facebook. Did you see Before the Hedges earlier this week? Do you know the drill? Hannah Chalker hosts a weekly UGA recruiting show called Before the Hedges every Monday night on the DawgNation Facebook page . We did our own scavenger hunt this week on the program, looking for the missing pieces and the pieces to watch out for that might check off certain positions of need for the 2019 class. As a courtesy reminder, we will offer our regular Monday Before the Hedges program next week. That will be Memorial Day for all of us and our families, too. How the 2019 UGA recruiting class is being built June 11, 2016: 4-star tackle Luke Griffin (North Murray/Chatsworth, Ga.) commits to UGA Jan. 29, 2017: 5-star DE Nolan Smith (IMG Academy/Bradenton, Fla.) commits to UGA Feb. 18, 2017: 4-star DT Rashad Cheney Jr. (Washington High/Atlanta) commits to UGA March 16, 2017: 5-star WR Jadon Haselwood commits to UGA July 15, 2017: 4-star LB J.D. Bertrand (Blessed Trinity/Roswell, Ga.) commits to UGA Nolan Smith was the first UGA commit for the class of 2019. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation) July 16, 2017: 5-star WR Dominick Blaylock (Walton/Marietta, Ga.) commits to UGA Oct. 30, 2017: 4-star CB Jalen Perry (Dacula/Dacula, Ga.) commits to UGA Jan. 25, 2018: Rashad Cheney Jr. de-commits from UGA Feb. 7, 2018: 4-star TE Ryland Goede (Kennesaw Mountain/Kennesaw, Ga.) commits to UGA March 18, 2018: 4-star DE Bill Norton (Christian Brothers/Memphis, Tenn.) commits to UGA April 1, 2018: Luke Griffin de-commits from UGA April 27, 2018: 4-star ATH Trezman Marshall commits to UGA Which players are 2019 misses for UGA recruiting? Owen Pappoe chose Auburn on May 1. That was a rare miss of late of a highly sought in-state prospect. The Bulldogs have been reeling in the big fish for Georgia as of late. But no college program goes 100 percent with its top-tier targets. Which 2019 priorities have the Bulldogs have missed on? Pappoe tops the list, but he wasn’t the only one UGA would’ve liked to have seen join its 2019 class. BIG 2019 MISSES  Owen Pappoe, 5-star OLB, Grayson High/Loganville, Ga: Pappoe committed to Auburn. The Bulldogs recruited him to play ILB and that’s a better fit for him than on the edges of an SEC defense. Auburn hopes to see him play a role at the Star or Money position in their defense. That’s probably the best position fit for a 6-foot, 209-pound athlete with rare acceleration and explosiveness. Owen Pappoe chose Auburn over Georgia on May 1. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation) Chris Hinton, 5-star SDE, Greater Atlanta Christian/Norcross, Ga.: Hinton chose Michigan last August. The 5-star defensive end is the son of former NFL great Chris Hinton. He ranks as the nation’s No. 15 overall prospect in 2019. Hinton and his family stress academics. UGA will continue to recruit him until he signs. But things could get interesting if the Wolverines have another average season. Kyle Hamilton, 3-star S, Marist/Atlanta: Hamilton chose Notre Dame right after G-Day. Don’t let his 3-star rating fool you. The 6-4, 188-pound prospect starred as an all-state performer for a state finalist team last season. We’re told Kirby Smart only needed to see the first two or three plays of his tape to offer. Hamilton spent a lot of time with UGA freshman Justin Fields on his unofficial visit for G-Day. He also values the academic fit, having scored a 30 on his ACT. OTHERS TO CONSIDER: 4-star DL Antonio Alfano (Alabama); 4-star OLB Stephen Herron Jr. (Michigan); 4-star tackle Amari Kight (Alabama) UGA recruiting by position in 2019 5-star DT Travon Walker looks like the most important remaining uncommitted target for UGA in 2019. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation) Which positions are the major priorities for 2019? The receiver spot was one, but that has been checked off by a pair of 5-star prospects (Blaylock and Haselwood), who rate as the nation’s top two receivers. Here’s a look at the cupboards left to stock in terms of positional priorities for the class: Defensive tackle (2 or 3 more) Tackle (2) Cornerback (1 or 2) Safety (1 or 2) Inside LB (at least 1 more) Quarterback (1) The weekly pinch of UGA recruiting perspective Georgia’s 2019 class is ranked No. 6 nationally and No. 3 in the SEC. The Bulldogs had only one member — two if we count Adam Anderson, who de-committed and eventually re-committed — on the board at this time a year ago. That was eventual 4-star cornerback Chris Smith. Lest we forget, the Bulldogs wound up with the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class for 2018, according to the 247Sports team composite ratings. That class broke a seven-year run for Alabama at the top spot. Georgia will not sign as many prospects as it did in the 2018 class (26) and that should keep it from successfully defending the No. 1 ranking in 2019. Check out the UGA recruiting Question of the Day feature DawgNation answers a Recruiting Question of the Day on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can ask questions on Facebook Live ,  Twitter  or the  DawgNation Message board forum .  Previous questions can be found on our question of the day archives page . You also can send your queries to jeffsentellajc@gmail.com. We do appreciate the supply of questions we get from our readers. The aim is for our audience members to feel engaged and that they can ask anything they might want to know about UGA recruiting. In case you have missed any, here are the most recent questions: Which non-border states could UGA do better recruiting in the future?  How will class size affect the final 2019 UGA team national ranking?  What will the late spring and early summer recruiting calendar look like for UGA?  Has the hyped in-state recruiting class for the state of Georgia lost a little steam?  Which top uncommitted targets can UGA sign in 2019? What do the stats say about UGA recruiting the elite prospects from Metro Atlanta?  Breaking down an ideal scholarship breakdown at UGA  What will be the instant impact from the No. 1 class on the team this year?  Who are the big targets fans aren’t talking about yet?  How were the UGA commits and targets affected in the latest rankings?  Is it fair to say that UGA has come up short on elite DT prospects? What is the OL recruiting snapshot for 2019?  2019 UGA recruiting offers by the numbers (as published by 247Sports) Reported offers: 259 (+3 since last week) 5-star offers: 31 Florida recruits offered: 59 (+1) In-state recruits offered: 42 Texas recruits offered: 37 Mississippi recruits offered: 13 California recruits offered: 16 Louisiana recruits offered: 13 (+1) Receivers offered: 33 Cornerbacks offered: 28 Tackles offered: 24 (+1) Safeties offered: 21 (+1) Defensive tackles offered: 22 Quarterbacks offered: 18 (+1) Running backs offered: 13 Inside linebackers offered: 3 Athletes offered: 19 2019 UGA recruiting position breakdown Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position and how many are projected to be signed: QB: 0/1 RB: 0/1 TE: 1/1 (Goede) WR: 2/2  (Blaylock, Haselwood) OL: 0/2 DE: 1/2 (Norton) DT: 0/3 LB: 0/1 ILB: 2/2 (Bertrand, Marshall) OLB: 1/2 (Smith) CB: 1/2 (Perry) S: 0/2 Totals: 8/21 Geographical UGA recruiting breakdown Here’s a breakdown of the current UGA commits by state: Georgia: 6 (Bertrand, Blaylock, Goede, Haselwood, Marshall, Perry) Florida: 1 (Smith) Tennessee: 1 (Norton) The post Take some time this weekend to focus on America’s 50-star recruits appeared first on DawgNation.
  • GREENSBORO — The Georgia Athletic Association board of directors approved a record $143.3 million budget on Friday. And it’s a good thing, because costs are going through the roof, particularly when it comes to football. Among the line items in the 2019 budget, approved by unanimous vote at the spring meeting here at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge on Lake Oconee, was a football compensation expenditure of $9,418,877. That’s the cost of paying head coach Kirby Smart his new $6.6 million salary plus the salaries of all of the members of the ever-growing football support staff. The figure is almost twice what UGA paid in football salaries the previous year ($4.985 million). “It’s all relative to college athletics now,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said after the meeting. Georgia’s football operations budget for 2019 is $35.2 million, up $7.8 million from 2018. That includes a $2.265 million outlay for recruiting travel. There also is a new line-item buried within. It’s $1.8 million, which is the new federal excise tax that is being assessed on nonprofits that pay employees more than $1 million in salary. So Georgia is now being assessed a 21 percent tax rate on anything over that amount that it pays coaches. Currently that is on three individuals: Smart, basketball coach Tom Crean ($3.2 million) and football defensive coordinator  Mel Tucker ($1.5 million). The federal excise tax was part of a legislative package passed last year that also will eliminate donations to athletic departments to buy tickets. “I understand the theory behind passing the legislation [to discourage excessive salaries] but I’m not sure in the current marketplace that it’s going to achieve its goal,” UGA President Jere Morehead said. “So far it has not.” So while college athletics has more money than ever coming in, it has more than ever going out as well. Georgia is spending more money than ever to take care of student-athletes, including cost-of-attendance supplements, training table and other services. “Fortunately we’re able to do so much more for our student-athletes than we used to do,” McGarity said. “I’d say other than salaries and support services that we need to keep the engine running, what we’re spending on our student-athletes has been truly transformative. That’s not really being talked about. There are certain things we’re able to do that they’re not able to do on a lot of other campuses.” Case in point would be what UGA is doing in the area of behavorial health. Ron Courson, Georgia’s director of sports medicine, and his staff gave a 40-minute presentation on the health services they’re providing student-athletes in the area of behavorial assessment and treatment. The Bulldogs now employ a doctor of psychiatry, two clinical psychologists and a social worker. They’re seeking to add at least one more professional to the team. Last year, that team had “895 encounters” not counting group meetings and treated 130 individuals, according to Courson. “It’s something we’ve been trying to put a great deal of emphasis on,” Courson said. “We’re hoping to add another licensed social worker and other professionals. We’re excited about what we’ve done so far, but we’re really excited about what else we can do to get better.” In addition to coaching compensation and student-athlete services, the Bulldogs have stepped up their pace considerably in terms of facility improvements. Football is at the end of a three-year period in which it has spent $93 million on construction projects with the Payne Indoor Athletic Facility and $63 million for a locker room and recruiting lounge addition at Sanford Stadium that is due for completion at the end of June. Board treasurer Ryann Nesbitt reported that Georgia has received $50.6 million in gifts and pledges toward those projects, including $25.1 million in cash collections. Indications are that a new weight room and additional meeting rooms and coaches’ offices will added to the Butts-Mehre Football Complex over the next year. Georgia also recently did $8 million in improvements on Stegeman Coliseum, completed a $4.2 million construction project to expand the Boyd Golf Center, expanded its equestrian facilities, and completed a study that showed plans to renovate the Dan Magill Tennis Complex and build a six-court indoor facility will cost a minimum of $23 million. “So we have committed a lot of money to improvements, and will continue to,” McGarity said. The athletic association also donated $4.5 million to UGA’s general fund as it has done annually for the last several years. “It certainly has benefited the institution in supporting student scholarships in particular as well as the creation of professorships,” Morehead said. “I think it has been mutually beneficial. The escalating cost of running a top Division I athletic program certainly creates challenges, but we appreciate we’ve been able to maintain that level of consistent support.” Accordingly, Georgia’s new budget represented a $15.8 million increase over last year. Several members of the board asked McGarity if there were any concerns that the lucrative revenue stream that has been provided the SEC in recent years due to its network arrangement with ESPN might regress in the future. It has been well publicized that the television behemoth known as the “worldwide network” has been experiencing financial trouble in recent years due to decreases in cable-television subscriptions. “We think our revenue stream will continue to grow,” McGarity said. “Whether they’re consuming the products from Hulu or whatever, the content is still being distributed and ESPN is retaining the rights for that. There are so many different platforms, but ESPN is still part of the package.” The post UGA’s record $143 million athletics budget includes eye-popping expenditures appeared first on DawgNation.