Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Dawgageddon: Georgia canceling Oregon series another sign in backward trend.

Georgia was scheduled to play a home-and-home series against Oregon in 2015 and 2016. That was until it was scrapped Monday by new Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity. The move comes at a time when the football program is a chaos filled with a three-game losing streak, multiple arrests, and A.J. Green's jersey-selling suspension.
It's also a sign of a program that is losing the forward motion it had gathered in the previous few years. After a bit of a letdown following the Greene-Pollack years, UGA football seemed to be getting back on track. The team seemed to be willing to play higher profile games outside the SEC, such as Arizona and Oklahoma State. And in 2007, the Dawgs has started to develop a bit of a swagger. That was the year the Bulldog Nation will remember for the black jerseys, the now-infamous "touchdown celebration" in the game against Florida, and exposing Hawaii and Colt Brennan in the Sugar Bowl.
Then 2008 happened. And with it came the embarrassing loss to Alabama in those same black jerseys. 2009, followed with a loss to Oklahoma State and the black helmets in yet another loss to Florida.
After the Florida loss , then-AD Damon Evans shied away from any more alternate uniforms.
Now with the schadenfreude falling out of the sky, and a potentially embarrassing chance of losing to Colorado,  McGarrity decides to scrap the series against Oregon. McGarity claims it's because he wants to see Georgia play seven home games a year, and going out to Eugene would be too much for the team. It sounds like UGA running away from a strong Pac-10 team.
Canceling the Oregon series is another sign of the backward direction Georgia is going in. It now looks like the program is headed straight to 1994. Not many Bulldog supporters are going to approve of that.

(via Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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