Two members of the board that runs University athletics have said publicly they’re worried about the Georgia football team.
“Many of us are concerned about the state of the football program,” board member Tommy Lawhorne said in a Friday board meeting of the UGA Athletic Association, the non-profit corporation that runs UGA intercollegiate athletics.
“Yet we have confidence that (athletic director Greg McGarity) will get us where we want to be,” added Lawhorne, a physician and a star for former UGA football coach Vince Dooley in the 1960s.
Bob Bishop of Athens, the longest-serving member of the board, spoke up in agreement at the board meeting, 24 hours before the Bulldog football team faces a critical early-season test against No. 12 South Carolina in Sanford Stadium.
“I’ll echo that,” Bishop said. Coming off a 6-7 campaign last year, Georgia (0-1) is a three-point underdog entering today’s game.
Worries about football was only one of the elephants in the room; UGA president Michael Adams, who chairs the athletic board, spoke about the possible addition of Texas A&M to the Southeastern Conference. The school has been approved by the SEC as a 13th member, but at least one member of the Big 12 is threatening a lawsuit, which is delaying the deal.
“The SEC did not initiate this process, and has no desire to see the Big 12 break up,” Adams said.
But if A&M is able to get out of the Big 12 free of legal and financial obligations, SEC schools would welcome the Texas university, he said.