Is Georgia on the verge of adding a high-profile non-conference game to its upcoming football schedule?
Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity wasn’t saying on Thursday when he was asked if the Bulldogs were lining up a game with Boise State.
"I just can’t comment," McGarity said.
The matchup could come at the Georgia Dome in 2011 in Atlanta in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game .
"Hypothetically, no comment," Georgia coach Mark Richt said when asked after practice Thursday about a Boise State game in the Dome. Richt said he was told not to comment about the game.
Boise State already has a scheduled game at Ole Miss on Sept. 3, 2011, but Ole Miss athletic director Pete Boone tweeted Thursday morning that the school would "have a big football schedule announcement today." He later posted: "Sorry about the delay announcing football’s future schedule. A lot of moving parts and ESPN has a few loose ends."
McGarity said he has talked to ESPN about scheduling possible games, but said he’s done that for years.
Gary Stokan, president of the Chick-fil-A Bowl and Kickoff Game, told the Newport News Daily Press earlier this month that the 2011 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has not yet been announced. Stokan could not be reached for comment Thursday night. He has spoken to Georgia about playing in the game in the past.
Alabama played in the game in 2008 and 2009. LSU and North Carolina played this season. Tennessee is scheduled to play N.C. State in the game in 2012 and Auburn is slated to play Clemson also that year in an additional game.
Richt was asked about the impact of other SEC teams playing in the game.
"I’ll tell you Monday," Richt said, foreshadowing a possible announcement.
Richt attended the 2008 kickoff game in Atlanta between Alabama and Clemson because his son Jon was on the Tigers at the time.
The North Carolina-LSU kickoff game this year reportedly had an estimated payout of $3.8 million split between both teams.
Georgia is scheduled to open the 2011 season against Louisville in Sanford Stadium on Sept. 3 and play at Louisville on Sept. 15, 2012. The Bulldogs currently have seven home games in 2011.
There is a cancellation fee of $600,000 per game with Lousiville – $1.2 million total – unless it is agreed upon by mutual consent, according to the contract agreed upon in December, 2005.
Asked if Louisville was still on the schedule, McGarity said: "Right now, yes."
Georgia already canceled a series with Oregon scheduled for 2015-16 since McGarity was hired this summer.
Georgia opened the 2005 season with a 48-13 win over Boise State.
Boise State is currently undefeated and ranked No. 3 in the nation.
Notes: Quarterback Aaron Murray "is improving pretty rapidly," as he works his way back from a bruised sternum and bruised knee sustained against Auburn last Saturday, Richt said after practice Thursday.
Richt said Murray probably wouldn’t have been able to play a game this weekend, but the Bulldogs are off until playing Georgia Tech a week from Saturday.
Murray, wearing a jersey and sweat pants, did not practice Thursday, but "threw the ball gingerly," Richt said. He was tossing passes on the side in the part of practice open to the media.
"Nice and easy," Richt said. "That did not bother him. He couldn’t throw anything that resembled a route. He was just standing there nice and easy playing catch. He was able to throw without pain. The range of motion is there. He just can’t go quick yet. I would hope by Monday he could at least do the throwing and catching part."
Richt said the sternum injury is the bigger concern.
Logan Gray, the former quarterback who is now a receiver, took quarterback snaps on Thursday. Richt said that freshman Hutson Mason would start if Murray couldn’t go.
"I just think we’ll know a lot more Monday," Richt said. "If he does everything Monday, I’d feel like we have a pretty good chance. … He’s a competitor. He’s going to want to play if he can."
… Georgia’s sellout streak of consecutive home games was extended to 63 Thursday when the Georgia Tech game was sold out. Georgia sold 300 tickets it put on sale in about three and a half hours on Thursday. The tickets, priced at $45 each, came from various ticket blocks such as non-football recruiting and TV network holds, according to Georgia.