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Blog: Georgia reaction on Meyer; Liberty Bowl ticket sales update

When Urban Meyer announced he was stepping down as Florida coach last December because of health reasons, Georgia coach Mark Richt said he and his wife Katharyn prayed for Meyer while the Bulldogs were in Shreveport, La., prior to the Independence Bowl.

Meyer changed his mind a day later, but today again announced he was resigning at Florida after the Outback Bowl.

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity traveled with Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley to Utah when the school hired Meyer back in 2004 and then worked with him at Florida until McGarity left in August.

McGarity issued a statement tonight after getting out of a meeting.

“I always admired Urban’s creativity,” McGarity said. “Regardless of the area of emphasis, he was constantly looking for ways to improve and get better every day. There is no doubt Urabn will be successful in any path he decides to take in the coming months and years.”

Georgia has sold approximately 3,500 tickets for the Liberty Bowl on New Year’s Eve in Memphis against Central Florida as of Wednesday, according to the school. Online orders and others through the mail are continuing.

Those numbers are behind some other SEC schools scooping up bowl tickets, but probably aren’t a big surprise after a 6-6 regular season.

Tennessee, which won its last four regular season games, sold out its 16,000 ticket allotment to the Music City Bowl in Nashville in less than 24 hours, according to the Tennessean. The Music City Bowl against North Carolina is now sold out of its 69,143 tickets.

Alabama sold out its 12,500 ticket allotment for the Capital One Bowl in Orlando against Michigan State and has now sold more than 16,000, according to tidesports.com.

Arkansas quickly sold out its 17,500 ticket allotment for the Sugar Bowl to play Ohio State.

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