A few midweek scheduling items to pass along:
–Georgia’s home attendance in men’s basketball wasn’t helped by an SEC schedule that didn’t include Kentucky, Florida or Tennessee in Athens this past season, but all three of the NCAA Sweet 16 teams are slated to come to Stegeman Coliseum next season. Georgia will play again at Kentucky, but won’t have road trips to Florida or Tennessee.
–Another nonconference game that could come on the schedule in basketball is Charlotte. The Conference USA school is in “discussions” with Georgia and Missouri about games, according to the Charlotte Observer. Charlotte finished 17-14 this past season.
–Georgia associate athletic director Alan Thomas said on AM 680 The Fan this morning that the first event on the new SEC Network would be a Georgia women’s soccer game at Ole Miss. The date of that game hasn’t been announced yet. The SEC Network’s launch date is Aug. 14.
Thomas pushed for Georgia fans to let their cable and satellite providers know they want the SEC Network. There are deals in place with AT&T U-verse and Dish Network. There was even an implication that Georgia’s football game at South Carolina on Sept. 13 could be on the SEC Network, but considering that the only other SEC game that week is Kentucky-Florida that seems improbable because CBS has the first pick of SEC games each week.
Texas A&M athletic director Eric Hyman told Al.com that his understanding is that every SEC football team will play on the SEC Network within the first several weeks of the 2014 season. Georgia’s first three games are Clemson (Aug. 30), South Carolina (Sept. 13) and Troy (Sept. 20).
The SEC Network could announce in the coming week additional football games for the opening weekend. Texas A&M-South Carolina will be shown on Thursday Aug. 28.
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