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Blog: Spring ahead: UGA practice schedule, G-Day TV, Richt speaking tour

Georgia on Tuesday will become the eighth Southeastern Conference team (including Missouri) to get going with its spring football practices.

The Bulldogs will have their  15 practices (including the G-Day game) spread out over 26 days.

“In years past we got started a week before spring break and the G-Day game was usually about a week earlier, but the last couple of years we decided to let our strength program get a little further into, I guess, the cycle of strength,” coach Mark Richt said. “What happens sometimes if you go the end of the season to spring ball, there’s so many weeks you’d like to get in before you start doing something different or breaking  up the cycle of what’s going on in the strength and conditioning program. We went ahead and just moved everything back a week mainly because of that reason.”

Here’s the tentative schedule for Georgia’s practices this spring:

Tuesday, March 20

Wednesday, March 21

Thursday, March 22

Saturday, March 24 (Junior Day)

Tuesday, March 27

Thursday, March 29 (Coaching Clinic)

Friday, March 30 (Coaching Clinic)

Saturday, March 31

Tuesday, April 3

Thursday, April 5

Saturday, April 7

Tuesday, April 10

Thursday, April 12

Friday, April 13

Saturday, April 14 (G-Day game)


It looks like the only way to see the G-Day spring game live on April 14 will be in Sanford Stadium. The scrimmage is set for 3 p.m. and will be shown on same day delay on CSS, according to associate athletic director Alan Thomas. The time for the TV airing is not finalized.

Alabama, Auburn,South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Missouri also have their spring games on April 14.

Alabama’s A-Day game is being shown live on CSS at 3 p.m. ET on that day.

Is Mark Richt coming to your town?

His spring speaking tour that comes after the G-Day game includes 10 scheduled stops this year, according to the UGA Alumni Association.

Here‚Äôs the “UGA Day” schedule:

April 18: Rome, The Forum

April 24: Albany (with Mark Fox),  Doubletree Country Club

April 25: Columbus (with Mark Fox),  Rivermill

May 8: Macon (with Mark Fox), Walnut Creek Shooting Preserve

May 9:  Charlotte (with Mark Fox),  Charlotte Marriott City Center

May 15:  The Golden Isles (with Mark Fox), The Cloister

May 16: Valdosta (with Mark Fox), James H.  Rainwater Conference Center

May 22: Birmingham, Ala. (with Mark Fox), Sheraton Birmingham

May 24: Tampa, Fla. (with Mark Fox), Site TBA

July 23: Atlanta (with Mark Fox), Cobb Galleria

Event cost is $15 and is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

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