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.
‚ÄúIn 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,‚Äù coach Mark Richt said. ‚ÄúWhat happens sometimes if you go the end of the season to spring ball, there‚Äôs so many weeks you‚Äôd like to get in before you start doing something different or breaking ¬†up the cycle of what‚Äôs going on in the strength and conditioning program. We went ahead and just moved everything back a week mainly because of that reason.‚Äù
Here‚Äôs the tentative schedule for Georgia‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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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