Eason to Start? Who Cares? Either Way Football is Here!

Finally, college football is here, and in 5 short days Georgia will face off with North Carolina in the Georgia Dome.  The first week of college football is truly great because everyone’s team is undefeated, and most fans still have hope for a great year.  I know I am full of hope for the season, but for a type “A” person like me that hope soon turns to worry, and I will expound more on that later.  First, let’s address all the gossip surrounding the starting quarterback. jacob-eason-greyson-lambert-georgia-starting-quarterback-question-2016-1024x609 Apparently, if you believe everything you read than Jacob Eason has been secretly named the starting quarterback.  Maybe he will get the start, but it would still surprise me.  Let me be clear, I feel certain that Eason will play on Saturday, but I just haven’t bought into the fact that he will take the first snap.  It just seems like a risky move for such a young player.  It will be an awful big stage for any freshman, and especially for a quarterback. But you know what?  I really don’t have a clue who will start, and I don’t think anyone is going to tell me. However, I feel certain that whatever decision the coaches make it will likely be the right one.  They are the ones that run practice, evaluate film, and call the plays.  So I am not going to worry anymore about who will play QB because there are other areas of concern heading into Saturday.  Please allow me to share these concerns with you, and fill you with anxiety heading into the game.  Here are My Top 5 Concerns:

  • Nick Chubb’s Return– The big story in this game is not the damn quarterback. It’s Nick Chubb who is one of college football’s most talented running 0804_masp_uga_practice_0407backs.  Of course, I do not know him personally, but he appears to be a great kid with an excellent work ethic.  We all saw him suffer a brutal knee injury in Knoxville not even a year ago.  If this team is going to have success early in the season they need Chubb back on the field at 100%.  I truly hope he runs for 150+ and has the triumphant return he deserves.  I hope he proves to be superman, and looks like he hasn’t lost a step, but I know that could be a lot to ask.
  • Containing Ryan Switzer – Kickoff coverage always scares me, but it really scares me when the new head coach mentions it as an area of concern at the Touchdown club.  Kickoff and Punt coverage have been an issue for Georgia in42a09d5af33447002823101580020324 recent years, and North Carolina has a very talented return man named Ryan Switzer #3.  He is the kind of guy that take one back a few times in a game.  So trust me Dawg fans, the less you hear or see from Ryan Switzer on Saturday night the better.
  • Georgia’s Offensive Line – All football games are won or lost in the trenches, and we just don’t know much about the offensive line. I know that North Carolina’s defense did poorly against the run last year, but can UGA capitalize on that weakness?  I sure hope so because the offensive line will be crucial to the success of Nick Chubb, and whoever the hell is going to play Quarterback.
  • The UNC Offense – Despite scoring just 13 points in the first game last year, North Carolina’s offense averaged 40 points and almost 500 yards of offense a game. Granted, they lost to South Carolina, but they really came to life after that game.  If you recall, they damn near beat Clemson and won the ACC last year. Long and short, the Georgia defense better be in shape and ready to play.  Otherwise, it could be a bad night.
  • UGA’s Dreaded Dome Record – That’s right folks! Georgia has a bad record in the Georgia dome.  To my recollection, UGA is Four and Six in the Georgia Dome-PLdyShH since it was constructed.  The Dawgs have lost to Virginia, Alabama, twice to LSU, and let us not forget Boise State.  Did I mention the loss to West Virginia in the “faux” Sugar Bowl post Katrina?  This record needs to improve a little before they tear it down, and Saturday night would be a good start.

Well are you a little worried now?  I hope so because Georgia can easily lose this game.  All that being said, please allow me to go back on everything and act hypocritical because I still think Georgia wins a good one.  Despite all my worries and concerns, I think it will be a 34 to 30 Georgia win over the Heels.  Go Dawgs!

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Georgia Football: Preseason Prognostications 2016

We are 12 days away from the start of Georgia football, and Kirby is all set to address the Athens Touchdown Club later this evening.  Additionally, there was a very slight and subtle coolness in the air this morning.  Needless to say, it feels like an appropriate time to gaze in to the proverbial “crystal ball” and make some predictions about Georgia Football.  I did the same thing last year about this time, fortuneteller_largeand I was fairly optimistic when I predicted UGA would go 10 and 2 losing to Tennessee and Auburn.  Obviously, I was wrong, but that’s no reason to stop predicting. Even so, this year may prove to be the most difficult season to prognosticate in a long time.   Think about it, what do we really know about this team?  What do we really know about the coaches?  Who is going to play Quarterback? Basically, we don’t much of anything at this point.  Regardless, I am going to ignore that reality, and convince you that I am a modern day soothsayer and quite possibly the next Nostradamus.   So allow me to gaze into the crystal ball, peruse the tea leaves, and examine the tarot cards.  Warning!! Spoilers are ahead.

 

UGA vs North Carolina Sept 3rd The big question here will be who plays QB.  I feel pretty sure that Greyson Lambert will be taking the first snaps in the Dome, and I do think Eason will play as well.  But the story here will be the return of 8503211Nick Chubb.  I think he runs for 150 + yards and 2 scores leading Georgia to a win.  Still a close game I think.  North Carolina is well coached, and played some good defense last year.  Maybe I am blinded by my love for Georgia, but I just have a hard time envisioning a North Carolina win.  On another note, how many times during the game do you think a Tarheel fan will say, “well actually, North Carolina was the first state chartered school to begin classes not Georgia”?  My guess is somewhere in the thousands. (1-0)

UGA vs Nicholls Sept 10thNot really going out on a limb here to say that Georgia will win.  It will be the first home game in the “Smart Era”, and I am so excited I just about can’t stand it.  I am hoping for good weather, and a temperature below 90 which is asking a lot.   Ideally, Georgia will feel good about the quarterback position by the end of this game, but that could be asking a lot as well. (2-0)

UGA vs Missouri Sept 17thThe first SEC game is always a big one.  It feels a little weird for it not to be against South Carolina, and going on the road is always risky.  Missouri has some talent, but they have lost a great coach in Gary Pinkel.  Nevertheless, Pinkel was replaced by someone on the staff so it could be business as usual for Mizz.  They will be improved from 2015, but not enough to win this game.  Georgia actually scores a few touchdowns this year, and wins by a couple scores. (3-0)

UGA vs Ole Miss Sept 24thIt appears that Ole Miss is living proof that sometimes cheating does pay off.  I know, I know Ole Miss is still supposedly innocent until proven guilty, but come on do you really believe they haven’t broken the rules? Regardless of how they got the talent, they now have a good bit of it, and one of the best Quarterbacks in the conference coming back.  Granted, they lost some good players last year, but I just think this one may be a tall order for the Dawgs.  I hate to say it, but Georgia loses this one. (3-1)

UGA vs Tennessee Oct 1stTennessee seems to be the popular pick to win the SEC East.  The only problem is that the media has historically been wrong almost every year when picking the East division.  I don’t think this year is going to be any different, but I do think Tennessee will win this game.  It will be a close one, and maybe a real heart breaker.  The end of this game will be the low point of season for Georgia. (3-2)

UGA vs South Carolina Oct 8thThis game will be just what the doctor ordered for the Georgia.  Kirby vs Muschamp round one and this round will go to Kirby.  Will Muschamp is a good coach, but right now he just doesn’t have enough talent over in Columbia.  Dawgs win this one big, and it marks the turnaround of the season. (4-2)

UGA vs Vanderbilt Oct 15thVandy always plays hard against the Dawgs, and this year will be no different.  However, they won’t win this one.  Georgia will be hitting their stride about this point and it won’t even be close. (5-2)

GEORGIA vs FLORIDA Oct 29th– This game almost ALWAYS decides the SEC East, and that could be the case this year.  Something really needs to change for Georgia-Florida-TNGeorgia in this rivalry, and it needs to change soon.  Richt was never able to win consistently in Jacksonville, but Kirby will get it done.  And I think he starts in year one.  Georgia wins, and Dawg fans will start to get excited at this point because UGA, Tenn, and Florida will all have 2 SEC losses. (6-2)

UGA vs Kentucky Nov 5thThis thing is getting long winded so let’s just say Georgia wins, but it’s close.  There will be a little bit of a letdown after the big win in Jax., but they pull out the win. (7-2)

UGA vs Auburn Nov 12thGeorgia doesn’t beat Florida and Auburn in the same year very often.  But times they are a changing, and Georgia wins this one placing Gus Malzahn on the chopping block.  I wonder who Auburn will hire after they fire Malzahn?  There is no telling, but it will be interesting to watch. (8-2)

UGA vs Lousiana-LaFayette Nov 19thNot much to say about this game.  It should be another Georgia win, and hopefully an ideal afternoon on campus.    (9-2)

UGA vs TECHIES Nov 26th– Man do I hate Georgia Tech.  Not as much as the Gators, but it’s pretty close. One thing Mark Richt did well was beat Tech.  In fact, coaches that don’t beat Tech typically don’t hang around too long at UGA.  Jim Donnan was a good coach, but he just lost to Tech too many times.  Under Paul Johnson, Tech’s offense has always been a little scary.  Especially, if you let them hang around and keep the score close.  The best way to beat Tech is to score.  Once they get behind, they have to pass the ball, and they don’t do that so well.  Georgia wins this game and finishes off the year with only 2 losses surprising a lot of people. (10-2)

 

Just like last year, I have predicted Georgia to finish 10 and 2.  Granted, I was wrong, but I was damn close.   Even though we know so little about the team and the new staff, I still think good things will happen this year.  For example, last year Georgia suffered a devastating knee injury to their best player along with mediocre QB play, but they still managed 9 wins.  Many of you will read this blog and laugh at a 10 and 2 prediction from an unapologetic “homer” like myself.   In all likelihood, most educated fans probably project Georgia to an 8 and 4 or 9 and 3 record.  Hell, I even had one person tell me they would go 7 and 5 to which I replied “you’re an idiot”.  Let’s just hope I was right about his idiocy.Idiot   On the other hand, I understand that it might seem unlikely for a first year coach to do so well without a definitive starting quarterback.  But when you sit down, and look at UGA’s schedule you will see they could feasibly win them all thanks to the weakness of the SEC East.    So bring on the criticism, and call me the idiot.  And maybe you’re right, but maybe you’re wrong.  Go Dawgs!  12 Days !

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Who is Going to Play Quarterback? Deja Vu!

I started this blog a little over a year ago, and one of the first football topics was “Who is Going to Play Quarterback.”  Well here we are a year later, and while there is a new coach and a new 5 Star quarterback we still don’t know who will take the first snap against North Carolina.  At this time last year, I was cautiously optimistic about Georgia football.  Looking back now, I realize that during most of the Mark Richt Era my optimism could be classified as a “false front”.   I tried to see the glass as half full, but I never really believed it.  I would talk a big game about how Georgia could win, but in many cases I knew I was I kidding myself.  In my gut, I always knew Georgia would lose the big game or falter at the wrong time.  So here I am again, feeling good about the season, but I can honestly say it is a more confident optimism.  I don’t expect Georgia to go undefeated or anything, but I do believe good things are on the way.

All that being said, there are still a lot questions going into the season.  In fact, there are probably more concerns heading into to this season than last year.  For example, the defensive line is not very deep, Nick Chubb is coming off a bad knee injury, Sony Michel has a broken arm, and there is an entire new coaching staff.  Most importantly, we still don’t really know who will play quarterback.  So let’s take another look at the quarterbacks and speculate as to who will play.

 

First of all, I think it is fair to say that Brice Ramsey is not going to start.  No offense to Brice, but if he couldn’t win it last year than he is not going to win it this year.  So that leaves us with Greyson Lambert and Jacob Eason.  By now, allQBs - Emily Selby Dawg fans know about Jacob Eason.  He is a highly touted recruit from Washington State, and many fans are ready to proclaim him the starter.  Jacob had a pretty good spring game in April, and all the fans fell in love.  He is without a doubt a very talented young man, but he sure is young.  On the other hand, there is Greyson Lambert.  Greyson did a solid job last year, but he really didn’t do anything spectacular after the South Carolina game, but what a game it was.  Greyson completed 24 of 25 passes for 330 yards.  He also set a NCAA record for completion percentage with 20 complete passes in a row.  I remember thinking that Georgia had found its quarterback0919_masp_sc_uga_1109_bc after that game, but he never really returned to that form last season.  Subsequently, Georgia lost badly to Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida.  And now Mark Richt is down in Miami, and Kirby Smart is in charge.  However, this is not Greyson’s fault.  Last year he managed games fairly well and made good decisions, but he lacked big play ability.  In Lambert’s defense, the entire offense seemed to struggle at times last year, and that could easily be attributed to coaching or injuries.  Now it seems all the fans are ready to push Lambert aside, and anoint Eason the new king.  But as Lee Corso often says, “not so fast my friend.”  Jacob Eason is undoubtedly very talented, and he will be given every opportunity to win the job.  But I just have a hard time believing that Kirby Smart is going to let a true freshman take the first snap in the Georgia Dome against UNC.  If that ends up happening, well than you can color me surprised.

In my opinion, Lambert will start against North Carolina, and we will see Jacob Eason play as well.  I am no football coach, and I have no insight from practice of course.  But I just find it hard to believe that the coaching staff would put Eason031616 UGA spring practice bs11 in that situation so early.   Ideally, we will see Lambert start the game, and have some success.  Then Jacob will be given an opportunity in the first half once the game settles in a little bit.  Ideally, Eason will have some success as well, and be allowed more playing time throughout the game.  I fully expect that Eason will win the job eventually, but not by the first game.  Georgia has had some great quarterbacks through the years, but I can’t recall one true freshman that started his first game.  Eric Zeier didn’t start his first game. Matt Stafford didn’t start his first game either, and both were just as highly touted as Eason.  So get excited about the future, but get behind Lambert as well because he is the present.  Go Dawgs!  30 Days!

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Ranking the Best SEC Coaches as of Right Now

We are right in the middle of July, and the heat is becoming unbearable. Nevertheless, I can sense that fall is around the corner because  football is getting close.  With that in mind, I thought I would get back to talking some college football. SEC media days is this week, and  all the coaches in the league are being interviewed.  Therefore, I thought it might be fun to create rankings for all the coaches.  Below are my personal rankings of all the SEC coaches starting with #1 as of today.  I am sure you will not agree, but that’s what makes it fun.

 

  1. Nick Saban, Alabama– Without a doubt, Coach Saban is at the top of the list.
    Bama Coach Nick Saban
    Nick Saban, Bama

    Despite numerous national championships and SEC titles his reign at Alabama doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon.  Maybe another school in the league will finally step up and do something about it.  Only time will tell.

  2. Dan Mullen, Mississippi State– Well here is my first surprise on the list. I am sure you probably thought #2 would be Les Miles.  But in my opinion, Dan has done the most with the least since he has been at Mississippi State.  Lewis Grizzard use to say, “the best way to get to Starkville, Mississippi is to go to the middle of nowhere and turn right.”  This is not an easy place to win, and he has done a lot of it while keeping his nose pretty clean.  His teams play hard, and don’t penalize themselves which makes him a darn good coach.
  3. Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss– I sort of feel the same way about Freeze as I do about Dan Mullen. The only difference is the possible NCAA infractions that have occurred at Ole Miss.  Right now, these are just accusations, but the Laremy Tunsil debacle was embarrassing.  I am not sure Freeze’s success will continue much longer.  But for now, what he has done is impressive even it hasn’t been totally compliant with the NCAA.
  4. Jim McElwain, Florida– He has only coached at Florida for 1 year, but that 1 year
    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 5: Head coach Jim McElwain of the Florida Gators looks on before the SEC Championship game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Georgia Dome on December 5, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Jim McElwain, Florida

    sure did impress me. He coached a team to the Georgia Dome that had virtually no offense and no kicking game whatsoever. He came back to beat Tennessee, whipped Ole Miss, and then embarrassed my beloved Bulldawgs.  He can even take some of the credit for Mark Richt being fired.  Many folks tried to turn on him when he chewed out his player on the sidelines.  But what I saw was a coach that wasn’t going to tolerate stupid and selfish penalties anymore.   In my opinion, his players responded to that incident which is exactly what he intended.

  5. Kirby Smart, Georgia–  Just solely based on the “G” Day game and recruiting, and I think he is 5th right now.  The man hasn’t coached 1 game, and who knows if Georgia will win, but right now it is obvious that he can lead.  So he is number
    Apr 16, 2016; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart talks to running back Sony Michel (1) during the second half of the spring game at Sanford Stadium. The Black team defeated the Red team 34-14. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
    Kirby Smart, UGA

    5 because he has no negatives on the resume.  But that could change come Sept. 3rd.  Remember this is as of TODAY, and I am a total homer when it comes to Georgia.  Besides, if you don’t like UGA then why are you reading this blog.

  6. Les Miles, LSU– Finally, here is the “Mad Hatter”. I know you are probably thinking how can a man with a national championship be #6?  He has won a lot games for sure, but his inability to find a quarterback or even have decent QB play is a big strike against him.  It is the
    Les Miles, LSU
    Les Miles, LSU

    most important position on the field, and he just can’t coach it.  He is now the most senior coach in the league at one school, and that probably means he won’t be there much longer.  Maybe he is just suffering from the Saban effect or maybe it is time to move on.

  7. Brett Bielema, Arkansas– This fellow has won in the Big 10, and had some decent success in the SEC. But he just can’t quite seem to put it together for a whole season.  There is no doubt he can coach, but I think he is going to keep Arkansas right in the middle of the league.
  8. Butch Jones, Tennessee– This guy has definitely worked hard to get Tennessee back to relevance.  However, his signature wins are over South Carolina and
    Butch Jones, Tenn
    Butch Jones, Tenn

    Georgia.  And let’s be honest folks, beating UGA under Mark Richt was not a rare occurrence.   Sorry but it’s true.  Lastly, there have been some ugly off the field issues in Knoxville under his watch.

  9. Will Muschamp, South Carolina– This guy is a heck of a defensive coach, and his teams at Florida played hard and were tough. But he failed to find an offense while at Florida.  I think he might give it more attention now that he is at South Carolina.  Regardless, the Gamecocks will be good on defense and play 4 quarters of football.
  10. Mark Stoops, Kentucky– This guy has a tough gig that is kind of similar to coaching basketball at Georgia.  He hasn’t done much while at Kentucky, but I just really wanted to make sure Gus Malzahn wasn’t in the Top 10.
  11. Gus Malzahn, Auburn– Highly overrated! That is all.

    Gus Malzahn, Auburn
  12. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A & M– Possibly More Overrated! That is all.
  13. Derek Mason, Vanderbilt- I really think this guy can coach. But it is just so hard to make a real winner at Vanderbilt.  I use to like that Vandy was in the SEC.  It’s a great school in a great town.  But lately I have met some real arrogant “A” holes from Vanderbilt.  I can promise you that if one more Vandy fan insults my intelligence because I went to Georgia then I am going to show them just how stupid I can be while applying my right hand to their jaw bone.  I’m just kidding, but not really.
  14. Barry Odum, Missouri– This man might be way up the list very soon. He is taking over for a very accomplished coach in Gary Pinkel.  He seems to have a lot of respect from his players.  I hope he does well, but not well enough to beat Georgia or make it to the dome.

 

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College Football Rant Summer Edition

Well here we are again stepping right into another very HOT and very dull summer. Don’t get me wrong, summer is great in a lot of ways. For example, kids are out of school, the days last longer, people get to go on vacation, and overall it can be a fun time of year. But when it comes to sports, I think it is downright dreadful. In the past, the Braves have offered some quality summer entertainment but not this year. Jiminy Crickets they are awful. Just awful! I know what you are thinking, what about the NBA playoffs? Well to be honest, I just don’t care about the NBA. I understand that many people really do love it, but it is just not my cup of tea. All that being said, it seems like an ideal time to talk a little college football. It is still way too early to discuss predictions and schedules, but I can’t wait to have those discussions later this summer. However, if you have been paying attention to the news lately there is plenty to talk about or better yet plenty to bi*tch about. Before I digress any further, let me remind you that I am an unabashed Georgia fan, I am not a reporter, I do not have sources, and these are just my opinions. So please keep this in mind as you read the rest of the blog. Now that we are on the same page, here are 5 things that deserve your attention this summer:

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Baylor Coach Art Briles

1) The Baylor Scandal– Wow this is really bad. So bad in fact, they have already fired the head football coach, Art Briles. In case you haven’t heard, the football program and athletic department at Baylor have been supposedly covering up, failing to report, or generally ignoring numerous sexual assault cases against football players. In general, many Baylor players were either accused, convicted, or charged with sexual assaults. Two players were convicted of rape while many others were accused. And guess what? Baylor failed to report these incidents in many cases for TWO years. Granted, not every person accused of assault is guilty, but this is more about the athletic department’s handling of the situation. Briles is a great football coach, and Baylor has experienced a lot of success lately, but this is just grotesque. If they would cover up or hide sexual assaults, what else would they hide? Regardless, say goodbye to Baylor in the Top 10 of college football. It was awful while it lasted.
2) Ole Miss cheating? Surely, you jest?-  Ole Miss’s athletic department has been under investigation by the NCAA this year. Truthfully, not all of the allegations are related to the football program, but Ole Miss football has suffered a very embarrassing off season thanks to Laremy Tunsil and others.

Oct 24, 2015; Oxford, MS, USA; Mississippi Rebels offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil (78) during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mississippi Rebels beat Texas A&M Aggies 23-3. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
Mississippi Offensive Lineman Laremy Tunsil

Here in Athens, our suspicion of Ole Miss began way back with the recruitment of Laremy Tunsil. During Tunsil’s recruitment, he was a solid UGA commit for a long time. Then the weekend before signing day he went on a visit to Ole Miss for the first time. Long and short, Ole Miss was able to flip Tunsil at the last minute. This may not be surprising if it were Alabama, Florida, Auburn, or even Tennessee. But keep in mind that Ole Miss wasn’t beating Alabama at the time or many other SEC teams for that matter. So this was a total shocker, and Tunsil wasn’t the only unexpected recruit that Ole Miss landed that year. Needless to say, here in Athens fans suspected foul play from the start which probably sounded like sour grapes at least until this year’s NFL draft. In April, Mr. Tunsil saw his draft stock fall due to the timely release of a video that showed him smoking weed through a gas mask along with some text messages to his coaches asking for money. And if that wasn’t bad enough, Tunsil admitted that he accepted money in an interview after he was drafted. So now it appears that a little bong smoke in Oxford may end up leading to a BIG DAMN FIRE.
3) Satellite Camps– If you follow college football than you are probably aware of all this satellite camp hoopla. Jim Harbaugh already stirred the pot earlier this year withJim H his plans to travel with Michigan to other areas of the country. I don’t want to bore you with the details, but Nick Saban recently had his own rant against these camps. And Jim Harbaugh quickly went to twitter to fire back at the czar of college football. Usually, I get tired of Nick Saban’s act, but I have to agree with him on these camps. If the NCAA allows any yahoo with access to a prospect to host a camp it could damage the game. Baseball and basketball have already been decimated by travel ball and AAU basketball. Can we at least keep football focused on high school development?

4) Jim Harbaugh Antics– Is anyone else starting to think that Jim Harbaugh is a jackass? I was a big fan of his before, but I am starting understand why the 49ers ran him off. I really think he is a good coach, but his bitching, moaning, and recruiting antics are already growing tiresome. Nevetheless, if he keepsbobby-petrino-9ee2140ca5368061 winning than he isn’t going anywhere . Just look at Louisville, who just gave the biggest SOB in football, Bobby Petrino, a raise. Has he even won a meaningful game since returning to Louisville?

 

5) 93K Day and Ludacris– Ok I admit the Ludacris contract was ridiculous, but I just don’t care enough about it to be embarrassed. It was a small blemish on an otherwise stupendous event. And by the way, if you think Ludacris had anything to do with the 93,000 + that attended the G Day game well than you might be a TOTAL IDIOT. 93,000 people came to see and support the new staff and the players. Georgia has a great fan base that can compete in numbers with any other program in the country. Not to mention that Athens is a great town, and our fans will look for any excuse to come visit. Here is what happened on “G” Day.  Kirby asked for the support, and the fans answered the call plain and ludasimple.  Most of the crowd showed up after Ludacris was off stage which only proves my point.  Having an opening act for the spring game was just a gimmick to try and get people there on time which didn’t even work, but I can assure you that 93,000 were coming with or without Luda.
Now I am going to end with a lame Ludacris reference and “Rollout”.  Have a Great Summer! And as always Go Dawgs!

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Kirby Wants 93k…So Get Your A-S-S to G-Day!

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Coach Smart at Spring Practice

I am sure that by now you have heard about 93K day, and if you haven’t then you probably aren’t likely to read this blog.  But just in case you didn’t know, Georgia’s new head football coach, Kirby Smart, has challenged the UGA fan base to pack Sanford stadium with 93,000 people for next week’s annual spring game on Saturday April 16th.   At first, this might seem a little ridiculous.  I mean 93,000 people to watch a glorified scrimmage?  But when you think about it, maybe it’s not ridiculous at all.  In fact, it might prove to be a fantastic idea and a new spring tradition here in Athens.  Personally, I’m excited about it, and our tailgate group has plans to tailgate on campus before kickoff.  At this point, we are expecting over 50 people, but I hope to see more.  I know that coming to Athens is not easy or cheap for many families, but if you are a dawg fan then I really hope you can make it happen.  With that in mind, I decided to write a blog on the subject, and identify 10 good reasons people should attend G-Day.

  • Be a Fan and Be a Good One-The first one is easy enough. Just ask yourself these questions.  Are you a dawg fan?  Do you love Georgia football?  If both your answers are yes then what the hell man?  Bring it on!
  • New Life in the Program– There is a new man on the job, and in case you hadn’t noticed, he is working his butt off for you.  He is working hard to change the culture around the team and the fan base.  He needs as much support as he can get.  And now he has asked for the support so let’s give it to him.
  • Tailgating is Fun– Tailgating is one of the great traditions in college football, especially in the south. It is hard to explain why we enjoy it so much, but we just do.  I encouraged my group to tailgate for this game and we are looking forward to it.  I encourage you do to the same.  I just hope the weather cooperates because it sure didn’t in the fall.
  • Athens in the Spring – The game is on April 16th, and April is a damn fine month to be outside. Here in Athens, the azaleas are blooming and the color green has returned.  With a little luck, the 16th will be a great day.  Or as Jeff Danzler would say, “A Chamber of Commerce Day”.
  • Recruiting- Recruiting is crucial to any sport at any school, and recruits want to go where the energy and support are tremendous. There is a good reason the same schools and programs seem to win the most games. It’s because they care the most. I’m not saying that we have to go overboard.  But a little more positive energy can go a long way.
  • The Cost- You know what else is great about G-Day? It’s free to go in the stadium and watch.  It may cost you money to come to Athens, but it won’t cost you anything to get in the stadium.  G-Day is a great chance to take your kids in the game and let them enjoy all the hoopla.   You don’t need a ticket or a UGA student ID.  Just show up.
  • New Head Coach and Staff– There is a whole new staff in charge of the team, and next Saturday will be your first chance to see them and the new look of the team.  Granted, it won’t be the same as a real game, but it will be worth seeing.  In fact, ESPN thinks it is worth televising so why not come see it in person.
  • New Recruits and New Players- G-Day is always a great chance to see some of
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    Jacob Eason with Coach Chaney

    the young players. This year many fans will be anxious to see Jacob Eason for the first time.  But there are a lot players that the fans have not seen play.  For example, the rising sophomore class is always important come spring time because come next fall they are expected to contribute.

  • Lots of Things to Do- The G-Day game is not the only activity going on next Saturday. The stadium will open at 1pm, and at 1:15 there will be a UGA alumni flag football game.  The Dawg Walk will be at 2:45, and there is rumor of a short pre-game concert.  Later in the day, the Diamond Dawgs play South Carolina at Foley Field.
  • Get on the Band Wagon or Stay the Hell Off – During the Richt era, we saw some good and some bad. But by the end, too many fans were disinterested and fed up.  But there were also fans that supported Richt no matter what.  Well next Saturday none of that should matter anymore.   It is time for all the fans to get on the same page.  And next Saturday is a great day to start.  Look at it this way.  There is no way that Georgia can lose.

In closing, be a good fan and come have a good time.  Go Dawgs!

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National Signing Day:  Energy Abounds in Athens

You may or may not be aware that, February 3rd, is a crucial day of the year for all college football programs.  That’s because February 3rd is national signing day.  I am not totally sure how long this has been this case, but national signing day seems to get bigger and bigger every year.  It should be no secret that I am a huge Georgia fan, and a big fan of college football in general.  But I have to admit that I have mixed feelings when it comes to national signing day. signing day 2  There are positives and negatives to the whole recruiting process, but sometimes the negatives really do stand out.  First of all, let me make it clear that recruiting is vital to the success and longevity of any college sport.  That is the cold hard truth.  I fully understand this, and I enjoy following it to some degree.  But nowadays, it seems we are turning high school athletes into regional and in some cases national celebrities.   I have no doubt in mind that this is not a good thing, and it places even more importance on the young man’s maturity and upbringing.  That being said, please indulge my hypocrisy while reading this blog about some high school kids.  Besides, I am reaching a point in my life where the only athletes older than me are either golfers or bowlers.    And since Georiga just found out which kids are coming to Athens, let’s take a look at Coach Smart’s first recruiting class

Overall Ranking:       7th in Nation

My Ranking:               5 Stars and Well Done

These rankings are really silly, and created by self-appointed recruiting “gurus”.  Regardless, it does create buzz and excitement when a program’s class is highly ranked.  But please understand that I am not a “guru” of football recruiting.  I am just a fan who loves to talk Georgia football.  I know a hell of a lot more about real estate than I do about recruiting.   Well that sounds kind of arrogant. What I should say is that college recruiting is not something I follow closely. In reality, one cannot determine the ranking of a recruiting class until after a few years have past.  What happened yesterday is not as important as what happens with these young men over the next 3 to 4 years.  Nevertheless, I think Coach Smart has done an excellent job thus far.  So let’s take a look

  1. Jacob Eason QB – Jacob is a 5 Star Quarterback from the state of Washington.
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    Jacob Eason

    UGA fans have to be excited about this young man.  He committed early to UGA, and only waivered briefly after Mark Richt was fired.  He is ranked by some as the Top QB prospect in the country.  Truly a great addition to this class, and without a strong QB in the class UGA would have failed to fill a big need.

  2. Ben Cleveland OL– Ben is a HUGE kid from Toccoa, GA. He stands 6-6 and over
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    Ben Cleveland

    300lbs.  Offensive lineman are a big need in the class.  This seems like a great get for UGA especially since he is in state.

  3. Chris Barnes OL– Chris is from Leesburg, GA and is another offensive lineman that this class desperately needs.
  4. Julian Rochester DT– Julian is out of Powder Springs. I mentioned earlier that UGA needs O lineman, but they also need defensive lineman.  He is ranked in the Top 100 and already on campus.
  5. Riley Ridley WR/DB– Riley is from down in Florida. I am guessing he will play WR.  He is also already on campus which should speed up his development.
  6. Chad Clay CB– Chad is from Suwanee, GA and played at Peachtree Ridge. He was only given 3 stars, but who cares.  Thomas Davis and Tim Jennings weren’t given many stars either.  Chad is another recruit that is already enrolled.
  7. Chauncey Manac DE– Chauncey is from South Georgia or God’s country. A Homerville boy with 4 stars.  I hope we will be able watch him grow and develop over the next several years into a top notch SEC end.
  8. Isaac Nauta TE Some people have Isaac ranked as the #1 Tight End in the county, and a 5 Star prospect. This was a huge get for Coach Smart because Nauta did not make his decision until after Richt was fired.  Tight Ends are a scary weapon when they are good.  I hope that Coach Smart remembers that because the last
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    Isaac Nauta

    staff sure forgot.

  9. Charlie Woerner WR– Charlie is tall wide receiver out of Tiger, GA. He has family ties to UGA.  Remember Scott Woerner?  His height should be a huge advantage against smaller DBs.
  10. Elijah Holyfield RB– Elijah is out of Woodward Academy and of course has a very famous dad, Evander. But Elijah is an elite recruit in his own right.
  11. Jaleel Laguins LB– Jaleel comes right from the backyard in Watkinsville, GA. He chose Georgia over Florida and Alabama.  Let’s hope this local kid will thrive under the new regime.
  12. Tyler Clark DT – Tyler is from Americus, GA another South Georgia town. A big defensive tackle from Georgia is something us dawg fans are always excited to see wearing red and black.
  13. Javon Wims WR – Javon is transferring as a JUCO wide receiver which could be smart because he may play immediately. I just hope it goes better for him than it did for recent transfers.
  14. Tyrique McGhee CB – Another long time commit from the state of Georgia. Tyrique is a 3 star prospect from Peach County.
  15. Solomon Kindley OT – This guy was a late addition added by Sam Pittman, the offensive line coach. He is a big guy standing 6-4 and 350 plus pounds.  The staff says they want to get bigger and tougher on the line.  Solomon appears to fit that mold and may be a great player.
  16. Marshall Long P – Marshall is a top ranked punter from China Grove, NC. He was another late addition by the new TE/Special Teams coach, Shane Beamer.  This guy has two cool things working in his favor.  First of all, he is from China Grove, NC.  Ever heard of the Doobie Brothers?   Lastly, he is a punter with the last name LONG.   Seldom do I get excited about a punter, but if he can punt well it may help transform the special teams for UGA.
  17. Mecole Hardman ATH – Mecole is another athelete from UGA’s backyard in Elbert County, GA.  He declared on signing day at 8:30 and started off a great signing day for the Dawgs.  A 5 star prospect that can play defensive back or receiver.  A great get for the Bulldogs.
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    Mecole Hardman

     

  18. Michail Carter DT – Michail is yet another prospect that announced on signing day.  He chose UGA over Alabama and Clemson.  He is another Georgia boy coming to Athens, and a 4 Star prospect according to rivals.
  19. Tyler Simmons WR – Tyler was a Alabama commit that flipped on signing day.  Apparently, a fast guy and another great pick up for the class on the last day.
  20. David Marshall DE – David is a 3 Star Defensive end from Thomaston, GA.  He was an Auburn commit until signing day.  He represents another flip from an SEC school.  Exciting to Georgia keep yet another in state player.

Georgia missed on a few recruits later in the day.  Derrick Brown chose to go to Auburn, and EJ Price chose to travel out to Southern Cal for school.  These are often hard decisions for young men.  Of course, I want them all to choose Georgia but that is not realistic.  I wish Derrick and EJ the best except when they play the Dawgs.  Georgia’s class ended up ranked in the Top 10 which is good, but many fans expect UGA to be in the Top 5.  While I do agree that UGA should be in the Top 5, I think what Kirby and staff have accomplished with this class is stupendous.  Not many first year coaches can pull in a Top 10 recruiting class during a transition from one staff to the next.  I am officially impressed, and I continue to be enthusiastic.  The energy around the program is growing fast and becoming infectious.  But the next step is up to the fans.  We all know that fans can impact a program with money, but they can also make impact with energy, support, and enthusiasm.  That being said, Coach Smart challenged the fans a couple weeks ago with regard to the annual Spring Game. (See Below)

Well you heard the man!  Let’s see if we can fill up Sanford Stadium on “G” Day come April 16th.  Go Dawgs!

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College Football 2015: Final Prediction & Thoughts

It’s now officially 2016 and there is only one game left to play in College Football.  You are probably already aware that Clemson and Alabama are the last two teams standing, and they will do battle next Monday night for the national title.  Therefore, it feels like a good time to have one last post about the season along with a final game prediction.  I am not really sure how to organize this post, but since this is technically an “Athens” blog there will surely be a strong focus on Georgia football along with a look at the rest of the country.

GEORGIA FOOTBALL

Wow, a lot can happen over the course of a season.  Back in August, I had no idea Georgia would have a new head coach on Christmas day.  But as the year went on I became convinced that change was needed, and even stated so on this blog after the Florida game. But how did this happen?  Well, I have pretty much covered this topic in numerous other posts, but what the hell this is a “recap”.  So let’s look at the bad first and then finish on a good note.

The BAD

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Lambert in the Rain

 

This year was a tale of two seasons.  The season before October and the season after October.  Before October, UGA was undefeated and many fans were convinced that Lambert would be solid at QB all year.  However, a strong rain system along with a team from Tuscaloosa changed all that on October 3rd.   That day Alabama handed Georgia yet another humiliating defeat on national television.  Despite that loss fans held out hope for the season.  But the very next week, UGA lost Nick Chubb, and a 20 point lead on their way to a defeat in Knoxville.  But the final straw came in Jacksonville on the 31st.  The staff took a chance by starting the 3rd string QB which was an act of desperation that didn’t work.  This humiliation along with similar defeats in years past proved to be the end.  It really didn’t matter that Georgia won their last 4 games.  The Florida game was the end, but atSmart New Coach this point, there is no need to go back and criticize Richt or others on the staff.  The administration called for a change, and moving forward Kirby Smart is the man, and now Smart Football is the word.

The GOOD

There were some good things to focus on this season.  Overall, I think the change at head coach was needed for both parties.  I wish Richt the best, and thank him for all the good he did here in Athens.  But now, the program and the city seem genuinely excited about the future of Georgia Football.  So for the time being, it was a good thing.  On the field we saw some good as well.  Let’s not forget that Georgia did win 10 games that included wins over South Carolina, Auburn, Tech, and Penn State. Not too bad for a year where the coach was fired.  In addition, the defense had a good year and seems ready to improve under the new regime.  Lastly, two players really impressed me as the year went on.  Sony Michel does nothing but work hard and show up ready to play. Without him I am not sure

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Number “5” Terry Godwin

Georgia wins 8 games this year.  Of course, I am partial to the number “5”, but Terry Godwin became a real stand out freshman.  And he capped off the season with a great bowl performance and should contribute even more next year.

The SEC

Overall, it seemed like a down year for the SEC.  Georgia had 10 wins, but they were unimpressive wins.  Florida won the east with no QB or kicking game.  However, they finished the year with three loses to FSU, Alabama, and were killed by Michigan in the bowl game.  Missouri and South Carolina were down as well.  Tennessee seemed to improve, but they still lost too many games.  In the west, Bama and Ole Miss were pretty good.  But Auburn, LSU, A & M, and Arkansas were disappointing.  In general, the SEC lacked good quarterback play and it showed.  However, they went 8-2 in the bowl season, and Bama can still win the title.  So maybe, just maybe the conference is still the best.

Coaching changes wound up being a huge story line as well.  Georgia, South Carolina, and Missouri will have new coaches next year.  LSU thought long and hard about firing Les Miles.  A & M has put Kevin Sumlin on the hot seat, and

Past Florida Coach Will Muschamp
South Carolina’s New Coach Muschamp

things are getting uncomfortable for Gus in Auburn.  Essentially, we could see more coaching changes next year as well.  Regardless, the conference should remain strong, but the East really needs to step up which I think will happen in the coming years.

The ACC

Clemson is very good, and FSU was solid but not great.  We all got excited about UNC, but their bowl game performance was lackluster.  Right now, Clemson is the class of the ACC, and I am not sure that is going to change anytime soon.  We all know that Richt has gone to Miami, and he will make them better.  But in the end, I think they will be an 8 to 9 win team under Richt.  Virginia Tech and Virginia both made good choices with their new coaches.  So these two teams may emerge in the coming years.

The Big Ten

I am sorry Ohio State fans, but you are going to have to win them all if you play a schedule like you did this year.  There was just too much down time between the big games.  Even so, Michigan State, Michigan, and Ohio State are good, and overall the conference is stronger.  But Iowa is nothing to get excited about folks.  It is good to see the Big 10 return because football needs them.  But I am not drinking all the Kool-Aid on the Big 10 just yet.

The Pac 12

I made a mistake early in the year by picking the Pac-12 to be strong or dominant.  I just don’t follow these teams well enough to have a good opinion. Truthfully,  I am usually asleep by the time these teams play on Saturday.  But I know Stanford is good, and the rest of the conference won a lot of bowl games as well.

The Big 12

I just don’t know what to think of the Big 12.  Once I start to think Oklahoma is good they get destroyed by Clemson.  TCU and Baylor are good of course, but they have a hard time making it to the big games.   Texas may be looking for a coach next year as well.  They played some good football over in the Big 12 this year, but their future just feels a little uncertain to me.

Final Game Prediction

If you have read this much than you are probably ready for me to quit writing.  With that in mind, I am calling for Bama to win a close one.  24 to 20.  I know, I oshark_cfb_0know, I am not exactly going out on a limb.  I think both teams will finally meet a good match, and in the end Bama is just a more veteran team.  So there you have it, a recap of the year and a prediction for another Bama championship.  The football posts will likely go on hiatus until next summer.  In the meantime, I will get back to real estate talk.  But if I can find a good topic on football I will probably post it.  Happy New Year Folks!

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Ecstatic in Athens: UGA Gets Smart

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Erk Russell Coaching at UGA

Well by now everyone has heard the news and it is finally official. Kirby Smart is the new head coach at the University of Georgia.  The rumor circulated for far too long and then the hiring was reported days before the announcement.  I have to admit I was a little nervous that it might blow up somehow.  Being a Georgia fan my whole life, I can recall some other coaching hires that did not go so smoothly.  After Dooley retired, things got a little crazy.  Dick Sheridan, the coach at NC State, had apparently taken the job.  But news got out early, and the next thing you knew he was staying at NC State.  The obvious choice for many was Erk Russell, but he decided to stay in Statesboro for reasons not really known.  Or possibly for rumors that I will not share here today.  Finally, the job went to Coach Goff.  Who is often the subject of criticism, but personally I always liked Coach Goff.  UGA always had skill players in his day, but they remained weak on the line of scrimmage which ultimately cost Georgia too many games.

In the 90s, Coach Goff was fired, and Glen Mason was announced as the new head coach.  Mason later flipped on his decision and went back to Kansas for family reasons.  Nevertheless, UGA bounced back, and made a good hire in Jim

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Former UGA Head Coach Jim Donnan

Donnan.  Coach Donnan did a good job of elevating the overall talent and level of players here at UGA.  In the end, he was fired as well which led us to Coach Richt.  As you know, Coach Richt was fired on Sunday after the Tech game.  Have you noticed a trend yet?  I hope so.  My point is that most coaches ultimately get fired.  Only a select few get to walk away on their own terms.  And in many cases those departures are still forced.

The firing of Coach Rich has been somewhat controversial in Athens.  Truthfully, to say “somewhat” is an understatement.  I can appreciate people’s feelings about Coach Richt and his departure.  The man always led UGA with class while tirelessly working to help the young men he brought to Athens.  He is a great man and a great coach, but I still feel his time needed to end here at UGA. I am sorry to those that disagree.  In most cases, I have found that many of the people so ardent that Richt should have stayed don’t really know football.  But they know Mark Richt the man.  Mark Richt is a man to admire in many ways, and I really don’t think any can argue that point.  The fact is that Mark Richt lost his job due to 7 years of under achievement.  Call him a victim of his own success, but since 2007 his teams have consistently underachieved.  2012 seems like an aberration and don’t forget that season included a stereotypical ASS kicking from South Carolina.  10 Wins is not what it used to be plain and simple. And if UGA cannot win the SEC East in its current state then change is needed. Ultimately, I think too many dawg fans grew tired of watching their team getricht01wmm embarrassed in big moments on national television.  Regardless, I am not interested in criticizing Richt any further.  But here is the deal folks.  He is not the coach at UGA anymore.  He is the coach at Miami, and it’s time to get over it.  Wish him well, but the past is past, and all Georgia fans need to get excited about the future.

Ok, no more Richt talk.  Only smart things to say from now on.  Did you see what I did there?  Smart’s last name will surely be used in “word play” by many dawg fans in the coming years.  There is really no way to know if this is a good hire, a great hire, or the dreaded bad hire.  Only time will tell, but I am so excited I just about can’t stand it.  I had no idea how ready I was to see something change, but I was apparently desperate for it.  I think it is great that Kirby went to Georgia and is part of our Bulldog family.  But that is not why he was hired.  He was hired because of his resume. First of all, he is a great coach and recruiter.  He’s coached on both sides of the ball, in the NFL, and at the top program in college football since 2008. The ties to Georgia are just a happy coincidence.  Winning is a habit for some people.  And when you work hard, and do the little things well you tend to have success.  Alabama does the little things well.  They don’t shoot themselves in the foot too often, and they are tough on the line of scrimmage.  This is what Coach Smart has been a part of for years, and he is in the habit of winning.  Furthermore, I have no doubt that Coach Smart will bring a new energy to the program, and a much needed toughness.  But we all need to be realistic as well.  Coach Smart has his work cut out for him.  There is still plenty of talent here at UGA, but not as much as in the past.  Coach Donnan made a good point on 960 the Ref this week.  He asked the question, “who had better players in the program when they took over the job”. Did Coach Donnan have more than Smart?  Did Coach Richt have more than Smart?  The answer to both is yes.  Both Donnan and Richt had more talent on the team than Smart.  Please don’t misunderstand me.  There is talent on the team just not as much as other times in the past.  For example, UGA has a QB problem, a lack of depth on the O-line and at receiver. Inconsistent kicking along with an injured running back.  So if you think Jacob Eason and Coach Smart can turn it around in 1 year you might be dreaming.  I think Georgia will win next year, but it may be very similar to this year.  An unimpressive 9 and 3, but I think 2017 could be a truly great year.  This all depends on recruiting of course.  But if you look back to Richt and Donnan, they didn’t really have big success until year 2.  I think that will be the same for Smart.   Generally, I just want Georgia fans to get on the same page and have realistic expectations for next fall.  Kirby will get Georgia heading in the right direction, but he is probably not going to win every game next year. Nevertheless, I think he will win them all one year.  So get excited and get behind your team.  Go Dawgs!

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UGA’s Impact on Athens Real Estate

This blog hasn’t been up for very long, but if you have read even a couple articles you should be able to tell how much I love the city of Athens, UGA, and especially Georgia Football.  While this blog is officially dedicated to Athens real estate, it is already apparent that Georgia athletics will always be a major topic for many posts. Arch For me, it is impossible to live or work in Athens and not care about the university and its future.   Here in Athens, we are so fortunate to have this great university right in the heart of our town. Small college towns are often unique and vibrant communities throughout the entire country.  I am of course somewhat bias, but I don’t think there are any better than Athens, GA.  The university brings so much to our town it is hard to really quantify.  It impacts our entire economy, and therefore it also impacts our real estate and its value.  With that in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to explore and discuss some of the ways UGA impacts Athens real estate.

First of all, the university brings stability to our local economy.  UGA has an enrollment of around 35,000 students.  That doesn’t include all the staff, and professors employed by the university which makes it an incredible employer and engine to the area.  The university isn’t exactly the kind of employer that is going to pack up and leave either.  If the University of Georgia goes out of business we will likely have bigger problems in the world than a lack of jobs.  So it brings people and jobs, but how does that effect Athens real estate.  Well obviously, it has a positive impact.  There are so many ways that UGA influences the real estate market that it is hard to cover entirely.  Maybe the best approach is to discuss UGA’s impact on residential, investment, and commercial real estate throughout the area.

Residential property is generally any property where people reside.  This could include your house, a condo, or an apartment complex. But for the purposes of this discussion we will classify residential property as a house in a residential neighborhood.  In previous posts, I have discussed residential markets in Normaltown and 5 Points.  Both areas of town are seeing a good bit of renovation and growth in value.  The driving factor behind this is location, and what makes their location desirable is their proximity to the university.  On the other side of Athens, the university has a similar impact on the east side of town.  As I mentioned earlier, the east side provides buyers with a different type of value.  Basically, more bang for your buck.  In addition, the east side is now DSC04143editedhome to the Veterinary Medical Center which is yet another example of the university impacting the area.  UGA is the heartbeat of Athens.  So many things center on it like employment, education, and entertainment.  It is only natural that people would want to reside in close proximity.  This creates a demand which in turn can increase property value.  Nevertheless, residential neighborhoods that are located a little further out benefit as well.  Just look to the growth in Oconee.  The Watkinsville area has become a very desirable place to live thanks to the new homes and good schools.  Many of the people that purchase homes in Oconee either work for UGA or have businesses that benefit from the school.  So whatever the value of your home is today just be glad it is in proximity to UGA because if not it would likely be worth less.

In many cases, commercial and investment property can be thrown into the same category.  Commercial real estate involves properties that are used for business purposes like retail stores, restaurants, or office space.  Almost every business owner in the area has to have a commercial space to operate their business.  For example, Athens is blessed with a unique downtown filled with bars, shops, and restaurants.  Downtown Athens is located right next to UGA’s north campus which is a major reason the downtown area does so well.  Every restaurant Welcome-to-Downtown-Athensdowntown depends on students, professors, and parents to make money.  Every retail space downtown needs students to shop in their store.  Every bar owner needs students to hang out in their bar to be successful.  If you think about it, without UGA downtown Athens would likely have a lot of vacant space.  In fact, how do think local retailers feel about Georgia football?  If they are smart they want Georgia football to succeed.  The better UGA does in sports the more people come to visit.  Consider a restaurant owner or bar owner during the football season.  They need that business to thrive, and without Georgia football many local businesses may not be here. But downtown is just one example of UGA’s impact on commercial real estate.   Go a little further out, and look at the Alps road area or the development around College Station.  Those are more examples of thriving commercial locations thanks to UGA.  So remember the next time you are eating in your favorite restaurant that it is probably still in business thanks to the university.

While most commercial properties are often investment properties, many residential properties are used for investment as well. When it comes to rental or investment property the correlation with UGA is fairly evident.  The student population provides a huge rental market in the area, and many people purchase residential properties to rent as an investment.   This market can be a little tricky from time to time because rental properties and their income are more sensitive to outside factors.  For instance, a property’s income will change over the years based on its age and the overall supply of housing.  In the end, the same old rule applies.  The better the location the more likely a property will have a higher return and higher value.

Here at 5 Market we are no different.  We work with residential, commercial, and investment properties that all benefit from UGA.  Truthfully, this information should be fairly evident to most people.  But sometimes we all need a reminder of how lucky we are here in Athens.  So be thankful to UGA, and be excited a new coach is coming.  Because even Georgia football is important to our real estate.

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