Should Georgia-Florida be moved away from Jacksonville and on campus? UGA AD Greg McGarity weighs in
Should the iconic Florida-Georgia game be moved away from Jacksonville?
At least we know where Kirby Smart stands. Smart has made some interesting remarks in the past about moving the game to both campuses instead of a neutral site venue. His reasoning? Recruiting.
“Yeah, absolutely it costs you a recruiting weekend,” Smart has said about Georgia-Florida in Jacksonville. “You don’t get to have anybody, they don’t get to have anybody. So our version of the LSU-Alabama game is held in Jacksonville and we don’t have prospects. So it’s not conducive to recruiting, absolutely it’s not. It’s just the way it’s been done here before.
“It’s just not great for recruiting because you lose a home game every other year and that just comes with it. But it certainly helps to have more home games.”
DawgNation’s Brandon Adams recently spoke with UGA AD Greg McGarity about his thoughts regarding the game in Jacksonville.
“I think any decision of that nature is going to be 50-50, or 60-40 one way or another,” McGarity said. “There’s been feedback from a lot of people on why the game should move, why the game should stay in Jacksonville…I know [UGA coach Kirby Smart’s] been very vocal about the importance in recruiting, and that’s certainly an important element of it, but there are a lot of other elements that go into the decision.”
McGarity thinks Smart has a desire to move the game away from Jacksonville, but he added, “There’s so many other things going in that game, with that weekend, you’ve got to look at every aspect of it… there are a lot of things to consider. But we’ll all get together and at the end of the day whatever decision we make, it’ll be our decision.”
However, the decision isn’t just a one-sided deal; Florida will have to agree, too. But McGarity ensures that both programs will be on the same page when a decision is made.
“I’m sure Georgia and Florida will be on the same page,” McGarity said. “We usually are on a lot of issues.”