bulldog monthly july 2018

dates and deadlines

August 1: Basketball Enhancement Fund Donation Deadline

August 13: Football Season Tickets Mailed

August 13: Gymnastics Endowment Fund Renewals Mailed

September 1: Men's Basketball Priority Season Ticket Application Deadline

September 15: Gymnastics Endowment Fund Donation Deadline


The University of Georgia finished No. 8 in the 2017-18 edition of the Learfield NACDA Directors' Cup, the all-sports competition ranking collegiate athletic programs. The final rankings were released Saturday following the completion of the College World Series.

Georgia posted its 21st-consecutive top-20 effort, making UGA one of only six Division I schools to finish in the top 20 every year since 1997-98. The other schools to do so are Florida, North Carolina, Stanford, Texas and UCLA.

"I'm very happy for our student-athletes, coaches and support staff for this top-10 finish," said Greg McGarity, UGA's J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics. "We shared so many memorable experiences across the board this year in NCAA competition, and the Cup is an indicator of our commitment to a broad-based athletic program."

During 2017-18, 16 of Georgia's 20 sports included in the Directors' Cup scored points for UGA. Nine programs posted top-10 efforts.

The women's indoor track & field and men's outdoor track & field teams led the way by capturing national championships. Also scoring in the top 10 were football (2nd), women's outdoor track & field (2nd), men's indoor track & field (3rd), women's tennis (5th), gymnastics (7th), softball (7th) and men's swimming & diving (10th). Additional teams adding points included women's swimming & diving (11th), baseball (17th), women's basketball (17th), women's cross country (17th), men's tennis (33rd), women's golf (30th) and men's golf (62nd).

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today began the Directors' Cup competition during the 1993-94 academic year. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports in Division I – 10 men's and 10 women's. UGA's highest finish was No. 2 in 1998-99, one of 10 top-10 rankings for the Bulldogs. Within the SEC, Georgia is one of five schools with double-digit top-20 NACDA finishes over the past 21 years, joined by Florida (21), LSU (16), Texas A&M (13) and Tennessee (10).


A trio of home dates against 2018 NCAA Tournament teams headlines the Georgia's 2018-19 non-conference schedule, which was released Tuesday. All told, 10 of Georgia's 17 home games during head coach Tom Crean's initial season in Athens will be against teams that earned postseason bids last spring.

"A lot got done in a relatively short period of time, and I appreciate the hard work of everyone involved, led by John Bateman (Assistant AD for Marketing), in finalizing our schedule," Crean said. "I think we've built a very challenging non-conference schedule that will help prepare us for SEC play."

NCAA Tournament participants Arizona State, Texas and Texas Southern all will visit Stegeman Coliseum during the 2017-18 campaign. Georgia will face two more postseason participants, Sam Houston State and Temple – and at least one more at the Cayman Islands Classic – during non-conference action.

The Tom Crean era will officially begin on Friday, Nov. 9 when the Bulldogs host Savannah State, which tied for the 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season title. Georgia will trek to Temple, which participated in the NIT, and host Sam Houston State, which reached the CIT semifinals, before venturing to the Cayman Islands Classic.

Georgia opens play on Grand Cayman against Illinois State on Monday, Nov. 19. The Bulldogs will face either Clemson, an NCAA "Sweet 16" team last season, or Akron the following day. The other half of the Caymans bracket features three NCAA Tournament teams – Creighton, Georgia State and St. Bonaventure – as well as Boise State, which played in the NIT.

The Bulldogs will open a four-game homestand against Kennesaw State on Tuesday, Nov. 27, followed by matchups against Texas Southern, Arizona State and Oakland over the next three weeks. Georgia will face Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Saturday, Dec. 22, before wrapping up the pre-SEC schedule by hosting Massachusetts on Sunday, Dec. 30.

In the heart of league play, Georgia will host Texas on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Stegeman Coliseum as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

The non-conference schedule also finalizes the teams the Bulldogs will host in Athens this season. In SEC play, Georgia will entertain four 2018 NCAA Tournament teams (Auburn, Florida, Kentucky and Missouri), two NIT participants (LSU and Mississippi State), Ole Miss, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.

The Bulldogs are scheduled to play an exhibition game against West Georgia on Thursday, Nov. 1.

The Georgia Bulldog Club's 2018-19 Basketball Enhancement Fund (BEF) campaign is currently underway and runs through Aug. 1. Fans who are renewing or interested in making new contributions in support of Georgia Men's Basketball can visit georgiadogs.com/bef18 or contact The Georgia Bulldog Club by phone at 877-423-2947.

BEF contributions help provide essential support for student-athlete scholarships, academic support, training and nutrition, travel assistance, recruiting, and equipment upgrades. BEF donors enjoy access to exclusive men's basketball benefits including renewable season tickets, game day parking and hospitality, postseason ticket request opportunities, an invitation to watch team practice along with a postseason team banquet invite. The minimum donation requirement to qualify for renewable season tickets is $150 per seat. The Georgia Bulldog Club encourages fans to help make an impact by making a new contribution, giving 110 percent or upgrading your membership to the next level for the 2018-19 season.


Due to tickets returned by our visiting teams, a limited number of single game tickets to four home football games are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Athletic Association ticket office 1-877-542-1231.

Austin Peay: $55/seat

Middle Tennessee State: $55/seat

UMass: $55/seat

Georgia Tech: $75/seat

Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Auburn: Sold Out

Orders will be sold and filled on first-come, first-served basis and delivered via print-at-home starting the week of August 13.


'Firsts' continued for Georgia's track and field teams as they were both named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Scholar Team of the Year for either the 2018 indoor or outdoor season, marking the first time both squads have garnered the honor in the same year.

The Lady Bulldogs earned the national indoor honor for the second straight year after sweeping the award during both seasons in 2017. The Georgia men received the 2018 national outdoor honor, marking the first honor of its kind for the Bulldogs since 2014.

This marks only the second time in history that both genders from the same team were each named the Scholar Team of the Year in the same year.


In addition, recently graduated Keturah Orji earned the fourth USTFCCCA Scholar Athlete of the Year after completing her Financial Planning requirements with a 3.97 grade point average. The eight-time NCAA champion was also the award winner for the 2015 and 2017 outdoor seasons as well as the 2017 indoor campaign.

Fourteen Georgia men and women were also named USTFCCCA All-Academic Individuals. The following women were represented: Jessica Drop, Samantha Drop, Mady Fagan, Louisa Grauvogel, Kate Hall, Tairyn Montgomery, Marie-Therese Obst, Orji, Amber Tanner. The following men were also selected: Johannes Erm, Jeramey Hampton, Bryan Kamau, Alex Larsson, Austin Sprague.


Fourteen-time NCAA champion swimmer Mary DeScenza, track standout Hyleas Fountain — who won four NCAA individual titles in just two years — football greats George Poschner and Hines Ward, and national championship-winning baseball coach Steve Webber will comprise the Class of 2018 for induction into the University of Georgia's Circle of Honor.

DeScenza, Fountain, Poschner, Ward and Webber will be inducted formally during the Circle of Honor Gala on Friday, February 8, 2019 in the new West End Zone area of Sanford Stadium. The class of 2018 will also be introduced on the field at Georgia's football game against Vanderbilt on Oct. 6, 2018 in Sanford Stadium.

The Circle of Honor is designed to pay tribute to extraordinary student-athletes and coaches who by their performance and conduct have brought honor to the university and themselves, and who by their actions have contributed to the tradition of the Georgia Bulldogs. The criteria for selection also stipulate that each recipient has earned his or her academic degree.

Mary Descenza

In the storied tradition of Georgia women's swimming and diving, DeScenza ranks among the very best. A four-year letterwinner from 2003-06, she won the maximum possible number of All-America honors (28) and was the nation's top collegiate butterfly racer during her time. She won the Honda Award — given annually to the nation's top female collegian in 12 different sports — for the 2005-06 school year.

The Aurora, Ill., native won the NCAA title in the 200-yard butterfly in each of her four seasons at UGA. She won the NCAA 100-yard fly championships in her final two years. Additionally, she swam legs on eight relay teams that captured national championships. On the conference level, DeScenza won 15 SEC titles, nine individually and six others as a relay team member.

DeScenza has held American records in Short Course Yards, Short Course Meters, Long Course Meters in the 200 butterfly, as well as a share of the record in the Short Course Yards 400 freestyle relay.

DeScenza earned her degree in Biology from UGA in 2007.

Hyleas Fountain

Fountain made quite an impression during her two seasons on the UGA track & field team (2003-04). The Harrisburg, Pa., native captured four NCAA individual championships, both as a multi-event star and a long jumper.

Fountain transferred to UGA after winning five junior college national titles for Barton Community College in Kansas. She continued her success at Georgia, winning the NCAA heptathlon championship in the 2003 outdoor meet. The next year, Fountain won the 2004 NCAA indoor long jump title and later that spring took first place in both the long jump and pentathlon at the NCAA outdoor meet.

A five-time USA Outdoor multi-event champion, Fountain remained competitive after her collegiate career. She won the heptathlon competition at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials and ultimately won the silver medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing.

George Poschner

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, and a high school teammate of UGA great Frank Sinkwich, Poschner earned letters as an end on three Georgia teams from 1940-42. He earned first-team All-America honors, as well as All-SEC first team, after the national championship season of 1942.

A key victory for Georgia during the 1942 season was a 21-10 come-from-behind win over Alabama. Poschner caught two fourth-quarter touchdown passes from his friend Sinkwich to lead the Bulldogs to victory. It was during the 1943 Rose Bowl that Poschner made perhaps his great play as a Bulldog. On the first play of the fourth quarter, the game still scoreless, he broke through the UCLA line and blocked the Bruins' punt for a safety. The Bulldogs then posted a late touchdown to claim a 9-0 victory and secure the national championship.

Poschner earned even greater distinction after his graduation from UGA in 1943. Enlisting in the Army, he earned a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions in combat during the Battle of the Bulge in January of 1945. Shot in the head by a German sniper, Poschner lay in a snow drift for three days before being discovered by a U.S. graves registration unit. By the time he was evacuated, however, he had become so badly frostbitten that doctors amputated both of his legs, as well as the fingers in his right hand.

A member of the Georgia Sports (1982) and Orange Bowl (1985) Halls of Fame, Poschner passed away in 2004 at the age of 85.

Hines Ward

In an age of specialization, Hines Ward excelled as a versatile offensive weapon during his four years as a Georgia Bulldog (1994-97).

Ward touched the ball 515 times during 42 career games at Georgia: 203 times rushing, 144 receiving, 71 passing and another 48 times as a kick returner. He averaged 9.3 yards over each of those touches and accounted for 20 touchdowns.

A native of Rex, Ga., and a product of Forest Park High School, Ward earned All-SEC first-team honors after his senior season of 1997, when the Bulldogs went 10-2 and defeated Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl. He saw action primarily as a receiver and caught 55 passes for 715 yards and six touchdowns. He also set the school record for receptions in a bowl game when he pulled in 12 passes for 122 yards against the Badgers.

Ward was selected in the third round of the 1997 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He went on to be selected to four Pro Bowls, was a member of two Super Bowl champion teams, and earned MVP honors in Super Bowl 40 in 2006. Ward remains the Steelers' all-time leading receiver with 1,000 catches for 12,083 yards and 85 touchdowns.

Steve Webber

Steve Webber is the winningest baseball coach in Georgia history with 500 victories between 1981 and 1996. His teams averaged 32 victories per season over 16 years.

A native Iowan and graduate of Southern Illinois University, Webber led the Bulldog baseball team to its greatest moment to date — the 1990 NCAA championship, defeating Oklahoma State, 2-1, in the College World Series finals. At the time, Georgia became the first SEC program to win the national title in baseball. Ten teams have won the crown subsequently. The 1990 trip to Omaha was Georgia's second under Webber's guidance. His 1987 team won the SEC regular-season title and also earned a spot in the College World Series.

Webber was named SEC Coach of the Year in 1987 and consensus National Coach of the Year in 1990.

Webber's induction into the Circle of Honor will place him into a small group of unique distinction. He will become just the fifth among all 79 inductees that are not UGA alumni. This group includes Dick Copas, men's golf coach (inducted in 2006); Vince Dooley, head football coach and athletic director (inducted in 2004); Liz Murphey, women's golf coach and senior women's administrator (inducted in 2001); and Suzanne Yoculan, women's gymnastics coach (inducted in 2014).


Former UGA wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi has been named to the University's annual "40 under 40" list which recognizes outstanding young alumni.

The UGA 40 Under 40 program began in 2011 and celebrates the personal, professional and philanthropic achievements of UGA graduates who are under the age of 40. The honorees will be recognized during the eighth annual 40 Under 40 Awards Luncheon on Sept. 13 at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

A native of Charlotte, N.C., Massaquoi was a three-year starter and four-year letterman for the Bulldogs from 2005-08 and was captain of the '08 squad. An All-SEC pick as a senior, he currently ranks sixth on UGA's all-time list of career receptions with 158, seventh in receiving yards (2,282) and eighth in touchdown catches (16).

Massaquoi also played four seasons for the Cleveland Browns in the NFL, leading the team in receptions as a rookie in 2009. In April of 2017, he suffered an accident while driving an all-terrain vehicle, resulting in the amputation of four fingers from his left hand.

Nominations for 40 Under 40 were open from February to April, and nearly 400 alumni were nominated for this year's class. The past two 40 Under 40 classes have included 10 former UGA student-athletes, including five football players: Jonas Jennings from 2017, along with Thomas Davis, Steve Herndon, Ben Watson and Will Witherspoon from the Class of 2016.


Former Georgia men's tennis All-American John Isner now owns the record for the two longest matches played in Wimbledon history as his match Friday lasted 6 hours, 36 minutes in a loss to South African Kevin Anderson.

The semifinals contest, which featured two former college tennis standouts, did not disappoint. Isner and Anderson battled back-and-forth, using strong serves to stage a Wimbledon classic. The former Illinois Illini outlasted the Bulldog in a 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (9), 4-6, 26-24 thriller at Centre Court.

"My heart goes out to John," Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz said. "I am trying to find the words to describe what I feel for him and proud doesn't do it justice. He has always represented this University and our program in a first-class way, so I think all Bulldogs — no matter their affiliation with this school — ache for him today. He gave an absolutely gutsy performance, and what he was able to accomplish at Wimbledon this year was nothing short of amazing. We are all so proud, and I am honored to be his coach."

Isner, who advanced to the semifinals of a major for the first time in his career, was just moments away from becoming the first American male since Andy Roddick in 2009 to advance to a Wimbledon final. Isner would have also been the first former Georgia tennis player to reach a singles final of a major since Mikael Pernfors did so at the French Open in 1986.

Friday's match set the Wimbledon semifinals record for number of games (72) as well as duration -- the 6 hours, 36 minute match bested the previous mark by 1 hour, 52 minutes. Isner won the longest match at Wimbledon -- or any other tournament -- when he beat Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set after 11 hours, 5 minutes in 2010.

Isner also broke the record for the most aces in Wimbledon history. He totaled 53 on Friday, which gave him 214 for the event, topping Goran Ivanisevic's record of 213 in 2001.


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