ATHENS - It's Snowmageddon in the South, and although Athens has escaped the gridlock that has hit Atlanta and elsewhere, the Georgia athletics department is not unscathed:
- Football coaches, on the recruiting trail, had to deal with the weather. But Daryl Jones, the director of on-campus recruiting, downplayed the effects.
"We had folks that were traveling who had to pop in and stay with relatives. We had a couple of those situations," Jones said. "But we had coaches in the middle Atlantic, and the midwest, and in the southeast. And we were going a million miles an hour. ... We don't let mother nature dictate that part of it. It didn't affect us. We're recruiting today."
There are NCAA rules against coaches staying an extended amount of time at a recruit's house, or spending the night. UGA compliance director Jim Booz sent a memo to the SEC on Tuesday saying that if coaches had to stay at a recruit's house longer than permitted, that UGA would alert the conference. However that did not end up being the case, according to Jones.
"Jim was out in front of it," Jones said.
- Classes and most activities at UGA were canceled on Wednesday. But employees in the athletics department were still going into work, especially those in the football recruiting department, and those who have to work the basketball game. Speaking of which ...
- The Georgia-Vanderbilt men's basketball game is still on for 7 p.m., the school announced late Wednesday morning. Students will be allowed in for free if they show a student I.D. Regular reserved tickets are on a "pick your price" plan, at $5, $8, $10, $15. That plane was set to be in effect for the game before the snow.
- However, the game will not be on television. It was supposed to be on CSS, but the broadcast crew could not make it to Athens, according to Georgia spokesman Tim Hix. Virtually all of the production crew and talent were set to to come from Atlanta.
- Vanderbilt had to get creative in order to travel to Athens. The Commodores flew into Atlanta as scheduled on Tuesday night, but there was no chance of getting from Atlanta to Athens. So they flew from Atlanta to Greenville, S.C., where they planned to travel (presumably by bus) to Athens on Wednesday morning.
- The officials also have to be able to get to the game. In the event the three officials assigned for the game can't make it, the SEC could find three alternates.
- Fearing a weather-induced low turnout, UGA is making a big push for students and regular fans who can get to the arena. Head coach Mark Fox was using his Twitter feed on Wednesday morning to get students to the game:
Students, ATL is a straight up mess w/this weather. It'll be tough for fans from there 2come. You can make &we need you to be the DawgNation— Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox) January 29, 2014
Sorority sisters, my theory when I spoke w/you: if u come, the guys will follow. 100 per house =2000. That'll bring 3000 guys! Let's get 5K!— Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox) January 29, 2014