Moving Georgia-Auburn game 'on the table'

semerson@macon.comMay 30, 2014 

Ramik Wilson (51) sacks Auburn's quarterback Nick Marshall during Georgia's visit on Nov. 16, 2013.

SEAN TAYLOR — UGA sports communications

DESTIN, Fla. - Georgia and Auburn officials say it hasn't been discussed officially, but moving the deep South's oldest rivalry to earlier in the season is "on the table."

That was how it was put by Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity, who said his school's priority is keeping the date of the annual game with Florida. Moving that game would be difficult because of being in Jacksonville and it involves an NFL stadium.

"We also understand that other traditional dates may not stay in the same window of times," McGarity said. "All schools can expect some shifting around."

The Georgia-Auburn game has been held in November every year since 1937, and Nov. 10 or later since 1942.

Last year's schedule was changed so that Georgia made a second straight trip to Auburn, a move made in order to make the overall SEC schedule work. The result was that Georgia and Auburn each have two rivalry games close today: Georgia now plays at both Auburn and Georgia Tech every other year, and Auburn plays at both Georgia and Alabama every other year. Sometimes those games will be sandwiched around another game, as it is this year. (Auburn hosts Samford and Georgia hosts Charleston Southern.)

McGarity and Georgia head coach Mark Richt have said they are fine with playing two rivalry games on the road that close together. Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs said he was open to moving the Georgia game if it's decided that's best.

"Right now we’re committed to playing just like we have, the Georgia game at home or away, then a non-conference game, then Alabama home or away. I think there’s merit to taking a look at that down the road," Jacobs said. "In the perfect world I’d prefer it to be where we’d have another game at that back end, whether it was a Texas A&M or moving Georgia up or whatever it may be but it’s hard to argue with 2013, how it worked out for us having those two games at the end of the year.

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