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  • Linda Kasper, currently executive director of residential education at the University of South Florida, has been named executive director of University Housing at the University of Georgia. Kasper will provide strategic leadership for a comprehensive housing and residential life program for UGA students. She will report directly to the vice president for student affairs and serve as a member of the leadership team for the Division of Student Affairs. 'I am extremely excited for Linda's innovative leadership in helping us to provide the best residential life and learning experience possible for UGA students,' said Victor K. Wilson, vice president for student affairs. 'Her depth of expertise and experience, along with her leadership on the national level, will be a tremendous benefit for housing and residential life at UGA.' Kasper's appointment is effective Dec. 11. In this role, she will lead a department that accommodates more than 7,600 students in 22 residence halls, almost 600 family and graduate apartment units, 48 townhouses and six single family homes on the Health Sciences Campus, and four Greek Park fraternity houses. She will oversee more than 200 full-time employees, nearly 500 student employees, and administer a departmental budget of approximately $47 million. Specifically, Kasper will further enhance the department's impact on student learning and development and connections with faculty and academic partners, continue to upgrade and improve the campus's housing supply, including the ongoing renovation of Russell Hall, and implement the Housing Comprehensive Plan. Kasper noted the University of Georgia's strong reputation while expressing her excitement to serve at UGA. 'I have known past interns, graduate students, staff members, and current staff working at UGA,' she said. 'It is an honor to continue my career at an institution that is innovative, vision-driven, and one that promotes student and staff success.' Kasper brings more than 20 years of experience in University Housing. She previously served as assistant director for residential education at the University of Arizona and director of residential education and associate director of University, Housing and Dining Services at Oregon State University. At South Florida, Kasper oversaw the implementation of a residential curriculum that contributed to increase USF's overall persistence rate to record highs. She also served as interim chief housing officer, supervising facilities, operations and outreach, and budget and finance. USF is currently building one of the largest student housing facilities in Florida, to open 2,100 beds in 2017 and 2018. Her professional associations include recent election as residence education director for the Association of College and University Housing Officers - International and service as co-chair for the annual ACPA Residential Curriculum Institute, as well as faculty chair for the National Housing Training Institute. Kasper earned her Master of Education in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont and her Bachelor of Science in public relations with a minor in broadcasting from Northern Michigan University.
  • From the Athens-Clarke County Public Information Office... On Monday, September 11, Tropical Storm Irma hit Athens-Clarke County and affected the community throughout the remainder of the week and beyond. During the storm, the Athens-Ben Epps weather station recorded gusts of up to 53 miles per hour. The Unified Government was affected by and responded to Irma before, during, and after the storm in a number of ways as detailed below. 'The Unified Government staff did an unbelievable job in the response mode, particularly those out in the field dealing with poor conditions, citizens in distress, and other issues related to Tropical Storm Irma,' said Manager Blaine Williams. 'Many of them worked long hours in stressful situations that changed rapidly due to the weather. They were also away from their families, who were often experiencing the same concerns and hazardous environments as other residents did at their homes. I am extremely proud of the way in which all of our departments and offices worked together to respond to the needs of the community.' Overall Unified Government  On Friday, September 8, key Athens-Clarke County departments and offices, as well as community partners, met to discuss preparations for the coming storm. The decision was made during the meeting to open an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for the storm. An EOC serves as a central point for emergency management operations. The purpose of this central point is to ensure coordinated responses when the emergency involves more than one political entity or several response agencies or departments. The EOC opened at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, September 11 at the Athens-Clarke County Police Department headquarters on Lexington Road. It operated until 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12. This is the first time that a physical EOC had been established for the Unified Government in recent memory. Managed by the Emergency Management Administrator, decision makers from all relevant departments worked 12-hour shifts in the EOC to more effectively coordinate responses. The EOC included representatives of the Central Services Department, Emergency Management Agency, Fire and Emergency Services Department, Georgia Department of Public Health, Leisure Services Department, Police Department, Public Information Office, Solid Waste Department Transportation and Public Works Department, and University of Georgia throughout some or all of its entire operation. At approximately the same time that the EOC went into effect on Monday, September 11, Manager Blaine Williams declared a local emergency according to the provisions of Chapter 3-4 of the Athens-Clarke County Code of Ordinances. This allows for the temporary exercising of certain powers and procedures if needed for the protection, well-being, and safety of inhabitants of the community. The declaration ended on Tuesday, September 12 at approximately the time that the EOC closed. Non-emergency workstations closed at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, September 11 in order to allow staff to safely transit home before the peak winds hit as forecasted at 5:00 p.m. General operations of the Unified Government resumed on a regular schedule as of Tuesday, September 12. A number of Athens-Clarke County facilities had power losses at different points during the storm and afterwards. Key facilities such as the EOC, two water reclamation facilities, the 800 MHz radio towers, and the Streets & Drainage Division facility, all of which lost power at different times, have emergency back-up power sources such as generators or other backup system that are used in situations such as these. The backup systems worked as expected. Building Inspections & Permits Coordinated the initial damage assessment responses beginning Thursday, September 14 to visit damaged properties, verify their damage, and categorize damages for repair and recovery efforts for possible federal relief. Initially coordinated training and the dispersing of all building inspectors for damage assessments and later added the coordination of other volunteer Unified Government staff members who were trained by the Emergency Management Administrator for additional initial damage assessments.  Central Services Department – 800 MHz Radio System The digital 800 MHz radio system that allows emergency and non-emergency responders to communicate with each other, and with other agencies including the University of Georgia Police, operated flawlessly throughout the storm with no damage. At one point, all four radio tower sites were operating on emergency generators due to power outages. The generators functioned as expected with no loss of transmission capability. Central Services Department – Facilities Management Division Minor roof leaks or other minor damage occurrences were reported at the Courthouse, City Hall, Corrections, the Dougherty Street Government Building, Fire Station #1, Fire Station #8, the Leisure Services Shop, the Leisure Services Operations Building, the Lyndon House Arts Center the Public Utilities Water Resource Center, the Satula Avenue Building, and the Solid Waste Maintenance Shop. All of the damage is either being repaired or in the process of being repaired. All emergency generators operated properly throughout the storm. Central Services Department – Fleet Management Division One Fire Department sedan broke down during the storm and was towed to Fleet Management for repairs. One Police Department marked sedan was heavily damaged by a falling tree during the storm and will likely be totaled. The officer was not injured in the incident. Central Services Department – Landscape Management Division On Monday, September 11 Landscape Management spent 364 staff hours on cleanup of 52 sites until 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning. On Tuesday, September 12 through Friday, Landscape Management worked with Solid Waste in tandem to clean up debris piles from an additional 71 sites on roadways previously cleared by the Transportation and Public Works Streets and Drainage Division. The division spent 1015 employee hours, assisted by 400 inmate hours, working on debris clean up during normal working hours. Over 120 sites - more than 80% of the total reported - have been cleared, including tree and limb cutting and debris removal. Central Services Department – Internal Support Division Established a call center at the EOC for non-emergency citizen calls that was staffed by volunteers from the University of Georgia Medical Reserve Corps and organized by the Emergency Management Administrator. It operated 24/7 throughout the time that the EOC was in effect. This call center was then re-deployed to allow citizens to report private property damage to assist in reporting for possible federal relief assistance. It opened on Friday, September 15 and runs daily from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. until Friday, September 22. Callers may also leave voice mail during other times. The phone number is 706-613-3330 option 4. Fire & Emergency Services Department The Fire Department responded to over 210 storm-related responses. The Emergency Management Administrator managed the activated EOC and coordinated overall response efforts during the storm and its immediate effects, as well as coordinated the initiation of recovery efforts and initial damage assessment processes for providing information to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for possible federal relief. Leisure Services Department Leisure Services coordinated sheltering operations for the EOC. Shelters housed evacuated animals from a Nature Center on Skidaway Island, people from Florida and Savannah (Beechtree Baptist Church), and homeless populations (Bigger Vision), as well as provided safe haven space for those in the Athens-area threatened by the storm (New Covenant Worship Center). Leisure Services programs and events were cancelled on Monday, September 11 through Wednesday, September 13 in conjunction with the Clarke County School District closures. Parks and facilities closed as of 3:00 p.m. on Monday, but re-opened on regular schedules as of Tuesday, September 12 except for Bear Hollow Zoo. Some facilities operated under limited resources due to power outages. Fallen trees and wind caused damage of varying degrees at Bear Hollow Zoo, Bishop Park, Boulevard Woods, Dudley Park, Holland Park, Memorial Park, Morton Theatre, Sandy Creek Park, Southeast Clarke Park, and Trail Creek Park. Some of Bear Hollow Zoo's exhibits remain closed due to damaged fencing that continues to undergo repair. Fallen and hazardous trees impacted all 33 trails across the Leisure Services system. Staff have removed over 100 trees from parks and trails since the storm and cleared 26 trails. They continue to work to clear the remaining seven trails. One of the boardwalks on Cook’s Trail sustained severe damage from a large tree. Repairs will likely entail closure of the boardwalk and through-trail access for considerable time. Police Department From Monday, September 11 until 1:30 p.m. on September 12, Central Communications received 791 9-1-1 calls and 618 non-emergency calls (1,409 total) through their system. During this time, 145 events involved debris/trees in the roadway and 99 events involved power lines down. For purposes of comparison, in August Central Communications averaged 263 9-1-1 calls and 240 non-emergency calls each day (503 total). Usually, only a few calls each day involve debris in the roadway, while none report power lines down unless there is a storm or another specific event. Police brought in additional officers for call responses on Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12, as well as additional communications officers to help with call volume. A non-emergency call center was established using an option on the Police Department's main phone number and received over 100 calls during the main storm event. Public Information Office The Public Information Office utilized athensclarkecounty.com, media releases, website notifications via email/SMS, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Nextdoor, and ACTV Cable Channel 180 to produce continual information for the citizens and media in relation to Tropical Storm Irma changes, cancellations, and safety tips. Information campaigns began on Friday, September 8 and continued through the following Friday. The PIO also answered citizen questions via email, social media, and by phone in regards to Irma-related questions. The PIO also quickly produced two videos from materials filmed in the field highlighting concerns conveyed by other departments, including one advising residents not to clear, move, cut, or remove downed trees from roadways, and one advising of proper stopping procedures for signals that were without power or in flashing modes. The PIO created an online form allowing residents to report damage to their property as part of the initial damage assessment process for possible federal relief. Public Utilities Department Due to power fluctuations, which highly mechanized operations do not tolerate well, the North Oconee Water Reclamation Facility and the Middle Oconee Water Reclamation Facility were switched to generator power. The Cedar Creek Water Reclamation Facility uses a dual-electric power system and was not affected. The Beacham Water Treatment facility stayed in continuous power. Due also to the power changes, the North Oconee and Middle Oconee facilities were placed into manual mode for operators to process water reclamation. The North Oconee remains in manual mode while some of the equipment issues are resolved this week to better handle power fluctuation issues in the future. Solid Waste Department Leaf and Limb collection suspended collection during September 11-15 to assist with debris clean up. During the week, they disposed of 1440 yards of debris, in addition to multiple trailers of debris loaded and unloaded working with the Streets and Drainage Division and Landscape Management Division. Leaf and Limb collection began collecting in Area B this week. For the next six-week rotation cycle, restrictions have been lifted on individual pile limits and the length of time that debris can be placed at the curb. Collections were suspended for residential collection on Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12 and limited on Monday for some commercial collection. Residential collections missed on September 11 and 12 were collected on September 18 and 19 with overflow being collected at no additional charge. The Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) was closed through Saturday for debris staging. This allowed for debris to be dumped at a more centralized location without driving each time to the landfill for disposal. The CHaRM opened for regular use on Monday, September 18, but is grinding storm debris on site for use by Landscape Management at Athens-Clarke County properties. Transit The Athens Transit System operated on a break schedule and later suspended operations as of the afternoon of Monday, September 11. It operated on a break schedule on Tuesday, September 12 with hourly service on all year-round routes and no service on routes 21, 22, 23, 28 & 30. Transportation and Public Works Department - Streets & Drainage Division The department reported over 200 trees completely or partially blocking roadways throughout the event. At least 63 of those included trees in power lines. For safety purposes, power lines required repair by the relevant utility company prior to Athens-Clarke County crews removing the trees and opening the roads. Crews worked throughout the night on Monday, September 11. They worked until after 10:00 p.m. each night through Thursday night and cleared any roads that were safe to clear as of when Georgia Power crews' completed their shifts at 10:00 p.m. each night. All roads were open to traffic as of 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 14. The Street and Drainage Division worked with Central Service's Landscape Management Division and the Solid Waste Department to cleanup sites where debris was pushed to the shoulder to allow Streets and Drainage to quickly open up roads for traffic. Landscape Management and Solid Waste initially worked to clean debris while Streets and Drainage focused on opening roads. Once all roads were open, Streets and Drainage assisted with cleaning up additional debris. All sites were cleaned and cleared by Monday, September 18. Transportation and Public Works Department - Traffic Engineering Division Traffic Engineering crews closed off roads during the storm as calls were received related to fallen trees and power lines down. These closures allowed other crews to assess needed responses while keeping the public away from potentially harmful situations. Traffic signals at 40 intersections were without power as of the morning of Tuesday, September 12. All traffic signals were functional by the night of Friday, September 15. Traffic Engineering is checking the signal systems for all signals. When the power was restored, the timing plans and clocks were initially out of sync, leading to signal timings that were off. Traffic Engineering is continuing to make adjustments as necessary. A falling tree knocked down the traffic signal at the intersection of North Milledge Avenue and West Hancock Avenue. Due to its location on State Route 15, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has ultimate responsibility. Working with Traffic Engineering, GDOT used emergency funding and installed a temporary signal as of the afternoon of Thursday, September 14. GDOT will redesign and rebuild the signal at a later date. For more information, visit www.athensclarkecounty.com/irma. Photos of Some Tropical Storm Irma-Related Damage
  • The Georgia Bulldogs, after a convincing 31-3 win over then-Number 17 Mississippi State, climb four spots in the latest Associated Press football poll, checking in this week at 7. The Bulldogs, now 4-0 on the season and 1-0 in the Southeastern Conference, continue SEC play this weekend, when they travel to Knoxville for 3:30 Saturday kickoff against the Tennessee Volunteers.  Alabama remained No. 1 and won back some of the support it lost last week to No. 2 Clemson. The Crimson Tide received 52 first-place votes Sunday, up seven from last week, after beating Vanderbilt 59-0 on Saturday. Clemson received eight first-place votes, down seven from last week, after taking more than three quarters to pull away from Boston College. No. 3 Oklahoma got the remaining first-place vote. Penn State held at No. 4. Southern California was No. 5, followed by Pac-12 rival Washington. Georgia followed Michigan, TCU and Wisconsin rounded out the top 10. POLL POINTS OUT What a strange start to the season for Florida State, which had a streak of 105 straight poll appearances snapped. The Seminoles were No. 3 in the preseason poll, lost to Alabama in a marquee opener and lost quarterback Deondre Francois to a season-ending injury in that game, too. Then Florida State's season was put on hold for two weeks because of Hurricane Irma. That cost the 'Noles what figured to be a good game against Louisiana-Monroe to break in freshman quarterback James Blackman, and delayed its game against Miami. Finally back on the field against North Carolina State, the Seminoles lost 27-21 to drop to 0-2 for the first time since 1989. Florida State also became the first team to start the season ranked in the top three of the AP poll and begin its season with two losses since 1984, when No. 3 Pitt began 0-4 and finished 3-7-1. — Oregon dropped out after one week ranked, following a 37-35 loss at Arizona State. STREAKS The current longest streaks of consecutive poll appearances. 168 — Alabama. Last time unranked was final poll of 2007 season. 103 — Ohio State. Last time unranked was final poll of 2011 season. 55 — Clemson. Last time unranked was Nov. 16, 2014. IN Welcome back, No. 22 Notre Dame and No. 23 West Virginia. The Fighting Irish had a one-week stint in the poll earlier this month and the Mountaineers are back after being in the preseason poll. UP — No. 9 TCU jumped seven spots after one of Saturday's most impressive victories, 44-31 at Oklahoma State. The Horned Frogs won 44-31 in Stillwater for the first time since they joined the Big 12 in 2012. — No. 7 Georgia moved up four places after routing Mississippi State 31-3. DOWN — No. 11 Ohio State was nudged out of the top 10 when Georgia and TCU moved in, snapping the Buckeyes streak of 42 straight polls ranked in the top 10. — No. 15 Oklahoma State dropped nine places after its first loss of the season CONFERENCE CALL SEC — 6 Big 12 — 4 Pac 12 — 4 Big Ten — 4 ACC — 4 American — 1 Mountain West — 1 Independent — 1 RANKED vs. RANKED No. 2 Clemson at No. 12 Virginia Tech. The Tigers make their first trip to Lane Stadium since 2011. No. 5 USC at No. 16 Washington State, Friday. Pullman, Washington, for a short-week road game. What could possibly go wrong for the Trojans? No. 24 Mississippi State at No. 14 Auburn. Third straight ranked opponent for the Bulldogs. So far, 1-1.
  • Marquis Studivant is in the Hall County jail: the second of two suspects in the April murder of Dennis Gayton was arrested over the weekend in Gainesville. The 27 year-old Studivant and 37 year-old Tadrick Osborne, who was already in custody, are both facing felony murder charges in the shooting of the 47 year-old Gayton, who was killed in what Hall County Sheriff’s Office investigators say was a drug-related homicide.  Dennis Ronald Gayton was shot in front of his 15-year-old son April 4 on Carlton Street, Gainesville police Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said.
  • ATHENS — It was supposed to be the first day of fall, so the calendar said anyway. But the temperature and humidity begged to differ. And so did the matchup of two of the SEC’s hottest teams between the hedges, No. 11 Georgia and No. 17 Mississippi State. In that way it felt more late-season clash with championship implications. As it went, it was the home team Bulldogs who flourished in the heat, and they gave a raucous crowd of 93,000 what they came for. They scored a resounding 31-3 victory and gave some real hope to their fan base that something special might be a-brewing this season. With its third consecutive victory over a Top 25 opponents going back to last season, Georgia improves to 4-0 on the season and 1-0 in SEC play. The Bulldogs’ win over State was as thorough and impressive as State’s 37-7 victory was over LSU last Saturday. Georgia will be favored again next Saturday when it travels to Tennessee. The Vols (3-1, 0-1 SEC) struggled but held on to defeat winless UMass 17-13 on Saturday at Neyland Stadium. Georgia struck Mississippi State quick and fast on Saturday. On the Bulldogs’ first play from scrimmage, Nick Chubb tossed an inside handoff back to quarterback Jake Fromm, who hit wide-open receiver Terry Godwin striding down the middle of the field for a 59-yard touchdown. On the Bulldogs’ second possession, Fromm and Godwin connected for a big third-down conversion that kept alive an eight-play, 78-yard scoring drive. Chubb scored from seven yards out on a nifty, high-stepping run on a toss-sweep left and Georgia was up 14-0 with 6:16 still remaining in the first quarter. State finally caught its breath and managed to get to the halftime locker room trailing 14-3. But the Bulldogs got possession to start the second half and knew exactly what to do with it. They drove 75 yards and in six plays and Chubb scored his second TD of the night on a sweep left out of the Wild Dawg formation. But the story of the night was Georgia’s freshman quarterback. Fromm completed 9-of-12 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. He did not attempt a pass in the fourth quarter. One of his incompletions was a deliberate throw away and another a drop by Godwin that should have been a long first-down completion deep in State territory. Even though Jacob Eason dressed out, warmed up and appears ever closer to returning, Fromm’s moves may make it moot. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs made mincemeat of a Todd Grantham for the second straight time since facing their former defensive coordinator. They also smoked him and Louisville in the 2014 Belk Bowl, 37-14. And Georgia’s defense spoiled the return of quarterback Nick Fitzgerald to the place his uncle, Charles Pledger, once played for UGA. He had 14 incompletions, two interceptions and just 33 yards rushing through three quarters. State was leading the SEC with a 47.7 scoring average coming into Saturday’s game. The post Instant Analysis: Georgia wins big in Dog fight between hedges appeared first on DawgNation.

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  • ATHENS — It was supposed to be the first day of fall, so the calendar said anyway. But the temperature and humidity begged to differ. And so did the matchup of two of the SEC’s hottest teams between the hedges, No. 11 Georgia and No. 17 Mississippi State. In that way it felt more late-season clash with championship implications. As it went, it was the home team Bulldogs who flourished in the heat, and they gave a raucous crowd of 93,000 what they came for. They scored a resounding 31-3 victory and gave some real hope to their fan base that something special might be a-brewing this season. With its third consecutive victory over a Top 25 opponents going back to last season, Georgia improves to 4-0 on the season and 1-0 in SEC play. The Bulldogs’ win over State was as thorough and impressive as State’s 37-7 victory was over LSU last Saturday. Georgia will be favored again next Saturday when it travels to Tennessee. The Vols (3-1, 0-1 SEC) struggled but held on to defeat winless UMass 17-13 on Saturday at Neyland Stadium. Georgia struck Mississippi State quick and fast on Saturday. On the Bulldogs’ first play from scrimmage, Nick Chubb tossed an inside handoff back to quarterback Jake Fromm, who hit wide-open receiver Terry Godwin striding down the middle of the field for a 59-yard touchdown. On the Bulldogs’ second possession, Fromm and Godwin connected for a big third-down conversion that kept alive an eight-play, 78-yard scoring drive. Chubb scored from seven yards out on a nifty, high-stepping run on a toss-sweep left and Georgia was up 14-0 with 6:16 still remaining in the first quarter. State finally caught its breath and managed to get to the halftime locker room trailing 14-3. But the Bulldogs got possession to start the second half and knew exactly what to do with it. They drove 75 yards and in six plays and Chubb scored his second TD of the night on a sweep left out of the Wild Dawg formation. But the story of the night was Georgia’s freshman quarterback. Fromm completed 9-of-12 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. He did not attempt a pass in the fourth quarter. One of his incompletions was a deliberate throw away and another a drop by Godwin that should have been a long first-down completion deep in State territory. Even though Jacob Eason dressed out, warmed up and appears ever closer to returning, Fromm’s moves may make it moot. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs made mincemeat of a Todd Grantham for the second straight time since facing their former defensive coordinator. They also smoked him and Louisville in the 2014 Belk Bowl, 37-14. And Georgia’s defense spoiled the return of quarterback Nick Fitzgerald to the place his uncle, Charles Pledger, once played for UGA. He had 14 incompletions, two interceptions and just 33 yards rushing through three quarters. State was leading the SEC with a 47.7 scoring average coming into Saturday’s game. The post Instant Analysis: Georgia wins big in Dog fight between hedges appeared first on DawgNation.
  • No. 11 Georgia took care of No. 17 Mississippi State 31-3 under the lights of Sanford Stadium. 
  • ATHENS------The Georgia Bulldogs will have 31 games at Foley Field in 2018, featuring Southeastern Conference series with South Carolina, Texas A&M, Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas. The 56-game college baseball season begins Feb. 16 at Foley Field with a series against Georgia Southern. Eight of Georgia’s first nine contests will be at home before a Spring Break trip to Charleston for games against College of Charleston, The Citadel and Charleston Southern. SEC play opens on the road against Alabama (March 16-18) while the Bulldogs SEC home opener will be with the Gamecocks (March 23-25). The other SEC home series will be with the Aggies (March 29-31), Wildcats (April 13-15), the Volunteers (April 27-29) and Razorbacks (May 17-19). Along with the series in Tuscaloosa, Georgia’s road trips in the conference will be at Vanderbilt (April 6-8), Ole Miss (April 20-22), Missouri (May 4-6), and Florida (May 11-13). Please note the ESPNU and SEC Network Thursday night selections have not been set, thus some SEC series may change to Thursday-Saturday. The 16th annual Spring Baseball Classic to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will be May 8 as the Bulldogs battle their rival Georgia Tech at the Atlanta Braves home, SunTrust Park. The Bulldogs are 10-5 all-time against Tech in this game. The SEC Tournament again will feature the league’s top 12 finishers in the regular season and be played in Hoover, Ala., from May 22-27. NCAA Regional action at various campus sites will be June 1-4 with Super Regionals from June 8-11. The 2018 season culminates with the College World Series (CWS) from June 16-27 in Omaha, Neb. The Bulldogs have made six appearances in Omaha including winning the national title in 1990 and reaching the CWS Finals in 2008. Georgia will begin fall practice today, and it will end with the annual Red versus Black Fall World Series from Nov. 3-5. Georgia is in its fifth year under Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin. The Bulldogs fall roster features 26 returning lettermen and nine newcomers. Georgia welcomes back all nine starting position players and several key components of the pitching staff. The Bulldogs went 25-32 last year including 8-3 over their final 11 games of the regular season to qualify for the SEC Tournament. In that stretch, Georgia claimed a road series over No. 4 Kentucky and No. 30 South Carolina and a home series over No. 6 Mississippi State. The Georgia Bulldog Club operates the Georgia Baseball Fund (GBF), which will serve as the priority-seating program for Georgia Baseball. The donation deadline to guarantee a renewable season ticket for the 2018 Georgia Baseball season is Oct. 31. To learn more about the GBF, call The Georgia Bulldog Club toll-free at (877) 423-2947 or review the GBF brochure at the following link: http://thegeorgiabulldogclub.com/georgia-baseball-fund   Season ticket applications will be mailed in October, and the deadline will be Nov. 30. FOLLOW THE BULLDOGS For the latest Georgia baseball news, visit www.georgiadogs.com and follow the Bulldogs on Twitter (@BaseballUGA), Facebook (@GeorgiaBaseball) and Instagram (@baseballuga). --get 2018 schedule--   2018 GEORGIA BASEBALL TENTATIVE SCHEDULE DAYS DATES OPPONENT/SERIES TIMES (ET) Fri.-Sun. Feb. 16-18 Ga. Southern 5/1/1 pm Wed. Feb. 21 @ Kennesaw State 5 pm Fri.-Sun. Feb. 23-25 Charlotte 5/1/1 pm Tues. Feb. 27 Wofford 5 pm Wed. Feb. 28 Ga. State 5 pm Fri.-Sun. March 2-4 @ College of Charleston 4/1/1 pm Tues. March 6 @ The Citadel 7 pm Wed. March 7 @ Charleston Southern 3 pm Fri.-Sun. March 9-11 Toledo 6/2/1 pm Tues. March 13 Kennesaw State 5 pm Fri.-Sun. March 16-18 @ *Alabama TBA Tues. March 20 @ Ga. State 6 pm Fri.-Sun. March 23-25  *South Carolina 7/2/1 pm Tues. March 27 Charleston Southern 6 pm Thurs-Sat. March 29-31 *Texas A&M 7/7/2 pm Tues. April 3 Ga. Tech 7 pm Fri.-Sun. April 6-8 @ *Vanderbilt TBA Tues. April 10 @ Clemson 7 pm Fri.-Sun. April 13-15 *Kentucky 7/2/1 pm Tues. April 17 Clemson 7 pm Fri.-Sun. April 20-22 @ *Ole Miss 7:30/2:30/2:30 pm Tues. April 24 @ Ga. Tech 7 pm Fri.-Sun. April 27-29 *Tennessee 7/2/1 pm Fri.-Sun. May 4-6 @ *Missouri 7:30/3/2 pm Tues. May 8 vs. %Ga. Tech 7 pm Fri.-Sun. May 11-13 @ *Florida 6:30/6:30/1 pm Tues. May 15 Presbyterian 6 pm Thurs.-Sat. May 17-19 *Arkansas 7/7/2 pm Tues.-Sun. May 22-27 ^SEC Tournament TBA   Fri.-Mon. June 1-4 +NCAA Regionals TBA   Fri.-Mon. June 8-11 +NCAA Super Regionals TBA   Sat.-Wed. June 16-27 $College World Series TBA          Home games in Bold; *SEC game; %SunTrust Park, Atlanta, Ga.; ^Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, Hoover, Ala.; +Campus Sites, TBA; $TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, Neb.; Note: All times and dates subject to change
  • ATHENS — Georgia head coach Kirby Smart maintains there’s “a chance” that cornerback Malkom Parrish could play Saturday, while quarterback Jacob Eason “hasn’t lost any focus” as he continues to work back from his injury. That was the update as of Thursday morning on Georgia’s two most notable injured players. Parrish, a two-year starter at cornerback, has missed Georgia’s first three games with a foot injury but returned to practice this week. Eason suffered a knee ligament injury in the first quarter of the season opener. Eason is not expected to play this week, with freshman Jake Fromm starting his third consecutive game. But Eason, who has been in uniform and throwing during practice, has remained active in the gameplanning for the Mississippi State game. “He wants to be around it. He’s stayed in all the meetings. He hasn’t lost any focus,” Smart said Thursday morning during an Atlanta radio appearance. “He’s been a part of the gameplan, he understands what we’re doing.” Parrish appears closer to seeing the field. He still appeared limited during Wednesday’s media viewing of practice. When host Chuck Dowdle asked Smart if there was a chance to get Parrish back, Smart answered: “Yeah, a chance to get him back. We think he’s done a good job this week. The biggest thing with him is conditioning. We’ve just got to make sure he can play the number of plays we ask him to.” Suggested video:
  • GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 17 Mississippi State at No. 11 Georgia: The first matchup between the SEC's two sets of Bulldogs since 2011 features a pair of undefeated teams. This is the first time Georgia and Mississippi State have met when both teams were ranked. Mississippi State is coming off a 37-7 blowout of No. 25 LSU, which was ranked 12th at the time of the game. Mississippi State is the only team in the nation to rank in the top 10 in both scoring offense and scoring defense. Georgia has beaten Mississippi State nine straight times. Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald directs an offense that scores an SEC-leading 47.7 points per game , while Georgia has an exceptional defense that already silenced Notre Dame's potent rushing attack this season. MATCHUP OF THE WEEK: Alabama rushing attack vs. Vanderbilt run defense: Vanderbilt has allowed the fewest points per game (4.3) and yards per game (198.3) of any Football Bowl Subdivision team. That defense clearly faces its toughest test Saturday against the top-ranked Crimson Tide. Alabama averages 6 yards per carry with a backfield that includes quarterback Jalen Hurts and running backs Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough. Hurts has a team-high 312 yards rushing and has gained 8.7 yards per carry. Hurts has run for over 100 yards in each of the Tide's last two games. This should be a busy day for Vanderbilt linebacker Emmanuel Smith, who had a team-high 12 tackles in the Commodores' victory over Kansas State last week. NUMBERS GAME: No. 20 Florida is seeking to beat Kentucky for the 31st straight time this week. Florida's 30 straight victories over the Wildcats represent the longest active winning streak by any team in an uninterrupted annual series. The NCAA record is owned by Notre Dame, which beat Navy 43 straight times from 1964-2006. ... Texas A&M's 45-21 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette last week marked the first time the Aggies ever had four true freshmen score touchdowns in one game. The touchdowns came from Kellen Mond, Jhamon Ausbon, Jacob Kibodi and Camron Buckley. ... LSU has won 48 straight nonconference home games heading into Saturday's game with Syracuse. Harvard owns the NCAA record with 55 straight nonconference home wins from 1890-95. ... Vanderbilt has outscored its first three opponents 63-7 in the first half. ... Auburn's defense is allowing just 3.18 yards per play to lead the nation. Ranking second is Mississippi State (3.34) and third is Vanderbilt (3.44). UPSET WATCH: Florida is a 2 ½-point favorite at Kentucky and obviously has history on its side in this annual series, but the Wildcats arguably have looked more impressive thus far. Kentucky is coming off a 23-13 victory at South Carolina , while Florida is still missing nine suspended players. Kentucky is seeking its first victory over Florida since 1986 and its first 2-0 start in SEC competition since 1977. IMPACT PERFORMER: Tennessee running back John Kelly leads the SEC with 349 yards rushing and also has 16 catches to match the second-highest total in the conference. He's averaging 180 all-purpose yards per game to rank sixth among all FBS players . _____ AP Sports Writers Steve Megargee in Knoxville, Tennessee, and David Brandt in Jackson, Mississippi, contributed to this story. _____ More college football coverage: http://collegefootball.ap.org and www.Twitter.com/AP_Top25 .