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June 7, 2016: UGA Athletic Director Does Right Thing the Right Way

I haven’t met UGA Athletic Director Greg McGarity but I give him high marks for the way in which he has handled the blowback from the ludicrous Ludacris debacle. Evidently, he heard from a lot of you who were appalled at the idea of giving the rapper $65,000 to perform for 15 minutes during the […]

December 7, 2015: Some Observations on the Coaching Changes at UGA

As my sweet mama would say, “Things just get curiouser and curiouser.” That is the best way to describe the recent events at the University of Georgia — or more specifically — the athletic department at UGA.   As of this writing, Kirby Smart, who has morphed from a Bainbridge High Bearcat to an all-SEC […]

March 31, 2015: UGA Class of 2019 Will Include Some of State’s Brightest Students

If you are a high school senior hoping to attend The University of Georgia, the oldest-state chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South, you have probably heard by now whether or not you have been accepted. The target enrollment for the Class of 2019 is 5,200 and they […]

December 2, 2013: Game Over, Now Time To Get Down To Business At UGA

It was as ugly as a wart hog, but for the 11th time in the past twelve years, 38 of the past 50 and 65 out of 108, the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South has bested You-Know-Where Institute of Technology for […]

November 11, 2013: To Uga President Jere Morehead: Welcome Aboard

Dear Dr. Morehead: Congratulations on your investiture as the 22nd president of the University of Georgia. I wish I could be there for the ceremony on Nov. 19, but I have a long-scheduled conflict on that day. Otherwise, I would be there barking “Woof! Woof!” to show my pleasure in having you officially recognized as […]

July 1, 2013: A Salute To A Smart Man Who Walked A Fine Line

I try to make it a habit to hang around with smart people.  Given that my IQ is not much larger than my waist line, this isn’t difficult to do. One person who fits that bill – and is a nice guy to boot – is the dean of my beloved Grady College of Journalism […]

June 24, 2013: A Visit With Carl Sanders Recalls Tumultous Time In Georgia

When Jimmy Carter ran for the state senate in 1961 and was defeated, he claimed voter fraud.  Carl Sanders, president pro tem of the state senate, supported Carter’s claim and provided legal counsel from the Democratic Party.  Carter prevailed. Fast forward to 1970.  After serving as Georgia’s governor from 1963-67, Gov. Sanders ran again.  In […]

April 15, 2013: Random Thoughts On Random Subjects

It turns out that you can go home again.  I recently established a chair in crisis communications leadership at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at my beloved University of Georgia. UGA President-elect Dr. Jere Morehead, along with Dink NeSmith, chairman of the Board of Regents came for the ceremony and both made […]

December 10, 2012: Vince Dooley Talks About Football, Family And UGA History

I called Hall of Fame football coach Vince Dooley this week to get his perspective on UGA’s heart-breaking loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship game. There are few people more qualified to comment than Vince Dooley. Let’s start with the fact that he won 201 football games, six SEC championships and a national title […]

June 4, 2012: Georgia’s Golden Isles Don’t Need Dr. Beach’s Approval

Have you ever heard of Florida International University? I must admit they don’t come to mind when talking about institutions of higher learning. Perhaps that is because I think first of the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South, current state football champions […]

December 5, 2011: Who In The World Cares That UGA Lost The SEC Championship?

In case you have been vacationing on the moon, you may have missed the news that the student-athletes from the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South, came up a wee bit short in attaining the football championship of the Southeastern Conference.  That […]

From the Brunswick News: Turtle Patrol Alumni Pleased With Loggerhead Comeback

I was pleased to see the story in The Brunswick News a couple of weeks ago about the success of the loggerhead turtle nesting program on our beaches. According to the article, more than two thousand nests have been reported by the sea turtle monitors this season. Mark Dodd, sea turtle coordinator with the Georgia […]

Nov. 19, 2001: Bingo! Dr. Michael Adams, president of the University of Georgia, has put the responsibility of increasing student body diversity at UGA right where it belongs —

on the rest of us. This is not the university’s problem; it’s ours. For several years now, Dr. Adams and others have wrestled with the issue of whether UGA should take only the brightest and best from our state, which tends to make the university mostly white and predominately female, or should it more closely […]

Jan. 8, 2001: It was not my alma mater’s finest hour.

Forty years ago this month, two young people who wanted to attend the University of Georgia along with other high school seniors in the state, were forced to go to federal court to gain admission. The two students were eminently qualified except for one extenuating circumstance. Both were black. As federal judge William A. Bootle […]

December 7, 2000: CEOs Make the Tough Decisions

Today, let us discuss the role of the chief executive officer, commonly referred to as the CEO. Our class assignment will be to look at the firing of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan and the role played by the University’s CEO, Mike Adams. The first thing to know about CEO’s is they get paid the […]

November 30, 2000: Color My Red and Black Blue

Memo to the World:  Color My Red and Black Blue I am in a big time crabby mood today.  Losing to Georgia Tech does that to me.  Let me say at the outset that when it comes to my alma mater, the University of Georgia, I am an academic hawk.  I strongly support the tremendous […]