The sounds of football are once again filling hundreds of fields across the state. Another season of pigskin pride has begun, a winning cry from the state's first intercollegiate game played in 1892.
One hundred twenty-two years on, schools are still adding football programs by the handful. Jacquez Parks will hit the field as the Kennesaw State University's first quarterback in 2015.
“It’s a great feeling being a part of the first team and the first practice at Kennesaw State,” said Parks.
Georgia is now home to the national College Football Hall of Fame. It opened a week ago in downtown Atlanta.
Georgia has 25 players in the national hall. They are all from University of Georgia and Georgia Tech, except for one man: Tracy Ham.
Ham led Georgia Southern to two national championships as its star quarterback from 1983 to 1986, shortly after Georgia Southern re-launched its football program after a four–decade hiatus.
He went on to be drafted by the Los Angeles Rams and play 13 seasons with the Canadian Football League.
He's since returned to Statesboro and is now the school's Associate Athletic Director for Special Projects.
How typical is it to have two highly touted, pro-style quarterbacks essentially next door to each other in Houston County?
“I don’t know that I’ve ever heard of it,” said Von Lassiter, head coach for Houston County High School’s football team.
David Bruce, head coach and athletic director at Veterans High School, agrees.
“I think it is pretty rare down here. I can’t think of the last time we had two guys with their kind of potential as pocket passers. But you know the Fromm kid can run, too. I’ve watched some film on him and he’s pretty salty.”
The owners of the team formerly known as the Augusta Riverhawks are betting that the third time out will be the charm for pro hockey in Macon. Team owners Bob and Diane Kerzner joined Macon-Bibb County officials and others Tuesday to formerly introduce the Macon Mayhem. The team follows the Macon Trax and the Macon Whoopee in the annals of professional hockey in Middle Georgia.
The Atlanta Braves have released six conceptual renderings of their planned stadium and mixed- use development in Cobb County. Released Wednesday, the drawings are the first look at what the Braves plans entail. The Braves website boasts the new stadium will be more than a state-of- the- art ballpark, and will “redefine the traditional model of a ‘live, work, play’ development as a ‘play work, stay’ destination.
The NCAA is considering serious sanctions against the University of Georgia swim team, but the trouble could trickle down to the rest of the athletic program. According to allegations by the NCAA, UGA’s head swimming coach Jack Bauerle made arrangements with a professor for one of his star swimmers get an “incomplete” in a course, provided that the student complete the work at a later date for a passing grade. Due to a what the NCAA described as “clerical error” the student received a passing grade for the course, instead of an incomplete.
The Senate unanimously voted 54 to 0 Thursday to require the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) to publish yearly financial reports in order for schools to participate in their events. The GHSA is a voluntary organization of about 400 schools across the state. Schools pay dues to join the GHSA, which in turn, hosts the state playoffs and championships for everything from dramatic competitions to football and other sports.
Starting January 1, 2014 student athletes will be better protected in gyms and on playing fields across Georgia. At least, that is the goal behind the Return to Play Act. The new state law requires schools give student athletes and their parents information about concussions. It also mandates that coaches pull a child from activity if he or she shows concussion symptoms.
Retired Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame Monday. In 1995, Cox led the Atlanta Braves to the team’s first World Series championship, and has won more than 2,000 games with the Braves. Cox will be inducted on July 27, 2014 in Cooperstown, N.Y. along with fellow retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, and players chosen by the Baseball Writer’s Association of America.
Fans are pouring into Atlanta for this weekend’s Southeastern Conference Championship game between Auburn and Missouri. Traveling to the city for the title game in the Georgia Dome has been a tradition for college football fans for more than a decade. The SEC title game has been held at the Georgia Dome since 1994. The current contract with the SEC means the conference will hold its football championship in Atlanta through 2017. But the Dome is slated for demolition that year.