Why are Southerners so passionate about football? From Friday night lights to college championships to the Superbowl, people in the South love their pigskin. This week, we’re looking at why.
Friday, August 29, All Things Considered will broadcast from Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee. Legendary University of Georgia football coach Vince Dooley joins host Rickey Bevington to talk about growing up in southern football culture, leading the winningest team in bulldogs history and his predictions for the future of the game.
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.
The Atlanta Braves plan to move from their home at Turner Field to a new stadium in Cobb County in 2017. The new ballpark will be at the intersection of I-75 and I-285 in the Cumberland Mall/ Cobb Galleria area. The new stadium is projected to cost about $672 million including parking, infrastructure, and land. Atlanta Braves President John Scherholz says team officials wanted to find a prime destination for Braves fans.
Despite a rocky recovery, the Wildcats are showing that football isn't just about wins and losses. The program still unites the community and gives students discipline, drive and skills needed on and off the turf.