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Georgia, Oklahoma set spring game attendance marks

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A couple of long-time coaches can still apparently pull in the fans after all of these years.

During the busiest spring game Saturday of the month of April, both Georgia and Oklahoma set records for spring game attendance.  The Bulldogs watched as 46,073 fans piled into Sanford Stadium, topping the mark of 45,113 set a year ago.  The Sooners, meanwhile, witnessed an unofficially official 43,500 patrons for their close to the spring.

Oddly enough, both of the programs are led by head coaches with more than a decade at the school — Bob Stoops since 1999 at OU, Mark Richt since 2001 at UGA — who at one time or the other have seen the media and fans play the “maybe they’ve stayed too long” card.

The Sooners ended the 2013 season on a high note, capping a four-game winning streak that will carry over to 2014 with a stunning 45-31 upset of Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.  The fact that OU set a record in what’s leading into Stoops’ 16th season at the school makes some sense given that momentum.  UGA, on the other hand, is kind of difficult to wrap my head around.

The Bulldogs went into the 2013 season full of hope, coming within seconds and yards of upending Alabama in the 2012 SEC championship game and possibly working its way into the BCS title game.  Back-to-back midseason losses to Missouri and Vanderbilt, followed by five-point losses to Auburn and Nebraska (Gator Bowl) put a damper on a 2013 season that, despite a close loss to Clemson, began with immense promise.

The again, maybe it’s not hard to understand at all; UGA Nation simply loves its Dawgs.

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8 Responses to “Georgia, Oklahoma set spring game attendance marks”
  1. chiefdog says: Apr 12, 2014 8:04 PM

    As a Georgia fan it’s all about Pruitt. The Georgia fans know we have and have always had upper crust talent on defense. However they underachieved over the last four years mostly due to coaching. We thankfully lost Grantham to Louisville and poached Pruitt. No more missed assignments because we didn’t know where to line up. No more loafing. Hopefully the defensive talent is allowed to just shine without the overcomplications. That is why the spring game was so heavily anticipated.

  2. realtalksportsatl says: Apr 12, 2014 8:07 PM

    Reblogged this on REAL TALK SPORTS and commented:
    Just finished Final Four, Major League Baseball infull swing, NBA heading tiwards playoffs.In the south however vollege FB is still the king of sports

  3. mehtoolazy says: Apr 13, 2014 12:15 AM

    Spellcheck is a blogger’s friend.

  4. floridacock says: Apr 13, 2014 8:01 AM

    Athens is a football stadium with a quaint town built around it. Surprised more were not there.

  5. birdcen says: Apr 13, 2014 9:30 AM


    Really? Your name says it all…Columbia is an armpit dude.

  6. floridacock says: Apr 13, 2014 12:19 PM

    Not exactly sure how you saw a put down of Athens in my comment, but you are obviously a Georgia fan that can’t read.

  7. kenpocras says: Apr 13, 2014 3:07 PM

    Impressive. Nebraska had 61,772.

  8. olesmokeyvol says: Apr 14, 2014 10:23 AM

    Saw Penn State had 71,000. Tennessee had almost 69,000. Not that impressed with the Dawgs’ attendance

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