If you’re like me, you’re watching the Georgia Bulldogs take on the Alabama Crimson Tide in women’s softball on ESPNU, and you aren’t happy about the way the wind is blowing. What follows may not make you any more pleased, but, for what it’s worth, here is your Saturday summary to get you up to speed on other Georgia sports of note this weekend:
- The SEC Championships went about as expected, as Alabama claimed the women’s gymnastics title with a 197.225 team score. The Gators, ranked No. 1 in the nation, finished second in the conference with a 196.975 tally. The Gym Dogs carded an overall 196.625 to finish third. When Suzanne Yoculan stepped down, Georgia boasted the best women’s gymnastics program in the country, without question, without exception, and not by a narrow margin. Two years later, the Red and Black aren’t even among the top two teams in the league. It is now clear beyond all reasonable doubt that promoting the gymnastics version of Ray Goff to take over Georgia’s most successful program was Damon Evans’s worst decision not involving women’s undergarments. Greg McGarity needs to fire Jay Clark now and do what his predecessor should have done two years ago: conduct a national search to hire an experienced head coach to take what still is one of the premiere jobs in the sport.
- The eighth-ranked Georgia men’s tennis team extended its winning streak to eight matches with a win over LSU on Saturday. The 7-0 victory boosted the Bulldogs’ overall record to 13-3 and gave the Athenians the longest winning streak in the league. The Red and Black now stand at 5-0 in SEC competition.
- The Georgia women’s swimming and diving team is in competition right now, but, at last report, the Red and Black remained in the hunt for the national championship, along with a pair of Pac-10 squads.
- Andy Landers’s Lady Bulldogs are in Auburn, Ala., for tomorrow’s first-round game in the NCAA Tournament. The Georgia women will take on Middle Tennessee State at 7:30 Eastern Sunday night. The Red and Black are 11-1 all-time over the Blue Raiders in women’s basketball.
That should bring you current this Saturday evening. I’ll be back tomorrow to bring you the latest on the Bulldogs’ weekend series in baseball and softball.