Thursday, June 26, 2008

Another Collegiate Sports Season Comes to an End...

Another collegiate sports season is in the books, and it was quite a remarkable one for the Georgia Bulldogs. Last night's loss will sting a while as it reminds me a lot of the 1996 World Series with Steve Detwiler playing the Jim Leyritz role to perfection. But I digress - the UGA athletic program continues to produce national championship caliber programs across the board, here is a look at the 11 sports (out of 19) that produced a top 10 finish this school year.

Equestrian – National Champion

Women’s Gymnastics – National Champion

Men’s Tennis – National Champion

Baseball – National Runner Up

Football – 3rd

Men’s Swimming – 7th

Women’s Swimming – 7th

Men’s Golf – 8th

Women’s Tennis – 9th

Softball – 9th

Women’s Golf – 10th

Throw in a SEC Tournament Championship in Men's Basketball (won on GT's court), two Rhodes Scholars and even more state of the art facilities being completed, the Dawgs athletic programs have never been in better shape. Damon Evans has done a spectacular job of hiring and keeping world class coaching staffs that recruit extremely talented athletes in an environment that keeps getting tougher academically. There are even instances now where high school seniors settle for Georgia Tech because they couldn't get into UGA - No, seriously - I have proof.

The Dawgs should be pretty good on the gridiron this season where they are just that one national title away from having the same resume over the past decade as the USC's, Florida's, Oklahoma's, etc. And, being a Falcons fan, I sure hope they make a run because I will need something to root for this fall.

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