Sept. 14, 2012
The University of Georgia Athletic Association Board of Directors met on Friday in Stegeman Coliseum to discuss both financial and athletic matters.
The board approved an appropriation of $1,905,000 from reserves for the upkeep of Sanford Stadium. Of that, $1,605,000 is for the replacement of air conditioning units in the Stadium's South SkySuites and SkyClub. The other $300,000 is for maintenance of the precast clips, which provide support between the precast concrete and the structure of Sanford Stadium. The board unanimously passed McGarity's request.
Senior gymnast Noel Couch and junior football player Chris Burnette were introduced as the new student-athlete representatives on the board. Burnette couldn't make the meeting due to football commitments, but Couch addressed the members. She updated the board on the progress and goings on of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), discussed the student-athlete welcome back dinner and informed the board about the talk given to the student-athletes by former NBA player Chris Herren this past Sunday.
Also addressing the board was head swimming & diving coach Jack Bauerle. Bauerle spoke of the Olympic success the Georgia swimming program experienced this summer, with 14 current or former Bulldogs appearing at the Games. Other head coaches speaking to the board were men's basketball coach Mark Fox, who updated the board members on his teams recent trip to Italy, new women's golf coach Josh Brewer and new gymnastics coach Danna Durante.
Student-athlete academic achievements were also recognized. The highest individual GPA's for the previous academic year were by men's swimmer Andrew Gemmell, who has a 3.95 GPA in economics, and equestrian's Maria Salazar, who owns a 3.86 GPA in consumer economics. The highest team GPA for 2011-12 belonged to the gymnastics program at 3.46.
University President Michael Adams also praised the University of Missouri for its hospitality during the Georgia football team's recent trip to Columbia. Adams said it was one of the best road weekends he can remember, and he hopes to foster the "opponents not enemies" atmosphere experienced at Missouri with other Southeastern Conference schools.