Georgia Accepts Invitation To AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Dec. 5, 2010


Coach Richt and Greg McGarity on Bowl Teleconference

ATHENS -- The Georgia Bulldogs (6-6) were extended, and accepted, an AutoZone Liberty Bowl invitation Sunday to face Conference USA Champion UCF in Memphis, Friday, Dec. 31. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CT and will be televised nationally by ESPN.

The Bulldogs have made two previous trips to the Memphis bowl. The 'Dogs lost to N.C. State, 14-7, in the 1967 contest and defeated Arkansas, 20-17, on John Kasay's 39-yard field goal on the final play of the game in 1987.

Liberty Bowl

This will mark the second meeting between Georgia and UCF. The 'Dogs defeated UCF, 24-23, in a 1999 regular season game in Athens. Georgia has faced UCF coach George O'Leary on seven occasions during his tenure as head coach at Georgia Tech. Bulldog coach Mark Richt has faced O'Leary on only one occasion--2001.

"We are delighted with the selection of our team to represent the Southeastern Conference in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl," said UGA Director of Athletics Greg McGarity. "It's an opportunity to return to Memphis after 23 years and play a conference champion in UCF. The Liberty Bowl has 50-year tradition in the bowl business dating back to its first game in 1959. We look forward to bringing our team and fans to Memphis over the holidays."

"I'm really excited for our team and especially our seniors with the opportunity to play at a bowl game with such tremendous tradition and history," said UGA head coach Mark Richt. "It's also a destination that will be new to most of our fans and supporters. I know our team and coaches will prepare well to represent the Southeastern Conference against UCF, a team that had an outstanding regular season ending with a conference championship."

This will be Georgia's 46rd bowl game--sixth most of any team in the country. The Bulldogs' bowl record is 26-16-3.

The Bell Behind the Bowl

Pennsylvania is well known as the home of the Liberty Bell. But it's also the home of the company behind the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Trophy. Headquartered in Sellersville, PA., Schulmerich Bells is the world's leading manufacturer of handbells, cast bells and electronic bell instruments. Ties to the Liberty Bell are strong--not only because of the company's product line, but because of its location along the Liberty Trail, the site of a dramatic chapter in Liberty Bell history.

Just months after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, with British occupation of Philadelphia imminent, the Bell was taken down and moved under cover of night along the Liberty Trail from Philadelphia to Bethlehem--traveling past the site where Schulmerich Bells is now located. The wagon transporting the 2,000-pound bell broke down in Bethlehem, and, for a moment, the mission was in doubt. Soon, however, a second wagon arrived to take the Bell to nearby Allentown, where it was hidden beneath the floor of the Zion Reformed Congregation Church. The Bell remained there until the British evacuated Philadelphia a year later.

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl Trophy produced by Schulmerich is an authentic, one-quarter-sized replica of the bell that rang in Independence Hall to announce the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It has the same nicked edges, foundry marks, misspelled inscription and even the famous crack--all crafted to maintain the integrity of the Bell in every detail. Cast in traditional black bronze, the bell measures 12 inches in diameter and 11-1/2 inches high with crown. It is bolted to a handmade wooden yoke and swings on legs cast with the filigree design that appears on the original mounting.

Schulmerich's involvement in cast bells is by no means limited to the replica produced for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Trophy. Since its founding in 1935, the company has installed thousands of cast bell instruments ranging in size from single bells to huge 61-bell carillons. Today, the majestic sound of Schulmerich cast bell music can be heard from churches, universities, memorial parks, commercial buildings and public places around the world.

Throughout the years, Schulmerich has gained a reputation not only for outstanding craftsmanship and quality but for product innovation. The company's history is marked by a number of firsts. The company's founder, George Schulmerich, was the first to conceive of electronically amplifying bells and worked to develop the first "electro-mechanical" carillon. Today, the company's line of state-of-the-art electronic carillons offers digital sound with no moving parts to break or wear out.

Schulmerich was also the first American producer of handbells, producing its first 25-note prototype handbell sets in 1962. The company currently offers sets as small as 8 bells and as large as 73, along with a broad range of handbell accessories. Each Schulmerich handbell comes with a lifetime guarantee that covers the entire bell--from the tuned bell casting and the clapper assembly to the handle. No wonder that Schulmerich handbells are rung by more choirs, churches, schools and other institutions than any other.

All Schulmerich bell instruments combine old-world craftsmanship along with the latest technological innovations--including computer-aided design and high-tech manufacturing and quality control techniques. A leading innovator in bell instrument technology, the company has been awarded 32 U.S. patents on various bell products.

Schulmerich's latest innovation is the new True Cast carillon, designed to digitally produce sound uncannily like that of huge bronze instruments costing tens of thousands of dollars more.

True Cast carillons use CD-quality sampled sounds and one of the world's most advanced Digital Signal Processors to re-create the sound of cast bells. Sound samples are stored in eight megabytes of RAM and processed to create bell music with realistic tonal complexity, sounding as many as 24 notes at once. True Cast instruments have no moving parts to break or wear out--no cassettes, no floppy disks, no rolls, no CDs, no hard disk and no fans.

Every True Cast instrument uses Schulmerich's Auto-Belle patented sequencing system for playing and programming the world's largest library of carillon music. The Sequencer provides complete control over 125 possible program settings each day, via a simple touch-pad that prompts the user every step of the way.

A bell can be more than a musical instrument, more than a means of communication, more than a sound that calls us to worship. A bell can be a symbol, a bell can be a special spiritual sound, a bell can be magic. The AutoZone Liberty Bell has that symbolic, spiritual magic.

It has been a long journey from that dark night along the Liberty Trail in 1777, and Schulmerich is proud to be associated with 2010 AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

Liberty Bowl History

1/02/2010 Arkansas 20 - East Carolina 17 (OT) 62,742
1/02/2009 Kentucky 25 - East Carolina 19 56,125
12/29/2007 Mississippi State 10 - UCF 3 63,816
12/29/2006 South Carolina 44 - Houston 36 56,103
12/31/2005 Tulsa 31 - Fresno State 24 54,894
12/31/2004 Louisville 44 - Boise State 40 58,355
12/31/2003 Utah 17 - Southern Miss 0 55,917
12/31/2002 TCU 17 - Colorado State 3 55,207
12/31/2001 Louisville 28 - BYU 10 58,968
12/29/2000 Colorado St 22 - Louisville 17 58,302
12/31/1999 Southern Miss 23 - Colorado St 17 56,570
12/31/1998 Tulane 41 - BYU 27 52,192
12/31/1997 Southern Miss 41 - Pittsburgh 7 50,209
12/27/1996 Syracuse 30 - Houston 17 49,163
12/30/1995 East Carolina 19 - Stanford 13 47,307
12/31/1994 Illinois 30 - East Carolina 0 46,212
12/28/1993 Louisville 18 - Michigan St 7 21,097
12/31/1992 Ole Miss 13 - Air Force 0 47,602
12/29/1991 Air Force 38 - Miss St. 15 61,497
12/27/1990 Air Force 23 - Ohio St. 11 32,262
12/28/1989 Ole Miss 42 - Air Force 29 60,128
12/28/1988 Indiana 34 - S. Carolina 10 32,210
12/29/1987 Georgia 20 - Arkansas 17 53,240
12/29/1986 Tennessee 21 - Minnesota 14 51,357
12/27/1985 Baylor 21 - LSU 7 40,186
12/27/1984 Auburn 21 - Arkansas 15 50,180
12/29/1983 Notre Dame 19 - Boston Co. 18 48,071
12/29/1982 Alabama 21 - Illinois 15 54,123
12/30/1981 Ohio St 31 - Navy 28 43,216
12/27/1980 Purdue 28 - Missouri 25 53,667
12/22/1979 Penn St. 9 - Tulane 6 50,021
12/23/1978 Missouri 20 - LSU 15 53,064
12/19/1977 Nebraska 21 - N. Carolina 17 49,456
12/20/1976 Alabama 36 - UCLA 6 52,736
12/22/1975 So. Cal. 20 - Texas A & M 0 52,129
12/16/1974 Tennessee 7 - Maryland 3 51,284
12/17/1973 N. C. St. 31 - Kansas 18 50,011
12/18/1972 Georgia Tech 31 - Iowa St 30 50,021
12/20/1971 Tennessee 14 - Arkansas 13 45,410
12/12/1970 Tulane 17 - Colorado 3 44,460
12/13/1969 Colorado 47 - Alabama 33 50,042
12/14/1968 Ole Miss 34 - VA Tech 17 46,206
12/16/1967 N.C. St 14 - Georgia 7 35,054
12/10/1966 Miami 14 - VA Tech 7 39,101
12/18/1965 Ole Miss 13 - Auburn 7 38,607
12/19/1964 Utah 32 - W. VA 6 6,059
12/21/1963 Miss St. 16 - N.C. St. 12 8,309
12/15/1962 Oregon St. 6 - Villanova 0 17,047
12/16/1961 Syracuse 15 - Miami 14 15,712
12/17/1960 Penn St. 41 - Oregon 12 16,624
12/19/1959 Penn St. 7 - Alabama 0 36,211



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