Magill takes in SEC Tournament in Athens

ATHENS – Rain, rain, go away – that was the chant at the quarterfinals of the SEC Men's Tennis Tournament in Athens.

Georgia, the defending SEC Tournament champions, held the home court advantage when they beatMississippi State 4-0 today. However, both Bulldogs were forced to wait almost three and a half hours to play as a result of a very long match between top-seeded Ole Miss and LSU, but due mainly to rain.

"I'm pulling for whichever team can win fastest so that Georgia can play," said former Georgia head coach and sports information director Dan Magill. "Go Vols," he said out loud in the indoor facility's press box when Tennessee seemed close to victory.

Magill was holding court, as usual, with friends in the press pox as he watched South Carolina and Tennessee fight it out at Georgia's indoor facility. No question, Magill has seen more than his fair share of matches in his lifetime – you'll have to excuse him if he just wants to see the Bulldogs play.

After all it was Magill that led the Bulldogs to two national championships while serving as tennis coach in Athens during his long career. One of those teams, the 1985 team, is having its 20th year anniversary this week.

"It's going to be a busy week," he said when asked about both the conference tournament and the reunion, all in the same weekend.

But Magill stays busy – even though he's a "young" 84. He still works at the ITA Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame during the week and will be up in Nashville next year to play in the Men's 85s National Tournament (that means players that are 85 years and older compete against one another).

"I'll be the new kid on the block," said Magill chatting to his friends.

It's hard to imagine Magill, who racked up 706 career wins during his 34-year career in Athens to go along with his 13 outdoor and 8 indoor SEC titles, as the new kid on the block. He founded the Georgia Bulldog Club in 1953 and served as the school's SID for 27 years. For nearly 69 years Magill has been associated with Georgia – a new kid he is not. But a legend he is.


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