Georgia Board Meeting: News and Notes

Josh Kendall's news and notes from Georgia's Athletic Association's spring meeting.

The board approved a new student ticket distribution system designed to ensure more access to tickets for incoming freshmen by making it harder for fifth- and sixth-year seniors to acquire student tickets.

The university, which distributes 18,000 tickets to students, will require students to be taking 12 hours of credit hours to buy tickets this fall. Starting in 2008, students will have to be enrolled in 12 hours for all and the previous spring in order to buy tickets. The policy will help stop the practice of students taking a light load in spring or fall for the sole purpose of remaining on campus for another football season, said faculty athletics representative Jere Morehead.

-- Adams addressed the recently released Academic Progress Rate numbers. The Bulldogs avoided any scholarship losses in the first year of the new plan's penalty phase, but Adams warned that Georgia isn't out of the academic woods yet.

"There will be some ups and downs, you better be ready," Adams said. "Four or five years ago, we dug ourselves in a hole in two or three sports, and now the way the APR is set up, if you dig a hole for four or five years, it's going to take four or five years to dig out."

Evans, though, expressed confidence that none of the school's programs would lose scholarships under the rule. The baseball and track teams were the only teams close to falling below the punishment line in this year's numbers.

-- The board was told to expect the new $30 million Stegeman Coliseum addition to complete by fall semester and perhaps as early as the end of June. The new building will house practice facilities and offices for the men's and women' basketball and gymnastics programs.

"I'm going to be really disappointed if that doesn't help us in recruiting with those three programs," Adams said.

-- The board approved spending $350,000 for the purchase and installation of "pro tables" for basketball games in Stegeman Coliseum. The tables will replace the current courtside tables in the arena and display statistics, information and advertising on a high-definition electronic screen.

-- Adams announced that as part of a more pro-active security system across campus in response to the Virginia Tech tragedy, there will be additional "spot checks" by campus security members at athletic events

"We will urge everyone to bear with us," Adams said.

-- Evans announced the promotion of senior women administrator Carla Williams to senior associate athletic director, a move that officially makes her the No. 3 administrator in the department behind Evans and Crumley.

-- The board recognized Adams for his upcoming two-year appointment as chairman of the NCAA's executive committee.

"There is no higher role in the NCAA someone can serve," Evans said.

-- The board heard a short presentation about a newly formed investment committee that will seek to maximize the return the association receives on its invested funds.

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