Dawgs finalize 2008 slate

ATHENS - The University of Georgia and Central Michigan University have signed a memorandum of understanding which schedules the two teams to play in Athens on Sept. 6, 2008.

As first reported on Dawg Post, the game will be the first meeting between the schools and finalizes the 2008 Georgia schedule which includes home games with Georgia Southern, Alabama, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Georgia Tech, in addition to Central Michigan.

"We're delighted that we've teamed up with Central Michigan for the 2008 game in Athens," said UGA Director of Athletics Damon Evans.

"We were looking for a quality Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1-A) opponent and we found that in Central Michigan which won the Mid-American Conference championship last year and also defeated Middle Tennessee in the Motor City Bowl."

The agreement provides for a guarantee to Central Michigan of $750,000.

Georgia defensive coordinator Willie Martinez and linebacker coach John Jancek both have ties to Central Michigan. Martinez coached defensive backs there in 1994, '98 and '99 and served as assistant head coach and secondary coach in 2000 before joining the Georgia staff in 2001. Jancek served as defensive line coach at Central Michigan in 2003 and defensive coordinator and linebacker coach in 2004. A current member of the Chippewas' staff is Jeff Beckles who served as a graduate assistant coach at UGA in 2002, 2004 and '05.

Georgia has also scheduled a game in Athens with Coastal Carolina University from the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division 1-AA) Big South Conference for Sept. 17, 2011.

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