Coach Hartman has been an integral part of our athletic program over many, many years. He played a significant role in the growth and success of the athletic association and has touched the lives of Georgia people both young and old for the better part of a century. He has a very big place in the history and tradition of the University of Georgia.
It's not a good idea to have the student-athletes from the opposing team going into the stands. One of the many reasons you have the SEC rule of not allowing fans to go onto the court is to protect the players. Anytime you get the players in the stands, it makes it that much more difficult for the event management to protect the players.
Nothing characterizes the tradition of college football more than the Georgia-Florida game in Jacksonville. It is one of the nation's most unique and enduring rivalries and we are excited that Jacksonville will continue to host this very special event that has meant so much not only to both universities, but also college football on a national level.
Georgia and Clemson is one of the oldest rivalries in the country. It's a natural fit and one that we are delighted has worked out in a way that suits the schedules of both schools. Some of the greatest college football games have been played between Georgia and Clemson over the years, especially in the 1980's, and we think this will be very well received by both Georgia and Clemson fans.
I don't think (Pearl) had bad intentions whatsoever. I can't tell you what he was thinking, but I know Coach Pearl is excited about what's going on with Tennessee basketball, which he should be. I just don't think it's a good idea to have the student athletes in the crowd because it breaks down the entire mechanism for protecting the players.