Dear Fellow Bulldogs,
First of all, I am very proud of the way we finished the season in Charlotte at the Belk Bowl. The preparation by our coaching staff and our student-athletes was exceptional, and we certainly performed like we practiced leading up to the game. The level of enthusiasm and determination we displayed was obvious to everyone, and we were able to maintain that edge throughout the game and defeat a very good Louisville squad. Ten wins and perhaps a Top 10 finish in the polls should make all Bulldogs proud.
In my 38 years of experience in college athletics, I can’t remember one full season where we had so many highs, lows and unique circumstances. Regardless of the situation, Mark and his staff kept their focus on the student-athletes and their well-being. Mark’s “move forward” approach to his profession allowed us to quickly rebound from our “lows” and control the only thing we could control — our next game. As we know, we enjoyed many “highs” after these “lows” this season.
Many times we forget this is a game played by youngsters who are dealing with a number of challenges of their own, and I appreciate the time and effort our student-athletes devote to our program all year long. In my conversations with Mark throughout the year, his student-athletes are always at the forefront of any decision, and I respect his consistency in this area.
I would also like to congratulate Mike Bobo on reaching his professional goal of becoming a head coach. We appreciate Mike’s contribution to UGA as a student-athlete and coach, and we will be pulling for the Rams and Mike for successes in the future.
I look forward to working alongside Mark in the future and in helping him move our program forward in all areas. We will be working on a contract extension with Mark over the coming days. I know Mark is focused on completing his coaching staff and recruiting. Our support staff is also focused on a number of construction projects, including the indoor practice facility and future enhancements to football areas in Sanford Stadium. We will keep you updated on progress in these areas as they develop.
We have so many dedicated and talented staff members working very hard to make our entire program the best it can be, and we are motivated to accomplish great things as a department in 2015.
As I said as we closed the calendar year of 2014, we have so much to be thankful for and we appreciate the support you provide to our program! Thanks for being there for us!
Happy New Year. Go Dogs!