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Post Gary Stokan does in-state schools no favor

Friday January 4, 2008

The Atlanta Sports Council has brokered a nationally-televised game between Clemson and Alabama to be played at the Georgia Dome on August 30 at 8 p.m., according to the AJC.

The game invites two regional powers and recruiting rivals into the backyard of Georgia and Georgia Tech. Naturally Clemson and Alabama coaches are giddy over a beachhead into the talent-rich state of Georgia.

Coaches from both schools see the exposure generated from the game as beneficial to recruiting,

"I thought it was a win-win for both schools," said Clemson coach Tommy Bowden. "Once the TV platform, the exposure and the opponent were explained, it was a no-brainer."

Saban said, "I’ve always been an advocate of us playing in a game that can get us national recognition."

The Sports Council probably did try to talk to Georgia and/or Georgia Tech first, but there’s no advantage to either school in moving a home game to the Georgia Dome. I’m sure Stokan and the Sports Council are proud of themselves for arranging what amounts to a preseason bowl game for the city of Atlanta, but allow me to say what Mark Richt won’t: suck it, Gary. Thanks for nothing.

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