ATHENS - The temperature is now above freezing in the Classic City and the sun is out. So the snow and ice that hit the ground the past few days has begun to melt, but very slowly. Ice is harder to melt than snow. For that reason, the schedules of various UGA sports teams continues to be affected:
- Scott Stricklin's debut as head baseball coach has been pushed back a day. Friday's scheduled opener against Georgia Southern was postponed, and instead the two teams will hold a doubleheader on Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m. (The current forecast calls for a high of 50 on Saturday.)
- The Georgia men's basketball was not able to leave Starkville, Miss. until mid-afternoon on Thursday. A team spokesman said the team was able to get a flight out of Starkville, after thinking for awhile it would have to bus to Columbus, Miss., then fly home.
In the meantime, Mississippi State was kind enough to let Mark Fox's team practice inside their gym on Thursday, prior to their departure home. Georgia has what is now a pretty vital game on Saturday at home against Ole Miss. (There's a good chance Mississippi State was eager to help a team in its preparation against its in-state arch-rival.)
- Georgia's gymnastics meet against Missouri on Friday night was canceled, and will not be made up. Missouri's commercial flight into the area was canceled and it was unable to get another one.
- The Georgia softball team's scheduled tournament, set for Friday-to-Sunday, was also canceled. There haven't been any announced plans yet for making it up. The Bulldogs are 5-0 so far this season.
- Finally, the Georgia women's basketball team is in Texas A&M for its scheduled game on Thursday night. The team flew out on Tuesday, driving to Atlanta and then departing from there to College Station.