Georgia, Georgia Tech discussing moving 2011 football game to start of season

ATLANTA — Officials at Georgia Tech and Georgia confirmed Wednesday that the two schools have entered into preliminary talks about playing their annual football game inside the Georgia Dome to open the 2011 season.

Traditionally, the game is held the last weekend of November.

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Georgia Tech athletics director Dan Radakovich said his school has begun talking with officials at Georgia, as well as members of the Atlanta Sports Council — the group that puts on the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic. Sponsored by the Georgia-based restaurant chain that bears its name, the Classic has featured teams from the ACC and SEC since its inception last year. In that time, neither program from Georgia has appeared in the game which is aired nationally on ESPN.

"We are far from having any type of an agreement on this model, but for us it is an intriguing discussion from a long-term schedule standpoint," Radakovich said in a statement.

His statement came on the heels of comments Wednesday morning from Georgia athletics director Damon Evans, who told the Athens Banner-Herald that playing the game earlier is "something we have to think about." He went on to add that he had not committed fully to the idea of the game and that "it’s too early to tell" if it will even be played to begin the 2011 season.

If the game were to move, it would be played Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011. Georgia currently has a home game against Louisville slotted for that date. The Yellow Jackets meanwhile, have not yet confirmed an opponent for that day.

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