An earlier bowl game means a change to the Georgia football team's usual holiday schedule.
Georgia's coaching staff has elected to report to Charlotte on Dec. 24 for the Belk Bowl, and hold its first practice the next day. Yes, that means practicing on Christmas Day, and being away from family, unless they make the trip too.
The move is an effort to get in the normal amount of bowl week practices: The Belk Bowl, against Louisville, is on Dec. 30, so the team is set to get five practices in Charlotte before the game.
In years past, the Bulldogs have reported on Dec. 26. But the team played on Jan. 1 or 2nd the past three seasons, and Dec. 31 in 2010.
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Georgia will also hold four practices in Athens, Dec. 17-20, before breaking for the holiday. The final exams schedule prevents earlier practices.