ALBANY - In the past year, Georgia has scheduled a series with Notre Dame and a season-opener against North Carolina. Now another marquee opponent, or two, is being worked on.
Athletics director Greg McGarity said Georgia was eyeing "memorable" games next decade against teams that play in "iconic stadiums." He estimated that such a series could be announced within four-to-five months.
"I ask staff, I ask friends, I ask donors, if you had two or three places where would you like to go? And they've aligned with what I think," McGarity said Tuesday before a UGA Day in Albany. "So that's what we're trying to do, is do some experiences not only for our fans but our students."
You can scratch one possibility off the list: Ohio State.
Georgia and Ohio State had a memorandum of understanding to play in 2020 and 2021. But that was canceled by Ohio State, and McGarity said it will not be revived.
"Once Urban came in that was off the table," McGarity said of Urban Meyer, hired as Ohio State coach in 2012.
Michigan is another unlikely opponent, McGarity said, pointing out the Wolverines were "tied up" with other schools, including Florida.
But the A.D. played coy when other schools were mentioned by reporters.
"I think Penn State would be a great matchup," McGarity said, nodding when USC and UCLA were also thrown out. "You're thinking like I'm thinking. Those are the type of venues that we'd love to play in. You mentioned three, and those are three that I would agree with you on. You've got the Coliseum, the Rose Bowl and Happy Valley. I think our fans, that'd be pretty neat. So that's the type of iconic things that we're talking about doing."