Ivan could bother Dawgs

Posted Sep 15, 2004

ATHENS – Hurricane Ivan may not be headed right for Athens, but it may affect Georgia’s practice schedule none-the-less.

Thursday’s forecast calls for a 100% chance of rain, and without an indoor practice facility, Georgia could be stuck out in the rain. A few times earlier this season Mark Richt took his team to the Atlanta Falcons’ indoor facility in Flower Branch to practice, but that is not likely this week.

“It depends on the weather,” he said. “I think if we get a light rain, we will probably go ahead with the practice. You never know when you will have to play a game in weather.”

Georgia has played in unfavorable conditions a few times in the past few seasons; perhaps the worst came against Ole Miss in 2000. In that game, Georgia battled the Rebels, the near freezing temperatures, as well as the rain, to win 32-14.

Georgia spotted the Rebels a 14 point lead before halftime before scoring 32 unanswered points. This week Richt just hopes to stay out of the rain on Saturday.

“That’s the thing about weather: you never know where it’s going; it could change,” said Richt. “I know it’s getting close and as it gets closer I will watch it closer. Thursday is the big day we don’t know about yet. If it is raining on Thursday, and not thundering and lightning – it’s good to go out and practice in the wet because you can play in a wet game. I would opt for practicing the rain Thursday unless it’s awful.”

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