Kickoff Friday 2012

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UGA alumni and fans gather on campus the Friday before the first home game to celebrate the upcoming season. Among the events, sponsored by the Alumni Association: a breakfast featuring Head Football Coach Mark Richt and a luncheon for the Women of UGA. For more photos go to the Kickoff Friday Web page at http://www.alumni.uga.edu.

MeriLogan Nix, 13, and Taylor Karvonen, 15, guests of Jonathan Cabe (BBA ’85), all of Nashville, Ga., cozy up to Hairy Dawg during the Kickoff Friday breakfast at the Georgia Center.

On hand for the kickoff breakfast and Coach Mark Richt’s speech were, from left: Heather Nix (Pharm.D ’12) and James Nix, of Travelers Rest, S.C.; Jody Cabe (BBA ’85) of Nashville, Ga.; Debbie Crowe (ABJ ’82), Bill Crowe and Mandy Crowe, of Athens, Ga.

Kickoff Friday featured a panel discussion with wives of UGA coaches. The event, part of the Women of UGA series, was moderated by Chuck Dowdle, retired sports director and anchor for WSB-TV in Atlanta. From left: Sheryl McGarity, married to Director of Athletics Greg McGarity; Dowdle; Cindy Fox, married to Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mark Fox; Pam Landers, married to Head Women’s Basketball Coach Andy Landers; Ashley Pearson, married to Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Phillip Pearson; Paige Grantham, married to Football Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham; Lainie Bobo, married to Football Offensive Coordinator Mike Bobo; and Katharyn Richt, married to Head Football Coach Mark Richt.