Georgia will pay out $1M to add team to schedule

Florida Atlantic head coach Howard Schnellenberger, once Mark Richt's coach at Miami, will face Georgia at Sanford Stadium in a 2012 matchup.

Georgia has added Florida Atlantic to its 2012 football schedule for a $1 million guarantee. It's the highest payout ever for a Bulldogs opponent.


The home game, on Sept. 15, 2012, replaces a road game originally scheduled with Louisville and sets up what could be an intriguing coaching matchup between Georgia's Mark Richt and Florida Atlantic's Howard Schnellenberger .

Richt played quarterback for Schnellenberger, now 76, at Miami.

Florida Atlantic and Georgia have signed a memorandum of understanding to play on the same date that the Bulldogs were scheduled to play at Louisville.

Games with the Cardinals in 2011 and 2012 were canceled so Georgia could schedule Boise State to open next season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Quarterback Stephen Garcia is walking around with his left arm in a sling, although coach Steve Spurrier says he should be fine for the Southeastern Conference championship game on Saturday.

Spurrier says Garcia hurt his left shoulder in a 29-7 victory over Clemson last week. He expects Garcia to throw the football today in preparation for Saturday's matchup at the Georgia Dome with No. 2 Auburn.

GEORGIA SOUTHERN: Jeff Monken is a wanted man, but Georgia Southern's first-year coach said Tuesday he wasn't interested in what was being offered.

Louisiana-Lafayette officially requested to talk with Monken late last week in hopes of filling its coaching vacancy created after the firing of Rickey Bustle , Georgia Southern athletic director Sam Baker said.

But after practice Tuesday, Monken squashed any rumors of his potential exit.

ACC AWARDS: Maryland's Ralph Friedgen is the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coach of the Year for the second time, while Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien is the school's first conference rookie of the year.

Friedgen received 29 votes from 61 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer was second with 19. North Carolina State's Tom O'Brien and Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher each received six votes. One ballot was left blank.

O'Brien got 54 votes, while Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes and Wake Forest running back Josh Harris each had three votes and Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins received one vote.