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PART ONE: Start the tour in the stairway that leads from the third-floor lobby (which you've probably seen) to the new second floor wing. Note the detail with the Gs on the stairway.
Illuminated G logos are all over the new wing of Butts-Mehre. The old way was to have Gs on the ground that people would have to walk around (to not step on the G). Per Josh Brooks, the new idea was to place them in the ceilings so people wouldn't worry about stepping on the G.
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PART TWO: This is the new video room, which we're told is state of the art. The man in the middle photo is Brett Greene, who was recently hired after eight years as the assistant video director with the Jacksonville Jaguars as UGA's new video coordinator, replacing Joe Tereshinski, who moved to the weight room (you'll see that later).
The flat screen TV in the third photo is ... 103 INCHES!! It can split into 64 screens, similar to what a director would see during a live TV broadcast.
PART THREE: First down the hallway is the new area for UGA's defensive coaches. In the first photo, Josh Brooks shows us about the staff room for defensive coaches. To the right is the coordinator's new office.
PART FOUR: Here is the head coach's new office. The waiting room for visitors overlooks the track and practice fields. In the middle is the main area with television screen. Notice the door to the far left of the middle photo. That leads to a lounge specifically built for the HC to welcome recruits. The final photo on the right shows that lounge, which overlooks the new indoor practice room.
PART FIVE: The other side of the hallway (Richt's office is at the end) belongs to UGA's offensive coaches. The artwork in the hallway reflects that. In Brooks's words, "We're trying to tell a story as they go through the building."
The photo on the right is a painting that hangs in coordinator Mike Bobo's office.
PART SIX: The large outdoor patio rounds out the tour of the second floor (UGA plans to hold events here) ...
Then it's on to the first floor, where players are housed and the bulk of the operations really takes part. In the middle is the meeting room for the defensive line, and you see more artwork on the walls. This is of UGA's special teams, and among the moments featured is current RB coach Bryan McClendon blocking a punt against LSU in the 2005 SEC title game.
PART SEVEN: THE WEIGHT ROOM
Brand new and already being used by new strength coach Joe Tereshinski, here's UGA's weight room, which as you can see from the third picture, looks out onto the new practice area.
PART EIGHT: INDOOR PRACTICE ROOM
It is 20 yards by 60 yards, with artificial turf.
The second picture shows a garage door located in the corner, meaning it can be raised in nice conditions (Coach T plans to raise it to increase temperature for workouts in the summer, we're told). On the right, you see Richt's office (remember the recruiting lounge?) overlooks the indoor practice room with tinted windows.
PART NINE: The players' entry to the first floor is located on ground level, and the first thing they'll see upon entering those doors is a tribute to Richt (first pic on left).
We already showed you the position meeting rooms. There are also larger meeting rooms for offense and defense. You see the defensive room below.
PART TEN: TRAINING ROOM
One of the major disadvantages that UGA's team faced in 2010 was that training work often had to be done in trailers. Now Ron Courson's staff is in Butts-Mehre at a facility that features all kinds of extras for players, including the ability to do X-Rays on site.
"It's huge," trainer Emily Miller said. "It's much more of a functional space than we had."
PART ELEVEN: LOCKERS
In the team's new locker room, rows of lockers are split by numbers. Perhaps the most impressive thing to me of the entire tour is that each locker split has it's own TV and speaker system (see pic 3 below).
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PART TWELVE: LOCKER ROOM
Lights were out in there, so the first pic is a little dark. But you can see the tributes to former players like Herschel and Pollack.
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And finally ...
PART THIRTEEN: PLAYERS LOUNGE
Plush red and black chairs, couches and even an actual small movie screen (yes, the seats have cup holders -- see picture two below) are now the players' to use. This room has room flat screen TVs than I could count.
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