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    Quote Originally Posted by PowerEagle View Post

    Someone once told me that when the wheels fall off the wagon, you can either complain that the wheels fell off and go nowhere, or grab an axle and start running.

    Like Oklahoma did Saturday, but the axles was gone with the wheels...
    Know I know why they call them "carriage bolts"....and they were all missing.


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    Hello,

    Thank you all for your concerns about what happened on Saturday. We'd like to explain what occurred, as well as explain the resolution to everyone just so that everything is cleared up.

    On Saturday mid-day we were asked to remove our tailgate from the spot we have been in for four football seasons. We had set up on Friday night and dedicated extra time to secure things due to the approaching tropical storm remnants. There is a lot of he said/she said about what happened. We will leave it at this - we were asked to move by University Police and upon hearing about this, GS Athletics immediately contacted us via the phone and promised to get more information for us. Along with that, the Athletic Department sent a team of Game Day Operations staff to assist us with the take down in the pouring rain. About half an hour after that, the Athletic Director Tom Kleinlein personally showed up at the tailgate location along with an associate AD that we know from GS. Mr. Kleinlein guaranteed us that he would be investigating this first thing Monday morning and would have answers for us quickly. We deeply appreciated him showing up, keeping in communication with us, and bringing this to a great resolution for all parties.

    On Monday, a meeting time was set. On Tuesday afternoon in Statesboro, GATA Row met with Mr. Kleinlein, the University Police Department Chief, the Statesboro Police Chief, and several associate ADs. It touched us immensely that with a tragedy with the school going on, they still wanted to get this resolved. Don't worry - the meeting was less than half an hour and was quick. We would have been more than understanding if the timing had to change. This was a meeting where everyone was treated with tremendous respect on all sides. The Athletic Department said that they fully support traditions at Georgia Southern and want nothing more than to see them be successful. Mr. Kleinlein began by saying that he would like to see things continue at the PAC, but he wants things to go on safely. He wanted us to know GS Athletics would never want any traditions (new or old) to go away.

    It is now known to us that no parties involved had any bad intentions whatsoever. This is why we made one simple post Saturday asking for a conversation and then declined to comment online or to press about the situation after that. It was never our intention to lay blame on anyone or bring on any of the misinformation online. The take down actually had nothing to do with the weather. Simply put, the police are here for our safety and we respect that. What occurred was an officer from Statesboro drove by the day of the Louisiana game, saw a situation where hundreds of people were on the curb of the road (some, or many, with alcohol) and saw a big risk for an accident to occur. Of course, we can't fault him for that. It is likely that he drove by a few minutes before the Eagle Walk/Eagle Drive By with the yellow school buses as this is the moment of the day when this occurs. So in the eyes of the police they were just wanting there to be a lesser risk of an accident in the area. There was a lapse in communication from the police through proper channels to us but that was entirely accidental and not done purposely. Again - no one had any ill intentions.

    In the meeting, we explained the history of GATA Row as well as the vision of wanting to grow it from the Plant Drive red light down Chandler Road by the PAC. The police were understanding and told us that they would like us to make some safety upgrades. These upgrades are more than reasonable, which we will be sharing on social media later today. They include more spacing between the tents and the road, less people/groups standing alongside the road, better signage for drivers on Chandler Road, etc. We said that we were happy to oblige and understood the concerns and need for more safety as there is a road with vehicles just feet from the tailgating. The exact spot we are talking about between the sidewalk and the road is very technical legally for what can occur there and who is allowed to say "yes" and "no" to things there. That was why there was a need for a meeting with four parties.

    We sincerely appreciate and thank Mr. Kleinlein and GS Athletics for supporting us, the traditions at Georgia Southern and personally getting this resolved very quickly. We also thank both Police Chiefs for being kind to us and willing to work with us moving forward. We look forward to seeing everyone this weekend at homecoming and at all future GS home and away games. GATA!

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    Epic first post! Welcome and glad to hear how it was resolved.
    Ever devoted to the twin causes of reason and justice . . . ever at risk of waxing verbose

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    Thanks and welcome to the flightline. Good to see good communication and collaboration resolve a potentially major issue with fan support. One suggestion for Saturday may be to have someone mark the setback line on the ground for the first implementation of the new guidelines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TiftEagle View Post
    Thanks and welcome to the flightline. Good to see good communication and collaboration resolve a potentially major issue with fan support. One suggestion for Saturday may be to have someone mark the setback line on the ground for the first implementation of the new guidelines.
    With a color that does not indicate utilities when digging, Blue maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yourmother View Post
    Like Oklahoma did Saturday, but the axles was gone with the wheels...
    Know I know why they call them "carriage bolts"....and they were all missing.

    Nah, that’s just called Idiot Driver.

    A decreasing radius turn is just NOT gonna go well in any vehicle with a high CG

  7. #47

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    Hard to get enough negative camber dialed in on a buggy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcountry View Post
    Nah, that’s just called Idiot Driver.

    A decreasing radius turn is just NOT gonna go well in any vehicle with a high CG
    The horses kept running and stayed upright, so the issue was with how the wagon was connected, or not connected properly. Source: a horse owner. He was a show horse at one point, just don't have the time for that anymore.
    No longer eating crow for saying "The TO is gone get over it!!"

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