By ERIC RANGUS
© St. Petersburg Times, published April 22, 2001
For the first time in its 17-year history, the Georgia-Florida All-Star Football Game will be held in neither Georgia nor Florida.
After spending several months in danger of cancellation because of sponsorship and venue problems, the game will take place June 16 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., as part of a doubleheader with the Tennessee-Kentucky all-star game.
"We had heard rumors about the game moving," said Hillsborough coach Earl Garcia, who also serves as president of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association. "They're trying to promote it really hard (in Tennessee). The game is a pretty important recruiting tool."
The series has been played annually since 1985. With a 14-10 win last year, Georgia took a 7-6-3 series lead.
Participants from the Tampa Bay area in this year's game are Gaither running back Lydell Ross, Jesuit placekicker Xavier Beitia and Plant City linebacker Phillip Marshall.