UPDATE: January 6, 2015 at 11:23 a.m. ET
A development has occurred in correlation to the November 2014 hacking of the University of Georgia football program's website.
The Athens Banner-Herald's Joe Johnson (h/t CollegeSpun.com's Dan Lyons) reports that a Georgia Tech student has been indicted by a grand jury for allegedly tampering with the team's online schedule. Ryan Gregory Pickren, 21, could face up to 15 years in prison and a $50,000 fine if found guilty of changing the team's scheduled game against Georgia Tech to "Get Ass Kicked By GT."
Johnson reports that Pickren, a computer engineering major, turned himself into authorities after a superior court judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest in December. Pickren is out of jail on a $5,000 bond.
Don't mess with Georgia football, guys.
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Please note that a change has been made to your regularly scheduled game, Georgia fans.
Where you once had a “Yellow Jacket shellacking” for Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech, you will now be subjected to a posterior-trashing.
This was the spirit of a recent notification on the Bulldogs’ official website, which Georgia Tech fans appeared to have hacked this week.
CollegeSpun.com’s Matt Lombardi captured a screenshot of changes that were made to the Georgia football schedule.
The site read: “Get Ass Kicked By GT.” It has since been revised to its original state.
Chalk up another small coup for tech-savvy Georgia Tech fans, who continue to wage cyber guerrilla warfare against their instate rivals. Earlier in the week, presumed Yellow Jackets supporters began snapping up URLs and redirecting traffic to other web sites.
Lombardi spotted a number of tweets on the matter. Fans appear to have bought the rights to “WalmartAcademy.com” and “UGAGrads.com” and funneled visitors to Georgia’s official website and McDonald’s careers section.
Anything could happen Saturday, with the 16th-ranked Yellow Jackets and ninth-ranked Bulldogs both entering the game at 9-2.
If Mark Richt’s record is any indication, however, Georgia will ride to victory despite losing Todd Gurley to a torn ACL for the season. The Bulldogs are 12-1 against Georgia Tech under Richt, and they clearly have plenty of motivational fodder for the matchup.
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