It happened in 2012. Georgia won the SEC East and played Alabama for the conference title. Georgia Tech tied Miami and North Carolina for first in the ACC Coastal but, since the Tar Heels were ineligible and the Hurricanes chose in late November to remove themselves from postseason play, the Yellow Jackets advanced to meet Florida State in the league championship game.
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“This is the flyer we discussed this am,” he said in an email sent to COO Bart Gobeil around 10 a.m. that morning. He added: “I am not sure of the validity of the information so it will need to be verified but I thought Teya should be made aware,” a reference to GPB president Teya Ryan.
It should be noted that his outside work was common knowledge in political circles. This July 2012 AJC story mentions Rogers’ role as the “public face” of the hotel group.
Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said in a statement that the governor’s office had no knowledge of Rogers’ work.
“We were unaware of outside employment and we acted immediately to inform GPB once we learned of it,” said Robinson.
Gobeil, who had an 8 a.m. call that morning with Ryan on his calendar, responded a few minutes later that he “brought this to her attention” and that she will “review and take immediate appropriate action.”
“I enjoyed my time with GPB,” Rogers said in the statement. “Our show had great ratings and my blog was the most widely read on the site. I look forward to my next challenge and wish the best for everyone at GPB.”
But the move may have been brewing for at least a month. Lawmakers in March redirected funds dedicated to GPB’s economic development television division to ventures that promote a “wide variety” of projects. The governor’s office often has a say in these late additions.