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Harvard of the South? Ok

BiffLowmanBiffLowman Posts: 695 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate


  • BankwalkerBankwalker Posts: 5,348 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    I don’t understand the reasoning behind someone using “Harvard of the South” to reference UF. It seems this is only used by a very small number of people. It’s a compliment. Please explain.

  • christopheruleschristopherules Posts: 14,070 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    edited February 2020

    The "Harvard of the South" ???? <-------I thought that was what the academic types at Vanderbilt, there in Nashville who tried to say about themselves. Outside of their campus, I don't believe that there are too many people listening.

  • Raiderbeater1Raiderbeater1 Posts: 3,820 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    It’s usually in response to why UGA is dominating them in recruiting.

    UF was a “top 10 public university” and ranked around 7th last year. The problem is UF didn’t check to see UGA was 13th and killing them in recruiting within 6 spots of their “unreachable academic standard”.

    For example Bama is like 78th I believe.

  • JimWallaceJimWallace Posts: 5,585 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    edited March 2020

    They're the Harvard of West Gainesville (FL).

    Bless their hearts.

    Go, Dawgs!

  • christopheruleschristopherules Posts: 14,070 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    @Bankwalker I believe it's IS a compliment to Harvard. However, it seems to me to be an exaggeration on the part of the folks from whichever school is making the claim. For years I had heard this from folks at Vanderbilt. (My own grandfather graduated from Vandy), but that was the point. It appears to be some smug arrogance on the part of whoever is making the claim. In this case, it was Fleriduh??? FLERIDUH?? Really???? LOL!!!! 🤣

  • BankwalkerBankwalker Posts: 5,348 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    That was always my understanding, as well. In fact, I have used the same in a joking manner whenever speaking of the University of Georgia. I would always just say I went to the Harvard of the South. The response was always a puzzled huh, and then I would clarify I meant UGA. The other person always knew I was joking. So now imagine if a Florida fan referred to the University of Georgia as the Harvard of the south? The joke would not be very well played. We would all say “**** Right” and then thank them for acknowledging our superiority. My opinion: No Georgia person in their right mind should ever refer to the University of Florida in those terms.

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