Only on 12: ASU athletic director hosts comedian Steve Harvey on local course, says GHSU/ASU merger 'really good for ASU athletics'

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email
Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey came to Augusta Saturday afternoon to hit the links. (WRDW-TV / March 26, 2012)

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Monday, March 26, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Steve Harvey was in town over the weekend for his final tour as a stand-up comedian.

It was not all fun and games. Harvey revealed the one place in Augusta that brings tears to his eyes, and the ASU athletic director spoke out for the first time about the upcoming GHSU/ASU merger.

"I love Augusta. It is one of my favorite cities," said comedian Steve Harvey. "Augusta has been good to me so many years."

Steve Harvey launched his first HBO special in Augusta, and the city was on the list of stops as he made his final tour as a stand-up comic. The topics were wide ranging.

"Everything that I can't say on the radio, that I can't say on TV," said Harvey with a smile. "Because I have a career and a Christian image."

Harvey could not come to the Garden City and not play a round of golf at Forest Hills Golf Course. There is one famous course Harvey says he has yet to see ... Augusta National.

"I want to go to Augusta, but I want you to know I'm going to cry," said Harvey to his golf partners. "I'm going to cry when I get there. So don't talk about me bad."

That love affair with Augusta and all the fans lands him a key to the city.

"I have to give all the credit and honor to God," Harvey said. "If I told you I saw all of this coming, or I had it in my plans, or I knew how to work it out, I would be lying to you. This is all blessings, and if I could get those same blessings on this golf course that would be great."

Former Mayor Bob Young joined Harvey on the course.

"As far as Bob Young goes," said Harvey with a smile, "I'm just hoping that he gets back into the political force, but as a Democrat. Then he'll stand a chance."

We asked Young about his political ambitions.

"Right now," Young said, "the only arena I want to be in is husband of the year. How about that?"

ASU Athletic Director Clint Bryant also joined Harvey on the course.

"It's an opportunity for some great golf," Bryant said. "The weather is good. We can't ask for more."

Bryant will soon tee up conversations about the upcoming GHSU/ ASU merger.

"We're going to be a top-tier research university and that's good for Augusta State," Bryant said. "It is really good for Augusta State athletics as well."

But what about the name?

"The Jaguars are the Jags, so since they don't have any athletics," said Bryant about GHSU, "athletics is easy."

After all, the Jags have quite a reputation on the golf course.

"I know! Two national championships 2010 and 2011," said Harvey with a smile. "I was not a part of that."

But he was happy to play with the best at Augusta State's Forest Hills golf course.

Just how good could the merger be for athletics? The Ripken Group recently pitched a new entertainment complex to Dr. Ricardo Azziz. It included a field for football and baseball. It also included an events center. Azziz called the plan "cool." He says they'll take the next few months to discuss possible financing options.


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