Chris M. Lindsey

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ESPN Goes to Sapelo Island

ESPN’s Outside the Lines recently profiled Allen Bailey, the only NFL player ever from a tiny community on Sapelo Island, Georgia. Watch the video here.

I had the privilege to visit Sapelo Island while taking an honors course at the University of Georgia. Sapelo Island is one of those rare places in the United States (and increasingly, the world) that seems completely cut off from humanity. We studied the ecology of Sapelo Island (a barrier island with marsh on one side), but the people that live on Sapelo are a study in sociology/anthropology.

I don’t remember the Reynolds Mansion looking that nice when I visited Sapelo, nor do I remember any of the construction shown in the video. It was just a small gullah/geechee community with a UGA research facility. With great food.

Another Article about

The Red and Black has a followup article about the Koofers acquisition of, a startup that I co-founded.  I was really heartened to see this quote from a UGA student:

“It’s definitely different and I’m still getting used to it,” said Lois Kim, a freshman from Suwanee. “But Koofers has a lot more on it than the Key did and I think it’s a good change.”

As I told the Red and Black, we wanted to improve the access students had to information that would help their academic career, and I think Koofers exceeds that goal.

Red and Black on the Key Acquisition

The University of Georgia student newspaper, the Red and Black, wrote up the acquisition.  I really appreciated this from Koofers:

“ is one of the most widely used sites in this category, particularly for the course registration process,” Hatfield said. “It is a popular tool with solid data.”

Koofers Press Release on Key

Koofers published their own press release about the acquisition here. Announces Acquisition by Koofers Announces Acquisition by Koofers

Georgia Alumni Thank Users, Ensure Grade Data for Future

February 14, 2011

University of Georgia students have a new resource for choosing their courses and professors., a website containing grades for most University of Georgia courses since 1999, will now be available from Koofers.

The eleven years of grade data previously available on, along with several thousand syllabi, will now be accessible through, along with course textbook listings, professor reviews, and other services that Koofers brings to over 2,000 campuses nationwide. was developed by UGA alumni Chris M. Lindsey ‘08, Noah Mink ‘08, and Paul Ruddle ‘09. An original version of The Key was available on a Black Tie Party website in March of 2006, while officially opened its doors on August 11, 2007.

“We created to provide a service to UGA students,” said Chris Lindsey, co-founder. “We’ve had a great time building and maintaining the site. But, as we’ve graduated from UGA, we’ve found less time to add the new features to the site that we’ve always dreamed of. Koofers will provide more great services to UGA students, at no cost.”

Fellow co-founder Paul Ruddle added, “We want to thank all the UGA students who have made an invaluable part of their course registrations for more than five years. We know Koofers will continue to provide the important information you’ve come to expect from us, and we look forward to seeing what exciting new things they have in store.” Founders,

Chris M. Lindsey
Noah Mink
Paul Ruddle

About Koofers

Koofers, Inc. is a social learning company transforming higher education through student-driven, intercollegiate collaboration. Founded in 2008, Koofers empowers students to help each other learn by providing open and free access to: course materials, class and professor ratings, study aids and more.

New UGA Football Mindset

This is what I want to see from University of Georgia football recruits:

“I just want to say to Jay at the end of his announcement, I heard your call,” Drew said. “And now I’ve given an answer. Isaiah Crowell, we’re waiting on you; Antonio Richardson, we’re waiting on you; John Jenkins, we’re waiting on you; and Jeoffrey Pagan, we’re waiting on you. Come join what we’re putting together, the Dream Team. But remember, a dream is only a dream until you make it reality. So I’m calling you out on this one. I hope you’re not afraid to be thrown into the fire. I hope you’re not afraid to be the ones to make the change.”

Georgia football needs a new mindset, and I like this!

Fran Tarkenton Realistic on the State of Georgia Football

Fran Tarkenton, on the state of University of Georgia football (and compare to Coach Mark Richt’s positive outlook on the same):

I think what has happened in the last week at Georgia has been the most disturbing time that I have seen at Georgia football in a long time. You know people don’t want to look at reality. We don’t want to look at the signs…

And then I read this quote. Holy cow! Yesterday, where Mark Richt says, ‘I have been freed from administrative duties to spend more time on football.’ Then I quote him, he said, ‘the moves give him more time to study the game of football and be an expert and be on the cutting-edge.’ What has he been doing for nine years? I have never heard any college, high school; professional coach has ever said that I was not able to spend enough time on football. I had other issues.

I really have to agree with Georgia great Fran Tarkenton.  The issue with the Bulldogs is purely mindset.  We have everything we need to win, and the coaches and the players just need to get it together and get in the mindset of being a team and being winners.  No more excuses, just FINISH THE DRILL.

Can the guy help us beat Florida?

As [University of Georgia Defensive Coordinator] Todd Grantham gets re-acquainted with the recruiting trail, he has developed a pretty central philosophy:

“The first thing I ask is: Can the guy help us beat Florida,” Grantham, the Georgia defensive coordinator, said on Wednesday. “I mean truthfully, because that’s who we have to beat to win the SEC. And off the guys that I feel like we’re recruiting and have committed to us, I can say yes off of that. So I’m really excited off those guys.”

But what about South Carolina – which won the division this year and might be the favorite next year?

“I’m playing percentages,” Grantham said.

(Or perhaps Grantham is still riled that Steve Spurrier took a dig at him earlier this year. But I’ll take him at his word.)

From Seth Emerson.

Beats Gumby’s


This beats Gumby’s.

Good Words from Stacy Searels

Georgia Offensive Line Coach Stacy Searels, on whether the offensive line has turned a corner:

You gotta go out every Saturday and compete. If you think you’ve arrived because you’ve won two games in a row, you’re not very smart, I’ll say that.

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