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Garrison Smith: Look out for Toby and ‘Meatball’

  • 4:22 pm Friday, January 31st, 2014 by Chip Towers

Garrison Smith is having a blast. He’s down in Pensacola, Fla., training hard for the NFL draft with a group called Athletes Performance Institute. He’s optimistic about his NFL prospects and, with his UGA degree already in hand, feels ready for whatever the future holds for him.

But in a lot of ways Smith wishes he could still be in Athens getting ready for another football season next fall. Smith was the only starter the Bulldogs lost off last year’s defense. With all the experience they have coming back and the new changes that are afoot, he believes Georgia’s defense is [More]

Did Georgia’s defense get better as result of Grantham’s departure?

  • 11:01 am Friday, January 31st, 2014 by Chip Towers
Todd Grantham, Georgia Bulldogs, SEC, Southeastern Conference, college football, Louisville Cardinals, defense

ATHENS —  The Bulldogs ended up completely rebuilding their defensive staff after coordinator Todd Grantham flew the coop for more money and less challenge at Louisville. But it’s hard to look  at what they’ve done since then and not say they’re better off.

They lost a defensive coordinator who had given up more points and yards than any Georgia coach in decades and replaced him with Jeremy Pruitt, the architect of the nation’s No. 1 defense on the national championship team. Since then the Bulldogs have added linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer, who earned two national championship rings as an assistant at [More]

UGA football tops SEC for academic honor roll selections

  • 6:59 pm Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – There was a lot of complaining about the Georgia Bulldogs’ 8-5 record this past football season. But nobody can complain about how UGA players are doing in the classroom.

The Bulldogs on Thursday had 38 football players named the SEC’s Academic Honor Roll for fall semester of 2013. That was tops among the conference’s 14 schools. After Georgia the top five included Tennessee (34), Vanderbilt (32), Florida (29) and Alabama & Arkansas (28 each).

UGA had 58 student-athletes overall recognized by the SEC for fall academic achievement, which ranks third best in the league. And the Bulldogs would be first [More]

Rescued by Roswell’s ‘Red Jeep Hero’

  • 9:58 am Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 by Chip Towers

I was among the lucky ones.

I was one of the thousands of that got stranded in yesterday’s gridlock for the ages. My sister and I were trying to make it to my father’s house in Calhoun to celebrate his 76th birthday. I was aware of the weather and the growing gridlock when we left shortly after lunch. But I planned to take back roads to avoid the interstates and, based on the weather forecasts I’d seen, I was certain it wouldn’t be around long or be as bad as some thought, especially since we were traveling north.

Boy was I wrong.

We [More]

UPDATE: Georgia vs. Vanderbilt basketball game ‘definitely on’ tonight

  • 9:29 am Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 by Chip Towers
Georgia Bulldogs, Mark Fox, college basketball, Vanderbilt Commodores, SEC

The Georgia-Vanderbilt basketball game is on tonight at Stegeman Coliseum. How many fans can get there remains to be seen.

The Commodores flew into Atlanta from Nashville yesterday but quickly deduced they wouldn’t be able to bus to Athens. So the team flew to Greenville, S.C., last night and the plan is to make the hour’s drive southwest to Athens later this afternoon. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

“The game is definitely on,” UGA spokesperson Claude Felton said late Wednesday morning.

Here’s A LINK to my story advancing tonight’s game between the Bulldogs (10-8, 4-2) and the Commodores (10-8, 2-4).

In [More]

Beat-up Bulldogs hope to heal before Vanderbilt

  • 4:37 pm Monday, January 27th, 2014 by Chip Towers

Apparently the Bulldogs are even more beat up than previously thought.

It’s well known that Georgia played without shooting guards Kenny Gaines (thigh bruise) and Juwan Parker (hamstring) this past Saturday at Kentucky. But forward Donte Williams also had to leave that game after slamming his head on the court while trying to take a charge from 250-pound Julius Randle. And guard J.J. Frazier had to get an MRI and X-rays of a wrist.

The good news is it appears the latter two players will be OK to play Wednesday at home against Vanderbilt. The bad news is coach Mark Fox is [More]

Tracy Rocker happy to finally help his home-state Bulldogs

  • 6:35 pm Saturday, January 25th, 2014 by Chip Towers

Asked Saturday afternoon if had indeed accepted a job with the Georgia Bulldogs, Tracy Rocker made no attempt to bridle his enthusiasm about the new gig

“Yep,” he said before shouting, “Go Dawgs!”

Rocker said it’s been a long time coming, him being able to say that. A native Atlantan, he said he has always been fond of the Bulldogs and everything UGA. Never mind that he was an All-America player and former coach at Auburn.

“I said that all the time growing up,” Rocker said of the ‘Go Dawgs’ phrase. “I grew up a Georgia fan. I got to watch them win [More]

Bulldogs make official the hiring of Kevin Sherrer as ‘defensive assistant’

  • 6:08 pm Friday, January 24th, 2014 by Chip Towers

UPDATE: UGA finally made official the hiring of Kevin Sherrer as a “defensive assistant” coach.

The AJC reported on Wednesday that Sherrer had been tabbed to join the staff of new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. Sherrer is expected to coach either inside or outside linebackers or both for the Bulldogs, according to persons familiar with the hiring. But Friday’s news release from Georgia did not specify beyond “defensive assistant.”

The Bulldogs two more vacancies left on the staff. They’re expected to fill them with either a defensive line coach, special teams coordinator and/or outside linebackers coach.

Following is the news released [More]

Jeremy Pruitt got job, but who else did UGA consider for D-coordinator?

  • 12:41 pm Friday, January 24th, 2014 by Chip Towers
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ATHENS – Georgia coach Mark Richt created a lot of intrigue at the Jan. 13 news conference to introduce new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt when he said he’d made just one other phone call before learning of Pruitt’s mutual interest in the Bulldogs.

Most assumed that one call was to Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. It was not.

Turns out it was someone most Georgia fans have never heard of — NFL defensive backs coach Vance Joseph.

At the time, Joseph’s career was in limbo. He was defensive backs coach for the Houston Texans when head coach Gary Kubiak was fired in December. [More]

Update: After wavering, Chris Wilson takes USC job after all

  • 12:58 am Friday, January 17th, 2014 by Chip Towers
Chris Wilson, who coached Georgia's defensive line this past season, is wavering on decision to move to Southern Cal. (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

See tweet above …

ATHENS – Todd Grantham was rather infamously introduced at Louisville as the new defensive coordinator on Thursday and the Washington Redskins announced that Kirk Olivadotti had been hired as inside linebackers. But if you’ve been paying attention like me, you may have noticed that Chris Wilson has yet to be named the new defensive line coach at Southern Cal.

There’s a reason for that. According to sources familiar with Wilson’s dealings with the Trojans and their new head coach Steve Sarkisian, Wilson is wavering. And who could blame him? That’s a long, long way [More]