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ESPN’s ‘bracketologist’ Lunardi calls Georgia ‘the tallest midget in the circus’

  • 9:02 am Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Ever since Georgia’s 71-56 win over Missouri on Tuesday night, I’ve had a lot of people asking if I thought the Bulldogs had a chance to get into the NCAA Tournament. They do, but it’s the longest of long shots.

Georgia is 16-11 overall and 10-5 in the SEC with three regular-season games and the SEC Tournament left to play. In my opinion, there is a chance the Bulldogs could land an at-large selection if they win out and reach the finals of the SEC Tournament, which is in Atlanta this year. That will mean they will have beaten [More]

Richt on dismissing Harvey-Clemons: ‘Everybody needs to abide by rules’

  • 2:49 pm Thursday, February 20th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS —  Georgia coach Mark Richt did not issue any sort of statement or even a comment when the Bulldogs’ issued a two-sentence release earlier this week announcing that starting safety Josh Harvey-Clemons had been dismissed from the team. UGA’s football boss had little of substance to add when he talked to reporters on a teleconference call on Thursday. What he did say came only after some prodding.

“The only thing I’ll say about that is I want to wish him well,” Richt said at first.

“Is that all?” he was asked again.

“Yeah. I hope he finds a good home and finishes [More]

Newest Bulldogs Ekeler, Park show some personality

  • 1:59 pm Thursday, February 20th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Just had what I’d have to call a very productive and entertaining interview session with two of the newest Bulldogs over at Georgia’s football complex.

Jacob Park is a quarterback and UGA’s only early enrollee in the Class of 2014. He comes to Georgia from Goose Creek, S.C., but originally hails from Watkins Glen, N.Y. He was available to talk for the first time since arriving on campus on Jan. 6. I’ve already posted one video as a separate blog and will add some more of the interview later. But I found the young man to be very engaging [More]

Jacob Park adjusting to college life at UGA

  • 12:46 pm Thursday, February 20th, 2014 by Chip Towers

Here’s some video from Georgia quarterback Jacob Park, the only early enrollee in the Bulldogs’ 2014 signing class. He comes from Stratford High School in Goose Creek, S.C., but originally hails from Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Harvey-Clemons just the latest to fall short of UGA’s disciplinary requirements

  • 12:18 pm Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS — Josh Harvey-Clemons is no longer a Georgia Bulldog. The former 5-star signee was dismissed by coach Mark Richt on Tuesday for a team rules violation.

It was at least the third strike from a disciplinary standpoint for the sophomore safety. Harvey-Clemons was in the midst of a four-game suspension for second violation of athletic association’s drug guidelines, the AJC confirmed last month. Georgia, as is its policy, has not specified what happened to precipitate this latest action.

As for his dismissal, one would think that places Harvey-Clemons in exclusive company. But it does not.

By my count, that’s more than [More]

Tom Osborne among many notables to call Richt on Ekeler’s behalf

  • 2:42 pm Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 by Chip Towers

I ran across an interesting link on Twitter from the Lincoln Journal Star newspaper in Nebraska. It had reprinted on the Nebraska Conrhusker-dedicated blog, “Life in the Red,” a letter Mike Ekeler had sent folks up there who had a hand in him recently landing his job as a linebackers coach at Georgia.

Turns out Ekeler had a lot of folks working on his behalf from up that way, including the preeminent ‘Husker Tom Osborne, and current Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini. They were among the many coaches that called Bulldogs’ head coach Mark Richt and new [More]

REWIND: Tough start for Diamond Dogs, tough finish for men’s hoops

  • 10:17 am Monday, February 17th, 2014 by Chip Towers

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

ATHENS – Tough start to the Scott Stricklin’s career as Georgia baseball coach. The Bulldogs were trounced for a second time Sunday by Georgia Southern, 18-4. That gave the Eagles a 2-1 victory in the season-opening, three-game series and disappointed a goodly crowd of people who came out to welcome in the new era, Stricklin among them.

“It was great to see the crowds we had Saturday and (Sunday),” Stricklin said. “Georgia fans love their baseball, and we’re going to keep working. … This is a big bump in the road, but it’s not how you start, it’s how [More]

UPDATED: UGA baseball opener is postponed, gym meet canceled, basketball team still in Starkville

  • 11:34 am Thursday, February 13th, 2014 by Chip Towers

UPDATE: Georgia baseball’s season opener against Georgia Southern scheduled for Friday night has been postponed until noon Saturday and will be the first game of a double-header. Field conditions are unplayable. . . . Also, the Gym Dogs’ home meet against Missouri scheduled for Friday night has been canceled due to travel issues for the Tigers. . . . The men’s basketball team, which beat Mississippi State 75-55 on Wednesday night, remains in Starkville and was scheduled to practice there at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday. The Bulldogs were hoping to fly out of get a Columbus, Miss., by about [More]

Georgia coach Mark Richt displays some mad curling skills

  • 2:12 pm Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 by Chip Towers

Georgia coach Mark Richt and his family were making the most out of the icy conditions at his house in Oconee County, southwest of Athens, Wednesday afternoon. Richt posted a video of him and his son trying their hand at curling. Posing with a push broom over his shoulder, Richt tells YouTube viewers, “This may not be Sochi, but it’s the next best thing!” Not sure about the Richt’s knowledge of the game, what with the makeshift goal of end tables and celebrating a shot through them (there are no goals in curling). But clearly the Georgia Bulldogs’ football coach [More]

Coordinators can only improve UGA’s special teams play

  • 6:21 pm Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – All right, Georgia fans, you’ve gotten what you wanted. The Bulldogs not only have added a special teams coordinator to the staff but they now have two. Assistants John Lilly and Mike Ekeler were named co-special teams coordinators by coach Mark Richt on Tuesday.

Now we’ll just have to wait to see if that makes any difference.

The Bulldogs last season were among the worst teams in the country team in special teams play. Some of it was quantifiable statistically and some of it wasn’t.

For instance, there is not an official NCAA statistic for “special teams disasters,” as [More]