Posted: 10:15 am Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Ten@10: Remembering Paul Oliver, Coach Red Bull and Dogs on silver screens 

By Chip Towers

Paul Oliver starred as a defensive back at Georgia from 2007-11 and went on to play in the NFL.

Paul Oliver starred as a defensive back at Georgia from 2007-11 and went on to play in the NFL. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

THE TEN AT 10:

1. After UGA football letterman Paul Oliver died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound last September, Georgia coach Mark Richt vowed to do something to ease the transition of his former players from professional and college football into life away from the gridiron. The realization of that effort took place last month at the Butts-Mehre football complex.

Richt invited all the players that played for him at Georgia since he became head coach in 2001 back to Athens for the “Paul Oliver Networking Weekend.” The idea of the event was for the former players “to reconnect with their friends and Bulldog family” while also meeting with UGA personnel to discuss their current career track and to undergo a “graduation audit” if they had not yet met their degree requirements.

“Every guy who comes to Georgia, we want to see him do great things here but we also want to see him go on and be successful,” Richt said. “I think a lot of guys struggle going from football to life, whether it ends in college or it ends in the NFL. … We’ve always helped guys find work and get interview opportunities and all that. But I wanted to get really organized to the point that there’d be a group of mentors that can really help these guys navigate how to get work. That was a big part of it. The other part of it was the reunion factor, the relationship factor of getting everybody together and being around each other again.”

Richt will host the event annually but also plans to provide services and support “all year round.” You can watch a video documenting the weekend RIGHT HERE.

2. Richt shared a funny story last week about one of his new assistant coaches. Inside linebackers coach Mike Ekeler has developed a reputation over the years of being a high-energy coach. Some might even say the man Is hyper.

Turns out that hasn’t been lost on the folks at Red Bull. Well before he arrived in Athens this year, Ekeler’s reputation earned him a lifetime supply of the highly caffeinated energy drink. He has a Red Bull refrigerator in his office, which he keeps stocked with the drink, and the Bulldogs have taken to calling him Coach Red Bull.

“He’s a high-energy coach, a high-energy person,” Richt said before speaking at a UGA Day event last week in Gainesville. “They gave him a lifetime supply. They send him cases whenever he asks for it. I think it happened at Nebraska.”

Ekeler is also extremely positive in his demeanor. So much so that Richt said tries to make a point a drop by Ekeler’s office every day “just to get some positive vibes.”

3. The force shall soon be with Chris Conley. The long-awaited debut of his self-produced Star Wars tribute movie is at hand.

The Bulldogs wide receiver/budding film director on Monday released the trailer for his movie, titled “Star Wars Retribution.” Conley’s project was filmed all over the UGA campus using students as actors and extras. Richt, Todd Gurley and a few other players even get in on the act.

The trailer does not mention a specific date, place or time for the premiere, other than to say “coming soon.” So stay tuned.

Yoculan (AJC photo)

Yoculan (AJC photo)

4. Speaking of debuts, the SEC Storied documentary “Sarah & Suzanne” is set to air Wednesday at 7 p.m. on ESPNU. The film will focus on the incredible competition – and tension – between legendary Georgia gymnastics coach Suzanne Yoculan and Alabama’s Sarah Patterson. The two Hall of Fame coaches competed for 25 years, combining to win 21 SEC and 14 national titles between. You can watch the trailer for that show HERE.

5. Former Georgia football coach Jim Donnan is scheduled to go on trial next Tuesday in Athens. Donnan is charged with conspiracy to launder unlawful proceeds, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and scheming to defraud. His alleged accomplice, Gregory L. Crabtree of Huntington, W.Va., pleaded guilty to similar charges last month. Donnan has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

An indictment alleges that Donnan banked $8.5 million and Crabtree nearly $1.7 million in a Ponzi scheme in which investors lost $23 million. The investors included some of Donnan’s former players, such as linebacker Kendrell Bell, and fellow coaches such as Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer.

6. Momentum continues to build for former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray as he prepares for the next week’s NFL draft. Murray, who established SEC records for passing yards and touchdowns in four seasons as a starter for the Bulldogs, had a private workout for the Cleveland Browns this past week. Murray has also conducted workouts or had visits with the Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins. He was able to perform at full speed for scouts at UGA’s Pro Day on April 16, less than five months after undergoing ACL reconstruction surgery.

7. The Bulldogs placed 85 student-athletes on the SEC winter academic honor roll, which was the highest total in the league, according to UGA. South Carolina (70) and Auburn (62) were second and third, respectively.

The honor roll is based on grades from the 2013 spring, summer and fall terms. To receive the honor, a student-athlete must maintain a grade-point average of 3.00 or above, compete on a varsity team for at least two season and complete 24 semester hours of non-remedial academic credit toward a baccalaureate degree. Georgia recipients included 42 equestrian team members, 30 members of the men’s and women’s swim teams, seven gymnasts, four men’s basketball players and two women’s basketball players.

Lauren Herring and the SEC tournament champion Bulldogs will host the NCAAs next month. (UGA photo by Steven Colquitt)

Lauren Herring and the SEC tournament champion Bulldogs will host the NCAAs May 9-11 and May 15-26. (UGA photo by Steven Colquitt)

8. Serious college tennis fans can join the Georgia men’s and women’s teams for the NCAA Championship selection show tonight at Buffalo’s Café in Athens. The men’s field of 64 will be announced at 5 p.m. followed by the women’s field at 5:30. Both will stream live on NCAA.com.

Complete team brackets – including regional round sites – will be posted on Georgiadogs.com. UGA plays host to the NCAA Championships May 15-26 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Both the No. 3-ranked women, who won the SEC tournament championship last week, and the No. 10-ranked men, are expected to host first- and second-round matches May 9-11.

9. The Georgia women’s golf team will compete in the NCAA East Regional next weekend. The Bulldogs will be among 24 teams competing at SouthWood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla., next Thursday-Saturday for eight team and two individual spots in the NCAA Championships. The NCAA announced the 72-team field Monday night.

10. THIS & THAT: Sophomore wide receiver Reggie Davis made his debut as a sprinter in track this past week at the Drake Relays in Iowa. He was clocked at 10.75 in the 100-meter dash but failed to advance to the medal rounds. … Construction of the new Field Turf practice fields and the video towers at the Butts-Mehre football complex is now completed. … Georgia’s baseball team has been in a free fall of late. The Diamond Dogs (21-22-1, 7-12-1 SEC) were swept at Vanderbilt this past weekend and have now lost eight games in a row. They’ll try to turn it around this weekend when they play host to No. 7 South Carolina (34-11) at Foley Field.

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ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

Jameis Winston has confessed to Petty Theft Leon County for Shoplifting and has been given 20 hours Community Service for stealing $ 32.72 of crab legs and crawfish, and for making no effort to go back to Publix to repay it.

ColumbusDawg
ColumbusDawg

Thomas, I for one, and Barnhart for two, think that you will be very proud of Hutson Mason as QB of the Georgia Bulldogs. I do sincerely believe that he would rather cut his finger off than turn the ball over from here on out. I know he had a few picks in 2013, but since he and Bobo had their little talk, he has not. At first glance, I see a winning edge to Mason that I did not really see in Murray. Murray had too much Stafford in him. If either had the good sense to listen to coaches about the importance of ball security,(being MUCH more important than personal stats),  then one or possibly both would have a ring right now. I know Murray is a DGD, and I wish him the very best in his endeavors, but I can also see where the "Boxscore Murray" handle came from. Mason has an urgency about him that will make him call out players that are not giving their all, instead of promising them ice cream if they do their jobs.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

"Asking Georgia fans to “move on” from Herschel presupposes that there is some kind of problem with the fan base not giving the Bulldogs (the Bulldogs of any of our sports) or the University it’s proper due in the present,"Whiskeydawg says.

Well, Whiskeydawg, we suffer from 2 different maladies currently dragging our football program down : (1) We brag on our team, quick to make excuses for 26 Losses latest 6 seasons with more of the same 2014 quite obviously facing # 2 Auburn, # 4 South Carolina away, # 5 Missouri away, # 8 Clemson, hoping to play # 7 Alabama SEC CG, all prior to play-offs # 3 and # 1 to accomplish what Herschel Walker did while FSU only beat # 2 Auburn and # 8 Clemson to win the NC.This bragging on Aaron Murray, for example, tells the coaches and players we are satisfied immensely currently 18 Losses latest 4 years compared to 4 Losses 4-year period 1980-1983.It does not, therefore, demand more of our program than this on-going for us after 2007.And, (2) We yak and yak and yak about Herschel Walker over 3 decades’ ago now, when we have done diddle-e-squat since.This gives the impression, again, we are satisfied with over 3 decades of just erstwhile SEC Championships 2002 a dozen years' ago when The SEC only had 1 other Top 25 Coaches' Poll team 2002 and that was a 4-Loss Auburn # 14 and erstwhile SEC Championship 2005 nine seasons' ago when we actually finished The # 3 SEC team not best SEC team ranked worse than Alabama and LSU both of whom had far better seasons than we had, didn't they ?Over 3 decades since Herschel Walker and this all we have accomplished these 2 erstwhile tainted SEC Championships.Right ?

The time for living in the past, has come and gone in now over 3 decades of failure.And, make no mistake about it, it is failure.

While once Mark Richt had an 81 % win percentage and had won 16 of 29 games vs teams who're Top 25 for those seasons, we are instead 67 % win percentage 54-26 after 2007 while we also are only 7 wins latest 29 games vs teams who're Top 25 for these current latest 6 seasons and counting.

Aaron Murray era is the worst period of the Mark Richt era.

Quick to offer-up Excuses, we talk about Touchdown Passes and forgot to discuss Wins, yet offer-up another set of rules for how David Greene was measured that he did not throw interceptions and was at the time the Winningest Starting Quarterback in 1-A history 81 % Win Percentage at 42-10.Aaron Murray, by stark contrast the same 52 games as our Starting Quarterback was not 42-10 but 35-17, nearly 2 games worse a season with nearly 2 more losses and 2 less wins per season than David Greene accomplished for us against no different a schedule at all.

While we brag about TD Passes, we fail to recall it seems that in every big spot for us, Aaron Murray wet the bed.10 % of his plays, and he called his own number now over 50 % of the plays, were interceptions, sacks, and fumbles.You cannot win like that.Trying to do too much, as if you Herschel Walker, as if you the focal point of our team, as if you the best athlete on the team when in fact, you were a ball hog and the dead last worst athlete on the team.

1-yard per carry, Aaron Murray ran the ball 300 times for us, while our running backs were averaging 5-yards per carry.Still, our fan base clamored for him to run the ball even more - citing his pre-high school injury ranking as a Dual Threat Quarterback.He is and was for us, anything but at 4.82 forty-yard dash with his slight build 6 feet and 3/8 inch barely 200 lbs.

95 Sacks, 41 Interceptions and 32 Fumbles - over 10 % of his plays - and all at the very worst possible moment in the 17 Losses he piled up as a direct result thereof.

And, called his own number - checking out of the play at the line of scrimmage, or keeping the play called if it to his number like he our best athlete and not our clear dead worst on the entire team - more than 50 % of our plays !

Exasperating - these current years have been, yet now 2 different posters to this blog have discussed Aaron Murray as if he the reincarnation of Herschel Walker !

Good Grief !

Aaron Murray didn't do a thing here.

Herschel Walker did.

That is why Herschel Walker is the # 1 college football player of all-time.

Aaron Murray ?

Is not qualified to be in the College Football Hall of Fame.

And, why is that ?

Because he was not All-America even 1-time, and was not even the best QB in his own conference even, any season.None.

We have so much to fix in this football program nowadays.Defense, Special Teams, Offensive Line, throwing the ball to the Tight Ends, returning punts, returning kick-offs, not settling for Field Goals, playing best players on Special Teams instead of walk-ons we give scholarships to who never even see the field on Defense or Offense while our Special Teams are # 100 in the nation directly as a result with all this talent we have, wasted.No Fullback in an antiquated old-style Collegiate Pro-Style Offense.Pass-Happy Offense who only runs the football when the game is at-hand.

And, a fan base who brags this off-season we will be 15-0.

Yeah, right.

Make lame excuses for 26 Losses latest 6-year period.

Make lame excuses for 7 wins latest 29 games vs ranked teams these years.

Make lame excuses for 1 win 7 years and 7 months vs ranked team on road.

That 1 win by the way, had Georgie tek beat us 2009, would have been vacated by them, anyway.

Miserable failure.

For which we brag on our coaches and players, and prop them up as greatest ever.

Uh, no, we are not.

And, have not been for many years' time now.

Let's be positive.

Let's not allow an opinion that just perhaps we have not done well.

Let's make up more lame excuses : bad turf, bad call, bad officiating, bad luck, bad injuries, bad penalty, bad personal foul allowed, bad interference not called, bad schedule, bad players allowed to play against us who were illegal players we whine, bad call not to call that a foul, and instead allow play to stand as ruled on the field, bad apples kicked-off the team in alarming rates on-going still today key players players who go on to greatness elsewhere, bad University of Georgia policy to punish on 1st Offense when no one else does, our lame excuses know no bounds, should've spiked the ball, wait until next year, we had injuries waah, if not for the injuries we don't lose 5 games 2013 despite the fact that we've lost now 26 Losses latest 6 years without injuries involved at all are they ?

We live in the past, more than 3 decades ago now this season, and we make up lame excuses and try to whistle past the graveyard of how great we are now.

No, we give too much credit to the coaches and players and do not demand more - this is our problem as a fan base, living in the past, and it is high time as a program we move-on and fix these issues, as we continue to not live up to what was accomplished here by Herschel Walker.

DawginLex
DawginLex

The idiot haters are too stupid to realize that football is not a winter sport

Yet you bash UGA academics and your own actions indicate a limited brain capacity

POAD2014
POAD2014

10 points and UGa fans ONLY really cared about 2 of them.......CLASSIC.


Talk about FOOTBALL. The Dog fans could careless about anything else.

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Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

It seems that when Boxscore left the entire team's GPA went south.  No 3.0 in the bunch. Disgraceful. 

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

That should be Chip's #1 question for Richt next time. 


"How is it the Horse team has 42 student on the  honor roll and you, Sir, who have a complement of 85 scholarship players ( or more, based on your over signing strategy) , have zero when you, Sir, hand pick your scholarship students?" 


"Start splainin'"

Remarkable3
Remarkable3

The Bulldogs placed 85 student-athletes on the SEC winter academic honor roll. Georgia recipients included 42 equestrian team members, 30 members of the men’s and women’s swim teams, seven gymnasts, four men’s basketball players and two women’s basketball players.


Not a single football player, baseball player, or even tennis player mad this list? Thank goodness for our 42 member equestrian team.  

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

What happened to the baseball team, they were doing pretty good for a while. Is Conley a Dungeon and Dragon guy?

HotDawg
HotDawg

Paulin....that was my first thought. Must be a misprint. 42 equestrian?

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

Georgia has over 42 people on its equestrian team?  WTF.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@hot13dog  you mean at Sports the require a JOCKSTRAP.....If it Wears PANTIES at UGa then it can win NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@ColumbusDawg


Thank you ColumbusDawg sir.  I have been quite consistent in my comments about the job being handed to Hutson Mason - that he floats his passes, even short-to-intermediate ones.


He will NEVER beat # 2 Auburn, # 4 USCe away, # 5 Missouri away, # 8 Clemson to even have a shot at # 7 Alabama SECCG, all prior to playoffs vs # 3 and # 1.


I point, discussing all his problems are behind him with a weak OL who lost 3 starters, the TE and the FB all blocking positions in our old-style antiquated Pass-Happy Collegiate Pro-Style Offense without a FB and with no passes to our TE anymore around here either, to the opening play G-Day we attended where the pass traversed a grand sum of 29 total yards, thrown straight skyward like  a punt.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@ThomasBrown ThomAss, you madcap. Where have you been? I see you made up for your vacation from the blogs. What's your take on Donald Sterling? Good post by the way.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@DawginLex  Who are you calling out? Some of your OWN UGa fans don't know some of the sports to be listed in the Winter Honor Roll.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@POAD2014  Talk about UGA FOOTBALL...johnny could "careless" about anything else...go dogs

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@Delusionaldog Mr. Ohio State, football is not a Winter Sport judged over the entire last year, but a Fall Sport, D.A.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@Delusionaldog Excuse me, Ohio State fan, you want to show us the Ohio State Football Fall Sports' student-athletes listed on the Winter Sports' 3.0 Honor Roll covering the current 1-year period ?

NCDawg
NCDawg

@Delusionaldog lol... all those guys at Ohio st all have 3.0 GPAs too eh?  BS.  Nuff said.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Remarkable3  Wrong season for Football, Baseball and tennis players to be on the list.


I posted the link to the Equestrian team and it is HUGE.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@gtcaryd  don't you think he is way too young for D&D? He seems to not mind flying his NERD FLAG Proud..LOL

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@HotDawg

I don't think so.  Add all the numbers (42 equestrian, 30 swimming,.....) and it comes to the 85 stated.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

GTcaryAZZd, we went to Tybee Island.  I commented on the former owner on that blog, and was told that I convicted him before Trial when he had not so much as offered an apology that he thinks he is a better person because of the color of his skin - since of course, he confessed. 

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

@gtcaryd @DawginLex  dog in lex gets up on the wrong side of the bed everyday it seems. I don't recall one kind word about anyone coming from angry ol' dog in lex. 

DawginLex
DawginLex

@POAD2014 @DawginLex

Delusionaldog 5ptsFeatured
19 hours ago

That should be Chip's #1 question for Richt next time. 


"How is it the Horse team has 42 student on the  honor roll and you, Sir, who have a complement of 85 scholarship players ( or more, based on your over signing strategy) , have zero when you, Sir, hand pick your scholarship students?" 


"Start splainin'"

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EXHIBIT A for stupidity


I rest my case

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Dewnsav I replied to EVERY SPORT and POINT Listed. I even looked up how many girls were on the COWGIRL/equestrian team. So try again PUNK. Object to any of my 10 points. Did I lie?

HotDawg
HotDawg

Maybe 42 football!

All kidding aside, there are usually double-digit football players on these lists. They're not all stupid, jocks as haters think.

With over 100 football players (including walk-ons), some on HOPE scholly, odds would be some on honor roll.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@gtcaryd I would say NO. If they are into Horses they have some money because that isn't cheap. They can probably afford college and if from Georgia then probably on HOPE as well.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@ThomasBrown I agree Thomas, if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, talks like a duck, it's usually a damn duck. Guy needs to go!

DawginLex
DawginLex

@Delusionaldog @gtcaryd@DawginLex I'm fine with people who aren't idiots like you who spew constant crap about UGA


I got you banned once. You want to try for 2??


If you would actually contribute to the conversation without coming across as a smartalec 100% of the time, maybe you wouldn't get attacked


Ever thought of that?

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@NCDawg @POAD2014So Tech students are socially inept, and you have something to say about hateful things on these blogs? And in defense of POAD, he is right this time bub. If that was a Tech player yall would still be shaming on him. I think Conley is a great athlete and student, your fan base refers to my son as socially inept, unattractive, classy bunch.
.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@NCDawgBut your Craphole school now wants ENGINEERING so you can get you some NERDS too. STFU you delusional punk.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@NCDawg BS you snot nosed punk. You guys use the love of Scifi as a  DEFINING term for GEEKS and NERDS. Try again you lying Punk. You call Tech people TREKKIES from Star Trek. Stop trying to make your REDNECK MUTT NERD more than a NERD.

Your definition describes very few students on the Tech campus or it fans

NCDawg
NCDawg

@POAD2014 You misreprented Chris Conley as a nerd.  Liking Star Wars or scifi doesn't make you a nerd.  A nerd is :

an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person; especially :  one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits <computer nerds>

Merriam-Webster

Chris Conley is a very intelligent, well balanced young man.  And there are thousands like him on the Georgia campus.  Sorry but anything you say to refute that will be a lie.  But you'll try anyway.  Just damn...

NCDawg
NCDawg

@HotDawg It's all he knows how to do.  I call him on it and he's too damned dense to get it.  The University of Georgia owns his soul.  I bet the sick fool has nightmares about it.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Didn't say they all take tough classes. But nor do they all take easy classes. Quit generalizing and lumping all players into one category. POAD, your hatred and prejudice towards UGA is pathetic.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@HotDawg  and maybe they aren't taking the toughest classes like you would like to think.  Walk-on make the grades because they probably never see  game action much less Pro money. They know education is their future. Special Admits don't usually go from barely passing high school math and english to all B's in college. You can tell the smart players that actually PLAY in the games. Just look and see the ones with many Black Bones on their helmets.