Posted: 12:12 pm Monday, July 7th, 2014

Rewind: Conley’s film, UGA’s response, Kendell’s run and Cromie’s walk 

By Chip Towers

Chris Conley (second from left) can now add filmmaker to a resume that already includes leading Georgia receiver and NCAA Student-Athlete Representative. He was also recently named to the UGA Athletic Association Board of Directors. (Photo from Conley's Facebook page)

Chris Conley (second from left) can now add filmmaker to a resume that already includes leading Georgia receiver and NCAA Student-Athlete Representative. He was also recently named to the UGA Athletic Association Board of Directors. (Photo from Conley’s Facebook page)

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

1. Chris Conley, Georgia’s multitalented senior wide receiver, premiered his Star Wars tribute short film – Retribution — this past weekend at Cine in downtown Athens. If you missed Tanya Sichynsky’s report, you can read it HERE. And if you’d like to view the film on Conley’s YouTube channel, you can click RIGHT HERE and watch it.

Now I’m not what you’d call a Star Wars aficionado. I think I’ve probably seen them all, or at least most of them, scattered over many years and most not more than once. But I thought he did a bang-up job, especially considering his limited time and resources.

First of all, the kid went out and did this on his own. His shoot locations were Sanford Stadium, Park Hall and the Tate Student Center plaza. His actors and editors were fellow students and football players. In my opinion, Conley struck an almost perfect balance of seriousness and silliness. The scenes with Coach Mark Richt and tailback Todd Gurley were hilarious and a must-see for the Bulldogs’ football fans.

But the real accomplishment here was in just getting it done. Conley did this between the end of last year’s regular season and Saturday’s release date. He did it while also serving as the SEC’s representative on the NCAA’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, as a member of UGA’s student-athlete leadership academy and while earning SEC Academic and UGA Athletic Director Honor Roll status.

Meanwhile, it’s not like he’s a casual member of Georgia’s football team. He did this while assuming a captain’s role for off-season strength and conditioning and volunteer practices. He’s a starter and the Bulldogs’ leading receiver from last season (45 catches, 651 yards, 4 TDs).

So I don’t know much about Star Wars and I’m certainly no film critic. But I say bravo to Conley for his latest venture. Can’t wait to see what’s next.

2. Georgia finally unveiled its response to the NCAA’s allegations of major violations committed by swimming and diving coach Jack Bauerle. The Bulldogs released their report at 5:11 p.m. last Thursday evening, or the day before the Fourth of July. They actually sent it into the NCAA pn Monday, June 30, according to the date on the cover letter signed by UGA President Jere Morehead.

Bauerle

Bauerle

Obviously with the late release, there wasn’t much time to get into the details revealed within the 244-page document. Specifically, UGA’s response was 164 pages, including exhibits. The other 80 was a response from Bauerle and his attorney, William King of the Birmingham law firm of Lightfoot, Franklin and White. Primarily that enumerated Bauerle’s many accomplishments and his swimmers exemplary academic work over his 35 years.

Here’s a quick summary: The problem lies with Bauerle calling UGA associate professor Karl Kuhnert and asking him to enroll star swimmer Chase Kalisz into his Psychology 4800 class retroactively at the end of the fall semester. The plan was for Kalisz to receive an “incomplete,” or “I” grade in the class, then go back and do the work if additional class hours were needed. But in interviews with investigators, Kuhnert says he “accidentally” assigned Kalisz an “S” grade in the course in his haste to record grades by the fall semester deadline.

The NCAA interpreted that as providing an extra benefit for Kalisz. Both UGA policy and NCAA rules stipulate that coaches do not interact directly with teachers over academic matters, hence the breach of conduct charges against Bauerle.

Georgia argues that the late-add and retroactive incomplete grade were actions available to any student and don’t constitute an extra benefit provided to Kalisz. While not denying an infraction has occurred, UGA has asked the NCAA to reduce the violation to Level II from Level I, which technically is still a major violation but a less egregious one. It will be several months before we know how it turns out.

In the meantime, this is now about lawyers. Georgia’s will meet with the NCAA’s and Bauerle’s will meet with Georgia’s and they’ll all meet together. By my count from bills submitted to UGA, Georgia has already paid Mike Glazier of Bond, Schoeneck & King of Overland Park, Kan., $82,212.59 to represent it in this case. Bauerle hasn’t said what he has spent on his representation but you can bet it isn’t pro bono.

Another meet, another record, another championship for UGA's Kendell Willilams. (UGA photo by John Kelley)

Another meet, another record, another championship for UGA’s Kendell Willilams. (UGA photo by John Kelley)

3. Kendell Williams is at it again. The Bulldogs’ sensational freshman track athlete out of Marietta’s Kell High School added some more hardware to her already crowded trophy case. After winning the NCAA heptathlon title in mid-June, Williams captured the 100-meter hurdles championship at the USATF Junior Championships in Eugene, Ore., this past weekend.

Williams clocked her third American Junior record of 2014 with a school-record time of 12.87 seconds. That topped the country’s former No. 1 mark of 12.91 set by Kristi Castlin in Gainesville, Fla., in 2007. Williams’ time is the second fastest in World Junior history and only .03 seconds off the 26-year-old World Junior record of 12.84, according to UGA.

Williams will now represent the U.S. at the World Junior Championships, which are also in Eugene on July 22-27.

Williams now has recorded three American Junior Records during her first season with the Lady Bulldogs. She established new World Junior and American Junior records while winning the NCAA pentathlon crown in March and also set an American Record in the heptathlon while winning the Bulldog Heptathlon in Athens earlier in the outdoor season.

Not surprisingly, Williams is a semifinalist for The Bowerman Trophy, which is given to collegiate track and field’s most outstanding performer. Three finalists will be named on Thursday.

4. Georgia senior All-American Michael Cromie holed out for eagle from the fairway not once but twice as he ran roughshod over the most dominant player of the week to capture the 114th North & South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst No. 8.

Cromie

Cromie

Cromie, a native of nearby Cary, N.C., defeated highly-regarded amateur Corey Conners 4&3 in the championship round to become the first player in history to win both the North & South Junior Amateur (2007) and the North & South Men’s Amateur. Cromie completed his collegiate eligibility in May.

“I can’t put it into words,” Cromie said after the match. “It’s just unbelievable. The history here in Pinehurst, especially after watching the Opens (recently), it’s just really hard to put into words how cool it is, how special it is, just how grateful I am that it was able to work out in my favor.”

101 comments
HotDawg
HotDawg

We'll be seeing Cromie on the PGA Leaderboard's very soon. Along with all the other Bulldogs!

keendaddy
keendaddy

Whiskey's breath is so bad, I don't know if he needs mouthwash or toilet paper.

keendaddy
keendaddy

Whiskey breath walks into a bar, orders a shot of whiskey, then looks into his pocket. He does this over and over again. Finally, the bartender ask why he looks in his pocket after a shot? Then Whiskey responded, "I got a picture of my sister in there and when she starts looking good, I go home!

keendaddy
keendaddy

What has 8 arms and an IQ of 60?

4 Bama fans drinking a bud light, watching a football game...

keendaddy
keendaddy

Whiskey breath's sister complained about his bad breath,so he told her it would help if she'd use Summer's Eve once in a while, lol!

keendaddy
keendaddy

This is a UGA blog. Regular non-UGA posters are generally referred to as trolls, with nothing to offer except lame attempts at humor. It's very sad that all you have to do is be a child on a blog. You don't have to act your age, but do you have to be so immature?

keendaddy
keendaddy

Just what I thought! Bucky has no point...

keendaddy
keendaddy

Seems to be the only thing on WB's mind. Come on out that closet Wiskey Breath, lol!

keendaddy
keendaddy

Stank breath,

Why don't you tell us about your cross gender fantasies?

keendaddy
keendaddy

Buckykat,

What's your point?

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

dog in lex is nothing more than an attack dog hiding behind the firewall. 



woof woof dog in lex

Princess_Leia
Princess_Leia

"Kuhnert says he 'accidentally' assigned Kalisz an 'S' grade in the course in his haste to record grades by the fall semester deadline."


If you believe that hogwash, I've got a bridge to sell you.

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

Let's talk about this grade changing charge. You know and I know Ga has the finest lawyers available

in order to defend the coach. Apparently it is so blatantly wrong, that the high priced lawyers can't get 

them out of it. Ga has had a long history with academic scandals. Going all the way back with 

Vince Dooley and Jan Kemp, continued with Jim Harrick. I believe this qualifies Ga for the repeat 

offender status. This is part of  " The Ga Way". 

Please humps, you are not morally superior to the other schools with your long history of cheating.  

Do you still want to cheer " We're number one"?

HotDawg
HotDawg

Richard breath gets it from all the Bamard elephants.

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

QueenMama, his point is your are not a King, but a Queen. 

DawginLex
DawginLex

@Hangonsloopy What is this, your 5th blog handle?

Are you proud of getting booted multiple times?

Keep it up and I'll do it again

After all, us DAWGS live in your head therefore we own you. Any person or thing that generates that much hatred inside you OWNS YOU

Feels good

thebucket
thebucket

@Hangonsloopy  What does that make you? You offer nothing on these blogs that is anywhere near intelligent conversation or unbiased opinions. You only show up to douse gasoline on the fire. Lex has a rooting interest to be here because he is a Dawg fan and this is the UGA Sports Blog. What is your excuse for being here?

DawginCO
DawginCO

@WhiskeyBreath ok I'll take your advice and apply it.  Discrediting you easily done.  A long history?  There was the Jan Kemp thing in the early 80s.  In case you missed it, that is over  30 years ago.  That was resolved completely.  The Herrick thing occurred in 2003, and was dealt with.  That is almost exactly 20 years in between.  2 incidents.  That does not qualify as a long history of academic fraud.  20 intervening years with no other incidents.  So, where is the apology for insinuating that it is a continous problem, like some schools seem to have?

Oh yeah, it's Richardbreath and he just posts BS because he is a pitiful wretch that has nothing better to do.  He would never think of apologizing for insinuating a long, continuous history of academic fraud.  That's because he has proven over and over again that he is a classless, low life scumbag.  And I'm not calling you any names.  Those are factual descriptions of who you are.

DawginLex
DawginLex

@WhiskeyBreath A Bama gump talking about academic scandal?

You are an idiot.

Look in the mirror if you have one in your trailer

Bama is the prince of cheating right behind King Barn

Look, I know you post this crap to troll UGA folks but at least come up with something that is a little bit thought out.

Maybe get someone who actually graduated high school to help you with it??

And also make sure they are sober, unlike you

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

Hey humps, do you think Coach Jack will change the grades to  a " F",

making it OK? That should clear up the confusion.

l


keendaddy
keendaddy

I don't think buckykat needs an alcoholic speaking for him, drunkboy!

thebucket
thebucket

@DawginLex @Hangonsloopy  I have wondered just a few times what would feed the type of UGA Obsession that would require a Buckeye fan to live on the ajc blogs lobbing grenades all day everyday. It could be that he was bitten by a dog as a child. But there are other schools that are called Bulldogs. It could be that the company he works for forced him to move to Georgia and so he takes out his frustration by coming here everyday. But UGA isn't the only college in Georgia, so I'm not sure that is the reason either. Perhaps he is Kirk Herbstreit and he just can't get over the only time that UGA and OSU played each other.

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

@DawginLex


Oooh. I'm scared. 


The almighty, omnipotent king of the unranked, the sultan of Schmegman, blamer of turf, dean of the digital scales, ruler of red panties, keeper of Kemp. 


"we own you".  Not sure what that means other than you still believe in slavery?

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

@thebucket I have a rooting interest too. And, for the hundredth time, this is an AJC blog owned by the shareholders of Cox Communications. If you want you own blog, start one yourself and stop riding the coattails of the AJC. But that's what dogs so, ride coattails. 

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@DawginLex You have to get a better comeback than this Lex.

Let me help you . You know you humps have been calling WB , idiot, drunk

moron, slime etc. You also know it doesn't phase WB after all these years.

So let me help you.  Instead of the stupid name calling, try questioning the facts

of WB's post. Lex,  that is how you make a good comeback, you discredit the 

posters accusations. Otherwise, you got nothing.  I want you to provide  a  good comeback. 

I care about you.   

DawginCO
DawginCO

@Hangonsloopy  I saw somebody else post this a while back and I think it is the best description of the problem.

A restaurant is a public place is it not?  And in that restaurant on any given night there are private conversations that take place within the public forum of the restaurant, right?  So when a title is placed on a blog such as "UGA SPORTS BLOG", it is essentially the same thing as a table set aside in that restaurant for certain visitors, is it not? Yes, it is.


So what do you call a person that decides to just jump into a private conversation at another party's table uninvited?   RUDE. 


The analogy is correct.  A private conversation in a public place.  The private nature is delineated by the blog title.  If it says UGA then it is for UGA fans.  Sorry,  you are most definitely not a Georgia fan.  So that makes you just like some low life punk that crashes a family's table conversation in a restaurant.


So you were saying?

thebucket
thebucket

@WhiskeyBreath @DawginLex  Why did UGA have to go to Birmingham to get lawyers to defend them? Do the Alabama lawyers have more practice defending schools from the NCAA?

DawginLex
DawginLex

@Hangonsloopy @thebucket @DawginLex Yep

I live rent free in all that hollow space in your head

you see, any person with any common sense knows that when you hold a grudge, the person you are mad at owns you rent free.

This analogy applies here

Has nothing to do with slavery. Only an idiot would think that

It has everything to do with an obsession you have that allows me to live rent free in your brain

Use that dam OSU education you claim and think about it and maybe you will find a more useful hobby

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@DawginCO  Is sloopy being RUDE? Do you really for a minute think the AJC or even Chip only wants a bunch of koolaide drinkers slobbering all over each other? You're not that dense are you? You want a private conversation talk to yourself in the mirror or get a hooker.

Ihateorange
Ihateorange

@thebucket @Hangonsloopy  Why do you all even read/listen to that moron (sloopy)  ?  Jut ignore him and eventually he will get tired of hearing himself and not getting any responses that he will go away.

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

@thebucket


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DawginCO
DawginCO

@gtcaryd  Ok I will spell this out for you.  Butting in on another team's blog is akin to butting in on a conversation being held in a public place.  And that is rude.  If you don't think so then your manners need an overhaul.

As for what the AJC wants, I think trading a few of you trolls for the dozens of Georgia fans that don't post any more is more than a fair trade off and they'd take it in a heartbeat.

Dense?!  Who did I have to re-explain a very simple concept of manners to?!  Duh!



DawginCO
DawginCO

@Hangonsloopy  Just what the punk would say in the restaurant.  Classless troll.  Sorry I laid it out for you and you know you are wrong and you are so F-d up you can't admit it.

Sick fool.  Get help.

thebucket
thebucket

@Hangonsloopy @thebucket  Again, this is the UGA Sports Blog and I am a lifelong supporter of the University of Georgia. I don't need your permission or obsession to be here. If you attack fellow Dawg fans I will respond in kind. What again is your excuse for being here?