ATHENS — You can say this for the Todd Gurley situation: It’s bringing Georgia a lot of publicity.
Once again, what is usually a lightly-attended, informal Wednesday post-practice briefing by coach Mark Richt morphed into a major news conference. Radio producers, national writers and reporters and cameras from all of Atlanta’s television stations crowded the interview studio on the second floor of the Butts-Mehre football complex Wednesday to find out what the Bulldogs’ coach had to say about Gurley’s NCAA suspension being extended two more games.
As he has throughout, Richt mostly stuck to his script of stating that the Bulldogs weren’t worried about it and were simply concentrating on putting all their energy and focus into preparing for Saturday’s game against Florida in Jacksonville with the players they had available. That will mean a third straight start for freshman tailback Nick Chubb as Georgia goes for its fourth straight win against the Gators.
To give you an idea of the tone of the proceedings, here’s the first five minutes or so of the 8 1/2-minute Q&A exchange between Richt and reporters: