- 8:45 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Chip Towers
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 [More]
- 2:13 pm Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS – Georgia coach Mark Richt made his regularly-scheduled appearance on the weekly SEC coaches’ teleconference call on Wednesday. Not surprisingly, he was inundated with questions about the NCAA’s ruling that called for star tailback Todd Gurley to remain suspended for two more games.
During that call, Richt addressed the most important question regarding the entire scenario. That is, if Gurley’s appeal is unsuccessful as most expect it will be, is it certain that he will return to the Bulldogs for their Nov. 15 home game against Auburn? As a projected top five NFL prospect, the option of foregoing the rest [More]
- 12:18 pm Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Chip Towers
Robbie Andreu is a veteran SEC sportswriter. He has covered the Florida Gators for The Gainesville Sun since 1993 and has been writing about baseball and college and pro football since graduating from the University of Florida in 1977.
In fact, Robbie has missed only one Florida football game since taking over the beat in Gainesville. He missed to 2006 game against FSU in Tallahassee. But we’ll give him a break. He stayed home for the birth of his second child.
Andreu has spent his entire career in the Sunshine State. He has worked for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel for newspapers in [More]
- 10:03 am Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Chip Towers
THE TEN AT 10:
1. Welcome to Day 19 of “the Todd Gurley Watch.” That’s how long it has been since Georgia suspended Gurley and declared him ineligible to the NCAA for allegedly taking money from memorabilia dealers to sign merchandise to be sold to collectors.
Six days ago, the Bulldogs turned over the results of their investigation to the NCAA and asked for Gurley to be reinstated. As of Monday night, UGA still had not heard back and wasn’t sure when it would.
“We don’t know yet,” coach Mark Richt said on his radio call-in show Monday night. “We’re just waiting on [More]
- 10:06 am Monday, October 27th, 2014 by Chip Towers
1. Welcome to Day 18 of the “Todd Gurley Watch.”
Hard to believe, but it has been nearly three weeks since Georgia ruled its star tailback ineligible. Gurley sat out the Bulldogs’ last two games — road wins over Missouri and Arkansas — while UGA investigated allegations he violated NCAA rules by receiving money for autographing memorabilia. Georgia turned over the results of that probe to the NCAA this past Wednesday and applied for his eligibility to be restored. The decision will be made by the NCAA’s student-athlete reinstatement committee.
UGA has remained understandably tight-lipped about the situation since then, with [More]
- 12:37 pm Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS – The University of Georgia has moved forward with the next step in the NCAA’s eligibility restoration process on behalf of star running back Todd Gurley. Whether or not the junior will be able to play again for the Bulldogs will now be determined by the NCAA’s governing body, and specifically by the group’s “student-athlete reinstatement committee.”
Georgia has been investigating since Oct. 9 allegations that Gurley had accepted improper benefits that were brought to its attention by an outside party. Since then, the Bulldogs have pretty much followed to the letter the reinstatement process, which is broken down [More]
- 5:30 am Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS – Good morning and welcome to national signing day. We have big plans for you.
I’m at Georgia’s Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall this morning monitoring the Bulldogs’ recruiting efforts. NCAA rules allow for national letters-of-intent to be signed as early as a 7 a.m. and I’ll be in place to report the first one.
If you’re keeping up from home or the office, there are two ways to monitor the day’s events. First, you can follow me on my Twitter page — @ajcuga. I’ll be putting up the bare bones news there as soon as it comes in. If you search [More]
- 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]
- 6:23 pm Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 by Chip Towers
Q&A WITH GEORGIA AD GREG McGARITY, PART II
I had a sit-down interview with Greg McGarity earlier this week. We talked about a myriad of topics, but primarily about football. I filed a Q&A based on that interview that’s running on MyAJC.com and Thursday’s print editions of the newspaper. But I wasn’t able to include it all.
Some of our conversation might not have risen to the level of public interest, but I’ll include the bulk of it here that did not make the cut for the premium. As always, I’m interested in getting the feedback of readers and finding out how [More]