- 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]
- 8:45 pm Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS — Developments regarding Todd Gurley’s possible return for Georgia created quite at scene at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall on Wednesday, especially considering it was a mid-week practice during a bye week.
Georgia coach Mark Richt had a little fun with that when he was greeted for his post-practice interview by an unusually large throng of media, which included the television cameras most of the Atlanta local news stations.
“Well, I know you wanted to know how beautiful the weather was out there,” Richt quipped. “It was a beautiful day in Athens, Ga. If I was a recruit I’d want to come to [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]
- 10:25 am Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Chip Towers
THE TEN AT 10
1. I had a chance to talk to ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit this morning, which I always enjoy.
I first met “Herbie” in December of 1992 when I interviewed him as the Ohio State quarterback in the days leading up to the Buckeyes’ matchup against Georgia in the 1993 Citrus Bowl. We laughed about that Tuesday morning and his memory of that Bulldogs’ team — and that 21-14 Georgia victory — remains incredibly vivid. He rattled off the names of Garrison Hearst, Mitch Davis, Eric Zeier and Andre Hastings and talked about what they did in that game like [More]
- 6:01 am Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Chip Towers
AN OPPOSING VIEW
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Bob Holt has always been legend in SEC writer circles. But his legend grew outside his peer group this past July at SEC Media Days in Birmingham.
Now a televised event, Bob became somewhat of a cult hero as he dominated as always the annual question-and-answer session with league coaches and players. People wanted to know who was the guy with the nasally voice asking all the questions. So prominent was Bob’s presence that AL.com’s Michael Casagrande did a story on him.
Well, I’m proud to say I knew Bob before he was a legend. [More]
- 10:19 am Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by Chip Towers
THE TEN AT 10:
1. Just to be clear, Todd Gurley’s presence on the practice field Monday and the rest of the week does not signal his imminent return to competition. NCAA rules allow for a player who has been suspended and/or temporarily ruled ineligible for competition to participate in practices.
That said, it should not be long before Georgia forwards its findings to the NCAA and gets a ruling on the case. According to people familiar with the process, the notoriously slow NCAA works fast when there is an ongoing eligibility issue in the middle of the season. However, [More]
- 7:44 am Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS – The University of Georgia’s vigorous defense of football player Todd Gurley in the face of NCAA allegations has raised the ire of some former swimmers and UGA alums. They say that legendary swimming and diving coach Jack Bauerle hasn’t been afforded the same support by the school.
Former Olympians and All-Americans Kristy Kowal and Kara Forbis sent to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution what they called an “open letter to the University of Georgia” complaining that Bauerle was not been similarly supported in his ongoing NCAA issue. Whitney Goodstone, a UGA business school graduate, also submitted an opinion piece that made [More]