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Ten@10: Sports psychologist helps Bulldogs through long rehabs

  • 9:58 am Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 by Chip Towers

I’m actually on vacation this week, as well as half of the civilized world as it appears to me. But I didn’t want to deprive anyone of their fundamental right to read “The Ten at 10.” So I slapped this together. Hope you enjoy, and happy Independence Day everyone! …

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Hope you got a chance to read the feature story I wrote recently on tight end Jay Rome. The junior from Valdosta finally appears to be close to healthy and he predicted he would be ready to play on Aug. 31 against Clemson. With the [More]

Ten@10: Reasons for freshman tight end’s departure a mystery

  • 10:00 am Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Georgia announced last week that tight end Hunter Atkinson, an incoming freshman from Oakwood, was quitting the team “to concentrate on opportunities associated with his long term career goals.” He’d been on campus barely two weeks.

I’ve tried to reach Atkinson or members of his family since that somewhat vague announcement in hopes of getting more details. But it appears they’re not interested elaborating, at least not at this point. I did get a chance to talk to Atkinson’s coach at West Hall High School, Tony Lotti, however.

Lotti informed me he had a brief visit [More]

Ten@10: ‘229 Boys’ back in the fold for Georgia offense

  • 9:54 am Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10

1. Word coming out of Georgia’s football complex is that the Bulldogs’ “229 Boys” – Malcolm Mitchell, Jay Rome and Justin Scott-Wesley – have progressed nicely in their rehabilitations from leg injuries and are now working out full speed with the rest of the team in summer conditioning and practices. This is good news and, if it holds true through preseason camp, is a big deal for the Bulldogs’ offensive fortunes in 2014.

High offensive production has been almost taken for granted the past couple of seasons under the direction of quarterback Aaron Murray. Now it’s Hutson Mason’s [More]

Member of Tray Matthews’ family responds to criticisms

  • 10:03 pm Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 by Chip Towers

People who regularly read the comments section of the AJC’s blogs may have already seen the remarks of LaToya Cox-Thomas underneath a recent UGA sports blog. But for the vast majority of folks who don’t read those — especially three days after the initial blog has been posted — I am reprinting her thoughts here with permission.

To explain, Ms. Cox-Thomas is Tray Matthews’ aunt, the sister of Matthews’ mother, Sonya Matthews. She was writing in response to the comments made to me this past weekend by Kevin Bailey, the father of Georgia junior defensive lineman Sterling Bailey. Mr. Bailey had [More]

Rewind: Erik Compton captures nation’s heart, track teams fly high, Matthews bolts

  • 11:32 am Monday, June 16th, 2014 by Chip Towers

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

ATHENS – Most Georgia fans already knew Erik Compton’s story. Now everybody in the golf world knows it.

The 2001 UGA graduate finished second in the U.S. Open on Sunday. That he did it on his third heart turned him into a national hero.

“I’ve never gotten this far along in my story,” Compton told reports after his final-round 72 on Pinehurst No. 2 enable him to finish at 1-under-par for the tournament. “It’s a career-opening thing for me. For me to put myself on the map and prove to the world that I’m not just the guy [More]

UGA football parent: ‘It’s not the system, it’s the kids’

  • 5:04 pm Saturday, June 14th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – The phone call I received Saturday afternoon wasn’t one I was expecting. I’d been trying to reach Tray Matthews to validate and comment on his tweet that he had decided to transfer to Auburn. But it wasn’t Matthews on the other end of the line.

It was Kevin Bailey.

Mr. Bailey, as I call him, is the father of Georgia junior defensive lineman Sterling Bailey. I’ve probably talked to Mr. Bailey a little more than most of the Bulldogs’ parents just because I was covering recruiting when his son committed to UGA out of East Hall High School [More]

Ten@10: Signees report to UGA as summer football workouts begin

  • 9:58 am Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Believe it or not, there are only 81 days until Georgia kicks off the 2014 football season against the Clemson Tigers at Sanford Stadium. For the Bulldogs, preparations are already well under way.

Sixteen of Georgia’s 20 signees moved into the Oglethorpe House dormitory and enrolled in summer-school classes last week. That group will join the returning players for summer workouts and conditioning later this week.

So where are the four other signees, you might ask? Well, they’re either already in Athens, are on their way, or are not coming.

Quarterback Jacob Park enrolled in January and wide receiver [More]

Tray Matthews’ dismissal not unexpected, probably needed

  • 11:46 am Monday, June 9th, 2014 by Chip Towers

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

Just got back from a nice, long tropical vacation. Anything happen while I was gone?

Kidding. Of course I heard about Tray Matthews getting his walking papers. News of a starting safety at Georgia getting the boot reaches even the most remote corners the Gulf of Mexico, regardless of how hard one avoids hearing anything of the sort.

Let me take a second here to thank the AJC’s Michael Carvell and Tim Tucker for handling the initial news of Matthews’ dismissal, and then offer a hardy dose of gratitude to our Super Summer Intern Tanya Sichynsky for getting [More]

UGA legend Herschel Walker wades into political waters

  • 8:43 am Thursday, May 29th, 2014 by Chip Towers

Herschel Walker is stepping into a new arena.

The legendary Georgia running back, who has played in NFL stadiums and has fought professionally in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), has entered the political ring. Not as a candidate. Walker is featured in a new television spot on endorsing Republican Congressman Jack Kingston of Savannah.

Kingston is currently in a run-off with David Perdue of Sea Island for the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat for Georgia. The nominee will run against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn.

“I’ve had the great honor of representing our state and my home,” Walker, the 1982 Heisman Trophy winner, [More]

UGA’s ‘career symposium’ to prepare Bulldogs for life after football

  • 3:04 pm Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 by Chip Towers

GREENSBORO – According to a 2009 Sports Illustrated article, by the time NFL players have been retired for two years, 78 percent are either bankrupt or under significant financial stress. Sixty percent of former NBA players are broke within five years of retirement, according to the same report.

Georgia is doing something to try to steer its football players away from a similar fate.

UGA executive associate athletic director Carla Williams, who counts student-athlete services and life skills among her many responsibilities, told the Athletic Association’s board of directors Thursday about a symposium that has been organized for the Bulldogs’ football players this [More]

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