- 8:02 pm Friday, March 28th, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS — Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason on Friday updated reporters on the Bulldogs’ progress during spring practice. Georgia completed its sixth of 15 practices on Friday and will hold a controlled, game-simulation scrimmage on Saturday at Sanford Stadium. The scrimmage is closed to reporters and to the public.
- 10:12 pm Thursday, March 27th, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS – Got a rare treat this afternoon as Georgia coach Mark Richt allowed reporters to watch the entire football practice. As far as I can remember, and I haven’t covered the team every year Richt has been here since 2001, but it’s the first time I recall him permitting that.
That used to be standard operating procedure in past days. I recall covering some Vince Dooley and Ray Goff practices in the late ’80s where you’re literally standing a few feet behind the ongoing drills. I’d be out there so long I’d bring sunflower seeds to help pass the time. [More]
- 3:14 pm Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS – Georgia has completed just four of its 15 spring football practices so far and had its first full pads workout only yesterday. But slowly and surely things are starting to come into focus in regard to how the Bulldogs might look in the fall.
Georgia’s defense is undergoing the most radical transformation as first-year defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and three new assistant coaches put their fingerprints on that side of the ball. Here’s a few observations I’ve been able to make so far:
1. In general, your No. 1 unit looks like this: Noseguard — Chris Mayes; defensive end (or [More]
- 7:37 pm Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS – Georgia coach Mark Richt came a little closer Tuesday to revealing some of his disciplinary plans for the players who have run afoul of team and school policies since last season. But he stopped shortly of making a definitive ruling on the four players accused of theft.
Tray Matthews, Uriah LeMay, Jonathan Taylor and James DeLoach have continued to practice with the team since they were arrested on theft by deception charges on March 17. The Bulldogs completed their fourth practice of 15 this spring — and first in full pads — on Tuesday afternoon amid blustery conditions. All [More]
- 10:30 am Monday, March 24th, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS – Harvey Humphries has barely slept in the last 48 hours and there’s only a whisper left in his voice. But he is one happy Bulldog.
Humphries is senior associate head coach for Georgia’s men’s and women’s swim teams. But this season, with coach Jack Bauerle mired in controversy, Humphries has been more like an interim head coach. And it has been going very well in the interim.
With Humphries at the helm, the Lady Bulldogs this past weekend secured their sixth national championship in Minneapolis. And it wasn’t close. Georgia rolled up 528 points in the [More]
- 4:38 pm Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS — Greetings from Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall. Just came in from my 10 minutes of allotted viewing time for Georgia’s third practice session of the spring.
Not a lot to glean from it today. First, if you were anywhere in Georgia on Saturday, you know already it was an absolutely gorgeous day. Two, there were tons of recruits in attendance. Sorry, I couldn’t tell you who any of them are, only that there were a bunch and they had a nice spread inside the Nalley Multi-Purpose laid out for them for sometime during the practice.
Out on Woodruff Practice Fields, the Bulldogs [More]
- 5:49 pm Friday, March 21st, 2014 by Chip Towers
Not that they need any more at the moment, but the Mercer Bears have some fans in the Georgia Bulldogs. In fact, one Bulldog in particular predicted Mercer’s upset over Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.
“That’s one of the upsets I called right,” said Georgia point guard Charles Mann, shortly before the Bulldogs’ practice Friday and soon after the Bears’ 79-71 victory. “Me and J.J. (Frazier) were arguing in the locker room about it (Thursday). He said Duke was going to win and I said, ‘no, I think Mercer is going to pull an upset.’ [More]
- 11:44 am Friday, March 21st, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS – Georgia’s J.J. Green is one of those delightful young men you simply enjoy running across every now and then in this business.
College football and the entitlement and idolatry that comes with it can sometimes rob these elite athletes of their joy, or at least that which they reveal to reporters. That’s definitely not the case with Green.
It’s evident that he is simply happy to be where he is and doing what he does. At the moment that’s play defensive back for the Bulldogs.
You’ll recall that Green was asked to play tailback last season, and he did it well. [More]
- 6:09 pm Thursday, March 20th, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS – An absolutely beautiful day greeted the Georgia Bulldogs as they gathered on Woodruff Practice Fields on Thursday for their second of 15 spring practices. But don’t ask me what they’re doing or what they looked like. I wouldn’t know.
Interestingly, UGA is providing fewer than 10 minutes of practice observation time for media that covers the team. Practices generally run about 90 to 120 minutes. Same for this past Tuesday. It was initially supposed to be a full 10 minutes but Georgia’s sports communication personnel began directing reporters and their camera phones off the practice field with four minutes [More]
- 4:36 pm Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS – Georgia takes on Vermont in a few hours in an National Invitation Tournament first-round game at Stegeman Coliseum. The game is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU. Here’s a few things to think about as the No. 2 seeded Bulldogs go for their 20th victory against their visitors from the America East Conference.
It will be the Bulldogs’ 12th appearance in the NIT and first since 2007. Georgia’s first-ever postseason berth was in the 1981 NIT and the schools is 11-11 in the tournament. The Bulldogs advanced to the NIT Final Four [More]