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Gurley news creates a bye-week buzz for Bulldogs

  • 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]

Florida’s Muschamp expects to have to defend Gurley

  • 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]

Ten@10: ESPN’s Herbstreit believes Gurley could still win Heisman

  • 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]

Ten@10: UGA’s Todd Gurley rushes to top of Heisman polls

  • 9:59 am Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10

1. A week after rushing for 163 yards, scoring two more touchdowns, recording one more hurdle of a defender and throwing a 50-yard pass, Todd Gurley has moved past Marcus Mariota and into consensus No. 1 spot among most of the weekly Heisman Trophy polls.

Mariota, the Oregon quarterback, occupied that spot a week ago. But that was before the Ducks fell to Arizona at home this past Thursday.

Gurley is now No. 1 in weekly surveys provided by CBSsports.com, USA Today, ESPN, HeismanPundit.com and several others. The other player that [More]

Rewind: Dogs’ QB rotation, shoplifting and secondary depth at issue

  • 11:46 am Monday, October 6th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE MONDAY REWIND

1. Get used to seeing Brice Ramsey come in at quarterback in Georgia’s games the rest of the season. At least that was the inference of Bulldogs coach Mark Richt, who indicated he liked the way that worked out this past Saturday and might stick with it.

“It did work out well,” Richt said of Ramsey subbing for starter Hutson Mason in the first quarter against Vanderbilt. “There’s always a chance we’ll continue to do that. I’m not going to sit here and say for sure what we’re going to do because I don’t know for sure. But it’s [More]

Mitchell a go for Dogs; will it matter?

  • 3:19 pm Saturday, October 4th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Greetings from Sanford Stadium folks. It’s an absolutely beautiful day for football today. It’s 65 degrees with a light but steady breeze, wispy clouds if any at all. Enjoy it while you can because the Georgia Bulldogs are not going to back here for more than a month. The next four games after today’s tilt against Vanderbilt are all away from Athens.

As for today’s game, here are some storylines to watch for …

1. Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley:  The two wide receivers are available to play for the first time this season. There was a lot of chatter [More]

UGA’s Bobo, Richt offer conflicting reports on receivers

  • 3:05 pm Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by Chip Towers

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ATHENS – I’m pretty sure Mark Richt and Mike Bobo talk. As head coach and offensive coordinator, I think they actually see each other face-to-face in meetings and at practice every day. But it would appear there’s a significant disconnect when it comes to the information they’re getting — and giving — on the availability of wide receivers Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley for Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt.

You may have heard what Richt said on Tuesday during his weekly news conference. First, in answering a question about how Georgia’s passing game might improve, he said, “I do think [More]

Opposing View: QB situation could dictate how competitive is Vandy

  • 6:00 am Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by Chip Towers

AN OPPOSING VIEW

Last week, I talked about how I’ve known the Knoxville News Sentinel’s Mike Strange seemingly forever. Well, familiarity is not the case with this week’s guest for “An Opposing View.” When I shake his hand in the Dan Magill Press Box on Saturday, it will be the first time I’ve met Adam Sparks in person.

That’s because he’s a (relatively) young guy and he just started covering the Vanderbilt Commodores for the Nashville Tennessean. Which is not to say Adams is inexperienced. He was the Middle Tennessee beat writer for The Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, Tenn., for [More]

Rewind: Todd Gurley unable to jump to top of Heisman race

  • 1:02 pm Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Chip Towers
Todd Gurley's hurdling 26-yard run over Tennessee's Brian Randolph and overall 285-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Vols didn't impress Heisman pundits enough to move him to the top of most lists. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

THE MONDAY REWIND

1. Todd Gurley’s 285-yard, two-touchdown, one-hurdle performance against Tennessee this past Saturday was incredible to witness. But it didn’t necessarily jump-start his Heisman Trophy chances as much some people predicted.

Scanning the web Monday morning, it appears Gurley is still a secondary choice in most Heisman polls to Oregon’s Marcus Mariota. In fact, I could find Gurley moving up to No. 1 in just one publication that does a weekly Heisman watch and that was Newsday.  ESPN still had him No. 2, as did USA Today and CBS Sports. Bleacher Report, for what it’s worth, still has [More]

Opposing View: Knoxville’s Strange expects a competitive game from Vols

  • 1:09 pm Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by Chip Towers

AN OPPOSING VIEW

I’ve known Mike Strange forever, it seems. He’s one of the truly nice guys and cool cats in the business and I think I’ve shared a cold one with him in every Southeastern state. A native Kentuckian, he has been covering the SEC and Tennessee Vols for the better part of a quarter century for the Knoxville News-Sentinel. You can read his blog, appropriately called “When You’re Strange,” right HERE.

Mike agreed to be my guest (victim?) for this week’s Opposing View. It’s a weekly feature in which we try to gain some objective insight on the [More]