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Ten@10: NCAA lauds UGA’s compliance as ‘Gurley Watch’ reaches 19th day

  • 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]

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]

Rico Johnson news further stretches UGA’s thin secondary

  • 5:44 pm Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – At this point, Jeremy Pruitt has got to be thinking “what next?”

Georgia’s first-year defensive coordinator and secondary coach found himself dealing with some more unexpected attrition on Thursday when he learned from team doctors that freshman Rico Johnson has been medically disqualified due to a neurological condition. Johnson had played in all four of the Bulldogs’ games as a backup cornerback and was showing great promise before a congenital spinal issue was discovered this week via medical imaging examinations.

Johnson will be able to remain on scholarship at Georgia and complete his education via the NCAA’s medical [More]

Ten@10: Richt says ‘anything is possible’ regarding UGA’s quarterbacks

  • 10:03 am Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10:

1. To be clear, there is not a quarterback controversy at Georgia and Hutson Mason is not about to lose his starting job. But coach Mark Richt did not summarily discount the notion that he might consider sending a sub into a game to run the Bulldogs’ offense.

“I think anything is possible,” said Richt, answering a question posed by a listener on his radio call-in show on Monday night. “I’m not going to sit here and start trying to tell the whole world what we’re going to do before we even talk to our players about how [More]

Richt, Bulldogs hope to right wrongs against Troy

  • 3:26 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS — Georgia coach Mark Richt and selected players met with reporters Tuesday to discuss this past Saturday’s loss to South Carolina and this coming Saturday’s game against Troy.

Richt was working hard to come up with accolades for the visiting Trojans (0-3), who are coming into Sanford Stadium off losses to UAB, Duke and, most recently, Abilene Christian. He lauded Troy and 24-yard coach Larry Blakeney for putting more players in the NFL than teams in their league and for its fast-paced, pass-oriented offense.

The Bulldogs last had the Trojans in Athens in 2007 and needed to fight harder than they [More]

Richt: Don’t read too much into UGA’s depth chart

  • 3:15 pm Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Peppered with questions about some unexpected names and unusual alignments on Georgia’s depth chart for Saturday’s game against Clemson, coach Mark Richt offered a qualifier during his news conference Tuesday.

“This depth chart, I wouldn’t go too crazy about it right now to be honest with you,” Richt said. “I don’t even know if it’s worth writing anything right now.”

The primary focus of queries centered on the status of sophomore Tim Kimbrough (career 5 tackles), who was listed ahead of preseason All-SEC senior Ramik Wilson at “Mike” inside linebacker. Little-used junior Devin Bowman is also slated as the starter [More]

Rewind: Mark Richt on fatherhood and those issues in secondary

  • 11:04 am Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Chip Towers

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

1. I went to Norcross on Saturday to catch coach Mark Richt and his friends in the first All Pro Dad Live event at the Long Forum on the Greater Atlanta Christian School campus.

It was a very impactful event with some very impressive speakers, including former NFL coach Tony Dungy, Fox News anchor Bret Baier, NFL executives Mark Dominick and Troy Vincent and former star athletes Charlie Ward and Danny Wuerffel, among others. Of course, comedian Jeff Foxworthy also was there and he brought down the house as usual. Foxworthy was equal parts hilarious and profound in talking [More]

Revelations aplenty at Georgia’s open scrimmage

  • 11:19 am Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – OK, so yesterday was a little unusual in terms of practice coverage. Normally Georgia would conduct a workout, I’d attend the media observation period early on along with other reporters and file a quick report afterward based on what I’d seen, then write some stories based on post-practice interviews.

As coach Mark Richt said, the Bulldogs “tried something different” yesterday. They practiced at Sanford Stadium and invited the UGA student body to come to watch. Thankfully, they invited the media to come as well, but that came with several preconditions. We could not  take pictures or video, we could [More]

Bulldogs begin transition from installation to game-planning

  • 10:48 am Friday, August 8th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS —  Back over at The Butts this morning (that’s what the players call the football complex). The Bulldogs were back on the field for their second day of two-a-days, their fourth straight day of full pads, their eighth day of practice in a row and their ninth practice overall. Georgia will hold its 10th practice, a closed walk-through session in preparation for tomorrow’s scrimmage, tonight at 7:30 p.m.

At this point, the Bulldogs are pretty much done with playbook installation. They’ll put the finishing touches knowing the playbook this morning, prepare for tomorrow’s scrimmage this evening, then finalize the few [More]

Video: Bulldogs address off-the-field issues

  • 1:59 pm Friday, August 1st, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – I’ll be filing a detailed report later today that you’ll be able to read on MyAJC.com about Georgia’s off-season disciplinary issues and the Bulldogs’ reactions to them. But in the meantime I wanted to go ahead and share what Georgia coach Mark Richt and some of his players had to say about it at UGA’s Preseason Football Media Day on Friday.

Richt was unflinching and unapologetic in answering the media’s questions about whether the Bulldogs’ have a discipline problem.

“Well, the guys that misbehave have a discipline problem,” Richt said. “That’s why we discipline them. The rest of the guys [More]