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Ten@10: Gurley’s presence at practice doesn’t signal imminent return

  • 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]

Swimmers want Gurley-like defense for UGA coach Jack Bauerle

  • 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]

Rewind: Missouri represented finest hour for QB Hutson Mason

  • 4:52 pm Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE MONDAY REWIND

Sorry that I’m getting this out later than usual today. Monday is technically an off day for me (never really is this time of year) and I had some domestic duties. But anyway, here ya go. …

1. Nick Chubb got a lot of credit for lifting Georgia to victory against Missouri and deservedly so. After all, he was the one stepping up in the absence of Todd Gurley and had 174 yards and a touchdown on 42 touches (including 38 rushing attempts) in the 34-0 victory.

But this past Saturday also represented Hutson Mason’s finest hour as the Bulldogs’ [More]

Video: Richt impressed with Bulldogs response at Missouri

  • 1:58 am Sunday, October 12th, 2014 by Chip Towers

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Here’s the first few minutes or so Mark Richt’s postgame remarks following Georgia’s 34-o win over Missouri on Saturday. …

Todd Gurley is out for Missouri, but is he out at Georgia for good?

  • 10:08 pm Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Here’s what we know for certain at this juncture — Todd Gurley is not going to play for Georgia against Missouri on Saturday.

Among the many things we don’t know is if Gurley will ever play again for the Bulldogs.

Gurley did not practice on Thursday and wasn’t even with the team. The Bulldogs will depart for Columbia, Mo., on Friday and Gurley is not expected to be with them. Beyond that, everything’s uncertain.

NCAA sanctions regarding improper benefits are based upon the financial amount the student-athlete is determined to have benefited from. I’ve seen unconfirmed reports citing sources that allege [More]

Opposing View: Scrappy Missouri focuses on stopping Gurley

  • 1:15 pm Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by Chip Towers

AN OPPOSING VIEW

When it comes to Missouri football — and Mizzou athletics in general — there is no greater authority than Dave Matter. Dave attended school at Missouri and worked at the Columbia Daily Tribune covering the Tigers for 14 years before joining the St. Louis Post-Dispatch a couple of years ago.

I reached out to Dave to be this week’s guest on the “Opposing View,” a weekly feature where we ask a beat writer who covers the opposing team some questions about that Saturday’s contest. I sent Dave five specific questions about the game, and then asked him [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]

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]