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UGA Sports blog from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Diamond Dogs fighting for their postseason lives

  • 11:33 am Monday, May 5th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Thanks to a grand-slam-highlighted, series-clinching win over No. 7 South Carolina on Sunday, the Georgia baseball team is in position to make it back into the SEC Tournament. But there remains work to be done.

Daniel Nichols hit a grand-slam home run on Sunday to power the Bulldogs to a 5-3 win over the Gamecocks on Sunday. It game Georgia its first series win over South Carolina since 2008.

More importantly, the victory moves the Bulldogs (23-23-1, 9-14-1 SEC) into 12th place overall in the conference. The top 12 teams in the 14-team league (based on winning percentage in league [More]

Mark Fox likes UK tonight, says NCAA Tournament ‘validates SEC is pretty good’

  • 2:44 pm Monday, April 7th, 2014 by Chip Towers

Atlanta Journal-Constitution recruiting reporter Michael Carvell talked to Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox on Monday for some recruiting stories he’s working on. But while he had him on the phone he asked him about tonight’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game between Kentucky and UConn.

Shockingly, Fox likes the SEC’s Wildcat’s in that game.

“I’ve got my SEC pom poms on,” Fox said. “I’m sticking with the SEC.”

“I actually told our team when Kentucky beat us in the (SEC tournament) semifinals,‘If they shoot the 3 well and they play like that, they can win the national championship.’ It really comes down to if [More]

Georgia restricts spring football practice access to media

  • 6:09 pm Thursday, March 20th, 2014 by Chip Towers
Georgia Football Spring Practice, Jeremy Pruitt, SEC

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]

UGA’s Mann earns 2nd-team All-SEC honors from league’s coaches

  • 11:58 am Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 by Chip Towers
Charles Mann, Georgia Bulldogs, college basketball

Georgia sophomore Charles Mann was named second-team All-SEC by the league’s coaches on Tuesday.

Mann, a 6-foot-4 point guard from Alpharetta, has led Georgia in scoring for the entire season and currently averages 13.4 points per game. He also leads the Bulldogs in minutes played (30.0 per game), assists (3.2 pg), steals (1.1 pg), and free throws made (170) and attempted (246). In fact, his 246 attempts are the third-most in a single season in UGA history, while his 170 makes are the fourth-most in program history. He also ranks 17th and 35th, respectively, among all NCAA Division I players in [More]

ESPN’s ‘bracketologist’ Lunardi calls Georgia ‘the tallest midget in the circus’

  • 9:02 am Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Ever since Georgia’s 71-56 win over Missouri on Tuesday night, I’ve had a lot of people asking if I thought the Bulldogs had a chance to get into the NCAA Tournament. They do, but it’s the longest of long shots.

Georgia is 16-11 overall and 10-5 in the SEC with three regular-season games and the SEC Tournament left to play. In my opinion, there is a chance the Bulldogs could land an at-large selection if they win out and reach the finals of the SEC Tournament, which is in Atlanta this year. That will mean they will have beaten [More]

Richt missed Carter’s announcement but knew from yells news was good

  • 4:38 pm Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS — With the big news Wednesday afternoon at about 3:42 p.m. that Lorenzo Carter was indeed going to sign with Georgia, National Signing Day 2014 was over for the Bulldogs. UGA has secured the services of the No. 1 prospect in the state, and that’s a big deal in any season. To have done it in a year in which coach Mark Richt unexpectedly had to rebuild his defensive staff in the middle of January was an even bigger.

Richt’s hiring of Jeremy Pruitt as defensive coordinator two days after Todd Grantham flew the coop for Louisville was paramount, Carter [More]

UGA football tops SEC for academic honor roll selections

  • 6:59 pm Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – There was a lot of complaining about the Georgia Bulldogs’ 8-5 record this past football season. But nobody can complain about how UGA players are doing in the classroom.

The Bulldogs on Thursday had 38 football players named the SEC’s Academic Honor Roll for fall semester of 2013. That was tops among the conference’s 14 schools. After Georgia the top five included Tennessee (34), Vanderbilt (32), Florida (29) and Alabama & Arkansas (28 each).

UGA had 58 student-athletes overall recognized by the SEC for fall academic achievement, which ranks third best in the league. And the Bulldogs would be first [More]

Jeremy Pruitt got job, but who else did UGA consider for D-coordinator?

  • 12:41 pm Friday, January 24th, 2014 by Chip Towers
Vance Joseph, Houston Texans, defense, Georgia Bulldogs, college football

ATHENS – Georgia coach Mark Richt created a lot of intrigue at the Jan. 13 news conference to introduce new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt when he said he’d made just one other phone call before learning of Pruitt’s mutual interest in the Bulldogs.

Most assumed that one call was to Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. It was not.

Turns out it was someone most Georgia fans have never heard of — NFL defensive backs coach Vance Joseph.

At the time, Joseph’s career was in limbo. He was defensive backs coach for the Houston Texans when head coach Gary Kubiak was fired in December. [More]

Fans have let Georgia AD McGarity know how they feel

  • 6:23 pm Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 by Chip Towers
Mcgarity

Q&A WITH GEORGIA AD GREG McGARITY, PART II

I had a sit-down interview with Greg McGarity earlier this week. We talked about a myriad of topics, but primarily about football. I filed a Q&A based on that interview that’s running on MyAJC.com and Thursday’s print editions of the newspaper. But I wasn’t able to include it all.

Some of our conversation might not have risen to the level of public interest, but I’ll include the bulk of it here that did not make the cut for the premium. As always, I’m interested in getting the feedback of readers and finding out how [More]