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Video: Richt works hard to keep Gurley from becoming distraction

  • 8:45 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – You can say this for the Todd Gurley situation: It’s bringing Georgia a lot of publicity.

Once again, what is usually a lightly-attended, informal Wednesday post-practice briefing by coach Mark Richt morphed into a major news conference. Radio producers, national writers and reporters and cameras from all of Atlanta’s television stations crowded the interview studio on the second floor of the Butts-Mehre football complex Wednesday to find out what the Bulldogs’ coach had to say about Gurley’s NCAA suspension being extended two more games.

As he has throughout, Richt mostly stuck to his script of stating that the Bulldogs weren’t [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]

Former UGA great Tim Worley returns to counsel Bulldogs

  • 5:34 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Former Georgia great Tim Worley attended the Bulldogs’ practice on Thursday, and he was beaming after getting a look the running back group.

Worley said it reminded him of his time in Athens back in the mid- to late-1980s, when he shared carries with the likes of Rodney Hampton, Lars Tate and Keith Henderson. Each one of them ended up in the NFL, and he expects the same will true of the ones who are currently wearing UGA’s red and black.

“It’s great to see Georgia still has that stable of running backs,” Worley said of Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall, [More]

Rewind: Pot busts, swim meets and another Bulldog in PGA Tour winner’s circle

  • 6:30 am Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Chip Towers

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

I’m driving over to Birmingham this morning for SEC Football Media Days, which commence just after lunch with Commissioner Mike Slive’s annual address. It’s expanding to a four-day event this year because, you know, it just hasn’t been big enough in the past.

More than 1,100 media credentials have been issued this year. There will be at least four of us AJC guys among the throng. That’s counting the illustrious Tony Barnhart, who is resurrecting his “Mr. College Football” blog on AJC.com this year. He will provide at least three updates this week.

My initial assignment was to interview former [More]

Ten@10: ‘229 Boys’ back in the fold for Georgia offense

  • 9:54 am Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10

1. Word coming out of Georgia’s football complex is that the Bulldogs’ “229 Boys” – Malcolm Mitchell, Jay Rome and Justin Scott-Wesley – have progressed nicely in their rehabilitations from leg injuries and are now working out full speed with the rest of the team in summer conditioning and practices. This is good news and, if it holds true through preseason camp, is a big deal for the Bulldogs’ offensive fortunes in 2014.

High offensive production has been almost taken for granted the past couple of seasons under the direction of quarterback Aaron Murray. Now it’s Hutson Mason’s [More]

Member of Tray Matthews’ family responds to criticisms

  • 10:03 pm Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 by Chip Towers

People who regularly read the comments section of the AJC’s blogs may have already seen the remarks of LaToya Cox-Thomas underneath a recent UGA sports blog. But for the vast majority of folks who don’t read those — especially three days after the initial blog has been posted — I am reprinting her thoughts here with permission.

To explain, Ms. Cox-Thomas is Tray Matthews’ aunt, the sister of Matthews’ mother, Sonya Matthews. She was writing in response to the comments made to me this past weekend by Kevin Bailey, the father of Georgia junior defensive lineman Sterling Bailey. Mr. Bailey had [More]

UGA football parent: ‘It’s not the system, it’s the kids’

  • 5:04 pm Saturday, June 14th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – The phone call I received Saturday afternoon wasn’t one I was expecting. I’d been trying to reach Tray Matthews to validate and comment on his tweet that he had decided to transfer to Auburn. But it wasn’t Matthews on the other end of the line.

It was Kevin Bailey.

Mr. Bailey, as I call him, is the father of Georgia junior defensive lineman Sterling Bailey. I’ve probably talked to Mr. Bailey a little more than most of the Bulldogs’ parents just because I was covering recruiting when his son committed to UGA out of East Hall High School [More]

Ten@10: Signees report to UGA as summer football workouts begin

  • 9:58 am Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Believe it or not, there are only 81 days until Georgia kicks off the 2014 football season against the Clemson Tigers at Sanford Stadium. For the Bulldogs, preparations are already well under way.

Sixteen of Georgia’s 20 signees moved into the Oglethorpe House dormitory and enrolled in summer-school classes last week. That group will join the returning players for summer workouts and conditioning later this week.

So where are the four other signees, you might ask? Well, they’re either already in Athens, are on their way, or are not coming.

Quarterback Jacob Park enrolled in January and wide receiver [More]

UGA legend Herschel Walker wades into political waters

  • 8:43 am Thursday, May 29th, 2014 by Chip Towers

Herschel Walker is stepping into a new arena.

The legendary Georgia running back, who has played in NFL stadiums and has fought professionally in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), has entered the political ring. Not as a candidate. Walker is featured in a new television spot on endorsing Republican Congressman Jack Kingston of Savannah.

Kingston is currently in a run-off with David Perdue of Sea Island for the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat for Georgia. The nominee will run against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn.

“I’ve had the great honor of representing our state and my home,” Walker, the 1982 Heisman Trophy winner, [More]

UGA’s ‘career symposium’ to prepare Bulldogs for life after football

  • 3:04 pm Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 by Chip Towers

GREENSBORO – According to a 2009 Sports Illustrated article, by the time NFL players have been retired for two years, 78 percent are either bankrupt or under significant financial stress. Sixty percent of former NBA players are broke within five years of retirement, according to the same report.

Georgia is doing something to try to steer its football players away from a similar fate.

UGA executive associate athletic director Carla Williams, who counts student-athlete services and life skills among her many responsibilities, told the Athletic Association’s board of directors Thursday about a symposium that has been organized for the Bulldogs’ football players this [More]