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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]

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: With camp completed, Dogs shift focus to Clemson

  • 1:51 pm Monday, August 18th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE MONDAY REWIND

The Georgia football team took off Sunday and Monday after practicing 19 times the first 16 days of August. They’ll return to the field on Tuesday for the final 10 days of preparation for the Aug. 30 opener against Clemson. Here’s what happened over the weekend.

1. Many people don’t realize that when the Bulldogs say they’re in preseason camp, they’re truly in a camp. For the past two weeks, 105 players and select members of the support staff have been living in hotel rooms at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. That ended and they checked out this [More]

Ten@10: Once again, injuries becoming part of Bulldogs’ storyline

  • 9:49 am Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Georgia is just four days into preseason camp and injuries are starting to become part of the 2014 storyline. The latest name added to the list is Shattle Fenteng.

Fenteng, a junior college transfer from Hutchinson Community College, was having his shoulder and arm attended to by head trainer Ron Courson early in Monday’s practice before leaving Woodruff Practice Fields for the day. UGA was unable to supply an injury update after the 90-minute workout and the hope is that there will be one at some point Tuesday.

UPDATE: Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt says Fenteng’s injury [More]

Ten@10: Reasons for freshman tight end’s departure a mystery

  • 10:00 am Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Georgia announced last week that tight end Hunter Atkinson, an incoming freshman from Oakwood, was quitting the team “to concentrate on opportunities associated with his long term career goals.” He’d been on campus barely two weeks.

I’ve tried to reach Atkinson or members of his family since that somewhat vague announcement in hopes of getting more details. But it appears they’re not interested elaborating, at least not at this point. I did get a chance to talk to Atkinson’s coach at West Hall High School, Tony Lotti, however.

Lotti informed me he had a brief visit [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]

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]

Bulldogs denied permission to talk to Tech’s Robert Carter

  • 6:51 pm Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Georgia wanted to talk to Robert Carter about possibly playing basketball for the Bulldogs. But Georgia Tech wouldn’t give them that chance.

Greg McGarity, UGA’s athletic director, confirmed Wednesday that he personally asked Georgia Tech for permission to speak to the 6-foot-8, 245-pound forward about a possible transfer. But that request was denied by the Yellow Jackets’ athletic director Mike Bobinski.

“Well, as per NCAA rules, we asked for permission to visit with (Carter), but unfortunately that permission was denied by Georgia Tech,” McGarity said Wednesday. “And that was very disappointing in light of the situation we had with Daniel [More]

Latest APR numbers show Dogs are getting it done in classroom

  • 3:29 pm Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Georgia athletes are getting it done in the classroom.

That was the findings of the NCAA in its annual Academic Progress Rate report, which was released Wednesday. All 20 of the Bulldogs’ sports met the NCAA’s minimum standards for eligibility, retention and graduation, with three of the teams posting perfect scores and 12 being ranked among the top six in the SEC.

“It takes the commitment of coaches, academic counseling and student services staff, and the student-athletes themselves to be successful,” Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity said. “This is a good example of how that teamwork can bring positive results.”

Georgia’s [More]

Ten@10: Murray vs. Mett, U.S. vs. Donnan and slow wheels of justice

  • 10:00 am Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10:

1.  An interesting question was posed Mike Mayock, a draft analyst for the NFL Network, on a recent teleconference call with reporters. Mayock was asked who he thought would have the better pro career, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray or LSU’s Zach Mettenberger.

“They’re complete opposites,” Mayock said. “It’s really intriguing. The common denominator is they’re both coming off ACL injuries late last season. Both had great pro day workouts. Mettenberger has as strong an arm as anybody in the draft. I’d be surprised if he didn’t go second round. Looked like he recovered from the ACL, which is [More]