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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]

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 not the only program taking a hard line on discipline

  • 12:19 pm Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 by Chip Towers

By now I’m sure you probably saw where Clemson announced the suspension of four players for the Georgia game on Aug. 30 at Sanford Stadium. Three of them are Georgia natives — guard David Beasley, defensive back Garry Peters and defensive end Corey Crawford — plus offensive tackle Shaq Anthony. They’re all significant players.

That’s a nice change for the Bulldogs, who have been mocked before by certain SEC coaches for almost always having multiple players suspended early in the season. Knock on wood somewhere, but at the moment Georgia will be missing only wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley for [More]

Richt on dismissing Harvey-Clemons: ‘Everybody needs to abide by rules’

  • 2:49 pm Thursday, February 20th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS —  Georgia coach Mark Richt did not issue any sort of statement or even a comment when the Bulldogs’ issued a two-sentence release earlier this week announcing that starting safety Josh Harvey-Clemons had been dismissed from the team. UGA’s football boss had little of substance to add when he talked to reporters on a teleconference call on Thursday. What he did say came only after some prodding.

“The only thing I’ll say about that is I want to wish him well,” Richt said at first.

“Is that all?” he was asked again.

“Yeah. I hope he finds a good home and finishes [More]

Harvey-Clemons just the latest to fall short of UGA’s disciplinary requirements

  • 12:18 pm Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS — Josh Harvey-Clemons is no longer a Georgia Bulldog. The former 5-star signee was dismissed by coach Mark Richt on Tuesday for a team rules violation.

It was at least the third strike from a disciplinary standpoint for the sophomore safety. Harvey-Clemons was in the midst of a four-game suspension for second violation of athletic association’s drug guidelines, the AJC confirmed last month. Georgia, as is its policy, has not specified what happened to precipitate this latest action.

As for his dismissal, one would think that places Harvey-Clemons in exclusive company. But it does not.

By my count, that’s more than [More]