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Positive impression: UGA’s Aaron Murray proves to NFL he’s healthy

  • 2:33 pm Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – I’ve just come from the Aaron Murray Show over at UGA’s Pro Day. There were 15 other players there to show their wares to NFL scouts but, to be clear, this whole deal was primarily about Murray, extending to the fact that Georgia delayed holding the annual exposition nearly a month later than it usually does.

Murray asked for and received from UGA the extra time in order to more fully recover from the ACL surgery he underwent on Nov. 26 of last fall. The original thought was that still wouldn’t be enough time for to fully recover from [More]

Five early observations of Georgia’s defense

  • 3:14 pm Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Georgia has completed just four of its 15 spring football practices so far and had its first full pads workout only yesterday. But slowly and surely things are starting to come into focus in regard to how the Bulldogs might look in the fall.

Georgia’s defense is undergoing the most radical transformation as first-year defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and three new assistant coaches put their fingerprints on that side of the ball. Here’s a few observations I’ve been able to make so far:

1. In general, your No. 1 unit looks like this: Noseguard — Chris Mayes; defensive end (or [More]

Richt: UGA’s 4 arrestees already getting disciplined, more to come

  • 7:37 pm Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS –  Georgia coach Mark Richt came a little closer Tuesday to revealing some of his disciplinary plans for the players who have run afoul of team and school policies since last season. But he stopped shortly of making a definitive ruling on the four players accused of theft.

Tray Matthews, Uriah LeMay, Jonathan Taylor and James DeLoach have continued to practice with the team since they were arrested on theft by deception charges on March 17. The Bulldogs completed their fourth practice of 15 this spring — and first in full pads — on Tuesday afternoon amid blustery conditions. All [More]

Q&A: J.J. Green plans on coming through for Dogs on defense

  • 11:44 am Friday, March 21st, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Georgia’s J.J. Green is one of those delightful young men you simply enjoy running across every now and then in this business.

College football and the entitlement and idolatry that comes with it can sometimes rob these elite athletes of their joy, or at least that which they reveal to reporters. That’s definitely not the case with Green.

It’s evident that he is simply happy to be where he is and doing what he does. At the moment that’s play defensive back for the Bulldogs.

You’ll recall that Green was asked to play tailback last season, and he did it well. [More]

Georgia restricts spring football practice access to media

  • 6:09 pm Thursday, March 20th, 2014 by Chip Towers
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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]

10 things to know about tonight’s NIT matchup between Georgia and Vermont

  • 4:36 pm Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Georgia takes on Vermont in a few hours in an National Invitation Tournament first-round game at Stegeman Coliseum. The game is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU. Here’s a few things to think about as the No. 2 seeded Bulldogs go for their 20th victory against their visitors from the America East Conference.

It will be the Bulldogs’ 12th appearance in the NIT and first since 2007.  Georgia’s first-ever postseason berth was in the 1981 NIT and the schools is 11-11 in the tournament. The Bulldogs advanced to the NIT Final Four [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]

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]

Allen-Williams decides to stick with South Carolina

  • 2:11 pm Monday, February 3rd, 2014 by Chip Towers
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UPDATE: Cedar Grove’s Bryson Allen-Williams, who waffled on his commitment to South Carolina after taking an official visit to UGA this past weekend, tweeted Monday night that he has decided to stick with the Gamecocks.

I wanna thank #dawgnation for the support these last couple of days … but on Wednesday I will be signing with South Carolina #WeCocky— Bryson Allen-Wms (@B_Quatro4) February 04, 2014

Following is the original story file earlier in the day Monday …

The battle is on between Georgia and South Carolina for linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams.

The 4-star linebacker from Atlanta’s Cedar Grove High [More]