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Gurley news creates a bye-week buzz for Bulldogs

  • 8:45 pm Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS — Developments regarding Todd Gurley’s possible return for Georgia created quite at scene at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall on Wednesday, especially considering it was a mid-week practice during a bye week.

Georgia coach Mark Richt had a little fun with that when he was greeted for his post-practice interview by an unusually large throng of media, which included the television cameras most of the Atlanta local news stations.

“Well, I know you wanted to know how beautiful the weather was out there,” Richt quipped. “It was a beautiful day in Athens, Ga. If I was a recruit I’d want to come to [More]

Florida’s Muschamp expects to have to defend Gurley

  • 12:37 pm Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – The University of Georgia has moved forward with the next step in the NCAA’s eligibility restoration process on behalf of star running back Todd Gurley. Whether or not the junior will be able to play again for the Bulldogs will now be determined by the NCAA’s governing body, and specifically by the group’s “student-athlete reinstatement committee.”

Georgia has been investigating since Oct. 9 allegations that Gurley had accepted improper benefits that were brought to its attention by an outside party. Since then, the Bulldogs have pretty much followed to the letter the reinstatement process, which is broken down [More]

Ten@10: ESPN’s Herbstreit believes Gurley could still win Heisman

  • 10:25 am Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10

1. I had a chance to talk to ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit this morning, which I always enjoy.

I first met “Herbie” in December of 1992 when I interviewed him as the Ohio State quarterback in the days leading up to the Buckeyes’ matchup against Georgia in the 1993 Citrus Bowl. We laughed about that Tuesday morning and his memory of that Bulldogs’ team — and that 21-14 Georgia victory — remains incredibly vivid. He rattled off the names of Garrison Hearst, Mitch Davis, Eric Zeier and Andre Hastings and talked about what they did in that game like [More]

Opposing View: SEC legend Bob Holt thinks the Hogs have a shot

  • 6:01 am Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Chip Towers

AN OPPOSING VIEW

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Bob Holt has always been legend in SEC writer circles. But his legend grew outside his peer group this past July at SEC Media Days in Birmingham.

Now a televised event, Bob became somewhat of a cult hero as he dominated as always the annual question-and-answer session with league coaches and players. People wanted to know who was the guy with the nasally voice asking all the questions. So prominent was Bob’s presence that AL.com’s Michael Casagrande did a story on him.

Well, I’m proud to say I knew Bob before he was a legend. [More]

Ten@10: Gurley’s presence at practice doesn’t signal imminent return

  • 10:19 am Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Just to be clear, Todd Gurley’s presence on the practice field Monday and the rest of the week does not signal his imminent return to competition. NCAA rules allow for a player who has been suspended and/or temporarily ruled ineligible for competition to participate in practices.

That said, it should not be long before Georgia forwards its findings to the NCAA and gets a ruling on the case. According to people familiar with the process, the notoriously slow NCAA works fast when there is an ongoing eligibility issue in the middle of the season. However, [More]

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]

Rewind: Missouri represented finest hour for QB Hutson Mason

  • 4:52 pm Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE MONDAY REWIND

Sorry that I’m getting this out later than usual today. Monday is technically an off day for me (never really is this time of year) and I had some domestic duties. But anyway, here ya go. …

1. Nick Chubb got a lot of credit for lifting Georgia to victory against Missouri and deservedly so. After all, he was the one stepping up in the absence of Todd Gurley and had 174 yards and a touchdown on 42 touches (including 38 rushing attempts) in the 34-0 victory.

But this past Saturday also represented Hutson Mason’s finest hour as the Bulldogs’ [More]

UPDATED: Bulldogs looking to beat Missouri for Gurley

  • 11:09 am Saturday, October 11th, 2014 by Chip Towers

COLUMBIA, MO. —  Greetings from Faurot Field. It’s a breezy and cool morning here in the great Midwest, where a rather significant Southeastern Conference game will commence shortly.

Just came up from the field where I got a chance to talk to former Bulldog Aaron Murray while the team warms up before the game.

First about the team: The Bulldogs are pretty fired up and motivated for this game. The gist I got from listening to the players and talking to some coaches down on the field is that they want to win it for Todd Gurley. They feel like their star [More]

Todd Gurley is out for Missouri, but is he out at Georgia for good?

  • 10:08 pm Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Here’s what we know for certain at this juncture — Todd Gurley is not going to play for Georgia against Missouri on Saturday.

Among the many things we don’t know is if Gurley will ever play again for the Bulldogs.

Gurley did not practice on Thursday and wasn’t even with the team. The Bulldogs will depart for Columbia, Mo., on Friday and Gurley is not expected to be with them. Beyond that, everything’s uncertain.

NCAA sanctions regarding improper benefits are based upon the financial amount the student-athlete is determined to have benefited from. I’ve seen unconfirmed reports citing sources that allege [More]

Opposing View: Scrappy Missouri focuses on stopping Gurley

  • 1:15 pm Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by Chip Towers

AN OPPOSING VIEW

When it comes to Missouri football — and Mizzou athletics in general — there is no greater authority than Dave Matter. Dave attended school at Missouri and worked at the Columbia Daily Tribune covering the Tigers for 14 years before joining the St. Louis Post-Dispatch a couple of years ago.

I reached out to Dave to be this week’s guest on the “Opposing View,” a weekly feature where we ask a beat writer who covers the opposing team some questions about that Saturday’s contest. I sent Dave five specific questions about the game, and then asked him [More]