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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]

Rewind: Bellamy’s suspension will shuffle deck at outside linebacker

  • 9:54 am Monday, July 28th, 2014 by Chip Towers

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

1. It’s not going to lessen any of the negative publicity being directed at the Georgia football program at the moment, but redshirt freshman Davin Bellamy has handled his recent arrest for DUI about as well as anyone could ask.

Not long after bonding out of Athens-Clarke County Jail following his early Saturday morning arrest, Bellamy sent out a message on his Twitter account apologizing to his teammates, coaches and fans for his poor judgment and asking for a chance to earn back their trust. Nineteen-year-olds make mistakes all the time, but it seems rare [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]

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]

Bulldogs’ spring exit meetings can be tough on players

  • 2:07 pm Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by Chip Towers

I had a nice time over in Gainesville last night covering the second stop on the Bulldogs’ “UGA Day” speaking tour. Georgia coach Mark Richt and gymnastics coach Danna Durante joined President Jere Morehead in addressing about 300 guests at the Gainesville Civic Center about all things Bulldog. You can read my report on the festivities HERE. And thanks to the fine folks of the Gainesville Bulldog Club for the wonderful hospitality.

While I was there, Richt took time to talk to me and about five other reporters in a relaxed sit-down before the event. Now we aren’t far [More]

Q&A: Kevin Sherrer on J.J. Green and leaving sweet home Alabama

  • 12:17 pm Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Kevin Sherrer is an Alabama man through and through. He was born in Oneonta, Ala., starred as a tight end at Cleveland (Ala.) High, played that position at the University of Alabama (1993-95) and was a grad assistant for the Crimson Tide. Since then he coached at two Alabama high schools, then was the director of player development at Bama before serving last year as the defensive coordinator at South Alabama.

So while he’s moved a bunch the last 18 years, he hasn’t ventured across the state line very much until now. Sherrer came east to join his old [More]