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What’s Next At Georgia?

With four Georgia football players getting arrested, what’s the next move for coach Mark Richt?  The AJC’s Mark Bradley puts the case in perspective.

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SEC Conference Call: Mark Richt Talks Kentucky

Georgia coach Mark Richt talks Kentucky – Week 13 SEC coaches conference call.

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Hot Properties In The SEC: Which Coaches Might Be Targeted By Other Schools?

wanted-one-new-football-coach-posterAnything is possible.

You may think your team’s coach is a lock to stick around despite outside interest, but as Tennessee learned in 2010… anything is possible.  Lane Kiffin had been in Knoxville for just one season when Southern Cal came calling less than a month before signing day.  Fifteen other guys had to decline offers from the Trojans before Kiffin got his call, but when USC rang, he jumped.

Let’s also remember that an approach by another school doesn’t have to result in your school’s coach leaving to cause problems.  Agent Jimmy Sexton’s clients seem to get annual raises, extensions and inflated buyouts due to reported interest in them.  All it takes is another school sniffing around — or an agent bluffing that other schools are sniffing around — to bind your school to its coach with a bigger, stronger contract.

So who in the SEC might be hot properties at this season’s end?  Here’s our list…


Hot Properties

Nick Saban, Alabama — The only thing that might drive Saban from Tuscaloosa someday would be an NCAA investigation or some sort.  Still, rumors persist that Texas — if the Longhorns push Mack Brown out — will try to make Bama’s coach an offer he can’t refuse.  So keep an eye on Brown’s situation.  Just last week, Texas’ coach said, “Nick’s not trying to get my job, I mean, I know Nick… So I don’t have to worry about that.”  That’s called whistling past the graveyard.

Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M — Sumlin is going to get paid.  Either by Texas A&M to fend off suitors or by Southern Cal, a school reportedly ready to pay up to $6 million per season for the right man.  Sumlin’s currently playing the game on the Trojan front and that will likely force A&M to pony up again to keep him.  Unless, of course, he’s just using Southern cal as a bluff and AD Eric Hyman knows it.  For all the talk of college interest, we still feel Sumlin’s most likely next step will be toward the NFL.  If Chip Kelly’s up-tempo Eagles make the playoffs, expect Sumlin to be a pretty hot NFL commodity.  The coach has already said that down the road the pro game might interest him.

Gus Malzahn, Auburn — Would he leave the Plains after just one season?  Well, he has proven to be opportunistic in the job market.  Five years as a high school coach in Springdale, Arkansas high school.  One year as Arkansas’ offensive coordinator.  Two years as offensive coordinator at Tulsa.  Three years as Auburn’s offensive coordinator.  One year as head coach at Arkansas State.  Now back at Auburn.  We feel it’s unlikely he would leave as he seems to be a perfect fit at AU, but his track record demands that schools with openings at least pick up the phone and gauge his interest.


Possible Interest

James Franklin, Vanderbilt — Three bowls in three years at Vandy.  A chance to win nine games in back-to-back years at Vandy.  So why the hell is Franklin not listed as a “hot property” when his name has been connected to the Southern Cal job?  Solely due to the fact that a rape case at Vanderbilt is still hanging over the coach’s head like black cloud.  It’s unlikely that he played any role whatsoever in the cover-up of said crime, but just last week defense attorneys for an ex-Commodore accused in the rape filed a motion in court requesting copies of all the text messages sent between VU’s coaches and the four players charged.  After the Penn State circus, schools might be a tad leery of hiring anyone with so much as a potential connection to a scandal, crime or cover-up.  This is very bad timing for Franklin (who has to be growing tired of seeing empty seats at Dudley Field).

Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss — If Freeze manages to win eight or nine games this season and he puts together another top 15 signing class, someone might put Freeze on their list of job candidates.  We’re not saying he would leave as he appears to be UM man.  We just think some school might take a flier on a guy who’s had more early success than anyone ever dreamed.

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SEC Conference Call: Mark Richt Talks Florida

Georgia coach Mark Richt talks Florida – Week 10 SEC Coaches Conference Call.

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Richt Sees A Lot Of Similarities Between His Georgia Team And Florida; Talks Up Gators

gfx - they said itThis weekend Georgia will attempt to win its third in a row over longtime rival Florida.  If the Bulldogs are successful it will mark the first streak of that length from the Dawgs since they topped the Gators in 1987, ’88 and ’89.

Looking ahead to Saturday’s matchup, Mark Richt sees some obvious similarities between the two teams.  “Both of us lost a game out of conference and then lost the last two games,” UGA’s coach said.  “Both teams have had a lot of injury issues an both are fighting to try to stay in the race for the East.  There are a lot of similarities in that regard.”

As any good coach would, Richt also took some time to talk up Saturday’s foe:


“They are very good on special teams, they’ve been tremendous on defense and offensively they are kind of a smashmouth team that will take their shots on you.  They are just a very good football team.  We are looking forward to going to Jacksonville.  I’m not quite sure what the weather hold.  As of right now it’s supposed to be rainy and windy, so we’ll see how that affects the game if that happens.”


Currently there’s a 50% chance of showers during the game.

Richt isn’t the only one who sees similarities between the two squads.  Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy weighed in on the topic as well.  “Both teams probably expected to be undefeated or have a better record coming into this game.  But both teams still have high hops of finishing the season off well.  It’s kind of like a one-game playoff.”



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Georgia Preps To Face Vandy Without Gurley, Matthews

gfx - they said itIt appears the Georgia Bulldogs will once again be missing some of their bite this weekend.  Star running back Todd Gurley — who’s been out for two-and-a-half games with a sprained ankle — returned to practice in limited form yesterday, but Mark Richt suggested that might not mean much come Saturday’s game with Vanderbilt.  In addition, starting safety Tray Matthews — who suffered a hamstring injury two weeks ago at Tennessee — hasn’t practiced at all this week.

Richt’s take on the injuries:


“(Gurley) was out there moving around and changing direction a little bit, catching a couple of balls here and there, but not at a tempo that would make you feel like he’ll have a chance (to play Saturday).  If we played tomorrow he wouldn’t play tomorrow, I know that… We’re preparing to play without him…

We’ve got other people coming in and playing pretty good in (Matthew’s) spot.  Obviously we’d like to have him back and have him playing, not only on defense but some special teams as well… But we’ve just got to be careful with that hamstring.”


A BCS-contender when at full strength, Georgia’s season has come undone due to multiple injuries to key players in multiple spots.  As a result, this weekend’s game at 0-3 in the SEC Vanderbilt might be more of a struggle than many would assume.

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SEC Conference Call: Mark Richt Talks Vanderbilt

Georgia coach Mark Richt talks Vanderbilt – Week 8 SEC Coaches Conference Call.

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SEC Conference Call: Mark Richt Talks Tennessee

Georgia coach Mark Richt talks Tennessee – Week 6 SEC Coaches Conference Call.

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SEC Headlines 10/2/13

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1. South Carolina receiver Shaq Roland will serve a three-game suspension. Already missed UCF game, will not play against Kentucky or Arkansas before returning for Tennessee game.

2. Georgia not interested in starting a Heisman campaign for quarterback Aaron Murray - he doesn’t need the help. “Who hasn’t heard of Aaron Murray?”

3. Georgia coach Mark Richt asked about a letdown this week.  ”You don’t ever want to let down, but we’re playing Tennessee so I don’t foresee a letdown.”

4, Tennessee coach Butch Jones: ”Right now we have some major depth issues and I think it is starting to be revealed.”

5. Auburn’s defense focused this week on limiting and containing Ole Miss running back Jeff Scott. Coach Gus Malzahn wants crowd noise to make an impact.

6. After a breakout game against Kentucky, Florida running back Matt Jones looks to be the No. 1 tailback again but don’t forget about Mack Brown and Kelvin Taylor.

7. Florida defensive tackle Damien Jacobs on Dominique Easley’s season-ending knee injury.  “It was a heartbreaker.”

8. Arkansas went with two freshmen guards in their SEC opener. They’re in line to start again against Florida this week.

9. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze on his offensive line’s performance against Alabama: “We lost a lot of one-on-one battles up front.”

10. Defending Alabama’s schedule: “Is there any difference….in Alabama playing Georgia State and Tennessee playing South Alabama?”

11. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen on LSU’s offense: “They have two NFL wide receivers, and they have a quarterback who is an NFL quarterback with a big arm to get them the ball.”

12, Mississippi State has the second-smallest stadium in the conference but the largest HD replay board.  Ron Higgins:  ”(I)t’s like having a 100-inch big screen in a double-wide trailer.”

13. Athlon Sports say LSU’s Zach Mettenberger and Missouri’s James Franklin are two of the nation’s most-improved quarterbacks.

14. LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on Mettenberger: ”He can flat throw the ball deep as good as anyone I’ve been around, and he’s awfully accurate doing it.”

15. Should Missouri be concerned about kicker Andrew Baggett?  Just two of five this year on kicks within 40 yards this season.

16. Vanderbilt’s defense will face a Missouri rushing attack that leads the conference. 

17. With 42 tackles, Kentucky linebacker Avery Williamson leads the SEC.

18. Kentucky 338-pound defensive tackle Mister Cobble is afraid to fly.  ”I just wait till we get to the top, open my window and just look out. The clouds calm me down.”

Practice/Injury Reports

19. Texas A&M freshman wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones will get a medical redshirt this season.

20. Georgia running back Todd Gurley still “day-to-day” but Mark Richt says Keith Marshall is “very capable” of being the feature back.

21. Most of Auburn’s injured players look to return to practice this week, including cornerback Chris Davis.

22. With Alabama center Ryan Kelly out the next few weeks with a stretched MCL, Chad Lindsay is finally getting a chance to play.

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23, Still unclear how many games Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson will miss once the season starts.  Coach Andy Kennedy: “I think it’s ongoing based on how he progresses.”

24. “There is a pretty clear cut top three in the SEC, and Tennessee can count themselves in that group.”

25. Missouri freshman forward Jonathan Williams III on practice intensity: “You just have to see it. It’s amazing out here.”

27. Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings on freshmen center Damian Jones: ”He’s going to be a very, very good player here.”

28. South Carolina coach Frank Martin has seven freshmen and will add Villanova transfer guard Tyrone Johnson in December.


29. New York City law firm wants to alter the relationship between the NCAA and college athletes.

30. Princeton AD on stipends for large school college athletes: ”Clearly, the decision to speak to speak out (over the summer about the stipend issue and a potential break off) was choreographed.

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SEC Conference Call: Mark Richt Talks LSU

Georgia coach Mark Richt talks LSU – Week 5 SEC Coaches Conference Call.

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