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Georgia’s Richt Gives Mettenberger’s Mom The Week Off Ahead Of LSU Tussle

gfx - they said itEach week there’s some new “Isn’t he a nice guy?” story that emanates from Athens, Georgia.  This week will be no exception.

Georgia coach Mark Richt has chosen to give Tammy Mettenberger, one of his program’s administrative assistants, the week off.  That’s because her son, Zach Mettenberger, will be leading LSU against the Bulldogs this Saturday in Athens.  Richt explained:

 

“She loves here son, obviously, and it would be awkward for her to be hanging around all week.  I told here, ‘Enjoy it, go have fun, do some things you wouldn’t normally do this time of year and enjoy it.’”

 

Richt dismissed Mettenberger from his team in 2010 following an arrest and, reportedly, the player’s decision to lie to the coach about the incident.  After a year of junior college football, Mettenberger signed with LSU where he started last season and has been thriving this season.

“We’ve been knowing Zach since he was a very young kid,” Richt said.  “We all really like Zach and want the best for him but just don’t want him to win the game this weekend.  That’s the only thing that’s different from normal, is we’re competing against him this week.”

The top clash between the hedges will commence at 3:30pm ET on Saturday.

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SEC Conference Call: Mark Richt Talks North Texas

Georgia coach Mark Richt talks North Texas- Week 4 SEC Coaches Conference Call.

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Georgia Beats South Carolina; Aaron Murray Gets Big-Game Win

postgame-linksGeorgia 41 – South Carolina 30. Video Highlights

1. Maybe it’s not time to get rid of Mark Richt after all, Georgia fans.  The season is back on after Bulldogs make statement in SEC opener.

2. Four touchdown passes for Aaron Murray.  Georgia QB gets his big-game win.

3. Tony Barnhart: “Well, this was a big one. And Murray played a big part in winning it…”

4. Jadeveon Clowney: “Aaron played a pretty good game today… We didn’t come in and execute like we were supposed to.”

5. How do you stop Clowney?  ”The answer it seems is go fast and go the other way.”

6. Georgia gets a successful onside kick early in the game.  Coach Mark Richt:  ”Anytime you can steal a possession from the other team it’s huge, and it was a great momentum play for us.”

7. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier: “Give Georgia credit. They ran it right down our throat.”

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Georgia Kicker Morgan Will Miss This Week’s Carolina Game

suspended-man-on-hookGeorgia placekicker Marshall Morgan will not have his suspension lifted this week.  The Bulldogs’ top kicker will have to miss two big games — Clemson last week, South Carolina this week — due to a summer arrest for boating under the influence.

The University of Georgia has the SEC’s toughest policies regarding failed drug tests and arrests involving drugs or alcohol.

Walk-on kicker Patrick Beless and Adam Erickson remain the Dawgs’ backups, though Mark Richt won’t allow them to speak with the media.  “They’ve got enough to think about right now.  I don’t need them becoming media darlings right now.”

For Georgia, the school’s stance on drug/alcohol-related issues is somewhat self-defeating (and we don’t mean on the field).  On the one hand, UGA school officials can stand proud amongst their SEC peers knowing that they don’t put up with things that a lot of other folks do.  On the other hand, the annual start-of-the-season suspensions give the uninformed the impression that Richt runs not a tight ship, but a prison barge — “His guys are always in trouble.”

In reality, at most places, Morgan would be back kicking in a key SEC showdown this week.  And at other places, he would have never been suspended at all.

Just another reason we’re in favor of the Southeastern Conference taking control of such matters with a one-size-fits-all policy.

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Georgia Coach Mark Richt On South Carolina Week

Georgia coach Mark Richt – week 2 SEC conference call.

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“We’ve Gotta Get Rid Of Richt!” Says Weeping Dawg Fan

fetal-manOn Saturday night, Georgia football coach Mark Richt took his #5 team to Clemson.  The #8 Tigers had a raucous Death Valley crowd on hand to help make the debut of nearly a dozen new UGA starters one heckuva tough baptism.

The Bulldogs lost a shootout 38-35 — in part — due to an interception, a fumble, and a bungled snap on a would-be field goal attempt.  The verdict?  Richt needs to be fired.

At least that was the postgame take from a weepy Dawg fan who called into an Atlanta talkshow on Saturday night.  A fan who is now having to deal with the fact that his emotional call has gone viral on this here interweb:

 

UGA Fan Crying on Radio

 

A tip of the cap to one of our favorite SEC websites for this one.

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WOW Headlines – 8/8/13

Ole Miss has announced that the NCAA found no evidence of violations relating to DE CJ Johnson
Tennessee DE Jacques Smith is expected to miss four to six weeks following surgery on a broken thumb
Tennessee DE Corey Vereen has undergone an MRI to determine the cause of a sore knee
South Carolina OT Mike Matulis is expected to have shoulder surgery and could redshirt this season
Alabama DL Dakota Ball is out of practice after undergoing an emergency appendectomy
Georgia coach Mark Richt on his team’s first scrimmage: “I thought the guys looked kind of tired.”
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Hand Injuries Taking Their Toll On Georgia’s Linebacking Corps

red-cross-logoIn Athens, it’s suddenly all hands on deck at the outside linebacker position.  That’s because three Bulldog ‘backers have been forced from the practice field by hand injuries this week.

Leonard Floyd, a freshman who could start for the Georgia in their opener at Clemson, became the latest Dawg to undergo surgery for a hand injury after fracturing his left hand during practice on Monday.

A day prior, two other outside linebackers broke thumbs during practice — James DeLoach and Davin Bellamy.

According to The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Mark Richt expects all three linebackers to be back at practice next week.

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Georgia Down Two Linebackers Due To Thumb Surgeries

fonzie_thumbs_downGeorgia’s defense will need to be rebuilt in 2013.  So far, that rebuilding project can’t be given a thumbs-up.

Starting sophomore outside linebacker James DeLoach and freshman outside linebacker Davin Bellamy are out of practice for the time being after both suffered thumb injuries during a practice on Sunday.  DeLoach was scheduled to undergo surgery for a sprained ulnar collateral ligament.  It is believed he will be back at practice within a week.  Bellamy broke his thumb and though he’s now had surgery on it and is also nursing a shoulder injury, he should be back for the Bulldogs’ opener at Clemson.

“You’ve got a lot of hand to hand combat in there,” Mark Richt said.  “Your digits get pushed back sometimes, they get damaged.  We’re going to clean them up with the surgeries and then club ‘em up to protect them.”

That, of course, means both players will be wearing mighty big casts for a few days/weeks.

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SEC Headlines 7/30/2013

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1. Georgia coach Mark Richt on Jadeveon Clowney: “I think he might be the very best player who exists today.”

2. Auburn’s coaching staff is ready to open fall camp. The Tigers will hit the practice field on Friday.

3. Auburn fans weren’t happy with former offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler’s recent comments.

4. Here are five storylines for Mississippi State entering the upcoming season.

5. The schedule for the Bulldogs could be tougher than it first appears, writes Brad Locke.

6. Defensive tackle Isaac Gross is the No. 14 most important player for Ole Miss.

7. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and his former teammate Phillip Sims shared some respect on twitter.

8. Here are five questions for Kent State, a team LSU should dominate with ease this season.

9.  Johnny (Manziel) was being Johnny when got booted from a frat party last weekend, writes Barrett Sallee.

10. The Arkansas football program moved into its new building last week, which means new projects are up next.

11. Florida is working to make sure it fills up its stadium for all six home games this season.

12. Florida’s first two games will have noon kickoffs. Get ready for some heat and humidity early in the season.

13. Mark Richt would like to see a league-wide drug policy. “I’d love it everybody had the same level playing ground.”

14. South Carolina will be a “legitimate national title contender” if it starts the season with a 2-0 record, according to Phil Steele.

15. Athlon Sports looks at South Carolina’s rise to power under head coach Steve Spurrier.

16. The sex crimes investigation involving four former Vanderbilt players is nearing an end, police say.

17. Here are five key questions as Tennessee prepares to begin practice on Friday.

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18. “Things look bleak” for Vanderbilt following the losses of guards Kevin Bright and Kedren Johnson yesterday.

19. A Georgia walk-on suffered a torn ACL during a bomb explosion while he was serving in the military.

20. Here’s an update on Tennessee’s non-conference schedule. The Vols will play UTEP, followed by Iowa or Xavier in Nassau, Bahamas.

21. Kentucky coach John Calipari has released a new clothing line.

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22. Rick Bozich takes Louisville to task for considering the idea of bringing in former Auburn running back Michael Dyer.

23. Gordon Gee will receive $5.8 million to not be Ohio State’s president.

24. What is the future for the American Athletic Conference? Dennis Dodd takes a look.

25. Police searched a pond in Bristol, Conn., in connection to the murder case involving Aaron Hernandez.

26. Dan Wetzel reports from the pretrial hearing involving three former Penn State administrators.

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