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LSU Dominates A&M; Murray Reportedly Tears ACL In Georgia Victory

postgame-links-150x1501LSU 34 – Texas A&M 10. Video Highlights

1. LSU offense rolls up 517 yards – 324 on the ground.

2. For the second year in a row, the LSU defense throttles Johnny Manziel and the Aggies offense.

3. “Welcome back, guys. You’ve been missed.”

4. A&M offense fails to score 40 points for the first time in 14 games. “It was by far the most miserable day for the Aggies since they joined the Southeastern Conference, and it had nothing to do with the weather.”

5. Give a lot of credit to LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis.

6. Aggies lose more than the game – any chance at a BCS bowl  and a second Heisman Trophy also gone.  Manziel: “We got punched in the mouth today, and it wasn’t fun.”

Georgia 59 – Kentucky 17. Video Highlights

7. Blowout victory by Georgia spoiled by knee injury to quarterback Aaron Murray.  Coach Mark Richt: ”It’s just sickening.”

8. His last Sanford Stadium pass was an interception but Murray had four TD passes and become only the third quarterback to pass for 3,000 yards in all four seasons.

9. Report: Murray has ACL tear in his left knee. Will have surgery on Tuesday. Update: Confirmed.

10. With two starting cornerbacks suspended, Kentucky’s defense shredded. Saturday, “Kentucky played like a team playing out the string…”

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Georgia 59 – Kentucky 17 (Video)

Video highlights of the Georgia 59 – 17 victory over Kentucky Saturday night at Sanford Stadium.

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Georgia’s Richt On Dismissing LSU QB Mettenberger From His Program: “It Was Very Difficult”

gfx - they said itIn 2010, Georgia head coach Mark Richt dismissed freshman quarterback Zach Mettenberger from his football team following the young man’s arrest for fondling a woman in a Valdosta, Georgia bar.  Mettenberger eventually pled guilty to sexual battery over the incident.

By now you know that Mettenberger’s mother works in the UGA football office (though Richt gave her this week off as LSU visits Athens).  Richt had known Mettenberger since he was a boy.  It has been reported that the player was not completely forthcoming with Richt following the arrest and that that was what led to his dismissal.

Now Mettenberger is set to return to Sanford Stadium with Les Miles’ Tigers.  And Richt is glad for the young man that’s the case:

 

“It was very difficult (to dismiss Mettenberger).  It’s difficult any time a situation gets to the point where you have to dismiss a guy from the team.  To do it to Zach, knowing Zach for as long as we’ve known him and his mom and dad — they’re family to us.  They’re still family to the Georgia program, so it was very difficult.  I think he understood it.  It wasn’t easy for me, and it wasn’t easy for him.  I’m proud of how he responded to it.  He went to junior college and did extremely well and he got an opportunity to come back to a place like LSU, which is a tribute to him and how he’s put himself in tremendous position for his future.  That’s what you hope for and you dream for these guys when they have an issue.  Like I was saying before, sometimes when guys have issues, we can clean it up and he can have a great story here at Georgia.  But sometimes when they have to leave, I just hope they can move forward and have great success.  Nick Marshall (Auburn’s quarterback) is the same situation.  Some things like that happen, and they have success and it makes you feel good.”

 

Mettenberger’s dismissal might have only sped up the inevitable.  At the time of his departure, he was competing for the starting quarterback job with current Bulldog starter Aaron Murray.  And Murray says that the loser of that battle might not have been long for Athens.

“I doubt both of us would have stayed,” Murray said yesterday.  “I’m sure one of us probably would have left, and you’d be talking to him right now and I’d be at LSU or another squad.”

Murray and Mettenberger are currently ranked 1-2 on the SEC passer rating chart.  Their teams enter this Saturday’s showdown ranked in the national top 10 and very much alive in the BCS championship hunt.  Clearly, what once was a “difficult” situation has worked out well for all parties involved.

(For his part, LSU’s quarterback is expecting “the worst” from Georgia fans when it comes to booing and heckling.  Here’s hoping that’s not the case.  Mettenberger made a mistake, paid for it, and was forced to go elsewhere.  He didn’t decide to leave Athens.  UGA fans should remember that.)

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LSU’s Miles On Georgia’s Sanford Stadium: “We Certainly Recognize The Venue”

les-miles-open-mouthThe closest thing the sports world has to an in-his-prime, ex-Yankee catcher/philosopher Yogi Berra is LSU football coach Les Miles.  When Miles opens his mouth, it’s guaranteed a $50 word or a bizarrely-worded phrase will tumble out.  Yesterday, asked about his Tigers’ upcoming clash at Georgia, Miles didn’t disappoint:

 

“You choose to come to LSU to look forward to playing in a game ‘between the hedges,’ nationally ranked.  Our guys are looking forward to it, know it’s going to be a great environment.  It’s going to be a lot of fun.  We’ve been there before.  We certainly recognize the venue.  We’ll look forward to competing against the best.”

 

Finding the stadium, recognizing it, and entering the building would seem to be an important first step toward winning on Saturday.  Luckily, it sounds like there’s little chance that Miles and crew will simply bus by Sanford Stadium without recognizing it.

LSU’s coach added that his team will be ready for a road game thanks to a season-opening win in Arlington, Texas against TCU.  “The regimen will be comfortable,” he said.

You know, it’s quite possible that no one in human history has ever strung those five words together in that manner.  Miles is a true master.

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2014 Schedule Roundup: Reaction And Notes From Around The League

2014 calendarThe SEC’s release of the 2014 conference schedule has drawn reaction from around the league.  Here’s a roundup of opinion, news and notes.

1. “Georgia has made out like a bandit in all this SEC schedule reshuffling madness.”

2. The Bulldogs will go more than a month without playing at Sanford Stadium.

3, The SEC Network’s first game will be Texas A&M at South Carolina.

4. When Texas A&M meets LSU on Thanksgiving night, it will be the Tigers first appearance on Turkey Day since 1973.

5. Florida draws Alabama in 2014.  Gators have lost last three games to Crimson Tide by a combined score of 101-26.

6. Latest scheduled Florida-Tennessee game since 1991. “It’s a byproduct of the Vols disappearing off the SEC and national radar.”

7. Tennessee will travel to Ole Miss in 2014.  Vols have played in Oxford only four times.

8. The Rebels start the year in Atlanta and then to Nashville but won’t have to leave Oxford for two straight the rest of the year.

9. Moving the Kentucky-Louisville game to the end of the season in 2014 came at the request of both the SEC and the ACC.  Will be fourth SEC-ACC rivalry game to end the regular season.

10. When Arkansas travels to Missouri, it will be the first visit for the Razorbacks to Columbia since 1906.

11. When Auburn opens against Arkansas, it will be the first time the Tigers have opened with a conference game in 18 years.

12, MrSEC’s  immediate reaction/observations to the 2014 SEC schedule.

 

 

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Wow Headlines 5/25/2013

SEC could move to eight-man officiating crew starting as early as 2014
Noon game-time for Florida-Miami on September 7 has fans upset…
Miami petitioned for later start but was turned down by ESPN
Georgia A.D. Greg McGarity on possible nine-game conference schedule…
“At the end of the day, the presidents will decide, like everything else in the conference”
Georgia approves $93 million athletic department budget that includes more than $1 million for improvements at Sanford Stadium
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer on Alabama’s 2012 season: “Should have lost three games”…
Meyer on Florida’s 2008 team: “As good or better than any team to ever play college football”
Vanderbilt’s basketball team will play in Greece and Italy this summer
SEC spring meetings set for next week in Destin, Florida
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Wow Headlines 5/24/2013

Georgia A.D. Greg McGarity on possible nine-game conference schedule…
“At the end of the day, the presidents will decide, like everything else in the conference”
Georgia approves $93 million athletic department budget that includes more than $1 million for improvements at Sanford Stadium
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer on Alabama’s 2012 season: “Should have lost three games”…
Meyer on Florida’s 2008 team: “As good or better than any team to ever play college football”
Vanderbilt’s basketball team will play in Greece and Italy this summer
SEC spring meetings set for next week in Destin, Florida
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A.D. McGarity Says UGA’s Strength Of Schedule Is “Off The Chart”

gfx - they said itLast fall, plenty of people moaned, whined and complained that Georgia had been given an easy path through the Southeastern Conference.  Apparently those folks won’t be able to voice displeasure with the Dawgs’ upcoming schedules.

According to Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity, Mark Richt’s team won’t have to worry about his squad’s strength of schedule in the first year of the new College Football Playoff:

 

“From our standpoint, the University of Georgia doesn’t have to worry about that in 2014 because our strength of schedule is already off the chart for the next two years.  Who knows what the ’15 schedule will be, but we just know that in ’13 and ’14, the strength of schedule is not an issue here in Athens…

We have an idea of who we’ll play, but we don’t know when we’ll play.  We know it will be a road game because Auburn’s come back here in 2014.  Whoever we play on the West side will be a road game.  It hasn’t been finalized but Destin is when we’re planning to see everything because we’ve all got to move forward with dates, campus dates, homecoming dates and things like that.”

 

Georgia will host LSU in late-September as its rotating West opponent this year.  Auburn — the Bulldogs’ permanent cross-division rival — will welcome Georgia in mid-November.  UGA will also open the season with a non-conference date at Clemson.

In addition to its SEC slate, Georgia will once again open 2014 season with Clemson, but that game will be at Sanford Stadium.

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SEC Headlines – 5/4/12

Business meetings, radio shows, etc, etc… short day.  My apologies.  Here are today’s SEC headlines with an extra touch of bitterness and salt thrown in for spice (’cause I’m already behind due to the start of what looks to be “Expansionpalooza 2012″):

 

1.  Don’t look now, but the presidents of the Big Ten and the Pac-12 are considering a non-seeded Plus-One postseason plan for college football – just take the two best teams after the bowls, they mean — in order to protect the sanctity of the Rose Bowl.  (Personal take: It’s time for everyone else to tell the Pac-12 and the Big Ten to just go to hell.  The fans of the Midwest and West can watch their beloved Rose Bowl every year.  And everyone else in America can watch a four-team playoff to crown a national champion.  After about two years on the outside looking in — with more and more recruits choosing to go elsewhere — the Big Ten, the Pac-12 and the Rose Bowl would all come begging for entry.  It’s time to play hardball with these self-important twits.  Like this.)

2.  Florida may use two quarterbacks this fall (which only seems to work when you have two completely different styles of quarterback… one runner, one passer).

3.  Aaron Murray tried to make a funny about Georgia wearing pink helmets this fall.  Twitter blew up.  Websites believed what they saw on Twitter leading to further blow-ups.  Then UGA’s quarterback had to backtrack.  (Gotta love that Twitter.)

4.  This writer says retiring Georgia prez Michael Adams should rename Sanford Stadium after Vince Dooley… who he forced out as AD back in 2004.  (I wouldn’t hold my breath.)

5.  Kentucky and Indiana won’t play basketball this season for the first time since 1969-70 and both parties deserve a kick in the rear for being too dumb to compromise on the locations for future games.  (Not stubborn, dumb.)

6.  John Calipari is spinning the move as being good for his players.  (Nonsense.)

7.  UK won’t be playing North Carolina, either.

8.  Sales of season tickets are up for Vanderbilt football.  (Another positive sign for the Commodores.)

9.  Mississippi State’s offensive line will have to be ready to pass protect with a less mobile Tyler Russell behind center.

10.  Texas A&M’s board of regents has given president R. Bowen Loftin the power to negotiate a buyout with AD Bill Byrne.

11.  Aggie hoopster Kourtney Roberson has been granted a medical hardship waiver and will have three years of basketball left to play.

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“When Ya Gotta Go” — MSU DB Relieves Self On UGA’s Hedges

It’s probably not unusual for Uga to relieve himself upon Sanford Stadium’s famous hedges.  That stadium is his house, after all.  But you wouldn’t expect to see a visiting bulldog pull off that stunt.

Especially not a human Bulldog from Mississippi State.

During Saturday’s 24-10 loss to Georgia, MSU defensive back Nickoe Whitley relieved himself into the famed shrubbery during the game.  (Will UGA now have to track down Roger the Shrubber?)  Embarrassing?  Yes.  A heinous act of poor sportsmanship?  No.

When a guy’s gotta go, a guy’s gotta go.  And the hedges were right there.

At least Whitley didn’t micturate on a rug.  (NSFW)




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