Richt apparently done talking about Georgia-Florida site

Birmingham—Just wanted to check back with you with a few sights and sounds from what has been a wild and crazy session at SEC Media Days:


**–I think Mark Richt has decided that he has done enough talking about the location of the Georgia-Florida game. The contract, which has kept the game in Jacksonville since 1933 (except for 1994 and 1995) is up for renewal. In the past Richt has said that he wouldn’t mind switching up the rotation and playing the game in Athens or Atlanta.

But when Richt was asked about it today he simply said: “This is what I want to do. I want to focus on winning that game. That’s all I want to focus on when it comes to that game.”

Somebody followed up with the question: “You don’t care where it’s played?”

“I really just want to focus on trying to when that game. That’s my goal from here on in (smiling). That will be my answer from here on in.”

Expect the game to remain in Jacksonville when the new contract is signed.


**–Like him or not, you have to admit there is something different about Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. On a day when Urban Meyer, Mark Richt, Houston Nutt, and Nick Saban were in the same location, Tebow drew the largest crowd of autograph seekers here at the Wynfrey Hotel. I asked Tebow if he could believe this would be his last appearance at SEC Media Days. “No,” he said. “I can’t believe where the time has gone.”


**–Alabama coach Nick Saban told me that he is looking forward to coming back to Atlanta on Sept. 5 to play in the Chick-fil-A Classic for the second consecutive year. This time the Crimson Tide will play Virginia Tech, the ACC favorite. Both teams should be in the preseason Top 10. “Last year after we played (and beat) Clemson we had a much better understanding where we were as a football team,” Saban said. “We want to win the game. But even if we don’t, we’ll learn a lot about our team and it will get us ready for the SEC schedule.”


**–Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead dismisses the notion offered by some (this writer included) that the Rebels might have a tough time handling the love they are getting in the preseason. Ole Miss, which has never played in the SEC championship game, has been rated in a lot of top 10s in the preseason. The Sporting News has them ranked as high as No. 5. “I think it has made us work even harder to prove to those people that they are wrong,” said Snead. “It has been a long time since Ole Miss has been in this position. Now we want to take advantage of it.”


**–Why do I get the feeling that the Georgia players have a little chip on their collective shoulder? Whenever anybody brings up the departed Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno, the Georgia player tighten their lips a little, wanting to prove that this team can win without No. 7 and No. 24.

“The star of our team this year is our team,” defensive tackle Jeff Owens said. “(Wide receiver) A.J. Green stands out as a star. But this year it’s all about the “team.” Everyone has to be a star to win and be successful.”


SEC Media Days will be completed on Friday.




67 comments Add your comment

Hairy Dawg

July 23rd, 2009
4:14 pm


July 23rd, 2009
4:21 pm

Good info Tony.


July 23rd, 2009
4:29 pm

Before the idiots get on here and post the same drivel about last years score…let me say thanks Tony. We appreciate the updates.


July 23rd, 2009
4:30 pm

A point of clarification Tony. Nobody in their right mind dislikes Tebow. We just dislike the media’s nauseating coverage of him. This is a distinction that you media geeks cannot seem to grasp.

Boss Hogg

July 23rd, 2009
4:31 pm

What a novel concept. Saint Richt to focus on winning the Florida game.
Maybe that’s why he’s 2-6 versus the Gators.


July 23rd, 2009
4:32 pm

Sweet we’ve got a first, something positive and a gay accusation. Proud to be a UGA fan. Thanks guys!

Saint Simons

July 23rd, 2009
4:33 pm

((((( 45 42 ))))) hahahahahahahahaha


July 23rd, 2009
4:42 pm

As a Gator fan, Richt’s comments are what I would think the UGA fanbase has been dying to hear (the silent majority anwyay). It certainly makes the game/rivalry more interesting and makes me think this year’s edition will be a great one. The ’smiling’ thing struck me as odd though. I’m DVR’ing the presser so I haven’t seen it yet, but I hope the smile was a ’smug’ one and not code for ‘I’m smiling, because this is the best answer to deflect the location question.’ I think Richt’s mentality needs to be we’re going to go down there and get it done, no gimmicks or excuses. I hope and assume that’s what his comments indicate because if that’s his mentality now and sticks, it’s officially ‘on’.

I like Saban’s comments about win/lose, doesn’t matter, we’re trying to get ready for the SEC. Tebow had similar comments about winning the SEC being the main goal and that everything else would follow. It’s statements like that which prove how good the SEC really is. It’s as if the NC is the icing on the SEC Champ. cake. Golden age indeed.

Jeff Owens is definitely a great interview and those comments must music to UGA supporters’ ears. I know comments like that from Gator players really fire me up to watch the team on the field. Gametime will be interesting, because you can watch these guys’ body language and tell if the whole ‘team’ thing is real or just athletic-speak. Something tells me both UGA and FL will have that mentality which makes the WLOCP the game of the year for me. No offense LSU, not taking you lightly at all, just more excited about the showdown with UGA.

Maybe Next Year

July 23rd, 2009
4:45 pm

Looks like Richt might actually man up against Florida this year. I guess the temperature difference doesn’t matter any more.

Where have you gone Jim Bob Cooter ?

July 23rd, 2009
4:52 pm

Agree that the Tebow coverage is over the top…But it’s not coming from Tebow or (as far as I can tell) his university.The sickening over hyping of this young man has come from the networks with ads to sell ,the fan magazines with mags and ads to sell and anyone else that can make a buck off of this unpaid student athlete. I don’t pull for Florida,but I like what players like Tebow do to provide a good example of what CFB CAN be.

Gator Rob

July 23rd, 2009
4:57 pm

CLT Gator – I agree about UGA being the game of the year, that’s the way it should be. I also think they’ll be better than people think.

I’m guessing the smile is the latter. It sounds like he has basically been told to let it go but doesn’t agree. Otherwise he wouldn’t have answered the follow-up question with the same answer. But to his defense, you know how much hotter it is in Jacksonville than Athens, but UF is used to it, it’s just not fair… That still cracks me up.

Smart of him to let it go, or whoever made that call. That horse is dead, it’s not going to help his team to keep beating it.


July 23rd, 2009
4:57 pm

I am not dying to hear anything out of Mark Richt. You people take these random comments by players and coaches waaaay too seriously. Imagine if someone stuck a microphone in your face and asked a bunch of vague loaded BS questions. The best thing to do would be to simply not answer them, but these coaches don’t have that choice. They have to say something. Its part of their job. So when you’re in a situation where you’re getting asked BS questions that you have to answer what are you going to get? BS answers. That’s what you’ll get. Its all just mindless coachspeak. On the rare occasion that someone is actually honest, like Richt’s comments on Jacksonville for instance, they are ripped to shreds. They can’t win. Better to just give some canned answer about wanting to win the Florida game as your primary goal. Well duh. That is no more music to my ears than someone telling me the sky is blue. Good day.


July 23rd, 2009
5:00 pm

This is it. Get your wagers ready

UGA 27 Ok State 33

UGA 24 USC 14

UGA 20 Ark 24

UGA 31 Az State 20

UGA 17 LSU 20

UGA 20 Tenn 7

UGA 21 Vandy 10

UGA 16 UF 38

UGA 42 Tenn tech 10

UGA 17 Auburn 14

UGA 27 Ky 20

and finally what you’ve all been waiting for …..

UGA 23 TECH 37

7-5. go dawgs. lol

Maxwell Snark

July 23rd, 2009
5:12 pm

Well, Richt maybe has learned his lesson. Embrace Jacksonville and make it your own by beating Florida there. Dooley did it. What one man can do, another man can do. Yes, he can … Richt make Meyer his #%$@&, that is.

Maxwell Snark

July 23rd, 2009
5:15 pm

Richt can outrecruit and outcoach that little @#%^&, the Crier, and own him, like Dooley owned whichever coach the lizards threw at him.

Best college QB ever

July 23rd, 2009
5:17 pm

Tim Tebow and those Gators are on the Aug 27 issue(again) Sportsillustrated Magazine.America loves this young man.


July 23rd, 2009
5:23 pm

He might as well quit talking about anything to do with UF…..he’ll never beat ‘em again….unless he’s at another school, which is likely.

Rabun Dawg

July 23rd, 2009
5:29 pm

Gee thanks, Tim. Since you got it all figured out, I guess that UGA can just mail it in, no need to suit up! However,me thinks that if you truly want to take on some wagers on your predictions, you just might get some takers. I may not be one of them, learned long ago not to place anything more than a “six pack” on a bunch of young kids and how they respond to Autumn Saturdays. Coach Richt, thanks for the comments, do get your guys mind set right, and let’s try to get this rivalry back to some meaning for the UGA faithful.


July 23rd, 2009
5:34 pm

Every team in the SEC and every fan of a team in the SEC should be thankful Tebow played in the SEC for 4 year. He has put both Florida and the SEC on top of the college football world with his outstanding play, charsmatic personality, true leadership abilities, and genuine, honest characater traits. If Tim Tebow is what the SEC is about, then I think every top player in the country would want to come play in the SEC. And many are. When Tebow is gone to the pros (and he will succeed in the pros according to Kiffin…yikes, I am quoted Kiffin), the SEC’s light will be less bright. That goodness Florida and the SEC has him for one more year. He is truly a special football player and person.


July 23rd, 2009
5:39 pm

Class is winning and not feeling like you have to rub it in, and even showing respect for the losing side. St. Simons, as well as many others on here, from all sides, don’t have any class and won’t get any respect. Live with THAT.


July 23rd, 2009
5:53 pm

Is Corso posting under the screenname of Tim?


July 23rd, 2009
5:53 pm

Tampa Gator,
You’re really Thom Brenamann aren’t you? A better person just for being in his presence.

He seems to be a sincerely great kid and obviously one of college football’s all time very best but the laying hands stuff gets a little tiresome.


July 23rd, 2009
5:59 pm

Did a UGA fan really try to lecture others on winning with class? Talk about the pot and the kettle…


July 23rd, 2009
6:08 pm

Tony, as always thanks for the good work. TampaGator, I suppose I am glad that Tebow played in the SEC, but as a Ga fan I sure wish he had played for Miss State. I really want to pull for the guy. I keep asking myself what is it about him I can’t like. I guess it’s just that danged orange he wears. Good luck to ALL fans of the best conference in the land…..THE SEC. I might puke but yes that includes the Gators. Don’t got to like you but Fla has EARNED the respect of this Ga fan (timeouts not included)

Tide Rising

July 23rd, 2009
6:10 pm

Tim Tebow- great player, great character kid. But is the media coverage a little over the top on this guy. Of course. Statistically there are a lot of qbs with superior stats. That is just a fact. They just don’t play with the supporting cast that Tebow plays with that gives Tebow a better shot at championships.

When a sportscaster announces that “anyone who spends 15 minutes with Tim Tebow is a better person for it” then I just wanna puke. I reiterate that he’s a great player and all this hype isn’t his fault. But enough is enough. He’s a great kid and a great player but I seriously doubt I would be a better person simply by virtue of basking in his presence for a few minutes.


July 23rd, 2009
6:23 pm

Corso. LOL. I will be back in December to see how I fared. The predictions are stored safely in my pc. lol

Oh btw, I did predict to my friends last Wednesday that Cink would win the Open. Hmmm


July 23rd, 2009
6:27 pm

Billy, I went to Tech.


July 23rd, 2009
6:28 pm

Rabun Dawg

Tell me where I am wrong. The games I have ga losing, they will likely be underDAWGS aside from Arkansas. Maybe Tech but not likely since.


July 23rd, 2009
7:04 pm

Hi, I’m Tim Tebow. Would all of you please just line up in front of the buffet? I have some fish and some bread for ALL of you, no problem….


July 23rd, 2009
7:15 pm

One thing UGA could do to turn the rivalry back around is for the defense to force more turnovers. They were horrible in this area last year, with a -3 turnover ratio.

The Gators on the other hand were a +23 in turnovers, compared to 2007 when they were +5. Turnovers can lead to misleading scores. Phil Steele talks about this a good bit on his web site,

Some scores, like the 49-10 Florida win last season, are misleading. He also says that teams that benefit from high turnover ratios seldom repeat the next year. Florida had +18 turnovers in Urban Meyers first season 2005. The defense clearly carried the team that season. In 2006, when the Gators won the National Title, they actually finished with +6 turnovers, hence the reason so many of their games were close that season.

And teams that finish poorly in the turnover ratio, can literally turn their seasons around if they can generate turnovers. Vanderbilt is a good example of this: the were +9 in turnovers this year after won their first bowl game since 1958 going 7-6 even though their offense was very sub-par.

So Dawgs, if you want to have a great season this year: start getting some turnovers!


July 23rd, 2009
7:22 pm

Tebow has been very good for the SEC and it’s understandable why the media flock over him. I can’t wait to play the Gators in Death Valley. It will be a real battle.

Geaux Tigers


July 23rd, 2009
8:04 pm

I still wonder (Al is my 2nd favorite team, my two daughters are grads)how Saban going to make room for his recruits, As it stands now even with 2 players leaving recently he is still 7 over the 85 limit.


July 23rd, 2009
8:06 pm

The defense I think would have created more turnovers had the offense not turned it over on our side of the field. I know that we want to look at the scoreboard and total yardage and blame Willie M.

What you should be doing is getting on M. Bozo. The offense was the reason we gave up so many points to Tech in the 2nd half. We did not give our defense a breather to make adjustments. The offense was the reason the Gators scored so much in the 2nd half. The defense held them the first half. The offense were the ones who kept giving the crimson tide a short field in the 1st half. Look what the defense did in the 2nd half. They shut down the Tide. Why? Because we held on to the ball and played good offense.

Oh, please do not forget about the lack of special in teams.


July 23rd, 2009
8:25 pm

Tony, How inappropriate was that question asked of Tebow about whether he is still a virgin? It was a question that was apparently asked in an attempt to “punk” him, but to Tim’s credit he calmly and cooley answered the question…with startling honesty. So much so, that it left his questioners speechless and kind of punked themselves!!! Found out the “frat boy” that asked the question is from Tennessee and a huge Vol fan…’nough said.


July 23rd, 2009
8:31 pm

Also, I thought it was sad and disturbing that someone had to ask about the “Tebow backlash” from all the publicity he gets. It’s very sad that, here we have a great role model for young people, who tries to lead his life as a good example for all, and what do people try to do?? Bash him. Sometimes I really wonder what kind of a society I am living in when people want to put down a Tim Tebow but idolize a Michael Jackson…


July 23rd, 2009
8:49 pm

Today, Urby said the following, “Troy could have better players than the next team.” Who is the “next team” on UF’s schedule he was referring to? Tennessee. I so hope some sharp reporter (TB) asks Lane about his thoughts on that quote tomorrow…


July 23rd, 2009
9:08 pm

Braveswin….Georgia is a pretty good football progam, too, running onto the football field excluded.


July 23rd, 2009
9:09 pm

Chris…how’d you guess. No place like Cincy…and those Reds!

Fair Weather Atlanta Fan

July 23rd, 2009
9:22 pm

Please! No arguing these facts: Florida is #1. Florida will win again this year and NO nation of fans knows how to act like they’ve been there before like we the proud jorts wearing Gators! Sorry but Georgia is 2nd rate in the East. Percy Harvin for the Heisman! Go Gators!


July 23rd, 2009
9:27 pm

Thank you to Sports Illustrated for putting Tebow on the cover! You screwed us last year putting Stafford, Moreno and Ellerbee on the cover — glad to see you spread the curse around!

I was shocked to see that Urban and Timmy Tebow weren’t wearing their jorts for SEC Media Days.

Rebel Rouser

July 23rd, 2009
9:41 pm

The Ga.-Fla. game should remain in Jacksonville. After all for over forty years Florida annually got handed their lunch in the Gator Bowl. It wasn’t until Spurrier got there did they begin to resemble a football team and win some games. I’m anxious to see how Meyer’s overall coaching record against the Dawgs turns out..his record against Richt is only 2-1 with one blow out apiece per team and a seven point loss for the Dawgs in the other game with their starting QB out. I’d be willing to bet that Meyer coached teams will never dominate the way Spurrier teams did. Once boy wonder leaves I won’t be suprised if Meyer bolted. Let’s see how good a coach he is this year without Mullen calling the plays and making him look good like he has over the years.They oughta be ashamed of the schedule they have outside the conference.


July 23rd, 2009
9:55 pm

I really like hearing Richt say he wants to focus on winning the game in Jacksonville instead of moving it. I like the tradition of playing in Jacksonville. I LOVE Owens comment about TEAM. And who could hate a player like Tebow? I hope my boys grow up to be just like him & I am a Georgia alum. I just want my boys to play in Athens. GO DAWGS!!

Dawg in Jville

July 23rd, 2009
10:03 pm


Not Disappointed

July 23rd, 2009
10:12 pm

<————- Loyal Ga Tech Yellow Jacket Fan here.

Tim Teebow truly can play football, but some of the reporters at Media Day wanted to wash his feet and put him in a toga. I’m like, “Give it a break!” The quarterback behind him has a canon for a arm; moreover he’s an accurate passer. What will they do for him?

Flordia has an edge, but they can be beat. It’s some good teams in the sec this year.

Enough said, “Ramblin Wreck!”

Johnny DangerDawg

July 23rd, 2009
10:36 pm

I believe that Mark Bradley, Jeff Schultz, etc. are contractually obligated to respond to some of the blog commenters. But apparently, you are not. Why is this? Why not read and respond to us every once in a while?


July 23rd, 2009
10:41 pm

The turnover issue will be adrressed. When you lose your best DL, that does alot. Now teamns can pick their poison. Double both DTs or leave one in a one on one. I will say that UGA will double their turnovers and their QB sacks this year. Does that mean that we will win more than 10, I don’t know. Tim, you can keep believing that UGA is not good this year, but by the time it gets to late NOV, you will be shaking in your boots. We have the best DTs in the country, and a deep rotation behind them. You just don’t know how important strong DT play is until you have to play without it.


July 23rd, 2009
10:43 pm

I like what Richt said about the middle of the field. He was dead on. Owens and Atkins at DT, followed bt Curran and Dent at LB and Vets Jones and Evans at the safety. That in itself will make UGA’s D better this year.

I am curious to see the Cowboys game. That will tell us what we have at CB. That’s my only question mark with the Defense.


July 23rd, 2009
10:44 pm

Hey Rebel Rouser…….How many temporary bleachers do they have to add when they play a Miss HS Championship game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium?

Rebel Rouser

July 23rd, 2009
11:05 pm

Not many Frozen Gator…if you did your home work you’d already know that the whole state of Mississippi only has a little over 2 million residents and the school only has 13-14,000 students. I do know this though, the Ole Miss team had enough athletes to beat the gators on your home field last year and make Timmy cry on National TV.


July 23rd, 2009
11:18 pm

Tony I heard a different story to the virgin question of Tebow. I heard he drew lines on the lectern then said, Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. I heard the crowd then took the reporter outside and beat the snot out of him. Then Tebow in all his glory, applied some spare SpongeBob band-aids on his accuser. He told the reporter that the crowd knew not what they did. The reporter then apologised to Tebow. Tebow wept.


July 24th, 2009
2:52 am

The question I wanted to hear Tebow asked was the one after he said if he would not have gone to FL, where would he have gone and he said Bama because he loved Mike Shula and wanted to play for him. No one asked what he would have done or thought after the fired Shula after his second season…because Saban wouldn’t have been around to take the job, he would have been somewhere else.

Wouldn’t it have been GREAT if that would have played out that way and maybe Bama would have hired another great coach like Willie Martinez!

Which begs for another question to be answered…since we hear of all of these great coordinators from successful programs are always being interviewed or at least, mentioned for open Head Coaching positions…has ANYONE EVER heard of Willie Martinez’ name being brought up? Please, at this point I am sure there is a wealthy UGA Alum that will pay you to take him off out hands!

The sooner the better!


July 24th, 2009
5:07 am

Any honest football fan would have to admit they would have loved to have TBow as their QB. What’s not to like? A Christian, humble man who is arguably the best college QB in SEC history. And, by the way, two natl championship rings.

Me, Im just glad this is his last year. I predict we will hear a lot more from TBow over the years..and not in the NFL..this guy will transcend football in his adult life.

And yes, I hate those stinkin Gators. But that doesnt change reality.


July 24th, 2009
5:15 am

Johnny Dangerdog brings up a good point, Tony. We would enjoy your participation in this blog and it does seem that you do that less than the other guys. You’re the best..that’s why we’re here..but we would like to see some reaction from you every now and then. keep up the great work..


July 24th, 2009
5:41 am

They also had enough to beat Rex Grossman and Co, but do you have enough to get to Atlanta?


July 24th, 2009
5:54 am

tony could you plesae do something about removing bob neal from your talking football program he is the worst frontman that has ever been on that show. He tries to be funny he talks to much would anyone agree with me?


July 24th, 2009
7:19 am



July 24th, 2009
7:32 am

Thank God! and maybe you will quit talking about Florida all the time or move to Gainsville


July 24th, 2009
7:34 am

Really shows how utterly stupid the media really is. Keep bashing UGA.. I thank God everyday we are rid of Stafford and his I attitude. Love it- the star of this years team is….OUR TEAM. Just wish most of the media could have left with Stafford


July 24th, 2009
7:44 am



July 24th, 2009
7:50 am

UF-UGA could not be alternated between Athens and Gainesville. The misleading stat of CMR’s record at opposing stadiums would be less impressive.


July 24th, 2009
7:54 am

Jeff- I’m sure you hated Stafford and his attitude while he was here last year. I’m sure you were holding up signs pleading him to leave.

45-42, bleah

July 24th, 2009
8:17 am

Tim, since you were brave enough to put your predictions up, here’s mine

UGA 24 Ok St 21
UGA 24 USC 14, we agree
UGA 21 Ark 24
UGA 34 Ariz 19
UGA 27 LSU 21
UGA 24 Tenn 10
UGA 35 Vandy 10
UGA 14 UF 17
UGA 42 Tenn Tech 10
UGA 21 Aub 10
UGA 27 Ky 14
UGA 28 Ga Tech 17

10-2, It’s what Richt does.

45-42, bleah

July 24th, 2009
8:22 am

No for what I think Tech’s going to do

Ga Tech 42 Jack St 7
Ga Tech 27 Clemson 20
Ga Tech 27 Miami 24
Ga Tech 24 NC 21
Ga Tech 21 Miss St 14
Ga Tech 17 FSU 27
Ga Tech 10 Va Tech 21
Ga Tech 24 Virginia 21
Ga Tech 28 Vandy 14
Ga Tech 21 WF 20
Ga Tech 42 Duke 14
GA Tech 17 UGA 28

9-3. I believe Tech’s going to have a good year, but the Dawgs will will the final.

Gen Neyland

July 24th, 2009
8:26 am

Tim & 45-42 : What..! No shut outs..?


July 24th, 2009
8:56 am

The SEC media is an embarrassment. Do they cover Obama in their spare time? Is the only purpose of SEC media days to find out what heathen dare not vote for Tebow as All SEC QB? Give me a break.

45-42, bleah

July 24th, 2009
9:02 am

Not this year, now if I could just spell check a little better, I’d be less embarrassed. One thing you won’t see me do is call someone down for a typo or mispelling. I’d probably have a glaring typo in my retort.

typical dawg fan

August 2nd, 2009
11:54 pm

A few seasons ago when the dowgs were winning at Jacksonville, you never heard anything about moving the games to Atlanta or athens. But now they’re getting their butts kicked season after season all you hear is “its not fair.”We want a neutral site. Bitch, bitch, bitch. Shut up and play the game. The best team will win, no mater where its played.