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I’ve moved — let me show you my new neighborhood…

Roddy White, Julio Jones and Matt Ryan are seeking a little redemption. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Roddy White, Julio Jones and Matt Ryan hope to be doing this Sunday. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Roddy White, Julio Jones and Matt Ryan are so excited because the the AJC has a new digital platform!

OK, not really. But we have moved. You can still find my old blogs on this site. But for the new ones, please go to ajc.com/weblogs/jeff-schultz.

Hopefully we can get through this transition period with a minimal number of hiccups. Also, please note that readers commenting on blogs now need to register first. Just go to my latest blog (about the Falcons) for all of the info.

Thanks for reading, Jeff

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Short takes: 3 thoughts on Georgia Tech’s win over Virginia

Tevin Washington ran for three touchdowns and threw for another in Georgia Tech's lopsided victory. (Johnny Crawford/AJC)

Tevin Washington ran for three touchdowns and threw for another in Georgia Tech's lopsided victory. (Johnny Crawford/AJC)

(Hey folks. I’ll be posting the game column shortly. But first, here’s a new feature this season: My “short takes” on Georgia Tech’s 56-20 win over Virginia. Question: Did today’s performance change the minds of any of you who may have doubted Tevin Washington’s ability?)

1. Tevin Washington can handle the job: He’s not bad. Really. Some have had doubts about Washington as Georgia Tech’s starting quarterback and have been clamoring for freshman Vad Lee. But it didn’t seem like there was anything wrong with Lee against Virginia. He executed the offense effectively, didn’t turn the ball over, rushed for 93 yards and three touchdowns, did not have a single carry for lost yardage and completed 6 of 8 passes for 125 yards, including a 70-yard TD pass play to Zack Laskey. Tech coach Paul Johnson said Washington “missed a few reads, but all in all he …

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Donnan goes from Hall of Fame to ‘real SEC’ Hall of Shame

It turns out life was a lot simpler when Jim Donnan was just a football coach. (Getty Images)

It turns out life was a lot simpler when Jim Donnan was just a football coach. (Getty Images)

As Georgia football coaches go, Jim Donnan is the only one who collapsed under the weight of the SEC.

Not that SEC — the real one.

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Donnan with conducting an $80 million Ponzi scheme with an Ohio partner through a West Virginia company, GLC Limited.

This is even worse than losing to Kentucky in your first season.

Donnan mostly made his mark as a football coach at Marshall, where he won Division 1-AA championships. At Georgia, he was a step up from Ray Goff but not nearly as good as his replacement, Mark Richt. He had an impressive enough career to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009. What happened after that, I don’t know.

Once a coach or an athlete has achieved a certain level in sports and made a fair amount of money, it should not be that difficult to capitalize on your name — legally.

Donnan never coached …

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Let’s play hide and don’t seek . . .

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In case you need to reach me in the next couple of weeks, I’m somewhere in this picture.

Questions to answer when I get back:

– Where will the Braves be?

– Where will Josh Smith be?

– Where will Jonathan Vilma be in his quest to become the most litigious player in NFL history?

Taking all predictions below.

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Jeff Schultz

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We interrupt this blog . . .

I wonder if I can use this as a write-off?

I wonder if I can use this as a write-off?

Time to finish up some vacation time before football gets here. I’ll be back soon, but before my return I’ll likely post a few things that are scheduled to appear in the AJC’s College Football’s Preview section, which will be published Aug. 28.

We’ll be releasing details soon for the second “Sack Schultz” contest. This is when you, the novice, get to pick football games every week against me, the expert. You’ll almost certainly fail miserably, which I’m with because then I’ll get to keep all of the prizes.

Seriously, though: I’ve just become aware of the prizes in this year’s “Sack Schultz” contest and they are crazy good. Let’s just say that if you think you are going to win, you might want to pack a suitcase. And bring suntan lotion. Details to come.

Also, I’ve heard from several followers of “Weekend Predictions.” Fear not, our weekly wild ride through the weekend’s games will return the first full college football week — online …

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The next sound you hear will be snoring . . .

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The workout is tomorrow. First, I nap.

Will Josh Smith be traded?

Will the NFL lockout be settled?

Will the Braves pass the Phillies for first place . . . or the Mets for third?

Will Dan Uggla hit above .200?

Will the Atlanta Spirit locate their conscience?

Will Gary Bettman locate his soul?

These are some of the questions that may be answered while I park this blog for a couple of weeks. Just taking a little down time. I trust some of the above issues will still be unresolved when I return. Anybody care to venture a guess?

Until next blog, be good.

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Time for some downtime . . .

I'm not really going to Wally World. I just think the moose had it coming.

I'm not really going to Wally World. I just think the moose had it coming.

I’m out of here for a couple of weeks. I’ll leave the other blogs opening for commenting, just play nice.

I’m guessing the Braves will still be in first place when I get back. Probably a better chance of that, anyway, than Joe Johnson still being in Atlanta. Guesses, anybody?

See you soon, Jeff.

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Thanks to all, and it’s time to move forward

Had to say goodbye to the toughest person I've ever known: My mother.

Had to say goodbye to the toughest person I've ever known: My mother. This was in front of her old apartment in Paris.

My mother wouldn’t have liked all of this down time. It’s time to get moving again.

Thanks to all of you who commented on the previous blog or sent e-mails or text messages. Honestly, I’ve been overwhelmed.

My mother passed the other day. She fought a long bout with cancer. I understand that this doesn’t make me any more special than those of you who’ve lost a parent, a spouse or a close friend or relative. I’m just fortunate enough to have an outlet to write about it.

I wouldn’t bring this up except that five years ago, I wrote about my mother, Madeleine Schultz, for the perspective section of this newspaper.

She was born in Paris. She lost her parents and four of her six brothers and sisters during the German occupation of France when she was only 13 years old. She was separated for four years from her two surviving siblings and hid from the Nazis. …

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Taking a necessary time-out, back soon

FamilyLivingPictureFriends, I need to step away for a little while. This is a busy time in the sports calendar, but I’m sure you would agree that family matters trump all. Take care of things until I return and, as always, thanks for your readership. Jeff.

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Taking a short time-out

closedJust a quick note to let you know I’m out for a few days.

I’ve left most of the blogs open for commenting, including the most recent one: my third annual completely subjective rankings of area sports teams.

I should be back later this week, although I can’t guarantee Johnny Damon will have made a decision by then about whom to sign with.

Thanks. Jeff

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