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Groh a huge step forward for Georgia Tech (UPDATE II)

Al Groh will have to lose the orange in Atlanta.

Al Groh will have to lose the orange in Atlanta.

(Updated below with Al Groh confirming hiring.)

(Update II: For what it’s worth, Tech has finally confirmed the hiring, hours after the original story broke. I’ve copied and pasted the release below.)

At long last, our defensive coordinator nightmare may be over.

ESPN is reporting that after a long dance,  Georgia Tech has signed defensive coordinator Al Groh to be its next defensive coordinator. Assuming the report is accurate, we should have confirmation fairly soon. But so far there has been no announcement from Tech.

This comes on the heels of a report that Georgia has come to terms with Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach Todd Grantham to be its defensive coordinator.  The Bulldogs are in a little different situation than the Yellow Jackets  because the Cowboys are in the playoffs and may not want to create a distraction before their game against Minnesota.

Groh’s hiring would be a huge boost for Tech. While he was not …

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If Groh says no, Georgia Tech should look at Diaz, DeRuyter (UPDATE)

Former Virginia coach Al Groh suddenly has options other than Georgia Tech.(UPDATE BELOW ON DIAZ)

For the past few days, Al Groh has been steadily transitioning from the likely next defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech to the  likely next defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins.

We have only circumstantial evidence of this: 1) Groh, once seemingly locked on Tech as a destination, suddenly has options with other college and NFL jobs opening up, and clearly is taking his time; 2) He interviewed for the Miami Dolphins job Wednesday, where his long-time friend and coaching buddy, Bill Parcells, is team vice president.

While it’s not clear whether Tech coach Paul Johnson has actually offered Groh the position, there have been strong indications that he is waiting S28-03-01D Football H&Sfor Groh to decide on his job preference. Regardless, I’m guessing this coaching search will not last much longer because Johnson is not exactly known for his patience.

One important factor in this search is the Jackets have significant budget constraints, unlike Georgia, and therefore can’t …

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Meyer can change mind but he can’t undo damage at Florida

Urban Meyer ran Florida's practice Monday. Don't get used to this picture.

Urban Meyer ran Florida's practice Monday. Don't get used to this picture.

(Folks. If some of this looks familiar, it’s because it is an expanded version of the early morning blog on Urban Meyer, rewritten for print purposes. It made more sense to post it as a new blog than replace the old one. Thanks.)

He has had chest pains for four years. He has headaches that Advil can’t fix. He has a cyst on his brain that becomes inflamed every time he’s under significant stress, which for an SEC coach begins at breakfast, assuming you have breakfast. He recently suffered from such dehydration and dizziness following the SEC championship game that he fainted.

Urban Meyer was thinking clearly when he announced he was stepping away from coaching. Now he’s not thinking at all. He may be the best coach in college football today, but he just committed the cardinal sin of his profession: He made a decision based solely on emotion.

Since Meyer pulled a 180, kinda, sorta, about his future, we …

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Even Independence Bowl can tell us something about Georgia

Mark Richt entertained the horde of media (slight exaggeration) in Shreveport this week.

Mark Richt entertained the horde of media (slight exaggeration) in Shreveport this week.

Let’s start with two facts. 1) Seven SEC teams landed in better bowl games than Georgia: Alabama (BCS), Florida (Sugar), LSU (Capital One), Mississippi (Cotton), Tennessee (Chick-fil-A), Auburn (Outback), Kentucky (Music City); 2) Only 6,800 of the Bulldogs’ 12,000-ticket allotment to the Independence Bowl was sold, which of course leads to the obvious question: How did they find 6,800 people to go to Shreveport?

So it’s safe to assume that most of you are not thrilled with the fact that the final memory of the 2009 season will be the Dec. 28, 5 p.m. time slot tonight on ESPN 2. (Programming note: The Independence Bowl follows the Premier League soccer game between Wolverhampton and Manchester City.)

But I’m here to tell you that tonight’s game does mean something for Georgia’s season. Besides, it’s worth watching if for no other reason than more updates from the minds of Urban Meyer.

This …

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Happy holidays to all, and to all a good … rest

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Saw a guy in LaGuardia Airport at 4 a.m. Monday. He looked like he had combed his hair with a blender. Turns out he was from Sweden and had just taken a bus from JFK, where another of his intended connecting flights had been canceled. He told me he had been up for 38 hours. So we’re standing in the security line and he gets to the front and the ticket-checker security dude tells my tired Swedish friend, “This is just your itinerary. Where’s the boarding pass?” So he has to get out of line and go back to the ticket counter to get a boarding pass.

I’m taking a few days off, heading to the other coast, where it’s very easy to lose touch with the rest of the world. But if news breaks while I’m gone that a mad Swede suddenly went postal at the Nathan’s Hot Dog kiosk at LaGuardia and nobody could figure out why, well, I thought you should know.

Here’s hoping everybody has a great holiday season. I won’t be gone long. Should be back in plenty of time to watch the Falcons close out a …

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Countdown: Hall of Cheats, Hall of Fame, Hall of Nuts (Leavitt)

There's a reason The Count doesn't use his left hand.

The Count's right-handed for a reason.

If there’s one thing The Count hates more than anything else, it’s a cheater. Back in his younger carousing days, when he’d stay up late, even on Thursday nights of a work week, riding shotgun with Jonathan Babineaux, The Count always tried to bite by the book. Oh sure, he could search out necklines of female athletes with artificially oxygenated blood and steroid-chiseled shoulders. Or maybe just take down the entire East German women’s swim team. True story: He once dated Marion Jones. Tried to bite her at the drive-in movie during, “Lethal Weapon 4,” and she broke his arm. Ever notice how his left arm always kind of hangs low? Any way, I digress. About those cheaters:  The Count abhors them and will never, NEVER vote one into the Hall of Fame. Oh look, my ballot just came in the mail. Hey, McGwire: Don’t bother counting down. The rest of you, let’s take it from the top.

10. It’s still OK to vote for Cooperstown and D.C.

The Hawk goes in on my ballot.

The Hawk goes …

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Herschel Walker’s first MMA bout set for Jan. 30

Herschel Walker never sleeps. This was before he appeared on "Celebrity Apprentice."

Does this man ever sleep? Here was Herschel Walker before he appeared on "Celebrity Apprentice" in April.

For those Georgia fans who might be down about the season or the passing of Uga VII, well, look at the bright side: Your most famous football player is about to jump into an MMA ring.

OK, so maybe that wasn’t quite the pick-me-up you were looking for.

Two months ago, we told you that Herschel Walker had signed with Strikeforce, a California-based promotional company that stages mixed martial arts bouts. The news was surprising, given that, while Walker is a sixth-degree black belt, he’s also 47 years old. But he’s apparently serious. Strikeforce announced Walker’s first bout will be held Jan. 30 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.

Smart promoter. The Super Bowl is in south Florida the following week. That’s worth a few thousand fans right there. No opponent has been announced. It probably would be worth a few more tickets if they can find a former Gator in MMA.

The …

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DeAngelo Hall feels ‘disheartened’ by lack of support (darn)

It's so unusual for DeAngelo Hall to call attention to himself.

It's so unusual for DeAngelo Hall to call attention to himself.

DeAngelo Hall apparently isn’t feeling the love in the Washington Redskins’ locker room. There’s a shock.

Amid the news that Washington’s LaRon Landry and Albert Haynesworth said they have been fined for their roles in last Sunday’s mini-rumble between the Falcons and Redskins, Hall — who sparked the incident when he followed Landry to the Falcons’ sideline — said on a radio show that he was “disheartened” that more teammates didn’t come to his rescue.

“I can’t speak for those other guys that’s out there on the field, but whoever’s out there with me, I’m ready to go to battle for ‘em,” the Washington Post quoted Hall as saying on “The Lavar Arrington Show” (radio station 106.7 The Fan). “That’s just how I am, whether it’s a verbal sparring or a physical sparring, I’m always ready to mix it up. And to see those guys kind of linger over there, yeah, I don’t know what was going through their minds.”

Oh, I don’t know. …

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NFC South Report: ‘Roasted’ Falcons on track for wild card?

This photo comes to us from reader "Ted Striker," via his friend in New Orleans, "Denver Bird." Me, I'm just Jeff.

This photo was taken the day after the Falcons-Saints game at "Bozo's" restaurant in Metairie. It comes to us from reader "Ted Striker," via his friend in New Orleans, "Denver Bird."

The Falcons are not necessarily dead in the NFC South race. But they’re 4-3 and three games out with nine games left. The New Orleans Saints  are 7-0 and seemingly have only three difficult games left on their schedule: Patriots, Cowboys, Falcons. So let’s just say something unexpected has to happen.

Other than Reggie Bush’s little slip up last week, the Saints have done a good job not overreacting to the 7-0 start and tempering the we-can-go-unbeaten talk. They have an easy reference point. The only other time they started 7-0, they went 4-5 in the final nine in 1991, and then lost in the first round of the playoffs (to the Falcons).

No, I didn’t peek. I wrote that before I saw that Drew Brees said this: “There are a lot of things we can improve on. You’ve seen teams in the past,they go through …

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Stafford is catching flak in Detroit

 A fan voices his displeasure as Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford walks into the tunnel after the 17-10 loss to Rams on Sunday at Ford Field. (JULIAN H. GONZALEZ/DFP)

While Georgia coach Mark Richt considers a quarterback change in Athens, it’s worth noting that a former  Bulldogs’ quarterback is starting to catch a lot of heat in Detroit.

Matthew Stafford, the first overall pick in the NFL draft, was heckled by Lions fans in Sunday’s 17-10

Not surprisingly, Stafford looked dejected after the Lions lost and fell to 1-6.

A Detroit fan (above) yells at Matthew Stafford, who is catchin heat for Lions' start. (Photos by Detroit Free Press, above, and AP)

loss to the St. Louis Rams. It apparently was bad enough that center Dominic Raiola felt compelled to come to Stafford’s defense. Raiola told the Detroit Free Press that he fired back at some of the hecklers who were seated in the Ford Field stands, immediately behind the Detroit bench.

“He’s the guy here,” Raiola said of Stafford. “I was very disappointed when I came to the sideline and fans were telling him, ‘Throw it to me,’ and, ‘I’m open’ — this, that and the other. I popped off and said something to the fans.

“You want to pick on him, all right. He’s not going to say …

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