A couple of media mentions of Aaron Murray this week show the widespread respect the former Georgia quarterback earned despite falling a few yards and seconds short of his quest to bring a championship to Athens.
Ranking the best SEC quarterbacks of the 16-year BCS era, Athlon Sports put Murray at No. 5, behind Florida’s Tim Tebow, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Alabama’s A.J. McCarron and Auburn drive-by star Cam Newton.
Said Athlon: “When it comes to statistics, no SEC player in history was more productive than Murray. He owns the SEC record for passing yards and touchdown passes. His 137 total touchdowns trail only Tebow and his 13,562 yards of total offense bested Tebow’s record by a large margin (12,232). He is one of only three Georgia quarterbacks to beat Florida in three straight seasons and he posted at least 3,000 yards passing in four consecutive seasons. He is No. 1
UGA Athletic Director Greg McGarity held another one of his periodic live chats Wednesday afternoon at Georgiadogs.com, and while much of it was your usual generic administrator-talk, there were some interesting tidbits scattered throughout the half-hour session.
On the subject of scheduling, McGarity said UGA is “anxiously awaiting” the release of the 2015 conference schedule, which “should be announced before the May spring meetings in Destin.”
Asked if he thought the new four-team College Football Playoff would mean an even bigger push for a nine-game conference schedule in the SEC, and whether this would help the SEC get more teams in the playoff, McGarity said, “Not in my opinion, because eight SEC games allows each school to determine their own strength of schedule. One size doesn’t fit all.”
A fan noted that “this year’s [Georgia home] schedule has the right mix” but
Let’s get straight to some of this week’s Junkyard Mail …
Albert Brown writes: It’s like the movie “Groundhog Day” with UGA offensive line recruiting. Been that way since Jim Donnan. Bill, no one seems to care. Why does UGA struggle so badly every year? Frustrating. Everyone gets our linemen but UGA. To date we have no one committed and no one calling UGA their leader. Something is very wrong and has been wrong for a long time. When might things change? Problem needs to be addressed or even acknowledged.
Albert, you’re right that the offensive line has been a trouble spot for Richt teams ever since Donnan’s players graduated. Whether it’s a recruiting problem or a development problem is tough to say — probably a bit of both — but the Dogs never seem to have a dominating OL, even when it’s full of veterans. Looking ahead to next season, OL coach Will Friend has several players
OK, they’ve already loosened up on the replays and cut-ins from other games on the big video boards and are allowing the home school’s band to be amplified so they can be heard better throughout the stadium.
Now, the latest step in the SEC strategy to keep college football fans coming to the games instead of sitting back in the recliner with a beer and snacks and watching the game on a hi-def big-screen TV is to take a page from the ACC playbook. They want to try to get fans pumped up between plays by playing more recorded music over the stadium p.a. between plays and letting it run longer.
“They were able to do things in the ACC that we were not in the SEC,” UGA athletic director Greg McGarity told the Athens Banner-Herald. “The rules have changed now for 2014 where we’re able to utilize songs and music up until the point when the quarterback gets over the ball. That’s a big
With the Winter Olympics back, we’ve been treated to repeat viewings lately of one of the most celebrated moments in modern sports history, the spine-tingling ending to the Miracle on Ice. Watching the ending of that game produces a smiliar feeling to what Georgia Bulldog fans get rewatching Run-Lindsay or Hobnail Boot.
Every sports fan has those unforgettable top moments, but the best ones are where you were actually there to witness the miracle finish, championship celebration, or whatever it was. My son Bill, a UGA alum now in grad school at UNC, had one of those unforgettable sports experiences in Chapel Hill this week when he was among the howling crowd inside the Dean Dome as the Tar Heels upset their arch rival, No. 5 Duke. After the final buzzer, the fans stormed the court and then thousands mobbed Franklin Street, traditional site of such celebrations in the land of Carolina Blue.
My son called me a
It was pretty much inevitable, and better now than later.
That sums up many fans’ reaction Tuesday when UGA’s athletic department issued a terse announcement that junior defensive back Josh Harvey-Clemons had been dismissed from the team for yet another violation of team rules.
It’s safe to say almost no one was shocked by this turn of events. Disappointed, yes. But considering Harvey-Clemons opened and closed last season missing games due to two separate suspensions involving marijuana and was due to miss the first three games of 2014 in a continuation of that second suspension, this was no surprise.
The offseason consensus seemed to be it was only a matter of time until the talented player from Valdosta was gone from the UGA program.
What with UGA having the toughest disciplinary policies in the conference and several big-name players having been shown the door in recent
It was kind of a crazy week, what with an ice storm and an earth quake, but that hasn’t managed to stop the flow of Junkyard Mail. Let’s dip into some of it. …
Geoff from Marietta writes: Hi Bill, With the recent promotion of [Bryan] McClendon to the position of recruiting coordinator after spending a year without officially awarding the title to anyone, it has me contemplating the departure and phoenix-like re-emergence of our last one, Mr. Rodney Garner. Obviously, no one involved with Georgia football would go on record with their true thoughts about Mr. Garner but I was just wondering if you’ve been able to take the temperature of the program, so to speak. Over the past few years, we’d read story after story of recruits stating that they didn’t have much interest in Georgia because they hadn’t been contacted. At the time, it was portrayed as Georgia just being more selective and
Greetings from iced-in Decatur! Hope you’re staying safe and warm during this winter storm, and along those lines I thought a topic that tends to get a lot of UGA fans “hot” might be a good one for today: special teams.
There were no classes in Athens yesterday, but the folks at Butts-Mehre stayed busy announcing a slight restructuring of the football coaching staff. The headline item was Mark Richt making Bryan McClendon the official “recruiting coordinator,” a post that had been vacant since Rodney Garner decamped to Auburn. But since McClendon was named national recruiter of the year by 247sports and Scout.com, had a hand in landing Georgia’s biggest signing day names, and is likely due for a hefty raise, that was one a lot of folks probably saw coming.
Besides, it likely won’t change much in the way UGA recruits, with Daryl Jones continuing in his current role as director of on-campus
I’ll be off the next few days, so let’s take an early dip into some Junkyard Mail, starting out with a fan who not surprisingly wants to talk about how national signing day went for UGA. …
Grady Bowers writes: Bill, I know that Mark Richt said he was “excited” about the recruiting class he just signed, and I gather from what I read online that most fans agree with him. I hate to be the yeah-but guy and yet I can’t get past the fact that while Georgia once again landed a consensus Top 10 recruiting class, it was only the sixth best in the Southeastern Conference. Are we really losing ground to the likes of Tennessee? If you can make me feel better about this situation, Bill, I’d be most grateful.
Well first, Grady, as I wrote in Wednesday’s Blawg, I tend to think the ranking of recruiting classes is an artificial and superfluous competition that doesn’t actually win you anything. Yes, I
Well, it’s here. That day so many college football fans view with a somewhat intoxicating mix of joy and anxiety, sort of a combination of Christmas morning and final exam time rolled into one.
Who’ll live up to their virtually worthless verbal commitment, and who will flip at the last minute? Will the most wanted names on UGA’s big board fax that all-important signature over to Butts-Mehre … or somewhere else?
As I said to a friend Tuesday evening, “Tomorrow we’ll find out whose heart some teenage boy has broken.”
But, sounding a rare note of pragmatism amid all the strong emotions that characterize this annual rite of passage, my friend answered, “Your heart can only be broken if you let someone break it.”
Me, I’ve never subscribed to the notion that signing day is the most important date on the college football calendar.
I recognize there are plenty of people who disagree with me, and many of them pay big money to keep on top of all the twists and turns of every recruiting