Time for rally caps, football team meeting

As the baseball Bulldogs try to pull out of a losing tailspin in the last week of the regular season, the glass-half-full view is that at least the 2009 team broke that David Perno era pattern of a great year (like 2008) always being followed by a terrible year. 

This year’s Diamond Dogs, ranked No. 1 in the nation much of the season, definitely are not terrible. 

But they’re not great, either, as evidenced by their current six-game losing streak, which derailed hopes of another regular season SEC championship. The defensive and pitching problems that have plagued the team all season have definitely gotten more serious of late. The Dogs seem incapable of holding a lead, even in the ninth inning. 

Still, with the chance of hosting an NCAA regional in Athens still within their grasp if they take this weekend’s final home series against Vandy, Perno’s Pups can’t be written off yet. 

It’s been a precipitous fall, though. Three weeks ago the No. 1-ranked Dogs, who’ve packed Foley Field most of the season, took two of three from also nationally ranked Arkansas and appeared to be in good shape. But the signs of inconsistency had been there all season. Led by the big bat of Rich Poythress, they were generally producing at the plate but often were unable to generate clutch runs and left too many runners stranded. The bullpen generally has been pretty awful in the latter part of the season, and there’ve been too many errors. 

But let’s keep this in perspective. It’s a young team that at times has started as many as five freshmen. The remarkable 14-win streak that opened the season got a lot of hopes up, but was mostly against lesser opposition, and while Georgia had some impressive sweeps against Mississippi State, Tennessee, Clemson and Kentucky, they dropped two of three to Alabama, LSU and Ole Miss and had some embarrassing midweek losses (including getting beaten in two games a week apart by Jacksonville State). 

Then came last weekend and getting swept by Florida in Athens.

Now sitting at sixth place in the overall SEC standings and ranked 13, 14 and 22 in the major national polls, the Dogs are 9-9 against ranked opponents and have won only two of their last eight games, leading many to say they’ve run out of gas. 

But as Perno has noted, his 2004 team, which finished third in the College World Series, also had a six-game losing streak (though they were SEC co-champions). And assuming they don’t continue to lose more than they win in the last week of the season, projections are the Dogs will continue the postseason in Athens after the SEC tournament. Even the worst case scenario has them making the NCAA  tournament if they don’t host a regional.

Not bad for one of Perno’s alternating “off” years.

If you’re able to make it to Foley Field to support the Dogs this weekend, tickets are still available for all three games of the series against Vandy, with first pitch at 7 p.m. tonight, 1 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. And if your kid has been just dying for a Georgia baseball jersey pillow (??!!), the first 1,500 fans entering on Saturday will get one as a freebie.

Nip it in the bud: As I wrote Thursday, the most troubling aspect of the rumored possible suspensions of three football players, still not confirmed by Mark Richt, is emerging pass-rush threat Justin Houston missing any playing time at defensive end. But the larger issue here is whether the suspensions, if they happen, are the sort of occasional minor rules violations that can be expected out of any group of 100-plus college students, or if they’re the first sign that the team’s off-season focus is beginning to waver. Either way, this probably would be a good time for leaders like Joe Cox to call a team meeting and get everyone’s attention. Forcefully.

133 comments Add your comment

WTF???

May 8th, 2009
10:52 am

Richt needs to nut kick these kids. I’m tired of it.

gte268p

May 8th, 2009
10:55 am

T-Bone

May 8th, 2009
11:04 am

Discipline problems at UGA. Typical.

dawgman

May 8th, 2009
11:08 am

Let’s wait and find out what happened. CMR has not made it a habit of hiding anything. This story seems like a reach. I realize that college news is a little quiet now, but this story is really a bit over-dramatized.

murfdawg

May 8th, 2009
11:09 am

Just like football, the Diamond Dawgs are too young to be ranked that high. Looke at the freshmen who are on the infield and the inexperience of the pitching staff. Winning baseball games depends on pitching and winning football games depends on good offensive line play. The Dawgs have neither this year. Damon Evans should take some lessons from Vince and learn how to downplay the coming season instead of beating his chest about how great every program will be. But that is not how things are done in the 21st century.

GatorFan

May 8th, 2009
11:13 am

Discipline problems at UGA, NOOO! These are the finest men in college football, ask any UGA fan that!

GaDawg

May 8th, 2009
11:21 am

Gatorfan, is that you Persy? failed anymore drug tests lately or our your tebows to tight?

MiltonDawg

May 8th, 2009
11:21 am

What? There is no problems in Florida?? Semi-automatic weapons, deceased girl’s credit card. It’s all a wonderland down in Gainesville.

Jeff D

May 8th, 2009
11:32 am

Bill, WCPAYW? *hic*

MegaT

May 8th, 2009
11:36 am

Well, well, well. So the little puppies are at it again. Guess you are not as perfect as you thought you were. Of course, this won’t stop you puppy fans from pointing your finger at the other 11 conference schools because I’m sure in your eyes, your shortcomings are not near as bad as the other 11.

Soulja Boy

May 8th, 2009
11:37 am

Richt has, indeed, been covering up discipline problems or winking at them. His attornies fixed a number of issues last year such as Bolling’s DUI and the sacking of the hospital plants by unnamed thugs on the football team. Don’t expect any change with the “gang of three.” Worst case, they will miss a meaningless game at the beginning of next season.

Cracker

May 8th, 2009
11:39 am

Billy

May 8th, 2009
11:39 am

Salukis Rule! deal with it

DawgGirl32

May 8th, 2009
11:41 am

If what Gen Neyland said is true on one of the other blogs, the three guys were riding on a moped at 3 am going down the wrong way of a one way street. Stupid? Yes. Deserving of a suspension? Probably. But if that story is true, it’s really not the worst thing they could have done. Sounds like a few college kids celebrating being done with finals to me.

Reality Check...

May 8th, 2009
11:42 am

MegaT needs a reality check…What a loser? Doesn’t even know what team rules that were broken. Please…. Get over yourself…pathetic….GO DAWGS!!!!

DawgGirl32

May 8th, 2009
11:46 am

Richt has done nothing to cover this up. He is simply not commenting until he knows all the facts. He wasn’t even in town when this did or did not happen. He does no more to “fix issues” than any other coach in college football.

Observer

May 8th, 2009
12:08 pm

Once gator players stop shooting guns in apartments and getting charged with felonies, then they can point fingers at others…..

ryan

May 8th, 2009
12:09 pm

Tech fans were saying that you have absolutely no idea what the APR measures if you want to use it us a yardstick for a schools academics. It just means we don’t pass the idiots though, they actually fail out if they don’t work.

Braindawg

May 8th, 2009
12:15 pm

If this is the worst thing to happen with the players of the UGA football team, thats great. As a matter of fact, if this were the worst thing to happen to any young person, that would be a good thing also. Kids get into trouble learning to live alone, and growing up. This case isnt a big deal, and is a waste of time. No matter if it happens at UGA, GT, Fla. or any other school in the country. So come on folks, find something else that is news worthy to disscuss or blog about. Have a great day, go Dawgs, and dont be riding your moped a 3am in the morning any more!

m

May 8th, 2009
12:25 pm

Tech has already beaten the crap out of the diamond dawgs and will do it again next week at Turner Field.

As far as the football players in trouble, that is standard at ugag. If they didn’t have 8 or 10 players get in trouble every year, they would be kicked out of the sec. It is par for the course in the sec…and at ugag.

Lane

May 8th, 2009
12:28 pm

you can’t hold these guys hands 24/7, players have to take personal responsibility. MR, has a very difficult job.

Men’s BB has hired and assistant coach from VT – Stacey Palamone(????). Strong Recruiter – from Greenville, SC -

Voice of Reason

May 8th, 2009
12:39 pm

Amazing that such a small portion of Mr. King’s Blawg gets the BIG headline, and the majority of the attention. Typical “apartment fire” editing…

Turn My Swag On

May 8th, 2009
12:39 pm

Hey Soulja Boy,

Know the facts before you speak. Dewberry actually worked at the hospital in housekeeping for several months to pay for the damage he caused.

Mr. Grinch

May 8th, 2009
12:47 pm

To GatorFan

perhaps you would prefer one of our players steal their dead girlfriend’s credit card or go an fire an AK47 in public. THOSE are real discipline problems. Perhaps you need to repeat your charge while looking in the mirror.

UGA89

May 8th, 2009
1:00 pm

What do you mean, “BEFORE” things get out of hand? Things were out of hand for this program before last season even began –it’s an embarrassment.

Einsteindawg

May 8th, 2009
1:00 pm

I have been a loyal UGA fan for the past 45 years, as well as a graduate of the university and season ticket holder. A couple of years ago, UGA said the cost of a football scholarship was approx. $38,000 a year…I’m sure it has increased since then. That included books, tuition, tudors, housing, meals, equipment, training, game tickets, travel, etc., etc., not to mention a chance for the NFL. This is a substantial investment, as well as a wonderful opportunity that most students don’t have. We should wait until all the facts are known, but if any student-athlete disregards the rules, then it should be one and done. They let their teamates down, the fans that pay their scholarship, the university, and are terrible role models for the kids. I believe in second, third, fourth, et al chances; however, the scholarship is taken away when the rule is broken. They are welcome to stay in school, hopefully the Hope will help along with a part-time job, but they will need to earn their way back on the team. And, the players will have to approve any reinstatement. You have to draw a line or else this will continue to fester and grow. Anyway, just my opinion. Go DAWGS…beat the crap out of Florida and Tech. Peace.

Observer

May 8th, 2009
1:01 pm

Anyone who uses the term “ugag” is obviously a mentally deficient moron with a double digit I.Q. at best.

St. Bernard

May 8th, 2009
1:28 pm

riding a moped @ 3 a.m on the wrong side of a street?! If these were your everyday college kids, would it be a headline? Get some perspective!

Voice of Reason

May 8th, 2009
1:44 pm

why has someone stolen my name? Good thing I don’t disagree with what the other VoR says or I might be upset!

dny1979

May 8th, 2009
1:50 pm

Bama just landed Juwan James this afternoon… Thought some of the UGA fans would like to know in case you haven’t heard yet. Huge pickup. Not a flame, just news.

Saint Simons

May 8th, 2009
1:54 pm

jailyard dogs!!! 45-42!!!! hahahahhahahhhaha

Mr. Grinch

May 8th, 2009
2:09 pm

average range of yellow jacket bb players IQ, 45-42, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

PHIL

May 8th, 2009
2:11 pm

As a former college student, I see nothing outrageous about riding a moped the wrong way down a one way street at 3 am in the morning. If they weren’t football players, no one would have ever even heard about it. I assure you there were at least 5,000 kids doing much more egregious acts.

As for baseball, when I was in school there was no one in the stands AT ALL. We brought chairs and sat out in the parking lot in left field and talked to the other teams left fielder. Back then, the fence was just a five foot high chain link fence. At one point in a game where a Clemson player wasn’t seemingly able to keep his underwear in place, he was moved to run back to the fence and yell, “I’m not an animal in a cage, leave me alone!” After which he promptly allowed a ball to go right between his legs to the fence. Needless to say he was not left alone.

I also saw Bo Jackson hit a grand slam that went out over the light post in center field and hit a Ford Fairlane’s front bumper. I walked over and picked the ball up and noticed that it was a long way to the fence. So I stepped it off 37 steps to the fence where it went over at the 396 mark, the ball must have gone nearly 500 feet.

Baseball has come a long way at UGA. We don’t have to be ranked first to be proud of what they have accomplished after losing so many guys to the pros. It is great to see so much fan support when I remember how it was when I was in school.

Mr. Grinch

May 8th, 2009
2:13 pm

To Einsteindawg

So you think it should be “one and done” for violating team rules? Regardless of the infraction?

When you were raising your children did you have “house rules”? Did any of your kids ever violate your “house rules”? Were you “one and done” with them?

Let’s keep the proper perspective here.

braveshater

May 8th, 2009
2:27 pm

CMR and staff have completely lost the confidence of the best in-state talent. Just lost another one to Alabama. The program is becoming stale and the kids know it. Only downhill from here.

AltamahaDawg

May 8th, 2009
2:29 pm

Since there didn’t seem to be any actualy police intervention (I assume since it wasnt reported) what exactly is the “team rule”? Just being out at that hour? Could be, and its a good one.

1. Dawgs fans. You are tired of what? You dont set the team rules so it’s not your place to get tired of something internal to THEM. This is not even news you should even know about, and a few years back you wouldn’t have, so get over it. When they do things to embarass the good name of your universtity, sure, but this is TEAM rules, not your rules.

2.Rivals. I can tell you without any hesitation, if your entire team broke your internal team rules, I wouldn’t say a word, as it’s none of my business and I don’t get my jollies with your kids getting into trouble.

Mr. Grinch

May 8th, 2009
2:45 pm

To braveshater

Yeah, right. Lost confidence of the in-state talent. All downhill from here. What does that mean? Having the 7th best rated recruiting class versus the 5th best?

Perspective, perspective, perspective.

Former UF student

May 8th, 2009
2:49 pm

I once eluded the Campus Cops by driving my moped THROUGH the business school’s building (with a girl on the back mumbling, “I’m so going to get kicked out of school!”)!
Oh, what fun college was!

jarvis

May 8th, 2009
2:54 pm

Bill, your articles are so predictable.
Your blog makes me feel as though the AJC has hired the buffoon that sits in the seats in front of me at Sanford.
During the Tech game last fall, he kept screaming “run the ball!” at the top of his lungs. At that point we had put up 30+ points and trailed by 10.
My point? He was angry with the team, but he was so uneducated in football as a game that he didn’t even grasp the problem.

Sissy Dawg

May 8th, 2009
3:13 pm

Discipline off the field and on the field. This is why Mark Richt will never win a championship. Every player knows the penalty. A suspension from a nothing game. There really is no discipline at Georgia.

Preston

May 8th, 2009
3:16 pm

Soulja Boy you’re an idiot. I hardly think a road game at Oklahoma State to open the season is a meaningless game. We don’t even know what they did so give it a rest until we find out. It doesn’t sound like a legal issue or it would be public record. Did you catch them in bed with your wife?

Mr. Grinch

May 8th, 2009
3:19 pm

Somebody calling themselves “Sissy Dawg” talking about no discipline?…………………HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

WildBill

May 8th, 2009
3:20 pm

Discipline on the football team? You gotta be kidding. Same ol same ol, year after year. Why don’t the dawgs have a clubhouse brawl and get it out of their system. AJC, don’t report it, it isn’t news anymore.

athensdawg

May 8th, 2009
3:21 pm

college football players getting in trouble. Imagine that!
what cracks me up is the way everyone tries to say that their thugs are better than your thugs.

this is what this blog sounds like….stop and read what you all are writing!

at least our players didn’t shoot a gun.
well, your players tore up a hospital room and got a dui….so there.
at least we didn’t sign a rapist…..

no one – least of all any team in the sec, has any room to talk about being lilly white virgins when it comes to player discipline.

the fact that college football is such a big business has totally devalued the entire concept of “student athlete” it is now find an athlete and hope that he can be a student. we haven’t changed much from the dark ages of the 70s and 80s. fans don’t care, as long as their team’s key player isn’t thrown in jail and they beat their rival…what does it matter?

NERDBEATER

May 8th, 2009
3:30 pm

Jarvis…..your point being??????? “Uneducated about football and didn’t grasp the problem”? Are you the one Nerd that “understands football”? You guys are the ones that scream “to hell with Georgia” at every game, no matter who you are playing! I bet you bought a ring for the “ass whippin”- 45 – 42? Get back to work….the Geek Squad needs you. Oh, and by the way, finish the porn in your mom’s basement before seeing the new Treky movie.

uuugh.

May 8th, 2009
3:35 pm

The dawgs don’t need to be without a single defensive player for the trip to Oklahoma. Team Rule or State Law…if you do something that causes you to miss playing time you are letting the team and the fans down. Give them a second chance? Sure…but missing playing time hurts more than just the punishee.

Then again maybe Richt is the smartest man in the world and wrote a rule that reads “3 Players will not ride together on a single moped the wrong way down a one way street.” If these are D-Lineman, where did they find a moped that will still run carrying half a ton!? This must be the best moped ever.

Finally…aren’t we paying our guys enough for them to afford a cab home from downtown!? Here is a solution. The athletic department opens accounts with all the cab companies in athens. Then the athletes are given a card that they show to the cabbies…and the AD is billed for the ride. No Mopeds, No Police, No Arrests. If it is against NCAA rules get the law school students to find a way around the rule. How many problems would we avoid with these free cab rides?

…and to the Florda Fans. I am still impressed with Percy Harvins 12 on the Wonderlic. “When told that the lowest score ever was a 4, Percy laughed and said ‘Ha Ha I got 4 times higher.’” Keep up the good work Percy!

uuugh.

May 8th, 2009
3:37 pm

Sorry for the typo…that should be Flo-Rida

NERDBEATER

May 8th, 2009
3:40 pm

I heard that Tebow had ridden a Flo…..wait a minute- isn’t that his male tudor in remedial English class?

PTC DAWG

May 8th, 2009
3:41 pm

Order? What? It’s TOO HOT for order. Don’t you know the Dawgs can’t perform in the heat?

Richt’s comments from earlier about Jax are still burning in my head. IF he’s scared, just say so.

Virginia Dawg

May 8th, 2009
3:43 pm

“Meaningless suspensions” for a “nothing game”? We open with Oklahoma State…..there! That game will be difficult with a full squad, let alone without some key players. However, I am fully confident that Coach Richt will make his decision based on what is best for the players involved (tough love) and his team (being fair and balanced).

Otto

May 8th, 2009
3:45 pm

If DawgGirl’s post is true this sort of thing used to never make the news. Further the police would let the coach know and he would take care of it. I don’t see it as news or anything for the team punish as the police will do that. If a student or employee gets a traffic ticket is any firther action taken? This in’t a DUI or a Bar Room Brawl from the rumors.

Alvin

May 8th, 2009
3:57 pm

As a current UGA student, who has classes with all three of the accused players, it comes as no surprise to hear about this. While I do believe the story about them riding scooters down a one way street at 3 a.m., I would not be surprised if this had to do with academics. I am not here to bash my fellow students in anyway. But, these “student”-athletes get away with whatever they want in class. They are put into easy majors (yes, I am bashing myself here) and basically let their tutors and T.A.’s do their work. It also helps that the head of the department is on the athletic board.

NERDBEATER

May 8th, 2009
4:06 pm

Alvin, this goes on at EVERY institute in America, and always has. If you don’t think it does, visit any campus anywhere! Also, I find it just a little “coincidental” that you have a class with all 3 of the players. That seems kind of “convenient”, don’t you think?

Mr. Grinch

May 8th, 2009
4:33 pm

To Alvin.

So what easy major are Simon and Theodore majoring in?

DawgMan

May 8th, 2009
4:41 pm

This stuff is no big deal—no suspensions are needed. Players at florida and bama get in trouble all the time but never get suspended. With meyer and saban, it’s “just win baby”–Richt needs to stop all this disciplinary stuff and let the players have some fun.

Einsteindawg

May 8th, 2009
5:09 pm

Mr. Grinch, thanks for your response, and btw, please return Christmas. My comments were not meant for riding mopeds or any of the normal things college students do, but for drugs…cheating…asault…skipping class. Those offenses, if proved, should be one and done. The others like the mopeds at 3:00 AM or riding a segway (sp) without a license, shouldn’t even be considered. I don’t know about you, but an athletic scholarship should be something special special. Any scholarship should be special! I surely don’t want my contibutions wasted on some punk/thug that has no respect for himself or for others. Let him go to FSU. Peace.

Mr. Grinch

May 8th, 2009
5:21 pm

To Einsteindawg

I agree with you for the most part. Skipping class? I don’t know about you, but when I was at georgia I would use the max allowed by the professor. The serious stuff – drugs, assault, cheating – hell yeah, ship them off. Based on recent events I don’t know if FSU would be their first choice. Probably UT.

Duluth Gator

May 8th, 2009
5:38 pm

DawgMan, is having fun getting in trouble? Meyer has gotten rid of a bunch of kids and I for one can’t understand why these kids can’t behave. They have an opportunity that many kids would love to have and they flat out blow it. Richt can’t hold their hands 24/7 and neither can any other coach. It is time for the kids to grow up and accept responsibility for their actions, and it is also time for people to stop pointing the finger and blaming the coach for all of the off the field problems.

Native Atlantan

May 8th, 2009
5:45 pm

It sounds like we may need to follow the lead of Tech, Florida and Tennessee. Tech can teach you how to be thrown on probation, have academic issues (although their people will tell you all basketball player and football players are ALL brilliant). And where are the 300LB OL women beating goons Mike Mooney and Jim Lavin these days?

Let’s follow Channing Crowder down at Florida where you can almost kill someone but stay out of jail, the classroom and stay on the field. Once hanging around him for a while, maybe one could be promoted to holding up 7-11 stores from Miami to Bradenton to Jacksonville….maybe you can find some Jamar Hornsby clones and steal credit of deceased people.

At UT, I just love how they recruit and covet players arrested for rape. They just took a commitment from another a week or two ago where Hood had this on his record at 13…..but I’m sure the mental experts in Knoxville have this under control. Anyone remember Jason Respert?

Do we need to take this to Alabama, South Carolina, Big 10 (yes, you have trash up there too) or how about the Reggie Bush Riviera where Southern Cal football players can live with some millionaires on the beach and have thousands and thousands of dollars spending cash.

Mark Richt is a hypocrite

May 8th, 2009
6:02 pm

Just like his pappy ..Coach Bobby Bowden.

THUGA

May 8th, 2009
6:09 pm

Hello Athens police 911 how can I help you? (caller)Help My house is being broken into right now! Send the police!! ….Athens police 911 operator says” Just get the UGA player jersey number we will arrest the player later!

bama12titles

May 8th, 2009
6:32 pm

If the worst thing 3 players did was drive down the wrong side of the street at 3 am who the hell really cares? Have some freaking perspective.

A poster on another blog however said that one of the players tested positive for pot and that was the reason for his suspension. On the other 2 he wasn’t sure of the rule they broke. But again who cares? Its something that will be handled internally by CMR so unless someone is arrested which didn’t happen there isn’t any need for flaming by other fans.

I’m obviously a Bama fan and I would say that every major college program is gonna have its share of players do stupid things or get into some type of trouble. With 105 players allowed on the roster (85 of them scholarship) then if they only reflect the at large general student population then its a given that young men are going to do stupid crap from time to time and get into trouble. Sometimes trivial, dumb stuff like underage drinking(how many college kids haven’t drinken underage?) to something more serious.

I hope none of my Bama brethren are jumping on this cause its only a matter of time before a bama player gets arrested, or a UT player, or a UF player, or an Auburn player, etc.

Gatorzone

May 8th, 2009
6:44 pm

Why would richt suspend players over a moped violation? Is there more to the story? All programs have problem students. No need to cast aspersions unless your program is perfect. Ours certainly is not, so I will not.

Gatorzone

May 8th, 2009
6:48 pm

Enter your comments here

Gatorzone

May 8th, 2009
6:53 pm

Get a grip people. This happens everywhere b

AltamahaDawg

May 8th, 2009
7:05 pm

I heard what they did was pretty embarassing. I heard that all three of them were caught jumping to conclusions without knowing anything more than internet rumors. For that, they should indeed be suspended. It’s not a behavior that big boys aught to be proud of.

macrotech

May 8th, 2009
7:43 pm

Sounds like college to me…. willing to bet that moped was dragging its’ frame on the pavement. This is silly! Hardly, worth the attention. AND i’m a Tech fan! Without a doubt, this is just evidence that we’re ALL desperate for football to begin! GO TECH!!!

Phoneguy

May 8th, 2009
7:51 pm

Well said AltDawg…Rumors people, just rumors.

Phoneguy

May 8th, 2009
7:52 pm

Spoken even better macrotech!

Edith

May 8th, 2009
7:55 pm

The suspension, for a certain number of games, seems to be not working. If you continue to do the same thing over and over and get the same results, try another strategy. I would make it more up close and personal. If there are players who broke the rules, let them face their team each day and tell the team their sad story over and over. Tell what they did to hurt the team. Involve their parents and hope the combination of school and home working together will produce the desired results. These players are hurting themselves and the team. Stop it now!!!!

Phoneguy

May 8th, 2009
7:59 pm

Ya know. I never went to college. I lucked up and got into a telecommunications job after high school. Point being is, I couldn’t tell you guys the crap I did in and after highschool. Put it in perspective man, these are kids just enjoying the best part of their young lives. I agree with earlier posts though.. drugs,guns,crime….C YA…….Oh Yeah Tech,Gators,Vols Suck

Phoneguy

May 8th, 2009
8:00 pm

Thats a great approach Edith. Thats really a good idea

AltamahaDawg

May 8th, 2009
8:15 pm

Stop what Edith? you have no idea, what, or if, they did anything. Stop what….. having a name that people know?

DOGZILLA

May 8th, 2009
8:53 pm

They should be commended for getting three big bodies on a moped. That might be as impressive as achieving cold fission (nudge to you Techies). Seriously, I did a lot, lot worse in college and it never made headlines. Give Richt time to ascertain the facts before the rush to judgment.

Big Bee

May 8th, 2009
8:55 pm

Why don’t everyone that is not a UGA alum or fan, just get off this blog. It is none of our business. Wehave enough problems now and will have more. Just get off their case and let them handle it. You know how hard they will come down on us the next time we have a problem.

Dawg_Em_Out

May 8th, 2009
9:16 pm

out of all these ppl posting on here, about 5 of those ppl have common sense. its funny to see how you all rip each team, though if it was your teams ‘mistake’.. it wouldnt be as big a deal. anyhow its not known what any of these players did, so nobody can judge yet imo. get the facts first.

AltamahaDawg

May 8th, 2009
9:22 pm

I can’t understand why are they even asking Richt’s mother about this? Don’t bother her this weekend.

daltondawg

May 9th, 2009
12:04 am

Any man who posted comments will honestly tell you they did something much worse in college or when they were that age……..and never got arrested.

FL DAWG

May 9th, 2009
12:36 am

Reported suspensions…not fact yet, Get all the facts before you make a judgement. If it is only riding a moped the wrongway on a street, then I bet there will be a ticket and nothing more…as it should be. The driver will have to pay the fine and that will be punishment enough. If there is more to it than that, and there probably is, then the coaching staff will handle it as they see fit. Depending on past infractions or lack there of, the punishment will fit the crime and the person involved. I have confidence that CMR will handle it accordingly.

SamoanDawg

May 9th, 2009
12:53 am

I heard Notre Dame runs a perfect program. None of their players get in trouble. How does Weiss do it?

Btw, I can’t stand notre lame….

m=saintsimonslover

May 9th, 2009
7:37 am

I bet both of you are typing your STUPID posts on a lap top while you both are waiting in line for Star Trek tickets. PLEASE take a break for a couple of days OK??

jbeggs

May 9th, 2009
8:43 am

Moped down a 1-way skreet. Now there is a real discipline issue…Not!!! 100 lbs of Mary Jane in your trunk is nothing compared to that. Or beating the he!! out of a girl in a pizza joint – petty crimes. We’ve got convicted reapists at UT, murderers and drug abusers at UF (congrats on the MNC by the way), terrorists at tech, and break kids cods over moped violations…even if alcohol is involved (don’t know that to be true). Yep, we have issues.

Preston

May 9th, 2009
10:47 am

Most college town cops would have never allowed this to become an issue in the first place. Athens doesn’t cut the UGA players (or anyone else for that matter) ANY slack. Everyone on this blog talking trash about UGA should consider that before they open their mouths. I’ll bet the folks down in Auburn, Tuscaloosa, Gainesville, etc. give the local sherriff a very nice supplemental income to keep things quiet. The sherriff in Gainesville, FL has the toughest job though. He can’t keep serious felonies quiet.

Maddog

May 9th, 2009
11:23 am

macrotech – as always you are one of the opposition’s voice of reason. If the problems are bad, we’ll certainly hear about it and I’m also certain CMR will handle it.

I’m just glad that every misstep I made during my youth didn’t hit the papers for all the world to see and criticize.

Rick G - FOTR

May 9th, 2009
11:57 am

Ahhhh! Diamond Dogs! One of my very favorite Bowie albums!
………..but Carol Channing was not on the record!???! Fact check please!!

jason

May 9th, 2009
12:22 pm

what were the offenses that Houston and co. committed?

Percy Harvey

May 9th, 2009
12:53 pm

bank walker

May 9th, 2009
1:02 pm

Just spoke to Richt on the phone and he said that it really isn’t anything to worry about. Carry on

jarvis

May 9th, 2009
1:39 pm

NERDBEATER, I’m a UGA season ticket holder not a Tech fan, but don’t let that get in the way of your baseless rant.

RamblinWreck

May 9th, 2009
2:26 pm

Pandemonium at U[sic]GA as officials cannot decide whether to change their fight song to “Dueling Banjos” or the “Cops” theme song

shane#1

May 9th, 2009
2:42 pm

Let’s see what facts we really know. 1- CMR does not issue suspensions for traffic tickets. 2- UGA reports all arrests, so nobody got arrested. 3- Violation of team rules means just that, team rules, not laws. So if suspensions ensue and a mo-ped was involved it would probably mean being out after curfew or doing some dangerous stunts on said mo-ped. Since nobody really knows what happened and Richt is under no obligation to tell us which of HIS rules were violated, if any, I suggest we wait untill someone actually gets suspended before we worry about next fall. BTW, team rules are Richt’s rules. He and he alone will decide what punishment, if any, is necessary. Anyone who disagrees is free to go coach his own team and punish them any way he chooses.

dawggirl

May 9th, 2009
4:56 pm

Well, 6 games for Figgins and two for Houston. Tony Wilson is already leaving the team due to injury, so he escapes suspension. I want to see everybody come out now and say that Richt is soft on punishment. We still have no idea what happened, but it’s clear he’s not putting up with it. We only have one “gimme” game on our schedule this year, and it’s late in the season. So all the haters can just shut the hell up.

Maybe Next Year

May 9th, 2009
7:30 pm

Whatever Dawg girl, Richt probably took a hard line because the misdeeds were so severe that he had no choice. Figgins probably interrupted Ritch’s sun tan session or stole his hair care products. Moped my a$$.

ReptilesRule

May 9th, 2009
7:43 pm

THE TRUTH IS…we can ALL point fingers at each other and ridicule but EVERY program has their own problems and houses to maintain and sometimes clean. Look, fact is, Urban Meyer as well as many coaches, tries to get as involved as he can with the players lives but guess what? You can’t hold their hands 24/7. And with the way society is today, if all you recruited was the Tim Tebows of the world, you couldn’t field a defensive front seven! Sad, but true. All you can do is clearly define the rules and consequences for breaking them, inforce those rules evenhandedly, monitor the players best as possible, teach,instruct and counsel, have an open door policy, rely on your team leaders, and cross you fingers ’cause no matter if you do ALL of those things, you-know-what still happens,

dawggirl

May 9th, 2009
9:31 pm

Okay, now that word’s coming out of what it is, I understand the reason for the number of games. I truly don’t understand why players cannot understand that they’re under a microscope.

Joey

May 9th, 2009
9:39 pm

Damn it’s getting old holding my breath every off-season waiting for the next suspension or arrest. Is it just the UGA campus life or do other big schools have better relationships with their hometown police force?

SamoanDawg

May 9th, 2009
10:19 pm

I don’t know how true it is, but I heard these knuckleheads were caught smoking weeds. They must’ve been with Percy Harvin in Atl.. were they dehyradrated too. Are you friggin kidding me?!? If I was Jeff Owen I would lay a wood on these hard headed stubborn knuckleheads… run stadiums.. after every two a days. It just frustrates and irritates the snart out of me. Honestly, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings if these guys were kicked off the team.. I don’t care if they’re our best players. I believe in second chances, but dam.. I don’t think some of these guys really care or respect the program, coaches and their teammates.

Happy Mother’s Day to All you Knuckleheads! Go home and and say sorry to your mama for the foolish act you committed.

Dawgtime

May 9th, 2009
11:13 pm

Again, why are other team fans reading and commenting on UGA blogs? Gator fans placing the halos on their heads and casting stones. You’ve got to be kidding. What school produced Percy Harvin? Yelp, Florida. This is a kid that provoked a racially motivated fight in high school. Knowing he is going to get drug tested during the physicals for the draft, this genius indulgences in some marijuana. Pure brilliance. I guess this kid never smoked weed at Florida. The truth is that as long as you win you get a free pass in Gatorland. Andre Smith goes to the combine close to 360 pounds. That is pure stupidity. Before these other fans get diarrhea of the mouth and constipation of the brain, they should take a look at their athletes. The problems that exist today are that the hip hop culture has produced a culture of apathetic kids that feel a sense of entitlement. Take a look at the NBA. That is nothing but a bunch of thugs. If they tested for marijuana, the league wouldn’t exist. Honesty, integrity, fairness, compassion, courtesy, personal accountability, and willingness to help other are all obsolete concepts in the modern culture. Hmmmmmm and we wonder why are economy is shot. Total irresponsible behavior. We need a cultural revolution in this country. Take a look at Travis Henry, Mr UT. This moron goes out and makes babies all over the place with absolutely no intention of raising any of them. Now he is crying because he has to pay for his irresponsible actions. Grow up and become a man. UT signs a child rapist. Hmmmmm. I wonder how he would be received if he victimized Coach Kiffin’s kids. People, we all need to wake up. Yes, old fashioned values are what this country was built upon. Now the new anarchist leeches are sucking the country dry. Coach Richt needs to more a stronger disciplinarian.

Fools Gold

May 10th, 2009
12:07 am

You see mutt fans will just not listen…. Baseball team is unraveling and now the football team. Georgia college sports program has a long way to go before it can be taken seriously. Dream on is now only left for the fans in mutt nation . The Dawgs are in big trouble and you heard here from Fools Gold! I told you so!!!!!!

Columbus Dawg

May 10th, 2009
5:55 am

Coach Richt can punish players any way he wants, but the opinion of a lot of contributors/season ticket holders/LARGE CONTRIBUTORS/SKY BOX holders, are as follows: if the violation is not so bad that game suspensions will suffice, then so will other means of punishment. The bottom line is, Justin is the only pass rushing DE we have. By keeping him out of the first two games could mean losses, especially in the opener on the road. The opinion is that everyone in the Dawg Nation should not have to weather the effects of the punishment. Richt should take time to devise punishments to fit the crimes other than game suspensions in some instances. The opinion is that it is Mark Richt’s job to have top notch players in these important positions on the field, period. No excuses.

BUZZ

May 10th, 2009
6:43 am

Just saw the new Star Trek movie. AWESOME. The only thing I’ve seen better is the CD of the a$$ whoppin Georgia Tech gave Georgia last year between the hedges. 45-42! Let me know if any of you want to purchase a copy.

ReptilesRule

May 10th, 2009
9:13 am

Dawgtime…Did you even READ my (previous) comments or don’t you even know how to navigate the English language?!?! The more I see some of these comments made by some of these “Dawg” fans, the more I understand why you are such losers!

ReptilesRule

May 10th, 2009
9:20 am

By the way, for you Georgia fans who critize other teams fans for making comments on a UGA Blog, this IS NOT a UGA BLOG! It clearly says Atlanta Journal Constitution NOT the Georgia Insider. Again, many of you either fail to read or to understand OR both. And the last time I checked, Atlanta is the home to THE Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, so why are YOU making comments on a GT Blog??? Morons.

shane#1

May 10th, 2009
10:38 am

There seems to be some serious bud nippin’ going on in Athens. Barney is on the loose! We don’t know what Figgins did but it must be pretty bad, or he must have copped an attitude when Richt got on his case. Either way, Richt has pretty much ended Figgin’s career at UGA. I guess the kid is free to transfer if he so desires. Hey Kiffin, need a good blocker at TE?

jason

May 10th, 2009
10:53 am

Doesthe Figgins situation mean that UGA is back to depleted depth at TE? Orson Charles will surely be getting more playing time, now.

CHARLOTTE DAWG

May 10th, 2009
11:37 am

This is not the end of it! There will be more. Unfortunately, we have just as many thugs on our team as Florida, Bama, Miami, and UT. It is the price that is paid in order to compete with other programs that load up with “Bone Thugs N’Harmony”.

How stupid is this Justin Houston character? He was the default starter b/c of all the injuries. It was like Jesus Christ himself was handing the kid the position and it was his to lose. What an idiot! Now another DE will get the nod and become the man regardless if he is better than Houston or not. Wilson and Figgins are less consequential. Figgins was the best blocker we had but this just makes playing time for the two highly recruited TE’s we just got. Hope they can block! Orson is a bit small for a TE so it is not looking good.

I just hope we don’t start the season 0-2. No patsy games for us at the beginning of the season to smooth these suspensions out. At this rate, I’ll be happy with 1-1. Georgia can not get into a shoot out with Ok State. I was confident in that game b/c I thought Georgia had a better defense. But Houston is not the last to get suspended from the defense.

And let’s not forget that the Athens PD never does us any favors whatsoever. No such thing as home cooking in Athens! At least the Gainesville Florida PD looks the other way every once in a while. Charges always seem to get dropped in those neck of the woods.

jason

May 10th, 2009
11:54 am

I am not going to dwell at this point. Last year it felt like we had 50 arrests and such. Houston will be missed, he was by defacto the starer. But we have Dobbs and Battle. I am now curious to see the Leadership, AKA Cox, Atkins, and Owens step up and apply the leadership so hopefully we want see anymore headlines like this one as we wait for the season to kick off.

staff fan now

May 10th, 2009
11:54 am

Don’t care much about motor scooter problems…..I even once saw a guy speeding in a car!

TO NERDEATER…when the opposing team gains 978 yards rushing in just the third quarter, now that is an azz whipping. Love it!

Jackson

May 10th, 2009
12:12 pm

We all talk about personal accountability. We all talk about coaches pressing and the leadership of the team pressing. It seems to me UGA needs to instill a “quasi” mentor program. Juniors should be given Freshman as their “battle buddies”. They should be held accountable for infractions. In other words, if freshman a does something that warrants a suspension, then junior a gets the same suspension. The same holds true in reverse, if junior a does something stupid then freshman a gets the same punishment. What is the psychology? Well, if player b does something to get suspended, he hurts the team but not one individual. These juniors and freshmen continue the tie as seniors and sophomores and then the process continues…. thoughts?

AltamahaDawg

May 10th, 2009
12:19 pm

Sure, the Junkyard Blog, by a fellow wearing a Georgia cap and Georgia shirt, credited as the author because he is a lifetime Georgia fan, could be about any team.

AltamahaDawg

May 10th, 2009
12:25 pm

Most of the suggestions I have heard in here are perfect if you were dealing with lab rats.

KNelson

May 10th, 2009
2:01 pm

dawggirl, have you ever been to uga on a weekday? Funny Richt suspends a starter for 2 games and a backup for 6. That is being strict richt? PLEASE!

Cuz

May 10th, 2009
4:17 pm

I guess Nelson it would depend on the severity of the infraction by the ammount of games suspended. And since Richt never talks about what rules were broken, we will never know for sure. And I willl answer the other part of your question, DawgGirl spends quite a bit of time in Athens according to her comments.

Jackson, it is time for the guys to move out of the house and become men. They don’t need new Moms and Dads. Character is defined by what you do when no one is watching. They need to be reminded that all actions have consequences.

RepRules, I have no problem with enemy bloggers coming on this site. General Neyland and I are great friends and as his name suggests, he is a Vol. I would like to meet Atlanta Gator one day, very classy individual. And yes I noticed I used classy and gator in the same sentence. Come one come all and give your comments. But Altamaha is right, it does say Junkyard Blawg and Bill King is very much a homer as he should be. The beat blog is the Team writer’s blog, which was Chip “Da Man” Towers and is now Tim “Don’t call me T-square” Tucker. Maybe if you ask Cynthia Tucker real nice she may give you a Gator blog. She has done stranger things. Keep commenting, I look forward to the give and take.

Cuz

May 10th, 2009
4:19 pm

Why am I not surprised that a Tech fan named Buzz went to see the new Star Trek movie on opening weekend? Did you wear your pointy ears too?

AltamahaDawg

May 10th, 2009
5:32 pm

Knelson, do you even know what either did? Why don’t you tell us all how much you know about this?

Bruce Figgins did figure to be a starter too.

The only funny thing is , why are you in here? I’m surprised to see you after so many people directly called you out on your lack on KNowledge about your own team. Let me guess, Tn has NEVER……….

And little man, you do not want to mess with DawgGirl. You would be better off leaving just the assumption that she knows more about football than you do, as opposed to confirming that.

Tech Fan

May 10th, 2009
6:10 pm

MY IQ is 20/20…

Cuz

May 10th, 2009
8:44 pm

976-957 hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!

THUGA

May 10th, 2009
9:19 pm

Violations must be worst than driving a moped at 3am. THUGA! Wear it well mutts!

The Grinch

May 10th, 2009
10:05 pm

To BUZZ.

No shock here that you were one of the first to see the new Star Trek movie. So which character did you dress up as?? HAHAHAHAHAHA!!

So you saw a “CD” of the game? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! A CD? I thought you guys were supposedly the smart ones. AHAHAHAHAHA. I guess you meant DVD. I heard about those – they come out once every 8 years and have a commemorative ring included……BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Atlanta Bammer

May 10th, 2009
11:31 pm

UGA is a school for tools!

KNelson

May 11th, 2009
12:03 am

I haven’t been to UGA on a weekday, but I do frequent Midtown on the weekends. Look for the guy with the crested blazer, ascot, leather chaps, and… nothing else ;)

BuLLdawg

May 11th, 2009
2:29 am

Advocating violence is not the answer, although I am quite fed up with the now 107 suspensions/arrests in the Coach Richt Era entering now our 9th season. If the players are not going to stay away from drugs, alcohol when driving or before they are of legal age or any excess, and beating up people at a pool because they think some girl is his girl and therefore not able to even have a conversation with someone else at the pool party, forcibly having the other players do what the coaching staff is wholly unable to handle themselves, is not going to fix it at all.

I disagree with you Bill King, as I often do it seems. Forcibly have the other players stop all these suspensions and arrests totalling 107 and counting beginning year 9 ?

No sir.

We have players who this staff recruited. They are supposed to be a Top Half a Dozen Recruiting Class every single solitary year, 9 years now and counting.

And, for 9 years now and counting, it is our players who get into serious enough trouble to warrant 107 Suspensions. We have had others that this staff tried to get in here, and the University turned them away, despite this staff.

The proper method of dealing with thugs is what has been happening. Not advocating other players forcibly correct the problem children.

The time for all this to come to an end, is what has not been happening.

I’m Dawg tired of it.

Jeff

May 11th, 2009
8:00 am

Here we go again- same old song and dance that will lead to another season of missed opportunities….we are starting to look alot like Fla State

Bill King

May 11th, 2009
8:55 am

you guys shut the hell up!!

Bill King

May 11th, 2009
8:56 am

I’m working on a new post about the stupidness of bloggers.

The Grinch

May 11th, 2009
9:07 am

To Bill King (imposter)

Please re-read your posts at 8:55AM and 8:56AM. Strange kind of contradiction there, don’t you think? I mean, “you guys shut the hell up” followed by a comment about the “stupidness of bloggers”.

WTF??

May 11th, 2009
9:12 am

I do LOVE COX!!!

hop

May 11th, 2009
9:34 am

i have been a huge supporter of coach richt,but the same problems that fsu has experienced has followed him to athens.

i know that tennessee,alabama other sec teams have been throught this as well,but it never stops in athens.

also, you don’t see saban having the same problems at alabama now. whatever he is doing is working.

i am getting a little tired with the excuses coming out of athens.

we must(as the falcons) have done upgrade the type of player we are recruiting because if we don’t, we will not be a contender for another championship.

mark richt must learn what other successful programs are doing right and make the necessary changes!

I-DOG

May 11th, 2009
10:50 am

Soulja Boy:

Your predictions are as innacurate as your “facts”. Lets take your predictions… (the 3 will miss meaningless games). Projected starter at DE to miss the first 2 games including a trip to to 10 ranked OKL State and South Carolina. The projected starter at TE will miss 6 games
including the 2 mentioned above AND Arkansas, Arizon State, LSU, as well as TN. He comes back just in time for Vandy and an open date. The third player. a backup WR… is no longer on the team.

Good thing for UGA that these games are all cupcakes, otherwise we might actually miss these players for these meaningless games.

BUZZ

May 12th, 2009
6:23 pm

And I’ll bet Sugar Hill Dawg a case of PBR and Red man that we win again tonight. I love it. I mean I really love it. I love everything about shutting Georgia down and Georgia fans UP!

The Grinch

May 12th, 2009
11:15 pm

To BUZZ

Hope Sugar Hill Dawg enjoys the PBR and Red Man….. glad you love it … 7 – 5 ……. what was that about shutting Georgia down and Georgia fans UP…..BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

The Grinch

May 12th, 2009
11:17 pm

To Buzz

Say, just when will you get the “CD” of tonight’s baseball game so you can watch it all the time …………BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

The Grinch

May 12th, 2009
11:20 pm

To BUZZ

Say, buzzy boy, does a 2 run baseball victory count as an “a$$ whoopin” as you like to refer to a 3 point football victory?? BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!