Weekend highs and lows in Bulldog Nation

It was a mixed weekend in Athens.

On the positive side, many UGA families, including mine, were celebrating graduations at Sanford Stadium and Stegeman Coliseum, the men’s and women’s tennis teams both advanced to the NCAA Round of 16, and the softball team was selected as the No. 1 seed for the Chapel Hill regional. But the results at Foley Field and the confirmation of disciplinary action against two members of the football team were disappointing.

The final baseball home stand of the season got off to a dismal start with the Diamond Dogs dropping Friday and Saturday’s games to Vandy, a middling team. At least Sunday’s win over the Dores clinched an SEC Tournament birth for the Bulldogs (15-12 in SEC play with South Carolina still to go), though just making it to Hoover is a bit of a comedown for a team that led the league (and the national rankings) much of the season.

Hosting an NCAA regional seems unlikely at this point, but at least the team will keep playing past the regular season and is pretty certain to go somewhere in NCAA play. And who knows, Rally Rat, their new mascot as detailed in the Athens Banner-Herald, could see an extended run if they can get back on track. Worth noting: The 2,361 fans at Sunday’s game set a new season attendance record at Foley Field of 93,360, surpassing last season’s 93,152. Up next: a shot at revenge against the Jackets Tuesday at Turner Field in Atlanta.

But what most Dawg fans were talking about this weekend was Mark Richt suspending junior tight end Bruce Figgins for six games and sophomore defensive end Justin Houston for two games, while junior receiver Tony Wilson was medically disqualified but would have been suspended otherwise. 

Richt didn’t announce the reason for the suspensions, but ESPN reported that Figgins failed a drug test, and his penalty is in line with UGA Athletic Association policy of automatic suspension for half a season in those cases. 

One Athens observer with close ties to the football program says that Richt generally bends over backwards to work with players who screw up and violate team rules, but not if drugs are involved. Which is as it should be. With this being the second time Figgins has been suspended (he missed last year’s season opener for an unspecified violation of team rules), he’s lucky he wasn’t kicked off the team completely.

As for the on-field repercussions, I’ve already touched on the justifiable fan hand-wringing about Houston missing playing time when we need all the help rushing the passer we can get. 

Missing six games will pretty much make Figgins, who sat out spring practice, an afterthought at tight end and move up the timetable on the expected ascension of incoming freshman Orson Charles as the eventual starter. It seems likely, though, that Charles and redshirt sophomore Aron White (the probable starter at the beginning of the season) will be used more as receivers in a hybrid flex tight end position, which gives the other incoming freshman, Arthur Lynch, a chance to earn playing time as the blocking tight end. Bryce Ros could figure in there, too.

While Kris Durham being out for the season means the Dogs will have just six scholarship receivers, including incoming freshmen Marlon Brown and Rontavious Wooten, I’m not convinced Wilson’s departure will make all that much difference. He was having a really slow rehab from a season-ending injury last year and had not shown that much in his time on the field. A lot of folks are really high on Brown, touted as possibly the next A.J. Green, and I really liked the way Michael Moore finished the season. Israel Troupe and Tavares King have shown promise, too. 

Lots for fans to talk about in the 116 days until the season starts. What do you think? Are these suspensions a minor hiccup or a serious blow to the Dogs’ 2009 prospects?

154 comments Add your comment

DawgGirl32

May 11th, 2009
10:44 am

I think losing Houston was a much bigger blow than losing Figgins or Wilson. If we can’t get pressure on the QB in the OK State game, we’re going to be in a lot of trouble. Hopefully Rod Battle, Cornelius Washington, or Demarcus Dobbs can step up. I must say that if anything I am glad that Mark Richt is properly taking care of these situations instead of sweeping them under the rug like many coaches do.

Rick S

May 11th, 2009
10:48 am

Time will tell whether this will be a setious blow or a minor hiccup but one thing for sure is the seniors need to step forward and provide leadership for the underclassmen before Georgia has another embarrasing offseason as in 2008!

Rick S

May 11th, 2009
10:49 am

Time will tell whether this will be a serious blow or a minor hiccup but one thing for sure is the seniors need to step forward and provide leadership for the underclassmen before Georgia has another embarrasing offseason as in 2008!

Dorsey Hill

May 11th, 2009
11:11 am

Does anyone have a clue as to what Justin’s issue was?

GeoffDawg

May 11th, 2009
11:19 am

Disappointing but it’s a team game and no one or two players is going to make or break the season. At the very least, we’re still light years ahead of 2008 level lost players. Everyone, knock on wood.

Charles Nelson Reilly

May 11th, 2009
11:41 am

Come on…..are you makin’ these names up??

I might buy Bruce Figgins Pudding, but Marlon Brando, Rev. Al Green, Rod Battle [rated XXX], Cornelius Washington from what planet, or Demarcus Dobbs, a ventriloquist and a stadium named after Redd Foxx?? But my very Favorite….Rontavious Wooten sounds like a cheezy motorbike! Ronnnnnntavious Wooten Wooooooten Woootennnnnnn! But I really hate I missed the Doors?

Huh?

May 11th, 2009
11:42 am

Make your reservations now for the Chicken Bowl folks. That’s all I’ve got to say about that.

WTF??

May 11th, 2009
11:50 am

I do LOVE COX!!!

AltamahaDawg

May 11th, 2009
12:05 pm

I think Rod Battle was the most hopefull DE coming into last year and was just never healthy, so hopefully he can finally live up to expectations. I also really like what I read about the extra LB on a pass rush situation. Worked pretty well in the G-day game.

cliff

May 11th, 2009
12:10 pm

If a players actions warrant multiply game suspension then dismiss him from school and .the team. Bring in someone that wants to play and can behave.

AltamahaDawg

May 11th, 2009
12:12 pm

What exactly does medically disqualified mean?

Cuz

May 11th, 2009
12:22 pm

Altamaha, it means he was passed over for admittance to med school.

WTF???

May 11th, 2009
12:26 pm

You know you’ve made it when idiot Tech fans post under your screen name….

Urban

May 11th, 2009
12:29 pm

Gettin’ started a little early at THUG-U, huh?

WTF???

May 11th, 2009
12:32 pm

LOL!!! Coming from a Gator…. Now that is funny.

DawgGirl32

May 11th, 2009
12:34 pm

Yeah Urban, at least Coach Richt actually disciplines his players for failed drug tests. You really think anyone believes that Percy Harvin actually passed his drug tests in college?

dufferdawg

May 11th, 2009
12:35 pm

I am like most Georgia fans that have grown very weary of the off field issues. I am tired of being the laughing stock from the rest of the conference, and tired of the distractions it causes the rest of the team. I for one am ready for CMR to step up the level of punishment. I think Figgins shoulbe be dismissed from the team. I understand CMR wants to give everyone 2nd, and 3rd chances…but he has to think of the negative effects on the team at this point.

Urban

May 11th, 2009
12:40 pm

GeoffDawg

May 11th, 2009
12:41 pm

Nice zinger DawgGirl.

GeoffDawg

May 11th, 2009
12:42 pm

Lame comeback Urban.

Urban

May 11th, 2009
12:45 pm

49-10 will sound good compared to what’s coming this year.

JP

May 11th, 2009
12:47 pm

Richt has improved the recruiting at UGA. Bad apples come with it. It happens no big deal.

JP

May 11th, 2009
12:48 pm

When your concern is the pass rush after losing one player (not even an all sec caliber player) then thier are other issues at hand.

Urban

May 11th, 2009
12:50 pm

Hey muttters….if you think Harvin failed his drug test, where’s the proof? Thought so. Kinda like your “best recruiting class ever…SEC championship this year….NC championship this year”…blah, blah, blah….same ol’ mutts.

STUCK IN SC

May 11th, 2009
12:53 pm

Hey King, what’s the deal with Houston? Was it not reported anywhere why he was suspended? Its kind of strange we have info on Figgins but not Houston?

RedandBlack

May 11th, 2009
12:53 pm

116 days until kickoff, Baby! Georgia will line up to hit them hard and often. See you in the endzone, urban. Watch me dance. Take a timeout. I will dance some more. Woof, Baby, Woof!! Go Dogs!!!

Mike

May 11th, 2009
1:00 pm

As always, the loss of one or two will be felt, but should be overcome. It’s the cumulative effect of others to come through injury, etc. that bothers me. Starting this early just adds more time for the losses to mount up.

GeoffDawg

May 11th, 2009
1:05 pm

Conclusive evidence that Critical Thinking is not a core requirement at UF.

If you think clean cut, boy next door, Percy Harvin never smoked the pot during his time at Florida but then suddenly can’t take the pressure after being told about combine drug testing, then I have some swampland in Gainesville to sell you.

StoneColdDawg

May 11th, 2009
1:12 pm

The difference is that UGA a player gets in trouble, he pays a price and his offense is made public whereas at UF, they list the offender as being injured…ie Percy Harvey.

gdawginkalamazoo

May 11th, 2009
1:16 pm

As Percy said ” I swear it was second hand smoke, I was backstage at the Willie Nelson concert, invited as VIP to enjoy the smo… show.”

AJC Headliner

May 11th, 2009
1:19 pm

How ’bout those Brainy Dawgs!

uuugh.

May 11th, 2009
1:20 pm

Urban…If I were you I would hope that it was the pot that made Percy Harvin so damned dumb. If it wasn’t drug related somebody down there in the capital of New Jersey needs to shred the coloring books he turned in as tests before the NCAA comes knocking curious as to how a kid that can’t ‘read good’ passed enough classes to play football!

AltamahaDawg

May 11th, 2009
1:21 pm

Maybe now, the slanderous stories will subside. http://www.altamahamopeds.com

Urban

May 11th, 2009
1:25 pm

same ol mutts….blah, blah….blah, blah….been fun, gotta go win ANOTHER NC. Hey, nice guy, that Tony Cole, huh?

uuugh.

May 11th, 2009
1:27 pm

In Percy’s defense, maybe the NFL suprised everyone at the combine with drug tests. Maybe Urban Meyer should have warned him about the both the drug test and the Wonderlic. I think the Wonderlic snuck up on him too–Michael Vick scored higher folks–MICHAEL VICK!?!??

Sanford Drive

May 11th, 2009
1:28 pm

Wouldn’t it be great if there was some sort of blog where sports fans could post insightful comments about their respective teams?

ChefChuck

May 11th, 2009
1:28 pm

Tony Cole’s jailhouse fight was a draw…at least the dawgs didn’t lose that one.

uuugh.

May 11th, 2009
1:30 pm

What does inciteful mean?

Chris

May 11th, 2009
1:33 pm

Why is it that when a college or pro athlete gets in trouble, they are black 95% of the time? Just blows me away. The stupid thugs care more about themselves then their team.

AltamahaDawg

May 11th, 2009
1:34 pm

I can understand smoking pot and being stupid, but trolling all day in a rivals sports blog, pretending that your college football team somehow offsets your obvious low self esteem…..that’s just sad.

Dawg_Em_Out

May 11th, 2009
1:36 pm

UGA will be just fine come seasons start. this has actually been a pretty quiet offseason this yr imo.

Ardawg

May 11th, 2009
1:38 pm

s Percy said ” I swear it was second hand smoke, I was backstage at the Willie Nelson concert, invited as VIP to enjoy the smo… show.”

Now thats funny! I don’t care who ya are

What?

May 11th, 2009
1:40 pm

Chris,

Really? These are kids, no matter if they are black or white. They are college kids. Hummmm, lets look at the current roster of any college football team. Most of them are black on the team, so the odds of some kid who happens to be black getting in trouble is a little higher. Stupid comment. How many kids are getting in trouble at the University of Georgia are white? Why is that? They care more about themselves than representing their school. Wow!!!!!

Dawgtime

May 11th, 2009
1:40 pm

Again, if the Gators are so superior, why are Gator? fans posting on UGA blogs? You should be reading UF blogs. Posting a score from last year seemed very childish. That would be like me posting a video of the Bulldog Boogie on a UF site. Get a clue. I see quite a few people bragging about the Gators now, but where were these fans 10 years ago? Yelp, wearing FSU and Miami gear. These people are fickle nobodys. They just jump from bandwagon to bandwagon. I will always be a Dawg fan. I do not read nor post on UF blogs. I can always watch DEA on T.V. if I need to see drug dealers in action. Yeah, yeah, I know the first time Percy Harvey smoked the weed was this year. Yeah right. In terms of two suspended dawgs, I say that you both need to grow up and become men instead of thugish little boys. You both were in line to start this year and you both demostrated a lack of personal control. In my opinion, UGA should inform them that they have received their last warning/suspension. I believe in zero tolerance. I’d rather lose with good kids than win with thugs. This same crap is what ruined a potential great season last year. This boys see dope as a means of being cool. What a joke? You are in college to learn and to play football. If you need to try drugs, give up the scholarship and leave UGA. I’m sick of these thugish decisions. Again, I call for fathers to become fathers. Too many young people are growing up without males in their lives. Smoking dope is not going to make you a better person, a man, or a father. Grow up.

Ramble On!!!

May 11th, 2009
1:43 pm

Man, we smoked so much pot at Tech! I think that is what led to my homosexuality….

Big Phil

May 11th, 2009
1:44 pm

2009 Fulmer Cup Standings…………..drum roll, please………….
Tied @ # 5……..Carolina & The Florida Gators
Tied @ #16……..The Mississippi’s
#19 The Hogs

Even with these minor off-field issues, UGA is still in better shape than other SEC schools!

GatorHator

May 11th, 2009
1:45 pm

if Percy was dumb enough not to smoke weed before the combine…..and it only stays in your system for a couple weeks at the most…. then he obviously couldn’t go that long without smoking unless he is just the biggest d/a in the world….. wait he did go to UF right? nevermind

Dawgtime

May 11th, 2009
1:48 pm

Stop the lies. Michael Vick did not score high on the mental aptitude exam. That is a lie. The Falcons were questioned for taking someone with major questions. I still have a copy of the magaizine. The Cole kid has nothing to do with UGA. UGA got rid of this kid. That is old news. Linking a school to something like that is weak at best. In terms of the race issue, I say what is that about. Bad decisions and behavior do not come in colors. That is a stupid remark. I know many young people will defend the usage of drugs because they are attempting to fit in and seem cool. It makes you look stupid. Many lives are ruined because of that trash. V.D. is very common on college campuses too. Is that something that is cool? Grow up and get a clue. Develop a backbone and stand up for what is right. Stop being comformist. Go DAWGS.

Snoop

May 11th, 2009
1:49 pm

Richt is not concerned with rehabilitating players who misstep. His only concern is winning games, and he learned his style of discipline from his master, Bobby Bowden. In every case, he applies the NCAA minimum penalty for specific criminal activity. He did kick the thug, Lemon, off the team, but that was because a big lawsuit was pending. Richt learned nothing from last year when he had the talent for a championship season and turned it into a 9-3 season which should have been a 7-5 disaster. It just appears that Richt’s players have changed their drug of choice from alcohol to something illegal.

GatorHator

May 11th, 2009
1:49 pm

but what would you expect with Corrine Brown being an Alumni…… Corch Urban Meyer!

Urban

May 11th, 2009
1:50 pm

I am sorry for all of the unintelligent remarks I have made on this blog. You must understand that education isn’t a priority in Gainesville, FL. Also, please understand that posting on your blog makes me feel better (remember I live in Gainesville, FL). My actions are a result of my knowledge that The University of Georgia is a far superior football team. I have to do something to make me feel better. For me, blogging in my mom’s basement brings me joy.

GeoffDawg

May 11th, 2009
1:53 pm

Sorry fake Urban. I applaud the sentiment but you should’ve dumbed down the vocabulary a bit to make it more believable.

Urban

May 11th, 2009
1:58 pm

Sorry GeoffDawg. How is this?

Dir UGA fanz,

I am sorri fore acting lik a fool on yur blog. Blogging in my Mamas bazemint makes me fil good. The only way too mak mi fil better about UF iz a sayin’ bad things about other football teems even tho I know your teem iz better. I am sorri.

Sincirili,
Urban

BE#3

May 11th, 2009
1:58 pm

Losing Tony Wilson is not huge. The only thing I remember him doing was blowing up an ASU DE with a killer block last season but that was one play all season. Granted, he was hurt the last half of the season.

Speaking of injuries, maybe Bruce had a prescription for the weed. The kid did play the majority of last season with an injured shoulder. Maybe it was medicinal marijuana……..

Yes, the loss of Houston for two games isn’t good, but there is all summer for someone else to step up and fill the void. Houston looked good in a spring game against a partial 2nd team OL. Also keep in mind that we’ll have Owens, Atkins & Weston in the middle which will take some pressure off the ends. And don’t forget about Marcus Washington at LB/DE. He missed last season w/a shoulder injury but is back and will be a big contributor this season.

If ya think Percy just started hitting the bong right before the combine, you’re dumber than Jamarcus Russell. Do you really think Percy started smoking the night after the BCS title game? He cost himself a chunk of coin by being an idiot and smoking weed. Daddy Urban might let ya slide but The Commish won’t put up with it.

I know for a fact that UGAA does not tolerate drug use among athletes. They have tests throughout the year for all sports….many of them random and zero notice…..pull ‘em right off the field/court at end of practice. If you hear of an athlete being suspended for a lengthy amount of time or kicked off a team for unspecified reasons, don’t be surprised if it was drug related. Can’t say the same for other schools in SEC.

GeoffDawg

May 11th, 2009
2:02 pm

Very nice. I can practically visualize the gold chain outside your t-shirt.

Urban

May 11th, 2009
2:08 pm

They match my teeth.

uuugh.

May 11th, 2009
2:09 pm

Dawgtime: Wonderlic Scores. Michael Vick-20 (not terribly bright) Percy Harvin-12 (just plain stupid)

I didn’t say Vick scored high…he scored low and I didn’t think that there was anyone out there dumber than Michael Vick but Percy proved me wrong in fine fashion.

gdawginkalamazoo

May 11th, 2009
2:14 pm

So Bruce Figgins, Percy Harvin and Rueben Houston walk into a Willie Nelson concert….

Steve

May 11th, 2009
2:16 pm

Houston and Figgins will both hurt, but not deal breakers. Richt has been recruiting depth, and this year he’s got it at almost every position. CB is our biggest concern, followed by DE, TE, and WR, then FB. When you play the beastly schedule we do this year, injuries happen playing the better teams. We will be more beat up this year, but we have more depth than I ever remember Ga. having – at least since ‘80.

WTF??

May 11th, 2009
2:19 pm

I still LOVE COX!!!

Karl Childers

May 11th, 2009
2:22 pm

I eat potted meat and buscuits with Percy all the time…

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Preston

May 11th, 2009
2:24 pm

Yeah, it has to be a serious felony arrest for it to make news in Gainesville (and there are plenty). Anyway, we are loaded at TE but the DE hurts. UGA has a knack for bringing in an unknown weapon at just about any position. I’m not too concerned.

Preston

May 11th, 2009
2:27 pm

Athens doesn’t give it’s football players special treatment like other schools do so all of you Dawg haters need to respect the fact that UGA players get called out for their wrongdoing while your players catch all the breaks. I wonder which players will be better off in the long run? Ex.Percy Harvin

Preston

May 11th, 2009
2:29 pm

WTF, you must be 10 years old. Grow up before you post again please.

UGAY

May 11th, 2009
2:31 pm

WTF??

May 11th, 2009
2:32 pm

Actually I am 11, thank you. You must be 13 with a massive IQ.

Mark Twain

May 11th, 2009
2:33 pm

Preston, it is name stealing of the lowest order.

One must keep up one’s character. Earn a character first if you can, and if you can’t, then assume one.

NC Dawg

May 11th, 2009
2:37 pm

I am not some crazy liberal, yet a conservative and I sure wish they would just legalize pot, which I am confident is what happened here. It certainly isn’t performance enhancing, causes so many issues for the legal system all for something that is less harmful than alcohol. Just doesn’t make any sense.

Reality Check...

May 11th, 2009
2:39 pm

Urban needs a reality check.

ARdawg

May 11th, 2009
2:43 pm

NC dawg….pot is against the law and against the rules of the NCAA. If’s and’s or butt’s make no difference. They all have to follow the rules to play football

Dawg_Em_Out

May 11th, 2009
2:48 pm

6 games for figgins seems like alot, he might have had this problem before. maybe missing class or something?

ARdawg

May 11th, 2009
2:51 pm

I believe it is a mandatory 6 games suspension for testing drug positive

Rob

May 11th, 2009
2:55 pm

Here we go again!

Jimmy Crack Corn

May 11th, 2009
3:04 pm

And I don’t care.

GT

May 11th, 2009
3:10 pm

Dawgirl 32 that is why Florida beats you all the time they are on drugs. Of course.

Oledawg

May 11th, 2009
3:21 pm

How about a running milepost on # of days players need to be clear,i.e.; Less than ? days until Fall practice; 100 more days until end of season to remain clear of team infractions; 30 days until Bowl Game and NC to remain clear of team infractions.

Beginning now; 75 days to Fall Practice. Dawgs unite with your friends and relatives to help keep Dawgs eligible to kick FU’s butt! Is that asking too much?

From Richt’s remarks during Spring Game, the biggest loss is Houston. Figgins has been the “Monster in Waiting ” for some time. Did anyone finally answer Alt’s question on Justin’s transgression(s)?

Reebok

May 11th, 2009
3:29 pm

Tech fan here. Georgia is so freaking deep with 4 & 5-star players, the loss of a couple of guys for a few games each will have little impact on its own. I think the bigger problem (IMHO, as always) is an overall lack of focus & discipline among the players AND the coaches. It was eveident all last year…suspensions, dumb penalties, blown assignments. If the Bulldogs don’t get mentally tougher & much more disciplined, they will finish 3rd or worse in the East. See you on the Flats in November…

Kendawg

May 11th, 2009
3:32 pm

Houston’s loss will be considerably more important than Figgin’s loss. We need a pass rush a lot more than we need a blocking tight end. If we don’t get a pass rush at Oklahoma State, it’s going to be a long afternoon, similar to 2008 on too many occasions.

AltamahaDawg

May 11th, 2009
3:37 pm

“It certainly isn’t performance enhancing”…..I wouldn’t think so.

Dawg_Em_Out

May 11th, 2009
3:39 pm

i didnt know that they failed drug test, though i just found out on cfb live as mark schlabach reported it too!

uuugh.

May 11th, 2009
3:46 pm

GT. Maybe that is why your bumble bees and their Shriner’s car scraped out a victory over the dawgs last year too! Rueben must be back in business! You Tech fans should band together and post the score on this and the other UGA blogs every day…then the football team should have the score put on their rings! Way to act like you’ve been there before.

Fact is we need everybody we can get to play…and kids getting in trouble only prevents that from happening year after year after year.

The smart kids that are good players go play at Vandy and Stanford…where they follow the rules. We recruit great players who are so good that their transgressions have been ignored their whole lives. Now they are 19 and someone finally holds them accountable for the first time. Want to stop these idiots from getting arrested/suspended in college? Start suspending them/arresting them in middle school and high school. If they learn early that the rules still apply to them, maybe it won’t be a suprise in college.

But then again all colleges have separate entrance standards for athletes. Telling them that the rules apply to them doesn’t work if the rules are specifically designed to make allowances for them. No wonder they don’t get it!

rupert Chesire

May 11th, 2009
3:46 pm

This is another example of EUWDA (pronounced EEE UW DUA) wheich means eat up with Dumb A$$!

wes

May 11th, 2009
3:49 pm

2 failed drug tests and he’s still on the team?

I thought Coach Richt was trying to be more “SERIOUS” about discipline?

Ugh

gdawginkalamazoo

May 11th, 2009
4:02 pm

Reports are that these kids only took whatever Nancy Pelosi is on. BTW, God Bless David Feherty.

heyberto

May 11th, 2009
4:05 pm

It’s ashame but I like how Richt has handled, despite our need, he needs to continue following through on bad behavior by these players. It stinks to be down for the OSU game, but I figured someone would mess up.. impossible to make it through unscathed.. its unfortunate that its happened to us with one of our most needed players, but hopefully it won’t be an issue.

AltamahaDawg

May 11th, 2009
4:07 pm

rupert, if the joke has to contain it’s own explaination……

Dave In Tampa

May 11th, 2009
4:08 pm

Reebok: Well said.

MoDawg

May 11th, 2009
4:08 pm

Justin Houston will be missed more, but if he was boneheaded enough to do something worthy of suspension when he pretty much cemented himself in the starting role, then good luck winning the job back. That was not smart. Figgins is another disappointment, but it’s not like he has been a constant contributor, so if he plays at all this year, I couldn’t care less. Tony Wilson was rarely a contributing factor, either. I hate that he is still suffering with the injury, but wish him the best.
Folks, it could be a long year. We will/should have the O-line to do great things on offense, but may not have the rest of the pieces needed to be any better than 7-5 or 8-4. I guess it’s about time for us to have a Tech-type year. These kids have got to take their heads out of their arses and “MAN UP”!!

Saint Simons

May 11th, 2009
4:10 pm

45-42!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahhaha

uuugh.

May 11th, 2009
4:13 pm

There we go…Thanks.

Saint Simons

May 11th, 2009
4:16 pm

If i had to live in Athens i would stay drunk all the time to!!!!

I-DOG

May 11th, 2009
4:18 pm

They will both be missed, but I think Houston more because of the lack of firepower and health at the DE position. I support Richt in these suspensions.

This is one of the reasons that I advocated moving to a 3-4 defense prior to Spring practice. UGA’s personnel and depth at linebacker, Interior D line, and DE seened much better suited toward the 3-4 than the 4-3.

At this point… it is too late to begin that process.

Big Dog

May 11th, 2009
4:19 pm

Odel Thurmond was arrested 4 times while at UGA and CMR gave him chance after chance after chance after chance so he got drafted got a fat check and got kicked out the NFL I think CMR never got his point across

uuugh.

May 11th, 2009
4:20 pm

What makes you think you would be welcome in Athens, Saint Simons?

Zagg

May 11th, 2009
4:21 pm

I see another typical Richt team in 2009. Undiscplined and unfocused when you least expect it (see blow-out loss in Athens to Bama last yr). Urban Meyer continues to be a thorn in the side of Richt teams. I’m starting to believe SEC East titles will be hard to achieve in Athens with Meyer in Gainesville. Our best hope is for Meyer to take the Golden Domer job in a couple years.

Saint Simons

May 11th, 2009
4:28 pm

uuugh i’m sure i wouldn’t be welcomed, i’m not missing any teeth!

AltamahaDawg

May 11th, 2009
4:31 pm

Pelosi needs to worry about how to blow a few more hundred million to study the marsh rats.

hop

May 11th, 2009
4:35 pm

I have been a strong advocate of Coach Richt since his arrival in athens,but the continued activity of some football players to take short cuts or dismiss any rules is disturbing.
It appears the coach has allowed the same pattern that continues with his former employer FSU to take hold at UGA.
We continue to recruit some football players who do not have the same values as the university advocates!
We do see through some schools in the SEC an ability to have a quality program,but who also recruit players who appear do have more focus and understanding of what the concept of team truly means.

It is time that coach richt adapts to this same profile as other SEC schools that do not have near the problems that we appear to have.

This should not be hard to implement since the NFL and it’s new commissioner are placing such a huge emphasis in clearing up the league and it appears to be working.

a case in point is our own Atlanta Falcons who have cleaned up their act and you can see a huge difference in the players they have today.

they are focus, with great values and a commitment to be drawn to the team concept.

that is what is needed at UGA.

king gator

May 11th, 2009
4:38 pm

Why worry .. all of those arrests and suspensions didn’t have anything to do with last year’s football season.. Enjoy the Capital One Peach Champsports Bowl again – Go Gators! NC bound! Enjoy watching us in the BCS championship in the Rose Bowl.

uuugh.

May 11th, 2009
4:39 pm

Yes…everyone who lives in or attends school in Athens is missing teeth. Well played Saint Simons…well played.

Voice of Reason

May 11th, 2009
4:41 pm

HAD to live in Athens?? I think you should say if you had the privilege to live in Athens. I guess you think ATL is better? Talk about THUG CITY USA.

Einstein

May 11th, 2009
4:48 pm

Memo to Coach Richt: I was a Dawg fan before you were born, and a proud graduate, too. Also, I am delighted to have you as part of the Dawg family, but your same old/same old disciple is not producing different results. As you well know, a football scholarship costs $38,000+ and is worth a lot more, and is picked up by alumni and season ticket holders. Every year, we hear and face the same old problems and game suspensions. I say, ONE and DONE for drugs, assault, DUI, and not attending class. If a student athlete doesn’t appreciate the opportunity for a quality education, doesn’t respect his teammates, the chance to play in the NFL, represnt UGA, or is too stupid to realize that 99% of the other students don’t have this chance, then take away their scholarship. I believe in second and third chances, so they can stay in school. The Hope, a part time job, and the discipline to study might be required, but it’s up to them. After a year, then let the team decide if they can rejoin. For one, I don’t want to see my investment wasted on a thug/punk/as#h$le that doesn’t respect himself, much less his teammates and the University. These every year suspensions won’t stop until the players realize the consequences. Just my opinion…Peace.

Dawg Girl 32 what a retard

May 11th, 2009
4:53 pm

Odell Thurman

May 11th, 2009
5:00 pm

Hey leghumpers remember me?

obomaisaclown

May 11th, 2009
5:00 pm

With ga’s lost of so many player and bama’s prospects of going on probation this could be a down year for SEC.

shane#1

May 11th, 2009
5:03 pm

I feel for Figgins. UGA has Ros and White and two more highly rated TEs coming in this summer. Figgins missed a lot of time last year and spring practice this year because of injury. Now he will probably practice with the third string because he will not play for six games. I don’t see how he can work his way back into the rotation after missing so much time. Houston has a shot if he works doubly hard, but the Dogs will be getting some injured DEs back for fall practice and someone could step up and take his job. Dobbs showed flashes last season and if he can be more consistant and stay healthy he could be better than Houston. That is the risk a player takes when he screws up, somebody on that practice field wants to start, give him a shot and he just might take your job.

obomaisaclown

May 11th, 2009
5:03 pm

With ga and tenn. lost of so much talent and ALABAMA rec. a second letter this could be a bad year for sec

THUGA

May 11th, 2009
5:07 pm

THUGA! THUGA ! THUGA!

Big Dog

May 11th, 2009
5:10 pm

Maybe CMR should do the endzone stomp after every TD o yea CMR didn’t know his team going run onto the field.Are you kidding me?

Cuz

May 11th, 2009
5:12 pm

What are the latest Fulmer Cup rankings?

Say it isn't true

May 11th, 2009
5:20 pm

More UGA players in trouble…………………..AGAIN!!

IhateUrban

May 11th, 2009
5:32 pm

Atleast he didnt shoot an AK-47 are use a dead girls credit card

Paddy

May 11th, 2009
5:37 pm

Now wait just a minute…. Percy Harvin smoked dope and scored a 12 on the
wonderlic test, no way. Tony Cole is in jail, no no way. Don’t you dare now tell me Mike Vick does not love dogs. Where is my Prozac and Jack Daniels? I just can’t trust my instincts and charater judgement any more. This is bad. Those are great kids with so much up-side. Oh well at least I still have Art Schliester and JR Rider to look up to.

PTC Jacket

May 11th, 2009
5:43 pm

Voice of Reason

Thug City of USA? You’re kidding right? Is your ignorance and oblivion so big that you happen to overlook Detroit? Wow. You need a reality check

ARdawg

May 11th, 2009
5:44 pm

Breaking team rules and suspensions are happening on every team all across the country. You gator and tech yahoos pounding your chest need to be taking a look at your own thugs. Be sure and comeback to comment on them when they get discipline….that is IF they get discipline

Baba O'Riley

May 11th, 2009
5:47 pm

Shane#1- are you kidding? You feel for Figgins???

UGA man

May 11th, 2009
6:04 pm

St Simons, it would be great if you were drunk all the time. It would me you removed your head from your arse long enough to take a drink.

TW

May 11th, 2009
6:20 pm

We’ll be fine at TE.

This will hurt the most on ‘D’ – even though this character wouldn’t be missed by any other SEC school this year.

Why are we sooooo freakin’ thin at DE?

As far as the behavior – just part of the process. They are kids, ya’ know? I can understand a player acting a fool alot better than I can understand WHY CMR HAS NOT REPLACED CWM!!!!!! AND THEY PROMOTE JANCEK TO CO-DC BECAUSE HE HAS HAD THE WORST FREAKIN’ LBs IN THE SEC EVERY YEAR HE’S BEEN HERE!!!!!!

WTF??????????????????????????????????????????

shane#1

May 11th, 2009
6:26 pm

Yes Baba, I feel for the kid. He is a three star athlete that worked his way into the rotation as a true freshman. Do you have any idea how hard that is or how hard he had to work? Then he put off shoulder surgery last season and played in pain because his team needed him. UGA was short of TEs last year and Chandler was a day to day case because he was banged up. Did you ever block a Div 1 DE and drive your injured shoulder into him, Baba? This kid had given his all and then blew it by doing something stupid. So yes I feel for him, as I do any young person that screws up. It’s time some of you got off your high horses and quit pointing fingers.

GTMike

May 11th, 2009
7:11 pm

As a Tech fan, all I can say is you Gators need to go back home and shut up. The Florida program is the biggest embarrassment to the idea of “student-athlete” of any program in the country…WORST SAT scores and man, wasn’t Percy Harvin’s Wunderlich test impressive?? NOT!

We Jackets and Dawgs go back and forth, but you dadgum Gators need to butt out and keep your noses back in the swamp where they belong!

savanadawg

May 11th, 2009
7:13 pm

DE switch for Marcus Washington, Darryl Gamble and Darius Dewberry, we not only get stronger at the position but I believe this saves CWMs life as (at least for one more year) the DC at UGA.

Brandon

May 11th, 2009
7:18 pm

I wonder how many games the other Sec teams would suspend their players for the same mistake? I doubt any would have been this harsh!

DawgCrazy

May 11th, 2009
7:20 pm

No big deal–UGA has plenty of studs to play these 2 positions. Plus, Ok State will not be that good this year, so I’m not worried about the first game. The only tough game of the season is Florida, and I think the Dawgs can upset them somehow, since UF will be flat and overconfident.

savanadawg

May 11th, 2009
7:31 pm

Can’t help but post one more time for all the gator lubbers out there. I believe UF will loose at least 2 games next year!!!!!

Pi$$onaDAWG

May 11th, 2009
8:18 pm

Now we know for sure why the dawgs will never play Ga. TECH for the first game unless it is played at Athens-Clarke County Jail. Maybe if CMR made the TECH game the first game he could keep his players from being dumba$$, but I doubt it.
SAVdog you have an eazy schedual and don’t let the Talking Heads tell you different. You have 7-8 wins on paper alone if the Dogs just get off the bus. Good luck being the SEC EAST rep though.

Where is Dawg Girl32 at

May 11th, 2009
8:50 pm

Public library closed for the evening?

THUGA

May 11th, 2009
8:52 pm

UGAY will lose 3-4 games in 09…

Jimmy

May 11th, 2009
8:59 pm

You people all sound sooooooo stooooooooopid saying, “Oh yeah, well my thug is less thuggish than your thug.” It’s all about the benjamens. One blogger said it right on another blog-these days coaches just look for athletes who can pass for students.

Percy Harvin

May 11th, 2009
9:14 pm

i onli smokeed wead one tyme.

Army Vet

May 11th, 2009
9:25 pm

If CMR would recruit athletes instead of thugs and criminals…we wouldn’t have this problem. Here we go again.

Percy Harvin

May 11th, 2009
9:33 pm

And that test was reilly, reilly hard.

AltamahaDawg

May 11th, 2009
9:33 pm

savanadawg, they arent switching to DE. They are still LBs. Coaches have been talking for a while, way before Houston’s issue, about leaving in the extra LB, or more specifically, bringing in a more mobile type of LB during passing situations to generate added pressure from the end. Worked pretty well in the G-day game.

Gamble if you will recall was a very much in the backfield last year till he fell, and the other two were injured all year. We got down to bare minimum LB to finish the year, which is why we most likely didn’t see more of that strategy.

You are right about the shelf life of WM, it’s going to hinge on getting pressure somehow.

Alfred Neuman IV,Summa Cum Laude,UGA'90

May 11th, 2009
9:35 pm

If O.J. played at ga Richt might suspend him for the first play of the Western Middle Tenn. State game. Get serious will you?

what a waste

May 11th, 2009
9:40 pm

Kick that thug Bruce Figgins off the team. This guy is a complete disgrace to the program at Georgia. CMR needs to send a strong message now because of the bad publicty UGA is getting in the college football world. Show’em that cow horns hook!

Jimmy

May 11th, 2009
9:47 pm

Altahama,

What do you think youre doing there buddy? Talking football when we’re suppose to be trading barbs w/ those all mighty techies?

Percy Harvin

May 11th, 2009
9:50 pm

Plus when i git to minasoda i will never smoke wead agin.

AltamahaDawg

May 11th, 2009
9:57 pm

Jimmy, when it got to the point that I can’t tell the termites from some of the so-called Dawg fans in here, I got tired of that.

Chuck Uga

May 11th, 2009
10:57 pm

Urban, you are right. 49-10 will sound good…to Gator fans. UGA wins on Halloween with a superior defense. Tebow will be hurt this year before that game. Book it.

FL DAWG

May 11th, 2009
11:24 pm

It is a matter of commitment by each individual player to the team. For the first time, I must be critical of CMR. In the early Richt years, he established a program with all the players buying in(drinking the kool-aid)and putting team ahead of individualism. There are still a lot of players doing so, however Houston and Figgins have gotten off the reservation. Leadership has not been developed for off the off season and it was not present last year either. Last year it translated into poor leadership on the field during the season. I hope this is not a prelude of things to come. CMR and his staff need to get a handle on this as immediately. Come on Dawgs, focus on your team, your summer workouts and getting ready for the upcoming season. Richt is a great coach and a great man, he just needs to refocus the team.

KJ

May 12th, 2009
12:18 am

“Did you ever block a Div 1 DE and drive your injured shoulder into him, Baba? ”

I’d bet the only “blocking” Baba has ever done is the cawkblocking he does to the more socially adept UGA fans when he (again and again) fails to score with the ladies.

“eazy schedual”

LOL, really? REALLY?

AlabamaDawg

May 12th, 2009
1:07 am

Georgia upsets Florida this year in Jacksonville—mark it down. Richt gets even with Meyer for running up the score and calling those 2 late timeouts. UGA 29 UF 24—Ga wins the SEC and gets to the BCS. Florida chokes and ends up in the Outback Bowl!

Gator Lou

May 12th, 2009
6:34 am

AlabamaDawg….. Wake up man you are dreaming. Your team will be in the weedwacker bowl this year in the Acc jail.

gdawginkalamazoo

May 12th, 2009
9:35 am

Einstein, I tend to agree with you. However, I have always advocated the team approach to discipline. If these kids screw up make the entire team run the drills, stadiums, sprints, guts or whatnot. LEt the culprit sit there and watch them run all day long. Give him a lounge chair in the shade and a cold pitcher of lemonade while his teammates sweat it out. If peer pressure leads these kids to do stupid things then it should be used to make them think twice. I can’t imagine your teammates being happy with you after running the drills because you screwed up. Feeling sorry for these kids isn’t productive. I grew up, I never did drugs, never damaged property. Sure I had a few brewskies, okay more than a few, but never got arrested for it and anything I did while under the influence. I also never had the God given talent to play a sport at a level high enough to garner a free education.

Gator Growl

May 12th, 2009
10:36 am

LET’S BE FAIR AND BALANCED…EVERY avid fan of virtually EVERY big time program HAS to be holding their breath about this time every year and thru the summer until fall camp. This is the DANGER time, when players seem to show up on police blotters. EVERY program has this concern. I don’t know how you can criticize Richt for this latest incident, what was he supposed to do, be riding a moped behind these players keeping an eye on them??? You CAN”T hold their hand 24/7. You can’t put them in solitary confinement. Screening recruits before you sign them is always a good idea but is far from a 100% solution. I’m afraid to say that this is something that is going to happen from time to time and when it does it must be dealt with with a heavy hand. I agree that peer pressure may be the most effective solution…pick your responsible team leaders and make sure the right message gets out there… and the consequences are shared.

Oledawg

May 12th, 2009
3:28 pm

Finally, a blogger by the name of Gator Growl put the universal truth of summer up. I suggest that players should meet and give the equivalence view deserved from transgressions like this. Bruce, you have sustained an injury that takes your services away from the team for half the season at least. Your play will not be seen on TV nor will the pros have you more than an afterthought because they won’t get to see how good you are. There is no medical deferment that you can apply for with this injury. You have torpedoed your own time in the limelight. And you had company. Justin can’t even touch a beer now without looking over his shoulder and breaking into a cold sweat. If he is at a party with his girlfriend and close friends and someone lights up, he has to run for the door to get out before he gets secondhand smoke that could be detected in ppb in his blood. It destroys your team life and your social life until you leave this team by graduation(an early out is out of the question now). You both should rise in front of your teammates and tell them the hidden consequences this transgression has caused. Then you recapture your dignity by telling them that you will work with all members of the team to help them thru the summer without further problems resulting from their actions as yours have caused. Be minders for your teammates that will help others not to commit these team and fan attitude killers. Let them know that during this probationary period that you will be policing them as well as yourself. If you are men in your minds, you will do this thing to help your team, to lead and let them know that this is an injury that is not crippling to you , but could be to the team if it keeps recurring. It is irreversible. Be leaders by using this negative to try to achieve something for your team that you won’t be permitted to do on the field.

MAN UP, DAWGS!!

Oledawg

May 12th, 2009
4:09 pm

Since my blog didn’t register, I’ll try again.

Gator growl blogged the universal truth of summer for college ball. I propose that these players should gather themselves and present to the team those unreported actions/reactions they will experience. Bruce, you have cut any possible playing time in half with one thoughtless action. You will not be on TV where the pros can observe your play on the field that may interest them. You will go to an afterthought part of the draft and twist tenuously over the edge of pro oblivion that awaits another mistake. Your error has put you in an injury category that will not heal(no matter the medicine) until half way thru the playing schedule if your recovery path is perfect. And you can’t apply for a medical extension. Irretrievably lost. Justin’s team and social life has been shortened. He can’t comfortably taste a beer without looking over his shoulder and breaking into a sweat. If he is with his girlfriend socially and someone lights one up, he has to escape quickly before the secondhand smoke enters his bloodstream and is detected in ppm/ppb positively. Justin has just entered the fishbowl of life. Bruce IS the fishbowl of life at the moment.

You both should MAN UP and help your team prevent these errors by rising in front of them to become team minders for such behavior that could take other teammates out before the summer is over. Let them know that you can’t be on the field with the team, but you can help get them on the field and rise in their minds in another way. You both have a great opportunity to act as leaders without resorting to rah rah stuff. If you care for your team, you have a way to contribute that only you two qualify. Using this negative experience you can contribute positively by reminding your teammates socially when they are getting into deep water. You can act positively to help steer others clear of your pitfall by starting a team minder program from within. Stand in front of them and the coaches and remind them what you have lost. And hope it helps. Become TEAM DAWGS again.

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!

BUZZ

May 12th, 2009
11:49 pm

Well, that didn’t work. Man, that money was supposed to go to next month’s WoW subscription, too. Guess I’ll have to go upstairs and ask mom for an advance on my allowance.

NGADawg

May 13th, 2009
5:12 am

Ole Dawg, nice sentiment, partly agree, but you cant pick up second hand smoke and show positive on a UA drug screen or serum screen…all of my patients would fail if that were the case…

I think what all of you fail to mention is the lack of parental influence on these kids as teenagers. Once a kid shows a hint of talent, these small communities turn thier heads let anything go. Instead of bashing CMR maybe you should take a look at your kids and yourself and ask what can I do to better myself and provide a positive role model for developing youths.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

May 13th, 2009
10:39 am

Program remains in the tank, and is the biggest joke in college football. From east to west, north to south, everyone in this nation loves to read these hilarious blogs about an overrated program going nowhere.

From the head coach to the def coordinator, UGAY has no clue about a true championship program and will never be compared to programs such as OU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Southern Cal, Florida or Miami.

116 years of playing football and only 1 title to show for it. Everyone in Athens is still living in the Vince Dooley Buck Belue days, but who can blame them, it is all they’ve got.

Now Donnan is suppose to enter the hall of fame, and he should, since we was one of the most successful coaches at UGAY. Oops, that would be Ray Goof.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

May 13th, 2009
10:46 am

“Bless their hearts, they really do try hard.” – Kirk Herbstreit – ESPN (March 2007)

“Overrated! Overrated! Overrated!” – Lee Corso – ESPN (September 2008)

“They have no clue about their program, and get all caught up in trying to win the SEC instead of winning championships.” Paul Bryant – (November 1978)

“We own them and beat them down like dogs every year, and they have no leadership under Ray Goof.” – Old Ball Coach – (1992)

Who won the UGA gt game last night?

May 13th, 2009
8:25 pm

Saint Simons……………………..USUCK

Who won the UGA gt game last night?

May 13th, 2009
8:25 pm

Saint Simons……………………..USUCK

Saint Simons

May 13th, 2009
8:39 pm

45-42!!!!!!!! hahahahahhahahahahaahhaahhahahahahahaah