Rex Robinson: Players in control in Athens?

Was Mark Richt's choice of uniforms against Florida a symptom of a bigger problem? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Was Mark Richt's choice of uniforms against Florida a symptom of a bigger problem? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Rex Robinson isn’t sure a new defensive coordinator will cure what ails Mark Richt’s program.

He blogs that “There have been ever increasing signs that the inmates were running the asylum at UGA. For three years the intermittent collapses on offense, defense or as a team left many Dawg fans scratching their heads. … Now it comes out that the strife on this team has reached new levels. I’m not going to go into specifics on here, but suffice it to say, it’s much worse than we imagined.”

While he doesn’t provide any specifics, Robinson cites Richt’s decision to go with the black helmets and pants against Florida as a case of him catering to the players to try and get them to perform. “It’s not the actual helmets and pants, or even black jerseys,” Robinson says. “It’s what they represent. The players are in control.”

He goes on to bring up again recurring questions about the effectiveness of Georgia’s strength and conditioning program and concludes: “Only time will tell if the changes being made right now are nothing more than a band-aid on the problem or if only a hand-grenade will do the trick.”

Wow. Rex certainly isn’t the only one to complain about the general lack of discipline on the field shown by the Dogs, as evidenced by the chronic problem with penalties and turnovers. But because of his status as a former player his disenchantment with the general direction of Richt’s program is noteworthy.

What do you think? Has the kicking legend put his finger on the true problem with the Dogs, or is he just another grumpy ole guy out of touch with the way the game is played nowadays?

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exNFLplayer

December 10th, 2009
11:00 am

Rex seems to be the only former player criticizing Coach Richt like that. What did he do to you Rex? Take away your sideline pass?

ecdawg

December 10th, 2009
11:00 am

Rex is right: 1. strength and conditioning has been an issue for years 2. discipline and focus issues rise from the same spring 3. coaching hires will not remedy the problems unless that coach can take charge.

PhilDawg

December 10th, 2009
11:02 am

Attempted Armed Robbery (UT) and Riding a MOPED without your licence (UGA) hmmmmmmmmmm – seem different to me.

MOPED abuse is very street, very thug!

PhilDawg

December 10th, 2009
11:04 am

Attempted Armed Robery (UT) vs Driving MOPED without a license – hmmmmmmmmmmmm
very similar

MOPED Driving is very “Street” very “Thug”, see it in every wrap video, although it is very hard to operate a MOPED and not spill the Crystal from the Pimp Cup. Oh well into each life a little rain must fall.

TRAILER PARK???

December 10th, 2009
11:06 am

Seems to me that the folks in Athens are so used to winning that they can’t handle losing. Even to the expense of the integrity of the program.

The face of UGA is the players and fans. Neither one of them is portrayed in a positive light these days. Firing coaches isn’t going to fix anything if you continue to recruit kids that are getting into trouble off the field. Tech obviously can’t hold a candle to the might of UGA, but Paul Johnson’s kids aren’t getting in trouble like Richt’s kids. Seems to me that kind of situation makes it hard to support the Red and Black.

Richt will Fix It- Rex Knows Nothing

December 10th, 2009
11:08 am

Richt has 80 wins in 8 years. Richt knows how to fix a team’s problems. Richt ALWAYS follows a POOR YEAR, with a 11 or 13 win season. Richt has a track record of making the RIGHT ADJUSTMENTS after a poor season. Richt is the 4th winningest active coach. Richt knows his team best.

Rex Robinson has not track record of showing he knows how to fix a football team’s problems.

Put me in coach

December 10th, 2009
11:10 am

Okay, anyone who has ever coached in there life will say it is a stretch to call a “kicker” a “player”. They are all flakes. I will admit that Rex was a great kicker in his day but have you seen him lately. I don’t believe he can see his foot for his belly much less raise it enough to kick an extra point.

If you know something then tell us about it.

Notice Me

December 10th, 2009
11:12 am

**Please Read my blog!**

Rex Robinson is angry because of personal problems of unimaginable proportions.

I can’t go into details, but read my blog anyway.

Did I mention, **Please Read My Blog.**

co dawg

December 10th, 2009
11:16 am

some good comments in this thread.

first, i like cmr. he ended the long sec drought for the dawgs. the team (outside of this season) has been competitive in a very difficult conference.

cmr may have simply become too comfortable. and i really cannot blame him. he has success in his work, his family and his charities. that’s a great place to be. that said, this season could not have been easy for cmr. it was tough on the coaches, players and the fans. i am anxious to hear about the new coaches. new blood. new energy. let’s get our program back on track.

hunker down coach! go dawgs!

Dawg Fud

December 10th, 2009
11:16 am

PhilDawg,

that’s one helluva rumor (self-described) to be floating around.

cannot bring myself to believe there is any validity to it.

Bremen Dawg

December 10th, 2009
11:17 am

If the same problems happen again next year then he is on to something. I still have faith in CMR but I will say this. Every great coach goes through this, has great years and then the program starts to slip. It is what seperates the great coaches from the good ones is what they do about it. Time will only tell, but I do know the more fans I see are losing faith in CMR. I think we will be just fine and will bring home that NC in the next 4 years.

1eyedJack

December 10th, 2009
11:17 am

Am I being censored?

DawgsForever

December 10th, 2009
11:17 am

Of course there is a problem!!! What QB was given ample playing time this year to prepare for next season? Can’t claim there weren’t opportunities to play someone!!! The Florida and Tennessee games are two examples of games where next years QB could have been given valuable experience. The “Redshirt” means nothing if the QB is quality!!! He’ll leave as a junior anyway for the glory of the NFL.

Then there is the delay in changing the DC, sure it finally happened but not until the heat was breathing down his own back.

If we do not win a minimum of 9 games next year (much, much easier schedule!!!!) then we need to clean the whole house and get us a coach that can compete with the best the SEC has to offer. And those 9 wins should not include a bowl victory but regular season!!!

South FL Chapter of the Bulldog Nation

December 10th, 2009
11:17 am

the only thing that i have to say about this is….we have known for several years that the players were able to choose what game they wanted to wear the black jerseys, and the black helmets were originally going to worn the first black out against Auburn three years ago. did Rex just learn this recently….C’MON MAN! now if they change the jerseys to the old FSU style with the markings on the collar and sleeve then we may have a problem with the players getting too much say in what goes on. till then i’m ok with the players getting to pick a game to wear a non traditional uni. just make sure we don’t look like Grambling again…..please! thanks!

dead dog

December 10th, 2009
11:20 am

Sounds about right.

Why do you think I went to the other side?

Couldn`t bear Kentucky being my new daddy.

Well at least Richt`s tan and shades are cool.

Any news on how many local police departments have Richt`s credit cards to bail out players.

MILLEDGEVILLE DAWG

December 10th, 2009
11:22 am

Hey Rex, you need to concentrate on loosing about 50 pounds, not on getting your name in the paper.

It's Not Penalities

December 10th, 2009
11:22 am

Richt is 25 wins and 2 losses when Georgia commits 10+ penalities. The SEC win/loss winners are not determined by # of penalties–no correlation in the stats.

1eyedJack

December 10th, 2009
11:22 am

Rex, buddy, loved you as a Dawg. You were a great kicker in your day, however I beleive that you as far as I know are unaffiliated with the program except as an “alumni”. So Shut up unless you can name names.

I work with college kids every day, and let me tell you that Coach Richt is lucky the show up to the game on time.

A segment of the current generation has no respect for anything and no sense of personal responsibility. As my grandma would say “ain’t they got no home training.

murfdawg

December 10th, 2009
11:24 am

So the players are in charge now? Is that why they bump people instead of wrapping up? Is that why they fumble and throw interceptions? Is that why UGA is -18 in turnovers?

We sent 5,000 yards of offense and 43 touchdowns to the NFL!!We were mediocre at the beginning of the season and how we wound up 7-5 I don’t know. Maybe it was coaching, maybe it was the players or maybe it was Rex Robinson.

This was a down year and some people just have to accept it. Richt has started to make the changes to make sure it doesn’t happen next year.

The uniform gimmick has finally run its course. This is the 21st century and the era of look at me players. I think Richt will reign in the players and get back to basics next year. But we will still be young in some of the wrong places. But I’m sure Rex will let us know all about that.

Rex is entitled to his opinion, but it is not the gospel.(unlike mine)

Have fun and Go Dawgs!!!

Dawg Fud

December 10th, 2009
11:25 am

I thought Buck Belue said it best…

If you want Smart (or an equivalent talent) then Damon and Richt need to ask these megaboosters calling for firings to pony up and pay the new guy what he wants.

Obviously UGA has the money in the athletic budget but I am assuming they are going to utilize that on facilities versus coaches.

If you want to complain about the problem then you also need to be an active part of the solution.

Time of Posssession is a Key Problem

December 10th, 2009
11:26 am

Georgia did not win time of possession overall this year, it was around 48%. Fla and Bama are over 50%.

egeagledawg

December 10th, 2009
11:27 am

None of us older types are going to think discipline is tight enough these days. Kids and their parents are different. Disciplined teams still win. PJ has it at Tech, and he had it at GSU, and Navy? DUH. Richt wouldn’t be able to recruit so well if he even held them to the severe mat drills and conditioning he put on the team early in his career. But the milk is already spilled for us old-timers. Rex used to chafe under the rules and regulations of Dooley’s regime. Georgia and Richt will be OK. A fiery DC would definitely help. How much of Dooley’s success could be tied to Erk? Richt’s to BVG?
All we have to do is find that next motivator and disciplinarian.
As for Bobo’s playcalling, it’s amazing what a cohesive O-line and healthy, hard running backs will do for your desire to call running plays. And all of that is back next year. Let people put UGA down. They can fly under the radar and whack their adversaries upside the head.
Let’s see, two years ago Bama was in the independence bowl with a 6-6 record. This year they fell behind AU and talent won out? Do you not recall the UGA-AU game? UGA down 14-0, yet talent overcame the flurry of AU emotion and UGA dominated them even more soundly than Bama did.
The sky ain’t falling in Athens.

Prophecy

December 10th, 2009
11:27 am

Oh Oh Oh, I can’t wait for everybody to see John Brantley play!!

exNFLplayer

December 10th, 2009
11:27 am

“To make a statement, you should have some facts behind it,” Van Halanger said. “I know I would if I would say anything on the air. For us, this year we had 29 guys bench press over 400 pounds and two over 500 — Jeff Owens and Justin Anderson. We had 44 guys on our team that could back squat 500 and 14 over 600.

“That’s pretty impressive. We had 63 guys that power cleaned from the floor 300 pounds or more and two that went over 400 pounds. That’s the first time I’ve ever had two in my over-30-year career.”

Van Halanger said this year’s team had a bench press average of 415, the same as the 2007 team that finished ranked No. 2 in the nation. This year’s team, he said, is younger, but still improved from an average squat from 530 to 551 and an average power clean from 321 to 341.

Rex Robinson doesn’t have a clue.

collegeballfan

December 10th, 2009
11:33 am

It’s gotta be some vast right wing conspiracy!

exNFLplayer

December 10th, 2009
11:35 am

A new DC that won’t tolerate dumb penalties, stresses fundamentals, and refuses to tolerate undisciplined play, and mental mistakes is the antidote for what ails this team. And when that is fixed all the naysayers and Richt bashers will jump right back on the bandwagon like they were onboard all along. Some of the posters in here would probably be calling for Bill Belichik’s head if they were NE fans.

Running the Ball is a Big Problem

December 10th, 2009
11:37 am

In our games this year, Georgia won every game where they outrushed the other team. Richt and Bobo are both ex-QB’s who, by nature, love to THROW the ball. But in 2009, you don’t win the SEC that way. Fla and Bama both average over 200 yards rushing per game.

Richt’s record this year where we got a 100 yard rusher was 2-0, it was 5-5 when we didn’t get a 100 yard rusher. Richt’s record when he gets a 100 yard rusher is 40 wins and 3 losses. Yet Bobo only got a 100 yard rusher in 2 games this year. Bobo rotates our most productive RB’s out and benches them. In every loss, the top run gainer didn’t get the most otuches. The rotation system is DE-MOTIVATING the RB’s–they simply don’t want to play for Bobo. Bobo has Washaun Ealey, a guy who is averaging 5.7 ypc in the backfied, Herschel did 5.29 ypc. Ealey gets rotated. Dooley didn’t rotate Herschel. Dooley got a Natl Championship handed the ball to Herschel 30 times a game. No rotation garbage. Give the ball to your best back 30 times a game. Use your talent instead of wasting it.

dawgfacedboy

December 10th, 2009
11:40 am

NJDawg- I think you hit the nail on the head. There hasn’t been an on field leader since Shockley left. Ironic that this is also the time when the program seemed to start having it’s problems?? With no on-field leadership all is lost. There has to be a leader on both sides of the ball for a team to be successful. Look at the teams playing for the NC this year or last year. Tebow/Spikes, Ingram or McElroy/McClain, Colt McCoy/Mukkelroy. Have to have on field leaders, have to, have to, have to…that goes from high school all the way to the pros, in any sport.

FLA DAWG

December 10th, 2009
11:40 am

Don’t shoot the messenger Dawg Fans. Robinson has more inside knowledge than anyone on this blog and I am convinced he wants what is best for this team. The example he uses is obviously one which allows him to avoid naming anyone in particular – except Richt of course.

If only partly true then The Dawgs and Dawg Nation are in for some tough times ahead.
I recall commenting more than once that Richt must learn the lesson Dooley learned – Stop Being A Player’s Buddy – Let The Assistant Coaches Do / Be That.

I can’t help remembering that after VG & Muschamp left he put in his buddy Martinez who had less than a stellar record. Then Bobo was upped to OC. Both decisions were bad ones in my opinion. And the evidence is the deterioration of player performance since that time.

As for names of new coaches I doubt we’ll learn about them until after the bowl game(s) of the involved schools.

DirtyDawg

December 10th, 2009
11:41 am

Walker’s right, he’s an ‘effin’ kicker for God’s sake, who cares what he thinks? Kicker’s, you can’t trust anything they say, and it’s against the law to shoot ‘em.

SOGADOG

December 10th, 2009
11:41 am

How is Bobo not fired: Good points. Firing Martinez and company was necessary, but only adresses about half of the problems at UGA. Coach Richt has to get a reign on the offense as well as the defense. I bleed red and black and watched or attended all the games except Tenn Tech. I then watched the SEC championship game and was blown away by how well both teams were coached. They were focused, disciplined, and showed up with a game plan. Saban or Meyer could take our players and win a national championship in one to two years. If a layman like me can see the glaring disparity in coaching from my lazy boy, it must be real.

neals

December 10th, 2009
11:41 am

Sorry, but how much “insider” knowledge can a former kicker from waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back when really have on the current team and their administration that doesn’t have a single person on it that was around when he was at UGA?

Cromer

December 10th, 2009
11:44 am

Actually, UGA hasn’t had a leader since Greene left. Shockley? Give me a break. Shockley wanted no part of UF. Greene would have had to have been missing a leg not to have played in that game. Shockley missed it with a questionable “injury” that most players endure and play with anyway. Please Shockely worshipers, get over it.

NotaUGAFan

December 10th, 2009
11:45 am

If you recruit thugs, as UGA does, you’re gonna have to learn to coach ‘em. Most can’t read or write and had trouble qualifying and most are not team players…..they’re all out for what they can get for playing in the NFL…….you can disagree with this assessment if you want but, it’s doesn’t change the facts. Georgia, start recruiting a better class of players……

Joe

December 10th, 2009
11:46 am

Funny that Rex all of a sudden decides to say this crap. What a complete and lame piece of slim and garbage. Get a life Rex…you are a disgrace to Dawgs everywhere. Nothing like kicking a team and program when they are down…your an idiot….

Scott

December 10th, 2009
11:50 am

Why would anyone care what a kicker has to say. I understand that technically he is an ex-UGA football player, but come on!!! HE WAS A KICKER in 1981!!! I don’t think his opinion means anymore then your average fan.

Dawgday

December 10th, 2009
11:51 am

What’s Kanon Parkman think about all of this?

Dawg85

December 10th, 2009
11:52 am

I saw Rex’s post on this and thought it was a cheap shot. If you know something then say it. The problems on defense are well documented and systemic but CMR is moving to fix them. The problems with the offense were a QB in over his head, the first half running game and having a lot of young skill players. The upside for this team is tremendous. This team does have talent and hopefully bringing in some fresh blood at some of the coaching positions will help fix the issues. The difference between 8-4 and 10-2 or even 12-0 is razor thin. look at the close games that both Florida and Alabama pulled out this year.

Houdawg

December 10th, 2009
11:52 am

At first, I like the RR blogs …… thought they contained some merit. The more I’ve read ……. it’s become pretty apparent that RR is just a chronic , sad complainer , with a strong dose of bitterness for some reason. His opinions mean jack SQUAT ……….

Mr. Thomas Anthony "The Taxman Cometh" Jones, SR (Waf-SS, ret.)

December 10th, 2009
11:55 am

The players are stupid, Mr.King and Mr. Robinson. The players know the coachses are cleaning up in the salaries and endorsements and perks they get. The players need to know they take all the risks and the coaches get alll the money. Many of the coaches are cheating on the Income taxes (No i am not talking about Coach Richt). The Internal Revenue Service needs to audit several of the college coaches to get their money. Also several of the states are being conned out of money. Many people do not understand the concept of Income Taxes in as far as the idea that if a person works in another state that income earned is due that state. Say Head Coach “William Hurst” of Montana Western State coaches a 2009 game in Georgia at Georgia. That income was earned in Georgia and thus is reportable to the Georgia Department of Revenue. If “Coach Hurst” does not file a Georgia 500 Form for 2009 in 2010 then he is guilty of Income Tax Evasion. The State of Georgia needs to look at all the coacheswho came through the state in 2009 and get that money. New York and Califiornai already do this. If the coaches want to backstab the players then the government can backstab the coaches. The players need to know they are straw that stirs the drink, not the coaches who are using them. If you know a college coach who is cheating the IRS file an Form 211 on the sucker!!!!!

45ACP

December 10th, 2009
11:55 am

Now it comes out that the strife on this team has reached new levels. I’m not going to go into specifics on here, but suffice it to say, it’s much worse than we imagined.”

Has to be about the music selection, dance moves or uniform combinations.

gg

December 10th, 2009
11:56 am

I’ve been hearing this for more than a year. I didn’t believe it at first, but now I think there is something to it. That would explain what we’ve seen on the field.

exNFLplayer

December 10th, 2009
11:58 am

FLA DAWG, why is Rex the only former UGA player spewing such negativity? There are hundreds of people and former players “close” to the UGA program, and there are certainly degrees of “close”. I find it strange that Rex doesn’t have a few more former players and insiders backing up his “inside” information.

Bill King, is Rex Robinson the only “insider” you can bring to the table here? If so maybe you ought to question his credibility and what his true motives are. Are you calling him, is he calling you, or are you just pulling his crap off his blog just to incite the masses?

Village Idiots

December 10th, 2009
11:58 am

RealityYech

December 10th, 2009
9:11 am

Offensive – Caleb King
Defensive – Rennie Curran
Surprise – UGA didn’t crack 500 yards

Ooops, read that wrong, I thought you asked who do you think were their daddies in the respective categories. My bad!!

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30-24!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 10th, 2009
9:11 am

It never gets old!!! BAWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Paul “Turkey Neck” Johnson

December 10th, 2009
9:12 am

Does anyone know where they sale men’s bras in this town?

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A.J. Green

December 10th, 2009
9:12 am

I told you guys I wouldn’t be needed

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lonely Tech student

December 10th, 2009
9:13 am

how do you talk to girls?

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market

December 10th, 2009
9:14 am

It’s amazing that a middle tier SEC team is the rightful ACC championship

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next year?

December 10th, 2009
9:15 am

After we lose Dwyer, Morgan and probably BeBe, how crappy are we gonna be next year? I’m getting nervous…………

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Stan

December 10th, 2009
9:16 am

I’m a happily married heterosexual male with 3 lovely children, but I have to know, am I the only guy out there that gets “uncomfortable” in the jeans when you see CPJ screaming on the sidelines with his man breasts floppy around? What does this mean???

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too f’n funny

December 10th, 2009
9:23 am

The worst BCS Bowl game probably ever is taking place in the Orange Bowl this year. Combine both team’s losses that are in the Sugar and they still have less than either team in the Orange. Pathetic

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new Trojan in town

December 10th, 2009
9:25 am

Why does Georgia Tech claim titles that they never actually won?

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ACC = walking punchline

December 10th, 2009
9:26 am

LOL!!!!!! Strange, in a year when HALF of the ACC is .500 or worse, the Yechers FINALLY win the conference for only their second and a half time in over 50 years. So, so sad!!!!

mcdaviddawg

December 10th, 2009
12:00 pm

Richt will be gone after next year. We totally lack coaching in Athens. It’s not bad coaching, it’s no coaching. You can’t get by with this in the SEC. The problem is not the staff but the head man. It showed what a little coaching could do in the Tech game. A pattern we have grown to know as a late season revival.

The Psychology of 100 Yard Rusher

December 10th, 2009
12:01 pm

Why does Richt win 40 games and only lose 3 times when he gets a 100 yard rusher? Psychologically, an RB will run harder if he feels the coahc has confidence in him. The RB feels rewarded for his effort, instead of penalized with less touches for being more productive. Psychologically, when you have a 100 yard rusher, the other team feels DOMINATED. Look at the Ga Tech first half. Tech look BEATEN because Ealey was at 100 yards early in the 2nd Quarter.

Football is really mental for the most part. Bobo simply has not understood this in the past, and I don’t know if he ever will. Saban gets it, Ingram will pound you and pyschologically break down your will.

Whewn the players on Georgia know they are executing a game plan that has worked 40 out of 43 times it’s been tried, pyschologically they BUY IN to the game plan. Bobo’s not gettign any buy-in because his rotation plan only works 50% of the time–Georgia is 5-5 when Bobo doesn’t get a 100 yard rusher this year. It’s a LOSING STRATEGY.

Bobo doesn’t understand how Herschel Walker broke down the will of the other team by getting 150 yards a game on 30 touches and you just couldn’t stop him. Walker broke down the will of the other team.

Tom

December 10th, 2009
12:02 pm

Rex played for Dooley. Rex is old school. If you played for Dooley and drew a penalty, you sat the entire rest of the game!!!! Richt takes out a player for a few plays or even a series. If players were “running stairs” during the week, I’m sure they’d remember the punishment. Something isn’t clicking.

The blackout in 2007 cannot be duplicated. Wearing black helmets and pants is catering to the players. And since most of our team is black and that’s what they prefer to wear, I guess it makes sense. There is definitely a lack of control in Athens. The dancing on the sidelines has got to stop. Surely they would have grown out of that in high school.

I still love the dawgs, I always have. But I’m very disappointed.

Elmo C. Grogan

December 10th, 2009
12:04 pm

Did everyone miss the key word in the whole article? “Kicker.”

Bryan G

December 10th, 2009
12:04 pm

The players aren’t in control, but there are some discipline issues to be addressed. As for the uniforms, we need to be in silver pants and either white or red jerseys with red helmets. The blackouts are fun, but I think nation wide they are played out. UGA needs to get back to playing football and quit relying on a uniform to win the big games. The traditional ones did fine against Tech. Richt is a fine coach and hopefully we can get some great defensive coaches in the program to bring that back to top notch. This is still the University of Georgia, just take a look at the recruiting classes coming up. We are still top tier in the country and it will all come around. My one complaint about CMR is that he doesn’t play the best players he has from Day 1. Regardless of class or age, you have to play your best to beat the best. Saban and Meyer don’t have a problem throwing freshman and sophomores in the SEC mix, so UGA needs to step up and play football.

Sanford Drive

December 10th, 2009
12:05 pm

A lot of teams have worn alternate uniforms, yet we’re the only one catching hell for it. Seems a bit two-faced.