Back to barking: 2010 Dawgs, Damon Evans, Mark Fox and more

Time to give some credit to Damon Evans. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

Time to give some credit to Damon Evans. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

I’m back from vacation and pretty much caught up on what’s been happening while I was away, so here are some quick-hit thoughts on what’s caught my eye. Feel free to chime in. …

ESPN’s Mark Schlabach pretty well sums up my feelings about Mark Richt’s 2010 team: “If Dogs get anything out of [Aaron] Murray, they’re going to win 10 games. Best WR in the country. Two good backs. Senior-laden OL. Best kicker and punter in the SEC. All comes down to defense.” … I know it’s fashionable among some folks in this venue to mock Damon Evans as some sort of Michael Adams lapdog, but what does it say about the depth and strength of UGA’s athletics program that Georgia was No. 2 to Florida in the standings for the SEC All-Sports Trophy despite mediocre years for football and basketball and a terrible, last-place finish in baseball? Of course, to some of you that means nothing because you don’t care about spring sports or women’s sports and, in fact, it’s football or nothing, right? Those Dogs fans who take a larger view should be pleased, though, that UGA is competitive across the board. …  Speaking of roundball, the signing of “Mr. Georgia Basketball” Marcus Thornton gives a pretty encouraging answer to the big question that was still hanging over Mark Fox as Georgia’s head coach: Could a guy with no SEC background recruit in this part of the country? We already knew based on what he achieved with an undermanned roster this year that the guy can coach. Things are definitely looking up for UGA basketball, and I think ultimately the hiring of the little-known Fox may be considered a major coup for Evans. …  Finally, this only concerns UGA in relation to events such as the SEC Championship held at the Georgia Dome, but my take as a taxpayer and college sports fan is this: If Arthur Blank wants an open-air stadium for the Falcons, he should fund it and build it himself. The state and city can’t support two stadiums, a retractable-roof facility replacing the Dome seems prohibitively expensive, and giving up all the events that an enclosed stadium can host just so Blank can get what he wants makes no sense at all.

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HickorySprings Dawg

May 25th, 2010
10:53 am

Great article! It does say something about the UGA Athletic Department as a whole that we can be so successful and have poor years in all our major mens sports. Mark Fox is the man. I hope he stays around for a while, but either way, I will enjoy it while he is here.

NC Dawg

May 25th, 2010
10:58 am

First to say First!

bardawg

May 25th, 2010
11:07 am

THIRD TO SAY FIRST

GeoffDawg

May 25th, 2010
11:08 am

Do we really know that the cost is prohibitive? All I’ve heard on that subject is a soundbite from Rich McKay who IMO, is just as likely making a negotiating move with the city. Regardless though, as much as I admire and respect Arthur Blank, doing anything to threaten the college athletics in this part of the country is nuts.

Old Dawg

May 25th, 2010
11:21 am

As I wrote on another blog, the age of professional teams building new facilities on the public dole is over. There are too many other needs like roads, bridges and internet infrastructure to keep our competitive economically that paying for a new stadium will hurt.

I love the Falcons and football, but helping pay a new Blank play pen is nuts!

Bulldog

May 25th, 2010
11:22 am

I like it! I’m glad someone is publicly recognizing that the building of stadiums is a burden on taxpayers and a blessing for the incredibly wealthy team owners.

Bulldog

May 25th, 2010
11:26 am

To Old Dawg:

I agree! I read that the Spring St. overpass in ATL is about to crumble. I propose decreasing the size of Tech’s stadium by half and using the remaining constuction materials to rebuild the decaying structure. It would be safer for Atlanta motorists and Tech football games would finally be played at full capacity!

Dawg 39

May 25th, 2010
11:30 am

An Observation: If the Dawgs go 10 & 3 or even 9 & 4, They will have completed the best 10 year run (won / lost ratio/percentage) in the history of Dawg Football. All under HC CMR & QB CMB.

1eyedJack

May 25th, 2010
11:41 am

Hey Bill, welcome back from vacation. Now, loan me some money.

how2fish

May 25th, 2010
11:54 am

Anyone around still from the days before the Falcons and Braves like I was..I think the local governments building those stadiums turned out OK…really anyone think that in the long run they didn’t get their moneys worth ? How much in the way of revenue generation does the Falcons playing in Atlanta mean to the city? What was Atlanta like before we got professional sports here….answer Chattanooga without the aquarium . How much business did we attract due to the overall quaility of living professional sports being here generate ? Remember Mr Blank and the Falcons could take their ball and go elsewhere..not saying they would be could..truth is Atlanta’s woes are due as much to local mismanagement as the overall economic climate..and really I’m just playing devils advocate here..but if you want to be seen as a top tier city, professional sports are part of the ante..The ATL may note in the end have much of a choice..not saying it a good thing but there you have it.

how2fish

May 25th, 2010
11:59 am

Bulldog your idea of how to use half of the Joke at Coke is priceless I mean it not like they use that part of it much! Kudos !

Matthew 6:1

May 25th, 2010
12:24 pm

Hey Bill,

Please get someone at the AJC to get rid of Tearbow’s picture on the UGA page. I am tired of looking at him every time I want to read about the Dawgs.
Thanks.

[...] of research into the background of troubled signee Cody Larson.7.  This fan/writer believes that Damon Evans’ hiring of Mark Fox was a coup for Georgia.8.  Kentucky receiver Randall Cobb has been named to Athlon’s preseason [...]

Bill King is a...............

May 25th, 2010
1:05 pm

How about a few more days of vacation??

Concerned

May 25th, 2010
1:05 pm

Before we pat ourselves on the back, let’s see where we finish in the NACDA standings. After our worst finish in a decade last year (18th), I believe we are on track to finish even lower.
I know some of our programs are already at the top and can’t get much better, but like I said before, with the exception of men’s basketball (which had a losing record), it appears that every other program is treading water or sinking.

bammer's_suck

May 25th, 2010
1:12 pm

I agree we are doing well but also that we can and better beat the tebag nation at every possible venue. Bill can we please remove that silly pic of tt off the uga page?

Jan Kemp

May 25th, 2010
2:16 pm

chazzo

May 25th, 2010
2:41 pm

If the Dogs are going to Atlanta, one of the losses had better not be from UF. Although, UF did draw the tough West schedule this time around. They have UT, KY, Bama, LSU, Miss State, UGA, Vandy, and SC all in a row. USC has Auburn and Bama back to back and later UT, Arky, and UF in a row. UT has LSU, UGA, Bama and SC all in a row. Once again I must insist that the Dawgs must win games are USC, UT, and UF in that order. Win the head to head, go to Atlanta. It is that simple.

Rodney Brown

May 25th, 2010
2:46 pm

A retractable roof stadium is expensive but the only option in this case. If Arthur Blank pays for half of it, and want’s it called “Home Depot Stadium” then great. If not, then let him build a new stadium in Gwinnett or Alpharetta and leave the Dome alone. Atlanta can not sacrifice the economic boom of the SEC Championship, and other big venue events just to suit one entity. Arthur, take a note from your co-founder Bernie Marcus in his dealings with the GA Aquarium, you invest heavily in your vision and the city will follow!!!

Gator Man

May 25th, 2010
2:46 pm

It is good to dream but reality will be a hard slap in the face here….
UGA is going to get spanked by UF, and I don’t see them beating USC or Auburn…Then there will be a meltdown game every team has and UGA is looking at 8-4…Post it….

Kay Whidby

May 25th, 2010
2:49 pm

Mark Schladawg? Guy is the BIGGEST UGAg homer in the media today. He is a total d-bag and his opinion means nothing.

UGA 7-5.. headed straight back to Shreveport losers!!!

bruce mac

May 25th, 2010
2:52 pm

It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldawg. Woof Woof, sic em. All hail the Gators, kings of 2009/10 except where it matters. Roll Tide on that front. You can have 20 years of that stupid All Sports Trophy, I will take the big glass oval one myself. And yes, I know Dawgs have neither. Some day soon I hope.

bruce mac

May 25th, 2010
2:58 pm

Kay, apparently we are not nearly as big a loser as you. The SEC is not connected to the Shreveport Bowl anymore. That would be the A She She that goes there this year. I can recommend Larry’s Club and a few good seafood spots when you and your friends are there this year.

If Georgia wins 10 games next year........

May 25th, 2010
2:58 pm

The “LITTLE EWOK” BILL KING will flip his wig and die of a heart attack. Dont do this to the pool little ewok bulldawg nation !

Kay Whidby

May 25th, 2010
3:00 pm

I wouldnt know “Bruce” sorry. My favorite team hasnt played in that lousy bowl in years….

Saban

May 25th, 2010
3:01 pm

5-6 take it to the bank.

Beatdowns by all the usual suspects and a real butt kicking by Kentucky.

The Big W

May 25th, 2010
3:04 pm

Scout say Georgia’s O-Line is #1 n the nation, WR’s and RB’s are tops, and defense and special teams are excellent.

Scout says Georgia will win the SEC EAST, the SEC Championship, and being the SEC Champ, play for it all.

Yes, Scout says the O-Line must stay healthy, and Richt needs to start forcing more takeaways, otherwise, a glowing review:

Read it for yourself:
http://cfn.scout.com/2/968167.html

richtfan

May 25th, 2010
3:07 pm

i have no problem with blank wanting an open air stadium, but he should fund it himself if it’s that important. the falcons don’t need to be in crime-ridden downtown anyway. he needs to build it out in hall county.

football was meant to be played outside in the elements anyway. these prima donna types need to suck it up and brave the elements.

Columbusdawg

May 25th, 2010
3:08 pm

Can’t wait to see Floriduh fall apart early in the season. We will be able to hear Teblows laugh all of the way from Denver. Floriduh loses at least 3!

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

May 25th, 2010
3:09 pm

that was funny , most of you know what i am talking about

papadawg

May 25th, 2010
3:09 pm

Yeah Saban in your tiny little bottle head dreams

Spike

May 25th, 2010
3:14 pm

Just beat the damn Gators.

DoubleDownDawgFan

May 25th, 2010
3:16 pm

I will be encouraged to see 7 wins this year….I think we’re in for some dadgum terrible years if Richt doesn’t clean up the Athens Inmates (aka football team). Go Dogs! Bark! Bark! Bark!

Way Down South Dawg

May 25th, 2010
3:16 pm

This Blog Sucks!—The AJC has let this thing slide into the Toilet. I think Bill does an admirable Job, Why let all these idiots contaminate the product?

Spike

May 25th, 2010
3:18 pm

Oh, I forgot. Before all you Tech poindexters get on here: UGA-30. ACC ranked #7 Champs-24.

bruce mac

May 25th, 2010
3:19 pm

Can you name one Bulldawg in jail moron? You idiots need to get some new material.

Tide Rising

May 25th, 2010
3:24 pm

I can see 10 wins or more for the dogs. A strong O-line can anchor a whole team and give a young qb time to develop. Dawgs, like anyone in the sec, will have several close games. Having the best kicking game in the sec means they pull out 1 or 2 swing games that could maybe go the other way. The only negative is that it will take a little time and several games for the players to really be able to play full speed all the time in a new defensive scheme.

The schedule sets up very favorably and the only game the dawgs won’t be favored in will probably be Florida. I think every team in the sec will suffer 1 upset loss and 2 overall losses this year and so it wouldn’t surprise me to see the 2 division winners in the seccg with 2 sec losses each.

HBTD

May 25th, 2010
3:24 pm

Let the good times roll!!

BuzztheKiller

May 25th, 2010
3:25 pm

10 wins if you add 2009 and 2010!

The Big W

May 25th, 2010
3:25 pm

I didn’t really like ESPN Mark S’s complete answer to that question. He questioned the defense.

We now have Belin–who’s LB’s at Vandy finished #1 & #7 in tackles in SEC. Belin’s LB’s are always near the top in the SEC in tackles, and his special teams kick off covederage rankings are strong too. Belin’s excellent at defensive fudamentals and teaching.

But the d-line is in great shape, Scout rates it pretty high.
http://cfn.scout.com/2/968166.html

You got Tyson, Dobbs, and Arby there. That’s stout. Nobodies going to running on these guys and they’re going to get a few sacks too.

Dobbs is great at forcing fumbles–he finished #4 in SEC in forced fumbles.

But the sacks in the 3-4 come from the OLB’s: Houston and Washington.

Houston was a beast last year, finished #2 in tackles for loss and #3 in sacks in the SEC. 75. sacks, 15 tfl’s.

Washington did pretty well too–4 sacks, 5 tfl’s.

Curran finished #2 in tackles in the SEC, Georgia was #3 in rush defense in the SEC behind only Bama & Florida. #4 in sacks.

The secondary will be VERY good, again, check out Scout’s evaluation, the LB’s will be the weakest link early, but if they get good, could be a nightmare by Florida game.

Lakatos is the UConn Secondary coach who gave offensive genius Spurrier fits in the Bowl game and shut South Carolina out. Lakatos actually defended against the pass with South Carolina BETTER THAN FLORIDA.

Saban tried to hire Grantham, and Grantham came recommended by Muschamp, and Smart and Foster. Let’s say, he’s pretty good.

Rodney’s DL just sent 2 more guys to the NFL.

Gorgia’s defense is in the top 20 most years, I don’t think ESPN sees Georgia the way folks like Scout does.

Dan

May 25th, 2010
3:30 pm

Well if Scout said it, it must be true…

The Big W

May 25th, 2010
3:32 pm

Oops meant to say LB’s are strongest unit, being coached by Grantham, and Secondary will start out weakest, but will come along quickly under Lakatos’ leadership.

Lakatos finished top 10 in pass defense effiency at UCONN. His secondary will defend the pass agressively, being in position and playing the ball, knocking it down or intercepting. Our corners have incredible leaping ability–Boykin has a 42 inch vertical, Smith was #2 athlete in nation. Safeties are stellar.

The Big W

May 25th, 2010
3:34 pm

I’ll go with Scout’s ability to evalute talent over ESPN’s Mark Schlabach.

CrackDaddy

May 25th, 2010
3:37 pm

Are we involved w/SC QB Everett Golston? I saw somewhere that we offered him. I just read that he was MVP at recent (Nike?) Alabama camp.

AceDawg

May 25th, 2010
3:37 pm

Well, why don’t we just lop the roof off of the GA Dome, keep that building, and try to add a retractable roof? I agree adding a whole other stadium to replace a 1990’s one is sort of tough to justify if a single taxpayer dollar is used…. BUT I sure do hate watching a live football game indoors when the weather is nice.

Spike

May 25th, 2010
3:37 pm

And I will go with Scout over Dan..

The Big W

May 25th, 2010
3:39 pm

You can see UConn’s Lakatos, now Georgia’s seconday coach, ranked in top 10 in pass defense effieciency in 2008:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/ncaa/stats/2008/divia/team/passing_efficiency_defense_byRATING.html

Reality

May 25th, 2010
3:42 pm

Looks like another NC potential year for the Dawgs….that is until they lose to USC, Tenn, UF, KY, Auburn & GT.

Scott Lakatos Can Coach

May 25th, 2010
3:43 pm

1- UCONN averaged 1.8 takeaways per game for 2008 & 2009.

2- UCONN had the 13th HIGHEST FUMBLE RECOVERY % in the Nation in 2009(Georgia had the worst)

3- UCONN was the #1 LEAST PENALIZED TEAM in the NCAA too

4- UCONN was in the top 10 in pass effieciency defense in 2007 & 2008

Reality

May 25th, 2010
3:46 pm

Mark Slabaugh says UGA will win 10…now that’s credible