Consider the source of reports bad-mouthing UGA coaches

Secondhand sniping at Mark Richt isn't worth worrying about. (University of Georgia)

Secondhand sniping at Mark Richt isn't worth worrying about. (University of Georgia)

This seems to be a week for second-hand knocks on UGA’s football coaches.

First we had the much overblown report that Nash Nance, a quarterback whose main claim to a scholarship at the University of Tennessee appeared to be that he was the best friend of highly recruited receiver Da’Rick Rogers, told the Knoxville News-Sentinel that Rogers reneged on his commitment to Georgia because “the [UT] coaches are a lot more professional. He had a lot of bad dealings with Georgia coaches.”

Nash didn’t provide any specifics on those so-called bad dealings, but the natural suspicion among many in the Bulldog Nation is that what’s at the heart of Nash’s blast is that the UGA coaches wouldn’t guarantee to Rogers that they’d give his buddy a scholarship as well.

Whatever. Sounds like mean-spirited post-recruiting sour grapes.

But on top of having his professionalism questioned by a kid who UGA snubbed, Mark Richt has also gotten some blowback from a source reportedly close to former Georgia safety Makiri Pugh, who decided after spring practice to leave UGA apparently because he didn’t think he was going to get much playing time.

Pugh plans to transfer to Colorado, his high school position coach has told The Athens Banner-Herald. That in itself isn’t all that interesting since he’ll have to sit out a year and so won’t be playing against his former teammates. And Pugh is free to go to whatever school will have him since Richt gave him an unconditional release, as is his custom with transfers.

But John Kranish, one of Pugh’s former coaches at Independence High School in Charlotte, told the ABH that Pugh was “very disappointed” in Georgia because he says that some of the other Division I schools that Pugh contacted did not get a return call from Richt or former Georgia defensive coordinator Willie Martinez, now on the staff at Oklahoma. Kranish says North Carolina State and some other ACC schools wanted to talk to UGA about the circumstances behind Pugh leaving.

What Martinez does or does not do is, fortunately, no longer our concern. But Kranish’s implication is that Richt didn’t care enough about Pugh as a player to help place him at another school.

First of all, let’s acknowledge there’s always the possibility that the picture Kranish paints is incomplete or even completely inaccurate. This is another second-hand account, with nothing directly from the player involved.

But assuming that calls to Butts-Mehre about Pugh did indeed go unanswered, what can we take from this?

Richt could have put restrictions on where Pugh transferred, as some other coaches do, but he didn’t. Beyond that, does he really owe Pugh anything? The head coach of a major school is a pretty busy guy. Should he be expected to spend time trying to place a guy who has bailed on his program?

And there’s another way of looking at the situation, as the Senator touched on in Get the Picture: Perhaps this falls in the “if you don’t have anything good to say about someone, don’t say anything at all” department.

It could be that Richt decided Pugh’s chances of landing at a decent program would be improved by him not honestly discussing the reasons the player wasn’t getting much time on the field at Georgia.

So we have a disgruntled player from another school who didn’t get recruited by Richt and a disgruntled former player who mostly rode the bench bad-mouthing the UGA staff.

Stack that up against the nine years of evidence that Richt is probably the nicest and most caring guy in the SEC coaching ranks and the beaucoup testimonials from the many players who’ve stuck with his program and thrived, and I don’t think anyone in Athens needs to lose a wink of sleep over this “bad” publicity.

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Sam

June 8th, 2010
11:32 am

This smells of “over coddled teenager athlete syndrome” where a young athlete who really has not accomplished much of anything thinks the world owes him (or her) everything.

Bremen Dawg

June 8th, 2010
11:34 am

We only want true breed dawgs. If your not a true dawg, then get the heck out of Athens.

Bremen Dawg

June 8th, 2010
11:36 am

Yep Sam, that is what the new generation thinks.

RxDawg

June 8th, 2010
11:38 am

But Bill, why can’t everyone have anything they want? We shouldn’t have to work hard for playing time? We are the generation of everyone wins all the time. They should just give every SEC team a championship trophey for showing up to play. We’ll all hold hands and skip off to happy land.

RxDawg

June 8th, 2010
11:41 am

“Should he be expected to spend time trying to place a guy who has bailed on his program?”

Now that my sarcasm is is turned off, the answer is hell no.

RxDawg

June 8th, 2010
11:43 am

JJ

June 8th, 2010
11:43 am

Da’Rick possibly won’t go to a bowl game

JB

June 8th, 2010
11:46 am

We are lucky to have the AJC and the 5 or 6 guys who write about UGA football almost daily and it’s not even football season, even reporting out of order toilets at team headquarters. Why you ask, because it gets hits. look at ANY story say about the HAWKS, and maybe 20 people will blog. Mention Georgia/ Florida football, expect 300-500 hits. The people who pay the bills at the AJC like that. They sell ads based on that. Georgia Tech Women’s softball get no one. Dig It. That why this non story about Pugh is a story at all. UGA sells.

Sean C.

June 8th, 2010
11:47 am

WELL SAID! Thanks Mr. King. Keep up the good work.

[...] of Georgia coaches after spring practices he is transferring to the University of Colorado. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Pugh didn’t feel like he was going to get enough playing time under head coach Mark Richt. [...]

Reality Check

June 8th, 2010
12:03 pm

What a mess this has turned into for UGA, wonder if this effects recruiting that “dream team”. With the recent transfers from UGA this couldn’t have come at a worse time.

“Gators do their dreaming with their eyes wide open, and we do our looking back with our eyes closed”

The Commander in Chief of the Bulldawg Nations Spokesperson

June 8th, 2010
12:06 pm

“First of all, let’s acknowledge there’s always the possibility that the picture Kranish paints is incomplete or even completely inaccurate. This is another second-hand account, with nothing directly from the player involved.” And 3rd of all it could be true about Saint Richt, but of course until one of his son’s 30 years from now coaches for a rival against Jawja, Saint Richt is safe from criticism. How funny of the Hump nation to criticise a 18 yearold kid just because he changed his mind about your beloved humpers.

JB

June 8th, 2010
12:06 pm

Do a story on the players who have left Bama since Saban has been there and the circumstances of why they left. Even almighty Bama has them bailing. Mostly broken promises and over rated talent.
These kids that sign at BIG schools look at their newspaper write ups from High school and can’t handle being 2 nd and 3rd string………

JB

June 8th, 2010
12:08 pm

Reality Check……The ONLY thing it affects is a BIGGER dream team class. another spot just opened.

Anyone here ever been in a management position?

June 8th, 2010
12:13 pm

In the business world, all a manager can say about a past employee is the answer to this question: Would you hire her/him again? Otherwise, to chat him/her up is to ask for possible litigation. It is the world that we live in folks. Get real …………..children do not know anything about the real world and will not till age 25 or so.

Children under age 22 or so, dominate this blog, so most comments about the U of this or the U of that are simply …………irrelevant.

Go Dogs.

Mike

June 8th, 2010
12:14 pm

Rogers and Nash……rump rangers.

Reality Check

June 8th, 2010
12:14 pm

JB, you sound like a true DAWG fan. All this bad publicity pitting the UGA staff against former recruits & these recent transfers simply tranlates into BIGGER dreams for UGA. I think you nailed it.

Ace

June 8th, 2010
12:14 pm

Nice guys finished outside the top 25 last year.

need_it_now

June 8th, 2010
12:15 pm

C’mon guys, this is the age we live in. Everything has to be instant— faster, and more improved.
faster internet, faster food, faster “change”, faster “I want what is owed me” faster cars, faster, faster, faster,—until you retire– then you want to slow down. lol No thanks–I don’t want these two in Athens, they must to much “Reality” TV.

Cleaning house and attitude adjustments

June 8th, 2010
12:18 pm

Maybe this yoiung man Mr. Pugh was part of the old LOUSY D attitude of CWM and Co. Maybe he did not embrace the new D coaching regime ………….in life, if you resist change, you should move on. Mr Pugh did that so good luck. He is old news …………..just like the former Bama Qb thatsigned with Ga State U recently ………..it happens people …………any organization sees change …………it is natural.

Former ALL PRO Terrell Davis TRANSFERED IN to UGA ………he did nothing till about the tech game and the Gator Bowl vs Mich State but he came TO UGA. See? Some come ……..some go. Who cares??

Go Dogs.

need_it_now

June 8th, 2010
12:18 pm

Sorry–Manufactured Drama TV–also know as “Reality” TV–This is for people who don’t have enough “drama” or “responsibilities” in their life–total garbage.

Chris Petersen

June 8th, 2010
12:19 pm

I hope this dream class sticks together when Richt is fired after his 6-6 season. I am going finally put all of the talent the Dawgs have to good use when I become the Head Coach in Athens in 2011.

Hutson Mason

June 8th, 2010
12:21 pm

Dont nobody talk about no Reality TV!!

JB

June 8th, 2010
12:21 pm

Reality….. it’s a business. Richt is to soft on stuff like this. If your Daughter had to Marry Saban, Meyer or Richt, which one would you want for her………………….I thought so.

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Hutson Mason

June 8th, 2010
12:23 pm

I wouldn’t go there JB, dont be talking any soft hard comments.

JB

June 8th, 2010
12:23 pm

ACE…..where are your Vols picked this year?

Peyton Manning

June 8th, 2010
12:24 pm

JB, I think the Dogs were picked above the Vols last year. Hmmmmmmmmmmm.

Dawg 39

June 8th, 2010
12:28 pm

I agree totally with this blog. CMR is a nice guy, a caring person, & a terrific HC.

FWIW

June 8th, 2010
12:29 pm

I’ll bet Logan Gray feels like he got screwed by Richt.

Didnt Carver-Columbus HC Dell Magee feel like UGA screwed Devin Burns by withdrawing the cholly wen he arrived in Athens?

Just in case you forgot:
http://blogs.ajc.com/recruiting/2009/07/21/carver-columbus-coach-bans-uga-recruiters/

Sounds like criticisms are coming from LOTS of diffferent source.

dap01

June 8th, 2010
12:32 pm

Sounds like a 2nd rate high school complaining about something.

Roll Tide

June 8th, 2010
12:34 pm

Hopefully Rogers flunks out at UT, and UT is stuck with that dufus-looking Nance for 4 years . . .

Harvey Milk

June 8th, 2010
12:35 pm

I agreeee Dawg 39, Mark is just wonnnnderfulllll.

Peyton Manning

June 8th, 2010
12:38 pm

I am the greatest player ever to play at Tenn, and i never won a National Championship. But don’t let that get in the way of trash talking. Matthew Stafford was obviously coached by morons who can’t coach according to the genuises that talk about football all day and need to get jobs.

Roy Wood

June 8th, 2010
12:38 pm

I think its funny all this about firing M R I cant think of anyone I would care about hiring that is available.Even Dooley had a few bad yrs and he was the best UGA ever Had.I hope Richt stays at UGA as long as he wants too.There are sure a lot of Fair weather Fans writing on this blog must be relatives of Ray Goff.

1970 Dawg

June 8th, 2010
12:40 pm

@FWIW, they may be coming from lots of different sources (as always) but NONE THAT MATTER.

DDPO

June 8th, 2010
12:41 pm

CMR didn’t take care of Decory Bryant after he was no longer on the team… Why should Pugh be treated any differently?

UGA

June 8th, 2010
12:43 pm

Appreciate your concern, FWIW, but shouldn’t you be more concerned about your fat-assed coach’s propensity for getting stomped in bowl games?

steven

June 8th, 2010
12:44 pm

Carvell is a moron for posting the article in the first place.

The Real Deal

June 8th, 2010
12:51 pm

Nash Nance was going to lose his starting position at QB at a single A school while at Darlington. That’s why he left. There is a reason why UGA didn’t recruit him.

John MAC

June 8th, 2010
12:51 pm

Nash and his dad sound like the father-son pair from Friday Night Lights.

Matthew Stafford

June 8th, 2010
12:53 pm

Hey Peyton, I might not of won a national championship, but at least I was smart enough to leave with at least a win against the gators.

Christian Lemay

June 8th, 2010
12:53 pm

I can relate to DaRick, he’s a me guy like………ME!!

Greensboro, Georgia

June 8th, 2010
12:54 pm

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….. Nesbitt for Heisman …..
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Greensboro, Georgia

June 8th, 2010
12:55 pm

Neanderthal for Heisman

BIG BEN & METT

June 8th, 2010
12:57 pm

We are going to the club tonight….

AllenWaters

June 8th, 2010
12:59 pm

Thanks for replacing TT with a UGA qb!!! You should have at least shown 2007 with our defense takng care of business. Let UF show all pics they want. Since ZM was an idiot, please do the same and show our 2 quarterbacks! ZM, go to the girls club of your choce! Welcome HM! I am from Savannah and we have a lot of fans in Asia!
Captain Allen Waters

PMC

June 8th, 2010
12:59 pm

Let’s just let this die. It’s honestly much ado about nothing.

Honest Lee

June 8th, 2010
1:01 pm

If Senator Blutarsky is espousing the “if you don’t have anything good to say about someone, don’t say anything at all” theory, when will he be shutting down his blog?

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

June 8th, 2010
1:01 pm

good stuff. super athletes in HS now are becoming more and more diva like. CMR will give every kid an opportunity, if he deserves it. See our QBs in the past.

GT Dog

June 8th, 2010
1:03 pm

I don’t see what the big deal is here. I haven’t seen a direct quote from anyone involved with UGA, past or present.

As a matter of fact, I don’t recall reading too many negative comments from former UGA players regarding MR over the past 9 years. I do recall quite a few nice stories about his honesty and compassion. Several stand out: The kid who went to Arkansas (Ahmad Black? Ahmad Carroll?), T. Kearney, The QB who tranferred 2 years ago, Shaun Chappas, Z. Mettenberger. Even the young man who just sued the school had nice things to say about Richt.

D. Rogers and M. Pugh? Best of luck in the future. I’m sure they’re both nice kids or they wouldn’t have been recruited in the first place. Nance thinks a bunch of fat-ass old men ripping their shirts off to impress a bunch of young boys is professional? Please…and really, what makes you think an 18 year old kid has any clue what “professional” means? The only “professionals” he’s ever been in contact with are the Volunteer Girl escorts in Knoxville….

On second thought, yeah…I guess the UGA coaching staff isn’t NEARLY as “professional” as ol’ Lacey or whatever that tramp’s name was….too funny

GT Dog

June 8th, 2010
1:03 pm

Sorry, LMAO here…………

Red

June 8th, 2010
1:05 pm

The problem with kids (elementary, high school, and college) these days is they feel entitled to what they think they deserve. It’s the years of coddling from their parents and feelings of stardom…Nance being a great example of this. These kids were so used to being treated like stars that they can’t/won’te accept reality.

The problem with kids (elementary, high school, and college) these days is they feel entitled to what they think they deserve. It’s the years of coddling from their parents and feelings of stardom…Nance being a great example of this. These kids were so used to being treated like stars that they can’t/won’te accept reality.

Helen Hunt

June 8th, 2010
1:06 pm

Do you guys really think Mark Richt looks like me?

Best of Atlanta

June 8th, 2010
1:06 pm

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.. Nesbitt for Heisman ..
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Helen Hunt

June 8th, 2010
1:07 pm

Red, we get it ok, you dont have to repeat yourself.

Dumb animals

June 8th, 2010
1:07 pm

Ther are no “true breeds” in Athens. What you have are “inbreds”.

worst of atlanta

June 8th, 2010
1:08 pm

___________________
Reggie Ball for Heisman
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Jaybo Shaw

June 8th, 2010
1:09 pm

Paul Johnson ate off my plate at dinner and I could’nt gain weight. That’s why I transfered.

I am from Calhoun

June 8th, 2010
1:09 pm

Nash Nance will never get off the bench at Tenn

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

June 8th, 2010
1:10 pm

I don’t want to speak badly about Coach Richt but he is an a$$ painter. It happened on his watch. I would go back for another season but not with a painted a$$.

new reader

June 8th, 2010
1:11 pm

splain it too me Russ.

UK THOROUGHBRED

June 8th, 2010
1:11 pm

BOOOOOO UT BOOOOOO UT

DaRick

June 8th, 2010
1:12 pm

The real reason I bolted: I didn’t like the Grambling State Uni’s in the Fla game.

Funny

June 8th, 2010
1:15 pm

WAAAAA WAAAAA Nobody likes me WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Ace

June 8th, 2010
1:16 pm

When UT plays UGA — a good game would be 0-0, no 1st downs and it rains the whole game.

Red

June 8th, 2010
1:16 pm

Helen, you were awesome in Twister. Loved the tank top!

Hotel Shreveport

June 8th, 2010
1:17 pm

Got any extra tickets to this year’s Advocare 100 Bowl ?

DAWG Dummy

June 8th, 2010
1:17 pm

Cheer up Dawg Fans….We are the best in the US. We will win it all. Just wait, everyone else will be crying after we beat another 6-7 team in Shreveport in december!!!!!!!!!!

Helen Hunt

June 8th, 2010
1:18 pm

I jump off high dives just like Mark does, but I tan much easier.

How2fish

June 8th, 2010
1:19 pm

Ace how many times in the last decade has your team ended the year outside the top 25. If your honest I bet its more than once…

LOL

June 8th, 2010
1:19 pm

Why are Tech fans so obsessed with our temporary mascot’s ass?

4th Dawg in the SEC East

June 8th, 2010
1:24 pm

Hey UT fans, we have 4th in the SEC locked down this year. You will have yo settle for 3rd

Top Ranked Punter

June 8th, 2010
1:26 pm

I want to go to Georgia. Us punters are usually ingnored at so called major colleges but hell, Georgias punters and kickers are the stars of the team. There’s only one school for me, hey my brothers a long-snapper!

dawginmemphis

June 8th, 2010
1:27 pm

The Nash Nance saga is like the Mitch Mustain saga. Only Nash Nance is not half as good as Mustain.

BullDawgBlood

June 8th, 2010
1:30 pm

It is obvious the nice “Richt” was losing out. We were #1 in the land and got a whooping from Bama, UF, and most dreadfully to Yech. Then last year we lost to very subpar teams in UK, UT, the heartbreaking loss to LSU, the usual loss to UF. Richt probably feels he has to change. Change is good! Once the good guy had to fire his friend in Martinez his whole landscape/worldview likely changed as well. He has certainly ran off a couple of players and dropped a back-up QB very fast. The ol’ Richt would have kept the others around out of loyalty and his Christian nature would have given the QB another chance. This is not the ol’ Richt! This is one that will likely win more games.

Rival Fans Really?

June 8th, 2010
1:32 pm

Yall make me proud to be a Gerogia Bulldawg fan..Keep it up morons, your posts are clueless and classless….the more you post, the better we look…

Top Ranked Punter

June 8th, 2010
1:37 pm

Please read the “Rival Fans Really” post slowly and be encouraged that at least most of the words are spelled correctly! Hey, it’s a Georgia site!

Ric Flair

June 8th, 2010
1:39 pm

Whoooooooooooo

Rick S

June 8th, 2010
1:42 pm

I agree with Bill King’s article “Consider the source of reports bad-mouthing UGA coaches,” and further more this is only the tip of the iceburg with recruits who do not understand the meaning of the word “committment”. This is a free country and if decide you do not want to stand behind your word and be loyal to your state school then be prepared for the repercussions and fallout afterward!

Paul in RDU

June 8th, 2010
1:44 pm

dap01 June 8th, 2010 12:32 pm Sounds like a 2nd rate high school complaining about something

Charlotte Independence a 2nd rate high school? Winners of something like 7 consecutive NC AAAAA championships? Alma mater of Chris Leak, Hakeem Nicks, Mo Mass, Joe Cox?
Yep – UGA doesn’t need to have good relationships with the HS coaches in the Charlotte area – you never get good players out of Independence, Butler, Providence or South Mech

Head up my #@$

June 8th, 2010
1:47 pm

Nice post Rick S, are you listening future Georgia recruits:

“This is a free country and if decide you do not want to stand behind your word and be loyal to your state school then be prepared for the repercussions and fallout afterward!”

Macho Man

June 8th, 2010
1:48 pm

Snap into a Slim Jim!

AceDawg

June 8th, 2010
1:53 pm

Yeah, I wouldn’t worry much about these players’ accusations. The Pugh accusations would be the only ones to even remotely care about, but there is no way 100% of UGA recruits and players will be fully happy. I imagine Pugh was going to get the playing time he earned/deserved.

Pope UGA XXIII

June 8th, 2010
1:53 pm

Don’t buy this one for one second. For whatever reason, the player
is free to transfer if he feels he will get more playing time elsewhere.
My guess is that CMR was willing to help young Zach the quarterback
select a JC and clean up his act.
Where was all of the righteous indignation when Jaybo Shaw moved
to Georgia Southern ??

to whom it may concern

June 8th, 2010
1:55 pm

To anyone that says this is a mess you must not be a real fan and you sure don’t know much about football this stuff happens all the time and as mr king said when coach richt is accused of something like this nobody believes it . so i say to the people that are trying to make this out to be a disaster get your medication refilled and get a life

DawginLex

June 8th, 2010
2:02 pm

The way richt helped the linebacker that couldn’t get into UGA but ended up at Miss State, why doesn’t that get discussed?

Nash’s father is a classless baboon. Take the criticism for what it is worth and consider the source.

sCHLOPPY jOES

June 8th, 2010
2:03 pm

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NESBITT FOR WORST PASSER EVER
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UGA XX

June 8th, 2010
2:05 pm

Thug U – from the top all the way down to you loser fans on the bottom.

Reality

June 8th, 2010
2:07 pm

Nesbitt for Heisman!!

ryan

June 8th, 2010
2:15 pm

Junk yard Dog is coming back baby with a vengeance all you haters out there be careful what you wish for be afraid be very afraid.

FLA DAWG

June 8th, 2010
2:19 pm

You should be above this Bill. This kind of non story commenting amounts to absolutely nothing. Did you just have blank space to fill for your column? Your pieces are usually much more substantive than this.

sCHLOPPY jOES

June 8th, 2010
2:23 pm

FLA DAWG–WHY DONT YOU WRITE AN ARTICLE THEN YOU BIG DOOSH

Dawg Trainer

June 8th, 2010
2:23 pm

These are the only sources I consider: 51-33, 35-14, and 45-19. Who can refute the truth?

BigGAdawg

June 8th, 2010
2:24 pm

Bill, You are once again correct!
The fact that Pugh was not likely to get much playing time is all the prospective coaches need to hear from UGA.
As far as those Nancy’s from UT — everything that needs to be said to them will be said on the field. I suspect that Dooley putting Duh’rick on the field against UGA this year might constitute child abuse.

Dawg 84

June 8th, 2010
2:27 pm

Reality: Ealey for Heisman

1eyedJack

June 8th, 2010
2:27 pm

Maybe Mark Ingram will let Nesbitt look at his Heisman.

papadawg

June 8th, 2010
2:29 pm

Why do you even report what a high schooler has to say anyway. These kids are #1 in everyones eyes from pop warner thru high school and then they get to College where they’re not #1 anymore and some can’t take it. Grow up, be a man and not cry to mommy that Coach doesn’t love me.

Flushed out of the pocket

June 8th, 2010
2:32 pm

Time to get another Recruiting coordinator. Richt should have fired Garner along with Willie and the rest of those clowns . UGA needs to recruit players with better character instead of these lime lite grabbers and prima donnas. CMR needs to quit peddling Fords and Carpet and Win Championships or his days are numbered.

1eyedJack

June 8th, 2010
2:34 pm

Scout.com had Makiri Pugh rated as the 66th best safety in the 2008 signing class. He probably should have gone to NC State to begin with if he wanted to play.

DirtyDog

June 8th, 2010
2:34 pm

BigGAdawg:”I suspect that Dooley putting Duh’rick on the field against UGA this year might constitute child abuse.”
Similar to when CMR wasted Marlon Brown’s redshirt last year when he put him in up in Knoxville??? But seriously, he probably appreciates burning a year of his eligibility for 15 yds. reception for the year…..what a joke.

Elton John

June 8th, 2010
2:41 pm

Whenever I’m in Atlanta, Josh Nesbitt comes by for wine coolers and a trip down the yellow brick road. He is simply divine.

PMC

June 8th, 2010
2:43 pm

The last primadonna HS QB that got his panties in a bunch over this kind of nonsense left Arkansas in a huff and has played exactly 0 games at USC since his transfer. I’m sure hoping he’s enjoying beautiful Watts.

chazzo

June 8th, 2010
2:46 pm

I am astonished at the sense of entitlement these kids have. Richt has how many players? like 60. Plus coaches. Plus media. Camps. Appearances. I guess he should apologize for not puckering up and smooching the buttocks of some kid that didn’t want to play for him or in Nance’s case was not really good enough to play for him. could you imagine if Bear Bryant were alive and had to deal with this kind of whiney, gossipy crap. Why do we even entertain these kids’ notions that they are more important and no better than coaches… that is grown ups.

You know who will win all the NCs in coming years? Whatever coaches get their players to sack up and quit being gossiping little ninnies… You want to play? Then work your butt off and get stronger, faster, better than the guy ahead of you. Those two UT kids haven’t even played a down of college football, and the AJC is giving them headlines?????????

chazzo

June 8th, 2010
2:47 pm

(Know better)

Walter Crankcase

June 8th, 2010
2:53 pm

All sources here have been checked out and all sources are good.

DirtyDog

June 8th, 2010
2:54 pm

Chazzo: So you are admitting that CMR will never win a NC??? I don’t think Bear Bryant would ever let his team lead the league in penalties year after year, convene in an endzone for a “celebration”, or allow his players to do the “Soulja Boy” dance on the sidelines before the 4th quarter. Yeah, Richt just spells out discipline to me.

Eisendawg

June 8th, 2010
2:56 pm

No fair DirtyDog, Bear Bryant had Forest Gump.

Chuck Dowdle

June 8th, 2010
2:59 pm

I’m sorry for being so creepy DAWG Fans.

PHIL

June 8th, 2010
3:00 pm

I think if you take into account the story of that kid who couldn’t get into UGA and CMR got him into MS State, it’d be a stretch to believe he wouldn’t help a kid that had already been here.

Bama fan

June 8th, 2010
3:00 pm

JB,

Saban has had players transfer because they didn’t want to buy into the sense of discipline with which Saban runs the program. 7 arrests with the bad Shula apples in Saban’s first year, 1 or 2 arrests the next year, and only one player arrested last year with the charges dismissed. At Alabama we do not put up with 30+ players arrested over a 3 year time frame. Some players such as Star Jackson transferred due to lack of playing time which happens everywhere.

Saban has taken a personal hand in helping each player who transferred find a new home, even the players asked to leave due to discipline problems. To date I’ve not seen any negative comments from players who had to transfer because they were discipline problems.

There is a problem with Richt and his staff if they can’t take 5 minutes to return a phone call to help the young man find a new school. There’s no excuse for that and you can chalk that one up to either just being indifferent and not giving a hoot about the player or being disorganized to where you can’t find 5 minutes to make a phone call.

Les W. Moore

June 8th, 2010
3:03 pm

Dawg Trainer said: “These are the only sources I consider: 51-33, 35-14, and 45-19. Who can refute the truth?”

Somehow, I think the leghumpers will come up with something . They always find a way to yap even when they are dead wrong.

Chuck Dowdle

June 8th, 2010
3:03 pm

Does anyone even like me???

How2fish

June 8th, 2010
3:08 pm

Bama fan LMAO..you don’t put up with 30+ player arrested..but you do put up with players stealing textbooks..well until your stripped of 20 + wins by the NCAA..a Bamaite bashing CMR on ethics…how big a rock you going to toss in that glass house!

steven

June 8th, 2010
3:10 pm

Bama: Nice job. Best written post I’ve ever seen from a Bama fan.

Chuck Doodle

June 8th, 2010
3:11 pm

I like you Chuck ! Throw some softball Questions to CMR !

Tired of 2 year old braty boys

June 8th, 2010
3:13 pm

Whiners, every program has their share of kids bolting for greener pastuers. If you boys read ANYTHING besides the AJC, you would probably be aware of the kids leaving BAMA, AU, UF, GT, etc, etc, etc.. everyone wants to be the star!!

The Truth

June 8th, 2010
3:14 pm

GA Tech Lies & Cheats & Everyone knows it. You can’t believe a word a Tech person says. They only tell Lies.

Jim Doanan as in Doans Pills

June 8th, 2010
3:15 pm

Loran… What kind of damn question was that? We just beat a good team out there today !

Bama fan

June 8th, 2010
3:19 pm

How2fish,

5 players getting a couple of extra textbooks to help out friends is a far cry from 30 players getting arrested. If you can’t realize that then I just can’t help you. And in case you didn’t notice the school discovered the problem, self reported it, and punished the players.

And as far as ethics go as your fellow dog poster pointed out our players don’t do soulja boy dancing on the sidelines, we don’t do group celebrations in the end zone, etc. and once again we don’t have enormous numbers of players getting arrested left and right.

Speaking of the term LMAO, I was doing the same yesterday when I read your post stating that Georgia, like OU, Florida, and Texas, is a destination job while Alabama is not. Now THAT had me LMAO.

76-Dawg

June 8th, 2010
3:33 pm

Bill, Everything you said was spot on . Good job

How2fish

June 8th, 2010
3:39 pm

Bama fan stealing from the college is better than having misdemeanor arrests for driving and drinking ?? Have you lost your damn mind those 5?? I’d check your numbers by the way..were systemically stealing goods and services over time..and your right you don’t dance on the side lines your dancing is done in hotel rooms with strippers for the coaching staff…LMAO if you had read my post yesterday I stated BAMA wasn’t a destination job for SABAN..knucklehead I clearly stated a lot of coaches would love to come to Bama and stay only SABAN wasn’t one of them.

Bama fan

June 8th, 2010
3:48 pm

How2fish,

I would think that most people would agree that getting an extra textbook to help out a friend or girlfriend is a little less serious crime than say driving drunk in which case someone can get freaking killed. Have you lost your mind?

As for Mike Price having strippers in his room it was just him and not the whole coaching staff you idiot. And what did we do? We fired him for it so what the hell is your whole point about if we took action on this idiot embarrassing us?

As for Bama not being a destination job for Saban why would it not be? It has the facilities, the recruiting base, the fan base and alumni support, and a tradition that cannot be argued with. Very similar to OU, Texas, and Florida. You’re just mad that he came out 2 days ago and stated that he is going to retire at Bama and that it is what it is. That’s what you’re all fired up about.

Elmo C. Grogan

June 8th, 2010
3:49 pm

Two Tech fans watching last year’s loss noted Russ the Temporary Mascot licking his, er, doing a little personal grooming. One asked the other: “seriously, don’t you wish you could do that?” His buddy responded: “that dog would BITE you!”

fishtales

June 8th, 2010
3:49 pm

How2Fish…man the old “Saban is leaving” bit is really getting tired. How long does he have to coach at Bama to make you happy? If he were to leave tomorrow wouldn’t you say he has left Bama better than he found it?

Bama fan

June 8th, 2010
3:54 pm

He’s just mad cause its obvious that Saban is going to be tormenting the conference for years to come and he knows it. Florida can still go toe to toe with us but everyone else is at our mercy.

Get Real

June 8th, 2010
3:55 pm

Last time I checked Tech just had three players (two starters) transfer to a lower division school. I’ll bet CPJ held the door open for them. Saban has long been know for signing more players than he has scholarships for. Every year he runs people off the team to make room for others. Get real people…if Pugh was any good do you really think he would have stayed on the sidelines the past two years?…..I’ll tell you what…how about Bama taking him Bama Fan? You seem to have all the answers…would that be all right with you and your god Saban?……. My neighbors son goes to Bama because he couldn’t get in Georgia.Last year he was riding in a car with two football players (one was a starter) and they got pulled over for speeding. They all had been drinking and had beer in the car….guess what the cop did when he recognized the starter….he escorted them back to their dorm…NO TICKET…NO CITATION..just a warning to not let it happen again…..Thats why Bama doesn’t have any arrests…. the local police cover up the incidents….yeah..my neighbor and his son sure do like Bama.

How2fish

June 8th, 2010
3:57 pm

Bama fan 1st never said anything about driving drunk..that is not a misdemeanor..and we haven’t had any of those I can remember..the 30 arrests are for diving without the proper documents in most cases.underage drinking and the fighting that goes with kids drinking. Any of our players that lie to the coaching staff (ZM)or don’t toe the line after an infraction are gone just like Mike Price but you keep throwing those arrests at us so Mike Price right back at ya…And all of the reasons to stay you give are spot on a great coaching gig for most is Bama. But really are you so desperate that you actually believe Saban when he talks of leaving or staying..ask the Miami folks about how that worked out for them..or LSU..you can’t rewrite the man history..great coach yes…teller of the truth always..not so much.

Bulldog59

June 8th, 2010
3:58 pm

It’s obvious and sad that Nance is bashing UGA coaches because they wouldn’t give him the time of day, let alone a serious look for a possible scholarship.

fishtales

June 8th, 2010
4:00 pm

Forgive me “Get Real” if I don’t take your bs anecdotal story as pure truth. Did they also see Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night? Perhaps you don’t realize that a scholarship to an NCAA school is up for renewal on an annual basis? There are no guarantees that you will get potentially five years (the max allowed) of an athletic scholarship at a D1 school. Do you think you are the only genius to discover that Saban oversigns players? Do you think the recruits and their parents are completely in the dark as to how the process works? Saban tells all recruits that nothing is guaranteed. You will have to fight for your job every year. Yet somehow 4 and 5 star recruits still keep signing on the dotted line. I guess you see the light while they and the NCAA are just wearing blinders.

How2fish

June 8th, 2010
4:04 pm

fishtales yes Bama is better now than when Saban got there hands down..but if you really weren’t worried about him staying this topic would ruffle so many Bama feathers. He is a hell of a coach and don’t blame you for wanting him to stick around but he is 1-1 vs UGA frankly we have bigger problems to worry with than Bama.who I would love play every year.

dawgster

June 8th, 2010
4:05 pm

Bama fan, when was the last time your fans threw bricks at a coaches house and put for sale signs up in there yard…Wait i know, Coach Curry, who happens to be one of the classiest men and coaches out there…So be careful when you start throwing stones at our program…Take a look back in time…

seabass

June 8th, 2010
4:18 pm

CMR job is to recruit players not help place them after they become disenchanted. That would be the position coaches job. Why even report on this? CMR has placed players at other SEC teams that could not get into UGA. If he wanted to he would have placed Pugh.

SteDog

June 8th, 2010
4:24 pm

I’m a dog fan thru and thru, started selling cokes at the stadum at 12 years of age- but I agree wholehearily with Bama Fan that Saban’s demonstrated assistance with helping placing plyers who move on is much more admirable than the reported dealings in similar circumstances by the UGA coaches… especially when there out there wearing the christianity banner on their sleeves. That behavior isn’tworth the dung from the UGA mascot’s tale.

lampost larry

June 8th, 2010
4:29 pm

who invited these guys?

FLA DAWG

June 8th, 2010
4:29 pm

sCHLOPPY aka Bill King

1eyedJack

June 8th, 2010
4:30 pm

fishtales

So you’re saying it is alright to take away a scholarship from a player who didn’t turn out as good as expected in order to give it to somebody else who has the potential to be better? That sounds like the NFL to me.

Fill me in on other programs that practice that form of scholarship management.

Ya’ll have players stuffed into every Prep School and Junior College in America expecting to get a scholarship to Bama. I guess you just pluck the ones you really want and tell the others tough luck?

Jeff

June 8th, 2010
4:36 pm

wow- ok Nance is badmouthing…lets tell it like it really is. Nancy and his daddy are mad at uga because we didnt recruit nancyboy as QB. The ONLY reason he is at UT is because of Duh!Ric going there and telling UT unless they took nancy he would not come. Lets see what Duh! does in Oct….we know he and his buddy nancy are real good at smack talk…..we shall see on the field…

Jeff

June 8th, 2010
4:36 pm

and let’s see if Nancy ever plays QB…..

Urban Meyer

June 8th, 2010
4:40 pm

Hey recruits, sign up for Georgia’s “Dream” or you could just come to Florida and live the “Dream.” See you in Atlanta, and I’m not talking the Chic-Fil-A Bowl!

fishtales

June 8th, 2010
4:47 pm

There are so many other factors that go into it…greyshirt, medical, transfer…and believe me Saban knows exactly how the numbers will work. And so do every oone of the players he recruits. Believe me they do or their parents would not send their 5 star baby to Tuscaloosa. Too much like the NFL for you? Sounds like your beef is with the NCAA not Alabama. And many, many schools recruit with attrition in mind. Ole Miss signed 38 last year for example. You should also note that Saban isn’t able to do this as much lately since the scholarships, that we lost to probation earlier this decade, are now pretty much filled up.

Chazzo

June 8th, 2010
4:53 pm

UM,

The Dawgs don’t play the Gators in Atlanta. See you in Jax, and bring the Pepto in case your tummy ache acts up.

Sweet Home Alabama

June 8th, 2010
4:55 pm

Georgia MOTTO is DA RICK we will lose with you or without you.Mutts grow up and when you do come to Tuscaloosa and we will put a 50 on you.

ROLL TIDE ROLL.SWEET HOME ALABAMA IS BACK ……………….

Urban Meyer

June 8th, 2010
4:56 pm

Hey Chazzo, do you hate mother nature for what she did to you? I’m talking about the SEC Championship game you moron! Go back to your World of Warcraft game and stay off the sports boards!

Chazzo

June 8th, 2010
4:57 pm

It’s one thing when low rent Gators or some engineers show up to talk crap, but you Bama boys just need to get lives. What does any of this have to do with your redneck butts. Don’t you have some Auburn blog to highjack. You got some losses coming this year that will be hard to swallow. And, as you wipe your gritty redneck chins, remember that you heard it here first.

Chazzo

June 8th, 2010
4:59 pm

Darnit. I used to like Alabama. Now I will pull for every team they play against.

fishtales

June 8th, 2010
5:02 pm

That makes me sad Chazzo. I thought we had something.

AltamahaDawg

June 8th, 2010
5:09 pm

Let’s see, Richt has previous players in the hundreds.

And then we have these 2 guys.

Bulldog59

June 8th, 2010
5:24 pm

Just the facts….the most knowledgeable college football recruiting guy I know personally, told me when Saban took the job at Bama, good coach, will win big, but recruits too many players and makes too many promises. Then he runs them off to fill the spots with the new talent. Eventually it will catch up to him if he stays anywhere long enough. (quote unquote, as they say)

2007, 25 scholarships, 2008 32 scholarships, 2009 28 scholarships, there is your NCAA max in just 3 years.

Everyone over recruits to a degree, to compensate for career ending injuries, transfers, washouts, etc. But to act as though Saban makes it a priority to stand behind his players as some have implicated here, is an overstatement guys.

Nothing against Saban or Bama, but the fact is, when the chips are down, he will probably look to ship you off somewhere rather than ride out any adversity with you.

Hypocrite Richt

June 8th, 2010
5:27 pm

Nobody wants to coach or play for hypocrite richt!

TybeeDawg

June 8th, 2010
5:27 pm

Just curious Bill…do you get paid to write this blog?

Reality

June 8th, 2010
5:28 pm

Dawg 84…your team has to win more than 8 games for a member of the team to qualify for the Heisman…will not happen with UGA this year.

chazzo the retard

June 8th, 2010
5:31 pm

typical dumb redneck georgia fan. win something loser.

Bama fan

June 8th, 2010
5:32 pm

Dawgster,

Is that all you got? You gonna talk about one fan throwing a brick through Bill Curry’s window 20 years ago when the office was closed? Is that it? You can talk about something from 20 years ago and I’ll talk about the 2 18 year olds who went to UT who were getting death threats.

Which is worse? One fan throwing a brick through the window of an office when nobody is there or numerous fans calling 18 year old kids in the year 2010 and making death threats?

1eyedJack

June 8th, 2010
5:32 pm

fishtales

It won’t take long to alienate a LOT of High School coaches using that sort of Scholarship Management. How many Louisiana players you got on your roster?

RT

June 8th, 2010
5:33 pm

59…you do realize that some players graduated during those three years right? That will dent your 85 a lil’ bit.

When will UGA win another NC?

June 8th, 2010
5:34 pm

or something.

Zeier Fan

June 8th, 2010
5:35 pm

well said, big dawg!

Zeier Fan

June 8th, 2010
5:36 pm

and by big dog i mean you, mr. king. seriously, bravo.

GR82BAG8R

June 8th, 2010
5:38 pm

Perhaps the reason Georgia’s staff is not talking to others about the transfer is to not convey negative information. Perhaps there is more to this than a player simply wanting more playing time.
This is big time football. Players get recruited with high expectationsw of themselves that sometimes don’t pan out. Then, perhaps facing reality, they use poor judgement in their reaction. Perhaps Richt is doing the transferee a favor by not talking.

Bama fan

June 8th, 2010
5:39 pm

How2fish,

Are you so desperately worried about Saban that you keep bringing up the tired old line about him going elsewhere. Where I come from actions speak louder than words and Saban’s actions are speaking pretty loudly. Lets see:
1) He asked for earlier this year a contract extension and we gave it to him. Does that sound like someone who is leaving?
2) His daughter started as a freshman last year. Do you honestly think he would abandon Bama and leave his daughter there while a handful of people would be upset at Coach Saban. Obviously you didn’t think that one through.
3) He committed 1 million last year to be distributed to the general scholarship fund over 10 years. Sound like someone who is leaving???
4) When the USC and ND jobs came open there was never one peep about the possibility of Saban going to either. Why? Cause he’s not a candidate you dolt.
5) His job hirings were a series of logical job promotions from Toledo to MSU to LSU to the pros. He didn’t like the pros and so he took a 1 million dollar pay cut to return to the college game which he enjoys more. Why is that so hard for you dolts to understand?

Gatorman

June 8th, 2010
5:39 pm

The GATORS are the team to beat this year. Get ready Bama. Floridas gonna beat you and Saban down this year. Its gonna happen and we’re gonna shut all you rednecks up and show you who the best coach in the country is. The Bama rednecks don’t have a chance.It won’t be close.

When will Tech win another bowl game?

June 8th, 2010
5:40 pm

or something

fishtales

June 8th, 2010
5:40 pm

Enough to win a title.

Bill

June 8th, 2010
5:42 pm

You are absolutely correct in your assessment of Makiri Pugh, without knowing any more about the situation than his former high school coach. Coach Richt is the most ethical and talented coach in college football.

1eyedJack

June 8th, 2010
5:46 pm

GR82BAG8R

You could be right and it’s good to get a different and civil perspective from time to time. But the fact is this kid was the 66th rated safety in his class. I don’t think CMR would promise him playing time and all the kid could possibly (or realistically) hope for would be to be a career backup and special teamer.

Now, if he’s not doing his offseason work or showing up in the weight room, then CMR should tell him to explore his options.

GT Robber

June 8th, 2010
5:48 pm

Sweet Home Alabama –

–if a guy and girl in Alabama get married, move to Mississippi and get divorced, will they still be brother and sister?

– What does a 15 Alabama girl say when she gets done having sex? Get off me daddy your crushing my cigarette….

– Alabama – where the men are men and the sheep are nervous…..

1eyedJack

June 8th, 2010
5:51 pm

Where are all the Gnats bragging about their baseball team?

Eisendawg

June 8th, 2010
5:53 pm

Who cares if or when Saban will leave? Who cares about Tech? Who cares about the Vols or Gators? Last I checked this is a UGA blog; it’s pathetic you children don’t have anything else to do. Let me give you some suggestions:

Bama fans – go make out with your sister
Gators – go look for some gay shorts
Vols – go rub old smokey
Tech – just go

Bulldog59

June 8th, 2010
5:53 pm

GT, correct, and graduation is factored into the 85 “rolling total” that the NCAA mandates.

My point is, compare Alabama’s 85 signees to UF during the same 3 years. UF signed 66 players. (2007-27, 2008-22, and 2009-17) Georgia signed 67 players (2007-23, 2008-24, and 2009-20.)

Bama signed 21 more players in a 3 year span. That is an additional ENTIRE recruiting class.

The NCAA is supposedly reigning this in thanks to Houston Nutt’s super-classes of 2008 consisting of 31 players, followed by 37 players in 2009. I believe the new rule going in is supposed to limit a school to 25 players a year, but I’m sure there will be a list of exemptions/exceptions.

Bama fan

June 8th, 2010
5:56 pm

1eyedjack,

You have a problem understanding scholly #s while Saban does not. Saban signed 32 players his first full recruiting class? Why did he oversign? Because 2 players ended up going pro baseball, 3-4 players ended up not making the grades to get in for the fall semester, 2 players were booted off the team for committing felonies, and a couple of players went on medical scholarship with career ending injuries. When it was all said and done we actually came in 1 player under the scholarship limit of 85 when the season started. Shows how much you know about our scholly #s.

Saban oversigns because when its all said and done there may be one or 2 players who have to delay enrollment one semester and they are told of this possibility beforehand. This happened last year as one player had to grayshirt. Contrast that with AU who played the season with only 72 scholarship players and UT who played with only 68 scholarship players. The coaches at those 2 programs failed to account for natural attrition and so at when it was said and done those programs were left playing with half a deck and at a disadvantage. And on top of that is 17 scholarships left open for young men at one school and 13 at the other that were left unfilled.

Is it more unfair that one or 2 players grayshirt every year because a coach oversigns or is it more unfair that 17 and 13 scholarships don’t get used at 2 schools because the coach failed to adequately sign enough players and adequately account for all the attrition that normally happens. That’s 30 wasted scholarships and 30 kids that missed the opportunity for at least one seasonto live the dream of playing major college football. Answer that one for me jack.

joe robby

June 8th, 2010
5:57 pm

Look, this is a tired old story. Lots of people don’t get into UGA and they become bitter about it. It’s a character issue. “I’m not good enough, well, they aren’t either.”

The bad thing about this Nash thing is that his high school coach supported both he and Rogers when they changed their minds. Now Nash is throwing his coach’s son under the bus? Yet another character issue.

If Rogers had a problem with UGA coaches (and he had nothing but good things to say about Richt and UGA on signing day) then it should come from him, not from the guy that just wasn’t good enough.

Character, some people have it and some don’t. Nash is one of those that don’t.

One, two, free, fo, fi, dem der Gator don't take no jive!

June 8th, 2010
5:59 pm

As a Gator fan, I have to admit this is just a BS story. Should be a non-story. From what I’ve seen and heard about Richt, he wouldn’t ignore those phone calls unless he just felt that was in the kids best interest. Kids transfer all the time over lack of playing time. How in the world is it Richt’s responsibility to find this kid a place to play? He gave him a place to play and the kid didn’t want to stay!
Can we have an article about FOOTBALL….not all this he said she said crap from a bunch of teenagers that feel they got “dissed”! Grow up!

UGAgrad71

June 8th, 2010
5:59 pm

It should be a requirement that your date of birth and/or IQ score be posted with your comments. Based upon some of these postings, there are people blogging who are under the age of 12 and have an IQ equal to or less than the number of fingers and toes on their bodies. Even in the 1960,s at UGA we had players who transferred. Nothing new in the Pugh story. Had he had 50+ tackles last year, he would not be transferring.

Bama fan

June 8th, 2010
6:03 pm

Bulldawg59,

See my previous post and also understand that Saban already knew that he was going to ask several players to transfer due to recurring discipline problems. These weren’t guys who weren’t playing. These were starters like Prince Hall, Brandon Fanney, Jimmy Johns, etc. as I stated earlier Saban doesn’t put up with undisciplined behavior. If you don’t do the classroom work and you keep breaking team rules you are gone. We don’t wait for the frequent run ins with the law to get rid of problem players. We nip it in the bud with the breaking of team rules because we are not going to be embarrassed with numerous player arrests like Zach Mettenberger.

How2fish keeps bringing up the 5 football players who were abusing the textbook distribution system to get free textbooks for friends who were having trouble affording them. What he fails to mention is that all 5 players were suspended 5 games which is not a light penalty.

One, two, free, fo, fi, dem der Gator don't take no jive!

June 8th, 2010
6:05 pm

Eisndawg,
Last I checked it was a free country.
This is an ATLANTA newspaper (not Athens). Atlanta is a melting pot.
The page is titled UGA and the SEC (not just UGA). Tons of SEC fans from all over the region reside in metro Atlanta.
Either realize that and deal with it or go to the Athens paper.

Marnie

June 8th, 2010
6:12 pm

The events of the last couple of years are pretty damning for Richt. The outrageously high arrest rate and the number of penalties make it very clear that he has little or no control over his players.

And frankly, how can UGA keep getting a top five recruiting class year after year and not even win its conference division?

The facts are clear on Richt: a nice guy who can’t coach. It’s past time for him to go.

DawginLex

June 8th, 2010
6:12 pm

Anybody from toothless hillbilly land want to post the scores of the UGA/UT games from 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2008?

UGA went 6-4 this decade vs UT but don’t let facts get in the way of your venom.

Yaz

June 8th, 2010
6:18 pm

As a Dawg fan, I’ve reached the point where I agree that it’s time to fire Richt and get a coach who can outcoach Urban Meyer and Nick Saban. Richt is not being paid millions of dollars to lose every year. There has to be some viable candidate out there, and Damon Evans needs to be looking for him now.

Bama fan

June 8th, 2010
6:22 pm

Bulldawg59,

The sec instituted a rule last year that sec schools can only accept 28 commits. The rule was instigated by AU in response to Saban signing 32 his first full year and then 29 the next year and also because of Nutt taking 37 commits which is just crazy. Oddly enough AU ignored the rule this past signing year when Chizik took 32 commitments. Even more ironic is that AU played this past year with only 72 scholarship players because they had undersigned in previous years and failed to adequately account for attrition.

In regards to Bama signing 21 more commits than Florida or Georgia over the past 3 years your point is completely irrelevant. It is irrelevant because when the season starts Bama is at 85 scholarshipped players which is the same as everyone else. The attrition that Saban knew was going to happen for all sorts of reasons-transfers, medical scholarship, failing to qualify academically, pro baseball, etc. is irrelevant to fans of other schools and quite frankly is none of your business. Everyone plays with 85 scholly players when the season starts. Except programs like UT and AU who played with 68 and 72 players because they undersigned in previous years.

HOUDAWG

June 8th, 2010
6:23 pm

True story — This reminds me of an employee situation years ago. Decision was made to move our call center / help desk to another faciltiy ( about 20 minutes away from existing location ). An employee that lived 5 mins from current one came storming into my office & asked what I am going to do to get HIM another job (!). He just couldn’t drive another 20 mins away ……. my answer was zip ; zilch ; nada. Good luck on finding another job …… P.S. He stayed with the company another 10 yrs. CMR has no responsibility in placing Pugh & I’m sure he’s not done anything to negatively affect the kid’s future. People should let this go …….. it’s a non-issue.

Bama fan

June 8th, 2010
6:31 pm

“CMR has no responsibility in placing Pugh & I’m sure he’s not done anything to negatively affect the kid’s future. People should let this go …….. it’s a non-issue.”

Sorry but I just thought it would be a matter of decency to help the kid move on with his life by taking 5 minutes to talk to other coaches to help find a place for the kid. Or maybe that’s a little too much to ask from such a Christian guy who wears his religion on his sleeve.

It would be hard to believe that meany ole jerk bad guy Saban does this for players who want to transfer due to lack of playing time but the nice guy Christian Richt won’t go the extra step for his players that want to transfer cause they are buried on the depth chart.

joe robby

June 8th, 2010
6:33 pm

Can we please start an Alabama blog on this website. Take that crap somewhere else. No one here gives a damn about Alabama.

Now back to UGA sports……..

HOUDAWG

June 8th, 2010
6:43 pm

Maybe he has ……. how would you ( or anyone else ) know …… get off your high-horse.

Bama fan

June 8th, 2010
6:55 pm

joe robby,

We only come on occasionally when folks like JB and How2fish start ranting about Alabama when the blog in fact has nothing to do with Alabama. I think Bill could write a blog on the price of tea in China and inevitably some dawg fans would find a way to start talking trash about Alabama. Perhaps if several dawg fans could refrain from dragging Alabama into a conversation that should have nothing to do with Bama then I wouldn’t have to come on here and reply to them.

Hmmm...

June 8th, 2010
6:58 pm

I don’t know, Mark Richt is kind of weird to me. I mean all coaches have tough seasons, but I don’t understand how you can be a good head coach early in your career to so mediocre 2 years later. I mean when Mark Richt’s teams perform well, they’re as good as anyone in the country. But man, when his team perform poorly, it is seriously some of the worst football I have ever seen UGA play: like Ray Goff bad or worse!!

Richt has always, in my mind; had a bridesmaids mentality in regards to success. It’s like he’s driven to win conference titles but in regards to National Titles he’s kind of like ” Well if it happens it happens.” Well hell coach, you took a proactive approach in reaching and winning the SEC championship! You clearly didn’t leave it to fate then so why do it when your team is on the verge of contending for a National Title? This sort of mental sabotage can wreck a coach and a team. If you AS THE HEAD COACH, don’t make winning the National Title a priority, then your team has no clear cut goal to shoot for! Players will rise to the level of expectations that are put out for them. If they feel that they are part of a championship program, they will play to that level. I don’t think Richt has to sacrifice his personal convictions to win a National Title. But he does need to realign his focus a bit to at least make it a goal!

joe robby

June 8th, 2010
6:59 pm

Bama fan, I don’t care. Someone doesn’t like your team. Boo hoo! Go visit Slimebaum’s website because UGA fans certainly aren’t. He’ll tell you exactly what you want to hear over there. Besides, I’ve seen MANY Bama fans start all kinds of crap here. I’m tired of sifting through that garbage. This is a UGA blog. Period.

HOUDAWG

June 8th, 2010
7:04 pm

That would be Bama fan of course ……. ( my earlier response ).

Bama fan

June 8th, 2010
7:07 pm

joe robby,

boo hoo! Its a 2 way street. If you can dish it out you should be able to take it too and quit boo hooing yourself.

turkeycaller

June 8th, 2010
7:19 pm

SAM, Great post at befinning of this blog. The pure D truth.

Tim Rupert

June 8th, 2010
7:50 pm

Glad Rogers went to Tennessee, he and Nash, or what ever his name is they would not have fit in at UGA. If these kids were talking about another Coach, you might need to consider the chances of it being true but this is Ga and the coach is Richt. Richt won’t oversign and he treats people with respect. It’s not like we’re talking about Auburn or Alabama.

Bama fan

June 8th, 2010
7:54 pm

Tim Rupert,

You are correct. Richt does treat people with a lot of respect. He treated Urban Meyer with a lot of respect when his team was doing the endzone celebration. He also treated AU with a lot of resepct when his players were doing the soulja boy dance at the Auburn players. That’s a really classy and respectful bunch ya got there.

dan

June 8th, 2010
8:04 pm

Hey Dawg Trainer

I’m surprised people from Tennessee know how to count. But how about this.

2000- 21-10
2001- 26-24
2002- 18-13
2003- 41-14
2005- 27-14( which really should have been 27-7)
2008- 26-14

That is 6-4 vs.the Vols in THIS decade! Richt still owns ya’ll and will get back to doing so this coming season because your team will be an absolute joke now that Monty Kiffin isn’t there and most of your talent on defense has moved on to the NFL. Have fun losing 6 games AGAIN! These truths are self evident, you huckleberry imbred!

GoDOGS1

June 8th, 2010
8:07 pm

Peyton Manning never won a National Championship…..morons!

Spike

June 8th, 2010
8:09 pm

This Nance kid is really full of himself. What a putz.

the truth

June 8th, 2010
8:20 pm

Who cares? Honestly this is too much information about a nothing.

I keep wishing

June 8th, 2010
8:41 pm

for a coach that knows how to win championships like that coach at bama,lsu,florida,ohio state,southern cal….we have a coach who is all talk…can’t deliver and get all those recuits that cmr coaches down.

Bulldog59

June 8th, 2010
9:11 pm

Not looking for an argument, just stating the facts. If UGA and UF sign 66/67 players over 3 year, and Alabama signs 85 players, the additional 18-19 players were cut lose somewhere along the line, for various reasons. Bottom line, so far, Saban has “gone thru” a lot more players than some other schools. It will be interesting to see if, over the next 3-4 years, he maintains the high turnover rate.

dandydawg

June 8th, 2010
9:22 pm

What’s up with the “Bama Fan”? You are posting on this site like Alabama is the best thing that ever happen to America and your Nick Saban is a true god that treats all people the same.. well, save the crap… we all know who he is and it won’t be long before the kids find out about him. So, stop trying to talk down about our coach and worry about the mess that coach of yours will have Bama in the the next few years…

fayncdawg

June 8th, 2010
9:50 pm

I mean wouldn’t ANY top-25 college coachn take nash nance over Christian LeMay? Hey one star is better than five stars,isn’t it?? Nance is going to be the next Peyton Manning, right?? Well darn! How come somebody didn’t tell CMR take nance and let LeMay play for Urban Crier?? (Note: somebody’s name is spelled w/lower-cased letters for a reason).

Houdawg

June 8th, 2010
9:50 pm

Bama Fan …… you speak of ONLY coming here occasionally ….. when we drag ‘Bama into this blog. What a complete joke …….. you’re here all the time. Own it BOY ……. stop making idiotic excuses.

Can You Dig It

June 8th, 2010
10:24 pm

Bama Fan….please stop….. your posts are too funny…. We laugh at your Holier-than-thou attitude as if Bama does no wrong. GROW UP LITTLE BOY..Guess what your sh-t does stink…Saban is not god and the world of college football does not revolve around the state of Alabama….you blog like a little boy…I’ll bet you even sleep in Alabama PJ’s,have a Roll Tide lunch box and have at least two Bama magnets and two flags on your car.Your team is as crooked as everybody else..so are your athletes…your school is known for covering up athletes indiscreations…Just because Alabama won the NC last year doesn’t make them the best team ever or Saban better than everyone else. Grow up little boy theres a big world out there…Can You Dig It

col fot

June 8th, 2010
10:47 pm

consider the sources, jealous trash. Mark Richt and his coaching staff are a class act. That trash shouldn’t be worthy of being put on the internet!!!

BigDawg9

June 8th, 2010
11:04 pm

Bama Fan go blog on your inbred BAMA blog. Oh thats right BAMA doesn’t have a blog because most of the toothless fans don’t know what a computer is. Or are you really a nerd fan on here bad mouthing our team and coach hoping some of those prize recruits will consider your pitiful school? Stay jealous of the best team and coach in the country! Go Dawgs!!

Payback time

June 9th, 2010
1:04 am

Richt’s taking all this down and marking his calendar for the big games—he’s ready for payback against Florida and Tennessee—the dawgs are loaded on the Oline—look for easy wins over uf and ut and a blowout win over tech. GA plays bama for the SEC—-you heard it here first.

BuLLdawg

June 9th, 2010
1:59 am

You miss the point, Bill King.

Makiri Pugh is a high school All-America player repored in the Georgia Football Media Guide to have made an interception and 4 tackles in the Orange Bowl All-America Game. We have made great strides at Charlotte Independence High School of Tom Knotts. We really don’t need you making up excuses for why you suggest might be the excuse for why Coach Richt didn’t return phone calls to Colorado or other schools. This is a big-time # 22 Defensive Back in the nation recruit to UGA. He is a physical secondary player. He played in 9 games for UGA last year making several tackles even though he and Joe Cox caught the Swine Flu. Pugh was on scholarship, after redshirting 2008, and this too will add to the # 9 in The SEC Graduation Rates for our Football Players. If he isn’t any good, then why did Mike Bobo recruit Makiri Pugh here with his 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash ? If he isn’t any good, why did he play in 9 games last year ?

1580 SAT and 3.55 GPA Makiri Pugh would have significantly helped our Graduation Rates, among the worst in SEC football.

Virginia Tech gave him a scholarship offer, Georgia’s Mike Bobo did, Clemson did, Georgia tek did, and there were a lot more who gave him scholarship offers. This was going to be his sophomore year. His best football was ahead of him.

Consider the sources. Excuse me the source is Charlotte’s Independence High School, clearly 1 of the most important sources of top-notch football players we recruit from.

This is not good.

As for Nash Nance, everyone on this blog yelped about not getting his wide receiver Rogers. Instead DEREK DOOLEY did. The DISNYEdawgs.com who try to make up excuses and paint everything bad as good or doesn’t matter makes you look like you are trying to whistle in the graveyard. Hutson Mason will probably never play a down for UGA; that is what was said when we recruited him instead of Nance. Nance actually has a chance to get on the field this season with the vols, as they have issues at QB in case you haven’t noticed. We do too and Mason might have to play; if he does, our season is shot. If Nance plays there, he certainly has proved that he can get the football to Rogers, hasn’t he ? We needed Rogers. We have 1 wide receiver on the team and no one behind him. He leaves after this season.

I am telling you there is a lot more fire where this smoke is coming from about multiple recruits to The Georgia Bulldogs speaking ILL of the coaching staff here. Note if you will, we are talking about Rogers and the Offensive Coaching Staff at UGA today still, and we are talking about Makiri Pugh recruited by Offensive Coordinator Mike Bobo. That is who recruited Pugh.

You have to keep players like Pugh, Rogers, Mettenberger, Robinson. A football team cannot continue to lose these players. You expect your coaching staff, Mike Bobo recruited Pugh, Mike Bobo recruited Mettenberger and Mike Bobo recruited Rogers, to coach these players and to make sure they represent us well and graduate. We also would like them to be here when they are most productive which is their Junior and Senior seasons. None of these Mike Bobo recruits will be. And, it makes us look like crap.

Now, go make your excuses up.

Habanero

June 9th, 2010
5:42 am

I think that Damon Evans should tell the coaches and the players on all teams, that if they want to transfer and the coaches for whateve reason are not answering phone calls from interested schools, that the player should contact Damon Evans and he will get involved and assist the player in accomplishing the transfer. Coaches not returning these phone calls is not acceptable! Damon Evans should get involved in this for all athletes.

BuLLdawg

June 9th, 2010
6:48 am

Was it Mike Bobo, since he is the coach who recruited these players here, who is getting the heat poored upon him for not then returning the calls, and who they are putting the heat on for his statements that caused these players to be playing elsewhere when we really needed these players.

It is not like we are kicking booty vs SEC East the last 4 years at 10-10 good for # 3 vs SEC East the last 4 years, and it is not like we are kicking booty vs SEC teams the last 4 years at 20-12 good for # 4 vs SEC the last 4 years.

We just cannot afford to be losing all these top-rated recruits. We need them.

Who are the coaches that the top-rated recruits are upset at. Mike Bobo

And, Pugh is an Academic All-America in addition. It is not like we can afford any of those to go to Colorado when we are # 9 in Football Graduation Rates in The SEC.

stuckinatl

June 9th, 2010
7:06 am

Who cares if Poo leaves…. it always struck a nerve why we recruited a midget at corner. I’m sure the new db coach has more sense about the size corner he wants on the field than martinez did.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

June 9th, 2010
7:19 am

Sorry Pugh didn’t work out at UGA… he was a 4 star recruit. He didn’t get the best coaching in the world from Martinez who also poorly trained our 5 star safety that has since turned pro. That is water under the dam now and we finally have some decent defensive coaches that can TEACH the proper techniques. Richt’s worst error in judgement since coming to UGA was to make Martinez his DC instead of seeking an outsider that could actually IMPROVE the defense. Richt meant well but his loyalty to his friends and coaches is both a plus and a liability at times.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

June 9th, 2010
7:25 am

Bull Dawg – who got your panties in a wad? Nash Nance couldn’t hit a target if it was the size of the Titanic. Duh’Rick made him and now Nance wants to hang on to his coat tails. Not going to happen- Duh’Rck will eventually see the light and Nancy Pants will transfer to Furman – where he will ride the bench.

joe

June 9th, 2010
7:30 am

Man, ya’ll just can’t let a slow news (sports) day go by without throwing these two kids under the bus. I”d bet 99.9% of UG fans have no clue how the coaching staff deals with recruiting or coaching. But 100% of you sure have an opinion on it. The fact that you keep spouting off at the mouth on this lame non-story reaffirms that you still hate losing the #1 recruit from GA. Get over it already.

Milledgeville DAWG

June 9th, 2010
7:31 am

Da-Rick followed his rich friend to UT, and now is Da-fool.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

June 9th, 2010
7:31 am

By reading my comments above you may think I am anti-Richt. That would be wrong. I am a big supporter. I believe that he has learned a lot and now realizes that busines is business and friendship is something you have off the field. By the way, congratulations on your new commit Nick Marshall…. he is a great talent and should be considered at QB before you move him to DB. Fox knows his program just got a boost. He needs big time guards and he just got one.

Truth

June 9th, 2010
8:23 am

Who in their right mind can really say that being a top recruit ALWAYS (ALWAYS) has a direct transfer to the field of play? Seriously, it JUST doesn’t happen that way!

Our program is fine, our coaches are fine. Pugh wasn’t going to get much playing time, so what. If the DC doesn’t think he rates the time then he doesn’t rate the time…period. Maybe Martinez thought more of him than our current DC does. In my mind, that alone warrants letting him transfer.

I wish him the best and don’t care past that.

As far as Nance, who really cares? The facts there speak for themselves. I mean, really, Lane Kiffin? Lane freakin Kiffin? More professional….riiiiiiiight.

Nance will have his chance to back up his story when he wins the starting QB spot and leads UT to a National Championship (not). Otherwise, people will see what really happened and how he got that scholarship.

Bulldog59

June 9th, 2010
8:33 am

Flo-Ri-Duh, thanks for the heads up on Nick Marshall, had no idea he committed. A great pick-up for the Dawgs. And, agreed, he’s got talent at QB as well.

hatfieldgeoff

June 9th, 2010
8:35 am

Nance’s father joined these two at the hip. The Knoxville News story says Rogers relationship with Nance’s father began before their college recruitment. Well I am sure it was obvious Rogers was a D-1 recruit when he was in the 7th grade, so it wasn’t hard to start positioning your son as his best friend by moving Rogers into your house for long stretches of time. But the the most obvious fact is how many other SEC schools were offering Nance a scholarship, just Vanderbilt. Even with Tennessee’s bad situation at QB Nance will probably never leave the bench.

Bulldog59

June 9th, 2010
8:50 am

BuLLdawg, Pugh wants to start but won’t, so he’s looking elsewhere, not a big deal, it speaks to our depth in DBs.

If he is such a talent at DB, and has an unconditional release, why is he going to Colorado of all places? Expecting the coaches to help “sell” your ablities for you, to other schools, is a bit much IMHO. Most likely there is more to this situation than we know, and as usual, CMR will not air internal matters in the press.

As for Mett (sexual assault and lying to coaches repeatedly) and Robinson (multiple offenses, including hitting his girlfriend on two separate occasions), they had to go, end of story. CMR expects accountability and responsibility from his players.

Fillin' up @ Juniors

June 9th, 2010
8:55 am

The greatest part of this is in about 2-3 years when UT plays UGA, they will run one of those heart warming stories about these two kids, how they choose to play together, and blah blah, and UGA and their fans are totally going to be painted the evil ones in that story…You know they will…and I will laugh.

80 kids on the team and only 33-40 see the field, do the math, there are plenty of kids who never see the field, and thus don’t get their “Rudy” moment… A few I am sure blow up about it and blame whom ever they can, I won’t lose sleep over it. You went to a SEC school, you could have gone almost anywhere else and probably played. Let that be a lesson to recruits.

Loco Cabesa

June 9th, 2010
9:12 am

I love it when I hear comments like “we’re gonna win it all! You heard it here first.” Sorry, no I didn’t, I’ve been hearing it for 30 years. Humpers crack me up.

CTDawg

June 9th, 2010
9:19 am

Why is this even a story? These are two players that don’t want to be here or were not wanted here. I guess this is all there is to talk about in June.

Bulldog59

June 9th, 2010
9:24 am

hatfieldgeoff, Nance’s 15 minutes of fame have already passed and he is infamous not famous, so he has to keep stirring the pot to keep his name out there.

Too bad for Rogers, he’s going to a team that is years away from being competitive in the SEC. I read the UT O-line has no returning starters, and we know they have no QB. Even if Rogers is wide-open, no way to get him the ball.

Enough about those two, onward and upward for the Dawgs. We should see a much improved team in 2010.

Jborodawg

June 9th, 2010
9:34 am

Once again, a non-issue that with, so far, 3 pages of comments, becomes an “issue” some how. Before ya know it, Bill and other AJC writers will make up another story about “discontent in Dawg Nation”.

Amen papadawg: “Why do you even report what a high schooler has to say anyway.”

Ditto FLA DAWG: “You should be above this Bill. This kind of non story commenting amounts to absolutely nothing.”

I can’t imagine CMR not returning phone calls, unless he’s out of the country building a school or clinic or church or something.

Loco Cabesa

June 9th, 2010
9:41 am

can’t imagine CMR not returning phone calls, unless he’s out of the country building a school or clinic or church or something.

You sure are getting your 3 million per years worth out of CMR.

How2fish

June 9th, 2010
10:11 am

Bama fan you stated I overstated the textbook incident..really ?? Just for clarity lets review the Bama probation issues from well the mid 90’s shall we while your tossing rocks in glass houses shall we.. NCAA sanctions
In August 1995, the NCAA Infractions Committee claimed four violations of NCAA rules by the Alabama football program. Alabama cornerback Antonio Langham signed with a sports agent and applied to enter the NFL draft in January 1993. Alabama’s football program was placed on probation, suffered scholarship limitations, a one year post-season ban (1995), and forfeiture of eight wins and one tie from the 9-3-1 1993 season.

During the 2000 season, an assistant football coach in Memphis, Tennessee claimed that an Alabama booster had paid him $50,000 to encourage one of his players to sign with the Crimson Tide.[118] Following the NCAA investigation, Alabama received a probation from 2002 to 2006, a two-year post-season ban (2002 and 2003), and scholarship reductions.[119] A secret witness was later revealed to be Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer.[120][121]

On June 11, 2009, Alabama was sanctioned for textbook-related infractions involving 16 of 19 sports, including football. They were forced to vacate 21 wins from the 2005, 2006, and 2007 seasons and were put on three years probation, ending in June 2012.[122] The university stated “none of the textbooks or materials was used for profit or to get items not related to academics, and that the athletes involved who still have eligibility remaining have had to pay restitution.”[123] Alabama’s appeal of the ruling was unsuccessful.[124]
So as you see I didn’t really overstate a damn thing.And how many times do I have to remind you Bamamites I never said Saban was leaving..I just think given the man’s history that your nuts if you take his word that he is not. I think he is good for the SEC and would much rather he be here than say next year at Michigan.

BG

June 9th, 2010
11:10 am

GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dawg Trainer

June 9th, 2010
3:40 pm

Let me put it like this to you Dawgs. Yep, yer 6-4 against us this decade. Gotcha. Having said that, the only score of the 6 that is considered an ass-whipping is the 41-14.

Now let us ponder 51-33. 51. In Athens. I believe we spotted you 21 points, decided it was high time we took over Sanford, and won going away.

I now proffer 35-14. If there was anything you can call a run of the mill buttkicking, this was it. I believe this was the season you were declaring you could beat Hawaii in the AM, then LSU in the PM. I see 35-14. I believe you would be wrong.

Last, but certainly not least, I give you 45-19. Your defense got Jonathan Crompton paid by the Chargers, and I’m sure he appreciates it! And the Jawja offense? 2 field goals. Never crossed the Tennessee 30 yard line.

So I’ll let 41-14 and 35-14 cancel each other out. When you Dawgs put up 51 in Neyland, OR keep us from crossing the 30 in Sanford (oops, Neyland South), then you can bark. Until then, HEEL! Good Dawg.

just wondering

June 9th, 2010
3:47 pm

are nash and rogers a ” couple “???????????

gdawginkalamazoo

June 9th, 2010
4:22 pm

Dawg Trainer, you won’t see this fan running smack on UT for those reasons. We didn’t even get off the damn bus for those games. That 07′ game kept us out of the SECCG and possibly the NC game. Hopefully the bulldog staying on the porch will over with and we will be competitive against UT in the future. I hate it, I hate that you spell it out that way but the truth hurts.

gdawginkalamazoo

June 9th, 2010
4:28 pm

Bulldog59, good post at 8:50am. Knowing Richt being quiet is the best policy. It doesn’t matter how high the kid scored on his SAT or how many stars he has. Has to be more to the story. Like you say unconditional release and he goes to Colorado? Nothing against Colorado mind you but there are higher ranked, high exposure programs that could use somebody that good.

squat

June 9th, 2010
6:00 pm

nance get used to riding that pine….u will never play in the sec..

Dawg Trainer

June 10th, 2010
10:36 am

gdawginkalamazoo…you’re a true fan. My snide remarks aren’t meant for fans like yourself. FWIW, looking back at 2007, we were the spoilers for you guys, and we really and truly lucked out in at least 3 of our wins.

bitter RAY GOOFF

June 10th, 2010
1:38 pm

all this talk about replacing m.r. has taken alot of the hate mail away from me. thanks to the bulldawg nation for hating somebody besides me!! p.s. i think i was as good as wally butts? what you think???

a.c.c. is # 1

June 10th, 2010
9:49 pm

bulldogs are a poodle team

a.c.c. is # 1

June 10th, 2010
9:52 pm

tech is a much better team,,,georgia should jump to the big east cause maybe they could win a game or 2

'94 UGA Grad

June 11th, 2010
8:36 am

Hey Sam,

You hit the nail on the head. Well said. These kids get a quality education for free and then have the audacity to complain and criticize their coaches because they aren’t performing well enough to start.

wildbill

June 22nd, 2010
5:43 pm

I keep hoping for miracles re the dawgs. I hope everyone in the dawgs camp, from Richt to the water girl has an epiphany, and they all come out growling and gnashing their teeth for a great season and top tier bowl. Will it happen? We will see what we will see………..