Rapture Saturday: Jake Scott, Will Muschamp and Kelley’s Boys

The UGA sports communications folks finally wrangled a media op Friday with new College Football Hall of Fame inductee Jake Scott, and the Athens Banner-Herald and Dawgs 247 have some interesting comments from the reclusive Bulldog legend.

Scott, who left UGA early after a falling-out with his coach, was asked about Vince Dooley calling him the “most gifted all-around athlete” he ever coached. “I don’t know if I blackmailed him or something that he would have to say that,” Scott joked, “but I appreciate that. We had some great players come through Georgia and play for coach Dooley. … I’m not sure it’s true, but I appreciate it.”

Reminiscing about the 1968 season when he was SEC Player of the Year, Scott noted, “We got lucky and tied Houston. They just kicked the hell out of us. Coach Dooley said, ‘I hope we can meet them in a bowl somewhere.’ Brad Johnson and I looked at each other and I said, ‘I guess he wasn’t at the same game we were at. I don’t want to see those guys again.’ ”

Yeah, that’s vintage Jake.

At the end of that season, Dooley opted prematurely to agree for the Bulldogs to play in the Sugar Bowl rather than go to the Orange Bowl as Scott and other players preferred. Scott said the team felt Dooley didn’t think they could beat Auburn and clinch an Orange Bowl bid. “And it just really hurt our team. That’s what it was about, because we thought that we were headed for the Orange Bowl … and we thought we had a chance to win a national championship at the time. … Yeah, that’s why I left.”

As for being named to the Hall of Fame, Scott said, “I think it’s a team honor more than it is a personal honor. Football is a team sport, and if it wasn’t for the good players around me at Georgia or the good players around me at Miami, I wouldn’t be there. If you’re a loser, you lose. But if you win, you’ve got to win as a team.”

JUNKYARD MAIL

AugustaDawg writes: What do you think of former Dawg Will Muschamp guaranteeing a Gator win over Georgia this year? It’s one thing to accept a job as Florida’s coach, but to come to Atlanta and say such a thing seems like the ultimate insult to his alma mater.

Actually, I don’t really understand UGA fans getting all hot and bothered about what Muschamp said. He was at a Gator fan gathering, after all, and he’s trying to assure his fan base that he’s one of them even though he played for one of their most hated rivals. I think the more pertinent quote was when he said, “I’m loyal to who signs my checks. All of that other stuff, I don’t get into. In our profession you’re loyal to the people you work for.”

ABJ73 writes: I saw you mention Cobern Kelley and Jake Scott playing on the Athens YMCA Pop Warner national championship team the other day. I know you grew up in Athens and I’ve seen you mention Kelley before. Were you one of Kelley’s Boys?

No, I attended summer day camp at the Athens Y while Kelley and his boys were off on one of their trips to California or Canada, and my brother Jon and I took swimming lessons there. (We took swimming lessons every place they were offered in Athens. My Mom wasn’t taking any chances.) So I never came under the direct tutelage of Kelley, whose football program produced future UGA quarterbacks Fran Tarkenton, Paul Gilbert and Andy Johnson. But a lot of my close friends were among Kelley’s Boys, as they call themselves, and he was pretty much a ubiquitous presence in Athens in my youth. In fact, he came to our house one time to speak at a child study group meeting. By the way, the interesting (and admittedly frequently embellished) story of Kelley’s life and his influence on a generation of Athens boys is told in the 2009 book “Kelley’s Boys” by Darrell Huckaby and Blake Giles, which is available in Athens area bookstores.

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81 comments Add your comment

1eyedJack

May 21st, 2011
11:03 am

1eyedJacks are better to open.

Bawbie

May 21st, 2011
11:09 am

Vandy Whips Dawgs 9 – 3. Fire Perno!

HMS Pinafore

May 21st, 2011
11:33 am

Boise State 67, UGA 10.

And the season goes downhill from there. :-)

Y NOT?

May 21st, 2011
11:39 am

Cobern Kelley was recently named spiritual founder of a new ministry soon to launch called Y NOT? A short video collage of Kelley pictures with the song, “Let Freedom Ring”, by the Gaither Vocal Band as background music cab be seen on the Spiritual Founder’s page at the link below.

http://www.ylifeonline.org/freedom.html

Brian Vogleson

May 21st, 2011
12:22 pm

UGASports.com has a great story on Scott, too……

http://uga.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1224005

shane#1

May 21st, 2011
12:44 pm

Probably the first time ol’ Jake and the rapture are in the same title. Duck yo’ head Bill, before the stuff hits the fan tonight.

Who?

May 21st, 2011
2:02 pm

Who the heck is Jake Scott?

Russ GASTA

May 21st, 2011
2:03 pm

Jake Scott was overdue to get in the College Football Hall of Fame . The Rapture is not. It will come in the Lord’s time – not a false prophets. Even so come
Lord Jesus!

Dawgmess

May 21st, 2011
2:23 pm

I dunno … I kinda like Jake Scott’s style. He reminds me of DB Cooper … you know, crept in, crapped, and crept back out.

1eyedJack

May 21st, 2011
2:28 pm

Western Carolina 67, GT 10.

And the rats start to desert the ship.

1eyedJack

May 21st, 2011
2:30 pm

Rusty

May 21st, 2011
2:35 pm

I wouldn’t let Muschump polish my balls.

Bill King

May 21st, 2011
2:40 pm

Who?:

Jake Scott was one of the greatest defensive stars ever at UGA. Played in the late ’60s. Went on to the Miami Dolphins, where he was a Super Bowl MVP. Now going into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Nick

May 21st, 2011
2:41 pm

understand that the SON does not know the exact date on which the following prophesy will occur—”only the FATHER”. so, anyone who claims to know the exact date has been misled.

yes, HE will come to snatch up all who are “in CHRIST”, but first all who have passed away. “After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the LORD in the air. And so we will be with the LORD forever.”(1Th 4:16-17 NIV)

so that you will not be misled today, study the Bible today.(Mat 24:36; Mar 13:32)

Jake Scott and Bill Stanfill...

May 21st, 2011
2:55 pm

…,other than Herschel, just might be the two best football players ever produced out of UGA, with no disrespect intended to Heisman winner Sinkwich…

Hey, Nick...

May 21st, 2011
2:56 pm

…that kind of makes me want to go stand in a graveyard at about 5pm…

Fred

May 21st, 2011
3:50 pm

Go Dawgs posted a great article about Scott in Junkyard Blawgs’ previous blog on Jake Scott: All UGA fans need to know the original ‘Wild Dawg.’

Since you missed it WHo? I’ll link it again, it’s a great read:

http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2006-11-19/sports/sfl-spjakescott19nov19_1_noonday-breeze-defensive-lineman-manny-fernandez-front-porch

BiggdawgK

May 21st, 2011
4:04 pm

Congrats Jake Scott. muschump and fatty weiss will not mesh well and their egos will help that program implode by mid season. Why does d orlando ledbetter hate UGA and why did I get banned for pointing out to him baiting Dawg Nation was a petty thing to do?

Ceasar

May 21st, 2011
4:28 pm

Whatever happened to Jiggy Smaha???

Bill King

May 21st, 2011
4:54 pm

I think Jiggy Smaha was there for the lettermen’s flag football game on G-Day.

Scattered and Smothered

May 21st, 2011
4:58 pm

Whatever happened to Jiggy Smaha???

Night fry cook at Waffle House.

Jiggy Smaha

May 21st, 2011
5:18 pm

I am alive and well—thanks for asking. And thanks for the plug, Bill! Great job–as always–with Junkyard Blog.

Dawg95

May 21st, 2011
5:39 pm

Muschamp promised a gator win over Florida? Say what?

1eyedJack

May 21st, 2011
5:41 pm

Speaking of Waffle House, last time I graced that establishment, there didn’t appear to be a single employee with a college pedigree, technical certificate, high school diploma, or what not.

name dropper

May 21st, 2011
5:42 pm

Can’t wait to hear the story about how someone you know from way back in Mrs Crabtree’s second grade history class at Gaines School Elementary helped Abraham Baldwin start the University of Ga.

Rapture?

May 21st, 2011
5:51 pm

About the only thing happening is all dawgs can go to hell! Have ya’ll noticed how mediocre you are the last few years? ….and the future don’t look all that bright! Go Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Florida, Clemson, Boise State, South Carolina!

Saban

May 21st, 2011
6:19 pm

Just in. Richt was seen floating to the heavens. the entire Georgia team is still safe in Athens.

New Georgia coach in the Fall. SATAN.

chazzo

May 21st, 2011
6:20 pm

“If you’re a loser, you lose. But if you win, you’ve got to win as a team.”

BRAND IT ALL OVER THE LOCKER ROOM, WEIGHT ROOM, PRACTICE FIELD, PLAYBOOKS, UNIFORMS, ET AL!!!!!!

Saban

May 21st, 2011
6:21 pm

With Satan in charge. A victory over Florida is assured. All true Geogia fans are excited about the new coach.

RxDawg

May 21st, 2011
6:28 pm

I agree Bill, I don’t get that worked up over a former Dawg coaching the Gators either. Heck, for a couple million I year I’d go coach for a rival too.

Mirth Rock

May 21st, 2011
6:46 pm

Fire Mark Richt now.

Vandy Man

May 21st, 2011
6:51 pm

Vandy looked great today in putting the baseball dawgs out of their misery!

bardawg

May 21st, 2011
7:33 pm

Saban , you so cute , with your tail ,horns , & reddish complection . Whoops , excuse me ….Satan . Just please stay in Bama where you deserve to be.

bardawg

May 21st, 2011
7:33 pm

complexion duh

olddog

May 21st, 2011
8:40 pm

I thought this was comments on sports not fairy tales. Jake Scott was one of the best!

BornADawg

May 21st, 2011
9:03 pm

@ Bawbie…God Almighty, you sound like a broken record. Same post everytime you come on here. Do you ever have anything pertinent or positive to say.

shane#1

May 21st, 2011
10:31 pm

Hey Bill, you still there? If you are, I guess we were both left out!

RabidDawgFan

May 22nd, 2011
12:30 am

I’m sick of all these weird predictions about how Boise is going to thrash us 67-10, 70-6. I mean get real. You guys are about as off as Harold Camping. You don’t even believe that. Boise didn’t even beat Nevada like that, oh wait, they didn’t beat Nevada. They didn’t beat anybody like that all season last season. Boise just doesn’t have the skill set to compete with UGA. They lack the talent, the depth, the size, the strength, and the speed that the SEC possesses. We’re hungry and ready to prove that we are still relevant. I want to see our ol school days back when we had Greg Blue, Thomas Davis, Tra Battle, Quentin Moses, etc, etc. Van Gorder defenses. Let’s get back to that, starting with Boise. Jenkins and Geathers, have a feast.

BuLLdawg

May 22nd, 2011
1:28 am

Rapture Saturday

This is what you titled this blog about such a topic. Only you don’t have a single word about it. October 21, 2011 is the end of the world, following the 5 months of torture for those of us left – including Mark Richt.

DawgNation

May 22nd, 2011
6:36 am

BuLLdawg take another bottle of sleeping pills and just go away. It has been nice NOT to have seen your stupit posts for the last few months.

DawgNation

May 22nd, 2011
6:38 am

stupid that is.

kydawg

May 22nd, 2011
7:31 am

Rapture must be getting close, tho…May is almost over and no “off the field” issues!!! (Rats…I probably just jinxed it)

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 22nd, 2011
9:29 am

I watched an interview with the Bufford Offensive lineman, Vadal Alexander and I sure hope he comes to UGA. Talk about a poised, confident and intelligent young man. Anybody across the line from him better get use to IHOP, because he sure looks like he is going to make some pancakes of opposing linemen. I think this young man would succeed in life, even if he never played a day of football, with the head he has on his shoulders.

chilidawg

May 22nd, 2011
9:37 am

When people claim to know when the rapture is, it makes them look crazy. When you make fun of them, it makes you look obnoxious.

MikeP

May 22nd, 2011
10:01 am

I expected to still be here this morning but it didn’t occur to me that so many of the regular posters on this site would fail to make The Trip.

What’s next after the rapture? I was hoping for a few post-rapture days to drive the nearly empty roads and catch up on old times with some of my best friends who wouldn’t make the Trip Upstairs either. Looks like there aren’t many true believers out there, or maybe the whole thing was a hoax?

Oh, wait: There’s currently a plague of locusts here so that rapture thingy probably ain’t far behind.

To those of us left behind: WAR EAGLE!

CHUCK UGA

May 22nd, 2011
10:25 am

Still amazes me that Dooley wouldn’t play in the Orange Bowl after the ‘68 season. Also that he wouldn’t open up the passing game against Penn State in the Sugar Bowl instead of repeatedly running Walker up the middle. Yeah, he was somewhat successful, but he made a lot of boneheaded decisions at times. These are two of them. Cost him the 1969 season losing Scott, that’s for sure. Georgia is one of the most underachieving programs in Division 1 over the past 50 years by far. I can say that having personally witnessed most of the game since 1972.

Bawbie

May 22nd, 2011
12:18 pm

17 – 7 …… Vandy……Fire Dave Perno!

Father Flannigan

May 22nd, 2011
12:20 pm

The rapture happenning yesterday is akin that Mark Richt and UGA football will have a good year this fall. Aint gonna happen!

Jim

May 22nd, 2011
1:00 pm

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It Ain't Rocket Science

May 22nd, 2011
1:01 pm

For sure Father F. Almost as rare as finding a celibate Priest in today’s world. Bet the DAWGS will do a lot better if we have a contest to see, who breaks their trend first.

GO DAWGS