Fan talk: Playing it coy on suspensions isn’t helpful

Josh Harvey-Clemons' grandfather says his suspension is because of an academic problem. (Jason Getz / AJC)

Josh Harvey-Clemons' grandfather says his suspension is because of an academic problem. (Jason Getz / AJC)

Hope you had a good holiday week. The King family had a very nice Christmas, including lots of UGA-related gifts exchanged, ranging from shirts, a fleece jacket, basketball shorts and books to a Bulldog cutting board and coasters featuring the arch!

And, of course, between feasting and watching a John Wayne movie marathon we spent a little time talking Georgia football as Mark Richt’s team was making its way down to Jacksonville for Gator Bowl practice— amid news reports that, predictably, a couple of members would not be taking part in the game because of suspensions.

That’s never a good thing, no matter what sort of infraction was committed by defensive players Josh Harvey-Clemons and Sheldon Dawson, but the way Richt handled the situation this week, repeatedly refusing to answer any questions about the suspensions, allowed rumor and speculation to run rampant for a few days, which isn’t helpful to his program.

Let’s face it, when you heard the two Dogs were suspended for the bowl game because of a “violation of team rules,” the first thing that popped into your head was drugs, right? In recent years, that phrase has come to be considered a sort of code for “caught with weed” or “failed a drug test.”

Fortunately, some sources close to the program quickly started leaking to reporters word that the suspensions actually were related to academic problems, and then Friday Harvey-Clemons’ grandfather confirmed that was the case with him, though we still have no certain word on Dawson’s suspension. But resorting to the “grapevine” to manage this sort of PR problem seems wrong-headed.

I understand if school policy precludes the head coach talking to the media about a player’s academic standing, but if that’s the case UGA should urge the players involved, or their families, or some designated spokesman (usually their high school coach) to speak up and set the record straight. Or perhaps Richt could at least say publicly what the suspensions are not about.

Playing coy in these instances doesn’t serve the player, the team or the school’s best interests.

Now, let’s get to some holiday week Junkyard Mail …

Jackie T. writes: Bill, I’m really more of a “neutral” observer than a Dawg fan, having gone to NYU before moving down here, but I enjoy reading your Blawg and getting some insight into all my Red and Black friends and neighbors. Speaking of which, I get the distinct impression the Bulldog Nation is greeting next week’s bowl game with a collective yawn. I realize the Gator Bowl isn’t part of the BCS, but there are a lot of fan bases out there that would love to have their team playing in the postseason, and especially in a New Year’s Day bowl game in Florida. Are your Bulldog brethren spoiled or fair-weather fans or what?

Jackie, I’d say your characterization of UGA fans’ interest in the Gator Bowl as a “collective yawn” is a bit of an overstatement. Yes, it’s true that a mid-tier bowl after an 8-4 season isn’t what Bulldog fans had hoped for — or expected after Georgia had knocked off South Carolina and LSU — and facing a rematch with the same opponent as last year certainly hasn’t helped stoke fan excitement for either Georgia or Nebraska. But from talking with fans over the past couple of weeks, I get the impression that UGA backers are anxious to see the team close out the season with another win and also want to see whether Hutson Mason can continue the progress he started with the tremendous comeback effort against Georgia Tech. While Bulldog fans understandably are disappointed with the unfortunate way record-setter Aaron Murray’s career at UGA ended prematurely, I think they’re a bit excited about next year’s starting QB getting some valuable playing time against major competition in advance of that looming 2014 season opener against Clemson. But, to get back to your point, fan bases for major SEC programs like Georgia generally aren’t satisfied with anything short of a top-level bowl, if not a conference championship and a shot at the national title. And I don’t think Richt and his staff would want them to be.

In a related question, Kathleen White writes: Just curious — how are ticket sales for the Gator Bowl going? I read a week or so ago that UGA had only sold about 7,000 tickets in mid-December and that Nebraska had only sold about 3,000. I think the schools had allotments of 12,000-15,000.

Kathleen, UGA sports information chief Claude Felton tells me that the most recent figure he heard, which was from the end of the week before Christmas, showed Georgia had sold about 7,500 tickets. Of course, more UGA fans than that are expected to attend the Gator Bowl, as a lot of folks buy tickets on the open market rather than through the school. Meanwhile, Nebraska’s athletic department announced this week that it had sold about 4,000 of the 12,750 tickets it was allotted for the bowl. About 1,000 of those tickets were donated to the Veterans Ticket Foundation.

From California, Napoleon writes: What happened with our secondary this year? And who’s to blame? Lakatos or Grantham? It seems like Swann took a step back although he was the most experienced.

You’re right about Damian Swann not living up to expectations, though he improved as the season went on. Do you put the blame for that on his position coach, Scott Lakatos, or the player himself? A bit of both, probably. As for the rest of the secondary, admittedly it was the weak link of Georgia’s defense this season, and there’s a combination of reasons that can be cited. A lot of experience was lost off the 2012 team and any time you have to start true freshmen or inexperienced players in the secondary in the SEC you can expect to have a hard time. Plus, because of injuries Lakatos had to constantly reshuffle his lineup all season long, which didn’t help in the secondary’s development. Another aspect of the problem: A couple of very talented players who would have been expected to be starting in the secondary this season were kicked off the team. One of them, of course, wound up switching to quarterback and leading Auburn to this year’s BCS championship game. Also, a bit of the blame for the lack of depth that resulted in Georgia having to play so many green players this year probably should be placed on recruiting failures. Ultimately, of course, all of that falls on defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. If you can say that an assistant coach is on the hot seat, well, I think Grantham faces that prospect next season.

Hutson Mason likes to run a hurry-up offense. (Johnny Crawford / AJC)

Hutson Mason likes to run a hurry-up offense. (Johnny Crawford / AJC)

Bill Collier writes: Bill, I always look forward to your columns and I appreciate your honest insight to Dawg football. Couple of questions. Hutson Mason has said that he likes a “fast paced” offense. Can/will Mike Bobo accommodate him? Or will the offense coaches make him adjust do the “slower” pace that they have run with Aaron Murray? Second question. Ed Orgeron is available. He was defensive line coach/head recruiter for USC (hmm, sounds familiar). I would think coach Richt would want to look into something for him with UGA. Any thoughts or rumors?

Actually, Bobo instituted a hurry-up, no-huddle aspect of Georgia’s offense a couple of seasons ago and used it with Murray whenever the flow of the game dictated it. But you’re right that Mason prefers an uptempo pace even more, having played that way in high school, and based on what we’ve seen in the past game and a half it looks like Bobo is going to accommodate him. After Mason got off to a bit of a rough start against Tech, Bobo went hurry-up, emphasizing the quick passing game, and that seemed to get his new QB back on track. So, yes, I expect we’ll see even more uptempo offense next season. As for Orgeron, first of all, Richt doesn’t have a staff vacancy at the moment, despite many fans’ wishes. And let’s just say I don’t think Orgeron would be a very good match for the way Richt likes to run his program. Aside from past domestic personal issues, Orgeron has generated some controversy over his recruiting style. He’s managed to land some top talent but has become known for recruiting moves that have pushed the envelope on what’s considered acceptable by NCAA standards. Not what Richt likes to call the Georgia Way.

Luke writes: Hi Bill, Really like reading your Blawg! I love the Dawgs ever since I could understand what football is. However, I have a question that is imprinted on my mind each season, especially as I read through Georgia fan comments. Why do us Georgia fans expect a national title contender each year? Fact: UGA has won 2 national titles according to the official Georgia athletics site. I’m not coming at this from a critical nature, just curious what your thoughts are and the thoughts of other fans out there.

Luke, my answer harks back to what I said above about the Bulldog Nation’s feelings about the Gator Bowl. Georgia certainly hasn’t had the sort of success at winning national titles that, say, Alabama has, but UGA still has a top-tier program in the nation’s best college football conference and so a shot at the national title is certainly a reasonable expectation. And last season Richt’s team came within 5 yards of making it to a BCS championship game that they would have been favored to win. Even this year, take away the incredible rash of injuries to key players on the offense and, despite a suspect defense, Georgia probably would have made it to the SEC championship game for a third year in a row, and the winner of that game usually is in the national title conversation. Bottom line: UGA is frequently in contention for an SEC championship, and that means it’s not out of line for the fan base to dream of another national championship.

One last note: If you’re looking to watch the Gator Bowl game with other UGA grads, the alumni association has up a list of 18 cities across the country that are planning viewing parties. You can check them out here.

Go Dogs!

Got something you want to discuss concerning the Dawgs? Or a question you want the Junkyard Blawg to tackle? Email me at  junkyardblawg@gmail.com.

Find me on Facebook.

Follow me on Twitter.

— Bill King, Junkyard Blawg

192 comments Add your comment

Macclenny_dawg

December 28th, 2013
11:58 am

JB

December 28th, 2013
12:21 pm

The offense mostly always been there for the Dawgs under Richt. The defense has kept this program from poor to average the last 5 or 6 years. It’s not the lack of Athletes. It’s lack of coaching. Dawgs will stay at 8,9, 10 wins until fixed, and lose to 2 or 3 of the best teams on the schedule until fixed.

DawgVoiceofReason

December 28th, 2013
12:35 pm

This is a great opportunity for Hutson Mason to get more playing time, “big game” (used loosely) experience and hopefully a “W” under his belt in preparation for next season. I would have rather seen us play Michigan but a repeat matchup against a storied Nebraska program will have to do.

DawgVoiceofReason

December 28th, 2013
12:39 pm

To the question of competing for National Championships, yes we should be. We have had outstanding talent in our program, we are in the best football conference and we have tremendous resources to draw from. Coach Richt needs to win one in the next few years but will only be able to do so if he corrects the current deficiencies that everyone has talked about.

Glendale Dawg

December 28th, 2013
12:49 pm

Bill, for the first time in a while I really disagree with your call for more transparency regarding announcing the specifics of a player’s transgressions on violating team rules. Regardless of the reason, the player has a right to a private life regardless of the impact to the team. Whether it is for grades, drugs, or any other personal failing, it’s personal. While we as fans feel we have a right to know, we really don’t just as we wouldn’t want our personsal transgressions broadcast to all in the media.

ARdawg

December 28th, 2013
12:54 pm

I’ve never understood why so many fans give Richt a pass on the woes of the defense and more recently the special teams. He is in fact the Head Coach and no matter how his assistants perform, the onus is on him. Granted he doesn’t appear very accountable for it

Bulldawg35

December 28th, 2013
1:00 pm

Chris Conley went down to injury. Well either we are cursed or it’s the strength & conditioning program! You people decide!!!!!

Macclenny_dawg

December 28th, 2013
1:35 pm

Suspended players and hurt players. Just another excuse for Richt to lose to a top 25 team. Losing players to injury is just part of the game. Its next man up. No excuses. If Richt would recruit the max amount there is no excuse.

Taco

December 28th, 2013
2:17 pm

Go Huskers!!!!!. It is sad the minute a player is suspended from UGA everyone assumes drugs. I guess that is where the program is today and for the foreseeable future. Good Luck with that and as my UGA friends always say, ” Wait til next year!”

Taco

December 28th, 2013
2:19 pm

It is also very rare any player has acedemic trouble at UGA so I can understand how folks could make that leap. First one I can remember since Pulpwood Smith. My apologies.

Bulldawg35

December 28th, 2013
2:20 pm

Taco

Hey man go eat another taco…..geez

Gator Bowl 2014

December 28th, 2013
2:57 pm

CMR has been going through the motions for the last 4 or 5 years. 5 yes or 500 yes we blew the SECCG last year.

The Vandy game was a hugely disgusting quit job by the entire team and staff.

Clemson game was lousy tackling, ball handling by our extremely nervous 5th year QB and special teams.

AU game tough, tough loss due to Dbacks lacking basic smarts.

MIZZO, UGA at home? We just laid down and their SECOND TEAM QB was superior to our 5th year, over hyped QB.

This is the way that it is lately, for UGa.

Insider

December 28th, 2013
3:03 pm

Taco is a Techie without a life or a real team!

Other Voice of Reason

December 28th, 2013
3:04 pm

Oh yeah, we’re gonna get hammered by Nebraska!! That’s what the fools on here were saying last year too, and that was with Taylor Martinez on the team… 45-31 last year and Murray torched their highly-touted secondary. Sorry, but Nebraska will be without their starting quarterback and one of their best pass rushers in this game. Their defense is so bad that my Husker friend told me they got torched by Iowa’s mediocre offense. And people think they’ll actually stop Todd Gurley? That’s highly unlikely. I’m not worried. Go dawgs!!

Touchdown Gurley

December 28th, 2013
3:08 pm

Even with a backup quarterback who had never started a college game, and an early 20-0 lead, Georgia Tech STILL couldn’t beat Georgia. You’ve got to wonder if that was their best chance to beat us anytime in the next five years. With Park coming in, the starter’s job after Mason leaves will be between Ramsey, Bauta and Park… And based on the recruiting ranking for two of those three quarterbacks, it’s hard to imagine much changing in this rivalry.

dawgfan

December 28th, 2013
3:14 pm

Bill, I usually respect your opinion but claiming we could have been in the national championship discussion without the “rash” of injuries is laughable at best. We had already dropped one game and the defense did not have a “rash” of injuries but remained a disaster. To think that we were just going to drop 40+ on everyone to win out is simply delusional Bill. I’m sorry. I’m just sick of this crap.

And as for Luke, nobody is expecting a national title “each year.” We had only expected that Richt would have won one by now in the 13 years he’s been here given the resources available to him. Since that hasn’t happened it leads one to believe that it never will so long as he’s out coach.

Other Voice of Reason

December 28th, 2013
3:16 pm

Bill King, I believe it is totally foolish for fans to blame Scott Lakatos for the faults of the secondary… Does our fan base not realize that Georgia’s pass defense was ranked EIGHTH in the nation last season?? Lakatos developed Rambo, Shawn Williams and Sanders Commings into very good college players. Wiggins has grown a lot as the season has progressed and I believe it is unreasonable to expect the injury-riddled secondary to be good when we’ve got three freshmen out there a lot of times. Wiggins, Matthews, Mauger, Langley were all very raw and that is to be expected out of true freshmen. Harvey-Clemons is a good tackler, but has a lot of work to do in coverage. I could see him switching to outside linebacker full-time if he is able to put on more weight this off-season. With Tramel Terry moving to safety, Reggie Wilkerson returning from injury and some talented recruits coming in (and we have a great shot at landing Wesley Green) I believe the secondary is bound to be a lot better. In short, I don’t buy that this is Lakatos’ fault. If you want to blame anyone, blame the man who is the DC.

Other Voice of Reason

December 28th, 2013
3:20 pm

Bill, I usually respect your opinion but claiming we could have been in the national championship discussion without the “rash” of injuries is laughable at best.

I agree with most of your points in your earlier comment. Defense wins championships and no matter how good Aaron Murray, Todd Gurley and Michael Bennett are, they aren’t going to outscore the opponent every game without at least an AVERAGE defense behind them. Since our defense is poor, I’d say only the Vandy loss would be a guaranteed win had we not suffered the rash of injuries. Something tells me Gurley would have absolutely changed that game.

gtcaryd

December 28th, 2013
3:20 pm

Great question from Luke, often wondered that myself. Bill just did the woulda, coulda, shoulda. Maybe 2014

Oldschooldog

December 28th, 2013
3:28 pm

I cannot think of a better reference to ANY violation of team rules than “violation of team rules. That’s all I’m gonna say.”

Other Voice of Reason

December 28th, 2013
3:29 pm

Correction- I was looking at the wrong stats for the pass defense. But the point remains that Georgia’s secondary was solid in 2011 and 2012 and was not a problem for the team. Get those boys healthy, recruit some more talented players like Wesley Green and the two four-stars we’ve got commits from and we should expect a lot of improvement in the secondary.

steelydanDawn

December 28th, 2013
3:52 pm

“If ya can be with the one you love honey Love the one your Richt”

Insanity

December 28th, 2013
4:07 pm

The definition of Insanity is to do the same thing each time and expect a different result.

Why do we think UGA will be a better defensive team next year? We weren’t a good team with pro caliber talent in 2012 or young talent in 2013. UGA will disappoint as always next year and the fan base will be told consistency is a good thing.

Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU & Tennessee all have national titles in the BCS era and we haven’t even played in the game for the title. Are we really a top tier SEC program?

muleshoe

December 28th, 2013
4:12 pm

The biggest problem a UGA is a fan base that is more proud of beating its ACC weak sister program than winning the SEC/Nat Championship. Who gives a rats behind about beating Tech??? Man up idiots! Start holding CMR accountable.

Teacher

December 28th, 2013
4:17 pm

Any status on Nick Marshall still be academically eligible for the title game?

MariaMuldour

December 28th, 2013
4:19 pm

Yeah right…..grades. that’s their story and they’re stickin’ to it! Even got old grandpappy to perpetuate the lie. CMR said team violation. Grade violations are an NCAA thing. Good luck vs. Nebraska….dogs are gunna need it.

dawgfan

December 28th, 2013
4:24 pm

I really just tired of all the BS excuses, rationalizations and shoulda, woulda, coulda’s. Let’s just call an ace an ace here. Richt hasn’t gotten it done. You’re either okay with that or your not. That’s really all it boils down to.

That’s the real debate.

I dropped my fried twinkie

December 28th, 2013
4:38 pm

Neither does HIDING from AJC POSTERS.

supsalemgr

December 28th, 2013
4:41 pm

Bill, have you ever considered politics? The way you handled the Orgeron question was classic. There were many questions about his tactics at Ole Miss and Lane Kiffin keeps dragging him around. Nuff said.

I dropped my fried twinkie

December 28th, 2013
4:45 pm

Academically Ineligible is an NCAA issue so there should be NO ISSUE with saying it was because had had GRADE Issues. I remember when we heard Reggie Ball at Tech didn’t make the ACC CG because he didn’t make grades it was announced as such. Have the rules changed?

Insanity

December 28th, 2013
4:52 pm

At least UGA isn’t in the Chick Fil A bowl and has to wear the uniforms that Texas A&M is going to wear.

Other Voice of Reason

December 28th, 2013
4:54 pm

Nebraska is banged up too. Taylor Martinez is not going to play and one of their best pass rushers will miss the game as well. So injuries are no excuse for Georgia or for Nebraska. I’m looking forward to the game.

Other Voice of Reason

December 28th, 2013
4:58 pm

I’m looking forward to seeing Mason play in this game and to watching Todd Gurley break the 1,000-yard mark. Two great running backs and two running backs that can’t stop anyone. I expect a high-scoring game.

Also, don’t blame Lakatos. People weren’t bashing him when he developed Rambo, Williams and Commings into good players in our secondary. The guys were very young. We need to get Reggie Wilkerson back to full health and add to the commits we already have in the secondary. We’ve recruited well in that area so far and I’ve heard we have a great shot at Wesley Green. You never know with recruiting though.

Taco

December 28th, 2013
5:04 pm

BTW Nebraska does suck and UGA should win. You are correct I am a Techie but I can assure you Tech has nothing to with the problems at UGA. Beating Tech does not improve your street cred, even BYU did that. Tech has their own problems and CPJ is not the answer but I can assure you with the talent in Athens you are not getting your money’s worth either. Not even close.

Taco

December 28th, 2013
5:05 pm

Todd Gurley may be the best I have seen since Herschel Walker. I do love to watch that guy run.

dawgfan

December 28th, 2013
5:28 pm

“UGA is frequently in contention for an SEC championship…”

I hate to keep picking on Bill but delusional is delusional. We have been in the SECCG a grand total of two times in the past 8 seasons and in one of those games we got our brains beat in by LSU.

If that’s “frequently in contention” then I’m Elvis Presley.

hit a single

December 28th, 2013
6:08 pm

Discipline has been UGA’s achillies heel. I remember when Coach Richt made Tony Gilbert cut his hair so it would not be seen out from under his helmet. This may seem like alittle thing, but guess what these little things lead to big things. Oh by the way Tony Gilbert was the last LB we had that would put his face mask on another players numbers. UGA’s tackling is a joke. Wilson led with tackles because he ran people down or they ran into him, same with Jarvis Jones and Ogletree. We don’t feel any holes anymore. I bet CJ Mosley of Alabama does! We need to get back to discipline. Make’m cut their hair, if it means more to them than being a Dawg, let them go to Jacksonville State or Alabama A&M. Like I said may seem like a little thing but if it was good enough for Tony Gilbert it is good enough for today’s players.

I dropped my fried twinkie

December 28th, 2013
6:43 pm

Insanity…………You MUST be a Magna Cum Laude UGa grad if you think those are the GAME Uniforms….Those are Bowl SWAG and nothing more.

ShoalCreek

December 28th, 2013
6:45 pm

Bill, You continue to “Outkick” your coverage..

dawgfan

December 28th, 2013
6:50 pm

Tony Gilbert=Jim Donnan recruit.

Things that make you go hmmmm….

davo

December 28th, 2013
7:39 pm

Bill, I enjoy your articles, but I must say that your critique of Coach Richt on the recent suspensions is way off base. First, the UGA release did not say violations of rules; they said violations of regulations. I knew and everyone I know knew this meant grades. Ease up and be more supportive.

Frustrated

December 28th, 2013
8:11 pm

I appreciate Bill’s passion for the Dawgs, but he really needs to get real. There absolutely is a collective yawn from the fan base about this bowl game. The ticket sales say so. Also, I haven’t talked to one Dawg fan all season that said they are happy with Richt. They all believe Grantham should go and that Richt needs to get it done or move on. I do believe Richt is of sound moral character and would never embarrass the program, but running a clean program and winning a national title are not mutually exclusive. Especially not when you operate in one of the top states in the country for producing talent. Richt just hasn’t gotten it done and I don’t think it even bothers him.
It should though, when you consider this job has made him a multi-millionaire.

Vampire Bill

December 28th, 2013
8:20 pm

I don’t think any dawg fan expects a national championship every year. However I agree that CMR should of won at least one by now and I doubt his ability to bring home the big hardware. Seems like we lack a major component (or two) every year. I don’t see the dawgs being a truly elite top 5 team anytime soon. Sad really…

maconexpress

December 28th, 2013
9:44 pm

Every team in every sport should expect to win championships. To be a champion you have to think like a champion. When they walk on the court, on the field, into a meeting or in a classroom they expect to win. If you don’t think you have what it takes to be a champion then you’re already defeated.

Muhammad Ali, Carl Lewis, John, McEnroe, Greg Louganis, Vince Lombardi, and Michael Jordan would never accept anything less than a championship. They understood that defeat is a possibility but they also believe that their best days are ahead of them, not behind them.

Macclenny_dawg

December 28th, 2013
10:15 pm

Vangorder to Notre dame as defensive coordinator.

monte cristo dawg

December 28th, 2013
10:55 pm

Next thing we will here is Granthum going to NYJ! Say it aint so!

dawgfan

December 28th, 2013
10:56 pm

I hope he takes Richt with him.

Outsider

December 28th, 2013
10:58 pm

Insider, UGA hasn’t been a “real team” since 1980.

monte cristo dawg

December 28th, 2013
11:13 pm

dawgfan: Me too but too many UGA fans love 8-4 seasons!

monte cristo dawg

December 28th, 2013
11:15 pm

I’ll take 8 yrs of crap seasons to get to Natl. Champ game! You bloggers?

monte cristo dawg

December 28th, 2013
11:32 pm

LMFAO TACO!!!!! The only thing half relevant to your program since 95 is gonna be sitting on sidelines !!!! Enjoy your NEB!

dawgfan

December 28th, 2013
11:42 pm

Agreed. I don’t know what these Kool Aiders have been getting out of all these seasons. At worst I’m totally bored. At best my heart is shattered in to a million pieces. But oh if we fire Richt we could lose it all!!!

Lose what?

monte cristo dawg

December 28th, 2013
11:49 pm

Your answer, dawgfan? Perhaps we lose 13 yrs of SEC prominence! Can I shed a tear while posting?

AndalusiaDog

December 28th, 2013
11:59 pm

I try to stay positive about our Bulldogs, Bill, but I’m like ” a mouse in one of those wheels in its cage” cuz of the same ‘ole…..just saying…

T'ville Dog

December 29th, 2013
12:49 am

It’s time for BOBO to be HC in Athens!

1969 Graduate

December 29th, 2013
4:54 am

Interesting notion: Mike Bobo as head coach.

Mark Richt isn’t getting it done. That’s a fact. Were he planning to do so, he’d hire a defensive coordinator. Since we don’t have one, we know Mr. Richt plans for more of the same.

It’s hard to believe what a collective yawn this bowl game is in the eyes of the Bulldawg Nation. Nebraska again! Second tier bowl again. Mediocre season again.

With Richt around we may get really lucky and back into something big, but we won’t have a nationally competitive mindset.

Of course, it all makes sense only if we understand that Coach Richt’s bosses are satisfied with a football program which competes for the SEC East, fills the seats, and makes money. Those are the goals. Richt achieves those goals.

I suppose it’s not his problem he’s so mediocre. It’s his job description.

Personally I’m looking forward to seeing how our new QB plays. I think we can beat Nebraska again, and should. But, our coaches can certainly screw just about anything up, and we won’t win if we come out expecting a rollover game. Nebraska could beat us if we’re flat.

Remember the Vandy game, anyone.

Go, Dawgs!

Moist Dawg

December 29th, 2013
7:58 am

if these players went anywhere else in the sec they would be playing and nobody would even hear about it. we play by a higher standard of rules and its amazong that we are so good playing with aone hand tied behind our back. makes me want to throw up.

dawgfan

December 29th, 2013
8:59 am

Go watch Richt’s Auburn post-game presser. He sounds like he’s giving a lecture on macroeconomics. He doesn’t care. No Kool Aider can convince me otherwise. He simply doesn’t care. There’s no passion or drive there. There’s nothing. He sounds like he needs a nap.

If you think this guy can lead us to the promised land against all the great coaches and teams currently occupying the SEC you need to stop using drugs.

Bernie31

December 29th, 2013
9:01 am

The FootBall GODS have spoken……Thou shalt NOT discuss SUSPENSIONS of any Player or Coach.

DCB

December 29th, 2013
9:15 am

Can’t disagree more with those who would suggest Richt change his policy when announcing suspensions to include the reason. Even if school policy and/or privacy laws didn’t restrict it, the only ethical thing to do in discipline situations is respect the individual’s privacy. Sure everyone wonders. But that’s human nature and even if told the truth there are those who would surmise that where there’s smoke there’s fire and not believe the reason given. The much, much better route would be as stated above, to amend his policy if needed (and Rickt may already be doing it) to include: ” … UGA should urge the players involved, or their families, or some designated spokesman (usually their high school coach) to speak up and set the record straight.”

RHall

December 29th, 2013
9:24 am

Too many disappointed fans…..many are not going to the Bowl Game…many are not buying season tics next year….CMR, you need to change that…C’mon Man Win the Big One!!!

gtcaryd

December 29th, 2013
10:27 am

That Moistdawg sure trows up alot, must be where he got his name from. Maybe to many Oscar Meyers.

dawgfan

December 29th, 2013
10:36 am

Moist Dawg needs to go join the Techies. He would fit right in with his crybaby holier than thou attitude. Who is tying the hand behind our backs? What rules are those other teams breaking?

Excuses. Excuses. Excuses. Cry. Moan. Whine.

I’m sure everyone feels very sorry for us while they are hoisting their trophies.

Bulldawg35

December 29th, 2013
11:55 am

Even if Richt coaches UGA till he is 70 years old we still won’t win the mnc….maybe not even the sec again. Richt just doesn’t know how to fix the defense and special teams….S&C. He only knows offense. The best coaches in CFB surround themselves with great assistant coaches. Too bad Richt hasn’t figured that out yet!

dawgfan

December 29th, 2013
12:22 pm

Richt doesn’t even know offense that well. 13 years on the job and he still hasn’t figured out that you win big in the SEC up front and not with fancy passing schemes.

If he hasn’t gotten it by now he never will.

Bulldawg35

December 29th, 2013
12:40 pm

Dawgfan..

I agree that’s very true….it looking like we will never have a great OL again. Richt is missing out on to Many elite OL!

The Voice

December 29th, 2013
12:51 pm

Bill it isn’t anyone’s business concerning the cause of the suspensions. It certainly doesn’t help the state of the program to have you providing inane commentary about it on the fan blog.

UGAONE

December 29th, 2013
12:54 pm

If Richt is so good of a coach, then why in the past 13 year hasthe NFL not come calling?

dawgfan

December 29th, 2013
1:05 pm

Yes, Bill is hurting “the state of the program” with his words on the Internet. The guy pulling in $3 mil a year who can’t beat a top team to save his life has nothing to do with it.

I’m glad we’ve got our priorities straight. That’s good for the program.

Bulldawg35

December 29th, 2013
4:23 pm

Sports illustrated predicts Nebraska will beat us 34-30! If we lose….I think Richt should just resign! No more excuses for losing to inferior team!

Gutrake

December 29th, 2013
6:41 pm

Guys,

Save me the time of reading posts of illiterate doo-doo heads. Just tell me…has the “Kool-Aid” word been used yet? What about “bbbwwwwaaaaagggghhh!”

Been hunting defenseless animals for food this weekend in South Georgia, so I was able to get away from the Babylonians here…

dawgfan

December 29th, 2013
6:51 pm

I’ll save you some time Gutrake. 95% of posters have little to no faith in Richt’s ability to win anything anymore. Then there’s the 5% like you who live in fairy tale land and continue to make excuses for the man.

You know, the usual. You haven’t missed much.

twelveofthirteen

December 29th, 2013
7:01 pm

The great Bama and Nick Saban have had to suspend 8 different players this season at different times including two for their bowl game. It happens at every program morons. Only one program has 4 writers from the south’s largest newspaper and media covering them 24/7. Anything UGA related becomes a headline and has a huge audience made up of a lot of transient readers. You don’t graduate from UT, USC, Auburn, Bammer, or Florida and stay in those towns to find a job. You move to Atlanta and then read the AJC. That is why UGA has so many bashers on here and why everyone is up in our business.

Flo- Ri- Duh

December 29th, 2013
8:11 pm

ONE MORE TIME for you of low intelligence. When a student gets suspended for grades it’s not Richt suspending them it’s the Student Council Board that votes on it. At Bama however it’s Saban.

Bulldawg35

December 29th, 2013
8:54 pm

Gut rake

You should just go back to hunting…..nobody cares for your Disney crap. You don’t belong here!

Skokie Dog

December 30th, 2013
12:07 am

Bill and others, school policy does not preclude the staff from discussing a player’s academic standing, the FERPA (Federal privacy policy) does that. And by the way, any student or student-athlete is allowed to sign a waiver that will allow such discussion. No student is required to do so, but nothing prevents them from doing so either.
And I’ve never heard of any “student council board” that has authority to suspend players for making low grades at any U.S. university. Players may well have to achieve specific grade minimums to maintain their eligibility, but those targets are likely set by the NCAA or university. The “student council” has nothing to do with setting those targets. There is a student judiciary board at U.Ga. that can recommend suspension for misbehavior or academic violations such as cheating by students. Is that clear enough for “you of low intelligence”?
I’ll get back to my yawning over the Taxslayer Bowl now.

OPP DAWG

December 30th, 2013
1:14 am

Ya’ll quit complaining bout Richt, how Saban would handle things and our school!!!! If a man can’t make grades he SITS! NUFF SAID!

SeriousBlack

December 30th, 2013
8:04 am

My next door neighbor’s cousin’s kid’s favorite flavor of ice cream makes $55 a week stealing from his teammates so he can get kicked off of his local football team and become Auburn’s next quarterback.

dawgfan

December 30th, 2013
8:55 am

So Nick Marshall should have never been allowed to play D-1 football again? Is that your position? The question that you should be asking yourself is why it took him going to another school with a different coaching staff to reach his full potential. If he had stayed at UGA he’d be just another cog in our poorly coached secondary that is the laughing stock of the SEC. Look at him now. If you’ve read anything about the kid this year, by all accounts he’s a humble and responsible kid who’s worked his tail off to make the most of his second chance. I thought only St. Richt was capable if building such strong young men?

We are becoming a joke under Mark Richt.

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
8:58 am

35,

Actually, I was hunting…for intelligent life on this blog…

Hope I find some soon…

Bulldawg35

December 30th, 2013
9:09 am

Alec ogletree and Boykin are playing better in the NFL. We are just a terrible joke under Richt. We need a coach that can fully develop our talent before they leave for the NFL.

dawgfan

December 30th, 2013
9:10 am

Well then stick around Gutrake. We all look forward to your brilliant and mature insights, such as who is the latest “doo doo head” and why Fruit of the Loom cannot make Mark Richt whitey tighties. You should consider writing them about that. I think there’s a market for it.

The IQ of the blog goes up considerably when you’re around.

Bulldawg35

December 30th, 2013
9:11 am

Gut rake

You have already found it. You just refuse to acknowledge it!

dawgfan

December 30th, 2013
9:18 am

Consider that we once had the likes of Boykin, Stafford, Greene and Moreno all on the same team. I’m sure there are other current NFLers I’m forgetting that played with them. The most games this group collectively ever won was 10. It’s mindboggling.

A chimpanzee could have coached those guys to 10 wins.

Bulldawg35

December 30th, 2013
9:24 am

Richt had all that talent but couldn’t even win the sec. Simply because we have had horrible defense and a poor OL. Richt will never learn that the sec is won in the trenches and running the ball.

Bulldawg35

December 30th, 2013
9:26 am

Richt can’t even call good plays anymore…remember he was our OC and he gave that up because he was mediocre at it. Now he is just a poor head coach……I mean he is really trending In the wrong direction.

Bulldawg35

December 30th, 2013
9:27 am

6 hr drive to Jacksonville…if we lose I’m going to be really upset!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dawgfan

December 30th, 2013
9:29 am

Remember the BS the Kool Aiders were spewing back then? “We need more guys that are all about the team and not themselves. Losing these guys won’t hurt a bit.”

We went 14-12 the following two seasons.

Bulldawg35

December 30th, 2013
9:29 am

I can’t believe I paid a pretty steep price for my gator ticket…..if we lose I’m going take a ball bat to my car. I’m tired of seeing us under perform!!!!

Bulldawg35

December 30th, 2013
9:30 am

Dawgfan

That’s because Richt is still learning the cutting edge 101! Lol!

Bulldawg35

December 30th, 2013
9:32 am

Richt said in his 12 min presser that he sees this game being the same as last years game a nail biter…I guess coach would think that since he has turned us into a mediocre team like Nebraska!!!

Bulldawg35

December 30th, 2013
9:34 am

We should put flags on all of our WR’s because they don’t need to be tackled because they’re as fragile as gut rakes feelings!!! Lol

Dawg Fud

December 30th, 2013
10:04 am

JH-C rapidly approaching the “watsed potential” label.

All we heard was how mature he was and ready for the big time, after school job as a bail bondsman, etc.

Hate to see this but time for JH-C to wake up.

Dog4Life

December 30th, 2013
10:07 am

Skokie, here is the very interesting point–i actually sat on the admission committee, which was compiled of compliance people for the NCAA when i was at a large university. The student council deals with plagiarism, misdemeanors, cheating ie stealing exams, grades, etc…. The NCAA and compliance department deals with academics–and yes, FERPA has a very stringent policy concerning the outing of academic records–the INTERESTING point–athletes regardless of University standards, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, etc… all included have a very much lower standard of staying eligible than the normal student body person under scrutiny. We need 1240 SAT to get into UGA–They need 960. Duke is private so it can let anyone it desires in the door. UNC-Chapel Hill requires a 1200 SAT–but student athletes are allowed a 980 SAT. Do not fool yourself there is a different standard for student athletes (all colleges–north and south). So, i wonder how bad JHC grades really were? Our program one had to maintain a 3.25 gpa–athletes are generally allowed a 2.0 regardless of program and will be allowed to stay in school until te summer semester to get the grade up–NOT all athletes are dumb–Chris Conley for example is a 3.4 (Finance?). But, the student judicial council deals with minor issues and can be over turned by the regents.

dawgfan

December 30th, 2013
10:16 am

Or maybe JH-C just needs to transfer to another school where he actually receives competent coaching.

Continuity is a good thing…

Flo- Ri- Duh

December 30th, 2013
10:25 am

JHC’s granddaddy wanted him to go to FSU for a reason… closer to Valdosta – where he could keep an eye on him. He was very concerned about JHC’s decision making choices.

BigDawg

December 30th, 2013
10:25 am

Fellow Dawgs until Coach Richt puts a priority on getting the “BEST” offensive linemen each class and I am talking 5 to 6 each class, making special teams a priority and instilling winning Championships as the only acceptable outcome then nothing will change and we will be left wondering what if. Winning is contagious just like losing and it seems too many of my fellow Dawgs are willing to accept losing. There wasn’t one team on the schedule this year that we should not have beaten- against Clemson the team was unprepared, the coaches were slow in recognizing what Clemson was doing and making adjustments, special teams were a nightmare in just about every game. The defense was slow in setting up as the alignments/assignments were always late coming in from Coach Grantham which caused players to be out of position a lot.

We give excuses about the injuries but every team has them, heck Missouri lost their starting QB- Franklin and their back-up – Mauck came in and played lights out against our defense as did almost everybody we played. In my humble opinion Coach Richt has been given more than enough of an opportunity to win a National Championship and unless he humbles himself and makes the necessary changes in recruiting, special teams and team discipline nothing will change and WE will be left wondering what if as always.

Go Dawgs

Flo- Ri- Duh

December 30th, 2013
10:27 am

Don’t be fooled Skokie’s no Dawg fan – TROLL ALERT has detected his stench.

Flo- Ri- Duh

December 30th, 2013
10:27 am

Don’t be fooled Skokie’s no Dawg fan – TROLL ALERT has detected his stench.

Dog4Life

December 30th, 2013
10:41 am

Found this on Carvell’s recruiting site:

THis is why gardner is killing it at auburn. I was at the westin in bulkhead yesterday as the rising juniors checked in for the Tuesday game. we were suppose to have skills practice today and then 7on7 but due to weather it has been changed. I work with a lot of the Atlanta area recruits. some guys I work with played at uga in the early 90’s. we constantly send top recruits to uga’s doorstep practically and they turn them down. example chance warmack to small to slow and cam newton. fascon the top safety at vt that just made the freshmen all American team. look, at uga there is a chain of command when it comes to recruiting. meaning if a coach spots a new prospect he cant offer on the spot it has to get back to bobo and richt which can take months sometime for them to review film and decide if they should offer. if yall remember coach granham wanted to offer deshaun Watson as a sophomore but he could not offer on the spot It had to get approved. they offered him as a senior. Coach gardner wanted to offer carl Lawson but was not allowed to. I know espn had carl as a five star but a lot of services had him as a four star and even out of the top 200 well apparently coach richt agreed that he was not tall enough or whatever. coach gardner got killed by uga fans aking why he is not going after this kid and that kid when he wanted to but was not allowed then throw in the fact that uga did not want to give a raise and auburn comes along and at auburn the coach can offer on the spot you don’t have to get approval. they trust their coaches will make the right decision. I could go on and on about some of the kids we told uga about when they were younger and uga did not offer. they did like shaq though and he did good as a true freshmen. two young kids to look out natetrez patricks loves uga and is in the top 150 as a junior right now. it would take a great fail on uga not to get this great future defensive end or outside backer. an even younger kid is jayden hunter father played at uga just finished up starting on varsity as a freshmen in class 4 a with 13 sacks yes that is correct.

If this is true–then we have a serious chain of command issue!!

Skokie Dog

December 30th, 2013
11:07 am

@ Mr. Duh: I get it. Anyone who has facts that contradict your assertions is a troll. Guilty as charged…

John

December 30th, 2013
11:28 am

And last season Richt’s team came within 5 yards of making it to a BCS championship game that they would have been favored to win.
………..one time in 13 years from a University that puts more players in the NFL than any other SEC team (or close to that)……..

Even this year, take away the incredible rash of injuries to key players on the offense and, despite a suspect defense, Georgia probably would have made it to the SEC championship game for a third year in a row…….DOUBTFUL, we need to quit making the injury excuse. Our offense STILL averaged close to 38 points per game even WITH the injuries. The results of this season lay at the feet of poor coaching, the Defense, and special teams……funny, same as usually is the case.

maconexpress

December 30th, 2013
11:29 am

I for one believe that Hudson Mason can led the dawgs to a national championship. I’ve seen glimpse of his leadership skills, his ability to see, think, and react under pressure….to top it off, he’s a ga kid…….uga plays better when the signal caller is from the state of ga.

I’m as disappointed as anyone with CTG’s defense this seasons but I will not underestimate this man. He knows it’s do or die next season(his complex playb is not an option) so I expect to see a different approach. If he doesn’t deliver, he’s history and CMR will look BAD for keeping him around.

Scoring Defense
2010 Rank 36th
2011 Rank 23rd
2012 Rank 18th
2013 Rank 80th
2014 ???????? (should rank in the top 10 with everyone returning)

Scoring Offense
2010 Rank 30th
2011 Rank 33rd
2012 Rank 18th
2013 Rank 19th
2014???????? (With Mason at the helm I’m expecting better results)

RiffRaff

December 30th, 2013
11:54 am

Hutson Mason gonna surprise a lot of folks. Liked the way he threw a block in the Tech game. Glad he’s getting some rep’s before next season.

dawgfan

December 30th, 2013
12:31 pm

Yeah because we’ve certainly had a dearth of talent at QB before now. Thank God Hutson I taking over. Nothing can stop us now.

Just say no to Kool Aid.

I dropped my fried twinkie

December 30th, 2013
12:31 pm

Hudson Mason is the TEE MARTIN to Peyton Manning?
Is that really what some of you people think?
IF Hutson is that good the WHY hasn’t Preacher Man MARK played Hutson more?
All this sounds like the ???????? running back is the NEXT NEXT NEXT NEXT…Herschel Walker we have heard fans say for 30 years.

dawgfan

December 30th, 2013
1:09 pm

Hutson Mason will throw for 3,000+ yards next year, 25+ TDs and complete 65% of his passes….

…but we’ll still lose 2 or more games just like always because “continuity is a good thing.”

My money is on 8-4 again.

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
2:00 pm

35 and dawgfan,

BOO!!!

BigDawg

December 30th, 2013
2:25 pm

Fellow Dawgs- the Dawgs can win a National Championship under Coach Richt but it will take him humbling himself and admitting what he has been doing just isn’t quiet working. That is a Big Ego thing and to admit one is wrong and to make necessary changes.

1. Recruiting the Best offensive and defensive linemen- games and championships are won in the trenches – must bring in 5 to 6 offensive linemen and 5 to 6 defensive linemen per class.
2. Special Teams have to be a priority in getting a ST coach and spending quality time working on kickoffs, returns, punts and place kicking- extra points and field goals.
3. Team discipline- players need to take responsibility for each other on and off the field.
4. Coach Richt has to somehow find it in himself to be more animated in a positive way on the sidelines- be more involved in the game- the players feed off of his low key demeanor most of the time.
5. Better clock management which is a recurring theme with this team.
6. Coach Grantham has to drop/change his complicated defensive schemes- simplify things, get the calls in quicker so players are ready to go when the ball is snapped.

These are only my opinions.

Go Dawgs

icedawg

December 30th, 2013
2:26 pm

I do not see why a very simple explanation cannot be adopted for reporting suspensions. Suspended for academic reasons. Suspended for moral reasons. The details can be left out. If the press would like more details they can approach the player and/or family. Regarding Richt’s performance as a coach, his winning percentage is slightly higher (.74) than Vince Dooley’s (.72, not counting the 10 ties). Dooley had the good fortune during his tenure of having Erk Russell as D coach for a significant number of years and it was during that time that the DAWGS really played defense well and aggressively. Good D coordinators are hard to come by and for some reason now across the college/university and professional spectrum there appears to be a shortage of D coaches that can figure out how to even slow down offenses. Who is to say that making a change at that position now will solve the DAWG defense problem? The D has not proven that it can stop the good teams. Hence, 10-2, 9-3 and 8- seasons, no BCS, and few SEC championships.

Dog4Life

December 30th, 2013
2:34 pm

1) Hutson Mason is a better QB than Tee Martin; 2) Tenn that year had an underachieving offense but a very over achieving D–Damn they only allowed something like under 20 pts per game (barely scored 21 per game and almost lost to Syracuse and Arkie). 3) stranger things have happened–if the defense can keep the other team under 25pts per game, we do have a chance regardless of the naysayers on here.

My issue has been, and remains CTG and his inefficiency with D schemes and play calling. Just because one can talk Xs and Os doesn’t mean a thing. Many theoretical physicists are good in the class room but cannot make it happen in the world of applications (applied and theoretical). We remain confused and lost 70% of the time on D. If things had improved significantly by the Tech game I would be slightly encouraged, but alas! they were lost also many times during the Tech game. I have no crystal ball. i can only hope.

NCDawg

December 30th, 2013
2:37 pm

Coach Richt chose not to say anything about the suspensions because the details were not all out. How hard is that to grasp? A reporter asks”, What about Harvey Clemons and Dawson?” Is he supposed to just reply “I think it’s an academic thing but I am still waiting on full details”? C’mon. That is retarded.

There will always be speculation whether you state the cause specifically or if you opt to not talk about it. There will always be people who think it’s a cover up. That’s the f’d up world we live in now.

Anybody ever think that part of the punishment might have been to be “left out”? To just not talk about it it and send the message that “we don’t detract from what responsible players are doing by addressing what those that didn’t hold up their end of the bargain did NOT do.”

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

dawgfan

December 30th, 2013
2:42 pm

I’m not sure I agree BigDawg. I don’t think it’s an ego thing at all. I think Richt is plenty humble. He can’t possibly think “I’m a genius and my system works so well” because it doesn’t work that well. The results speak for themselves. No, I think it’s a work ethic issue. All of those changes that you listed would take good ole fashioned hard work to implement. Richt isn’t interested. He’s on auto-pilot. He’s on auto-pilot because he’s comfortable where we are and not much more is demanded of him. He’s coasting and hoping the ball bounces our way but if it doesn’t he’s okay with that. There’s no drive there. No ambition. You can see it in his eyes and hear it in his voice.

I think he’s a great guy but what does irk me is that I think he strings us along. I think he’s a master at public relations. He’s probably better at that than he is at coaching football. He knows all the right things to say. He knows how to strike that perfect balance of getting people excited while at the same time tempering expectations. It’s pretty sharp really. All the while nothing changes behind the scenes. He’s mailing it in knowing a C+ effort will get us 8 or 9 wins bare minimum just based on talent alone.

I’m not buying it anymore.

NCDawg

December 30th, 2013
2:45 pm

Dog4Life – the problem is implementation of theory. It may even pass muster in a simulation but “real world” application is where it is really at. The 2011 defense was good… not great. They did not seems as confused or lackluster as the past 2 editions have been.

The scheme would work if he had the same players 2 years in a row and 2x the practice time. It’s just too complex and unfortunately seems to fly against the players’ natural instincts. Retraining someone is very difficult. Maybe next year the guys will have a better grasp on it but I’m not holding my breath.

dawgfan

December 30th, 2013
2:53 pm

We played 4 ranked teams in 2011 and lost to every single one of them. The defense gave up 38.75 ppg in those contests. Our defense was not good in 2011.

You really need to lay off the Kool Aid.

UGA Insider

December 30th, 2013
3:12 pm

Let me warn all UGA fans about this game with Nebraska…UGA is NOT ready to play football. CMR has taken so many practices off and the team is down in Jax partying their faces off.

This is basically what happens most of the month of August before big games such as Clemson and Boise State. Does everyone understand that CMR would rather schedule cupcakes the first week then begin tough practices the week of USCe?

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
3:18 pm

Fellow Bloggers,

Since dialogue on this blog descends rapidly, I say we agree on a plan. Of course, everyone says they’re adults, but not everyone utilizes adult reasoning.

So, in the interest of adult conversation and valid back-and-forth, let’s all adhere to some rules:

1) No longer use the word “kool-aid” or any derivation thereof. It makes you look stupid and ignorant. The fad has faded.
2) Stop repeating the same old stale lines regarding Richt. Implement meaningful criticisms instead of the juvenile crap that you’ve already heard from others.
3) If the game is somewhat complex to you, don’t be ashamed. Not everyone knows the intricacies of the schemes, line-ups, options and other details. So don’t comment on these things. It becomes obvious that you are clueless. Then you look as if you are just passing time on a computer instead of debating about our team.
4) Keep things in context. Just because you still hurt from a game in 2008, don’t lump it in with this year’s 2013 squad. Again, it shows an infantile grasp of things and you wind up having to expand that argument to other years to help you make sense of things in 2013. You lose credibility and no one wants to discuss anything with kids who have no credibility.
5) Show a level of maturity and you will have a meaningful discourse. If you continue the path that you guys are on…I will have to put you in your place. Some of you know how that feels and it ain’t good.
Lastly…) Show your loyalty instead of your loathing. It puts you in a better light…GO DAWGS!!!!

P.S. Try to check your spelling if you can. It’s like listening to a teenager that says…”it was like, you know, like so, you know, like rad, dude. It was like, wow, like, I was, like…) Get the picture?

dawgfan

December 30th, 2013
3:42 pm

The guy who calls people “doo doo heads” wants maturity and adult conversation? That’s rich.

Yes, let’s keep things “in context” so we don’t have to deal with facts that we don’t like. Richt was our coach in both 2008 and 2013 was he not? There’s your context Captain Clueless.

Speaking of credibilty, you might have some if you did anything other than whine about other peoples’ opinions. Try offering up your own for once. I’ll give you 3 free posts before I start making you look stupid. Promise.

Thanks.

Bulldawg35

December 30th, 2013
4:06 pm

Gut rake

Nobody cares about your dumb wanna be rules.

Bulldawg35

December 30th, 2013
4:46 pm

Richt took the team swimming in the beach….we have already missed practice time now coach goes swimming…..just wow!

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
5:18 pm

Notice the first two to bite…35 and dawgfan.

Hmmm…

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
5:33 pm

dawgfan,

While it is true that you exhibit a slight edge over 35 in the amount of toys in your box, your inclination to agree with his blathering is quite simply, a dead giveaway. So, in the interest of compromise, I will, once again, inform you of posts past.

I have made numerous salient points before that have utterly destroyed your arguments. When that happens, you and 35 immediately turn to the “Kool-Aid” words and other sophomoric rants.

You seem unable to grasp the language of reason and lucidity. Therefore, the rest of us think that you may have some unresolved mommy issues. That’s why most of the posters here ignore you two or they simply don’t reply.

I’m just trying to help you graduate into the world of grown men. I want you to leave your childish ways behind you, because your self-esteem would be greatly enhanced by dialogue within the realm of logic. Hysteria, the word, has its root form in a mental illness of women, hence the term “hysteria”. That’s why you are often pummeled as a mommie’s boy and nobody takes you seriously.

Dude, I’m just trying to help you find the light…that’s all.

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
5:34 pm

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
5:42 pm

Whoa! I thought three posts would make you rain down alphabet blocks on my head! This is number four. Trouble counting?

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
5:45 pm

Okay…to help you out…this is post number five. It’s all of the fingers on your one hand…

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
5:51 pm

…five, six, pick up sticks…

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
5:53 pm

See…that’s what I mean by putting you in your place. My work here is done.

Bulldawg35

December 30th, 2013
5:53 pm

Gut rake

Well look here….more phycological BS from the mr wimp himself. You sir have an L on your forehead! Yepper!

Bulldawg35

December 30th, 2013
5:57 pm

Gut rake

You learning how to count here buddy? What a whip! Lmao!

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
5:57 pm

Gutrake

December 22nd, 2013
4:56 pm
GUTRAKE DEFINITION (2013):

“Richt-rage”:
an uncontrollable, juvenile angst directed toward Coach Mark Richt; delusional, narcissistic attitude toward a football coach that exhibits qualities of confident manhood; usually expressed by under-educated men of limited vocabulary, social activity; by men confounded by their ineffectiveness of being relevant or important.

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
5:59 pm

35,

I will get to you shortly. Clean up your room…NOW!

Bulldawg35

December 30th, 2013
5:59 pm

Gut rake

Chanel your name back to paddy….you will feel better.

Bulldawg35

December 30th, 2013
6:02 pm

Well why don’t you clean out your mouth! Clean out the tobacco between your teeth redneck! Lmao.

Bulldawg35

December 30th, 2013
6:06 pm

Sounds like I would rather have Richt rage than a man crush….gut how is that toilet working out for you? Lmao!

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
6:11 pm

35,

Do you ever talk to real people about the game of College Football? Surely, they must tell you how stupid you sound…right?

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
6:24 pm

I think we need to wait until dawgfan puts all of the dishes away. Mommie must be very domineering. Besides, that spaghetti sauce is hard to clean up…

Bulldawg35

December 30th, 2013
6:33 pm

Ole miss held tech to 17 points…..UGA allowed 34 points to tech….my gawd we might have the worst defense in the nation!!!

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
7:25 pm

35,

Typical of your thinking.

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
7:33 pm

Since you like to bring up games of the past, Air Force held them to 7 in 2010.

Point: If given more than a week to prepare for the triple option, it is easily defeated.

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
7:33 pm

But you wouldn’t understand that, would you, 35?

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
7:35 pm

That’s because you’re not very bright. All you want to do is stir the pot with stupid sticks…

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
7:36 pm

Feel kinda’ stupid now, don’t you?

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
8:09 pm

Crickets? Hmmm.

I am still living in your heads–rent-free! Boo and bye-bye…

“Better to be silent and thought to be a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”

Bulldawg35

December 30th, 2013
8:24 pm

Yeah I do think Air Force has a better defense than we do! What’s your point!

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
8:36 pm

Try looking at the facts. 2013 statistics are available even to Cretans like you…

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
8:49 pm

Facts are stubborn things, Sport!

dawgfan

December 30th, 2013
10:32 pm

It’s official. Only 11 of the 15 allowed practices were used for bowl prep. And people wonder why we can’t win a championship.

Continuity is a good thing….

monte cristo dawg

December 30th, 2013
10:33 pm

Dawg35 won GUTRAKE! Tech took us to OT with your boy Granthams D!!!!

Boykin

December 30th, 2013
10:40 pm

dawgfan complaining again…Allow us to enter 2014 with positivity bloggers!

IndoorFieldDog

December 30th, 2013
10:47 pm

dawgfan you cannot take an indoor practice field on the road.

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
10:50 pm

he thinks it’s like a mobile home…

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
10:57 pm

MC dawg,

I guess you’re one of his sleep-over friends, too?

Sometimes, I think ignorance is contagious. If the prospect of 35 being victorious over me in anything is possible in your small mind, then I bet I can correctly guess who you voted for in the presidential election, as well as your favorite LEGO set…

JAKE the 3rd skin

December 30th, 2013
11:00 pm

Mobile home?

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
11:03 pm

…the indoor practice facility…yeah…he’s thinking mobile home…

monte cristo dawg

December 30th, 2013
11:11 pm

Your funny in your own mind GUTRAKE. He won and youll still enjoy your OT vs TECH!

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
11:12 pm

Enter your Gutrake

December 22nd, 2013
4:56 pm
GUTRAKE DEFINITION (2013):

“Richt-rage”:
an uncontrollable, juvenile angst directed toward Coach Mark Richt; delusional, narcissistic attitude toward a football coach that exhibits qualities of confident manhood; usually expressed by under-educated men of limited vocabulary and/or social activity; by men confounded by their ineffectiveness of being relevant or important.

comments here

IndoorFieldDog

December 30th, 2013
11:15 pm

GUTRAKE whats up with the Mobile home thinking?

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
11:19 pm

MCdawg,

It’s obvious from your capitalization of my handle that it indicates your worship of my superior status to 35, as well as all of the accompanying knowledge that I dispense for your consumption.

BTW, if you are a true DAWG fan, then you would revel in the come-from-behind victory over the North Avenue geeks…

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
11:23 pm

IndoorFieldDog,

What is your question specifically? I may have misunderstood your post to dawgfan…

IndoorFieldDog

December 30th, 2013
11:25 pm

GA has no indoor practice field as ALL Dawgs fans know…Was making a funny reference that Richt cannot take his indoor practice field on road thus not completing all practices.

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
11:30 pm

Okay, stretch your imagination a little bit more…dawgfan thinks the facility is like a “mobile home”…i.e. you can roll it down the highway to Jacksonville…

Still not understanding?

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
11:32 pm

Seriously, where do you think the proposed indoor facility should be?

TammyWarEagle

December 30th, 2013
11:34 pm

love watching fodder on Bulldog sites!!!!!! 6 things to remember doggies:
1. Mason ready though lil weaker arm.
2. No D guys leaving this yr.
3.And D experienced and Grantham has 1 more(or 7 more) yrs left.
4. Richt is experienced with his 13 yrs as one of GREATEST HCs!
5. GUS 1st yr NATL. Championship game
6. WARDAMNEAGLE!

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
11:39 pm

TWE,

Enjoy it while you can. Things will start going downhill next year. Just like what happened after Cammy, Tammy.

Your bespectacled coach will be looking for a AAAA high school job in three years. You’ll see.

IndoorFieldDog

December 30th, 2013
11:39 pm

Odd question gutrake..If youve been to Athens GA plenty o places!

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
11:42 pm

IFD,

Is that your final answer? Or will you expand on that…

TammyWarEagle

December 30th, 2013
11:43 pm

Definition of a fool: tryin to win a Natl Championship on a blog and cryin and throwing aquarium pebbles at Champions..see Gutrake

TammyWarEagle

December 30th, 2013
11:46 pm

11:39pm……We went downhill for 2 yrs before another National Championship game..Doggies?.Go to sleep lil doggieboy your done here for the night! WAR DAMN EAGLE!

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
11:47 pm

You must be drunk, CammyTammy.

I am quite sure you can’t win a championship on this blog, cryin’ is for prepubescent kids, and I don’t keep exotic fish…

Do you have an adult nearby in case you start projectile vomiting?

TammyWarEagle

December 30th, 2013
11:57 pm

Its NickkyTammy for those of you like yourself remembering Dads 1980 Championship!

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
11:59 pm

Add one more “k” in there and you’ll come closer to your roots…

TammyWarEagle

December 31st, 2013
12:00 am

Your acting like an exotic fish with that 11:39 comment you uneducated football dork!

TammyWarEagle

December 31st, 2013
12:02 am

Add 1 more National Championship and youll come closer to an SEC team past 8 yrs!

Gutrake

December 31st, 2013
12:04 am

Ahhh! The old education line…ahh…okay.

Look, CammyTammy, take my advice. Go sleep it off while dreaming of tipped passes falling in your hands…for that matter, if I were you, I’d buy a lottery ticket…

TammyWarEagle

December 31st, 2013
12:06 am

Night Gutracker! Enjoy tomorrow with your doggies so you boys can wallow in Gator bowl and Richt ineptitude while contemplating WAR EAGLES Natl. Champ. game! WAR DAMN EAGLE!

Gutrake

December 31st, 2013
12:07 am

Goodnight, Jezebel.

TammyWarEagle

December 31st, 2013
12:08 am

Night RGTres

porkLoinDog

December 31st, 2013
12:25 am

Cannot argue with you Tammy…Lots of work to do with our team.

LADawg

December 31st, 2013
12:26 am

Disappointed in “mid-tier” bowl? Not really. That has become our lot as Dawg fans. Only 3 times in the CMR era have we gone to a BCS bowl.

Expectancy of a NC? Not really. If, as Bill said, we competed regularly for SEC championships, wouldn’t we regularly be competing in BCS bowls rather than regularly competing in mid and lower tier bowls?

I believe the reason for NC expectancy for Dawg fans is the amount of talent in Georgia that should predominantly become Bulldogs and the amount of talent on the roster. Unfortunately, this staff lets the best talent in the state escape to out-of-state schools and the talent we do have don’t maximize their potential until they get to the next level.

Sad but true!

CarrowayDawg

December 31st, 2013
12:40 am

LA: Well said…though we have the talent but our coaches cannot coach it…starting at the TOP..RICHT! Enough talent between the Hedges!

LADawg

December 31st, 2013
1:06 am

Thanks, Carroway. Seemed to be stating the obvious. I used to be a big Richt fan but over time he has proven that he cannot attract top flight assistants which is an absolute necessity since he has no clue about defense and every phase of special teams.

The best recruits not only want to play at the next level, which Richt and staff have excelled at, but they also want to play for championships so they sign with Bama or programs with new coaches. They know what they’re going to get with Richt and the Dawgs.

CarrowayDawg

December 31st, 2013
1:23 am

Agree with “wanting to play” for Championship” part But Bobo is great and Grantham has NFL pedigree so you lil off base with no “top flight asst”.

GTBob Jr.

December 31st, 2013
1:25 am

Dad just posted on Tech site that schedule gets tougher next yr for GA Tech cuz Vandy on it!

Castle pine canine

December 31st, 2013
1:35 am

Isn’t it a shame about Tech!

Carrawaydawg

December 31st, 2013
1:38 am

LA: You play at UGA and ya play in front of 80-95K each week and on TV each week. Thats what kids care about!

GTBob Jr.

December 31st, 2013
1:42 am

LADawg

December 31st, 2013
1:45 am

Bobo is at UGA because he was held over from Donnan as a QB coach due to his Dawg days as a player. I agree that he is a keeper. Grantham, however was third or fourth choice and his NFL “pedigree” is less than stellar. His results with UGA are obvious. Other than UGA, nobody wants Grantham, NFL nor college. Same for all of the other coaches other than possibly Bobo.

Carrawaydawg

December 31st, 2013
1:49 am

twixt the hedges LA..twixt the hedges! no importance of the coaches.

old dog

December 31st, 2013
9:40 am

Until we start over on defense, we will not be where we need to be. We need a new defensive coordinator, a new defensive philosophy, and an upgrade on recruiting (we have some good ones, for sure, but our d-backs are not up to the caliber we need.) We likewise need to step up a little up front. Our o-line is ok, but exceedingly average, as good teams have exposed us. Murray was put in the position too many times where he had to put major points on the board for us to win, as our d would have some great plays and hits, but over-all could not consistantly get it done. We have skill players for sure, but a few hosses up front on the o-line and an entirely new start, top to bottom, on defense are what we have to have to rise above mediocrity. We can whine all we want, but until the above issues are addressed we will all be here same time, same results next year.

old dog

December 31st, 2013
10:01 am

By the way, some teams have addressed their issues. Over the next year or two, watch Auburn (ugh) and Ole Miss, who played tons of freshmen this year, but will be a force to be reckoned a couple of years from now. We will just be what we are right now without some major moves…………

Dog4Life

December 31st, 2013
11:52 am

Old Dog, you do understand that Lakotas is doing a good job. Because we lack an adequate pass rush and possess very slow ILBers who are constantly out of position, i do not care how good the CBs and Safeties are they cannot cover option reads and spread offensive WRs for more than 5 to 6 seconds. Do not blame Lakotas on this, the DBs are getting better and are good (though I cannot explain Damien Swann–but some of the new guys at DB were injured). It is the slow developing and confused complex scheme–also Grantham takes for ever to get a play in–put blame where it is deserved the DC. Our D line performed well but our LBers and stupid confusion hurt us more than anything. I do agree that the O-Line has got to get better. We do have issue there but again it is due to scheme; too many zone blocking assignments and long developing pass plays–blame that on OC. If the O-liner cannot hold a block for more than 3 to 4 secs then change the scheme to make it fit the abilities of the O-Line. There are many complicated reasons why we do not play up to our ability at times. Up tempo suits our O-Line; trap inside blocking with quick hits at the 2 and 3 holes make Gurley’s life reasonable. I cannot figure out why we get away so often from what is working and kill our momentum–mind-boggling. More over spare me the mix it up crap–as coach used to tell us–if they can’t hit the fastball why would you speed up their bats with curves and changes? Bobo is too concerned about balance in the game plan–somewhat commendable but don’t change what you are doing to create balance–if they have a bad pass D kill with the pass–if they cannot stop the run–kill them with the run–ala Bama–what they did to us in the second half of the SECCG–we couldn’t stop the run and they hammered us with the run–we didn’t give out due to lack of depth, we couldn’t stop the run. Saban stopped trying to beat us with McCarron and beat us with Lacy and Yeldon.

gary reese

January 2nd, 2014
10:27 pm

Bill, I have been reading AJC reportage and analysis on Georgia football since 1968. You are the biggest loudmouth know-it-all I have read. Your good points are overshadowed by your pettiness and self-absorption. Honest critics are honest enough to praise too. And hey, try occasionally featuring a fan inquiry that doesn’t necessarily include the obligatory kissing of your behind. Why don’t you just go ahead and coach a team somewhere and get your championship behind you?