Fan talk: Defensive changes, cupcakes, special teams, basketball and more!

New defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is preaching a more uptempo style of play. (John Kelley / UGA)

New defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is preaching a more uptempo style of play. (John Kelley / UGA)

Let’s get straight to some of this week’s Junkyard Mail. …

Stuart in Austin, Texas, writes: Bill, I’m encouraged by the information coming out of the first few spring practices regarding the defense. Focusing more on fundamentals (specifically tackling and bringing opposing players to the ground vs. the bumping often done under coaches Willie Martinez and Todd Grantham), increasing the overall pace of practices, evening out the reps for all players, keeping the schemes and terminology simple, and better communication particularly in the secondary. This new run to the ball without overcomplicating the schemes sounds good, but I’m concerned it could hurt us against teams like Auburn and Georgia Tech where disciplined, assignment football is crucial. Martinez and Grantham defenses did perform relatively well against both AU and Tech. In the 2014 BCS Championship game, Coach Jeremy Pruitt’s Florida State defense held AU to 31 points, but he had a month to prepare and better athletes than our 2013-2014 defense, which held AU to 36 points (garbage final TD not included). We have a while to go until the season starts, but what are your thoughts?

Well, compared with the tentative, reactive defense that the Dogs displayed too often last season, the idea of encouraging them to swarm to the football and play a faster-paced, more aggressive style of defense strikes me as a really good thing. Too often under Grantham we saw players trying to figure what the defensive call was and where they were supposed to be. You’re right about the dangers of going too fast if players commit too early or overpursue, but playing a more uptempo defense doesn’t have to mean getting burned by spread-option or read-option teams. The key, as you noted, is still playing disciplined assignment football. Hopefully, we’ll still see that.

Jim Jameson writes: Bill, I saw recently that LSU has beefed up its nonconference schedule over the next few years by signing to play home-and-home series with UCLA and Arizona State out of the Pac 12. Meanwhile, after opening tough the past couple of years with Clemson, Georgia fans now have the likes of Southern and ULM to look forward to, what with Greg McGarity having backed out of the previous deal with Oregon. This really bothers me for a couple of reasons. While I can see the necessity of having some cupcake games on the schedule, it really is like spitting in the eye of the UGA fans, particularly the season ticket holders, to make them pay for noncompetitive, generally boring games. And no wonder student attendance is lagging. And second, with the new College Football Playoff coming, I’m concerned that Georgia might get aced out by a team that’s played a tougher nonconference schedule. Your thoughts, please?

Let’s remember first of all that, unlike LSU and quite a few other SEC schools, Georgia plays a major nonconference opponent every year — Georgia Tech. And while McGarity generally prefers to fill out the rest of the nonconference schedule with games the Dogs are considered a lock to win (aka cupcakes), he’s indicated that one of the reasons he’s opposed to a possible expansion of the SEC schedule to nine conference games is that it would pretty much preclude adding a second major nonconference opponent like Clemson to the schedule occasionally. (McGarity has held off on future schedules while the SEC figures out what its future plans are.)

The impetus behind the possible nine-game conference schedule is to upgrade the product (for ESPN and the SEC Network) with an eye also on the strength-of-schedule component in playoff selections. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive has said that he’d like conference teams to play 10 hard games a year, and if the conference goes to nine games, Georgia would have that with the conference schedule plus Tech. Adding another such game would mean 11 major opponents out of 14, which might impress the selection committee if you win them all, but would make it tougher to do so.

If the SEC does not go to nine games, then I definitely would like to see Georgia schedule another major opponent occasionally. Ohio State backed out of a deal, but there reportedly have been informal discussions about possibly scheduling FSU. Of course, keep in mind a home-and-home deal with a major opponent like Clemson means that some years that would dictate one less home game in Athens. Another option for adding the occasional big name to the schedule is a one-shot neutral-site game like the Chick-fil-A Kickoff in Atlanta.

However, there’s another aspect to all of this that concerns me, and that’s opening the season with a major nonconference opponent, like last season and this season. Since it appears to be a fact of life that Georgia is almost guaranteed to have some players suspended for the first game or two each season thanks to its tougher disciplinary policies, opening with a cupcake makes the most sense. So, even if there’s a year where a Clemson or some other major program gets added, I’d prefer it to be later in the season.

John Lilly, one of the special teams coordinators, with head coach Mark Richt. (John Kelley / UGA)

John Lilly, one of the special teams coordinators, with head coach Mark Richt. (John Kelley / UGA)

Rich Rochester writes: I haven’t heard anything yet about special teams play.

Inside linebackers coach Mike Ekeler, who along with tight ends coach John Lilly is now coordinating Georgia’s special teams, told the Athens Banner-Herald this week that the Dogs are devoting two practice periods a day and a walk-through to special teams, and that new drills have been added and schemes have been changed (hopefully meaning no more blocked punts!). Ekeler and Lilly are the special teams coordinators, but new defensive assistant Kevin Sherrer is “heavily involved over there,” Ekeler told the ABH. Sherrer works with the punt team protection, kickoffs and punt block. Tony Ball handles kickoff returns. Six assistants in all have a hand in special teams, Lilly said, and up to five may work on one unit, but the difference this season is that the ultimate responsibility for the success or failure of Georgia’s special teams will lie with Lilly (punting team, kickoff returns, field goals/extra points) and Ekeler (kickoff coverage, punt returns, blocking field goals/PATs). Mark Richt told the paper that the goal is for all defensive starters to play on at least two special teams, but walk-ons with special-team expertise, such as Kosta Vavlas or Lucas Redd, won’t be pulled off “just to say we’ve got a starter in there.” Lilly said there’s more competition on units for spots than in past springs. “We’ve got three- and four-deep fighting it out,” he said. We’ll have to wait until the season, of course, to know whether all of this is enough to straighten out Georgia’s problems with special teams play.

Andrew Hall writes: Hey Bill, I attended both NIT games at Stegeman this year and was very pleased with the general admission seating method. During the first game against Vermont the crowd was absolutely electric and played a huge role in the Dawgs pulling out a victory. Having the fans packed down into the lower level generated a great atmosphere and hostile environment on the court for the opponent. What do you think the chances are that the athletic department considers keeping the general admission seating for the upcoming regular season?

UGA officials want to enhance the home-court advantage at Stegeman Coliseum. (UGA)

UGA officials want to enhance the home-court advantage at Stegeman Coliseum. (UGA)

UGA athletics officials and coach Mark Fox definitely noticed the energy generated by the crowds at the two NIT games held at Stegeman and are at work trying to figure out how to enhance the home-court advantage next season. Said athletic director McGarity this week: “We’ve got a group of staff that are working on some options internally, on how we can capture that enthusiasm that was in Stegeman for those two NIT games. Is there some way that we can develop that general admission atmosphere? I’m not sure where that leads us. But we’re certainly going to look at it and see if there are some options we can do to kind of mirror that enthusiasm for this coming season. Because as everybody noticed it made a huge difference.” It’s unlikely that UGA would go to a complete general admission policy for all games because they’ve got to take into account the season ticket holders, and there’s also the danger of opposing fans arriving early and packing the courtside seats. (Particularly during Bruce Pearl’s tenure, Tennessee fans have been known to flock to Stegeman when the Vols play there.) But McGarity told reporters Georgia is exploring whether there’s some combination approach that might allow fans to improve their seating. I think that sounds like a great idea. I’ve long been frustrated when attending games at the Steg by the fact that so many of the lower-level seats, obviously held by season-ticket buyers, sit empty for the whole game. Perhaps a policy could be instituted where fans from the upper level could be relocated down into those empty seats — maybe during the first long timeout of the first half or, if that is seen as too disruptive, perhaps at halftime. That way, at least for the latter part of the game, the lower stands would be packed with fans.

John Hendrix writes: Bill, I love your Blawg and the coverage you give UGA. Your take on most subjects is spot on. I have a question. As UGA is considered a “football” school whereas Kentucky is considered a “basketball” school, why is it so hard to be successful in both? Very few programs are. I guess what I am driving at is why can’t our Dawgs be successful in both? Georgia as a state produces an abundance of superior talent in both sports, and when you take into consideration what our Athletic Department is worth (in the Top 5 nationally by most accounts), it would seem UGA is set up to reap the benefits of both sports. Greg McGarity was at a program (refuse to say their name) where they found success in both and have pretty much sustained that success over the last 15 years. No one-year wonders. Are those in power at UGA just not wanting to invest money and resources into our basketball program? I really like coach Fox and this is not meant to ignore the positives he has brought to our program, but I feel like with UGA’s immense resources both financially, and the fertile recruiting base we have for both sports, the success of both sports should not be as lopsided as they are. My opinion is UGA does not want to commit the resources to improve the b-ball program. I would really like your take on this subject.

OK, I don’t mind mentioning them: Florida is a “football” school that has had tremendous, consistent success in basketball over the past couple of decades since hiring Billy Donovan as coach. Now, part of that is likely attributable to him being an exceptional coach. And Florida also has natural built-in recruiting advantages in most sports because, hey, it’s the land of sun and fun. Could UGA duplicate that kind of success? Yes, I think so, but it’s going to take the program elevating its recruiting on a sustained basis.

As for this idea that UGA hasn’t committed enough resources to basketball or isn’t willing to spend the dollars necessary to win in the sport, I’m not sure what exactly it is that you’d like them to spend money on. OK, possibly on a larger staff of recruiting “analysts” as Nick Saban does for Alabama football. But I think most people who make this statement about Georgia not spending enough on basketball are talking about Stegeman Coliseum. And I have an inkling that a lot of those folks haven’t been to a basketball game in Athens in years and don’t know what the facilities are like nowadays. Yes, the Steg is old, but that alone doesn’t hold back a program if it wins consistently. (Ask Duke.) And the refurbishment of Georgia’s very distinctive-looking arena over the past decade has made it a much nicer facility that it used to be. Georgia certainly could afford to build a basketball palace that seats 20,000-plus (though it probably would have to be on the outskirts of campus), but while those arenas might turn the heads of a few recruits, they don’t guarantee success. Also, a giant arena half-empty wouldn’t be much fun or very intimidating at games. As for the rest of the facilities at Georgia, they’re top-notch. The basketball-gymnastics practice facility that was added to the Stegeman complex a few years ago is as nice as they come.

Basically, for Georgia to be consistently good in basketball, it requires keeping much more of the abundant talent produced by the state from going elsewhere. And the key to that probably is winning, and therein lies the conundrum facing Fox: Can you win big and consistently without landing big recruits? Can you land the big recruits without winning big and consistently? It’s tough, but the Dogs had a surprisingly successful season this year with a relatively no-name lineup. I don’t know whether Fox will be able to crack this problem, but I feel certain that building another, bigger, fancier arena isn’t the answer.

Gym Dogs fans are urged to wear black to Saturday's NCAA Regional in Athens. (UGA)

Gym Dogs fans are urged to wear black to Saturday's NCAA Regional in Athens. (UGA)

Finally, a Saturday note for Gym Dogs fans: If you’re planning on attending the NCAA Athens Regional, getting under way at 4 p.m. at Stegeman, be sure to wear black! UGA gymnastics boosters want a Blackout in the arena for the sixth-ranked home team, which enters the regional as the No. 1 seed. Danna Durante’s Gym Dogs and five other teams will be vying for two spots in the NCAA Championships April 18-20 in Birmingham. Also competing in Athens will be No. 7 Michigan, No. 18 Central Michigan, No. 22 Ohio State, North Carolina State and Rutgers.

UGA’s rotation in the regional will be: bye, bars, beam, bye, floor, vault.

Ten-time NCAA champion UGA has won a total of 23 NCAA regionals, including 13 in the past 16 years.

Go Gym Dogs!

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Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

April 5th, 2014
11:51 am

I dont think its smart to replace a cupcake for another tough non-conference opponent until we stop losing 3 to 4 games almost every year and improve our record against top 25 teams

Mobile Dawg

April 5th, 2014
12:29 pm

Have to disagree with you Flat, although I don’t like to start the season with a loss I do like a high value game. Definitely makes for a more interesting Fall practice and season opener. If Richt can’t walk in tall grass he needs to find a good porch to retire on. Why make football dull because we haven’t been able to get prepared, it’s certainly not the fans fault.

dawgfan

April 5th, 2014
1:40 pm

The bigger problem with opening up against good teams is Richt’s demonstrated inability to prepare us for them. We are 2-3 in openers the past 5 years. You cannot seriously blame all of that on a few players getting suspended here and there.

That’s just yet another cop out for Richt.

dawgfan

April 5th, 2014
1:43 pm

Seriously, Bill says we shouldn’t play tough opening games because of the player suspensions. As noted above, this is just an excuse for Richt. So basically the fans have to suffer through a meaningless joke opening game because Richt can’t get it together enough to have us prepared to win a big one.

I’m sorry but the constant excuses for Richt infuriate me.

Deutschland Domiciliary Dog.

April 5th, 2014
2:29 pm

Actually, UF plays a major non-conference foe each year, and so does South Carolina. We just play Tech.

NoAxeToGrind

April 5th, 2014
2:51 pm

DawgVoiceofReason, Apr 4. 6:51PM: Thanks for the reference on Sylvester Boler (spelling corrected). I am glad to find out what happened to him, and I am glad that he is doing well. Not being into UGA football as much as some of you evidently are, I have no reference books on UGA football or books on UGA statistics dating back to the 1890’s. My comments are from pure memory and may not be enirely accurate on every occasion.. In view of that, after 40 years, I trust I can be forgiven for misspelling Boler”s (selling corrected) name. Thank’s again.

Class of '98

April 5th, 2014
4:00 pm

dawgfan, if you “suffer” through “meaningless” Georgia football games, maybe you aren’t as big as fan as you think you are.

Some of you guys act like this is a video game. In unrealistic to play 12 consecutive smash-mouth football games against top-notch competition.

If cupcake games bore you and you “suffer” through them, my advice is to find something else to do that you find worthwhile. Nobody is making you watch Georgia play a football game.

dawgfan

April 5th, 2014
5:38 pm

I must have missed the part where I said I wanted 12 consecutive smash mouth football games. That would probably mean about a 2-10 record every year if Richt is out coach. I don’t want that.

I simply said its laughable to chalk up our recent poor record in opening games to a few players getting suspended. It’s a much deeper problem than that.

A problem hardly anyone wants to talk about besides people like me.

HotDawg

April 5th, 2014
8:08 pm

Go Gym Dogs!
Always nice to end the column on a positive note.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

April 5th, 2014
8:24 pm

LOL

Im all for replacing cupcake games for top notch opponents;

my problem is until we start beating top notch opponents we will end up losing 4-5 games almost every year instead of 3-4 games almost every year

then the kool-aiders are going to make excuses for the tough schedule we have to play;

Mobile Dawg

April 5th, 2014
8:35 pm

So be it Flat, if we lose enough maybe it will force a change. Most of our other opponents do it, why shouldn’t we? I’m kinda like dawgfan, it infuriates me also to watch such complacency and yet nothing is done.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

April 5th, 2014
9:18 pm

Mobile

The coaches really arent the problem its the administration

30+ years was the last time the Basketball program did anything special and of course the Football program as well

until the administration demands championships you might as well continue to pay your donation to the “Society of the Miserable” club

DawgNole

April 5th, 2014
9:24 pm

Mobile Dawg
April 5th, 2014
12:29 pm
Have to disagree with you Flat, although I don’t like to start the season with a loss I do like a high value game. Definitely makes for a more interesting Fall practice and season opener. If Richt can’t walk in tall grass he needs to find a good porch to retire on. Why make football dull because we haven’t been able to get prepared, it’s certainly not the fans fault.
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Co-sign!

Scheduling cupcakes equates to buying wins. The practice should be eliminated from D-1 football.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

April 5th, 2014
9:38 pm

DawgNole

please see my 8:24 pm post

DawgNole

April 5th, 2014
9:49 pm

I saw it your 8:24 p.m. post. Doesn’t change the fact that scheduling cupcakes is a cowardly and disgusting practice that earns NO respect and generates little fan interest. Boredom, thousands of empty seats, no major network TV–if any TV at all–and it prepares your team for exactly NOTHING. And the once-in-a-blue-moon loss to such teams attaches a stigma to your program that you NEVER live down (ask Michigan and fla).

Paying a weak sister a million bucks to come to your house and bend over should be abolished. And hopefully, with the new playoff format, the practice will begin to diminish. Playing NINE conference opponents would be a good start.

If you can’t beat a decent OOC opponent, then that’s on you. Improve your program instead of taking the chickencrap way out by purchasing wins.

Mobile Dawg

April 5th, 2014
9:51 pm

Your point is well taken Flat, he administration is satisfied with mediocrity. We’ve never been a win at all costs school. It starts at the top and rolls downhill. There has been no accountability regarding Richt, and he hasn’t held his assistants accountable.

Hope Pruitt doesn’t fall into the twilight zone.

UGA Insider

April 5th, 2014
9:52 pm

Go Dawgs…. Get it together this spring!! No more ST’s disasters. Lets look prepared out there for a first game.

Mobile Dawg

April 5th, 2014
9:54 pm

Agree DawgNole, by NCAA rules a D1 school should only be allowed to schedule other D1 schools, there are plenty of D1’s that could be considered cupcakes if we insist on playing the “sisters of the poor”.

Mobile Dawg

April 5th, 2014
9:58 pm

Insider, as strange as it may sound coming from me I have a feeling of optimism that I haven’t had for a while. It’s an extremely cautious optimism but it’s there nonetheless. But as I said before I have an axe to grind with Richt, still think he’s taken “extreme” advantage of UGA’s fanbase.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

April 5th, 2014
10:03 pm

DawgNole

again I’m all for scheduling the Oregons FSU’s Michigans Miami’s etc

just be prepared for 4 or more loss seasons until the UGA administration starts demanding better results

feel free to look back over the last 28 years for examples

DawgNole

April 5th, 2014
10:20 pm

I’m prepared for 4 or more losses if that’s what it takes to get decent OOC games on the schedule. The national publicity, major-network TV money, universal respect, and higher ranking that come with a win over a decent OOC opponent FAR outweigh the disgrace and disgust generated by playing the garbage opposition that UGA, FSU, and many other D-1 bring in to clobber.

DawgNole

April 5th, 2014
10:21 pm

. . . many other D-1 TEAMS bring in . . . .

And add jam-packed, enthusiastic crowds to that list of benefits.

Cicely

April 5th, 2014
11:15 pm

Why is that nasty man Richt still there? I

DawgNole

April 6th, 2014
8:42 am

Bulldawg36
April 5th, 2014
11:01 pm
Man, some dumb uninformed fans.
Ohio St schedules as many cupcakes as possible, and the rankings love them. Learn the game boneheads. You don’t win a National Championship scheduling 12 games against top 25 teams.
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You clearly have the inside track on being a dumb, uninformed fan. And how does Ohio St perform when it finally has to play solid OOC competition? It performs like a team totally unprepared for the challenge. Get a clue.

Nobody on here suggested that to win a NC, you must play “12 games against top 25 teams.” Of course, in the Dawgs’ case they’re not winning NCs anyway, so it certainly wouldn’t hurt to bolster their OOC schedule. Same goes for most D-1 programs.

OK, let’s hear it now, Mr. I’m So Much Smarter Than The Rest of You: “DUH!”

Or, in your words, learn the game, bonehead!

Dog4Life

April 6th, 2014
9:07 am

Thank you DawgNole. LIke wht you’re saying–keep in mind ohio st also plays in a conferene where they not only play toledo and ohio univerity an western michigan–but their conference is weak top to bottom-they get a lot of press for nothing and they show it in the big games–they are laughable. I thast 110 yrs of Big 10 87 conf. championships have been won by either ohio st or mich–sounds like a 2 team conference toe.

Dog4Life

April 6th, 2014
9:08 am

Enter your comments here

Dog4Life

April 6th, 2014
9:12 am

“the last 110 ys” “80 championships” “two team conference to me” typing skills stink. 40 onference campionships have been shared by 8 othr teams-avgs 5 per team except ohio st and mich who have roughly 40 a piece–now compar that t the SEC–more parity and stronger conference top to bottom.

DawgNole

April 6th, 2014
9:58 am

Don’t know about your typing skills, Dog4Life, but your message is clear–and correct. The Big 10’s ALWAYS overrated by the media to me, and Ohio St demonstrates that year after year.

I’d just like to see an end to the cupcake OOC scheduling by D-1 teams, and my two favorites (UGA and FSU) are as guilty as anyone. Hopefully college football is at least beginning to move in the right direction with the new playoff format, which is expected to place more emphasis on strength of schedule.

Mobile Dawg

April 6th, 2014
10:56 am

Unless there is a clear number one on defense we shouldn’t have a number one unit. Competition among players is the single best thing to keep them sharp.

dawgfan

April 6th, 2014
12:25 pm

I don’t know if scheduling easier teams will help us that much. Richt is only 12-4 against SEC lightweights Vandy and Kentucky since he last won anything, not to mention losses to the likes of Colorodo, UCF and a very mediocre Okie State to boot. So it’s not like those are guaranteed wins anymore either. Even if we played a full season of nothing but creampuffs I’m not sure Richt could get through it without dropping at least a game or two.

As long as Richt is our coach we may need to consider a drop down to the FCS level to have any hope of a championship.

DawgNole

April 6th, 2014
2:01 pm

Sam
April 6th, 2014
10:20 am
Bulldawg36, agree, some really dumb fan that asks Bill all those questions, under different fake names. easy to sot him.
sure, let’s schedule a bunch of top 10 teams. Idiots.
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Easy to “sot” him? LOL. And you’re calling somebody else an idiot?

No conference team, including UGA, can “schedule a bunch of top 10 teams” because of the conference slate, which already has plenty of unranked teams built in–especially if it’s expanded to nine games.

Stop trying to dodge/hide from respectable OOC competition, coward. It’s NOT helping your team in any way.

dawgfan

April 6th, 2014
3:33 pm

Pruitt was a flashy hire but he’s only been a DC for one year and that was in the ACC. I’m not sold on him being the cure all he’s made out to be. It’s a risky hire. If its a flop Richt might finally run out of excuses.

His fans will probably think of something though. They’re good at that.

DawginColorado

April 6th, 2014
6:27 pm

NOT dawgfan – “I’m sorry but the constant excuses for Richt infuriate me.”

Anyone that doesn’t spend every waking moment plotting and having wet dreams about the firing of Mark Richt infuriates you.

I bet you daydream about it like that kid in “A Christmas Story”. What a screwed up individual you are.

DawginColorado

April 6th, 2014
6:38 pm

Ok, I am looking through these comments and I see that no one seems to understand that you can’t just pick who you want to play and add them to your schedule. Oregon backed out of a planned home and home. So did Ohio St. It’s a two way street. You have scheduling considerations on both sides to deal with. You have to figure in the likelihood that your fans will travel to the purposed venue as well.

It isn’t just a matter of wanting to. And many of the teams that we would like to see the Dawgs play just don’t want to play Georgia. Why? Because the likelihood is that they will come away with a loss on their visit to Sanford stadium. The top teams have to consider these things in conjunction with their conference schedule. If you are playing your toughest foes away in a year and the purposed game is also away that year, you’d be a fool to do it.

Yes, it would be great to see those games but sadly you have to have 2 willing parties.

DawginColorado

April 6th, 2014
6:44 pm

Paul – Bama was really good against the run last year but got killed by good passing teams. Auburn ran on everybody from the middle of the year on and Bama couldn’t stop them either. No SEC CG for Bama even stopping the run well.

I see we have a new addition to the pessimist club. Prepare for the lovefest between NOT dawgfan and this Paul character.

What a horrible visual.

dawgfan

April 6th, 2014
7:06 pm

“I see we have a new addition to the pessimists club.”

Better get used to it. The next couple of years are going to be very rough for you and the rest of the Richt fan club.

The clock is ticking down.

DawgNole

April 6th, 2014
7:44 pm

DawginColorado
April 6th, 2014
6:38 pm
Ok, I am looking through these comments and I see that no one seems to understand that you can’t just pick who you want to play and add them to your schedule. Oregon backed out of a planned home and home. So did Ohio St. It’s a two way street . . . .
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So you decide to post lies since “no one seems to understand”?

I understand perfectly. Oregon did NOT back out of the home and home with UGA. From CBSSports.com after Kansas St asked Oregon to cancel their series: “. . . Oregon agreed, just as Oregon agreed when Georgia asked (for other reasons) to cancel a two-game series with the Ducks in 2015-16. Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said in 2010 there was “mutual agreement” to cancel the series, but that’s another technicality. Georgia wanted out and Oregon allowed it to happen, even allowed Georgia to save face by calling the decision “mutual.”

McGarity is spineless and has been only too happy to soften UGA’s OOC schedule, thus undoing one of the few positive things Damon Evans had conceived; i.e., playing decent OOC opponents home and home.

Such games can still be scheduled–unless you have a cowardly AD. Hopefully the motivation to play respectable OOC teams will build with the upcoming playoff format, which is expected to generate more emphasis on strength of schedule.

dawgfan

April 6th, 2014
8:08 pm

DawginColorodo made something up? Noooo, of course not. He would never do that.

DawginColorado

April 6th, 2014
9:43 pm

NOT dawgfan – you are a sick individual. I bet you will contemplate suicide if the Dawgs start winning big time. You’re whole life is based on hating Mark Richt. You are like someone who lives for revenge. I can’t wait to see what inane posts you make when it happens because it will and you will be exposed as the loser troll that you are.

“Nothing positive happened this season” yeah… that sure looks like the ramblings of a hate twisted troll to me.

DawginColorado

April 6th, 2014
9:54 pm

Dawgnole – how do you know that your version of things is the truth and not just opinion? Did you sit in on the meetings? Well? No you didn’t. Your “fact” is hearsay. So unless you have it in writing somewhere then don’t you damn dare call me a liar. Understood?

What about Meyer bailing out of the Ohio St home and home? Well?

Be careful who you call a liar sir. I don’t care who the hell you are, I will hammer your ass. I do not lie. EVER. If my information is wrong then it’s an honest mistake.

You don’t like McGarity and that colors your opinion. That does not mean that you get a pass on just making up crap either. So where is the proof? I read the articles and that is where I got my information from. http://dogbytesonline.com/georgia-and-oregon-agree-to-cancel-football-series-5837/ That is one of a few articles posted the same day with the information.

Where did you come up with your take on the events? Anything in writing by credible sources? Well? If that is too much trouble then I’d advise not using the word “lie” in conjunction with me.
Understood.

I’ve read your posts and I didn’t think you were a jerk until now. Sad that you chose that wording.

DawginColorado

April 6th, 2014
9:55 pm

Not dawgfan – post it. Post where I made something up. You can’t. I dare you you snivel coward.

dawgfan

April 6th, 2014
10:40 pm

Let’s just say that I consider CBS sports a little bit more of a reliable source than someone who’s watched Facing the Giants 600 times and has a life sized poster of Mark Richt in their bedroom.

VarsitymEatCleaver

April 7th, 2014
1:18 am

Concerns me the Dawg hating on this blog..LetsHunkerDown and Love our team!

TheFan2014

April 7th, 2014
1:20 am

Yeah, love the cheaters.

dawgfan

April 7th, 2014
6:34 am

Nobody’s hating on the Dawgs. We’re hating on the complacency and delusion that allows a head coach to go 5-20 vs. ranked teams in a 5 year span without any repercussions whatsoever, despite producing more NFL players than any other SEC school. We’re hating on the lack of accountability and the excuses that are poisoning our football program all the way down to its roots.

I’m sorry you find these facts so inconvenient but that does not make you a better fan. Quite the contrary actually.

dawgfan

April 7th, 2014
7:18 am

DawginColorodo, the link that you rely on says it was a MUTUAL decision to cancel the Oregon series. This is a far cry from your claim that Oregon unilaterally “backed out” of the series.

You may not be a liar but you are in fact a moron. Sorry buddy.

DawgNole

April 7th, 2014
8:06 am

Testing . . . testing . . . DawginColo is an arrogant imbecile with significant reading comprehension problems who threatens others and posts lies on blogs while cowering behind his keyboard . . . Testing . . . testing . . . .

DawgNole

April 7th, 2014
8:25 am

Well, that one went through. Wish I could say the same about my initial response last night to DinC’s 9:54 p.m. trash, in which he erroneously/foolishly claimed that I had provided only MY version of the UGA-Oregon cancellation–and that I had not provided a source for my info. Both lies.

Then he compounds the problem by getting all indignant because he’s once again been called out for, shall we say, “spinning the facts” just a bit.

He should be glad my first retort was killed. Changing his drawers would’ve been the least of his problems.

Hey, dawgfan, DinC called you a “you you snivel coward” LOL. Bet you laid awake all night crying over that one.

DawgNole

April 7th, 2014
8:29 am

VarsitymEatCleaver
April 7th, 2014
1:18 am
Concerns me the Dawg hating on this blog..LetsHunkerDown and Love our team!
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Your concerns are well taken, Varsity. But don’t mistake frustration and acceptance of reality for hatred. True Dawg fans DO love our team. We just want what’s best for it–within a reasonable time frame.

UGA Insider

April 7th, 2014
8:42 am

Dawgs haven’t been to a BCS game since 2007. The pressure is on this year to do something.