On Day 1 of UGA practice, Richt is already taking out the trash

"In my view, trashcans are best situated here and here." (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

"In my view, trashcans are best situated here and here." (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

Athens — Weird. We the media were supposed to be allowed to view the first 15 sessions of Georgia’s first practice of the summer, which was unusual in itself. Standard procedure holds that we press people get to watch the first 15 minutes before being escorted away. But this was Media Day, so an exception was made.

It lasted 13 periods. (A period, in practice parlance, lasts five minutes.) At which point UGA managers were dispatched to inform us, “Coach Richt is cutting it off.”

Meaning: Get outta here.

Maybe this first practice was about — more football-speak here — Setting A Tempo. Coaches were yelling. (Stacy Searels unleashed a line-coach bellow early on.) Players were running hard. A period of offense versus defense included more than the usual August heat. If you were a UGA fan hoping to see an edgy team, your wish was granted.

Even the famously placid Mark Richt was heard to vent, mostly at the positioning of those with cameras but also at one unwitting waste receptacle. Just after the offense and defense went head-to-head, Richt yelled that all those press people standing between the practice fields had to move. And then: “I want that trashcan out of there, too!”

(No, I don’t believe he was pointing at me when he said it.)

But that wasn’t the end of it. Richt cleared one sideline of non-participants shortly thereafter. “If he [meaning a receiver] runs an out, you’re going to get run over,” Richt said. And finally, via his managers, he told us all just to go away. No explanation given.

Which was fine with me. It was hot. I’d seen what I’d come to see, which was Aaron Murray throwing the football without his famous glove — threw it pretty well, Murray did — and Todd Grantham’s 3-4 aligning itself. Nobody would dare suggest the first day of any team’s practice is a real measure, but I have to say to the Bulldogs looked pretty sharp.

They just need to divest themselves of that darn trashcan.

249 comments Add your comment

Columbus resident

August 2nd, 2010
5:56 pm

1eyedJack

August 2nd, 2010
6:00 pm

They’re going to “eat lightning and crap thunder!”

33theburner33

August 2nd, 2010
6:00 pm

second, that makes me the first loser

He's clueless

August 2nd, 2010
6:00 pm

Richt doesnt want anyone to see he has no clue.

Frank Lane

August 2nd, 2010
6:00 pm

Glad you felt positive. It will be important to see. I expect quite a lot this year.

Mark Bradley

August 2nd, 2010
6:01 pm

Kudos, Columbus resident.

33theburner33

August 2nd, 2010
6:02 pm

which means i’m a dawgcrap fan. sic um sic um wuf wuf wuf

MisterT

August 2nd, 2010
6:02 pm

really? 2nd
THWg!

1eyedJack

August 2nd, 2010
6:02 pm

He had enough of a clue to coach a “mud-hole stomping” in the middle of Grant Field.

SSIgator

August 2nd, 2010
6:04 pm

“If you were a UGA fan hoping to see an edgy team, your wish was granted.”

Mark – You would be edgy too if it was happy hour and you had to be at practice.

SSIgator

August 2nd, 2010
6:10 pm

““I want that trashcan out of there, too!”

Now that is the mark of a true leader – speak with conviction and authority.

greg

August 2nd, 2010
6:11 pm

OK MB. I give out a lot of grief to you guys, so I guess I’ll throw a bone your way as well. The headline was very funny…

Mark Bradley

August 2nd, 2010
6:12 pm

Thanks, Greg.

superDawg

August 2nd, 2010
6:13 pm

Happy hour starts sept.4 and will not end until jan. 6.

Urban Meyer

August 2nd, 2010
6:14 pm

Congrats UGA on the #1 ranking, PARTY SCHOOL that is!

Charley Pell

August 2nd, 2010
6:16 pm

Stay classy SSIgator! Why does gator fan always seem to have a chip on his shoulder?

Felix the Cat

August 2nd, 2010
6:19 pm

I hate to admit it but DAWGS RULE!

Heath

August 2nd, 2010
6:20 pm

We’ve all seen the edgy richt before, and as soon as it starts working, he starts with the asking forgiveness. Expect a letter tomorrow, Mark. “If I in any way offended writers, cameramen, or trash cans, I want to express my sincere regrets.”

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What??

August 2nd, 2010
6:22 pm

We will see.

Jim Doanan as in Doans Pills

August 2nd, 2010
6:24 pm

MB….How was the Chicken Salad at the Deli today?

What??

August 2nd, 2010
6:25 pm

We will see………… the young QB and Richt take control!

Now that Richt has a DC as he did with Vangorder, he WILL focus on the O and kick some booooooty!

1eyedJack

August 2nd, 2010
6:26 pm

Has Coach Fish Fry started practicing the JV squad yet?

82Dawg

August 2nd, 2010
6:27 pm

I wonder why there are so many Gator and Tech fans on a Ga Blog?

Mikey in SAV

August 2nd, 2010
6:27 pm

Just like in WE ARE MARSHALL…….”The funerals end today”.

Go CMR…and GO DAWGS !

Fire Dawg

August 2nd, 2010
6:29 pm

Hey ! trash cans can be a real pain when you are edgy.

Barack Dawg

August 2nd, 2010
6:31 pm

SSIgator – kind of like Gator fans watching Urban without a heart monitor around….

Big Boys Dont Cry !

August 2nd, 2010
6:32 pm

Ok who was the media guy that suggested that CMR was being soft on his players? No wonder CMR ran the press out. Truth hurts !

russell barbee

August 2nd, 2010
6:32 pm

Now your getting it Richt! Its the freaking SEC you dumb ace! Too little too late. Beat “Flar – ri – da” and i’ll gladly eat my words.

superDawg

August 2nd, 2010
6:33 pm

Hey MB what kind of trash can were you in?

kerryb

August 2nd, 2010
6:33 pm

I think all of these Tech and Gator fans on here are worried. They hear waht is going on in Athens. Other SEC coaches saying that Aaron Murray is the next great QB in the SEC. A new defense and DC with a killer, agressive attitude. I think they are worried that their time is soon coming when their team gets it’s can kicked all over the playing field this Fall. Well, make all the snide remarks you want to but your time is coming.

destin dawg

August 2nd, 2010
6:34 pm

Can’t wait !!! soon B.S. stops and FB starts… Go Dawgs !!! comment: I think it would be more fair to play the Florida series… home & home or Jax & Atl…. Gators have kicked our Butts… but it realy is a HOME game for them every year???

beatdowns galore

August 2nd, 2010
6:36 pm

I heard Murrays grubby fingers were cramping up in the heat without the GLOVE.

Calibre Lake Dawg

August 2nd, 2010
6:36 pm

MB good stuff. It’s was a hot one today. Just 4 more weeks and we can all really talk the talk and walk the walk.

Jamaica Dawg

August 2nd, 2010
6:40 pm

With Grantham, change will be good, especially with proven, Dallas Cowboys NFL level training techniques and strategies, no question. Grantham is also instituting a regimen of discipline and fundamentals that have made Saban consistently successful. Houston will be a beast.

Improved turnover ratio will help the dawgs tremendously…..was an anchor last year..

I think Bobo’s “game” will be significantly improved given 1) Richt’s demonstration of a willingness to make change 2) Bobo won’t want to be outshined by Grantham (a rising tide lifts all boats)….

“When you accept mediocrity, you become mediocre” and I think Richt finally figured that out with CWM

Aaron Murray will be fantastic, particularly if he develops superior leadership and motivational skills (which Stafford really never had). The fact that Colt McCoy gave Aaron a ringing endorsement out of all other in college football says a hell of a lot!!
For all those doubters, read about Aaron’s background per Richt……enough said….

Also, Aaron gets to throw to the baddest, coolest, down to earth receiver in College Football baby – “A–J–Greeeeeeene”!!! (for President in my book)!!

Can’t wait till kickoff!!

SSIgator

August 2nd, 2010
6:41 pm

destin dawg -

Did you not do well in geography in school? UF is located in Gainesville, FL. Quite a ways from Jax. At last years game there were still the same number of UGA fans in the stands as there were UF fans – at least until the half. Besides, last time UF went to Athens it wasn’t pretty – 52-17 Florida.

Mark Bradley

August 2nd, 2010
6:43 pm

Actually, Jim Doanan, I wound up not going to the Five Points Deli. Chicken fingers were brought in later, and I partook.

SSIgator

August 2nd, 2010
6:46 pm

Mark Bradley -

No wonder Richt wanted the trash can removed. It is hard to keep the players focused when they keep swarming around the trash can looking for chicken fingers.

kerryb

August 2nd, 2010
6:48 pm

UF fans, you like to talk a lot of trash but tell me, what makes you so confident about this year? You also have a new QB, who is your WR? the only good one you had graduated along with the TE. Most of your defense went to the NFL and who is your DC? You have a lot tougher schedule that does’nt have the cupcake teams you had on it last year at the start of the season. It would’nt surprise me if you lose 3-4 games this year.

Dawg stuck in Bham

August 2nd, 2010
6:48 pm

Mark…Did ya grab some ice cream at the 5 pts Hodgson’s?

your nagging nightmare reminder

August 2nd, 2010
6:48 pm

gayterd fans, you need remember, to own UGA you have to beat our all time record, which we hold over you.

Eat and Tweet

August 2nd, 2010
6:49 pm

Chicken Fingers ! Now thats what Im talkin about !

Jet

August 2nd, 2010
6:51 pm

Murray’s glove symbolized his lack of confidence. By throwing it away, he’s saying “Bring it on, I don’t need a glove, I’m confiedent & ready to win a Championship”. The shedding of the glove is a big, big deal.

your nagging nightmare reminder

August 2nd, 2010
6:51 pm

Enter your comments here

ugag is irrelevant

August 2nd, 2010
6:51 pm

more hubris from the sanford drive cathouse

True Center

August 2nd, 2010
6:54 pm

Mark, would you say from what you viewed today that Granthams intense mentality (If it is that intense) has rubbed off on Richt? Are we seeing possibly a new era of junk yard dawgs?

On High

August 2nd, 2010
6:55 pm

Ugag, sorry there is not more info on your team to catch up on, Ball State, as in hanging…….

bad brad

August 2nd, 2010
6:55 pm

S SIgator,
Not sure how you did in geography but Gainesville is 60 miles from Jax…about the same distance as between Atlanta and Athens. Last time you came to Athens we had Ray Goof coaching. Come on back now; we got something for you between the hedges.

asheville dawg

August 2nd, 2010
6:56 pm

WOW, Richt chewing out a garbage can,and UGA finally getting ranked #1 in partying all in one day, can;t get much better than this.

Now if the football team can get ranked #1!

Office Space

August 2nd, 2010
6:57 pm

How’s your wife Mark, hope she’s well.