Taking the UGA blog ‘to the people’

It’s late February and things are about to really crank up on the Georgia athletics scene.

  • The basketball regular season is almost over and postseason play is right around the corner. Lost in all the drama and drudgery surrounding the Bulldogs’ men’s basketball team this season is the fact they will be defending their SEC tournament title down in Tampa. Who knows, a hurricane could strike, right? If so I’ll be there to chronicle it. And I imagine they’ll have to hire a coach sooner or later. We’ll cover that, too. Anyone else wondering if the Lady Dogs will get left out The Dance?
  • Baseball season has already cranked up and the Diamond Dawgs are having to rebuild their lineup after last season’s national runner-up finish. They have some arms, though, and some good young talent from what I’ve been able to see. Methinks they may be pretty good again.
  • Of course, spring football practice begins in mid-March and we’ll be all over that as always.
  • Georgia’s loaded for bear as usual in men’s and women’s tennis and golf. And as we’ve learned recently, the track teams aren’t too shabby either.

I mention all this because I need your help. My aim is to make this blog as interactive and user-friendly as possible. So I need to know what it is you most want to read about here.

Is it football, football, football all the time? Do you want to see mini-features and Q&As on the gridders every day? Or would you prefer a nice balance, touching on baseball and basketball and the non-revenues fairly regularly?

Speaking of football, I’m going to be over at the Butts-Mehre Building Wednesday afternoon where several players will be available for interviews. I’ve already done Q&As with QB Logan Gray and TBs Dontavius Jackson and Carlton Thomas I still need to share. Who are some other players you’d like to hear from or some subjects you’d like to see discussed?

I’m getting assignments from my editors all the time. Might as well take it straight to “the people,” right? So what do you say, people?

Now for a few links:

Not sure if you’ll find this of interest but this is a direct quote from Florida quarterback Tim Tebow regarding next year’s game against the Bulldogs in Jacksonville: “Come see us beat Georgia again.” . . .

Speaking of Florida, TE recruit Orson Charles of Tampa apparently has eliminated the Gators from consideration, according to a report in the Palm Beach Post. . . .

Mike Merola, captain of the 1950 Georgia football team, passed away recently. . . .

This is kind of old news but I didn’t see it when it came out. So, for what it’s worth, Georgia was voted among the Top 5 programs in the nation for producing a family atmosphere. . . .

Charles Bloom, associate commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, is trying is hand at blogging. So the least I can do is direct some of you to something he calls “Principled Profiles in Sports.” Let me know what you think.

115 comments Add your comment

Top Dawg

February 25th, 2009
8:07 am

I hope you tell the Georgia players about teabow’s comments, but I’m sure it’s already on their boards. Go Dawgs!!

Atlanta Jackets

February 25th, 2009
8:09 am

First! LOL

A Jacket is first on the UGA blog!

Josh “The Robot” Nesbot just scored again! LOL!

Jon P

February 25th, 2009
8:19 am

I’d like to see at least some tidbits of UGA football, if possible, during the off season. It’s a long time before football begins and I get bored with the other sports. So, as much football news as you can deliver would be appreciated. Football, football, football all the time. UGA baseball would be next as a worthy subject as it is usually under-reported by every newspaper.

Thanks for asking!

GeoffDawg

February 25th, 2009
8:22 am

Aw, sorry atlanta jacket – just like prom night, you talk big but fail to close the deal.

Jon P

February 25th, 2009
8:24 am

By the way…why don’t you delete the insignificant bloggings of the GT fans? They are usually ridiculous and petty. I don’t read their blogs. Why would I? There’s nothing interesting about Georgia Tech. They are poor sports and their fans are the most obnoxious I’ve ever encountered!

GeoffDawg

February 25th, 2009
8:24 am

I agree with Jon. As much as I love our baseball, golf, gymnastics, equestrian, etc. teams, my interest in reading about them wanes after awhile. Football will always move the meter.

Robby

February 25th, 2009
8:42 am

Write an article about WHY Colleges should not be allowed to keep their tax-exempt status when they are making MILLIONS every year from sports and VERY LITTLE ever goes back to the academic departments

Atlanta Gator

February 25th, 2009
8:54 am

Robby—-In many instances, the “university” athletic departments are actually organized as non-profit corporations that are legally distinct from the universities that control them. The explanation of what non-profits can and cannot legally do is fairly lengthy and complicated, but, if you’re really curious, I suggest that you google “26 U.S.C. § 501″ (that’s Section 501 of Title 26 of the U.S. Code; Title 26 is also known as the Internal Revenue Code). Enjoy your light reading, but you may need a tax lawyer to explain the details to you because it reads like it was written by angry chimpanzees banging out a stimulus bill. Oops—-can I say that, Chip?

GeoffDawg

February 25th, 2009
9:00 am

You could write something regarding the way college basketball is making a mockery of the student athlete concept. While admittedly, football is guilty of this as well to a lesser extent due mainly to NFL rules and the substantial difference in physicality, when top basketball recruits publicly announce that whatever school they sign with, they’re only staying for one year (cough cough ga. tech), how is the college any different from just being a developmental league? He’s basically a professional athlete already. I don’t have anything against people turning professional straight from high school because college isn’t for everyone and we all have the right to earn a (legal) living using our natural talents. However, schools who admit players who have documented their desire to leave after one season are diminishing the value of the education received by all the real students.

godawg

February 25th, 2009
9:05 am

I like the new format. How ’bout an “Ignore the Bug” button so we don’t have to view their pathetic drivel?

I could have used it twice this morning already (yes Robby, you’re one).

MGMT died

February 25th, 2009
9:20 am

post pictures of the Gym Dawgs and stories about foobaw. And pictures of Gym Dawgs.

gdawginkalamazoo

February 25th, 2009
9:30 am

Chip, tell your editor that your peeps said to take a 3 week paid vacation to a place of your choice. Preferrably an all inclusive resort where you don’t have to worry about anything. Is that what you are looking for?

Geoffdawg, yeah I agree that rule stinks and fouls up the college ranks. I say that if the kid has the talent to go straight to the NBA then let him go. No sense in wasting a college scholarship on him if he is there only the one year. Give that to a kid that might need that education post basketball. I would prefer a the record we have now and get the kids a life if they don’t make it to the big time.

Fletch

February 25th, 2009
9:30 am

I wonder why Techies are always jumping on the UGA blog, could it be because there is nothing interesting to read about on the nerd blog?

Fletch

February 25th, 2009
9:31 am

BTW, great article here about GA football and why it is so awesome….

http://uga.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=916646

David

February 25th, 2009
9:36 am

Chip,

Wall to wall football. All the time. I don’t think it would be inappropriate to have a football blog and an “everything else” blog.

And the Answer Is .......

February 25th, 2009
9:38 am

(to your question, Fletch, about why Techies are always on the UGA blog)
It’s the same reason that I enjoy watching Fox News. I love laughing at idiots.

Fletch

February 25th, 2009
9:47 am

Ba dum ching

gdawginkalamazoo

February 25th, 2009
9:53 am

Crying because you lost is okay Tebow. Crying because you won is okay. Start smack talking like that and you may find yourself regreting it.

Gen Neyland

February 25th, 2009
9:55 am

Football could easily be a top priority here, but it would be like eating chicken every night of the week. As an enemy participant within, I’ll take whatever the host brings and will be happy to have the opportunity to play along if the topic or a respondent so moves me. I do like links to conference material, good and bad. There are some stories out there that will fuel most any fire…and may I say, Go Vols..?

Bub

February 25th, 2009
9:56 am

I’d like to read mostly about football, but with the other sports mentioned too, especially the baseball team now that their season has started. College baseball is one of the most underrated sports in America in terms of excitement, especially in the South. The Dawgs made a great run last year & got a lot of people fired up, and they look like they might do the same this year, so I would love for the AJC to lead the way in covering them.

Homer

February 25th, 2009
9:57 am

I think most of the interest is as follows (though I am sure several will disagree) and should be covered as such:
1. Football (a lot to cover with 85 scholarships, 24 positions, and all the supposed changes being made this offseason)
2. Basketball’s coaching search
3. All others as necessary. (Track, Baseball, Golf, etc.)

RxDawg

February 25th, 2009
10:01 am

Honestly? For me? It’s football. I love my dawgs and I wish them well in all of their sports, but I don’t go around the internet looking for news on the golf team. I just don’t. This is not a knock on them. I guess I’m just a huge football fan but a small “sports” fan. I like to know if the other teams are doing well and if one of them makes it to a championship then you bet I’m tuned in. Life just kind of takes priority over how much attention I choose to put forth toward UGA sports. Football is the one exception. I eat, breath, sleep UGA football baby!

38-3

February 25th, 2009
10:03 am

Apparently abuse and date rape…model citizens of the FLA team, and they come over here and talk sh*t about a DUI that a UGA player gets?

Stack1009

February 25th, 2009
10:12 am

Chip, I’d have to say that as much as I love football I do like to hear about all the other sports as well. Living in Texas I don’t get a lot of coverage on the baseball, tennis, track, golf, etc. teams out here and usually have to find stuff on the AJC site. It’d be nice if you could briefly mention how they are doing every so often. How ’bout that womens’ gymnastics team? I haven’t heard anything on them recently.

BTW, I saw your reply to my post about David Greene the other day. Look forward to seeing what what he has to say to you about his NFL career so far…

dawgstephen

February 25th, 2009
10:13 am

What would I like to see Chip? I’d like to see REGISTRATION and accountability to be able to post on the blog. That would cut down on lots of the worthless stuff that appears here on saturday afternoons in the fall.

Right On Time

February 25th, 2009
10:16 am

Chip,

Like all good Dawgs, I enjoy any update I cand get on the football team. However, I always find it difficult to get info on the golf and tennis teams until the very end of the season. I would enjoy reading about those sports as well as baseball.

By the way, what a great career you have. You get to go from college town to college town watching top level athletes compete at all manner of sport. Although I’m sure you have to deal with your share of tool bags, what great work if you can get it!

Chip Towers

February 25th, 2009
10:19 am

I think gdawginkalamazoo has the right idea!

DirtyDawg

February 25th, 2009
10:20 am

Mr. Tebow’s continued references to his religion are beginning to make me believe that he really does…believe, that is. All too often athletes and other celebrities – including a recent POTUS – use it as a way to gin up sympathy and popularity, but I think this kid may, indeed, mean it. Of course he could benefit from studying that ‘Pride’ thing in the ‘Seven Deadlies’ and the hubris, bordering on narcissism, that it fosters…you know the gator chomp in the face of a defeated Oklahoma Sooner at the end of their game, or even the announced invitation to come see them (and in particular, him) beat UGA this next season. I suppose the only thing that will ultimately convince me of his religious sincerity will be when he looks skyward following next October’s game and says, ‘Father, why hast thou forsaken me?’…yeah, then I’ll really believe.

Alabamadawg

February 25th, 2009
10:21 am

I egree with MGMT , more pictures of the gym dawgs and more articles about football. Also tell us how you can go about finding out about former dawgs…shouldn’t Andy Johnson, Jimmy Polous, and Glen Harrison have children playing football…if they had children…and what are the former stars doing these days…

Rabun Dawg

February 25th, 2009
10:21 am

Chip, I assume that you are the “beat” writer for UGA sports. If that be the case, I think that football should be first and foremost, but shouldn’t we be fed info with regard to other sports on occasion? I for one am interested in what is happening with the search for a roundball coach, and would like to hear more with regards to the baseball team, and some updates on the golf and tennis teams whom are constantly in the chase for NCAA championships. Seems as though UGA has a real star in track as well, and I think we should be kept abreast of that sport to some extent. In other words, make it a”sports blog”, not just a football blog!

Right On Time

February 25th, 2009
10:21 am

Part II,

Chip,

Is there any chance that UGA is waiting until the Gopher’s season is over because they will be naming Tubby the new coach? I assume the potential for Knight at UGA is “dead in the water”. Any “noise”?

TommyP

February 25th, 2009
10:21 am

Mostly football with some basketball thrown in.

If you want to talk anything else, put it at the bottom as a bullet or something.

godawg

February 25th, 2009
10:27 am

TommyP, if you put it on the bottom of a bullet only Florida players will see it.

Rabun Dawg

February 25th, 2009
10:30 am

Chip, I forgot to mention, haven’t the “Lady Dogs” about played themselves out of the NCAA tourney? And, is Landers job in any way in jeapordy since they haven’t done much lately? Some updates on the “Gymdogs” would be nice to hear about as well!

Some Sense

February 25th, 2009
10:32 am

Chip,

You and the BLOG are terrific.

Football, football, football…close, let’s be honest.

It’s more about what shouldn’t be on the BLOG than what should be:

The Techmites and their constant 45-42’s;
The Fire Willy and Bobo guys.

Each is, in a word, redneck.

Two just random thoughts about CMR and his program:

We’re fortunate to have him and his staff, but the “not intense/tough enough” label will always be around.

Time to, for once and for all, distance himself and his program from/stop emulating the one he came from. Free Shoes University, the Criminoles, etc.

DAWGS ON TOP

February 25th, 2009
10:49 am

BASEBALL, BASEBALL, BASEBALL. Everyone always wants to hear about football and so do I, but it is baseball season. How about some coverage. Y’all cover basketball, a team that can’t beat anybody. The Diamond Dawgs on the other hand came within one game of a National Championship last year, and it seems to only get covered in the post season or for a game against Tech. Last time I checked, baseball is still America’s Pastime

I-DOG

February 25th, 2009
10:55 am

Chip,

I would love to know if the coaches have given any thought to a 3-4 defensive alignment going into Spring practice. It seems that we have some very good interior lineman and linebackers, but we don’t have the protypical DE’s to play the 4-3 this year (and last year). My understanding is that we have several DE’s out as well for Spring so it will be hard to shuttle in and out two healthy quality DE’s at a time this Spring. Wouldn’t it make sense to switch to an alignment that calls for just one?

Halberstram

February 25th, 2009
10:56 am

I’d like to see coverage of the main events for the other sports and something about football in each post, as we know it drives the car.

Also, the Diamond Dawgs should definitely be a threat this year. Even though they lost 2 1st round picks, UGA might have brought in the best freshman class in the country. The team is currently ranked about 6 or 7 in Baseball Americas Poll. Shame the Braves had to cut the exhibition games with the Dawgs and Jackets, I imagine that’s quite a thrill for the college kids.

BugKiller

February 25th, 2009
10:56 am

Chip,

This is Coach Y’s last year in Athens, and I have yet to see you interview her, or cover a meet. I know there are people here, the “316″ Georgia fans who never went to school and care only about football, and those guys and gals are great, and we appreciate their enthusiastic support and mostly their money, but for those of us who are students and alumni, we tend to care about everything Bulldog, and the truth is, Coach Y is the winningest Coach in UGA history, and you’re ignoring her final year.

I’d also love to know exactly what’s going on with the BB search.

I think it’d be a great idea for the football offseason if you do a “10 Questions With…” a football player section which ends each blog post, that way, you do keep the “316″ Football fans happy, and can still actually cover all of Georgia sports.

I really hope you do everything you can to cover the Diamond Dogs, the Gymdogs, and even the Tennis, Golf, and Swim and Dive teams, all of whom have won SEC Championships and even National Championships much more recently than the Football Team.

BH

February 25th, 2009
11:11 am

Unless the wheels are really off, I would prefer more pertinant stories than articles about wheterh CMR is tough enough or agressive enough or whatever enough.

The last thing UGA needs is a Blog to stir up issues and opinions about a good solid and proven head coach. CMR and the team need more support than opinions that question our teams or coaches ability to get the job done.

1eyedJack

February 25th, 2009
11:11 am

Football, football, football all the time and I want to see mini-features and Q&As on the gridders every day.

Hairy Dawg

February 25th, 2009
11:19 am

Sure would be nice to send Tebow out of school with a 1-2 starting record against the Dawgs, wouldn’t it?

Jeff Grady

February 25th, 2009
11:19 am

UGA fan sports interest hierarchy:

FB recruiting (verbal commit period)
FB signing day
FB season
FB recruiting
ACC basketball season
Baseball season

GeoffDawg

February 25th, 2009
11:20 am

That’s a good point I-Dog makes about the 3-4 alignment. I haven’t really paid attention, but does anyone know other programs that run this scheme and consistently have success? I know that defensive battles are typically won or lost in the trenches so having an abundance of down linemen is preferable but it makes me wonder if we could’ve masked our DE woes a bit last season with this type of set up.

austindog

February 25th, 2009
11:27 am

Atlanta Jackets, great post! Couldn’t have been more perfect.

1eyedJack

February 25th, 2009
11:29 am

To run the 3-4 defense you have to recruit a particular type of linebacker (hybrid LB/DE) and I believe most of the Dawg ‘backers are 4-3 types.

BugKiller

February 25th, 2009
11:34 am

Geoff…

… to do something like that, the team would need a DC with some imagination and innovation.

Instead, we’re stuck with Willie Martinez because Coach Richt refuses to do what is necessary to push his program over the hump and win MNCs.

And I’m sorry, BH, but again, what exactly has Coach Richt “proven?”

He can win 10 games a year and maybe win the SEC every 5 years or so.

Yeah, that’s better than the guys who came before, but in today’s SEC of Meyer, Saban, and Miles, it’s nowhere near enough.

What he’s proven to me is that he cares more about keeping terrible coaches on his staff together for “unity” purposes rather than jetison his coaching deadweight to improve his program.

Again, our wide receivers have been underachievers for YEARS. Who was the variable that remained the same every year? Not the players.

Our defense has gotten worse, EVERY YEAR, for the last four years. Who has been the constant variable in each of those years? Not the players.

Our special teams has always seemed to be given short-shrift. They have never had their own coordinator under Richt, and they always seem to let us down when we need them the most. Who has been the constant variable with Special Teams under Richt? Again… NOT the players.

Meyer, Saban, and Miles have no qualms with firing underperforming, underwhelming, and over-their-heads coaches because those three want much more than to win 10 games a year and win the SEC every five years or so.

I really have come to like my analogy of successful companies to describe the differences between Richt and the three coaches in the SEC who do what it takes to win, even if it means firing coaches from their staffs who aren’t getting it done.

Richt is Chik-Fil-A. Chik-Fil-A is great, they make plenty of money, but they are what they are. They’re regional and they aren’t going national anytime soon, just like Richt.

Meyer, Saban, and Miles are Microsoft, Coca-Cola, and IBM. They’re willing to do anything and everything to continue to improve their brand recognition and hold onto their places as the best companies in the country and the world.

Richt holds himself back. Richt could be Apple. He had the chance to do the right thing and fire Martinez, but refused to do so. And it might be the thing that does him in in the end. Because like the guy from the college football website the other day said, one day soon, Georgia is going to have to ask itself if they’re happy being Chik-Fil-A, or do they really want to be Apple.

BugKiller

February 25th, 2009
11:41 am

And to anyone here (AlatamahaDawg) who likes to defend the indefensible Martinez…

… NO ONE BUT RICHT WANTS HIM.

Miami, where he is an alumni, looked at his body of work, saw the same things we’ve been saying all year, that his defenses have gotten WORSE every year as the players who BVG coached and taught have graduated and moved on, and said thanks but no thanks to Martinez.

NO ONE WANTS HIM.

Other schools and pro teams wanted BVG.

No one wants Martinez, accept Mark Richt, who obviously can’t put his emotions aside and fire his underperforming, underwhelming, and over-his-head best friend.

Lot’s of people want BVG. No one wants Martinez.

Defend that.

Chip Towers

February 25th, 2009
11:42 am

By the way, some “media outlets” are reporting that UGA representatives flew out to Oklahoma on the school plane as part of the basketball coaching search. I talked to senior associate AD Frank Crumley, who was sitting with Damon Evans at the time in his Butts-Mehre office, and he told me the school plane is indeed in Oklahoma — but it’s carrying Georgia football coaches, who are visiting with the OU coaches as part of a clinic. They did the same thing last year at Oregon State. . . . For future reference, Georgia wouldn’t hire Dan Parker Executive Search to conduct a discreet search then turn around and fly to a candidate’s campus on the school plane.

GW

February 25th, 2009
11:53 am

Yoculan’s last run at a national championship, #10, just around the corner. Could be juicy blogging.