A year later, Dogs, Hogs battle for last place

Let’s get caught up on all things Dog.

  • There’s a monumental matchup going down between Georgia and Arkansas in Fayetteville on Sunday. OK, maybe “monumental” is stretching just a tad. But it certainly is intriguing from the standpoint that the two proud programs will be battling to stay out of last place in the entire league just a year removed from battling for the SEC Tournament championship in Atlanta.

Eleven months after that incredible accomplishment Georgia is 11-17 overall and 2-11 in SEC play. The Razorbacks are 13-13 and 1-12 in the league. The Bulldogs have to go to Kentucky before finishing up at home against South Carolina. The Hogs are at home against Ole Miss then at Vanderbilt.

“It’s really hard to compare those teams,” Georgia interim coach Pete Herrmann said. “Arkansas had a lot of seniors and a strong, strong inside game. We were rolling in the SEC Tournament at that point and started out that game great. Arkansas came back in the second half but we were able to hang on and win that championship. It was a great time actually for both teams and really a tremendous tournament championship for us.”

Georgia has kind of had its way with Arkansas of late, winning the last three meetings, including that truly monumental 66-57 win in Georgia Tech’s Alexander Memorial Coliseum. But the Hogs are pulling out all the stops this time. They’re honoring coach Nolan Richardson and the 1993-94 Razorbacks for their national championship at halftime of the game. . . .

  • Every time you turn around former Georgia coach Hugh Durham is getting honored by somebody somewhere. The latest is this weekend in Macon as he and good friend Andy Landers are inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. I’ve always said the Bulldogs should have never let Durham go. Yes, the two Tubby Smith years were great but the consistency Durham brought to the program year in and year out has never been duplicated. When Georgia hires a coach in the next month or so, he’ll be the sixth since Durham was run off (I’m counting interim coach Pete Herrmann). No matter how you add it up, the Dogs had a good one in Durham. We didn’t do a story this time but here’s a nice account from the Macon Telegraph. . . .
  • The Lady Dogs got a career-high 26 points from Ashley Houts on the way to a hard-fought 61-57 win at Kentucky last night. The victory keeps alive Georgia’s flickering hopes of keeping their NCAA Tournament hopes alive. . . .

Some more links:

This is a story I did on the uncertain future of Georgia’s assistant basketball coaches. . . .

Here’s the ultimate breakdown on Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford from Sports Illustrated. And speaking of Stafford, you’ve got to see this intense debate between ESPN’s Mel Kiper and Todd McShay over whether the Lions should take Stafford No. 1. . . .

In case you missed it, here’s an interview of Georgia tailback Knowshon Moreno on ESPN’s First Take. . . .

Some good insights here again from Georgia defensive tackle Jeff Owens in his “Real Deal” blog. He reveals his five favorite Bulldogs of all time. . . .

OK, folks, that’ll have to get you through the day. I have a minor medical procedure to endure today and will be out of commission. This will be the last blog until Monday. So be kind to each other and I’ll try to check back in over the weekend.

31 comments Add your comment

lawzoo

February 27th, 2009
9:29 am

Mangy dawgs vs. rancid pork! The “crowd” will be rockin’!

uga_b

February 27th, 2009
10:49 am

Can Ashley come play against Arkansas?

Butch

February 27th, 2009
11:30 am

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February 27th, 2009
11:48 am

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dawgmanwayx

February 27th, 2009
12:17 pm

Andy Landers is now a Hall of Fame coach in both NCAA and state circles, and I truly appreciate the job he’s done at UGA. However, the past 5 or so years show that he’s lost his recruiting and coaching touch. I realize he signed what has been ranked a top 5 class for next year, and that’s a first for him in a long, long time. I just don’t expect him to do much with that group or to build on it by signing a great class the next year. Obviously, we and everyone else in the SEC have played second fiddle to Tennessee/Summit, but the sad reality is, several other programs in our conference have passed us by.

Cuz

February 27th, 2009
1:12 pm

Good luck Chip, we shall endeavor to persevere without your guidance this weekend.

Just get this trainwreck called basketball season over, please.

Gotta agree about Coach Hugh, a decent man who did a good job season in and out at a football school. At least we kept Landers. Maybe he would be interested in coaching the men’s team? Nah, why ruin him.

Atlanta Jackets

February 27th, 2009
1:20 pm

You can’t ingore me and the Tech Nation. [bold/]This is our state! We own you![bold/]

The Robot and Derrick “Do Me a Big” Favors are going to crush you. LOL!

LSU 2-time BCS National Champions

February 27th, 2009
1:40 pm

All you UGA that were giving Tech a hard time about Joe Hamilton, Need to read where Quincey Carter was arrested for the same thing.

uga_b

February 27th, 2009
1:51 pm

I guess the big difference is that Joe Hamilton was seen as a stand up guy and put in charge of football players. Quincy has always had problems with Drugs and Alcohol and wasn’t even put in charge of some awful Dallas and Jets teams.

Hope he gets his life together…again.

UGAy

February 27th, 2009
1:56 pm

I hope Quincy gets life in prison. That is the only place that he deserves to be.

Atlanta Jackets

February 27th, 2009
2:02 pm

Quincy = fail

He’s no Robot!

LOL!!

Cuz

February 27th, 2009
2:24 pm

Quincy, you wasted it all by staying wasted.

lawzoo

February 27th, 2009
3:15 pm

It was a good thing that Q.C. was “intercepted” again.

RxDawg

February 27th, 2009
3:17 pm

Good luck with that procedure Chip.

Dope dealer

February 27th, 2009
3:23 pm

tAJ

February 27th, 2009
3:55 pm

SHOULD NEVER HAVE LET HUGH GO! SHOULD NEVER HAVE HIRED FELTON! QUINCY CARTER AND JOE HAMILTON -HOGWASH!

thomas johnson

February 27th, 2009
3:56 pm

Great article – great job as always! http://www.wedgeorgia.com

Jim Doanan as in Doans Pills

February 27th, 2009
4:40 pm

Please Dawg fans give my boy Quincy a break. Heck he was the best QB in the nation till that South Carolina game. We were gonna win the whole thing that year. Those damn chickens make me sick…..

Gen Neyland

February 27th, 2009
5:22 pm

Men’s Basketball in the SEC has seen a down year. When the Promemade begins, we’ll be fortunate to have 5 teams, 7 on the outside, to attend the Gala…and of those, I’ll wager whatever Quincy was smoking, none will see beyond the Sweet 16…

TommyP

February 27th, 2009
10:02 pm

“Never should have let Hugh Durham go?” Wow…

Tubby showed what you could do in Athens. We can’t help that Jirsa was a horrible hire. Harrick did a great job ON THE COURT and then Felton just never could get over the hump.

No administration should’ve stuck with the intense mediocrity that Durham brought to Athens.

The next hire by the Dawgs will show what a great job Georgia can be when the right guy is brought in. I have that much faith in Damon.

Too Easy

February 28th, 2009
8:20 am

Quincy was at gt, also. Learned from Hamilton.

Chip Towers

February 28th, 2009
12:58 pm

If Hugh had been given more support from the administration with things like converting all those seats to matching red, adding the telescopic seating on endlines and sides and the jumbotron scoreboard who knows what he could have done. Never mind not rolling him over after the 1991 season. Hugh did what he did while recruiting to a barn. There’s not a thing wrong with Stegeman now.

[...] Chip Towers of the AJC writes on the last-place matchup of Dogs and Hogs. [...]

[...] Chip Towers of the AJC writes on the last-place matchup of Dogs and Hogs. [...]

[...] Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution blogged on the fact that these are the two teams that met in last year’s SEC Tournament [...]

Pago Flyer

March 1st, 2009
11:24 am

Do you have a feeling that the next round ball coach will be a “man of color”?! Or else!

Coondawg69

March 1st, 2009
12:36 pm

Just for the record: Perno’s Pups won 11-5 on Friday and 12-5 last night!!!!

TommyP- you are correct, that we cannot help the Jirsa was terrible hire…. but then again, that was vintage Dooley, playing it cheap. You are right, Jirsa was terrible!!!!

I hope Damon makes the right hire. Not sure that the search agency that landed Pelfry for Arkansas and Felton for Georgia is the right agency. If so, I’m in the wrong business.

AltamahaDawg

March 1st, 2009
8:27 pm

I didn’t realize that Quincy carter was the Assistant Director of Player Personnel.

KNelson

March 2nd, 2009
8:03 am

Same Ol Same ol @ UGA ! Basketball in a barn 2 wins in the SEC. It doesnt matter who is coaching UGA Stinks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hop

March 2nd, 2009
8:22 am

EARTH TO AJC, WHY ARE YOU GUYS NOT REPORTING THE BASEBALL TEAM, WHO HAVE STARTED THE SEASON 12-0.

THIS PAST WEEKEND THEY SWEEP ARIZONA!

THE BASKETBALL SEASON IS OVER FOR THE DAWGS BUT YOU GUYS STILL COVER AS IF GEORGIA FANS REALLY CARE!

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