Off-field behavior exemplary for Bulldogs . . . so far

Georgia has a clock in its weight room counting down the hours and minutes until its football season opener at Oklahoma State on Sept. 5. It should have another one that started counting up from the end of spring practice.

Traditionally that is about the time when football players start getting into trouble. You may recall that the Bulldogs had a ton of trouble last year. By the end of football season there had been 11 arrests involving players (not all the charges stuck, by the way). The majority of those arrests took place between this point and the start of preseason camp in August, when players typically have more free time and a less structured schedule.

That’s why quarterback Joe Cox got up before the team after this past weekend’s G-Day Game to urge his teammates to be extremely diligent about staying out of the police blotter.

“We’ve had problems, as well as a lot of teams across the country have had problems starting at this point, with guys getting in trouble,” Cox told the Athens Banner-Herald. “We don’t want to make it where we tell guys, ‘Hey, stay in your room, lock your door, don’t have any fun.’ But at the same time, you need to be careful and need to know the difference between right and wrong. Find ways to have fun doing the right thing, staying out of trouble. I think we’ve done a great job of that so far. We haven’t had anybody do anything stupid.”

For those keeping count — and the guys that run the website everydayshouldbesaturday.com do with the annual “Fulmer Cup” bad behavior tally — Georgia has not had a player arrested in 2009 (fans advised to knock on wood here). At this point last year the Bulldogs had four arrests. That number rose sharply over the summer.

“Am I going to sit here and say that these guys are never going to make a mistake again?” Richt told reporters. “That’s very unrealistic. But I think at least we’ve had a very good start and guys, as a whole, want to do the right thing. But, shoot, who knows what tomorrow brings, right?”

Some pointed to all those arrests last year as a sign of the team’s lack of internal discipline, which was further exposed during a 10-3 season that was expected to be much more successful. Do you believe there is a direct correlation between player behavior and on-field success? Does the Bulldogs’ off-field performance thus far bode well for 2009?

In the meantime, here are some links that may interest you:

Here’s the story I referenced from Athens’ Mark Weiszer about Georgia’s focus on off-field behavior this offseason. . . .

There are some reports out there that quarterback Matthew Stafford was blabbing to teammates during the G-Day this past weekend that it was a “done deal” that he’d be the No. 1 draft pick of the Detroit Lions. Personally I don’t believe Matthew said that. He’s way too sharp for that. But I do believe a deal could actually be done. . . . And speaking of Stafford, apparently he’s going to be a guest of Jimmy Fallon on the show “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” Thursday night. . . .

Here’s a nice little diddy from Macon’s David Hale on the emergence of Georgia’s Justin Houston at defensive end. . . .

Not only is Alabama following Georgia’s lead by having its spring game broadcasted by ESPN, the Crimson Tide has also added an alumni flag-football game to the undercard.

148 comments Add your comment

Bryan G.

April 14th, 2009
8:05 am

I honestly had no idea there was such a show as Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Now I know.

techie

April 14th, 2009
8:09 am

Stafford way too SHARP? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

AltamahaDawg

April 14th, 2009
8:11 am

This is so unfair to the rival fans whose lives revolve around this stuff. How can they find joy, if not from the misfortune of others?

AltamahaDawg

April 14th, 2009
8:14 am

Bryan, it comes on 3 hours before BuLLdawg posts.

H.S. Coach

April 14th, 2009
8:15 am

At least Stafford can count to 4 unlike Reggie Ball.

Gen Neyland

April 14th, 2009
8:15 am

Let the quest for the Fulmer Memorial Cup begin. BTW, who is the preseason #1 pick to walk away with the hardware..?

GeoffDawg

April 14th, 2009
8:21 am

techie – you do realize Stafford had one of the highest wonderlic scores (38) of any player in the draft, don’t you? That’s about equivalent to Reggie Ball’s IQ and Joe Hamilton’s blood alcohol level.

Richard

April 14th, 2009
8:22 am

Chip, when UGA atheletes are getting in trouble, you report this news. Why is this on your radar; I will go ahead and make a prediction someone will get in trouble before the season starts. Either with the coaching staff or the law; and this will result in a suspension.

Asnoop

April 14th, 2009
8:25 am

Yah Mon, no dogs in trouble yet….let’s crank up that soulja boy and pass the bong. Nobody is following Georgia’s lead, especially Bammer.

MattInSTL

April 14th, 2009
8:32 am

Definitely a correlation. Re David Hale’s piece, a “diddy” can mean a number of things (won’t mention the British/Irish meaning), but it is typically a reference to a simple song. I’ve never heard it refer to a column or other writing – other than a song.

Stafford too sharp???

April 14th, 2009
8:56 am

Matt,
A simple song is a ‘ditty’, not ‘diddy’. A ‘diddy’ is an overrated has been rapper who turns to putting his name on someone else’s clothing designs.
Anyone who thinks Stafford is too sharp for much hasn’t spoken with him very often.

GeoffDawg

April 14th, 2009
9:13 am

Stafford too sharp??? – I suppose you’ve spoken with him often then?

Richard – predicting that you will have one player in legal or team trouble isn’t exactly much of a stretch. Practically every program in the country is going to have at least one player in legal or team trouble during the offseason. What’s your next prediction? Gas prices to rise this summer?

Keith S.

April 14th, 2009
9:13 am

Chip,
There is definitely a correlation between off-field and on-the-field problems. Undisciplined kids get in trouble off the field, and on the field.
I was very encouraged to see Cox step up and offer some leadership. It has been sorely lacking the last three years.
For all his touted “pro” set of skills, Stafford left UGA with zero Eastern Division titles, let alone any SEC titles.
Is there a Bulldog fan in existence who will admit that, looking back, they would not rather have had the hated Tim Tebow under center the last three years? I think not.

Pago Flyer

April 14th, 2009
9:14 am

The DAGWS still have to play Tebow!

TIde rising

April 14th, 2009
9:18 am

Chip,

Alabama is following Georgia’s lead on having ESPN televise its spring game? Chip, you have got to be kidding. The Alabama-ESPN television deal was set up long before UGA asked ESPN to televise its game, which I think happened very recently.

Chip, quit being a homer and putting a spin on things like this spring game thing. Alabama set the standard 2 years ago that made spring football games all the rage when we packed 92,238 and had about 10,000 fans turned away. We put another 78,000 in there for last years scrimmage and this year we’re expected to have 70-90k.

The reality is that Bama set the standard and the trend for all the spring game exposure. Deal with it! Incidentally, what was the attendance for G-day?

UGA

April 14th, 2009
9:20 am

How about Dexter Moody chosing between Tenn and Marshall? What a slap in the face, if he is wearing orange on Saturdays this fall. Kiffin is a real “class act!”

Bryan G.

April 14th, 2009
9:23 am

Tide rising…of course you have 92K fans at a spring game. What the hell else are you going to do in Alabama???

We had 43K on a weekend when the Braves were playing their opening series and during the 3rd round of the Masters. Those things, fyi, happen in Georgia. It’s a little harder to get 92K sports fans to come to a practice game when there are other things to do.

Obama's Teleprompter

April 14th, 2009
9:24 am

Stafford is a lucky man. His fellow guest on the Fallon show is Rachel McAdams. She is gorgeous! If I was Stafford, I would go buy her a big ring. LOL!

Bryan G.

April 14th, 2009
9:34 am

You’re as good at making excuses as you are getting pounded by Florida.

RxDawg

April 14th, 2009
9:38 am

Gen I’d go ahead and guess the Forida is the preseason pick to win the Fulmer Cup. With success follows arrests.

GeoffDawg

April 14th, 2009
9:38 am

Keith – I for one would definitely not have wanted Tebow. CMR runs a pro-style offense which Tebow for all his talent would probably just be an above average player if he were forced into that kind of scheme. Now, if we could have signed him for the simple purpose to keep him away from Florida, that’s a different story.

G

April 14th, 2009
9:39 am

Hey Tide Rising, its true Alabama had there game in place before UGA and yes it’s impressive that 92,000 imbreds show up for a practice game but no need to slam Georgia folks. Most of us simply have a life.

Shane

April 14th, 2009
9:39 am

The difference is Georgia is a modern state with alot of pro events and teams. Alabama will always be just a college state and second rate.

m

April 14th, 2009
9:44 am

The dawgs biggest crime was not off the field…it was ON the field. Their pitiful impersonation of a preseason #1 team was a CRIME; far worse than what their undisciplined players did off the field. But they all got their just reward when TECH kicked them dawgs all over Sanford & Son stadium.

Bamafan

April 14th, 2009
9:48 am

Bryan you are right about what else can you do in Alabama. Go to the nascar car race 2 times a year
and go to the beach? Hope Bama and Georgia don’t win the Fulmer Cup this year and hope both teams behave over the summer!!

Huh?

April 14th, 2009
10:00 am

“Is there a Bulldog fan in existence who will admit that, looking back, they would not rather have had the hated Tim Tebow under center the last three years? I think not.”

Tebow under center? Bwahahahahahahahahaa..thanks for the laugh Captain Clueless. Hilarious. Is there a person in existence that thinks you have a single clue what the hell you are talking about? I think not.

Poor Stafford haters. Their lives just get more and more miserable with each passing day. In weeks he’ll be a millionaire and guess what haters? You won’t be. Please grab a kleenex crybabies and get a life.

Asnoop

April 14th, 2009
10:04 am

Yeah g, you really have a life, posting on the ajc with the other, as you call them, imbreds. I bet you are a real bad BOY.

THE TRUTH

April 14th, 2009
10:10 am

Most of the people who bash other people are jealous. “Thought of the day”

Zeb

April 14th, 2009
10:31 am

M…….thanks so much for giving us dawg fans your keen insight and fresh new thoughts on the continuous rise to stardom of the tech football program. That 3 point absolute butt kickin that tech put on UGA last year will go down in history……you should probably get that engraved somewhere….wait a tick……..you guys already did. As much as some love to throw out the 45-42 shredding of our program…..We rarely hear a peep out of you guys about 38-3……..hmmmmmmm….I wonder…….Oh, and you left something out of your post, let me fix that for ya………..thank god and greyhound………

Big Dog

April 14th, 2009
10:33 am

UGA will play any repeat offender if Richt thinks it will help him win!Just ask Odel Thurmun. How many times was he arrested while at UGA and still play on Saturdays? How is Odel doing now?

MoDawg

April 14th, 2009
10:36 am

Here we are into day 3 after the Spring game, and no arrest reports or reports of team violations.

That’s a good start!

“m”, a 3 point victory is not getting kicked all over the stadium. Besides, you could kick all day long in Grant’s Tomb and not touch a Tech fan during a home game.

Keep your mouth running so we can shut it for you come November this year!

Big Dog

April 14th, 2009
10:38 am

UGA will play any repeat offender if Richt thinks it will help him win.How many times was Odel Thurmund arrested while at UGA?How is Odel doing now?

PTC DAWG

April 14th, 2009
10:39 am

Thanks m, good to know you and other Techies still care SO MUCH about UGA. Your continued posting about UGA proves it.

we had a great gameplan but didn't execute

April 14th, 2009
10:42 am

official chip towers stafford count: 2 of last 3 articles.

rumor has it that chip towers told fellow reporters that he is in negotiations with the detroit newspaper so that he can follow his favorite quarterback to the nfl.

that way, they can hoist a few kegs together at this year’s michigan nascar race….and we can quit hearing about this loser.

but wait….both guys are way to smart to do somethig like that….

which is more likely to happen….uga players getting arrested or more worthless information on matt stafford??? i wouldn’t bet against either one.

keep drinking the kool-aid, people. the best thing that could happen to uga football is having him on the bench in detroit.

Georgia News - 4/14/09 | MrSEC.com

April 14th, 2009
10:46 am

[...] thing that Georgia quarterback Joe Cox urged his team to behave this summer.So far, the Bulldogs have not had an arrest in 2009.  They had already suffered four arrests by this time last year.What does it say about a program [...]

Asnoop

April 14th, 2009
10:46 am

Oh, you too, the truth

Tech sucks

April 14th, 2009
10:48 am

Hey Techie,

Read the reports of the combine and personal interviews by NFL execs and Stafford. They all said he was incredibly sharp and according to Mike Mayock “blew them away” with his knowledge on the white board.

You should keep your mouth shut with Joe Hamilton as the ex-Tech spokesperson. He can barely speak his own language.

Asnoop

April 14th, 2009
10:49 am

Not so, the half truth.

in the computer?

April 14th, 2009
10:58 am

Richard, you really went out on a limb there. You think a couple of 18-22 year old males might get in trouble between now and August?? Huh? no way!

GeoffDawg

April 14th, 2009
11:01 am

Geez tide rising – douchebag much? Anytime someone resorts to man-rape to prove his point, you know they’re not playing with a full deck.

Cameron

April 14th, 2009
11:06 am

Tide rising:

Yes bama had their game set up first, but uga did not ask espn to televise our spring game. Espn asked us.

Ben

April 14th, 2009
11:11 am

@ The Rising….

You are a completely ignorant moron. Please feel free to leave this board and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

Love,
Someone who actually has a rational outlook on humanity

Sanford Drive

April 14th, 2009
11:13 am

Tide,

Georgia has given the world Coca-Cola, The Masters, Home Depot, Delta, and the best peaches in the land. So, you are welcome. You say we have bad education, but according to US News, UGA is one of the top business schools in the country, and GT is one of the top technical schools and business schools. Guess which schools aren’t on that list? Alabama or Auburn. Also, Deliverence was actually filmed in South Carolina, but more importantly, it’s FICTION, as is Gone With the Wind.

Sanford Drive

April 14th, 2009
11:18 am

Other than football, what does the state of Alabama bring to the table? Anyone????

AltamahaDawg

April 14th, 2009
11:18 am

I don’t think that there is any scale large enough to gauge the degree to which we could NOT give a rats a$$ about the “northern perspective” of a New Yorker living in the state of Alabama.

Preston

April 14th, 2009
11:27 am

I think UGA should schedule their G Day Game a week later so they won’t have to compete with the Masters. Anyone who doesn’t think that doesn’t hurt is crazy. There are a lot of people that don’t even play golf that watch the Masters. Anyway, the Alabama fan that made the smart ass comment about only 42,000 fans showing up for our Spring game needs to realize that in Alabama, all you have is a college football team. NO pro sports or anything except your sister to distract you.

GeoffDawg

April 14th, 2009
11:32 am

Tide Rising – you’re right, I never accused you of being a famous novelist or screenwriter. However, you still choose to use a fictitious act of “man-rape” along with a host of other dubious claims to paint broad strokes about the state of Georgia. In the future, if you feel offended by someone, why don’t you respond to that person instead of posting a diatribe which you know unequivacally will be offensive to 90% of the people on this blog. See what I’m doing right now? I’m responding to you specifically, I’m not making a bunch of vague generalizations about either Alabama or the North although Heaven knows that they’re both ripe for it. That’s what you call a “disproportionate response”.

GeoffDawg

April 14th, 2009
11:36 am

BTW – I’ve been to upstate New York in the Catskill Mountain region on several occassions and trust me, they’re just as country up there as any of the rural areas of Georgia.

Big Dog

April 14th, 2009
11:37 am

42,000 fans and only 40,000 teeth.Good thing it wasn’t hunting season.

Huh?

April 14th, 2009
11:48 am

Tide rising, squeal like a pig boy!!!