The coach and the grandmother

Athens – Pretty entertaining exchange between Mark Richt and reporters at his post-practice press conference Thursday. Thought you might enjoy. . . .

Richt was talking about freshman receiver Marlon Brown’s grandmother, who strongly influenced his decision to come to Georgia (much, you’ll recall, to Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin’s chagrin).

Richt: “Well, she just is a wonderful lady. When grandmothers are raising their grandchildren as the main caretaker, that in itself is a wonderful thing, and you’ve got to give her a lot of credit. But she is a very tough woman, very intelligent. She is a disciplinarian. Marlon is the way he is because of her. And he has the utmost respect for her, and he should. And even in the very end of the recruiting process, when she didn’t like the way things were handled, she jumped right in and took care of business. She is a no-nonsense gal, I’d say.”

Reporter: She didn’t like the way what was handled?

Richt: “Just at the very end, the last day. Once he had made his decision, she felt like it should be a very happy day for him. And there were some people trying to confuse him;  I guess ['confuse'] would be a good word.”

Reporter (sarcastically): People actually  use confusion in recruiting occasionally?

Richt (smiling): “It’s like a,  you know, people say, well, I won’t say it.  I won’t say it. Nah,  I’m not saying it.  I’ve got to watch what I say. People make a bigger deal than it should be.”

OK,  back to our regularly scheduled programming . . .

– The big pieces of news in Bulldogs camp Thursday were that incoming freshman defensive tackle  Kwame Geathers has been cleared as academically eligible by the NCAA after a review of his high school courses, and that safety Reshad Jones will miss some practice time with a “tweaked” hamstring. Richt seemed confident, though, that Jones will be 100 percent by the season opener. Oh, and Chris Davis is back on the first-team O-line and Vince Vance down to second team.

– Here’s Richt’s latest take on the tailback situation: “I do like how our running backs all seem to be very focused and are competing really hard. I think they understand what’s at stake, and I think they truly believe it’s a wide-open competition, which it is.” If you missed it, here’s a story I wrote Thursday on Caleb King’s bid to win the job and play extensively for the first time since he broke his leg midway through his senior season of high school in 2006. Thirty-four months ago.

– I asked Carlton Thomas, another in the tailback mix, to describe what he brings to the table. He said: “I’m a playmaker. I know how to make a play, how to make something happen out of nothing.” And, you know, he showed that in spring ball.

– And Dontavius Jackson summed up the competition/camaraderie among the tailback contestants: “When we go out on the field, everybody is working hard and competing. But off the field, we all are a family, the running-back group.”

I spent a lot of time after practice Thursday talking with freshmen players, who were made available to the media for the first time, and today will be writing a story about them for Sunday’s paper. Very interesting group. And very important at some key positions for this season.

– Dogs practice Friday and Saturday, are off Sunday, then have their first two-a-days of this camp on Monday.

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Saint Simons

August 7th, 2009
3:19 am

((((( 45 42 ))))) hahahahahaha


August 7th, 2009
4:55 am

69 Dawg

August 7th, 2009
6:16 am

Saint Simons, he who gets the last laugh laughs loudest. Georgia will have the last laugh over the Georgia pests this year. I would hate to base my life and all my efforts on one game. Talk is cheap … it’s going to be a great joy to shut you up in November. What you sow you reap. It’s going to be good to see you disappear this year. If I were Saint Simons I would change my name to avoid any association with you.

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August 7th, 2009
7:46 am

I won’t everyone to picture this SS guy… He is always the first one to post. Think about what that entails.

Well, unless there are a slew of these tech guys, with no life. Me thinks it’s the latter.

I also think they know that they need to enjoy that W as they suspect what history dictatexs is coming.


Saint Simons Lover

August 7th, 2009
9:03 am

He is a pathetic loser and I hope someone kicks the living crap out of him at the game in November!

Cuz in Minnessota

August 7th, 2009
9:16 am

Who cares what Simple Simmons says. Some of ya’ll are geting worked up over nothing. Poke fun at him but don’t let him make you mad.

I think that the quality of RB’s will push these guys hard. I am more of a let the guy tote the ball twenty five times and have the backup for rest, but unless one really seperates, put me in for the committee.


August 7th, 2009
9:51 am

I guess SS has figured out how to cut & paste. Ho hum …

I usually begin my day with breakfast, but if he wants to stay up and wait for the blog to go up, so be it. I wonder if he’d be able to sleep if his interwebs go down …


August 7th, 2009
10:18 am

Dontavius Jackson has had a rather quiet camp so far. I know he was not 100% in the spring. Hope he can compete now. It’d be nice to have another more physical back.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

August 7th, 2009
11:03 am

SS has been exposed for what he is, an AJC plant (employee) to up the blog responses. If we stop responding he will go away

The Watch

August 7th, 2009
11:31 am

The Watch

August 6th, 2009

Here is Saint Simon’s posting times for August 6
on the Georgia Blogs
9:25 AM
2:48 PM
On the Tech Blog
5:36 AM

August 6th, 2009

St. Simon’s posting time update:

Georgia Blogs
10:36 am
2:08 pm

Voice of Reason

August 7th, 2009
11:38 am

Why should we hope he goes away. Better still, why should the AJC have one of their flunkies or even one with sense, wasting their time in this manner. Yes, I know they base their advertising rates on the number of hits, and it has come to this because there is very little journalism in print anymore. Too many “experts” in their own mind. One day these blogs are going to play out, and the income stream will be down to zilch. Blogs are nothing more than a way to let everyone have their say, and it really does not change anyones mind if they feel differently on a topic. Blogs, another way of an employee of the AJC justifying a paycheck. The clock is ticking, though.

A Fan

August 7th, 2009
12:58 pm

How much you want to bet that some tech fan found out how to automate their posting, so being first is automatic. If we can clear a debit card payment around the globe in seconds, how hard can automating a post be when their is no attempt by the AJC to block such trickery.

I am looking forward to seeing King this year. When he and Dwyer where juniors in high school King was higher rated. Since then King has been on the sideline injured or behind a great back and Dwyer has been the only offensive weapon available to his team. Let’s see if King can knock off the rust and separate from this great pack of young backs.

Sanford Drive

August 7th, 2009
2:22 pm


Might want to include what time the article was posted too. He’s usually posting comments within 5 minutes of the article being published.

The Watch

August 7th, 2009
3:06 pm

St Simon’s August 7th posting times

Georgia Blog’s
Prized Collections… article posted at 7:00am
Coaches poll article posted at 10:33am
Bulldog Bites article posted at 2:00pm
2:06 pm

That’s all for now, got other things to do.

Saint Simmons

August 7th, 2009
3:21 pm

I love dudes


August 7th, 2009
3:22 pm

You boys are getting worked up over nothing. Who cares when this guy (or gal) posts? Just remember…he who angers you controls you.


August 7th, 2009
4:53 pm

Tim- You get to the meat and potatoes at the correct moment. Good article with a tickler(MR didn’t want to say anything about other recruiting schools, but I’ll bet it was Kiffen’s relative who she was incensed about). You hit many interesting subjects in short space and I confess that for the first time I am looking forward to Sunday’s article on new players from your reporting perspective. It won’t be someone else’s perspective warmed over. What school do you hail from and where did you study journalism? You have an interesting way for getting into an alum’s skin to report.


August 7th, 2009
8:12 pm

45-42 hahahahahahahahaha redneck losers! You can’t even win a NC when your louzy team is preseason #1. UF eats your lunch every year and you have yet to hold the record against GT with 8 straight victories. Sad, Sad, Sad must I say. GO GATORS AND JACKETS! OSU will kill your overated 13 ranked BS Coaches Poll school. You all suck!


August 7th, 2009
8:15 pm

Hey A Fan: You forgot about Roddy Jones……….he just scored again. King suxs and Dwyer is much better, as is Peoples, Allen, and Jones. Jones torched your overated team for 214 yards. You talk about King. Give me a break! THWG!


August 7th, 2009
8:15 pm

UF 49 UGA 10 Have you beat UF more than once in the last 14 years? GATORS ROMP!


August 7th, 2009
8:19 pm

Roddy Jones controlled you with 214 yards! LOL! did he anger you Daniel? THWG!

Saint Richt

August 7th, 2009
8:38 pm

Marlon, did Grandma give you permission to do this interview? Saint Richt learned very well from Bowden how to “pimp” religion to recruits families. Phony……………..


August 7th, 2009
8:58 pm

GT has never even been preseason no. 1 because nobody respects NERDS. Nice rings for a regular season game. What a bunch of bush league 1-7 wannabees. Good luck catching anyone offguard with that highschool offense this year. Can’t even win a bowl game in your own city. Free hot dogs and cokes if you will watch our team. HA! GT is a joke. We beat ourselves last year as we occasionally do. I can’t wait to party in ATL after destroying GT this year. Order will be restored. NERDS!!!!!

Camden Mark

August 7th, 2009
9:10 pm

It’s almost time.You can feel it in the air.
U idiot blogers should stop acting like dimwits and soak it up,its almost time to kickoff the best damn time of thr year and I for one can hardly wait to head for Stillwater.May the best (Dawgs)team win.


August 7th, 2009
9:30 pm

I am a homo and I need a new boyfriend.


August 7th, 2009
10:00 pm

Is that you j bird?

The Watch

August 7th, 2009
10:10 pm

St. Simon’s posting times update:

On this blog: The coach and grandmother article which posted at 2:20 am

(((3:19 AM!!!!!!))))
3:21 pm

Baton Rouge Dawg

August 7th, 2009
10:13 pm

Stat: Georgia is 8 : 2 against defending National Champs
Georgia is 2 : 0 against Florida when Florida is Defending National Champs

The Watch

August 7th, 2009
10:19 pm

After careful analysis, I believe St. Simons new handle is Dawghater.


August 8th, 2009
2:17 am

Hey BruffDawg: It’s been 28 years since your sorry azz school won a NC in football. However, your gym dogs are pretty good. It’s been 19 years for GT. hmmmm……………..I think it will be a while before we hear ………” sugar is falling from the sky” Instead, it will be tears are falling from the sky, tears are falling from the sky” . All you redneck UGAG fans get out of your doublewides and come see our crappy team getting run all over by UF, OSU, GT and LSU. What a shame. Every year it’s the same old crap. This is our year and we will win the NC. Every year UGA says it, but reality shows that it has been 28 years, which is sad for your so called school. Maybe you should pull for your basketball team. I hear they are loaded with Joe Phallic’s smooge. Wipe it off your chin, coz you are going to get blown out all year long and your sorry azzes suck. Go to the Jr. V in lil ole Athens, Ga, grab a real dog and eat it. THWG! DWYER will run all over your overated azzes and if he doesn’t,, then Jones, Peoples, or Allen will. Our high school option appeared to work as guess what But Phuck……………………..Roddy Jones just scored again. Oh my………..By the way, is old azz Larry the loser Munson calling your games, or is it going to be gayboy Greene? What a joke. RAMBLE ON! GO OSU! GO GATORS! GO JACKETS!, GO LSU! You will be lucky to win 7 or 8 games in front of 500,000 rednecks. I love it. You all suc azz!


August 8th, 2009
2:20 am

45-42 hahahahahahaahah Up by 16 at home and you blew it as usual. You all are blowhards.


August 8th, 2009
2:23 am

Hey UGAG: Why dont you hire Jim Harrick again. He was awesome coach and a great teacher. How many points is a 3 point basket worth? a) 1 b) 2 c) 3 d) 4 e) I’m a dumb azz and it doesn’t matter coz I get an A anyway. Correct answer is E. Your school is pathetic in academics and overated in football as usual. Can’t wait for the OSU, GT and UF games. What a joy to watch. THWG!


August 8th, 2009
2:24 am

Roddy Jones just scored again. Dang, this guy is good torching our sorry azz team for 214 yards as a sophmore. he can even jump over a Div 2 player. LOL!


August 8th, 2009
2:26 am

Hey The Watch: After careful analysis, I think your new handle is redneck blowhard! Dang…………….Jones just scored again. 45-42hahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah between your smelly hedges in front of 500,000 rednecks. THWG!


August 8th, 2009
2:29 am

Man, it’s past my bedtime. I gotta get back in my camper in Athens and get some rest and a beer man. dang………….I am afraid the foreclosures on all the doublewides in Athens is goin thru the roof man. What is a UGAG fan goin to do. Live on the skreet man!


August 8th, 2009
2:33 am

Hey JB: I think you got it worng…………….Dude it’s BJ for you dude and your team with a QB named cox. LOL! THWG!


August 8th, 2009
2:36 am

Ok, dawgs………………..let’s go………………..this is our year to win it all. I mean we are loaded. Joe Cox is awesome. We ought to hype him as the Heisman. I can see it all year. Joe Cox is back to pass, woops……………..he is crushed………………he aint getting up. Oh no, Oh no…………..

T-Rav and the Eastside Grainger

August 8th, 2009
4:16 am

“Georgia Tech has never been preseason number 1.” Lolz. Congrats. Thats quite a feat. Send me a pic of that trophy. I’ll compare it to our Governor’s trophy. Losers.

Who Cares

August 8th, 2009
5:16 am


August 8th, 2009
10:01 am

I must admit, GT will be good this year and they whooped us last year at home. I don’t think we can stop the run, as they have a very talented backfield. Jonothan Dwyer is a legit Heisman candidate and Nesbitt is really good. Their coach is good and has won everywhere he has coached. No one could figure out the run at Navy and Georgia Southern. In addition, they have great receivers in Thomas and the new freshman, Hill. As much as I hate to say it, I think they will beat us again this year. We need to focus on OSU, as they are a great team. I don’t want us to start 0-1, but I think we will. I don’t see us winning more than 7-8 games this year. Hey, maybe next year is our year!

Redneck Dawg

August 8th, 2009
11:36 am

I am a UGA fan and must admit, I am a redneck illiterate wannabe. However, we gottta perrty good ole fashion football team and a mascot whos nuts sit on ice bags all game. Go dogs………..LOL!


August 8th, 2009
11:57 am

Yeah, Richt got on the floor and Prayed with Grandma. NO KIDDING

The Watch

August 8th, 2009
12:43 pm

Hey Dawghater/St. Simons
After careful careful analysis its obvious that Tech will begin a new losing streak this year and will
run for several years vs the Dawgs.Look for PJ to bolt to ND AFTER THIS YEAR.

The Watch

August 8th, 2009
1:00 pm

St. Simon/Dawghater posting times for Aug 8


Coaches poll blog
11:41 am


August 8th, 2009
1:54 pm

Well, as my Human Resources office says, fire a mutt a day to improve everyone’s attitude. No severance package for UGAY grads, ever.


August 8th, 2009
3:00 pm

Washaun Eealy left practice early today due to an elbow injury. Hopefully not too serious


August 8th, 2009
5:51 pm

“I’m a playmaker. I know how to make a play….”

o rly breh? I thought being a playmaker meant you didn’t know how to do that……

Uncle Dave

August 8th, 2009
7:08 pm

Guys… just ignore the morons… the more you react, the more they spew. It is easy to skim past them… I was able to skip past most of what has been posted so far with no real effort. Meanwhile… back in the real discussion…Perhaps the contract that Knowshon just signed will offer a little extra motivation for Caleb King and company… He, like the team as a whole, has been largely forgotten in the national media. It feels to me like one of those years that the Dawgs sneak up on a few overconfident opponents. They always do better when everyone is underestimating them… I do not know why, but Richt’s teams do not handle overt praise or expectations well. That is the next level for this program to reach. Last year was just another bump in the road. In reality they are much better when they have a chip on their shoulder… so given that… this could be a very interesting season. If both lines stay healthy and they have a little luck early (especially the first two weeks)… they will be very dangerous after a few of the young guys grow up a bit. I look forward to reading about those freshman tomorrow.

Redneck Dawg

August 8th, 2009
7:16 pm

GT football, what a joke. They play in a basketball conference, the ACC is wac. I’m a redneck, and my grammer is poor. Some GT nerd please correct me. Parkview HS will play a harder schedule than GT this year. I hate GT. GO DAWGS!!!!!!!