Dogs’ Curran briefly benched

SHREVEPORT, La. — Georgia linebacker Rennie Curran did not play in the first quarter of Monday’s Independence Bowl as punishment for missing a disciplinary running session.

Curran entered the game in the second quarter and by halftime was tied for the team lead in tackles with five. He finished with eight tackles, second most on the team.

Coach Mark Richt said after the game that Curran’s benching was “not a huge deal at all, other than he had an early-morning run and our policy is that he would not get to play the first quarter of the game.”

Curran said he was required to run because “I had a dentist appointment I went to when I should have been at practice and Coach Richt felt I didn’t communicate too well. … But it was nothing too bad.”

Curran had started Georgia’s first 12 games and earlier this month was named the team’s MVP. He leads the SEC in tackles.

Not playing the first quarter of the bowl “was really tough,” Curran said, “but at the same time it got me pumped up.”


Georgia won’t lose money on unsold tickets to the Independence Bowl, executive associate athletics director Frank Crumley said.

Between tickets sold (7,000-plus) and tickets used as comps for players’ families, UGA staff and band, Georgia wound up needing about 9,000 of its 12,000-ticket allotment, Crumley said.

He said the SEC will compensate a school for up to 3,000 unsold bowl tickets, meaning Georgia won’t be on the hook for unused tickets.

Except for Georgia’s 3,000 unused seats, 49,000-seat Independence Stadium appeared full on Monday. Overwhelmingly, the crowd was decked in A&M maroon.

After all expenses associated with the bowl — travel, coaches’ bonuses, etc. — Georgia will come close to breaking even on the trip, Crumley said.

13 comments Add your comment

Joe M

December 28th, 2009
6:07 pm

Unlike him. Very surprised.


December 28th, 2009
6:07 pm

first, what a tool


December 28th, 2009
6:36 pm

I think this is a sign about him leaving to the NFL. I don’t know but doesn’t that kind of attitude kind of tell you something.


December 28th, 2009
6:48 pm

No no no. Do not blow this out of proportion it happens a lot. Rennie has done nothing but good his whole time in Athens sometimes college kids oversleep or lose track of time and are late to class or a workout. NOT A BIG DEAL obviously you would want a kid to do everything right but it just doesn’t always happen that way.


December 28th, 2009
7:10 pm

What a joke. Benched for one quarter. Typical Richt discipline.

Thugs and goons rule!


December 28th, 2009
7:12 pm

Here come the morons to blow this out of proportion


December 28th, 2009
7:26 pm

She (the moron) already showed up.


December 28th, 2009
8:10 pm

What a low blow about not supporting his child. That is really pathetic. The sole reason that he may go pro is to support his family better. Get a life loser!


December 28th, 2009
8:38 pm

Whether he pays for his child or not is not relevant. If he has a child and he doesn’t support his child then the MOTHER can choose to file against him in court. Her choice but to do this she will have to prove paternity. If child support is ordered and he does not pay then she can file again and he can be put in jail. Again, HER choice. Richt can’t punish him for what you see as his lack of morals. Stick to the topic at hand…football and discipline.

UGA Student

December 28th, 2009
10:04 pm

I know Rennie, and he DOES support his child. He is busting his ass everyday in class, in the weight room, and on the field to better support his child. AND…Why the hell would Mark Richt impose a harsher punishment than this for missing a running assignment? I mean really…The worst he did was show up late to class. Damn, I guess he should have missed the whole bowl game for that, because I’m sure Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida suspend their players for showing up late to class.

Lilburn DAWG

December 28th, 2009
10:38 pm

You idiots have no idea what the hell you’re talking about when it comes to Rennie and his child. He and his child have visited my home and he shows nothing but love and compassion for his child. You freaking losers who have no idea about his personal situation spout off such nonsense as if you know any better. Get a life and mide your own dam business. Who knows why he was benched one quarter. In the end, it didn’t matter anyway.


January 3rd, 2010
8:23 pm

Rennie, the role model… pork’em and leave.

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