Notes from Greater Atlanta Bulldog Club meeting

OK, here’s the final word (I think) on whether the Bulldogs will have any two-a-day practices this summer:

They’ll have one session of two-a-days.

Georgia’s original practice schedule called for no days of double drills, but the revised schedule calls for two practices on Aug. 9. Otherwise, the Dogs will have single practices almost every day in August except for Sundays, when they’ll be off.

“My goal with this whole thing was . . . instead of the old ‘let’s break them down and build them back up’ . . . was to just build them up from the get-go,” Mark Richt said Monday night before speaking to the Greater Atlanta Bulldog Club gathering at the Cobb Galleria Centre. “We get two more weeks of really good [weight-]lifting cycle. . . . When we start the season, I’m hoping we’ll be stronger and healthier. Plus, when you go a lot of two-a-days, you tend to fatigue, tend to pull muscles. I’m trying to keep that from happening if possible.”

Richt also noted that under current NCAA rules, which do not permit two-a-days in the first week of practice and thereafter allow no consecutive days of two-a-days, teams can fit in no more than three or four sessions of two-a-days anyway before school starts.

“I think it’s going to be really good for us,” Richt said. “Hopefully it’ll work. Hopefully it’ll make us stronger. Hopefully it’ll make us more fresh. Hopefully we’ll be able to install our systems at a pace that is advantageous for our players.”

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And here’s the latest word (not necessarily the final word) on whether tailback-turned-linebacker Richard Samuel will redshirt this fall:

Probably not.

“We think he can help us on special teams also, but he’s going to play scrimmage downs for us,” Richt said. “We were talking about maybe redshirting him at one time, but I doubt very seriously we’ll be able to redshirt him because we need depth and he’s a guy that we think is going to make plays for us.”

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Trey Thompkins got a great experience last week: playing on a select team of college basketball players that trained against the U.S. national team in Las Vegas.

Thompkins’ UGA coach, Mark Fox, got a chance to watch a bit of the action.

“It was a tremendous experience for Trey,” Fox said. “You look out there on the court, and you had Kevin Durant on one team and Trey on the other. It really makes you feel good that the kid is being able to experience that and have some success. We’re excited about Trey and his development and his return to school. And he’s very hungry to win.”

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If you missed it — I added it to the story on the NCAA investigation last night — here was Richt’s answer when I asked if he is concerned that he might not know the outcome of the probe when practice begins next Monday:

“As usual, I’ll worry about things I can control. I can’t really control it, but I’ve got no indication at all that there’s any reason to believe that all of our guys won’t be practicing Day 1. So that’s my expectation right now. If something changes, then we’ll adjust.”

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A few more things:

  • Fox said Georgia’s basketball schedule has been difficult to put together but is nearing completion. One objective, he said, has been to attract non-conference BCS-level opponents to play home-and-home series. He wouldn’t name opponents, but he drew an ovation when he described his scheduling philosophy this way: “We’re trying to schedule to get in the NCAA Tournament, plain and simple.”
  • Fox’s next stop after the Cobb Galleria Centre: Phoenix on a recruiting trip.
  • WR Tavarres King, suspended indefinitely after an alcohol-related arrest earlier this month, is expected to participate when football practice begins next week. “If things keep going as they are, yes,” Richt said. But King is suspended for the first game.
  • Walk-on OL  Josh Parrish, also suspended indefinitely after an alcohol-related arrest, has been reinstated to the team, Richt said.
  • Remember those suspiciously fast 40-yard dash times the Bulldogs posted this spring? Richt confessed Monday night that the sprints were run “with the wind in our back.” He added: “I think we’ve got very, very good team speed. And I think part of the reason we ran those 40s on the track with the wind in our back was to help [the players] feel faster, too. … I think it helps.”
  • Someone asked Richt if he’s running out of adjectives for A.J. Green. Apparently not. Said Richt: “I think the guy certainly is awesome. For a man that tall to run that fast and be that quick and be that agile and be able to leap and be able to snatch the ball the  way he does, you can’t draw up a much better receiver. And he’s a fantastic kid, too.”
  • The night’s parting words from emcee Chuck Dowdle: “At some point this year, we are going to be celebrating 100 career head-coaching victories for this guy right here.” Richt, who was seated to Dowdle’s right, is 90-27 in his first nine seasons at UGA.

51 comments Add your comment

BIRDDAWGONE

July 27th, 2010
6:07 am

VolzRool

July 27th, 2010
6:27 am

How will georgia defend Da’Rick?

Dawgdom

July 27th, 2010
6:34 am

With a LAWYER!

TheNumber34

July 27th, 2010
6:38 am

I wouldn’t trade these two coaches, Richt and Fox, for any others in the land. They epitomize the principles of leadership and character.

George

July 27th, 2010
6:43 am

TheNumber34: Too bad the student athletes that they are the leaders for don’t epitomize leadership and character.

TheNumber34

July 27th, 2010
6:49 am

George,I suppose you know everyone of the athletes they coach/have coached…hmmm? You twit. You’re like our ruling political leader…you let the minority speak louder than the majority.

If everyone of these athletes emulated their respective coaches, Richt and Fox to the ‘t’, they would be super-humans. Unfortunately, not all do and they learn the consequences of their actions….as most humans do.

Let’s put your life achievements up against those of Coach Richt…whoop…I hear the crickets chirping.

Duluth Dawg

July 27th, 2010
6:55 am

George,
The student athletes we have are good leaders and young men for the most part. If you are a Techie, please worry about Robert Hall. Hall beats up a girl and misses only one game. You must be proud. Don’t forget about your starting defensive back. Why is Tarrant still on your team after raping a girl?

George

July 27th, 2010
6:55 am

Ah, what a twit. Jumping to conclusions. Go back and read my statement, but understand what I was trying to say.

Both men have shown truly great character in their coaching careers. Not too many people will argue against that. It is a shame that many of the student athletes that play football at UGA have made bad decisions and represented CMR poorly.

So, next time before you decide to criticize someone and call people names, how about making sure you completely comprehend what they were saying?

JB

July 27th, 2010
7:10 am

And the Repub’s let Limbaugh speak for them. Sheeeesh! How did politics find it’s way in here?

TheNumber34

July 27th, 2010
7:18 am

George, by closing one eye and standing on my left foot, I can gather the meaning of your original comment, but you made a generalization that stood out louder than your message. You lumped ALL of the athletes together when in fact, as a percentage, there are few.

The name calling was uncalled for, and I apologize for that.

TheNumber34

July 27th, 2010
7:22 am

JB, Limbaugh is not directing national policy, and for that I’m thankful. Neither repubs nor dems guide my thinking…only Jesus Christ can do that.

Go Dawgs!!!!

jdawgs34

July 27th, 2010
7:58 am

What a great evening, the sad part is that most are not able to hear each of the coach’s speak in person. This takes away the media, and to be in a more relaxed environment. They did a great job. Mark Fox is on the right track, Mark Richt, just a class act, and you can tell that he is excited about getting started. Frank Crumley is a asset as interim AD, but I am sure that more personality will be injected with a new AD in the future. Just another great evening for Georgia. For those that did not attend, you missed a great time..

SEC fan

July 27th, 2010
8:01 am

How will UGA defend DaRIck? Will UT allow individuals on ‘work release’ to play on their team?

ugag is irrelevant

July 27th, 2010
8:11 am

relax folks … get over this and move on

The Real SugarHillDawg

July 27th, 2010
8:20 am

Hey Volzdrool, we won’t have to defend him. The ball won’t get to him.

ToccoaDawg

July 27th, 2010
8:29 am

How long will DaRick be out after Rambo hits him?

Yaz

July 27th, 2010
8:35 am

Were all those in attendance waving their red panties?

It’s kind of sad to see all the Dawg fans getting so excited this year (just like the year before, the year before that, etc.). How long is it going to take for UGA fans to realize that UGA is simply no longer relevant in the SEC? In the national picture, UGA isn’t even a blip on the radar, and hasn’t
been since the preseason #1 ranking two years ago.

Sit back and be grateful for the seven or eight wins you’ll get every year. Coaching genius Mark Richt may take you to 10-2 or even 11-1 occasionally, but Florida will still win the SEC, meaning no BCS bowls and no top 10 final ranking. Most years, UGA will be very lucky to finish in the top 25, and only after a big bowl win over a nobody opponent.

It’s a different world now, and Dawg fans, like Miami and Ole Miss fans, need to adjust their expectations downward to reflect reality.

Unfortunately nothing is going to change until UGA changes its mediocre coaching. That’s where the difference is, and that’s why everyone outside Bulldog Nation just laughs at Dawg fans getting so excited year after year about what a great recruiting class UGA gets. It doesn’t matter how many
blue chip high school players go to UGA, they simply don’t get the coaching they would get at Florida or Alabama, to name two schools whose programs are far ahead of UGA. And that’s not going to change as long as Mark Richt is in Athens.

Get your heads out of the sand and face reality. And get used to mediocrity and irrelevance.

And red panties waving in your face. 

jimmymack

July 27th, 2010
8:37 am

if i were a tenn fan i would play like an ostrich this year

lil girl

July 27th, 2010
8:44 am

is dim’ ric’ going to play ? i doubt dooley will let him. if he does dont come over the middle son.

Dawgs Rule

July 27th, 2010
8:58 am

Yaz is a pimple faced loser that has never had a girlfriend (you are STILL mentioning red panties?). I guess he has forgotten about the 2 SEC titles and 3 Sugar Bowl (isn’t that a BCS bowl?) appearances. Also, how about the 5 Top 10 finishes in the CMR era with a #2 and #3 final ranking? Yaz is a typical Nerd fan who has to hide behind FU and Bumma to make a bold statement. As far as expectations, the Bulldog Nation has high ones- like always. We are a passionate bunch unlike the 30000 (at most) Nerd fans that go to the home games to see who isn’t at the library and bop up and down immaturely to the Budweiser song!! Class acts indeed!!

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Lane Kiffin

July 27th, 2010
10:54 am

Sorry I caused all these “agent” problems for the teams in the SEC. I had to tell the NCAA investigators something, that’s what “cooperating” means. They won’t know some of it is made up until AFTER I’m a quarterbacks coach in the NFL.

38 Yardline Dawg

July 27th, 2010
11:14 am

Yaz…isn’t that a women’s birth control? Sounds like you’re a walking women repellent, anyway.

I attended last night’s forum and am impressed with all the coaches. Yes, everyone wants to win a championship every year…at every school…but everyone can’t win every year, can they? We are lucky to have such a high class, high caliber head football coach. I for one am glad that Richt leads the team in a way that emphasizes character and not just winning. Sure, some of our young men get into lots of trouble…but who reading this would like their job performance based (in any way) on the behavior of kids who are just learning how to be responsible for themselves?

I asked Richt if he intends to be tough on players who commit personal fouls on the field, to which he answered in a low, serious tone “Yes, sir.” You can tell that he regrets having to discipline players on or off the field. But he will do what must be done to balance team discipline and helping players be responsible for themselves.

Oh, and thanks to the person who asked about the dreaded black helmets. Richt asked the crowd’s opinion about more black helmets, and there was a unanimous “No!” replied.

Gratefuldawghead

July 27th, 2010
11:21 am

Richt is 90-27 in three years and will reach 100 this year…GO DAWGS!

GoldenDawg

July 27th, 2010
12:36 pm

Yaz if this is how FLA is getting it done then UGA wants no part of it. http://shortattentionwhat.blogspot.com/2010/07/future-rookie-of-years-in-gainesville.html

DAWG07

July 27th, 2010
12:55 pm

100 plus in 10

11Dawg

July 27th, 2010
12:55 pm

Richard Samuel on special teams? He better not mean as kick returner.

How2fish

July 27th, 2010
1:59 pm

Tick tock,tick tock countdown to kick OFF !

GTDog

July 27th, 2010
2:00 pm

Here’s my top 5 for the afternoon:

1. Dawgdom: Awesome reply, hilarious. But in truth, Da’Rick is still a top tier player. Don’t forget that, I’m sure the UGA coaches and defenders won’t.

2. THENUMBER34: Don’t be so sensitive, the comment by George wasn’t too bad. We both that a few players can make the whole squad look bad. But honestly, outside of the assault charge, I haven’t seen much to be overly concerned about at UGA. I’d love the kids to all be perfect angels but they’re not, and neither are any of us.

3. George: You’re a prick, get a life and quit spouting crap about the OTHER teams, worry about your own. We’ll worry about ours.

4. YAZ: Kudos, keep throwing the stones that hurt your victims. What I don’t understand is WHY any UGA fan gets upset about red-panty-jokes? First of all, they’re stupid and sophomoric. Secondly, I think it’s funny as he11 that he had her panties in his lap. I woulda wished I was in his place if I wasn’t engaged and the girl wasn’t so skanky.

5. 11DAWG: Samuel will be on the coverage teams, not returning kicks.

Preston

July 27th, 2010
3:16 pm

For all of you that like to talk about UGA and it’s players and coaches in a negative light, just think about your church congregation. If you can’t get everyone in your church to live a perfect life then don’t expect a football team to be any different. Coach Richt has had MANY more successes in leading and inspiring young men to lead better lives than the other way around.

Really, Rival Fans

July 27th, 2010
3:37 pm

The more you write, the better we look…GO DAWGS!!!

Tech Sting

July 27th, 2010
3:44 pm

Is it true Richt may move practices closer to the county lockup so the players can participate on their 1 hour of free time during the day? Sounds like a good idea. Richt’s always thinking ahead.

GTDog

July 27th, 2010
3:45 pm

I agree “Really”, but i hate myself sometimes for throwing facts and stats back at their rants, only to have it go right over their heads. I’m trying to learn…

Whoops, Preston, leave my congregation out of this. Good point though….lol

GTDog

July 27th, 2010
3:46 pm

Whoops, my point exactly. Duh-huh, that was funny Tech Sting. Get back to cleaning the stalls on MY campus.

Joe " no bond too big" Blow

July 27th, 2010
4:28 pm

Who do I contact to get my number listed in the Dawgs locker room?

Gratefuldawghead

July 27th, 2010
4:32 pm

Techies need to worry about a loaded FSU and Miami this year! Maybe yall can get past them so the DAWGS can win the ACC Title again this year.

100 ?

July 27th, 2010
5:55 pm

What is Chuck Doodle Smoking? CMR will be history next year. He will be 4 short of the 100 mark after this season. Book it !

Mark (another one0?

July 27th, 2010
6:04 pm

Richt said something I believe most people missed. In any championship team, the leadership needs to come from the players, not just the coaches. Georgia’s leaders on offense are going to come from an experienced offensive line, where most played as freshman. They and the Dawg nation need to protect and expect Murray to struggle as he grows in the QB position.

Its the same on defense. The new scheme will require leaders to step up and hold people accountable for being prepared and meeting their assignments. Coaches can take this all only so far. It is the on field leadership that is needed. Georgia has enough experienced players to have a solid year. Will the leadership intangibles have developed in enough players to take it to the next level? That is the fun of college football. The unpredictable nature of 18-23 year olds.

Mr. Georgia Football Returns

July 27th, 2010
6:15 pm

The biggest problem for Georgia this year is “Errorn Intercepta-Murray”?

Gatorbait 17-3

July 27th, 2010
6:24 pm

The Gators don’t need the wind to make them feel fast, they know they are FAST. All Florida’s running back did in the NCAA meet was run a 9.96 100 meter dash–now that is fast.

Gratefuldawghead

July 27th, 2010
7:49 pm

Ealey would have been faster but he had a gator in his eye!

RED DOG 77

July 28th, 2010
12:03 am

Yaz………….Please tell us another “red panty” joke or just be your funny ‘ol self, that is talking about “red panties”………no stop ! please ! you are just killing me ! Never laughed so much in all my life when you make those “red panty” remarks………….Yaz, you are one wild and crazy guy………ever thought about doing stand-up ?……..You’d be the greatest ! I’m your #1 fan Yaz……….I’ll be standing by, Yaz, just hoping you will post again soon……..you are just too darn wacky mister……….with my Warmest Best Regards, RED

Um, ah, i am confused because "UGA is so lousy"

July 28th, 2010
2:09 pm

Wow …………..100 wins as a UGA head man in 10 years. Wow. This is wonderful.

I am confused, howevver ………we all know that “UGA is one lousy football prgoram” and with “one lousy staff ‘and one lousy group of lousy players”. Right??? wrong.

UGA is the only major football program to have won 8 or more games for 13 straight years and this fabulous winning streak will be extended to the start of 2011. Neither FSU or Florida or Ohio State or Alabama or LSU or UT or texas or the real USC or any acc schools have this distinction.

Say all you want to ………… BUT UGA is ONE VERY RICH FOOTBALL PROGRAM WITH THE NUMBER ONE BRAND IN SALES REVENUES. MONEY TALKS AND BLAH, BLAH,BLAH WALKS, BABY!

It IS ALL ABOUT MONEY ……….and Texas and UGA are number 1 and 2. This says it all about UGA …………. the college football market ( not obama ) dictates whether a progam is worthy of viewing or not.
Go Dogs.

ugag is irrelevant

July 28th, 2010
8:39 pm

no bama this year

RED DOG 77

July 29th, 2010
1:11 am

Confused………confused ? you sure as hell don’t sound confused to me !……to me ?……You sound like one hell of a good DOG……….you are right-on the ‘ol button my friend………cheers to you “confused”……..and GO DOGS !! GATA !! SIC’ ‘EM WOOF……..WOOF…….WOOF !!!!

bjohndawg

July 29th, 2010
8:39 am

VolzRool
How will georgia defend Da’Rick?

Easy…Just give him an invitation to a bar.
Cheat shot Da Rick will do the rest.

The moron has not even practiced a minute and he is in trouble with the law.
So glad he did not go to Georgia.

WDE

July 29th, 2010
1:15 pm

ToccoaDog: “How long will DaRick be out after Rambo hits him?”

Haha, I think the questions is- how long will Rambo be out after he hit’s Da’Rick?

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GaTruth

July 30th, 2010
6:40 am

Ugag – you’re a floater. The other day you posted that the Dawgs couldn’t be mentioned in the same conversation as Bama… until you were schooled by a few other posters who let you in on the secret that Richt’s Dawgs are 3-1 against the Tide. Today, you say “no bama” this year? Which is it? Bama NC or Bama no-NC? Take a stance and stick with it. I guess you could have been pointing out the obvious and irrelevant that UGA doesn’t play Bama this year but that would have been so out of context that… Maybe you should move over to teh Tech boards.

GaTruth

July 30th, 2010
6:46 am

Yaz – Is that for Yazoo City, MS? That would certainly explain how you had to go to the Tech Talking Points site and copy the paragraph about UGA being irrelevant. That idea of “irrelevant” makes you out to be one more wanna-be analyst. Look at how bad Michigan is, and not even Brent Musberger would be stupid enough to call them irrelevant. Here is an idea, post you favorite team (you probably don’t have an Alma Mater) so we can compare which team is truly relevant. And don’t pull TX, OhSt, USC, Bama or Fla out of you @ss. If they were your favorite, you’d have already said so.