Jay Rome: Hoops will help in quest to become UGA’s next great tight end

The Bulldogs are expecting big things from 6-foot-6, 253-pound tight end Jay Rome after he gets through with basketball. (UGA photo by Chris Collins)

The Bulldogs are expecting big things from 6-foot-6, 253-pound tight end Jay Rome after he gets through with basketball. (UGA photo by Chris Collins)

ATHENS — With Marcus Thornton’s sudden and unexpectedly early return to the Georgia basketball team, we’re probably going to be seeing less of Jay Rome on the basketball court going forward

As it was, we were getting only tiny glimpses of the Bulldogs’ highly-touted tight end when it came to playing round ball. After joining the hoops squad following Georgia’s January 2 bowl game. The 6-foot-6, 253-pound forward played an average of 1.7 minutes in just three contests and hasn’t recorded a point.

But to use that as a measure of Rome’s athleticism and basketball-playing abilities would be missing the point. Regardless of minutes played or points scored, both Georgia football coach Mark Richt and basketball coach Mark Fox are glad Rome is doing what he’s doing.

Rome’s presence on the basketball team added front-court depth at a time the Bulldogs’ desperately needed it, not just in games but, more importantly, in practice. And all parties believe his college basketball experience is only going to enhance Rome’s play on the football field.

“It will really help him I think,” said Fox, who is in his third season as the Bulldogs’ basketball coach. “I think it will improve his ability to change directions, move in short spaces. I think it will help his conditiotning. I definitely think it will help him.”

Rome, whose father Stan was a two-sport star at Clemson, is one of those guys who grew in Valdosta with basketball as his first love. He played AAU ball very early in life and was all-region and made some all-state teams at at Valdosta High, where he averaged 25 points and 12 rebounds as a senior.

But it became evident early in Rome’s high school career that his size was better suited to football. ESPN.com ranked him the No. 1 tight end prospect in the country before he signed with the Bulldogs last February.

So that sport remains Rome’s main focus. Anything that happens for him on the basketball court is just gravy.

“He would be a good player,” if he concentrated on basketball full time, Fox said, adding, “that’s obviously not ever going to be the case. . . . It would depend on what his body would end up looking like. What position would he end up playing if he ever did that?”

As it is, Rome definitely looks like a football player playing basketball. His thick upper body dwarfs the relatively lilthe frames of his fellow hoopsters when he’s playing round ball.

But for Rome, this is still all about what it can do for him in football. And he believes it’s doing a lot.

“I think it’s going to help me tremendously,” Rome said. “Just from the last month or so of playing basketball I can feel myself being way more athletic. Coming into basketball I was getting tired going up and down the court a little bit, wasn’t able to jump with the rest of the guys as far as rebounds or maybe dunking the ball. Now I just feel like I can get up and down the court. I know I’m quicker than I was. I know I’m a lot more explosive. I’m dunking the ball with no problem. I just think it’s going to help me and I know it’s going to transfer on the football field just being faster, quicker out of my breaks, quicker out of my cuts, footwork off of blocks.

“If the ball’s a little high and I need to go up and get it, I believe I can go up and get it over anybody.”

Obviously, Rome’s value to the football team escalated with the recent decision of All-American Orson Charles to turn pro following his junior season. Rome, who was redshirted this past season, will be one of three tight ends on the roster, joining rising junior Arthur Lynch and expected 2012 signee Ty Smith. So the Bulldogs will be looking for major contributions from Rome next fall.

Rome aims to be ready for the challenge.

“Once basketball is over I’ll be jumping straight back into football with weightlifting and training,” Rome said.  “Even though I’m down on my weight a little bit for basketball, I want to keep going down then put back muscle mass once spring starts back. I’m going to hit the weight room really hard and try to put back on muscle the right way and keep all the athleticism I’ve gained from playing basketball.”

Rome knows after a redshirt year he has a lot to work on to become the kind of football player he wants to be.

“I need to work a lot on my blocking technique, my strength and just the little things in my route-running,” Rome said. “Just maybe steps, her, steps there, getting in and out of breaks. Just polishing the little thing.”

Meanwhile, Rome said he’s just thankful for getting the chance to experience both sports in college. It’s a difficult thing to do, especially with the added challenge of balancing academics. He’s been able to maintain in that regard, too. Football teammate Nick Marshall, a defensive back who was a four-star basketball prospect, hasn’t yet gotten the chance to try it.

“I’m just grateful that Coach Fox and Coach Richt gave me the opportunity to do both,” Rome said. “I’ve been having a fantastic time getting to know the guys on the football team and now being able to bond with some of the guys on the basketball team. I just feel like I’m making a lot of good friendships that will last for a lifetime.”

He has certainly acquired a good friend and big fan in Fox.

“He’s promised me he’ll dunk a ball over a goal post if he scores a touchdown,” Fox said. “I said that’s great except that you’ll get a penalty and Coach Richt will be beating my door down. So we’re going to nix that plan.”

BONUS MATERIAL

Following are some other comments from Rome and Fox:

JAY ROME

  • On challenges of playing two sports . . .

“At the beginning of the season, splitting time with basketball and football, it was kind of tough just to stay in shape. I might have a weekend or so topracticve basketball and get in shape and then I’d have to go back to football. But since the bowl game I’ve basically been practicing with the basketball team full time and I’ve been able to get in better shape and be able to get up and down the court a little better. I’ve lost a few pounds. Everybody’s helping me out, helping me learn everything .

  • On his role on basketball team . . .

“I’m just getting minutes here and there and where I can, however I can help the team. Just come in when I can and be somebody who can be strong in the low post and still be quick and be able to guard guys from the low post out to the perimeter. Just give us a little better of an undersized 4-man who may be able to play some of the 3, too.

  • On being bigger than most basketball players . . .

“Actually I’m a lot smaller than I was during football season. I was around 262 and now I’m about 253. So the weight has come off just getting into basketball shape and I feel great. I’m moving better, getting up and down the court, my quickness and rebounding and going up for the ball, that all feels great. And I feel like that’s going to transfer over to the football field once I get back and make me a better tight end and route and better with footwork.”

  • On Orson Charles turning pro . . .

“It’s something I kind of anticipated, but I wasn’t really sure whether he was or not. So when I heard it I was happy for him. Orson, I’ve only known him for a semester, but he’s just a great guys and he deserves it. He works hard and he tried to teach me everything he could whenever I was around him. He just deserves it. . . . I knew when I heard it, I just told myself, I said, ‘OK, I’m in basketball now but, by the time it’s over with, there’s no time for rest. I’m gonna get right back into it and fill that spot as best I can.’

  • On first year at UGA . . .

“It’s been fun. It’s always a big jump going from one level to the next. Coming from high school to college, you just have to get used to it. With the football and the basketball both, everybody’s better, so you have to push yourself to be better.”

MARK FOX

  • On the difficulties of Rome playing two sports . . .

“The toughest part is he missed all the breakdown drills on defense, he missed the implementation of 70 percent of our system our more, probably three-quarters of it. Then to practice two days, then be gone for five, then be gone for a couple of weeks, that’s a real challenge for any freshman. But he’s a great kid. Smart. . . . He may not this year ever know all the details. He won’t. He just missed too much. But he makes up for it. He’s very bright. The thing about a football guy is he just sees schemes so much better than a lot of guys. Maybe that’s his football background, I don’t know. But he’s very bright.

  • On whether he recruited Rome in basketball . . .

“We saw Jay Rome play in like one summer tournament. We did see him in high school. But he’s a star of the gridiron.”

  • On whether Rome can improve as basketball court . . .

“Oh yeah. He’s just part time. That’s just so hard to do. As he gets older, next year when he comes out, he’ll know so much more when he starts on day one and he’ll just add to that knowledge base. He started from scratch this year. And I give him a great deal of credit because he’s really picked things up rather quickly. But we don’t have him enough to know exactly what he can and can’t do.”

  • On whether Nick Marshall is coming out for basketball . . .

“I don’t anticipate having Nick at all this year. In the future, we haven’t ruled that out.”

58 comments Add your comment

Palm City Dawg

January 20th, 2012
2:31 pm

He will be a star like his dad Stan.

Palm City Dawg

January 20th, 2012
2:32 pm

Guess this is my 1st 1st…

slydog

January 20th, 2012
2:42 pm

Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates, Jimmy Graham, Rob Bronkowski….. Jay Rome is smart!!! Don’t blow a knee. Nuff Said.

slydog

January 20th, 2012
2:43 pm

Palm City Dawg

January 20th, 2012
2:32 pm

Guess this is my 1st 1st…

It feels kind of good and corny at the same time. Admit it!!!

Dalton Dawg

January 20th, 2012
2:45 pm

I think he can be one amazing tight end before it’s said and done. We need to get back to throwing the ball to the tight ends like the old days. His size is truely one big asset at 6.6 and 245 he will be able to push line backers or DB’s around I would assume. It’s time to get focused and more serious than the past and become one big intense team and ready for any and all challenges.

Go Dawgs!

ugaDAWG

January 20th, 2012
2:48 pm

Frank Lane

January 20th, 2012
3:00 pm

Damned good at both before it is over.

Destin Dawg

January 20th, 2012
3:05 pm

DGD for sure.. its hard to play to sports and make grades .. especially as a Frosh.. he’s be an All American TE.. by Junior year..

Jerome

January 20th, 2012
3:06 pm

Playing basketball will definitely help Rome out. It didn’t seem to hurt Jimmy Graham [Saints Pro Bowl TE] or Tony Gonzalez [future HOFamer] so Jay Rome can only benefit from playing basketball as well as football. It’ll help him wrestle the ball away from defenders, screen them off as the ball is coming his way, and using his body will help him get the ball. Go Dawgs!

Destin Dawg

January 20th, 2012
3:06 pm

two sports ( of course 0

Wilcox Co Fan

January 20th, 2012
3:12 pm

Wonder why Nick aint playing? Did see him at a couple of games in Rochelle over the holidays.

BigTimeTechFan

January 20th, 2012
3:16 pm

In B-Ball when he gets hot, do they say Rome is burning?

Charlie Hayes

January 20th, 2012
4:20 pm

*ATTENTION CMR* GET ON A PLANE AND GO VISIT YURI WRIGHT! TELL HIS MAMA THAT YOU CAN MAKE HIM INTO A MAN AND GROOM HIM INTO A NFL CB! DONT PULL THE SCHOLARSHIP OFFER AND MAKE GOOD ON IT TO HIM. WE NEED HIS TALENT ON THE UGA D! ALL OTHER SCHOOLS ARE PULLING HIS OFFERS, PLEASE DONT DO IT! BE BOLD! GO DAWGS!

DostaDawg

January 20th, 2012
5:16 pm

Rome is going remind alot of people of DGD Ben Watson.

Spanky

January 20th, 2012
5:28 pm

DostaDawg, yes-he does have the Ben Watson build,…let’s hope he has the Ben Watson success!!

IPTAY MAN!

January 20th, 2012
5:32 pm

I would be embarrassed to be on UGA’s basketball team – that team sucks.

As for football – UGA dropped our annual game for a reason – and I am looking forward to our home and home starting season after next. SEC and UGA are overrated.

Ogeechee Dawg

January 20th, 2012
5:35 pm

Great story – and hope he is taking advantage of the academics!

I am looking forward to watching our TE corp next season!

Best of luck to young Mr. Rome!

South Georgia Dog

January 20th, 2012
5:38 pm

We need to be DGD’s and be two or more UGA sport fans.I’m a UGA alumnus and I have never understood why we can’t be more than a “football” school? We have not sold out the Steg this season. We have a top 20 baseball team about to start the season. Basketball tix are $15 and baseball $8.I’m driving 200 miles tomorrow to have a great time in the steg. Let all support all the teams. Go Dawgs !!!!

3-12 Against Ranked Teams

January 20th, 2012
5:38 pm

Sure would be nice if we had a decent QB to throw the ball to him next year….

3-12 Against Ranked Teams

January 20th, 2012
5:39 pm

He might be just tall enough for Little Aaron to see over the O-line….

Ogeechee Dawg

January 20th, 2012
5:42 pm

IPTAY MAN – I do miss our rivalry! Wish you guys were in the SEC – we could use the breather game!
I plan on being there when we play at Death Valley – a great place to see game. Let’s hope both teams will be top 10, for old times sake, and just go after each other on the field!

GATA!

slydog

January 20th, 2012
5:49 pm

“…There has been no official comment from Wright about the sudden change in status with Michigan, but the ongoing speculation is that after watching the Don Bosco Prep cornerback perform in the Army All-American Bowl the Wolverines did not believe he was good enough in coverage to play on the outside and believed he would be better suited at safety…”

If Brady Hoke and Michigan said this about Yuri Wright, how can he possibly play Corner in the SEC?

DostaDawg

January 20th, 2012
5:52 pm

Have never understood why uga is no better a hoops school than it is? Talent from instate should be enough to win 20 a year.

Worm

January 20th, 2012
5:54 pm

Sure didn’t hurt Larry Brown!

Worm

January 20th, 2012
5:56 pm

slydog, you obviously haven’t seen yuri’s twitter post…

DawgSinceBirth

January 20th, 2012
5:57 pm

IPTAY man: You better shore up that defense….70 points to West Virginia…and you’re belittling an SEC team? Really….

Nuff said!

Go Dawgs!

Worm

January 20th, 2012
5:58 pm

IPTAY man, how’d you guys come out against College of Charleston?

DawgSinceBirth

January 20th, 2012
5:58 pm

DostaDawg: Gotta GET that Georgia talent…..

RedandBlackDAWG

January 20th, 2012
6:02 pm

This kid has a lot on the ball. He is intelligent and dedicated to his sports. He is a DGD and I think he will make great strides on the football field this year.
Allow yourself a little down time though and don’t get burnt out. The DAWGS need you to be ready to go.

DostaDawg

January 20th, 2012
6:05 pm

Ogeechee Dawg

January 20th, 2012
6:35 pm

DostaDawg – I hear you – but UGA has been a football school – and most of the bball talent has gone to ACC, KY, Louisville or other schools that have an emphasis on B-Ball as a result.

B-Ball recruits get higher exposure and a more meaningful experience if they play at a KY, Louisville, UCLA or ACC school.

UGA has never had high expectations from B-Ball and has never been consistent. As a result, it is extremely hard to consistently get the talent to take UGA hoops seriously.

Not saying you can’t do both – Ohio State and Florida have tremendous B-Ball and Football programs. Maybe throw Michigan State into that pool as their football program is usually a cut above average – and sometimes very good as we saw this year and last.

Not making excuses – just explaining why it is!

UGA has stepped up and made huge investments into it’s baksetball program facilities. However, Mark Fox is in his 3rd year – and to be honest – I do not think this team is any better than his first team of left over talent.

Why? Because UGA does not have a basketball tradition – and he is having a very hard time getting recruits to take UGA serious. Look at all the Top 100 talent in 2011 and 2012 recruiting classes in Atlanta – or the state for that matter. And look where the kids are going – KY, Vandy, Duke, etc. UGA is the bridesmaid – or not even thought of.

Put it this way – if you are a football recruit – would you accept a scholarship to Kentucky over UGA, or Florida, or Alabama, or LSU?

Now if you are a basketball recruit, would you accept a scholarship to UGA over Kentucky, or NC, or DUKE, or UCLA, or Louisville? or UCONN?.

Coach Fox has his work cut out to change the culture and the tradition.
I personally think he is a fabulous coach – but there many gerat coaches out there.
I think that he will not last but a few more years at UGA – could be wrong – but I that’s how I see it.

For UGA to take it to the next level – they need to hire a BIG NAME coach that is a draw.
And hope that his kid does not teach PE!

Fidlin1

January 20th, 2012
6:37 pm

Don’t forget to keep up your GPA Marcus. Thanks for your hard work!

Buckhead Bulldog

January 20th, 2012
6:57 pm

IPTAY MAN! Last time we played y’all we slammed a 30-ZERO win over your so called Top 10 team. I was there on the forty, 20 rows back in the heart of the IPTAY section. They were shocked, I wasn’t!

bugs

January 20th, 2012
7:54 pm

Chip,How about a little more info on Stan Rome,He is one of the alltime Ga. high school legends.A phenomenal athlete.

kybodawg

January 20th, 2012
9:11 pm

iptayman after seeing the score of youre bowl game i thought u were already playing bb. great d 70 pts. ga. is really shaking in there boots over having to play a nother All Cupcake Cake leauge team.

JDawg1785

January 20th, 2012
9:26 pm

We’re in good shape with Rome at TE. He sounds like a total winner!

bitter dawgs fan

January 20th, 2012
9:33 pm

remember the —HIT MAN—–HAHAHAH—he lasted 1 year and turned out to be a re-ject

———-until they hit game day—-no body will be able to tell anything

————remember all the glamour talk about —crowell———–1 play and bad ankle time

Paul in NH

January 20th, 2012
10:23 pm

Good luck to Rome in football and b’ball but I don’t think he is going to make anyone forget Julius Peppers or Jimmy Graham as a 2 sport athlete

13-1

January 21st, 2012
2:56 am

Here are the only teams whose coaches who have recruited better than Mark Richt for signing date 11 days from now :

1.Florida State
2.Florida
3.Texas
4.Notre Dame
5.Southern Cal
6.Ohio State
7.Alabama
8.Michigan
9.Auburn
10.Georgia

Mark Richt does not have as many numbers of recruits, which is how Scout.com does their rankings for a season, but I have always felt that that over-states the number of commitments, rather than the Quality of the Commitments. I don’t have the time any longer to analyze this from the point of view of team needs, but other than Secondary and additional OL ready to step in in the next game and replace Four (4) Senior Starters on the OL we just lost, Rodney Garner has done very well this season for Mark Richt for hitting the nail on the head for our recruiting for the positions of need 2012.

We are very weak on 4-Star recruits this one 2012 Recruiting Class. Mark Richt has always done well in 4-Star Commitments in the past. Otherwise, I would rank Mark Richt’s Class # 9 in the nation. I still wish he hadn’t given away all the Scholarships to walk-ons when we had the great Exodus start and continue all season last season. He could have awarded them to only Senior Walk-Ons, or if he felt a younger Walk-on was really deserving, when none of the ones he gave Scholarship have played Offense or Defense, he should have announced to the press and the player that it is for 1 season only and that if the player deserved a scholarship for the next season, he would have to make the Offense or the Defense, or he would use the Scholarship to Sign an Offense or Defense player in this February 1, 2012 Signing Class. Any of the younger walk-ons then, could still earn a Scholarship again, backing into it again, if there were Addition by Attrition opening it up during this 2012 season.

We’re still short players around here, and it is because Walk-Ons not playing Offense or Defense, are still on Scholarship next year 2012, from the Great Exodus of 2011.

Quayvon Hicks is going to have to step right in as Starter at Fullback.

John Theus and Mark Beard are both going to have to Start as Freshmen OL, and we need 2 more who are ready to start to commit or sign on or before February 1.

What is the deal with not 1 single secondary player wanting to commit to Todd Grantham ? Good Heavens.

And, if you look at our last 4 commitments, there are not 4 better players in all of America. This class might not be last year’s class yet, but it absolutely proves my point that Mark Richt is a World-Class Recruiter.

13-1 for 2012 is my guarantee.

13-1

January 21st, 2012
3:39 am

“It’s tough finding a consensus lately among Georgia fans on quarterback Aaron Murray.” Bill King starts this blog.
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There is a Consensus of Opinion among Georgia fans on quarterback Aaron Murray. Step back now, and read this entire blog’s replies, by setting the button at the bottom of the blog to SHOW ALL.

All Georgia fans are in Total Agreement. It is way passed Consensus. Aaron Murray has NOT gotten the job done, himself, by himself on the field against teams who actually end up for that season in the top 25 at 0-9.

The only posts that are not saying what a poor job AM is doing in the games against teams who end up top 25, all are saying that there is this excuse or that excuse.

EXCUSES makes their answers, then a resounding NO AARON MURRAY IS NOT GETTING THE JOB DONE IN THE GAMES AGAINST TEAMS WHO END UP TOP 25.

All by a group of waaah I want to complain to Chipper Towers to have him remove posts which are not positive about a team who has lost its last 7 in a row vs teams who ended up in the top 10 and a team who has lost its last 9 in a row vs teams who ended up in the top 25.

There is THEREFORE A COMPLETE CONSENSUS that there is no one saying that Aaron Murray is doing well. He’s cost us game after game by himself. Just ask yourself after his losses, who was the better QB head-to-head that day ? Aaron Murray or the QB for the other, winning, team ?

CONSENSUS is that with the game on the line, in a game against a team every Dawg Fan knows is going to end the season in the top 10 or the top 25, Aaron Murray isn’t going to get the job done. Fill in our Excuses for why that is, the fact is he isn’t that QB.

bubba4dawgs

January 21st, 2012
7:39 am

All quarterbacks have bad “hair” days and good days. Aaron Murray’s days seem to come when playing ranked teams most of which centers around a poor OL. Panic sets in when he gets in a tight situation. He can’t seem to learn when to throw the ball away rather than take a sack. He lays too many eggs. Kroger is going to be coming after him for sacks and eggs. I suppose you could say a good OL would correct most of Aaron Murray’s problems but some of them are his own fault and he’s getting way too much loyalty by leaving him in the game. There is a lot of talent ready to go and should be given some snaps when Murray isn’t up to parr. Murray should at least have to think about this! He is not NFL material and probably won’t be next year. It’s a much faster game in the NFL and Murray doesn’t make fast decisions. Anyway……GO DAWGS!!!!

Dawg48

January 21st, 2012
7:51 am

13-1. Your a freggin TOOL!

13-1

January 21st, 2012
8:00 am

Dawg48 December 30th, 2011 10:14 pm

“Iowa or Oklahoma?

I’m going with Iowa, 2 reasons

1 Oklahoma sucks in bowls
2 they had all those great aspirations and a disappointing season.”
__________________________________________________________
Who is the Tool ?
Who had a disappointing season ?

13-1

January 21st, 2012
8:09 am

13-1 December 15th, 2011 12:36 am
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Dawg48 October 1st, 2011 10:28 pm

“Mark it down you heard it here first! Wisconsin is going to be national champs this year!”
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“No idea what that is all about Dawg48. It has nothing to do with any topic on UGA Football, but Russell Wilson Wisconsin’s QB did graduate. Of course, he played 4 years including his redshirt at NC State first. Wisconsin with him lost to teams such as 6-6 Ohio State – who lost to teams such as 6-6 Miami and 6-6 Purdue. Wisconsin is # 63 Passing Offense even with importing Russell Wilson. They are # 47 in Rushing Defense and face off against Oregon, so I therefore figure they LOSE this bowl game too. # 69 in Net Punting, # 67 in Kick-Off returns, Wisconsin is no better than the TEAM I WANTED TO WIN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP THIS YEAR, which by the way, IS NOT WISCONSIN. Wisconsin is also # 71 in sacks of opposing quarterbacks and # 54 in Sacks allowed on Russell Wilson.

Wisconsin ended not # 1 by the way, Dawg48, and with its impending LOSS to Oregon who is FAVORED TO BLOW-OUT Wisconsin right after our game 3 Mondays from now, they were NEVER A CONTENDER.

What is this love affair you have with WISCONSIN

Dawg48

?

Why didn’t you root for UGA Bulldogs to win the national championship Dawg48 ? ”
__________________________________________________________
Reviewing this post of yours Dawg48, who was right and who was wrong,

AGAIN

sir ?

Indeed,

Wisconsin DID LOSE their bowl game, exactly as and exactly why I said they would, while you – purporting to be a Bulldogs’ Fan stated Wisconsin is whom it is you want and whom it is you think and whom it is you rooted for to Win The National Championship.

Uh, no, Tool, you are wrong and disappointed again.

Again and

Again

Again

Thus Personal Attack Flames from you, is all we get no matter what anyone and everyone is discussing.

13-1

January 21st, 2012
8:19 am

Dawg48 November 6th, 2011 11:34 pm

“Every one talks about how Sabin is the best coach, well look at it since he has been at bama. Yes a national title great job, but look at his ” big game record” ”
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Alabama, indeed, as I stated all season long was the better team the 1st game and beat LSU as I guarateed in the 2nd game.

Nick Saban beat two (2) teams finishing in the AP Top 5.

We’ve lost 7 in a row to teams finishing in the AP Top 10.

FBS 1-A Head Coach Win %

01. .9241 Chris Petersen currently at Boise State
02. .8500 Chip Kelly currently at Oregon
03. .8462 David Shaw currently at Stanford
04. .8362 Pete Carroll 1 NC
05. .8281 Jim Tressel 1 NC
06. .8189 Urb an Me yer currently at Ohio State 2 NC
07. .8065 Les Miles at LSU 1 NC
08. .8041 Bob Stoops currently at Oklahoma 1 NC
09. .8028 Mack Brown currently at Texas 1 NC
10. .8000 Larry Coker
11. .7983 Nick Saban currently at Alabama 3 NC
12. .7899 Gary Patterson currently at TCU
13. .7857 Dave Doeren currently at Northern Illinois
14. .7692 Dana Holgorsen currently at West Virginia
15. .7692 Hugh Freeze currently at Ole Miss
16. .7595 Bret Bielema currently at Wisconsin
17. .7500 Gene Chizik at Auburn 1 NC
18. .7491 Joe Paterno 2 NC
19. .7483 Frank Beamer currently at Virginia Tech
20. .7426 Bobby Petrino currently at Arkansas
21. .7361 Mark Richt currently at Georgia 0 NC

All this bragging about Mark Richt by you Dawg48 compared to Nick Saban in big games.

Nice, Tool.

Jockich Ahn Smelley, II

January 21st, 2012
9:51 am

They should allow UK and the GATORS to move to the ACC for Basketball….that way they’d get serious competition instead of playing in the SEC…..

uga76

January 21st, 2012
9:59 am

RE: Yuri Wright – here’s what his high school coach has to say –

We told them about 10 or 15 times to get off (Twitter) and not to be involved in it, but there is always somebody who thinks he knows better.” Toal told ESPNNewYork.com. “What he wrote was pretty bad, to be honest with you, I can’t even say what he wrote.

I think the statement “there is always somebody who thinks he knows better” is illuminating. It doesn’t sound like this is a guy who will get “on the bus” and we don’t need any more bad attitudes

ColumbiaDawg

January 21st, 2012
11:02 am

Hey IPTAY Man. SEC and Georgia are overrated? Well, all I have to say to that is 70-33.

superDawg

January 21st, 2012
11:16 am

WE suck !!! I am so tired of getting up my hopes for a National Championship just to see us fall down to the bottom tier of the SEC. The SEC east couldn’t fight their way out of a wet paper bag. As long as CMR is our head coach we are doomed. No more money from me until he is gone. I have had it.

Hairy Dawg

January 21st, 2012
12:33 pm

That why it is best that Dawgs sign Dream Team every year. Cause then we got that talents to win in football and basketball. Once we loaded up the talents then we win BCS and goes to NCAA like we can dominants. That will show running ownership of state and SEC from winning all sports with Dream Team. But we get the best players and stops other teams from goning to GA high schools to keep talent belonging to Dawgs. We are on top in every way because Dawgs is best.

Go Dawgs!