Missouri’s Sheldon Richardson apologizes to Mark Richt after Georgia’s win (UPDATED)

Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson apologizes to Georgia coach Mark Richt after the Bulldogs 41-20 win in Columbia, Mo., on Saturday. (AP photo by L.G. Patterson)

Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson apologizes to Georgia coach Mark Richt after the Bulldogs 41-20 win in Columbia, Mo., on Saturday. (AP photo by L.G. Patterson)

FIVE MORE THINGS

Wrapping up this past weekend and looking forward to this one.

The Georgia Bulldogs are coming off a 41-20 win over Missouri in the SEC opener for both teams. The Bulldogs are now 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the SEC as they head into Saturday’s game against visiting Florida Atlantic (1-1, 0-1 Sun Belt).

1. Last thing on “Old Man Football, Hopefully forever. I do want to give credit where credit is due. Sheldon Richardson, the Missouri defensive lineman who infamously coined that phrase for Georgia, came up to Bulldogs coach Mark Richt after the game to apologize. Pretty impressive considering how easy it could have been for him to just slink off to the Tigers’ locker room.

For what it’s worth, Richardson was not made available for interviews after the game and is not available today, as a Missouri beat writer tells. That’s why you haven’t seen him quoted anywhere. But Missouri coach Gary Pinkel addressed on Monday and said Richardson’s apololgy was “not orchestrated by us.”

“People make mistakes, you know, and get second chances,” Pinkel told reporters. “That’s all part of maturing. I think that’s a good statement on his part.”

Below is a video that shows the on-field celebration by the Bulldogs after the game. Obviously everybody was pretty pumped after the game. . . .

2. Georgia remained at No. 7 both in The Associated Press writer’s poll and the USA Today coaches’ poll. The Bulldogs, of course, started the season at No. 6 but dropped a spot in both polls after a ho-hum 45-23 win over Buffalo in the opener.

By the way, South Carolina moved up to No. 8 right behind Georgia after its 48-10 win over East Carolina and a really bad night for previous No. 8 Arkansas. The Gamecocks (2-0, 1-0 SEC) play host to UAB this Saturday, then get Missouri at Williams-Brice on Sept. 22. It’ll be interesting to see how they fare against the Tigers, who seemed like a pretty game club to me. Mizzou, by the way, plays host to Arizona State on Saturday.

3. As I mentioned, UGA has Florida Atlantic — or FAU, as they like to call themselves — coming into Athens this weekend. The Owls are members of the same Sun Belt Conference as Louisiana-Monroe, which pulled off a shocking upset of eight-ranked Arkansas 34-31 in overtime. Certainly that victory has made believers out of everybody in the Sun Belt and will give the Bulldogs’ coaches plenty of fodder for team motivation. But from what I’ve seen I don’t think FAU is quite on par with their conference brethren.

The Owls this past weekend lost this 31-17 to Middle Tennessee State. Apparently ball security is an issue for them. They’ve had six fumbles in two games, including four in the 7-6 win over Wagner. Meanwhile, La-Monroe continues its tour of the SEC. Next stop: Auburn on Saturday.

4. Kind of lost in the late-game heroics displayed by Jarvis Jones in Georgia’s win over Missouri on Saturday was the spectacular play of split end Marlon Brown. the big senior from Memphis had a career-best 8 catches for 106 yards and caught two big TD passes for the Bulldogs. He was asked afterward if he thought it was a “break-out game” for him.

“Yes, definitely, sure,” he said. “It feels pretty good but there’s always room for improvement. I’m going to go back and watch film and see what I can improve on and try to get better every week.”

That’s typical of Brown. He’s an incredibly humble kid who has had to overcome a lot of injuries — not to mention high expectations — since he’s been at Georgia. He was more excited to talk about how the Bulldogs finished Saturday’s game. They scored 24 unanswered points to put it away.

“We came in at halftime and heard a great speech from Coach Richt,” Brown said. “He said the last two ballgames we didn’t finish the drill. After that, we were like, ‘Man, he’s right. Let’s finish the drill like Coach Richt said.’ And we did.”

5. Other news items from Monday, Georgia’s Sept. 22 home date against Vanderbilt got picked up by ESPN2 for a 7:45 p.m. broadcast, Jones was named Walter Camp national and SEC defensive player of the week. And don’t forget “Russ” gets his official sworn in as Uga IX on Saturday.

341 comments Add your comment

Pulpwood Smith

September 10th, 2012
3:07 pm

Dawglasville

September 10th, 2012
3:11 pm

Sheldon Richardson made a dumb kid mistake. We Americans sure love a catch phrase. Love to know the injury report.

bucket

September 10th, 2012
3:15 pm

The cynical side of me says that Richardson didn’t want to have to hear about “old man football” everytime they encounter a team from the SEC this year, but I am going to err on the side thatCT did and applaud the young man for swallowing some pride and approaching CMR like a man after the game. I say let it go now.

GTBob

September 10th, 2012
3:15 pm

I really hope that Sheldon Richardson’s coach made him do that because if not I lost a lot of respect for him.

Jet Sweep

September 10th, 2012
3:25 pm

I’m not sure why the Georgia fans were chanting ‘Old man football’. They had to go to spread to move the ball against the Tigers. Sheldon Richardson did a decent job blocking up the holes against that I-formation.

Cobb Dawg

September 10th, 2012
3:25 pm

Don’t care why he did it — even if someone else made him, it took a lot of guts and maturity for Sheldon Richardson to walk up to CMR, offer his hand and express regret over his comments. All the credit in the world to him.

Mark Richt's Goatee

September 10th, 2012
3:26 pm

Classy move by Sheldon.

Mark Richt's Goatee

September 10th, 2012
3:27 pm

Oh, and game ball to Richard Samuel IV. Our Damn Good Dawg !

gdawginkalamazoo

September 10th, 2012
3:30 pm

Got give the Richardson kid credit for finding Coach Richt after the game and apologizing. Way to man up and own that mistake.

Blue Ridge Top Dawg

September 10th, 2012
3:30 pm

That took alot of pride swallowing to approach CMR… Good for you young man.

@GTBob- You don’t even deserve to post opinions on here. You long for attention that mommy and daddy obviously did not give you. Go back to your mom’s basement you badgering troll!!

gdawginkalamazoo

September 10th, 2012
3:32 pm

Damn Marlon is already a senior? I hope he shines the rest of the season. Glad to see him get the big game.

GTBob

September 10th, 2012
3:34 pm

Way to man up and own that mistake.

How was it a mistake? It was an answer to a question. Are people not allowed to give opinions anymore? A lot of people out there agree with him.

Dawgs 32

September 10th, 2012
3:34 pm

Again…the shotgun formation does not mean Georgia runs the spread….it is a formation in the pro style system. Geez

kingdaddy

September 10th, 2012
3:36 pm

Jet
UGA runs a Pro-set with many different formations. That’s why more of our players go pro. Something your double, triple option high school offense would know zip about…

dawgfan

September 10th, 2012
3:40 pm

Class move by Sheldon Richardson. Good luck to Sheldon and Mizzou the rest of the way. Beat as many SEC East teams as you can.

Obviously losing with class is not something that crybaby bitter sore loser Techies like GTBob can comprehend. We all know that.

Blue Ridge Dawg

September 10th, 2012
3:44 pm

@Goatee- That was without question the play of the game. Big Mo was on UGA’s side after that.

G-Dawg

September 10th, 2012
3:46 pm

Sounded more like an apologize than an answer!!

GTBob

September 10th, 2012
3:46 pm

Obviously losing with class is not something that crybaby bitter sore loser Techies like GTBob can comprehend. We all know that.

Apologizing for something he shouldn’t have to apologize for is losing with class? He would be just as classy if he said yeah, they do play boring old man football but my team just wasn’t good enough to beat them. At least he would be honest by saying that. By apologizing he just looks like a coward.

Jerry Seinfeld

September 10th, 2012
3:50 pm

Way to own up to his comments. I don’t know if he was forced to do this by his coach or if he felt guilty, but I’m glad he did it. Now everyone needs to move on.

kingdaddy

September 10th, 2012
3:52 pm

I will be pulling for Mizz the rest of the year, but this doesn’t mean we will take it easy on them when they come to Athens. They are a good program with great fans with more class than many of the teams we already play. Hope they stomp a mudhole in the chickens…

Larry

September 10th, 2012
3:57 pm

GTBob,

So do you consider Paul Johnson’s brand of football an up and coming new trend?

Good move Sheldon!

September 10th, 2012
4:00 pm

Classy move. Good luck to you and Mizzou young man!

GTBob

September 10th, 2012
4:03 pm

So do you consider Paul Johnson’s brand of football an up and coming new trend?

No. Its even older man football. But its less boring then watching a college team pretend to be a pro team.

Nattering Nabobs

September 10th, 2012
4:04 pm

Some kid who is probably 18-21 years old makes a flippant comment, and the adults in the press just pound it into the ground. If you had forgotten it before the game, the ESPN broadcast crew reminded us several times.

The press loves to create drama where there really isn’t any. Anyone who has played football knows that once the game gets underway, players think about their assignments and responsibilities on each play, not what some guy on the other team said earlier in the week. I’m as big a UGA backer as anyone, but even I started to feel sorry for the kid. Kudos to Chip Towers for a positive report on this (non) incident.

Larry

September 10th, 2012
4:04 pm

Notice the look of shock from the Missouri player just above Richt’s right shoulder. LOL!

Dawg Bite

September 10th, 2012
4:09 pm

Whatever we run, I think we do better spreading the field instead of a power I. We do not have a strong enough line at present to just line up and go straight at someone. Spread it out and turn Gurley and Marshall loose, and I think we will see better results. And, if given enough time in the pocket, Murray can pick a defense apart with the receiving corps that we have. Whatever or whoever caused it,Richardson showed some class in approaching CMR after the game.Good for him, and good for Marlon Brown to finally have a breakout game! I would like to see more of Jay Rome and our split ends being a factor as CMB totally ignored them in the 1st game. We have a lot of weapons, just hope CMB will utilize all of them going forward.

Saldiven

September 10th, 2012
4:14 pm

@GTBob: If the pro-style offense that UGA runs is old man football, what do you call the option running attack that GA Tech runs? That option is a throw-back to 1940’s football.

Chuck UGA

September 10th, 2012
4:16 pm

Where are all the UGA-obsessed Bama fans? And Harold, the always-obsessed UT fan that lives near Gainesville? Surely we will get some snide remarks before commentary is closed.

dawgfan

September 10th, 2012
4:17 pm

“Apologizing for something he shouldn’t have to apologize for is losing with class?”

Who in the hell said he had to apologize? There go those voices in your head again GTBob. Seek help. Its a free country. He can do whatever the hell he wants. As Chip said, he could have bolted for the locker room and no one would have thought a thing about it. Instead, he walked up to the dean of SEC coaches and apologized man to man. That takes stones. Stones that you obviously don’t have. Hell, I think you’re big mouthed coach owes Richt a couple of apologies after some of his tough talk on his radio call in shows over the years. Yeah right. Johnson can barely even look Richt in the eye anymore during the post-game handshakes. Once again, you Techies wouldn’t know anything about class.

“By apologizing he just looks like a coward.”

No GTBob, whining like a little girl about academics when your joke football team gets its azz kicked on the football field makes you look like a coward. If you look up “Coward” in the dictionary there is a picture of the Ramblin Wreck taking the field for a “big game” against Virginia. True story.

montegomery goldman

September 10th, 2012
4:17 pm

lett them enjoy it

Rick James

September 10th, 2012
4:17 pm

@GTBob

I really hope that Sheldon Richardson’s coach made him do that because if not I lost a lot of respect for him.
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I’m sure that he’s really concerned about having your respect Bob.You trashing him and the rest of the SEC in blogs will bring him to tears.

GTBob

September 10th, 2012
4:21 pm

That option is a throw-back to 1940’s football.

Its so old it’s new again.

GTBob

September 10th, 2012
4:25 pm

I’m sure that he’s really concerned about having your respect Bob.You trashing him and the rest of the SEC in blogs will bring him to tears.

He doesn’t care about the comments on here praising him for being a great young man either. Doesn’t mean I can’t express my opinion of his cowardly apology that was more than likely forced by his head coach.

UGADawg83

September 10th, 2012
4:28 pm

Love how some folks will go on a message board and call folks cowards while using a screen name.

Slippery Rock Winners and Losers

September 10th, 2012
4:28 pm

I have read a ton of comments throughout the last two days during and after the game and this guy seems to hit the all the points I saw from the comfortable settings in my living room.

SEC Fact Finder

September 10th, 2012
12:16 pm
I was fortunate enough to work the UGA/ Missouri game Saturday evening. The atmosphere was electric, and the crowd noise was definitely one of the loudest I have attended.

From my sideline view where I was, it was obvious that Missour is not physically ready to play in the SEC, not from talent at skill positions, but upfront on both sides of the ball. They need to get bigger and stronger to play 4 quarters in the SEC. Missour has a ton of talent but they are not deep enough to be able to play the physical brand of football played in the SEC. I have no doubt they will compete with everyone, but with their OL/DL depth it will hurt them.

The second thing I noticed was UGA OL at times looked confused on blocking assignments and forcing Murray to make throws he rushed into areas where good defensive teams would make plays that would go against UGA. Murray did a good job of picking his hot routes and making throws. The other thing that was apparent was the middle of the field was open most of the night against UGA,, Franklin made most of his plays behind the linebackers, as Missouri ran a ton of sideline WO routes allowing the Middle to be open. UGA will need other players to step it up besides Jarvis Jones in other games if a good team can block him( big if). I did not see a great deal of substitutions going on either side of the ball on defense which was surprised me especially for UGA.

Big Win for UGA. Good crowds and Great Fans from both schools.

Good luck to your teams and Go SEC!

TallaDawg

September 10th, 2012
4:28 pm

Awesome move by Richardson. Now, we all cheer for Mizzou to beat ASU and carry the SEC flag.

GTBob

September 10th, 2012
4:30 pm

As Chip said, he could have bolted for the locker room and no one would have thought a thing about it. Instead, he walked up to the dean of SEC coaches and apologized man to man. That takes stones.

Saying sorry to Jesus Richt takes stones? Im not sure Richt even cared about the comment, god knows he has probably heard much worse from his own players. The guy was asked a question and talked a little smack in his answer. All of the UGA fans got their feelings hurt so he shook Richt’s hand after the game. That is the definition of classy to a UGA fan.

GTBob

September 10th, 2012
4:32 pm

Love how some folks will go on a message board and call folks cowards while using a screen name.

Would you like me to post my real name? How about my address, phone number, social security number, and credit card information? Sorry you can’t handle how the internet works.

McDawg

September 10th, 2012
4:34 pm

UGAs offense is anything but smash moth/old man football-i wish we had the O-Line to run it down their throats

i thought our punter did a great job as well

NC Bulldog

September 10th, 2012
4:35 pm

Please tell how to watch the FAU game on Saturday….TV, Internet, etc.

#1bamafan

September 10th, 2012
4:36 pm

Good win for the DAWGS, I applaud the second half. My wife could not believe it when I was screaming at the TV in the first half when Murray over threw a receiver. I do applaud the young man (Richardson) for applogizing to Coach Richt,but he is still going to see plenty of “ground & pound (Old man football) in the next few weeks. RTR

Bigdawg63

September 10th, 2012
4:43 pm

GTBob,

Why does a person who clearly does not like the dawgs and bashes everything UGA come on here to this site? It takes a coward who has no guts to hide behind a keyboard and get his jolly trying to start stuff. Stick to the tech site and you will get what you are looking for. No one on here cares about you or your opinion!

CHDawg

September 10th, 2012
4:45 pm

NC Bulldog, check CSS. I applaud Richardson for looking Richt in the eye and apologizing for any misconceptions. In hindsight, it was funny. I suspect some humor was intended anyway.

HoneyBadger Has the Munchies

September 10th, 2012
4:48 pm

@ NC Bulldog. In North Carolina you can go to ESPN, click on the game, lauch LIVE or Gamecast and usually you can get the game that way….that is for ESPN3. It worked for the first game against Buffalo. Good luck

Dawg Haus

September 10th, 2012
4:49 pm

1. Richardson is a classy young man. I found his comments funny as I’m sure most of the players and coaches at UGA did, as well. The chants at the end of the game are all in good fun, just like his comments earlier on last week. No harm, no foul. Best of luck to Missouri the rest of the way.

2. The USCe/Missouri game will be a good one. I’ll be cheering for the newbies.

3. Who expected ULM to beat Arky? How funny would it be if they took down the Barn, too?

4. I’ve always thought highly of Marlon and it’s refreshing to see him playing up to his full potential. Here’s to hoping for an outstanding senior season for him!

5. Russ is the man! Long live Ruga!

Go Dawgs!

UGADawg83

September 10th, 2012
4:50 pm

GTBob,
You can go ahead and post all that if you want or I can just go read all that information on the men’s room wall in the Waffle House where you posted it.

Rick James

September 10th, 2012
4:53 pm

@GTBob

He doesn’t care about the comments on here praising him for being a great young man either. Doesn’t mean I can’t express my opinion of his cowardly apology that was more than likely forced by his head coach.
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When you send us the link you promised a couple months ago where the person said that they saw the results of Isiah Crowell’s failed drug test include the link that says this apology was forced.And please no more links to gossip sites..

LOYAL DAWG

September 10th, 2012
4:54 pm

Ok Dawg fans, call me crazy, but I think Tenn and UF will be harder than the Cocks this season. Im confident we can win every game, but Im not as concerned about the Cocks now as I was a few weeks ago.

GTBob

September 10th, 2012
4:54 pm

Why does a person who clearly does not like the dawgs and bashes everything UGA come on here to this site?

Is it really not obvious?

DostaDawg

September 10th, 2012
4:56 pm

It would be nice to see samuel get some carries this week. He deserves it.