Notebook: UGA players believe vandalism an isolated incident by ’small group’

ATHENS – Georgia linebacker Christian Robinson said he had to go back and delete the tweet he sent out early Sunday morning claiming a “Good Samaritan” had cleaned up his egged and toilet-papered house and yard as he slept.

As it turns out, it was teammate Arthur Lynch, one of his four roommates, who took it upon himself to clean up the mess in the middle of the night.

“I wanted it to be a Good Samaritan,” Robinson said Tuesday after Georgia’s practice. “But I found out later it was Arthur. He said couldn’t leave it out there.”

Joked Lynch: “I needed eggs in the fridge so I was hoping they’d left some for me.”

Robinson and Lynch share an off-campus house on the outskirts of town with teammates Aaron Murray, Ty Frix and Dustin Royston. They returned to Athens in the wee hours of Sunday morning from their 35-7 defeat at the hands of South Carolina in Columbia to find trees covered with toilet papers and eggs splattered on the front door and all over the front of the house.

Lynch was able to remove the bulk of it sometime between 3-4 a.m. The property’s landlord sent out a cleaning crew later that cleaned up the rest.

“I didn’t want anyone to see it,” Lynch said. “It’s just one of those things. I didn’t take it personal. It was probably just a couple of guys who felt that way. After it got out, I got hundreds of text and messages from people saying they didn’t feel that way.”

“They sent out a pressure washer and got it cleaned up,” Robinson said. “They thought they were going to have to repaint but they don’t think so now.”

The players filed a report with the Athens-Clarke County police department, which told the Athens Banner-Herald that they were going to step up patrols around players’ residences on game days.

Lynch and Robinson said the act of vandalism has not tainted their perception of fans.

“It’s a small group,” Robinson said. “That’s what I;’ve been hearing and that’s what people have been talking about. It’s a small group of people. Right when I sent out that tweet, I had probably 700 people tweeting me reminding me of that.”

Said Lynch: “I’m learning more every year how much people invest emotionally into Georgia [football]. So I can see why. This is the state school and I can see why people feel like they do about it.”

But no matter how much fans want Georgia to win, it pales in comparison to the players.

“It was an unfortunate situation,” said flanker Tavarres King said. “But if there is anything I can get out there it’s that we want to win just as bad as everybody else wants us to win. We practice 365 days a year for 12 opportunities that are precious to us. So all that added stuff could be done without.”

SE Michael Bennett hospitalized

Sophomore split end Michael Bennett underwent reconstructive surgery Tuesday at St. Mary’s Hospital to repair the torn ACL in his right knee. Bennett was to remain hospitalized overnight.

Bennett tweeted from his hospital bed Tuesday afternoon. “Surgery went great! I feel like a million bucks on these pain meds.”

Bennett also tweeted a message to his teammates over the weekend: “Shout out to my boys. We are gonna be just fine! We know how to overcome adversity, especially with the leaders we have.”

Aaron Murray returns to campus

Murray made it back in time to practice with the Bulldogs. But he barely made it, despite breaking some speed laws on his drive back from Tampa.

In fact, Georgia’s junior quarterback was pulled over for speeding in Gainesville, Fla., home of the Florida Gators. Said Murray in a tweet at about 10 a.m. Tuesday: “I would get pulled over in Gainesville. Don’t think I am gonna be able to get out of this one.”

Murray, his brother Josh and sister Stephanie went to Tampa Sunday night to be with their father, Denny Murray, who underwent cancer surgery on Monday morning at the Moffit Cancer Center in Tampa. The family reports that it went well and he is recovering.

Rambo speaks up

Free safety Bacarri Rambo spoke with reporters Tuesday for the first time since he tested positive for marijuana in March.

“It happened and it’s over with,” Rambo said. “I’ve just dealt with my consequences and I’ve done moved on and I’m back on the team.”

Rambo admitted to feeling “a little” rusty and just a half-beat slow on his reads and reactions. He pointed to the first-quarter pass play in the South Carolina game in which Damiere Byrd ripped a would-be interception out of his hands for a 42-yard gain. The Gamecocks went on to score their first touchdown in a 21-point first quarter.

“That’s the one I beat myself up about,” Rambo said. “I wonder if I’d made that interception would it have changed the momentum of the game. That’s where I’ve just got to correct the small things and read the quarterback and offensive line better and put myself in better position.”

Rambo said he didn’t have second thoughts about returning for his senior season, even though he missed four games due to suspension.

“I don’t regret coming back to school,” Rambo said. “I love my guys and I’m glad I’m here helping achieve team goals. Everything happens  for a reason. God has a plan for me. I’m just going to keep working hard and try to be the best player I can be for my teammates.”

Harvey-Clemons among captains

Georgia coach Mark Richt announced captains for the Oct. 20 Kentucky game and the group included a true freshman. Guard Chris Burnette is offensive captain, John Jenkins and Abry Jones are defensive captains and freshman Josh Harvey-Clemons was tabbed as special teams captain.

“It’s rare that a true freshman becomes a captain, but the staff and I felt he did the best,” Richt said. “Every special team he was on, he excelled and had a winning grade. All of the coaches were saying how excellent he played. It is really hard to become a captain as a freshman, especially true freshman, but he earned this and I’m proud of him.”

Etc. . . .

Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, who has been struggling with knee and groin injuries this season, sat out practice on Monday due to a sprained ankle. It’s unknown when he might return. . . . The Bulldogs’ two-hour practice was visited by members of Extra Special People, or ESP, an Oconee County organization that assists individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

235 comments Add your comment

1969 Graduate

October 9th, 2012
8:24 pm

Let’s hope for more class on the part of our fans, generally great people, upset for a reason.

1969 Graduate

October 9th, 2012
8:28 pm

I know most Bulldog fans are fully supportive of our players, and our football team. It’s the coaches who are on the hot seat. The coaches have let our football team, our players, and our fans down.

1969 Graduate

October 9th, 2012
8:30 pm

Best of luck for a speedy and full recovery to Mr. Bennett, a fine player very much missed by everyone.

GDawg

October 9th, 2012
8:43 pm

Those cowards vandalizing ANYTHING are NOT members of the Dawg Nation.

Simpson

October 9th, 2012
8:48 pm

Gotta stay behind the dawgs. Ran into a buzzsaw Saturday.

lol

October 9th, 2012
8:55 pm

fire mark richts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JDawg

October 9th, 2012
9:02 pm

People who react so immediately and so judgmentally typically lack personal self-confidence, and base their happiness on the performance of others that they rely upon to prop up their own personal inadequacy’s. South Carolina won fair and square, but played their minds out on Saturday. I don’t read into their win any more than I do our loss. All of you ready to judge UGA overrated and useless, need to join the ranks with the same folks ready to declare USC national champs. USC has never played a better game in it’s history, and won’t play a better one for a long time to come. UGA still needs to continue to improve and mature. The support structure doesn’t replace our coaching staff, because we know we have what we want, to move forward. Not to mention that we realize that the staff and the head coach represent the type of class and integrity that our university and it’s REAL money paying alumnus support and embrace. I would typically never respond in this manner, but enough is enough. WE ARE ALL DOGS! To treat one of our own, especially men who have been busting their a$$ for the last year in order to get better and stronger, like we would a person who had did some intentional harm to us is both classless, and excuse-less.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

JUST SAYING

October 9th, 2012
9:08 pm

Is anybody really surprised here….this is the same idiot redneck fans that trashed their own stadium and “beloved” hedges 10 years ago when they finally beat Tennesee! Hunker Down Morons! You do this to yourselves every year…..

Browndog

October 9th, 2012
9:12 pm

JDawg, very well said!

Aarron Murry

October 9th, 2012
9:16 pm

Someone egg my house! UGA fans ae the worst in college football, you drunk hillbillies!!!

antonio romero

October 9th, 2012
9:17 pm

it is just “rolling a house, like all of us did in high school. it aint no grand act of vandalism. and hey, christian, worry about your play instead of your ‘tweets’ for your attention. what a joke. by the way, i never hear about the players under saban or meyer or patterson sending out their ‘tweets’. how about play ball!!!!!!!!. great samaritan, christian. how bout make a tackle that matters. and if you ‘think’ i am being rough to this ‘college kid’ , we have boys overseas at 18– so play college ball at 20—– and dont get your ‘love or props by your tweets’.

JDawg

October 9th, 2012
9:20 pm

Will, with all due respect, and I really mean with all due respect, your passion is appreciated.

Rangerdawg

October 9th, 2012
9:23 pm

Florida passed UGA in 2006, LSU in 2007, Bama in 2008, USC in 2012. The next program to pass UGA is UT and that will happen in 2013 if Florida don”t beat UT to it. Look at the talent that Richt has had, and look at the results. It is called complacency, and that is what happens when Richt is not worried about keeping his job. Yes he is a nice guy, and a good Christian, but the fans want a coach that will coach his team up and not let the players turn their back to him (crowell), and make a fool of him. Does this happen to Saben or Meyer? No because they control their teams and DO care about winning National Championships. No worries though, unless something significant changes, I am not spending a 1000 bucks on season tickets anymore. I will continue my donations because I believe in the players, but I am fed up with Richts half hearted attitude, and Bobo’s hard headedness. Greg McGarity, what exactly were you hired for again? I can hardly wait for the Ga Southern game, UGA will look like a top 5 team again!

antonio romero

October 9th, 2012
9:23 pm

as an addendum, i am aware of the third string qb clown at ohio state last week. my deal is——- win a game that MATTERS! facts are facts—– look at last three years, and saying only three years is being graceful.

G-Dawg

October 9th, 2012
9:25 pm

Vandalizing a house will do wonders to help a team get better. Stupid thing to do. Dawg fans are better than that. Go Dawgs.

Dawg89

October 9th, 2012
9:25 pm

I support the Dawgs, win or lose. Only morons would vandalize a persons house. I hope the players understand that an overwhelming majority of fans and alumni support them and appreciatie how hard they work to wear the G on gameday.

SSIDAWG

October 9th, 2012
9:27 pm

Egging and Rolling used to be harmless pranks. Now it is a big news story and requires increased police patrols. What a bunch of Gen Y cry baby tweeters. No wonder SC won. This team is soft.

Mark

October 9th, 2012
9:28 pm

Vandalism is never o.k. Jeez, grow up. I am with my Dawgs win, lose, or collapse.

Attitude Reflects Leadership

October 9th, 2012
9:38 pm

The players want to win more than the fans? Hmmmm then why do I see players tweeting “here is what shoes I am wearing today” and “Can’t wait to judge Greek Grind tomorrow!!!”

I have seen some players around campus and they are all in good spirits. Some were even debating on going downtown tonight, ya know because it is Tuesday.

I bet when Alabama loses, those players are madder than Hell all week, but here our attitude reflects the leadership…”Hey the sun came up WHOO HOO!”

It is horrible that the egging incident occurred, but Robinson is a prime example of our “great when the going is good, who gives a crap when it is bad” attitude.

Before the loss, he was one of the ones always tweeting about “Our team, our time, no regrets” and “We work 351 days of the year for 14 opportunities.” Now after a loss, “winning isn’t everything.” Obviously it was before we lost. PATHETIC!

While I believe some players really care, they do not want to “be the bad guy” and hold each other accountable for poor play. NO ONE on the sideline had ANY energy Saturday; we just bent over and took our spanking.

Attitude reflects leadership.

Lattimore and Shaw Are....

October 9th, 2012
9:45 pm

In the film room while our players are judging sorority girls shaking their butts.

SEE A PROBLEM HERE?

When USC is head and shoulders above our program, it is time for a change.

NateDawg

October 9th, 2012
9:48 pm

UGA fans did not do this.

ARdawg

October 9th, 2012
9:51 pm

Will

Those remarks are spot on

Outer Banks Dawg

October 9th, 2012
9:53 pm

Can I get 2 tight ends, a full back and Gurley off tackle on 2nd and 3? Then the next time we get 2nd and 3, same formation, play action and try to hit the single WR who’s 1 on 1 on the outside. If he’s not there, you got 2 TE a FB, & Gurley to check down to outta the backfield.

When we get 2nd and 3, it’s shotgun 4 wide, and then it’s 3rd and 7…

Can someone send Bobo a copy of Bama’s playbook and some of their game film so he can study Down and Distance strategy? Moving the chains football?

The best defense is a clock control offense. I’m not paid 6 figures to coach offense in the SEC, but this sh@& ain’t rocket science. Study bama, study LSU, Study FLorida, study what SC did to us Saturday nite. How many times do those teams get in Power Formations when it’s time to move the chains… They all like to pick up 1st downs before it gets 3rd Down.

We like to go for the big play on 2nd and 3, or try to trick someone with a draw out of the shotgun (loss of 2) which puts pressure on us on 3rd down to convert. Then we line up shotgun spread and try to throw for it on 3rd and 4.

Bama lines up power and moves the chains… If they don’t make it, they are stubborn and line up and do it again. Then when you finally get sick of them powering you for 4-5 yds every carry and stack the box, they hit you deep.

You rarely if ever will see bama in the shotgun spread on their own goal line, or on the opponents goal line. But Georgia loves it… Backed up deep in their own end one… Shotgun 4 wide. Knocking on the opponents door… Imagine… Shotgun spread! 4 plays in a row from the 2…

We line up 3-4 wide every play. And our poor 5 linemen our overmatched and we give them no help. We talk about balance, but we have no balance. We don’t understand Down and Distance and how to sustain slow steady drives which eat clock. We don’t huddle and use the play clock. We don’t keep our defense on the sidelines resting while the other offense watches our steady march. We don’t wear out the opposing defense with power football.

We have become so 1 dimensional and it makes me angry to watch Gurley and Marshall struggle when an extra blocker or 2 would give them all they need to break into the secondary.

Please Coach Bobo…. For the love of Georgia…. Bring back the dawg gone I formation. Bring back the TE. It does not have to be so flashy. It doesn’t have to be so sexy. Just move the dang chains. Get in the huddle… Eat the clock. Rest the D….Copy Bama. Use these RB’s wisely. There will be plenty of chances to throw it, bud…. For the love of Georgia.

Hmmmm

October 9th, 2012
9:56 pm

I thought only Vol fans were redneck enough to turn on their own. Maybe is was some Gaymecock trash that did it?

Outer Banks Dawg

October 9th, 2012
10:04 pm

And I think it sux that people egged the players home… Classless like the braves fans who chucked garbage on the field. Embarrassing more than getting spanked…. Also, congrats to SC who played outstanding. I can only imagine the excitement and surprise when Jadevon Clowney and Devin Taylor realized they would be lined up 1 on 1 all night long. Talk about licking your chops! I wonder why SC double teamed Jarvis Jones all night, but we didn’t think of that?

UGA is full of Morons!

October 9th, 2012
10:08 pm

You want players to be mad all week after a loss, how about start paying the players first!

DAWG with two bags still over his head

October 9th, 2012
10:15 pm

Will,

Thanks for reposting what many, many of us are thinking. We’ve all seen this movie play out before. The ending is always the same, Dawgs are unprepared, outcoached, and out schemed in every big game that counts. Now, instead of really working their butts off (like running every step in Sanford Stadium), our brain trust gave our players Monday off and apparently they have most of next weekend off as well. Not what I’d expect from a team that was totally embarrassed on national TV and was expecting to be in Miami in January.

bamaguy

October 9th, 2012
10:21 pm

Every fan base has its share of idiots. Throw some alcohol into the mix and these things happen. Move on. It seems Aaron Murray has more important things that could distract him other than eggs and toilet paper.

Al Parker

October 9th, 2012
10:25 pm

Never a reason to act like this. I follow the dawgs from out west. Fans or whatever they call themselves have no excuse to act like this. Don’t be surprised if opposing coaches use this behavior to their advantage. Shame on us.

Richt Is As Good As Fired

October 9th, 2012
10:27 pm

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dawg52

October 9th, 2012
10:47 pm

JDawg……..you should run for office…lolol….very well put

Dawg-Gawn

October 9th, 2012
10:56 pm

Dawgs = Team

JDawg, well said.

Simple, support your team or get off the team… it’s mid season! Everyone is entitled to there own opinion but save it for the end of the year…. UGA must play this season out!

UGA players coined the phrase Grown Man Football… how about some Grown Man Fans support this team and give them a chance to play it out. Get your expectations in line with reality… perfection is an unrealistic goal!

“Team plays Fans watch”

“Stick with Richt”

“BELIEVE” in the “G”

Hanky Panky

October 9th, 2012
11:13 pm

HIRE JON GRUDEN.

DRAFT JON GRUDEN FOR UGA HEAD COACH.

Hanky Panky

October 9th, 2012
11:16 pm

GEORGIA HAS THE MONEY. PAY JON GRUDEN WHATEVER IT TAKES.

HIRE A WORLD CLASS STAFF OF NFL AND NCAA CHAMPION COACHES.

HIRE JON GRUDEN.

Silver Fox

October 9th, 2012
11:32 pm

I don’t care how low the team gets….they will never get lower than average idiot who post on these blogs and those vandals. I love to win but I love my family better….

Cobb Dawg

October 9th, 2012
11:33 pm

JDawg, no truer or more well-spoken words. A lesson for all of us who claim to be fans and alum of the red-and-black. Go Dawgs!

Cobb Dawg

October 9th, 2012
11:35 pm

We’re seeing the passion from the fans. We’re about to see the passion from the team. GO DAWGS! GATA!!!!!!

slobodan

October 9th, 2012
11:37 pm

The only thing the dogs could have countered the gamecocks defense Saturday night was with QB runs. Richt and Bobo cured Murray of running 2 years ago after he scored on a 23 yard td run as first half time expired in his first home game start. The crawled all over him for running. I mean the boy pulled off a nifty td run and got lambasted on the field and in the paper by BoboandRicht. Murray has been reprimanded when he actually showed toughness by his own coaches.

wreckmaniac

October 9th, 2012
11:40 pm

Why is it a surprise that SC now beats UGA with equal talent ? When Spurrier was at FL he beat UGA every year with worse talent. He said so himself. Does it matter what school the good coaches go to ? NOOOOOOO. Spurrier could beat UGA regularly if he coached at Vandy. Bet on it.

wreckmaniac

October 9th, 2012
11:43 pm

The solution to this problem is to join the Big East Conference where UGA really belongs. But really, no one is looking for an actual solution to this prob

Sick and tired

October 9th, 2012
11:45 pm

You Richt/Bobo supporters are ridiculous! “It’s just one loss!” No, it’s the pathetic record of 2-14 against ranked teams. I can except loosing when the team shows up and just gets beaten by a better team. But consistently getting blown out and embarrassed every year on a national scale is not acceptable any longer. Did you not hear the guys on ESPN talk about our coaching staff? Even they were saying how embarrassed they would be if they were a UGA fan. Bobo is absolutely clueless what to do when his game plan falls apart. He instantly falls back to his conservative, vanilla plays that everyone can see a mile away. Even my wife who knows nothing about football asked “why does he keep running the ball up the middle? It hasn’t worked one time the entire game. Why is the quarterback holding the ball so long?” Where was the screen pass? Where were the slants? Absolutely clueless. We will never win big games with these coaches. You people seem to be ok beating cupcake teams and being embarrassed year after year. I’ve been a Dawg fan for 40 years and I have never been embarrassed like I was Saturday night. Seeing that stupid grin on Spurrier’s face was bad enough but then to see Richt smiling and acting like the loss was not big deal was nauseating! “Golly gee, we just got whipped.” WHAT A JOKE!!

Lamar

October 9th, 2012
11:47 pm

Here is the problem Dawg fans. The numbers don’t lie. Ga did not have a BAD GAME Saturday night, GA has been doing this the last 4 years. THINK NOT?? FROM 2001- 2008 GA WAS 22-10 AGAINST RANKED TEAMS. SINCE THEN, FROM 2008 UNTIL NOW, THEY ARE 4-13. ALSO THE LAST TIME THEY BEAT A TOP 10 TEAM WAS IN 2009, THE LAST TOP 5 TEAM THEY BEAT WAS IN 2006. BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS THEY ARE LOSING ALL THE BIG GAMES. UNTIL THEY START BACK BEATING THESE TEAMS, THEY WILL NEVER WIN A NCG!! THE MAGIC RICHT BROUGHT WITH HIM IS GONE!! NO OTHER WAY TO PUT IT!!

Lamar

October 9th, 2012
11:55 pm

PS. HOW IS IT GARY PATTERSON AT TCU CAN BRING IN 2-3 * RECRUITS AND NEVER HAVE A TOP 25 RECRUITING CLASS AND BEAT OTHER TEAMS THAT HAVE TWICE AS MUCH TALENT AS THEY DO??? DO YOU GIVE UP??? ANSWER, THEY RUN A SCHEME THAT THEIR TALENT WILL PRODUCE WITH!!! WHAT COULD A GUY LIKE HIM DO WITH THE TALENT GA HAS??? HE COULD WIN A NC WITH THEM!! RICHT WAS GREAT FOR GA, BUT HIS MAGIC HAS BEEN GONE SINCE 2008. A TON OF NFL TALENT, BUT CANT WIN WITH IT!! WATCH HOW MANY OF GA’S DEFENSIVE GUYS GET DRAFTED IN THE FIRST 2 ROUNDS!! They can play in the NFL, BUT NOT IN COLLEGE?? GIVE ME A BREAK!!

Irish Dawg

October 10th, 2012
12:28 am

The Right Reverend Richt is not an SEC head coach – never was, never will be. He would fit nicely in the ACC where the competition suits his style and there are no real expectations of a national title at any school. If you want to run with the big dawgs, you can’t pee like a puppy. I know the jury is still out on Muschamp, but look what he’s doing at Florida, and he’s one of ours. I’m afraid we missed a golden opportunity when he was available. I only hope that 5 years from now, when we’re 0-5 against his Gators, we can pry him loose and bring him home. (That does not mean I want 5 more years of Rev. Richt.)

jack

October 10th, 2012
12:44 am

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dawgs85

October 10th, 2012
1:55 am

im going to a to uga vs ole miss games so

Wronghouse

October 10th, 2012
2:14 am

The worst thing about the vandalism….they took it out on the poor players, when the guys responsible for this embarrasment go home to their mansions with eggs in the fridge! Wrong houses idiots! LOL

j-dawg

October 10th, 2012
3:19 am

It’s obvious Jarvis Jones has been playing injured. He is just not the same player out there he was for the Mizzou game…

Bpm

October 10th, 2012
5:51 am

You stay classy UGA!