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

gomdawg

October 10th, 2012
6:04 am

OK FANS IT TIME WE GET OVER THE LOST ,I DIDN’T LIKE IT BUT I LOVE MY GEORGIA DAWGS AND COACHES. GO DAWGS I DO LIKE THE IDEA OF LETTING MURRAY GET A LITTLE MORE MOBILE

Cal22

October 10th, 2012
6:14 am

Maybe someone should find whoever egged Murray’s house and give him the starting quarterback position. At least he can hit something.

dmr

October 10th, 2012
6:40 am

Let’s see. Sanford Stadium holds over 92,000+. UGA apparel and merchandise sales typically rank in the top 10 nationally. UGA graduates and fans live all over the Country. Point? You cannot link a few teenage, bonified, knuckle-headed, morons to an entire fan base because of actions that are so stupid and pathetic.

REAL GEORGIA FANS care about this team and care about these kids! Don’t paint a group with such a broad brush. That would be like me telling all of you that “JUST SAYING” comes from a long line of idiots. That’s not really fair because none of them are showing their backsides publicly. So for now, I’ll stay limited in my view that only “JUST SAYING” is the idiot.

Keep your head up DAWGS! YOU HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF SUPPORT!

BIG MIKE

October 10th, 2012
6:40 am

Why is no one answering the obvious question????

What happened? Why did we look so pedestrian with so much NFL talent on board? Two Heisman candidates in Murray and Jones and All Americans galore….we come out looking like Kentucky………WHY…………WHAT HAPPENED?

Derrick

October 10th, 2012
6:45 am

It is time for the coach to show more passion and the players too. Thier is no way sc is better than us talent wise. Stand up dawgs and fight. Also bono stop turning on the offense and then off then on. Also put Mitchell back on the field.

BIG MIKE

October 10th, 2012
6:48 am

My personal belief is that they don’t believe they belong on the same field as the best anymore. UGA has lost their swagger. The Junkyard Dawgs have lost their bite, yet they can still bark like hell. The coaching staff and leaders of this team better figure out a way to infuse the team with some confidence in the BIG GAME environment.
Dawgs used to live for the BIG GAME. They might not have always won, but by God they always left it all on the field. Saturday night I felt like I had entered an alternate universe.
DAWGS……WHERE’S THE ATTITUDE ON THE FIELD????????

Jojoba

October 10th, 2012
6:57 am

How sad that once again uga fans have to rely on USC and UF to lose since their schedules are tougher? The SEC hooks richt up with softest sec schedule and he still can’t pass the test.

Just embarrassing

Jojoba

October 10th, 2012
6:59 am

I saw coach grantham buying 4 dozen eggs at the piggly wiggly on Atlanta highway at 2am Sunday morning

BIG MIKE

October 10th, 2012
7:05 am

That’s cause he had just got through laying 48 eggs out on the Gamecocks field. He needed to stock up, it had nothing to do with Murray.

fan

October 10th, 2012
7:12 am

Big Mike, That is the problem. You mentioned TWO Heisman canadites. Nobody but UGA bloggers ever considered them so. All SEC sure but not Heisman. As long as you believe the hype your expectations are too high

Joe

October 10th, 2012
7:13 am

Our players should know that we true UGA fans are just as embarrassed and sick about what happened as they players are. We are all in this together and I have no doubt we will be fine….I say- guys, make your statement in Jacksonville!!!!!! Wonder how the Bama fans felt after the regular season loss to LSU? Look what happened there. Lose by 1 or 30….doesnt matter…..We will be fine!!

Dawgbreath

October 10th, 2012
7:15 am

Spurrier is just a mean SOB who takes no prisoners. Doesn’t care what anyone thinks. Richt, not so much. I dread playing USCe the next few years.

mgdawg

October 10th, 2012
7:15 am

I’m going to start by saying in no way do I condone trashing a person’s house as well as any other unlawful activity. However, coaches and players want fans that are passionate, fans that are loud and help cause false starts. That kind of passion can also cause people to do dumb stuff also, like vandalizing houses. Read what happens at some of the loudest stadiums after a big win or big loss, you’ll see very similar things.

Also, it does amaze me sometimes when players do dumb things, such as drugs and failing a drug test. That players get mad when fans bash them, but when a UGA fan does something stupid everyone bashes them and doesn’t think a second about it. Double standard anyone?

BIG MIKE

October 10th, 2012
7:17 am

That’s not Bloggers talking. That’s on ESPN’S Heisman watch list. Before the USC game, Murray was listed at #6 and Jones was #10 on the list. You might want to monitor more than just the AJC Blogs.

Pretty much sums it up.........well said!

October 10th, 2012
7:20 am

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.

this will not change

October 10th, 2012
7:21 am

UGA being blown out ever year, once or twice IS the mark of a Coach Richt team.

Until UGA hires a serious minded FOOTBALL Coach, this will continue. Richt simply has his emotions and his persona directed toward his missionary work.

I say do one OR the other but NOT both.

UGA Alumnus

Craig

October 10th, 2012
7:24 am

Since every team on our remaining schedule has a losing record- except 1…we will likely finish 10-2 with another blowout in Jax. 10-2 and a bowl game with this talent is unacceptable and if that doesnt move McGarity to do something- nothing will! Even the head ball coach himself said- it will be a disappointing season if we dont get back to Atl……well boys….Carolina took care of that Sat and Fla will drive the final nail in the coffin in Jax………so great to be a GA Bulldog with a team that basically got smacked in the mouth and ran like a chicken (no pun intended)…….NEVER have I seen a more embarrassing loss than this one- even Bama in our blackout- the players showed some sign of fight in the second half….this team is a bunch of pansies and showed it Sat……

all in the eyes of the beholder this is

October 10th, 2012
7:26 am

Some UGA players get suspended for ther punk, selfish acts, like so king weed, slapping ther girlfriend around or driving without a license, or DUI.

Some fans trash homes of players. both are stupid acts and both acts hurt UGA.

UGA players are soft and they are coddled babies.

Class of 71&73@UGA

Please explain.

October 10th, 2012
7:34 am

How Georgia puts players in the N.F.L. and C.M.R.’s record is 2-14 since 2008 when playing top 25 opponents. This is how it takes place.
Good athletes not team players.
Lack of team not being disciplined on and off the field.
(1) Reason the head ball coach and his lack of having a spine.

GT

October 10th, 2012
7:44 am

Don’t understand the egging. The players didn’t lose that game the other night, it was the coaches not having them ready. Now you guys start egging the houses, make Georgia look like a bad place to play football, the students don’t support the PLAYERS, not only do you lose to South Carolina but you lose recruits. Get rid of the coaches, the one thing you have is great players, don’t chase them off, You should find out who did this and turn the nut in. Someone on that campus knows who it is. You are not helping your team or your school doing this or hiding it. I think it had to be a local person, how would you know where these guys lived, but I could see an outsider like a Tech fan doing it too. If it is and I found out about it I can promise you I will turn him or her in personally.

The Tide is Rolling and Nothing can stop it

October 10th, 2012
7:48 am

Penal colony…

Why don’t you guys just become a basketball school already?

Football is obviously not your thing

32 Years…

GT

October 10th, 2012
7:53 am

Tree killers..

kentjacket

October 10th, 2012
7:59 am

Nothing finer in the land……

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Starr

October 10th, 2012
8:11 am

Jacksonville is going to be really ugly this year.

Florida 45, Georgia 20

Really ugly.

TheGoodDAwg

October 10th, 2012
8:16 am

Are people only assumming it was UGA fans that trashed Murray’s house? It just as well could have been SC fans rubbing salt in our wounds. Sounds like what they would do.

PaulPaul

October 10th, 2012
8:17 am

As the Bear once said “I can take mine an beat yours and take yours and beat mine”. Spurrier is one of those coaches who has that ability . I have been a Dawg fan 46 years and this is the worst performance I have witnessed. I saw Houston come to Athens in 68 when both were ranked in the top 10. From the first long pass completed by Houston it was obvious we didn’t have the talent or speed they had. Some how Dooley and Irk adjusted and managed to eek out a tie 10/10. They were able to play to our strengths and stay in the game with an obviously superior team. Even Jake Scott one of our best defensive backs ever said he didn’t want to see that team again.
Coach Richt and his staff do not seem to have the ability to adjust or inspire. I have been on these blogs many times defending this staff but I just can’t see this staff improving our team. It may be time for a change. We need someone who can take top notch talent and win. As everyone says CMR is a great guy who has reached his top level which is not where the fan base wants to be.
BTW rolling these young men’s residence shows a total lack of class. Show some class fellow fans although I doubt these people are true fans.

fan

October 10th, 2012
8:19 am

Thanks for pointing that out BIG MIKE

Clockers

October 10th, 2012
8:29 am

It’s far more likely that the vandals were UGA students, not fans.

SimpleDawg

October 10th, 2012
8:32 am

JDawg @9:02…..

Maybe what you said has some truth to it, but why must Georgia always be the team that sacrifices themselves on the altar for some other team’s glory.

Every BIG game in recent history has seen the Bulldogs go down in defeat so another program can climb the next rung on the ladder of success.

When will we bow up and take the prize?

TY

October 10th, 2012
8:33 am

Outer Banks Dawg

Duh!!!!!! You sir or madame whichever are correct, hit the nail on the head, and every cliche you come up with. GA has had so many great athletes Bobo does not have a clue how to manufacture a drive to keep the chains moving. The only time he attempts this is when we are ahead late in the game and he tries to run the clock out on the ground without much success, allowing other teams to get back in the game. No coach in the SEC is not aware of our tendency to run trick pays or reverses in the early part of the first drive. So everyone is ready for that usually after the first play. They are so pathetic in their play calling. Spurrier said it plainly. GA scores too quick and puts pressure on the defense. Well…We did not score quick at all and their running game and 10 passes kept the ball, controlled the clock and quickly put our defense back on the field with the punt return for a TD….What a concept, we go for the KO and they grind it out and kicked us in the mouth. Bobo’s play calling to keep the ball is the worst ever. Great post. It really blows my mind that he had no alternative plan except to use the Freshmen Gurley and Marshall to protect for passes and no one to block for runs. This little jab step the backs do to get the ball from Murray before they step to the LOS does not work vs a great defense. Lattimore heads straight to the line in full speed. That is fundamentals for moving the ball.. Not necessarily for 25 yards but it keeps the chains moving, it keeps their defense on the field and it runs the clock.

Vampire Bill

October 10th, 2012
8:33 am

I’ve been critical of the dawgs lately but that doesn’t mean I don’t support them. They are my college team and will always be. When a football player doesn’t perform well or execute correctly on the field, they are benched by the coaches. It’s that simple. I feel strongly about certain aspects of UGA football that are not up to standards that every team should have and I’m frustrated by them.

Still love my team, just wished they were more competitive.

GT

October 10th, 2012
8:35 am

Could have been high school kids, about that maturity level.

TY

October 10th, 2012
8:36 am

And it wins the big games period!!! Ask Alabama.

VADAWG

October 10th, 2012
8:46 am

next head coach at UGA……….Kyle Whittingham (Coach at unversity of Utah)……..

Alphare

October 10th, 2012
8:48 am

You guys have to admit Spurrier is an evil. The plays he called and the defense that explored your weakness, all too evil to a point of genius.

Give credit where credit due.

Bremen Dawg

October 10th, 2012
8:49 am

I think this is being blowed out of porportion. This was college students who did this. This was not done by fans.

HBC owns Uga

October 10th, 2012
8:56 am

Guys, I’ve got to tell you. GATA sounds like something Bubba says to the new inmate. Gay!! You may want to come up with another saying

beanster

October 10th, 2012
8:56 am

“What a bunch of Gen Y cry baby tweeters.”

There’s a lot of truth to this statement. Something tells me if C Robinson and Murray spent less time on Twitter declaring to all how hard they’ve worked and how lofty their goals are, repeatedly reminding the fans with silly (and hollow, apparently) little catch phrases, there wouldn’t have been an embarrassing, high school prank committed by UGA STUDENTS (I have very little doubt here).

Stop with the Twitter garbage. Just shut up and play football.

BigRedandBlackDawg

October 10th, 2012
8:58 am

Stupid non-fans!

Say what you want now, but I don’t want to see you all back when UGA wins it’s 7th NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP next year.

Yes, we were flat against a worst team than us last week. But remember that we have more talent than anyone because we get the best from the best HS football state in the country. I know because I played in Cobb Co. and would have been a Dawg but blew out my knee my softmore season.

Remember the Dream Team? Their coming of age and will OWN SC, TN and FL.

MARK IT DOWN HATTERS!

Go DAWGS!

Billy Joe Bobby

October 10th, 2012
8:58 am

Every act of vandalism is “an isolated incident by small group”.

It only took one guy to throw a brick through Bill Curry’s window when he couldn’t win at Alabama.

It only took one guy to poison the TP Trees in Auburn.

What’s your point?

DrDawg

October 10th, 2012
9:01 am

My wife who doesn’t know much about football was watching the SC game and asked “Can’t the players go out there and call their own plays? They know what they can do.” And I had to agree with her. I would love to see a game with no coaches whatsoever. I think the players would call the right plays and mix things up much better than having to follow what the coaches call.

Billy Joe Bobby

October 10th, 2012
9:04 am

@PaulPaul

Bear Bryant never said “I can take mine an beat yours and take yours and beat mine”. Bear Bryant was not an egomaniac.

You’re thinking of this quote: “He can take his’n and beat you’rn, and he can take you’rn and beat his’n” — Florida A&M Coach Jake Gaither

Homer

October 10th, 2012
9:08 am

We are all taking about 18-22 year olds. Remember when you were 18-22, you didn’t have a clue about life or anything for that matter. The only thing you were thinking about is sports and who you were going to lay down with at night. Give these guys a break. It is one game! You people complaining will bet the same ones that will be sitting in the Georgia Dome if (and that is a big if) South Carolina (they don’t deserve to be called USC becouse there is a power house with championships on the left coast that deserves that honor) loses 2 times and UGA beats Fla cheering for them in the stands. Some of you guys and ladies are pathetic with the way you act towards sports. Get over it and move on, they lost. Regroup and win out. GOOO DAWGS is all you have to remember. And Jon Gruden, he!! no! Lane Kiffin, Jr.

333

October 10th, 2012
9:11 am

How can the actions of 2 or 3 guys be construed as speaking for millions?

Billy Joe Bobby

October 10th, 2012
9:13 am

333
October 10th, 2012
9:11 am

“How can the actions of 2 or 3 guys be construed as speaking for millions?”

You guys have never had a problem with that concept — so long as it has involved a different school.

PaperChamps

October 10th, 2012
9:14 am

RangerDawg – I dont know what world you are living in but UT has won a National Championship much more recently than UGA. And UF has been an elite program that has won more SEC championships and National Championships over the past 20 years. Get out of your bubble.

UGA has never been on the same level as UF from a National perspective and based on WINS. This is what’s wrong w/ UGA and their fan base, they are so used to winning the recruits in FEB that they forget that you have to win on the field.

You are correct that SCAR has officially passed UGA this year in terms of program status – at least based on wins, rankings and national perception.

ARdawg

October 10th, 2012
9:15 am

Chip Towers

Were no Mark Richt Tuesday news conference yesterday? I haven’t seen a word about one

crossdawg

October 10th, 2012
9:16 am

Takes an idiot to vandalize. Also takes an idiot to drive a Ford cause cmr advertised it. Make want a Chevy.

Moobs Johnson

October 10th, 2012
9:16 am

Did Mark Richt learn anything from ESP? I’m sure they could have come up with a better gameplan than he did against South Carolina.