‘Dawgs on Tour: They’re All Over the Place

This is one of those unique weeks in professional golf - two events on the US tour going on at the same time. And neither one is in the United States.

First we have the World Golf Championship - Mexico Championship, commonly referred to as the WGC - Mexico Championship. WGC events are about 15 years old now, and were purpose-built to attract the best players in the world at something other than just the 4 majors. And I mean the world. There are several other events that get either the biggest names in the US (like Memorial, Players Championship, etc.), or the biggest names in Europe (BMW Championship), but the WGC invites from all over.

This particular one was moved from Miami (a little blowback from it being held at Doral/Trump National) to Mexico, and seems to be doing well here. Its being played on the outskirts of Mexico City, and at elevations around 7.600 feet. Club de Golf Chapultepec is pretty well regarded, has it’s technical aspects, but surprisingly short. At around 7,300 yards, it actually plays to closer to 6,700 yards because at elevation the golf ball travels farther. So most players will be scrambling this week trying to dial in how far each of their irons flies, and getting adjusted to new distances.

Tiger Woods is playing at this course for the first time, as is Bryson DeChambeau. Matt Kuchar returns to Mexico since having some bad press about how he tips his caddy. Phil Mickelson is the defending champion, and just a couple of weeks removed from his win at Pebble Beach. Kevin Kisner and Bubba Watson are the former Bulldogs who qualified (top 50 in the world, top 30 in FedEx not in top 50 world, top 20 European Tour otherwise not qualified, and a few from the Asian tours). 70 total golfers, so no cut after 36 holes. It’s an elite field, and you can make up ground on the weekend even if you don’t start out hot.

Opposite this event is a true PGA Tour stop, but one that is fairly young. The Puerto Rico Open has about 132 golfers (less than the 144 or 156 in a normal event), and is a PGA Tournament for those who didn’t qualify for the WGC event. Sure enough it’s held in Puerto Rico. And you may have noticed that Bulldogs have been doing well there in recent weeks.

Joey Garber and Sepp Straka (both PGA Tour rookies) are a couple of the Georgia grads playing. They will be joined by Brendon Todd (trying to work his way back to full-time status) and Chris Kirk. They are playing the Coco Beach Golf & Country Club. I’ve been to Cocoa Beach quite a few times, but not this one. The one I went to involved dragging a keg on a dolly through hot sand trying to catch a Space Shuttle launch (you can see Canaveral from the beach) and in no condition to either drag something nor see clearly. I digress.

This tournament will have a cut, and it’s total purse is $3,000,000. That pales in comparison to the $10,250,000 purse in Mexico. So if you’ve played well in recent years, you made a lot of money and qualified for big events like the WGC. Which puts you in position to compete against a small field, no 36 hole cut, and guaranteed money on a grand scale. If you’re struggling, you face a bigger field, fewer amenities, and will continue to struggle with smaller prize money at the Puerto Rico Open. See how that works, boys and girls? I will say that most of the guys playing in Puerto Rico would change their life with a win.

There are a few other things to watch out for. First, the players can wear shorts any day other than tournament days (Thursday-Sunday). So they are getting their tan on Monday-Wednesday... I’m sure there will be clips of this during the TV broadcast. Second, there is a debate about slow play. The Tour can hand out penalty shots for being “out of position” aka playing slow. But they don’t. And last Sunday was a slog fest, albeit in tough conditions, but one of the slowest players on the Tour drove fans nuts with his... well, his slow play. So that will be discussed.

If you want to catch some of this hoopla and prefer your golf a little more Mexican, you can check it out thusly:

Thursday, Rd. 1: Golf Channel, 2-7 p.m. ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Friday, Rd. 2: Golf Channel, 2-7 p.m. ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Saturday, Rd. 3: Golf Channel, Noon-2:30 p.m. ET; NBC, 2:30-6 p.m. ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Sunday, Rd. 4: Golf Channel, Noon-1:30 p.m. ET; NBC, 1:30-6 p.m. ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

If you like your golf on a US territory, flip over to Golf Channel from Thursday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET, Saturday from 2:30 to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

So plenty of golf to choose from, and 6 Bulldogs in total to root for. Enjoy your prime TV-in-the-background programming for your weekend nap. And as always...

GO ‘DAWGS!!!

Georgia’s second-half comeback falls short in 68-67 loss to Mississippi State

ATHENS, Ga. – An impressive second-half comeback attempt fell short as the Georgia men’s basketball team was defeated by Mississippi State, 68-67, on Wednesday night in Stegeman Coliseum.

Five Georgia players contributed double-digit points for the Georgia offense, including senior forward Derek Ogbeide (10), senior guard Turtle Jackson (11), junior guard Jordan Harris (13), junior guard Tyree Crump (10) and sophomore forward Rayshaun Hammonds (12).

Hammonds and Harris highlighted the Georgia offensive performance. Hammonds recorded his second double-double on the season and the third of his career. Harris’ stellar offensive efforts resulted in two new career-highs, as he tallied 13 points and sank three baskets from behind the three-point line.

On defense, Georgia committed a season-low nine turnovers against a Mississippi State team that ranks third in steals in the conference.

“We had that bad stretch at the end of the first half. We broke some plays, made some sloppy passes, and didn’t have our hands up in the zone,” Georgia head coach Tom Crean said. “We overcame all of that. I’m not sure a couple weeks ago if our team overcomes that. We’re getting better. I think everybody can see it, I hope everybody can see it. The last two games we were good enough to win, but we just didn’t get the result. But we’re absolutely getting better, and we’re going to stay with it.”

Jackson sparked the Georgia offense in the first minutes of play, scoring eight of the first 10 points with two three-point baskets and a layup. A layup in transition by freshman guard Tye Fagan, along with a deep three from junior guard Tyree Crump, brought the Georgia squad within one point of Mississippi State with eight minutes remaining in the first period.

Following a made three-point basket from Harris to tie the game at 20-all, Georgia regained its first lead since the opening minutes of play with a layup from Ogbeide. The Georgia defense strung together two-straight stops, and Claxton’s first basket of the day gave Georgia a four-point advantage with just under four minutes to play.

Mississippi State then went on a 11-0 run within the last two minutes of play in the first period, sending Georgia into the locker room trailing, 36-25.

Out of the locker room, Mississippi State extended its run to 17-0 to give Mississippi State a 42-25 advantage. After knocking down a three-point basket, Harris stole the ball and was fouled going up for the shot. The junior guard sank one free-throw, bringing Georgia within single digits of Mississippi State for the first time in the second half.

With 13 minutes remaining in the second period, Georgia went on a 7-0 run to cut the Mississippi State lead to single digits. Jackson contributed assists in three-straight scoring possessions in under two minutes. Scoring the trio of baskets were Hammonds and Claxton. Hammonds highlighted the 7-0 run with two back-to-back baskets, the last of which from behind the arc. Capping the run was a jam from Claxton to lessen Mississippi State’s lead to five (56-51).

The Georgia offense continued to chip away at the Mississippi State lead. Back-to-back baskets from Ogbeide brought Georgia within four with 4:30 to play, marking the smallest deficit of the second half for Georgia. Harris countered a Mississippi State three-pointer with an and-one to maintain the four-point margin. The Georgia defense came up huge with a steal from Hammonds, resulting in a jumper from Crump to make it a two-point game with three minutes remaining.

Despite the impressive second-half performance by the Georgia offense, shooting 55.2 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from the three-point line, Mississippi State held on to defeat Georgia, 68-67.

With this loss, the Georgia Bulldogs fall to 1-12 in the SEC and 10-16 overall. Next, Georgia travels to Oxford, Mississippi, to take on Ole Miss on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 3:30 p.m. E.T. on SECN.

POST-GAME NOTES

• A crowd of with 7,153 fans filled Stegeman Coliseum. Through 15 home games this season, Georgia has averaged 8,912 fans, which is the most since the 2002-03 season (9,857).

• Georgia’s lead in the all-time series narrows, but still lead 58-55 overall and 29-20 in Athens. This marked Mississippi State’s first win in Athens since 1/12/13.

• The rebounding battle went Georgia’s way to a tone of 35-29. Georgia, the SEC’s No. 1 rebounding offense, has now won the rebounding battle 17 times this season.

• Inching up to the next plateau in Georgia’s career rebounding list, Derek Ogbeide grabbed five rebounds. He is now four boards away from tying Chris Daniels who sits No. 8.

• From the 3-point line, Georgia went 9-for-25 including one that tied the game with 10 seconds to go in regulation. Guards Turtle Jackson and Jordan Harris each hit three. For Jackson, it notched his second-consecutive game with three 3-pointers and fifth game this season with at least three 3-pointers. He had eight such games in his previous three seasons. For Harris, it was a career-high.

• At the half, Mississippi State led 36-25 after finishing on a 16-1 run which included a sequence of 13-straight points. Turtle Jackson had eight of Georgia’s first 10 points and went into the break with the same amount for a team-high. Quinndary Weatherspoon had a game-high 16 points. Weatherspoon, the SEC’s third-highest scoring average (18.1 ppg), finished with a career-high 31 points.

• Sophmore forward Nicolas Claxton, the SEC’s leader in rebounds, had exactly his average at nine.

• Georgia had a season-low nine turnovers and allowed Mississippi State, SEC’s third-best team in steals, only five takeaways when the visiting Bulldogs average 8.5 spg.

POST-GAME QUOTES

GEORGIA HEAD COACH TOM CREAN

On the comeback effort…
“We had that bad stretch at the end of the first half. We broke some plays, made some sloppy passes, and didn’t have our hands up in the zone. We overcame all of that. I’m not sure a couple weeks ago if our team overcomes that. We’re getting better. I think everybody can see it, I hope everybody can see it. The last two games we were good enough to win, but we just didn’t get the result. But we’re absolutely getting better and we’re going to stay with it.”

On if the comeback builds confidence…
“It should [build confidence.] It absolutely should. Like I said to them, it’s not my saying and not my rule, but ‘the tunnel is always darkest before it’s light.’ It’s a dark time when you come all the way back like that and don’t get it, but let’s just make sure we get through it and find that light. It’s corny, I know, but it’s the truth. It fits what we’ve been dealing the past couple of weeks.”

GEORGIA FORWARD NICOLAS CLAXTON

On being down 17 in the first half and fighting back…
“We showed a lot of perseverance tonight. We fought back. We gave it our all. We didn’t do a great job in the first half putting ourselves into the hole. But showing that resiliency, that was good. Just us coming out and fighting and being together.”

On Coach Crean’s message to the team after the game…
“Of course, he was confident. He was a little frustrated like everyone else was. But just telling us, you know, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Right now, we’re in a dark place, but there’s light. He believes in us. He believes we can beat any team that we play on our schedule, SEC tournament, whatever it is. We just got to keep fighting.”

GEORGIA GUARD TYREE CRUMP

On making a three pointer to tie the game…
“Yeah when I hit that shot, I thought we had a good chance of winning the game. That it would probably go into overtime. I thought we were going to get a stop and go into overtime and try to win the game in overtime.”

On what the team is working on as a whole…
“We are a good team. Like Nic [Claxton] said, we’ve just been in a slump. And when you’re in a slump it’s hard to get out. We’ve been competing hard and practicing every day and we just come out in the games and fight the best way we can.”

On Mississippi State’s closing run at the end of the first half…
“I mean, if you’ve got a guy like [Quinndary] Witherspoon, he’s a pretty good player. If a guy gets going, it’s hard to stop him once he’s going. He was making layups, he was hitting shots. It’s hard to stop a person that’s in rhythm but you can slow him down.”

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UGA football games with Tennessee and Auburn to flip beginning in 2020

UGA football games with the Tennessee Volunteers and the Auburn Tigers will flip on the calendar beginning with the 2020 season.

News of the change of the games was first reported on Tuesday by Brandon Marcello of 247Sports. UGA President Jere Morehead confirmed the change on Wednesday.

Georgia and Auburn have played the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry in November every season since 1937. With the new change, the Georgia-Auburn game will take place in September or October with the Tennessee contest taking place in November.

Auburn pushed for the move after the SEC schedule was altered when Missouri and Texas A&M joined the conference in 2012. To make the schedule work, Georgia was forced to travel to Auburn in consecutive seasons (2012 and 2013).

As a result of that change, Auburn now hosts Georgia and Alabama in odd seasons and plays in Athens and Tuscaloosa in even seasons, often in the span of three weeks.

At the same time, Georgia now plays at Auburn and Georgia Tech in odd years and hosts them in even years. And the Auburn and Georgia Tech games are usually close on the calendar.

Most reports indicate that moving the Georgia-Auburn game was considered beneficial for both schools as it would put some separation between two rivalry games that were being played close together.

Back to Georgia playing at Auburn in back-to-back seasons, UGA Director of Athletics Greg McGarity said today that the favor likely won’t be returned to Georgia any time soon.

The SEC scheduling rotation is currently set through the 2025 season. It would take a major scheduling overhaul to make Auburn travel to Georgia twice in a row before then.

If Auburn ever does play at Georgia in consecutive seasons, it will likely have to come in 2026 or later.

Future UGA Football Schedules

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Schedule adjustment: Great for AU, not for UGA

Running the ball? It may come earlier in the season against Auburn.

Georgia athletics may get a raw deal, because of course

Most times in November, it’s usually jacket weather. Also by that time, it’s usually known how much of a shot at a conference title and other things that Georgia teams may have.

In many years, Georgia’s hopes of a title have hung on its result against Auburn. The cold weather, prestige and atmosphere - it makes any Georgia-Auburn game feel like a big deal, even if both teams are having a bad year.

They don’t call it the Deep South Oldest Rivalry for no reason. It means a lot, and the November timing means a lot to many people, especially those in red and black.

It’s for this reason that the chatter of moving the game earlier in the season would be one of the most idiotic decisions that Georgia athletics has made. It’d rank up there with the hiring of Ron Jirsa, someone thinking Brian Schottenheimer was a good idea, wearing black helmets against Florida and choosing to cooperate with the NCAA during Gurley Gate.

I mean...nothing quite says hard-hitting, time-honored old-school hatred of a rival than sweltering heat in September and October.

According to at least one report, discussions have been ongoing to move the Georgia-Auburn game earlier in the season.

Auburn, and one cannot blame the War-Tiger-Plainsmen for it, is trying to ease up its schedule in late-season that’s loaded with Georgia and Bama. In other words - Aubie’s schedule is too tough these days. So instead of packing a lunchpail, the solution is to do what tends to work when you are at a disadvantage in the SEC - lobby your way out of it (see Fulmer pushing back on Richt’s no-huddle when he got to Athens, Spurrier wanting an open date before WLOCP...).

It’s very much a move that’d be likened to Dale Earnhardt’s quote about kerosene rags and a candy ass.

So since Auburn is opting to ease up its schedule, the solution is to get one of its big bad rivals away from playing the other so close together.

This move benefits Auburn and Auburn alone. Unless the SEC rights the wrong of two road trips to The Plains after the Mizzou/Texas A&M addition, it shouldn’t even considered.

For Georgia?

Assuming that the Georgia-Florida game does not change dates, it’d be hard to see the SEC place the game in middle October. That’d mean, in theory, late September or early October.

What would that mean for Georgia?

Looking at this year’s schedule, it’d mean Tennessee around the same time of the season. Two rivals close together? Maybe Georgia can its way out of an unfavorable schedule.

Another big conference game early in the year? There’s less incentive for a marquee non-conference game. It’d open up a non-conference slot later in the season - good luck getting a Notre Dame or other big name for a November non-conference tilt. If you think the home non-conference schedule is light now, it’ll be worse.

Georgia and Auburn moving earlier in the year? Great for Auburn. Not for Georgia.

Go Dawgs!

‘Dawgs Go Low In Final Round To Capture First

Courtesy of georgiadogs.com

Both golf teams at the University of Georgia have competed on the island of Puerto Rico in the last couple of weeks. And a few alumni golfers will be traveling there this week for a PGA Tour stop. Considering the historical success of Georgia golfers, you know there had to be some good news coming out of Puerto Rico sooner or later.

Sure enough, that news came Tuesday, as the Men’s Golf team tied for first place in the Puerto Rico Classic.

Fourteen teams competed in the three-round team format, and Georgia started off strong. Firing a 6 under par 282 in Sunday’s first round (5 players compete for each team with the 4 best scores counting), UGA was just 2 strokes off the lead held by NC State. Junior Trevor Phillips led the team and closed strong with 4 birdies on his last 6 holes to card a 68.

Phillips’ younger brother Trent took his turn Monday, scoring a 3 under par 69 and giving the team a 286 total. This tied NC State on the day, but left them behind hard charging Georgia Tech.

But the Bulldogs were not going to let Tech walk home with the hardware by themselves. Junior Spencer Ralston got in on the action, recording his own 69 on Tuesday. And with all 4 scores under par, Georgia tallied a 280 total to erase the deficit and tie Georgia Tech for the team title.

Georgia Coach Chris Haack now has 61 team titles, the last being in 2016. And now his teams have captured a victory in 19 of his 23 seasons leading the ‘Dawgs.

So come on home, Bulldogs, you’ve earned your rest. Ring a bell when you get back. And as always...

GO ‘DAWGS!!!

Transfers, young teams, and a story pitch

“Transfer portal” is now right up there with “polar vortex” as a label for something that is very real and normal but which has come to represent a much bigger phenomenon.

The transfer portal doesn’t do much other than provide transparency to a process that had been done behind closed doors. It does take some power away from schools to restrict who may and may not contact a prospective transfer, and it broadcasts to the world that someone is available. It makes the process slightly easier, but that’s not enough on its own to open the transfer floodgates.

A bigger change is the softening (and march toward elimination) of the requirement to sit out a year after transferring. Critics warn of a free-for-all transfer market, coaches fret over the loss of control of their roster, and the term “free agency” has become pejorative. Georgia’s been the beneficiary of more generous eligibility waivers: Demetris Robertson was immediately eligible to play last season after his transfer from Cal. Now Justin Fields’s waiver has been granted at Ohio State, and all eyes are on the status of Tate Martell at Miami. I don’t know why Martell’s circumstances are all that different from Fields’s, but that’s the way the media is playing the story. You almost feel for Jacob Eason who sat out last season without seeking a waiver.

The unmistakable trend can be summed up by “early.” Players are arriving earlier: 14 members of the 2019 signing class enrolled early to get a head start on playing right away. Even players who will end up redshirting are able to play earlier now. They’re leaving earlier too. The past two seasons have set records for the number of underclassmen declaring for the NFL Draft. Graduate transfer rules make it more common for a player to seek a new opportunity for his final season. Those who don’t pan out or earn playing time right away will look to a loosening transfer process.

Coaches love to talk about their young teams, but that’s the new reality. All teams will be young teams. Successful coaches will be those who are able to manage rosters heavy on freshmen and sophomores with small groups of upperclassmen. It’s not just managing the numbers, though that will be a big part of it. The early signing period means that schools like Georgia that can fill most of their class early can spend the six weeks before the late signing period observing the transfer and attrition landscape and using those last few spots to fill needs with a prospect or a transfer. Coaches will also have to tailor schemes and how those schemes are implemented to make sure that they can be picked up rapidly and executed at the highest level by relatively inexperienced players.

Is there a model for how programs might be managed in the future?

The NCAA allows for an unrestricted one-time transfer in most of the sports it governs. You have to be in good academic standing, but there are only four sports to which the “sit out a year” rule applies:

If you transfer from a four-year school, you may be immediately eligible to compete at your new school if…you are transferring to a Division I school in any sport other than baseball, men’s or women’s basketball, football (Football Bowl Subdivision) or men’s ice hockey.

Most of us focus on football, but what we’re dreading as an era of free agency is actually the normal for the majority of NCAA sports.

With that in mind, it would be interesting to see coaches interviewed from other sports who have had to deal with unrestricted transfers for years. Softball would be a great place to start – Alex Hugo, perhaps the best Georgia softball player in the past decade, was a high-profile transfer who played her freshman season at Kansas in 2013 and was immediately eligible to play at Georgia in 2014. Georgia of course has also been on the other end of transfers. These coaches live in this world already and could provide some good insight on how to manage a program.

(I’m trying to think through how unrestricted transfers might play out differently in a sport like football or basketball versus, say, softball. I’m inclined to think that there would be more frequent transfers in football/basketball since one year of exposure in the “right” system could be worth millions. There are of course professional opportunities for softball, but the incentives aren’t as great in Olympic sports to maximize the collegiate system for future income.)

Not Another Offseason Monday: It’s All About Survival

Sure, Kirby might scream at you to weave the fishing net tighter. But it’s only because he wants all of y’all to eat.

It’s Monday, and you just survived another weekend with no college football in sight. Congratulations on your fortitude and wily knack for survival.

Obviously if this were college football season we’d be both recapping the prior weekend’s action and looking forward to the week ahead in this spot. Sadly, you’re a solid 26 weeks away from actual college football.

In the absence of gridiron competition I thought it would be worthwhile for us to flex our mental muscles in another way. Hence I’m pleased to bring you this, the first installment of Not Another Offseason Monday.

Each Monday (okay, most Mondays) I’ll be proposing a mental challenge/ problem/ scenario, perhaps college sports related, perhaps not. You’ll respond using a blend of smarts and cunning. It should be fun, and if it isn’t we’ll give you your Dawg Sports subscription money back. How can you beat that?

Our first question is a classic from Free Form Friday several years ago: If you had to be marooned on a desert island with an SEC football coach, who would you choose?

Each has their pros and cons, their skills and potential shortcomings. Nick Saban is small, and probably wouldn’t need as much food as say Will Muschamp. He’s also fiendishly organized, which could come in handy. He’s also a risk to “process” you in your sleep if he feels you aren’t pulling your weight.

Ed Orgeron should keep you well-supplied with protein as “surviving off meat stuffs killed with your bare hands” is the unofficial state sport of Louisiana. He also might kill one of you in an over-enthusiastic cliff-diving accident.

Derek Mason has spent most of his career at Vandy subsisting off disappointment and scant resources. But his penchant for wearing vests in even tropical climes seems like a risky survival practice.

And Jeremy Pruitt, absent some SPF 50 washing up on the shore, is probably going to be too sunburned to be of much help for the first few weeks.

So choose your companion wisely in ththe comments below, and...

Go ‘Dawgs!!!!

The case of the rooster that didn’t crow

I had a couple of thoughts after reading Blutarsky’s post-Signing Day survey of the job Florida and Tennessee did (or didn’t do) closing the talent gap against Georgia.

First was complete agreement with this conclusion: “The gap isn’t closing, but the chance to break through on occasion may be rising for the two.” Tennessee and Florida aren’t going to concede anything to Georgia, and they have the resources to build teams that could challenge Georgia in years when opportunity collides with occasional peaks in talent. If that sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the position Georgia occupied for much of the past 25 years. We know all about the quest for “relevancy.”

My second thought was how interesting it was to see a certain program not mentioned. If you go back a year, Tennessee and Florida were both reorganizing under first year coaches. Which school was seen as the top challenger to Georgia in 2018? Will Muschamp’s South Carolina Gamecocks. Granted, Georgia was as overwhelming a favorite as it could be, but if there was a darkhorse in the East in 2018, it was South Carolina. If you wanted to go out on a limb with an upset pick that was shocking enough to get attention but plausible enough not to be dismissed outright, you picked South Carolina to win at home over Georgia.

This isn’t an argument that it’s wrong to leave South Carolina out of discussions like this; it’s more amazement about how much things have changed in a year. Was their window of opportunity limited to just last season? South Carolina’s 7-6 overall record, 4-4 conference record, and fourth-place SEC East finish in 2018 were all below expectations. There were some close losses that could have gone the other way, but we could say the same about several close wins. Injuries took a toll, but from an outsider’s perspective it looked as if South Carolina never overcame three very generalized deficiencies:

  • A below-average running game.
  • An up-tempo offense that never really realized its explosive promise.
  • A defense (40th in S&P+) that wasn’t up to par for what you’d expect from a Will Muschamp team.

Their ugly shutout loss in the bowl game didn’t do much for offseason happy talk, but was one disappointing season enough to send South Carolina from top contender in the East to an afterthought? If we can boil things down to one reason to be optimistic about the Gamecocks, it’s the return of senior quarterback Jake Bentley. Bentley is arguably the second or third-best QB in the East, and his experience should be enough to matter in a couple of games. They get no favors with SEC West games against Alabama and Texas A&M, and Clemson should once again be a heavy favorite. It’s no fun mapping out a path to ten wins with Georgia, Alabama, and Clemson on the schedule.

The bigger question though is about talent. (We’ll use Rivals’ team rankings here.) Tennessee and especially Florida did do well this year, but South Carolina wasn’t too far behind with a Top 20 class and ten blue-chip (4* or 5*) signees. If you go back a couple of years to see how the 2019 teams might be composed, it looks a little better for the Gamecocks. Florida, SC, and Tennessee were all clumped together in the 2018 rankings at #17, #18, and #20. Florida had another Top 10 class in 2017, but again Tennessee and South Carolina were there at #15 and #16. The real disparity comes in 2016 when Will Muschamp’s first class was ranked in the mid-20s. Unfortunately those would be the seniors on the 2019 team. Florida can claim to have had an edge in the three most recent signing classes. South Carolina might be closer to Tennessee than Tennessee has been to Florida.

If the focus has shifted to Florida and Tennessee trying to close the massive talent gap with Georgia, a secondary story has to be South Carolina’s desperation to remain in that top tier of SEC East contenders. We could include Missouri and Kentucky in that group, but the Gamecocks would rather measure themselves against Florida or Tennessee in terms of resources, fan passion, recruiting, and what they’ve invested in coaching. They didn’t hire Muschamp to settle back into a perennial fourth-place SEC East position, and that’s the danger here. If Florida and Tennessee are making moves to become more competitive with Georgia, does South Carolina come along or get left behind?

Georgia falls to No. 19 LSU 83-79

ATHENS, Ga. – Nicolas Claxton led four Georgia players in double figures; however, the No. 19 LSU Tigers defeated the Bulldogs, 83-79, in a sold-out Stegeman Coliseum Saturday night.

Claxton led Georgia (10-15, 1-11) in points for the eighth time this season with 17. Forward Rayshaun Hammonds added 13, and guard Jordan Harris and forward Derek Ogbeide scored 12 each. Guard Christian Harrison had his first career start and logged a career-high 19 minutes of action.

“This was the best I’ve felt before a game all year,” Georgia head coach Tom Crean said. “Usually my stomach hurts from about 5:30 in the morning on from the nerves and anxiety of getting ready to compete. The way we practiced the past few days, the authority with how we practiced, the intensity, the communication, the competitiveness – all of those things were really good. They’ve been good, but we haven’t always brought that effort to the game. Today, they did, but we fell a little short. If we can build on that, we’re going to win games. No doubt about it.”

Georgia gained the lead to begin the contest and then the game was tied twice in the first three minutes. A 3-pointer from guard Turtle Jackson maintained the Bulldog lead 7-4 at 17:34. Georgia held the lead and a trio of three’s from guard Tyree Crump ignited an 8-3 run resulting in a 20-14 edge.

The Bulldogs retained the advantage for the next eight and half minutes until LSU (21-4, 11-11) made a 3-pointer pulling ahead 21-20. A layup from Crump started an 8-2 run for Georgia bringing the gap down to four, 34-29, and the Tigers led 41-37 at the intermission.

Following halftime, the Bulldogs tied the game 45 all at the 18:12 mark. The Bulldogs eventually went up by five, the largest of the game, on a 3-pointer from guard E’Torrion Wilridge.

The game was then tied thrice and the lead changed four times over the next six minutes. LSU tipped in the ball to regain the edge 70-68 at the 6:41 mark and led for the rest of the game. A free throw from Claxton narrowed the gap to one at 72-71. The Tigers pulled ahead with a layup a minute later. The Bulldogs chipped away at LSU’s lead, but they were unable to overtake the Tiger victory.

Both teams shot the ball at a high percent. Georgia was 27-for-57 (47.4-percent), and LSU was 30-for-54 (55.6-percent). It marked the third-highest field goal percentage in a Georgia loss with one of the other being the LSU game in Baton Rouge last month when the Bulldogs shot 53.6-percent in a 92-82 loss.

The Bulldogs return to Stegeman on Wednesday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m. to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs on the SEC Network.

POST-GAME NOTES

• Another big crowd at Stegemen Coliseum with 10,298 fans. Through 14 home games this season, Georgia has averaged 9,038 fans, which is the most since the 2002-03 season (9,857).

• Georgia went into the contest winning the previous five games in the series between LSU, but the Tigers snapped that streak. The Bulldogs still lead the series when played in Athens to a tone of 28-23. LSU has now won 6 of the last 10 meetings and owns the all-time series 66-47.

• The rebounding battle was dead even at 30-30. Both teams entered the game as SEC’s No. 2 and No. 3 schools in rebounding margin. The SEC’s leader in rebounding, Nicolas Claxton, grabbed six boards to make his season total 226.

• Inching up to the next plateau in Georgia’s career rebounding list, Derek Ogbeide grabbed five rebounds. He is now nine boards away from tying Chris Daniels who sits No. 8.

• The Bulldogs did a good job protecting the basketball with a season-low 11 turnovers. LSU entered the game as SEC’s top defense in steals, averaging 9.4 a game. The Tigers managed six.

• Georgia faced both the SEC Player of the Week and the Freshman of the Week in guard Tremont Waters and forward Naz Reid, respectively. Waters finished with 20 points and five assists, while had 13 points and six rebounds.

• Both teams shot the ball at a high percent. Georgia was 27-for-57 (47.4-percent), and LSU was 30-for-54 (55.6-percent). It marked the third-highest field goal percentage in a Georgia loss with one of the other games being the other LSU game when the Bulldogs shot 53.6-percent in a 92-82 loss.

POST-GAME QUOTES

Head Coach Tom Crean

On Senior guard Christian Harrison…

“Inch-for-inch, pound-for-pound, he might be as tough and as gritty as anyone on our team. He keeps getting better, and he’s another example of how this program is built on coaching everybody. There’s a grittiness and energy that he brings to the game. He moves without the ball, and he doesn’t need the ball to impact the game. I think the way he went after Waters was very beneficial to us during the game.”

 Sophomore Forward Nicolas Claxton

On his thoughts on tonight’s game…

“We had two really good practices leading up to tonight. The fans were behind us the whole game and that gave us a lot of support. But, at the end of the day we just didn’t do the little things we needed to do.”

On if tonight’s play is progress for the team…

“I would say it is progress. Us just playing our hardest for the whole forty minutes. Not coming out in the second half and being in a drought. At the end of the day, we did not want a moral victory. We wanted to come out and get the win. Like I said, it was the little things. I think they had 11-second chance points in the second half. That started with me, I did a poor job of boxing out. So, I take the blame for that. But, all we can do is get back to the drawing board and be ready for our next game.”

On the play coming out the timeout with 29 seconds left...

“Derek (Ogbeide) he kind of set me like a run up screen, I was supposed to drive and make the layup. So, we executed the play right, I just came up short on the layup.”

On Harrison’s basketball journey…

“I just want to tip my hat off to Christian. He came here last year and didn’t play at all. This year, his minutes have been kind of up and down. But, throughout all of that he has just stayed persistent. He just kept grinding. He comes in everyday and he doesn’t complain like some guys do. He just comes in and works and you see the results today.”

On tonight’s “moral victory”…

“We played them tough the whole entire game. It can be kind of a moral victory, but we don’t want moral victories. But this does show that they (LSU) are probably top three in the SEC at least. That shows that we can play with anybody. Just come out and try to finish the season strong, that is all we can do at this point. Just keep grinding day by day.”

On Yante Maten and Kentvaious Caldwell-Pope attendance at the game…

“We did not get to talk to them yet. But, I appreciate them coming back and supporting us.  It really means a lot.”

On his matchup against Naz Reid…

“I just wanted to come out and be aggressive. Coach Crean, he instills a lot of confidence in me day by day. Since he has gotten here, he has said just attack. That was the matchup we like. So I just went at him as much as I could.”

Senior Guard Christian Harrison 

On starting in tonight’s game…

“No, I didn’t know, (about starting) I didn’t until a couple minutes before the game started. I had the same mentality I have every game, just to bring energy and try and get a win. That is always the mentality.”

On if they feel that Georgia’s record does not reflect the team…

“I would say so. We feel like we can play with anybody. Even though our record doesn’t show it, we come out and we leave it all on the floor. We stay confident, we come out every game thinking that we can win. So, that is always the mindset we try to have.”

On his basketball journey…

“I have had to be very patient. I have had a kind of unique college career. This is really my only second year actually playing, even thought I am a senior. I transferred after my sophomore year at Troy, I was hurt my sophomore year at Troy, so I redshirted. Then, I got here sat out because of the transfer rules. I was eligible last year, just did not play. So, it has been a pretty long journey. I have had to stay persistent and I am just confident”

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Hoop Hounds to host #19 LSU

One day the University of Georgia men’s basketball team will win another conference basketball game. If that days to be today, it will require a truly special effort. That’s because Georgia plays host this evening to one of the SEC’s hottest teams, the #19 ranked LSU Tigers.

The Bayou Bengals, fresh off a road win at #5 Kentucky, are averaging almost 83 points per game, under among the league’s highest percentage shooting squads. With four players averaging in double digits including sixth man Javontae Smart, the Tigers are precisely the type of team Georgia has struggled with this season. Actually, pretty much every team is the kind of team Georgia has struggled with this season, now that I think about it.

Nic Claxton remains a rare bright spot for the dogs, and currently is one of only for Division I players who lead his team in points, rebounds, blocks, steals, and assists.

Personally, I am hoping that travel and emotional letdown from their recent big victories will make the Tigers come out a little flat. If LSU is on its claim this one should not be very close. But they play the games for a reason, right?

Tipoff is at 6:00 Athens time, with television coverage on the SEC Network. Until later...

Go ‘Dawgs!

Smart’s 2019 Football Staff Complete

Mr. Pittman educates the Men.

Seth Emerson of The Athletic broke the news a few hours ago that surprised absolutely no one. Kirby looked inside Butts-Mehre for his Defensive Coordinator and promoted Dan Lanning to DC along with giving Glenn Schumann the Co-DC title. Lanning got a substantial raise, doubling his salary to $750k while Schumann got a $225k bump to $550k

There were several other title & salary changes also included:
National Treasure Sam Pittman is now also Associate Head Coach $900k

Dell McGee is now also Running Game Coordinator $650k

Cortez Hankton is now Passing Game Coordinator $550k

Rounding out the staff salaries/raises are:

James Cooley, Offensive Coordinator $950k

Charlton Warren, Defensive Backs Coach $600k

Tray Scott, Defensive Line Coach $470k

Todd Hartley, Tight Ends Coach $300k

Scott Fountain, Special Teams Coordinator $325k

All together, the total salaries decreased $375k from last year due to the departure of Mel Tucker and Jim Chaney. It looks like Kirby took the savings from the departures and paid the people he needed to pay (Sam Pittman especially in this writers opinion.)

That’s your Off-Season Friday Night News for now....Y’all stay warm and...........

GO DAWGS!!!!

Gym Dogs to host Kentucky

The University of Georgia Women’s Gymnastics team will host the #13th ranked Kentucky Wildcats Friday night at Stegeman Coliseum. This is the team’s annual “Pink Meet”, and is being promoted as “Flip For A Cause” to support Breast Cancer awareness.

Kentucky and UGA are both 2-2 in conference this season, so the winner looks to gain the edge in conference record. Kentucky and Georgia are two of the handful of teams having eclipsed the 197 mark in a meet.

The Wildcats rank 12th in Vault compared to the Bulldogs 3rd, but do have a 14 ranking in Bars whereas the Gym Dogs are 18th. But that is the only deficit, as Georgia has a 5 ranking on Beam (!!!) and UK is 20th. Floor is #9 vs #15 with the advantage to the Athenians.

So on paper, Georgia is favored. Count in the Steg factor, plus the expected large turnout, and UGA should capture a valuable conference win. In this uneducated fan’s opinion, I’d like to see some more consistency on Bars. We were a bit shaky on Beam last week, but unlike the last couple of seasons, our Beam performance has been very solid in 2019.

Another item of note: Rachel Baumann was named the SEC Freshmen of the Week for her peformance last week at Mizzou. Baumann captured the event title on Beam scoring a 9.900 leading all ‘Dawgs. She also posted a 9.850 on floor, contributing to the Gym Dogs 1st SEC road win this season. (Side note: her sister is a sophomore on the Florida Gator Gymnastic team. I’m sure she’s a lovely young lady, but I Hate Florida).

The meet will be broadcast on the SEC Network at 6:45 pm ET. The early starting time is probably to accommodate the other big SEC battle - #2 Florida visiting #9 Alabama, which is also broadcast on SEC Network at 8:30 ET.

And as always...

GO ‘DAWGS!!!

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Diamond Dawgs Aim To Meet Expectations

Pitching, defense figure to be strengths as season begins

For the first time perhaps since David Perno roamed the dugout at the head coach of the Georgia baseball program, the Diamond Dawgs are in the rarified air of seeking to meet high expectations.

Seasons like last year, in which Georgia won 39 games and earned a national seed will do that. Now, the bigger challenge arrives. It was one thing for Scott Stricklin’s club to emerge to be one of the SEC’s upper echelon teams last year. Now, the task is to make a year ago the expectation, if not a building block to trips to Omaha being the norm.

Preseason-rankings wise, the Dawgs are tapped to put up a similar level of success as seen a year ago, being ranked 13th by USA Today and 15th by Baseball America.

The road starts this weekend in Athens with Dayton coming to town. Friday’s first pitch is set for 3 pm with Emerson Hancock being tapped as the opening-day starter with Will Proctor and Tony Locey set to start the other two contests. Aaron Schunk, who doubles as Georgia’s closer as well as starting at third base, figures to see relief work one way or the other as well.

Pitching and defense should be a trademark of a team that lost just one infield from last year’s bunch that posted a .979 fielding percentage, the best in school history. Along with Schunk, the middle of the infield returns with Cam Shepherd at shortstop and LJ Talley at second, while Patrick Sullivan is the newcomer at first base. Mason Meadows, who along with Talley was a preseason All-SEC selection will run the controls at catcher.

If there’s a spot with holes to fill, it’s the outfield with power hitters Keegan McGovern and Tucker Bradley having finished their Georgia careers. A familiar face will be in left field with Tucker Bradley moving from right field over to left with CJ Smith and Tucker Maxwell projected to split time in center. In right, Riley King is a newcomer to watch after a monster season during the fall intrasquad scrimmages. Plus, he should get bonus points for playing for one of the greatest names in sports history last summer - the Macon Bacon of the Coastal Plain League.

Georgia’s pitching and defense should make it out to be solid contender. If new faces and get their bats going, however, this team could get even better.

Go Dawgs!

Natrez Patrick looks to translate college growth into NFL success

Natrez Patrick is energetic. Which makes sense. He’s got a lot to prove to NFL scouts and executives, and he knows it. Getting prepared to prove his doubters wrong is, from the sound of it, a full-time job.

I caught up with the former Bulldog linebacker recently as he got in from another day of pre-Combine workouts. “I got up there about 9:00 today, we had a little position work, then into combine training, then into the weight room. So it’s a pretty long day.”

He works with a position coach on linebacker-specific drills two to three times a week, which should tell you something about the rigor of preparing for the NFL Draft. Natrez Patrick is not a novice to the linebacker position. He came out of Mays High School as a four star prospect in the 2014 class, one of the more gifted pass rushers in a class deep with them. The 6’3, 242 pounder played in all 14 games for the Georgia Bulldogs in 2018, starting 8 of them. He rang up 44 tackles along the way. In the process he proved himself to teammates, demonstrated that he could be relied upon.

It wasn’t always like that. There was a time when it looked like Natrez Patrick’s college football career would be over before it could really get started. He was suspended twice for drug-related issues during his time in Athens, and at one point following a third marijuana-related incident (a traffic stop for which all charges were later dropped), he spent time in inpatient rehab to get a handle on his addiction. Natrez Patrick entered his senior season knowing he only had one more chance. It was the only one he needed.

“I’ve done a lot of growing up” he confides. I’ve had my ups and downs, and I felt like the biggest thing I gained at UGA was becoming a man. Growing up. That’s definitely helped me in this process.”

The result of Patrick’s maturation was that solid senior season, a campaign that saw him emerge as a steady force in the middle of the Red and Black defense. But despite putting up solid numbers in the SEC Patrick knows what he has to prove to hear his name called in April. “I’m just trying to become more explosive, to show that i can really run, have a good 40, come out of my breaks.”

“I’m one of the bigger linebackers in today’s game. I know that the game is changing” he concedes, “but I bring an element of physicality at the point of attack in terms of getting off blocks. But I can play in space. I feel like I can bring a different dimension at a different size.” Natrez came out of the season in the 242 pound range, but says as part of his effort to showcase his quickness he plans to run at the NFL Combine and hopes to do so at “no higher than 235 [pounds]”. He’s solidly on track to reach that objective, currently tipping the scales at 237 pounds.

“I’m making strides” he laughs. “A lot of it quite frankly is passing the ‘eye test’. You hear from coaches and GMs and guys in the league that they do want you to look a certain way.”

Patrick’s spoken with former teammates like Roquan Smith, Sony Michel, and Lorenzo Carter about their experience with the 2018 NFL draft and the timing of being in optimal shape for the draft. But he’s also talked to veteran NFL Bulldogs like Jordan Jenkins and Leonard Floyd about what it takes to make it in the NFL. “Those guys went through this process, and they’re always willing to listen to you, to hear you out, to give you good advice on what to do and what not to do.”

The Combine, Pro Day, team interviews, all are part of a months long sales pitch to potential future employers, and Natrez Patrick like all good salesmen can boil his pitch down to a single sentence: “With me they’re getting leadership, someone who’s not afraid to confront physical adversity, and who’s willing to do anything to better the team.”

What advice does Natrez have for those freshmen currently working through their first few days of mat drills, dreaming about one day moving on to the pros? Well, it’s actually pretty good advice for everyone, even non-elite athletes.

“Stay hydrated” he chuckles. “My first couple of workouts were tough. It’s so different, the intensity level, from high school where you were the big man on campus and everything comes easy to you. When you get to the college level you find that everyone here is just as intense as you, just as good as you. It raises the intensity level of those workouts, the competition.”

“Usually the freshmen competing with those seniors don’t have the off-field aspect of it yet. I’ve got to hydrate and recover. I remember [last year] guys like Quay Walker and Channing Tindall just locking up. You got to hydrate before you go through those workouts.”

Speaking of those younger Bulldogs, Patrick has some ideas about who will help replace he, Juwan Taylor, D’Andre Walker, and Keyon Richardson, all seniors who take with them a lot of playing time. Asked to name a Bulldog linebacker he expects to take a step forward in 2019, Patrick names one who started to make waves in the latter part of the 2018 season.

“Tae Crowder” he says without hesitation. “He really turned it on this year. I feel like now he’s really hungry and he knows what he’s capable of, but he hasn’t reached his ceiling.”

“But also some of the younger guys. Nate McBride, Jaden Hunter, some guys who really have been contributing on special teams. Coach [Glenn Schumann] likes to have that four man rotation . . . and I feel like those are a couple of guys with their work ethic, and how much better they want to be, you’ll probably see way more of them this year.”

There’s no doubt in my mind Natrez Patrick has matured into a man who can handle all aspects of NFL football. When you talk to those around the Georgia football program you get that sense as well. He’s got the physical gifts that are the table stakes to make it into an NFL training camp. But during his time in Athens, and especially in the last year, you get the sense that Patrick has honed the work habits and the discipline that are essential to staying in the league. Until later . . .

Go ‘Dawgs!!!

2019 SEC Football Media Days schedule announced

The 2019 SEC Football Media Days Schedule has been announced. Media Days kicks off on Monday, July 15 at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama.

Georgia Bulldogs head football coach Kirby Smart and a few players to be named will speak to the media on Tuesday, July 16.

The four-day event will once again feature national television coverage via ESPN and the SEC Network.

Names below are listed alphabetically by school. The exact rotations and times, along with student-athletes attending, will be determined and released at a later date.

2019 SEC Football Media Days Schedule

Monday, July 15
Florida – Dan Mullen
LSU – Ed Orgeron
Missouri – Barry Odom

Tuesday, July 16
Georgia – Kirby Smart
Ole Miss – Matt Luke
Tennessee – Jeremy Pruitt
Texas A&M – Jimbo Fisher

Wednesday, July 17
Alabama – Nick Saban
Arkansas – Chad Morris
Miss. State – Joe Moorhead
South Carolina – Will Muschamp

Thursday, July 18
Auburn – Gus Malzahn
Kentucky – Mark Stoops
Vanderbilt – Derek Mason

UGA Football Schedule

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‘Dawgs on Tour: Redneck Riviera Edition

Tournament: Genesis Open, February 14-17, 2019

Course: Riviera Country Club, 7,322 yards, par 71 (Los Angeles)

Purse: $7,400,000

Defending Champion: Gerry Lester Watson, Jr. You might know him by his nickname. Bubba was hanging around for the first couple of days, then hit the nearby Staples Center where he played in the NBA Celebrity All-Star basketball game (not great), then promptly posted scores of 65-69 on the weekend to come from behind and capture his 3rd victory in this tournament on this course.

Fun Fact: This is the only tournament that Tiger Woods has failed to win having played at least 4 times. He has two runner-up finishes, and this was the site of his first competition against PGA Tour pros (I’m old enough to have seen it when it happened). Plus, he grew up less than an hour away. The only way to explain this anomaly is that he has just had incredible success everywhere else.

How to Watch: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday, 1-2:45 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (CBS). Sunday, 1-2:45 p.m. (GC), 3-6:30 p.m. (CBS).

Dawgs in the Field: 2. Bubba Watson, Harris English. My normally reliable source isn’t updated at the moment, so I was scouring the interwebs thinking “Only 2 Bulldogs? We’ve had 6-10 Bulldogs entered in every tourney the last month - this can’t be right!” But looking back at last year’s post of this tournament, sure enough, only Bubba and Harris seem to like LA.

Edit: Turns out my doubts were well-placed. 6 Bulldogs are entered. In addition to English and Watson, Keith Mitchell, Brian Harman, Russell Henley, and Hudson Swafford are also putting peg to ground today.

So now you know Bubba Watson, PGA Tour pro and Georgia Bulldog, won this tournament last year. After having won it in 2014 and 2016. Here’s how I called it just prior to the final round last year:

I like his chances Sunday, but his recent history doesn’t support this.

Shows what I know. But my, what a difference a year makes.

This time last year, Bubba was coming off a bad 2017 campaign (by his standards). His world golf ranking had fallen to #117, having been as high as #2 in 2014. Thanks to this win, and a couple of others last year (and over $5.7 million in earnings), Bubba is now #16 in the world.

This time last year, Tiger Woods was in the 800’s in world golf rankings. He only won a single tournament last season (Tour Championship), but did make 16 of 18 cuts, cashed over $5.4 million himself, and is now #13 in the world.

This time last year, Harris English was #223 in the world. The year before that he was #86. He’s now #336. Get it together, Vazquez English.

The field will include 20 of the top 30 in the world, with most of the big names playing. Names like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, and even Fred Couples - making his 35th appearance.

The course is an old-school classic. The rough is usually very thick and very penal. It is not heavily wooded (except along the property borders on a few holes), but the tree placement is perfectly vindictive. It isn’t particularly long, but it has enough length, plus rough, plus trees, plus poa annua greens which can be bumpy this time of year. So it will show it’s teeth to plenty of the world’s best.

The 10th hole happens to be one of my favorites in golf. It is a short par 4, driveable when you consider the distance of 315 yards. But the green is diabolically skinny, and bunkering on 3 sides protects it well. It usually plays on average over par.

Likewise #6 is a 200 yard par 3 with a big green, but the green also has a sand trap in the middle of it. So if your tee shot is on the correct side, par is not a problem. If you have a trap between your ball and the cup, well, you might get your thinking cap on.

And #18 might be my favorite finishing hole on the PGA Tour. 475 yards, all uphill, dogleg left to right, with a huge slope on the left (where your ball can hang up in the rough, forcing an awkward stance and almost guaranteeing not hitting the green), sloping away on the right (trees certainly blocking your approach shot), and a green sitting up on high, just below the magnificent clubhouse.

Georgia baseball gets underway, there should still be some energy in the fanbase in basketball thanks to recent events, the Gym Dogs continue to show out every week, and I’m sure there are other things to occupy your free time. But if you like golf, this is a tournament you have to add to your rotation. Enjoy, and as always...

GO ‘DAWGS!!!

Bulldogs Teeing Off in Spring Golf Season

We take a break from our normal pro ‘Dawgs on Tour coverage to bring you an update on how the current crop of undergraduates are matriculating through the NCAA golf world.

The Georgia Women’s Golf team now has two 2019 tournaments under it’s belt. At the end of January, the Bulldogs traveled west to Phoenix and a 1 day, 18 hole event at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club. The writing was on the wall for Coach Brewer’s squad to do well, and they finished the day in 2nd place, just 3 shots behind winner Arizona State (#14 nationally). Freshman Jo-Hua Hung led the Georgia team by carding a 2 under par 70 in her first collegiate action. A January enrollee, Hung was highly sought-after and she proved her mettle early.

The Bulldogs just finished the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, a 14 team event held Sunday through Tuesday in San Juan. And 8th place finish was respectable, finishing behind top 10 teams such as Kent State and Arkansas, plus #14 Northwestern. None of the Lady Bulldogs were able to go low, and the team shot 299-293-298 over the 3 days (par each day was 288). Two freshmen did finish in the top 20; Harmie Constantino tied in 9th place, and Jenny Bae tied for 18th.

The #35 ranked Bulldog team is back in Athens, and has a couple of weeks to practice before heading out to Seal Beach, CA in 2 weeks. The Gold Rush is a multi-team tournament hosted by Long Beach State, and is held February 25-26.

And just when the unincorporated territorians of Puerto Rico thought they were rid of Georgia golfers, the Men’s Golf team arrives on the island this Sunday for the Puerto Rico Classic. One might think of this as the “brother” tournament of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic mentioned above. Also a 14 team event, the #21 ranked Bulldogs will face some familiar and not so familiar foes in their first 2019 outing. Clemson (#12), Oklahoma (#13 - no word on if their top player will choose to enter the NFL draft), and good ol’ little brother Georgia Tech. Seven teams in the field rank lower than 50th, so we probably should finish ahead of Maryland, UNC-G, and Purdue.

The North Avenuers are historically a very strong golf team, and are currently ranked #4 in the country. Former GT players you might have heard of include David Duval (won the British Open and surpassed Tiger to be #1 in the world), Stewart Cink (also British Open champion), Larry Mize (who robbed Greg Norman in the ‘87 Masters and of which I will never forgive), Matt Kuchar, Tripp Isenhour, and plenty of others. Oh, and some hacker named Bobby Jones.

Forgive my side trip, it’s been a long winter.

Hopefully that gets you up to speed on golf from the Classic City. If you currently reside in an area that is above 50 degrees Fahrenheit and are able to play golf regularly, count your blessings. And you should be reading this only if your playing partner is in the clubhouse getting you a Diablo Sandwich and a Dr. Pepper from the nice lady.

And as always...

GO ‘DAWGS!!!

Crean’s first recruiting coup

Monday was a good, good day for Tom Crean and the Georgia basketball program. The Dawgs got a commitment from elite 6’4″ guard Anthony Edwards from Holy Spirit Prep in Atlanta. There’s some debate whether this is the highest-rated player ever to commit to Georgia, but that’s not important. If you’re even having that discussion, it means that Edwards is a player Georgia needs desperately.

Edwards is the type of attacking scoring guard sorely missing from the program, and his presence should elevate a talented frontcourt as Hammonds and Claxton continue to develop.

Some realty though –

1. Edwards can’t sign until the spring signing period begins on April 17th. Ashton Hagans was a Georgia commitment at one point last year. We don’t expect Georgia to blow up its program again this spring, but any Georgia football fan knows that recruiting doesn’t stop after a verbal commitment – especially when you’re talking about a prospect like this. There’s no reason to suspect Edwards’s pledge is anything but firm, but it’s not binding for another two months. Circle April 17th.

2. Transcendent program-changing lottery pick signings have had mixed results in college, and the programs they leave haven’t always been the better for it. Ben Simmons was outstanding at LSU, but his program and coach crumbled. Michael Porter battled injuries as Missouri struggled to get anything going. Darius Garland will never suit up for last-place Vanderbilt. The surrounding cast matters.

That said, Crean had to have a player like this. The common theme throughout the story of UGA hoops is lackluster recruiting especially when it comes to Georgia’s in-state talent. If Edwards turns out to be the beginning of a sea change in how his peers view the program, it will have been one of the most important moments in the program’s history. Crean had to have some credibility to start to gain the interest of those prospects. He’s not going to do it this year with results, so getting the commitment of someone like Edwards will open a lot of doors for Georgia’s recruiters.

So perhaps more important is what Edwards represents: an elite local prospect that stayed home. He told Dan McDonald from Rivals that “(Georgia is) my home. I want to put the school back on the map…I see that they need help, so that’s what I want to do.” If that message can begin to take hold among local prospects, Tom Crean will soon have the pieces he needs to realize his vision of an entertaining and competitive program at Georgia.

Georgia already has two 6’6″ 4* wings signed during the fall period, Jaykwon Walton and Toumani Camara. Georgia will try to take at least one more in the spring, and it would be ideal for one of the remaining spots to go to a point guard. Edwards understands the importance of bringing other top prospects along with him, and he plans to help recruit at least two highly-touted unsigned players:

“I got two of them, (6’9″ F) Precious Achiuwa and (6’5″ G) Lester Quinones. I’ve already been talking to them about it. Precious likes Georgia. Lester likes Georgia too and they are close friends, so I feel like we got a chance. I pray we have a chance.”

Bulldogs lose at Texas A&M, 73-56

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Georgia men’s basketball team dropped a conference road contest to Texas A&M, 73-56, Tuesday evening at Reed Arena.

A tough shooting night at 35.3-percent (18-for-51) including a 13-percent clip (3-for-23) from three-point range, contributed to Georgia’s defeat. The Bulldogs fell to 10-14 overall and 1-10 in the conference, while the Aggies improved to 10-13 overall and 3-8 in the SEC.

Individually, a double-double performance from Nicolas Claxton led the Bulldogs. The sophomore forward tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds for his seventh career double-double – all this season. Junior guard Jordan Harris chipped in 10 points and corralled eight rebounds. Harris has scored in double digits in three of the past four games. Also helping in the scoring department was sophomore guard Teshaun Hightower with nine points.

“We missed some shot, we were short on shots, but I thought their [Texas A&M’s] defense was good – there is no double about that,” Georgia head coach Tom Crean said. “But I also think we missed some open shots. Texas A&M played very well tonight.”

At the half, Texas A&M owned a 34-21 lead thanks in part to closing the half on a 19-7 run. Claxton and Hightower teamed up to give Georgia an 8-4 lead to start the game. A Claxton dunk and a Harris bookmarked an Aggie three for the Bulldog lead, 14-11, by the midpoint of the first half. TAMU overtook the lead with four-straight points, until an E’Torrion Wilridge recaptured the edge with a layup at 16-15 with 8:43 left in the first frame. The game’s fourth lead change followed and this time the Aggies rallied off a dozen unanswered points to gain a double-digit lead. Georgia dipped the deficit to nine twice prior to half but went into the break down 11 points.

The first points of the second half came at the free throw line after Harris was fouled on a 3-point attempt and converted all three to bring Georgia’s deficit to an even 10 at 34-24. The Aggies responded with a six consecutive points, until Claxton converted an and-one hook shot and free throw. Just above the 10-minute mark of the second half, Harris went high off the backboard on a contested layup to make it a 14-point margin at 53-39.

Later, Claxton scored five points in a row including another old-fashioned three-point play to cut the score to 59-46 with 6:38 to play. Georgia had the deficit at 13 points in two more occasions with the last one off a Tyree Crump three, but the Bulldogs weren’t able to narrow the deficit any further.

“I haven’t been able to study that yet, but I think at times it was good [energy off the bench],” Crean added. “We struggled guarding the basketball. We struggled at the post too, but we struggled guarding the basketball. I thought early on, we missed some close shots, some open threes, and I still don’t know if we are over the hurdle of the mentality if you miss those how good you have to be on the defensive end. We have got to get better at being able to guard the dribble. They [Texas A&M] are very aggressive and have numerous guys that can go get a shot. We don’t have that right now, so we have to trust our offense, trust our spacing and movement, and have to have strength in numbers, which is when the bench comes in.”

Next, Georgia returns home to battle LSU in front of a sellout Stegeman Coliseum crowd on Saturday, Feb. 16. The tip is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET and will be aired on SEC Network.

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Can Hoop Hounds Regroup Against Struggling Aggies?

The Georgia Bulldogs (10-13, 1-9 SEC) return to the court this evening following the most eventful week in recent program memory.

On Saturday Georgia dropped a lethargic 80-64 decision at home to Ole Miss that prompted Tom Crean to extemporate perhaps a bit too much on his players’ effort. Crean walked back and clarified his comments on his weekly call with writers, which may have helped smooth things (along with a reported hour long Sunday team meeting).

Crean also earned himself some brownie points by landing perhaps the nation’s top hoops recruit for the class of 2019, shooting guard Anthony Edwards out of Atlanta. While it won’t help him tonight in College Station, that pickup certainly made fans forget for at least a little while about his team’s continued struggles on the court.

Speaking of teams struggling, the Aggies have not had a great run in conference play themselves. The Aggies (9-13, 2-8 SEC) pulled out a win at Missouri over the weekend to claim their first conference victory in their last seven outings. Yay momentum!

The Aggies haven’t won back-to-back games since December, much like the Bulldogs. That’s not where the Texas A&M faithful hoped to be under eighth year head coach Billy Kennedy. So to say this is a matchup of teams hungry for a win would be an understatement.

I expect Coach Crean’s squad will come out with some added enthusiasm for this one, the question is whether it will be enough to deliver the W. We’ve reached the point at which it’s pretty clear the postseason is going to be a spectator sport for the ‘Dawgs. But it would be nice to get some wins down the stretch to build a little momentum for 2019-2020.

You can watch tonight’s game on the SEC Network with tip-off at 7:00 pm Athens time. Until later...

Go ‘Dawgs!!!

Anthony Edwards commits to Tom Crean and UGA

Anthony Edwards, the No. 2 overall recruit in the country, has committed to Tom Crean and the Georgia Bulldogs.

Edwards announced his commitment Monday morning at a ceremony at his high school in Atlanta, Holy Spirit Preparatory School.

Anthony Edwards (6-5, 215) is rated five stars, the No. 2 recruit, and the No. 1 shooting guard by Rivals.com.

In the 247Sports Composite, Edwards is listed as a five-star recruit, the No. 2 overall recruit, and the No. 1 shooting guard in the country for the 2019 class.

Edwards joins UGA commitments Jaykwon Walton and Toumani Camara, both four-star recruits, in Georgia’s class for 2019. The class is now ranked 12th by both 247Sports and Rivals.com.

The news of Edwards’ commitment to UGA is a huge uplift to the program, which is suffering through a nine-game SEC losing streak in conference play. The team is still adjusting to the new coaching staff and not everyone is on the same page.

UGA Basketball Commitments & Signees

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Georgia Lands Nation’s #1 Recruit…In Hoops!

Who’s happy? This guy.

Could this open up the Atlanta market for Tom Crean?

Suddenly, in the midst of a forgettable season in Tom Crean’s first year, there is genuine hope for future success for Georgia Basketball in two ways: the scoreboard and recruting. Earlier this morning, Anthony Edwards - the nations #1 uncommited prospect - decided to make Athens his next stop as he undoubtedly rockets towards a future NBA career and the college basketball world is abuzz (or, at least, it should be). Kentucky didn’t get him. We did.

Edwards is the highest rated Georgia recruit in the modern ranking era, and is listed as the #1 overall prospect by 247Sports, surpassing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who was rated at #12 upon his commitment to Mark Fox back in 2011. With this announcement, Georgia is knocking on the door of a top-10 class, jumping 27 spots in the 247Sports composite to #12 overall with more cards on the table.

What is Georgia getting with Anthony Edwards (can we call him “Goose” yet)? An incredibly athletic, physically gifted true point-guard with the ability to shoot from distance, navigate through traffic and finish at the rim or create opportunity for his surrounding cast. He is exactly what we do not have on the roster at present, and he is a game changer. I just used an Oxford comma I’m so excited.

Edwards is probably a “one-and-done” type player, but he could be the first of many home-grown, blue chip Atlanta area kids who decide to stay close to home and play for the Flagship in-state school. A tipping point may have been reached as Georgia has finally cracked the Atlanta market for a potentially transcendent player at a position of vital need. More, please!

This is a really big day for Georgia basketball and for the future. The last time I felt this way was when Dominique Wilkins shocked the world and committed to Hugh Durham over the field back in ‘79. Yep, I was around then. I’m old.

Get your season tickets now, folks. Next year will resemble nothing like this season thus far.

As Always, GO DAWGS!

Ice Dawgs Are Champs

Rally earns conference title in matchup of top-five teams

Success has earned Georgia’s club hockey program a lot of monikers, especially in recent years.

Add 2018-2019 conference champions to that list.

After advancing to the finals of the South Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference tournament with impressive shutouts of Tennessee and Arkansas by scores of 14-0 and 4-0, the stage was set to play for the conference crown on Sunday at the Ford Ice Center in Antioch, Tenn., just outside Nashville.

The Ice Dawgs went on to capture the title, overcoming adversity in the process. Georgia, ranked fifth in the South Region in the latest ACHA rankings, beat fourth-ranked Ole Miss 4-2.

After spotting the Rebels a 2-0 lead, Georgia went to work, getting on the board with 1:12 left in the first on a goal by Chris Santa Maria. With the game in the second period, Georgia, as well as the Santa Maria namesake, was far from finished.

Caleb Santa Maria’s notch just shy of the game’s midpoint tied the game at 2-2, and Chris Santa Maria’s goal put the Dawgs on top.

Carter Penzien added what would be an insurance goal in the third period to secure not only the final margin of victory, but the conference crown as well for Georgia.

Another big top-five showdown is next Georgia on Friday against second-ranked Tampa. The game will be played in Clearwater, Fla.

Go Ice Dawgs!

Georgia falls to the Rebels 80-64

ATHENS, Ga. – The University of Georgia men’s basketball team lost to the Ole Miss Rebels 80-64 on Saturday afternoon in Stegeman Coliseum.

Three Bulldogs shared team-high scoring honors. Guard Jordan Harris notched his first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high of 11 rebounds. The other 10-point scorers were guard Tyree Crump and forward Rayshaun Hammonds.

“We want to win games,” said Georgia head coach Tom Crean. “I’ve got to keep looking at what we can do to get this better now, and there is no one answer on how you handle that. You keep giving it. It does start with me, and it does start with my level of energy, my level of confidence, my level of belief. You’ve got to try to get that to them every day, and hopefully there’s other things that they absorb that will make them better through that.”

A 3-pointer from guard Teshaun Hightower started the Bulldog advantage 15 seconds into the game. The teams traded baskets and a pair of free throws from Hammonds brought the Bulldogs into the double digits leading 10-6. Hammonds’ second 3-pointer of the half gave Georgia its first double-digit lead at 18-8 with 15:27 remaining. The Rebels fought back to tie the game 20 all at the 11:29 mark and then took the lead 22-20 a minute later.

The lead changed hands with the game being tied twice at 22 and 25. Ole Miss went back on top at the 7:06 mark with a 3-pointer to make it 30-28 and maintained the advantage for the rest of the game.

Hightower sunk a three to open the second half and bring the deficit into single digits, 36-45. A jumper from forward Nicolas Claxton brought the score to 47-38.

With 13 minutes left, Ole Miss boosted their advantage 55-40. The Bulldogs fought to chip away with a tipin from Claxton and a three from guard Turtle Jackson narrowing the gap to 12. The Rebels maintained their composure and held on to a double-figure lead for the remainder of the game.

Georgia travels to College Station to take on the Texas A&M Aggies on February 12 at 7:00 p.m. on the SEC Network. The Bulldogs return to Stegeman Coliseum next Saturday when they host LSU at 6:00 p.m. That contest is sold out and will be Georgia’s sixth-straight sellout and seventh in the Bulldogs’ last eight home outings.

POST-GAME NOTES

• Another big crowd at Stegemen Coliseum with 10,033 fans. Through 13 home games this season, Georgia has averaged 8,939 fans, which is the most since the 2002-03 season.

• Despite today’s loss, Georgia still holds an all-time series record of 73-43 over Ole Miss. The Rebels’ win was the first at Stegemen since January 21, 2012. Prior to tonight, Georgia had won 7 of the last 9 meetings.

• The rebounding battle went to Ole Miss to a tone of 38-32. It marked only the seventh time Georgia has been outrebounded this season and the Bulldogs are 0-7 in those games.

• Nicolas Claxton had two blocks to put his season total of 62, an average of 2.7 bpg – both tops the SEC. On the Georgia all-time season block chart, Claxton past Yante Maten who sat at No. 6 with 61 (2016).

• Two-Block, Two-Steal Game: Nicolas Claxton finished with two blocks and two steals. It is the seventh time in his career that he has recorded at least two of each and they have occurred all this season. He leads the team in both categories this season.

• Moving up in top-10 in Career Rebound: Derek Ogbeide grabbed three rebounds. He is now 14 boards away from tying Chris Daniels who sits No. 8 on the all-time Georgia rebounding list.

• Both Georgia and Ole Miss had seven 3-pointers in the first half. The Bulldogs finished with 11, while the Rebels hit two more in the second half. Teshaun Hightower had three, marking his fourth time having multiple threes this season. Tyree Crump, Turtle Jackson and Rayshaun Hammonds all hit two.

• Junior guard Jordan Harris led the Bulldogs in rebounding for the first time this season.

• Ole Miss’ Breein Tyree dropped 31 points, tying his career high he set last month. Entering the game, Tyree was third in the conference in scoring, averaging 18 ppg. He has scored 20+ points in five straight games.

POST-GAME QUOTES

Head Coach Tom Crean

On players showing frustration…

“I’ll chalk it up right there to the lack of mental toughness, and we knew that. We know that. We’re working on it every day. When you’ve lost some games, you’re going to either move up with it or it’s going to come down. We saw that a little bit too much today. So I have to gauge that. Every day it’s a matter of how we practice and get ready to play, and if I continue to see that type of frustration — here’s what happens. We don’t talk. We don’t talk on defense. And it doesn’t matter if we’re man, it doesn’t matter if we’re zone. We’re trying to protect the paint with switching, we’re trying to mix defenses some, not as much as we’re going to need to, but we don’t guard the dribble very well, so we have to do the switching potentially but when two guys come together and they don’t talk or one guy talks and the other one doesn’t respond, those kind of things happen.”

On improving mental toughness…

“We just keep practicing. I could give you a litany of things. I could give you 100, I could give you 150, but here’s the thing: It’s what they absorb. Coaches don’t give guys mental toughness, okay. It’s — your strength coach can give them a better form for physical strength. But the mental toughness has got to come through knowing that you have some ability, knowing that you’re not getting them — we had 16 turnovers in the first half. I just said this on the radio: We may very well have to pull this break off, and because we’re not — that’s not the way it’s going to be at Georgia. I promise you, this is going to be a fast-paced program as we go, but we’re just hurting ourselves with turnovers that make no sense.”

Sophomore Forward Nicolas Claxton

On level of frustration at this point in the season….

“I think we started out the game and it was 18-8, you know we were up. Everyone was knocking down shots, we were in rhythm. And I think those turnovers, the turnovers hurt us but just us not having that fight, and just coming back and trying to hit them in. That is just really disheartening for us to come out like that and not play hard. So we just need to get it right.”

On why mental toughness is just a struggle for the team…

“I think that is just maturity. Not letting one mistake affects another one. Not letting one mistake affect another play. So, if we get a turnover, we just have to have short-term memory, you can’t dwell on that. So, I would say that is something we really need to work on.”

On why the team lacks fight…

“I can’t even tell you. We just need to come together as a team. I can’t just tell you that. We really need to come together as a team, and just have a meeting. Just talk about it because at this point in the season we don’t have anything to lose, we might as well just go out there and give it our heart. I feel like we should just come together as a team, and give it our all every game.”

Junior Guard Jordan Harris

On level of frustration at this point in the season….

“For me, I think once everyone on the team realize there will be mistakes made in the game that will help us out. Some guys get down when they make a turnover or frustrated with another player, I think that is just running throughout our team and it really effects us on the court.”

On why the team lacks fight…

“Everybody just got to sell out. We just got to fight till the end. No one likes playing behind. But, sometimes when we get behind and a lot of negative things carry over they just get worse. But that is something we are working on. ”

On how the buying into the new coaching…

“There is no issue there, I feel like everyone bought into the program. And to what he is bringing to the table. Some guys are going to be upset about playing time but, you know, everyone wants to play. I feel like everyone has bought in, and we all in for it.”

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Georgia men seek elusive second conference win against Ole Miss

Hello again, friends. As Larry would have said, get the picture:

It’s been a rough few weeks for Georgia basketball. The ‘Dawgs now stand at 10-12 overall, and an abysmal 1-8 in SEC play. We’re not going anywhere for postseason play other than the Barnett Shoals Burger King (I hear they’ve got new monkey bars). Coach Crean sounds bewildered in his postgame remarks, and frankly I don’t blame him. While help may be on the way, we’re missing both the building blocks and the skilled labor to put our house in order.

There’s nothing to do at this point but get a little better every time out. There’s a corner up there somewhere, and we’re gonna turn that son-of-a-gun if it kills us. Today brings a showdown at the Stege with Ole Miss (15-7, 5-4 SEC). The Rebels are coming off a come-from-behind 75-71 win over Texas A&M which helped them snap a four game losing streak. The Rebs were led by Breein Tyree’s 22 points. At 18 points per game Tyree is Ole Miss’s leading scorer.

Ole Miss has struggled to shoot the ball consistently this season, which sounds right up our alley. But when the Rebels have gotten hot (as they did earlier this year in back-to-back wins over top 15 Auburn and Mississippi State squads) they’re as good as just about anyone.

Tipoff is at 1:00 p.m. Athens time on SEC Network. Until later . . .

Go ‘Dawgs!!!

Justin Fields eligible immediately at Ohio State, issues statement

Former UGA quarterback Justin Fields has been ruled immediately eligible to play at Ohio State, the NCAA announced on Friday.

Justin Fields transferred to Ohio State after not receiving much playing time as a true freshman in Athens. Fields was second string behind true sophomore Jake Fromm and likely would have remained there heading into the 2019 season.

Below is the release from the NCAA:

The transfer waiver application seeking immediate eligibility for student-athlete Justin Fields that The Ohio State University submitted to the NCAA has been approved. Fields will be eligible to compete in the 2019-20 academic year.

“I am happy for Justin and his family,” Ohio State head coach Ryan Day said. “I also want to express my appreciation to the NCAA for its assistance in getting this matter resolved efficiently and with such a positive outcome for Justin.”

Shortly after the NCAA’s release, Justin Fields issued a statement. He addressed his time in Athens and rumors that were reported by several websites concerning his treatment in Athens.

I thank God for His guidance during this time of uncertainty. I would like to thank the NCAA for its approval of the waiver allowing me to be eligible to play football this fall. I also want to thank all those who supported and encouraged my family and me during this process. While my case was pending before the NCAA, my family and I did not feel that it was appropriate to publicly speak about the circumstances leading to my transfer. In my silence, people began to speculate, and the story took on a life of its own.

Now that this matter is concluded, I would like to clarify some facts. I have no regrets about my time at UGA and have no hard feelings for the school or football program. My overall experience at UGA was fully consistent with UGA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. My sister is a softball player at UGA. I am still close friends with many of my UGA teammates. A part of me will always be a Georgia Bulldogs fan.

To Buckeye Nation: thank you for your warm welcome. I will work hard to represent you and The Ohio State University in a professional and respectful manner. My dad always tells me that “you can’t get to where you are going by looking in the ‘rear view mirror.”‘ I’m ready to move forward and embrace the next season of my life. I will not be speaking about my transfer again. Instead, I will focus all of my attention on getting to work in the classroom and on the field- and doing whatever else I can to help my teammates as we prepare for the 2019 season.

Now that this matter has been resolved, the Justin Fields saga appears to be over. Moving forward, discussion should turn to his performance for Ohio State.

It’s possible that the Georgia Bulldogs will meet the Ohio State Buckeyes in the College Football Playoff during the next few seasons. If that happens, of course it’s Go Dawgs!

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Eli’s Comin’

I noted on Signing Day that Georgia still might have an immediate need at tight end despite signing two TEs in the 2019 class. Ryland Goede is coming off ACL surgery, and Brett Seither will still be a bit raw. That’s not a slight against either’s potential to succeed at Georgia; it’s a statement about the need to have game-ready tight ends available early in the season.

It’s not a surprise then that Kirby Smart continued to work the transfer pool after Signing Day, and the Dawgs didn’t waste any time signing graduate transfer Eli Wolf from Tennessee. Wolf has played in eight games at Tennessee, caught eight passes with one touchdown, and was named a team captain after beginning his career as a walk-on. He earned recognition as the improved player on offense after Tennessee’s 2018 spring practice. Wolf isn’t much bigger than Seither, but you’d expect that a few years in a D-1 weight room would have him a little more prepared to contribute right away. He’s remaining active before heading to Athens “working out five days per week with a personal trainer in Knoxville specializing in speed and strength.”

Georgia now has five scholarship tight ends: Wolf (RSr.), Woerner (Sr.), FitzPatrick (RFr.), Goede (Fr.), and Seither (Fr.). Smart might not be finished adding transfers to the 2019 team, but we’re fairly certain that the TE position is set now. With Wolf and Woerner set to depart after 2019, TE will again become a priority for the 2020 class, and one of the best is right here in state.

UPDATE: Georgia has added a second graduate transfer: 6’5″ WR Lawrence Cager from Miami. Cager had a productive 2018 season with 21 receptions, 374 yards, and a team-high six touchdown catches. His size jumps out, and he gives Georgia, by my count, at least four receivers (not even tight ends) at 6’4″ or better: Cager (Sr.), Tommy Bush (RFr.), Matt Landers (RSo.), and George Pickens (Fr.)

Gym Dogs Look To Tame Tigers

The Gym Dogs took care of business last Friday, putting up a season-high 197.475 in their first SEC win care of the Arkansas gymnastics team. There were accolades aplenty from the match, with Sydney Snead scoring a 39.600 in the All-Around (her career best) and season-highs in bars (9.8), beam (9.925), and floor (9.925).

Junior Sabrina Vega caught some of that spotlight too, with a 9.9 on vault (season-high) and 9.925 on beam (season and meet high). Obviously it was a team effort to eclipse the 197 mark (2nd time this season), and included stand-out performances by Rachel Dickson on floor, and freshman Mikayla Magee on beam and floor.

If the Gym Dogs want to notch a 2nd conference win, they will have to continue their recent trend. But this time is against the 13th ranked Missouri Tigers, and on the road in CoMo. I don’t know the full line-up, but here’s what you can usually expect:

Senior Sydney Snead will compete in all four disciplines. She currently boasts a season average of 39.354 in the All-Around.
Junior Rachel Dickson also competes in the All-Around with an average of 39.012, and she stands out in the uneven bars (2nd best on team) and floor.
Fellow Junior standout Sabrina Vega averages over a 9.850 on beam and vault, and her 9.904 average on floor backs up her incredible routines there.
Sophomores Marissa Oakley and Emily Schild are usually on the bars.
Freshman Alexa Al-Hameed has been a mainstay on bars, and fellow first year Rachel Baumann has competed every week on beam. Rachael Lukacs is living up to billing on both vault and floor.

The meet is broadcast on the SEC+ Network (check your local listings) and starts at 7:00 pm CT (8:00 in Athens). Georgia lost it’s last SEC road test at Auburn last month, so they have a second chance to beat the Tigers away from home (albeit nicer Tigers). Sure enough they will go to Baton Rouge to face LSU later in the season. All 3 Tigers, all 3 on the road. But for now... Just. Beat. Missouri. And as always...

GO ‘DAWGS!!!

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