A hot topic around the college football world since Coach Richt rejuvenated a dormant UGA football program many moons ago has been where he stands among his SEC coaching peers, and also where he stands among all-time greats. Dawg Sports has provided readers with the Mark Richt Victory Watch after every Bulldog victory; Kyle did an incredible series last year on Coach Richt and his place among UGA's greatest coaches at certain stages of their careers. This nifty little series of graphs from the ABH shows readers where Coach Richt stands among the household names of SEC coaches these days. Did you know that Coach Richt... -has a higher winning percentage than both Steve Spurrier and Vince Dooley? -needed fewer games to get to 100 wins than Bear Bryant and Nick Saban? -has a higher bowl winning percentage than any of the guys on the list? Critics will always say that Coach Richt falls short of the only number that matters- the ranking at the end of the season. I'm not going to say I'm pleased that Georgia hasn't won a national championship in my 30 years on this earth. What I will say is that we have a darn good coach and a darn good man running our football program. That championship will come, maybe even sooner than you think. We finally have a capable defensive coordinator in Athens!
The 2014 baseball season is in full swing, and a number of former UGA baseball players continue to impress under the sizzling summer sun. I continue my series on former Georgia baseball players and...
This is exactly the kind of high-character young man we need donning the red and black. Gary appreciates the offer and will hopefully work his butt off to play Between the Hedges one day. Welcome to Bulldog Nation, Gary! No matter which position you end up playing, we're happy to have you at UGA.
Guerry Clegg hits the nail on the head in this commentary. Coach Mark Richt, long known as a choir boy in the Bobby Bowden "aww shucks" school of discipline, has finally earned the title of iron-fisted authoritarian. That said, some are now accusing Coach Richt of having now gone too far in the other direction. Clegg correctly dismisses this notion as "nonsense." Coach Richt, a true believer in forgiveness, didn't dismiss star players like Josh Harvey-Clemons and Tray Matthews because they messed up. Coach Richt dismissed these guys because they messed up again. I applaud Coach Richt for upholding a strict code of conduct among his players. It came back to haunt us last season, but trust me, the view from the moral high ground is much better.
It's hard to believe we are now two full months into hardball season. I continue my series on former Georgia baseball players and how they've been performing at different levels of professional...
Leo Costa passed away last week, and reader/writer/commenter Dawg Haus reminds us just what we lost with Georgia's original kicking great.
Check out this link to watch highlights of the Dawgs defending their home turf against NC State in a 4-1 victory.
Reader, writer, commenter Dawg Haus brings us the monthly installment of what our former Diamond Dawgs are doing on the professional level.
Dawg Haus gives us a run down of all the former Diamond Dawgs toiling away in pro baseball as opening day is right around the corner.
Things have been looking up for the Diamond Dawgs lately. Scott Stricklin's club has been hot as of late and its members have not gone unnoticed. Please join me in congratulating pitcher Robert Tyler on receiving SEC Freshman of the Week honors. Tyler racked up eight scoreless innings in a combined shutout of Georgia Tech last Tuesday. Tech hitters were 2-for-27 (.074) against Tyler, who only allowed two singles. He got the no decision, but holding Tech scoreless through eight is nothing to sneeze at. Congratulations, Robert!
I know the news of Josh Harvey-Clemons being dismissed from the team this week is a bit of a smudge on what's otherwise been an outstanding offseason for Georgia football. Well, this might not be...
This is overdue, but still great to hear.
Mark Richt has lost control of Nick Saban's roster management.
Word is that Mike Ekeler, the former USC assistant, met with Coach Richt yesterday. Here's why I'd be happy about this hire: - No real prior UGA connection - Was part of a national championship staff at LSU - Was a special teams star (!!!) under Bob Stoops at Kansas State from 1991-94 We'll see how things develop. Stay tuned!
As first announced on Dawg Sports by my partner-in-pucks, Captain Jack Sparrow, Georgia's Ice Dogs participated in the Savannah Tire Hockey Classic this past weekend. I'll yield to the Captain for color from the games: http://www.dawgsports.com/2014/1/16/5314736/anybody-going-to-be-in-savannah-this-weekend. He was there with phone in hand, updating all interested parties in how the games were coming along. Thank you, Captain, for your outstanding coverage and support of UGA hockey! This year's Georgia squad finished second to those loveable first-place Florida Gators, who made mincemeat of the Ice Dogs on Friday night. We might have finished second this season, but the Savannah Tire Classic has been very kind to Georgia since its initial hosting in 1999. The tournament is held each January. The Ice Dogs compete along with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Florida Gators, Florida State Seminoles, The Citadel and South Carolina Gamecocks. Georgia has won the tournament six times and has been the runner-up seven times in the tournament's sixteen-year history. Not too shabby. For all you southeast Georgians out there, I highly recommend you check out the tournament next January. Hockey is a fast-paced and interesting sport that was never given a fair shot in Atlanta, but has flourished in other "non-traditional" hockey markets like Nashville and Raleigh. For all you Athenians (and those lucky enough to be within driving distance of the Classic City), I encourage you to catch a game when the Ice Dogs make the move from Duluth to the Classic Center next season. If anyone ever has any questions about hockey, I'd be happy to answer them or even do a fanpost where I explain the rules of the game. I've been a big fan of "the coolest game on earth" ever since the early 90s, when some boys from New York moved to my folks' neighborhood and schooled me in the ways of this exotic, yet riveting, sport. Please join me in congratulating the Ice Dogs on a good showing in the Savannah Tire Hockey Classic. For a team currently dwelling in the cellar of the SEC East (which features only Florida, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Tennessee), this is exciting news. Here's to hoping the Ice Dogs build on that momentum and finish strong this season!
Please join me in welcoming Nashville's Rico McGraw to the Bulldog Nation. McGraw, a 2015 recruit, is a big-time safety who had offers from all of Georgia's most formidable foes on the recruiting trail. Welcome, Rico!
2013 was a season in which most Dawg fans found themselves wondering what could have been. Well, now that that snake-bit campaign is thankfully in the books for good, I suggest we take a minute to...
Not too much analysis to share here. This is a more exciting matchup than Iowa or Minnesota, but who out there is excited about playing these guys again?
via img.bleacherreport.net What could have been with a fully-healthy, less-snakebitten Georgia Bulldog football team in 2013? Weren't the Dawgs supposed at least to challenge for the...
Now that Aaron Murray is officially no longer a college football player in the most technical of meanings, he will be signing autographs at Georgia Square Mall in Athens on Saturday, December 14. Being the DGD that he is, a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Extra Special People, one of Murray's favorite charities. If you can make it to Athens next Saturday and could get one for me, too, I would greatly appreciate it. I prefer not to share my email address directly to arrange for payment/reimbursement/shipment, but you can get it from a few staff members- MaconDawg, DavetheDawg and chuckdawg have it for sure. Kyle has it, as well. They all have my permission to share it. I believe I've been clear about the level of respect and admiration I have for Aaron Murray on Dawg Sports and would appreciate it if anyone could help me out. I live in Virginia and cannot make it for obvious reasons. Many thanks, in advance, and my apologies for the shameless sales pitch, Dawg Haus
Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the hiring of Vince Dooley to serve as Georgia's head football coach. Please join me in thanking Coach Dooley for all he did for the university and its athletics programs. Also feel free to share your favorite Dooley stories below. I'm too young to have many.
Just when you thought you had no more tears to shed for this DGD and all-around phenomenal human being...
To Aaron Murray, a DGD: In case you don't recognize it, this is a picture I took on September 4, 2010. This is your first collegiate snap. The Dawgs were facing Louisiana-Lafayette on a beautiful...
This might be old news by now, but UGA's special teams have been deemed so bad that a mock Twitter account was created by some disgruntled fans. While I typically don't appreciate things that poke fun at anything Georgia-related, some of these tweets are pretty darn funny.
Marc Weiszer of the Banner-Herald provides us with a brief yet thorough update from the trauma ward that is Georgia football this season. Looks like Todd Gurley is giving it a go at practice, albeit in a non-practice jersey. Will he be ready to face the belly sliders next weekend in Jacksonville? I sure hope so. Also of note, it seems that Michael Bennett is progressing nicely and might even be ready for the Cocktail Party. Tray Matthews was running alongside Bennett at practice today, so there's something to be a little optimistic about, as well. Here's where things get ugly: J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas, you know, the only scholarship tailbacks we have (other than A.J. Turman, who looks to be redshirting this season) behind the injured Gurley and Keith Marshall, were both in non-contact jerseys at this afternoon's practice. Green is bothered by a shoulder sprain while Douglas's problems are leg-related (sprained knee and wrist). If these young men are still hampered by their respective injuries come next Saturday, we might as well all report to Jacksonville and try our hands at running the rock for Georgia. Just as ugly is the situation on the receivers' side where Chris Conley, pretty much the last reliable pair of hands the Dawgs had left before he went down with an ankle injury on the last play of the "game" last weekend, was not even seen at practice, a likely sign that we will not see him on the field anytime soon. To top that off, former walk-on Rhett McGowan was sporting a non-contact jersey with an ankle injury. Y'all, the injury situation at Georgia was scary the second Gurley went down against LSU. It became crippling after the win at Tennessee. It might have just been pushed to post-apocalyptic. I like to think of this season as the Georgia football equivalent of the Book of Job. We've lost some livestock and our season is covered in boils. But Job kept the faith and I am, too. 2014 is gonna be our year! Please join me in wishing these young men a speedy recovery. Oh, and Florida sucks. Go Dawgs!
In case you haven't noticed, and judging by the attendance, you haven't, an ice rink is coming to the Classic Center. The rink will serve as home to the Ice Dogs, UGA's non-varsity ice hockey team. As a lifelong fan of the game (and, yes, I am a native Southerner), I am thrilled about the decision to build an ice rink in Athens. My hope is that this helps foster the development of the sport in the great state of Georgia, whose reputation as a "hockey state" was undoubtedly tarnished by the departure of the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers. If you're in Athens when the rink is constructed, I encourage you to give the sport a shot. If anyone is curious, I'd be happy to write up a hockey primer for those unfamiliar with the sport. Go (Ice) Dawgs!
It could have been worse, right? Here's to wishing Michael a speedy and full recovery!
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