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    A University of Georgia student was killed overnight while driving his car on I-20 just west of Atlanta. The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office identified the victim as 20-year-old William Whitaker, of Carrollton. Whitaker was driving in the westbound lanes on I-20 when a tractor trailer crashed with two cars in the eastbound lanes. Debris from the wreck was sent into the westbound lanes, striking two vehicles, including the car driven by Whitaker,  who died on the scene.  The driver of the truck has been identified as Mario Polier, 53, of Hialeah, FL. He now faces numerous misdemeanor charges including second degree homicide by vehicle  
  • The Athens-Clarke County Police has named a new Chief.  Cleveland Lee Spruill, Sr. will begin his duties as of February 4, 2019. From the ACCPD: Manager Blaine Williams has appointed Cleveland Lee Spruill, Sr. as the Chief of the Athens-Clarke County Police Department. He will begin his duties as of February 4, 2019.  “After careful consideration and based on extensive feedback from the citizens and officers about what they want to see in our new Police Chief, I believe that Chief Spruill will be an exceptional fit for Athens-Clarke County,” says Williams. “He stood out among an extremely well-qualified group of candidates as the right person to lead our Police Department, uphold our community-oriented policing philosophy, and serve as an ambassador to the community.” Chief Spruill had served as the Huntersville, North Carolina Chief of Police from May 2014 until January 2019. In his position, he led the 111 member (102 sworn and 9 civilian) Huntersville Police Department in a town with a population of 60,000 and an annual police budget exceeding $12.8 million. “It is an honor and a privilege to be selected as the next chief of the Athens-Clarke County Police Department,” said Spruill. “I look forward to leading the talented and capable men and women of the department and pledge my best effort to train them and enrich their careers. Together, we will strive to build on organizational successes and enhance trust and relationships with the community to make Athens-Clarke County among the safest places in Georgia to live, learn, work and visit.” Prior to his time in Huntersville, Spruill served the Alexandria, Virginia Police Department for nearly 27 years. This included more than 17 years of command level experience with assignments in each of the major bureaus. In his final assignment with the Alexandria Police, Spruill served as the Executive Deputy Chief, managing more than 320 sworn and 105 civilian employees, with an annual police budget that exceeded $57 million and serving a population of more than 150,000. Spruill retired from the Alexandria Police Department in 2014 to become the Chief in Huntersville.  “Throughout his 31-year police career, Chief Spruill has established a reputation as a reformer and change agent,” notes Williams. “He has shown that he can support his officers effectively in reducing crime and enhancing the quality of life, while at the same time building trust and strengthening community relationships with law enforcement.”  As part of the process of selecting a new Police Chief, Williams collected public input from residents, as well as current and past police officers. Residents submitted over 150 online form submissions and voicemails, while a panel of Police Department Command Staff also provided feedback and recommendations.  “Chief Spruill embodies the characteristics that both the community and the government are seeking,” said Williams. “I believe he can connect well with the community - including underserved populations, will support the officers, will communicate in a transparent fashion, is fair and builds trust, will emphasize training and 21st Century Policing principles, and has demonstrated an experienced career leading community policing.” Spruill was born in Queens, New York, in 1964 and relocated with his family to Richmond, Virginia in 1978. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he was assigned to the 3rd U.S. Infantry Battalion at Ft. Myer, Virginia. He was honorably discharged in 1986 and joined the Alexandria Police Department the following year.  Chief Spruill is a graduate of the 217th Session of the FBI National Academy in 2004 and completed the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police in 2012. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s degree, both in Business Management, from Johns Hopkins University.  Spruill is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police. Chief Spruill has three adult children and two grandchildren. During his spare time, he enjoys participating in church youth mentoring programs and coaching youth football. “Interim Chief Mike Hunsinger has done a commendable job of managing
  • The Athens-Clarke County police responded to an in-progress aggravated assault on Lexington Road this week.  From the ACCPD:  On January 6th at 2:34 am, ACCPD responded to an Aggravated Assault in progress at a residence on Lexington Road. Upon arrival, ACCPD could hear a struggle inside the residence. ACCPD dispatchers advised our officers that the victim, a 46-year-old female from Athens, reported that she was being attacked. Dispatchers relayed to our officers that she said, “He’s got a baseball bat.” Due to the exigent circumstances, ACCPD forced entry into the residence, locating the suspect and victim. The suspect was detained and ACCPD began providing aid to the victim. To provide quicker access for an EMS crew, an ACCPD officer forced the back door of the residence open. EMS entered through this door and began providing aid. The EMS crew determined that the victim needed immediate transport and the ACCPD officer helped move and load the stretcher into ambulance. Noting the victim’s condition and need for immediate care, the ACCPD officer drove the ambulance while the EMS crew provided life-saving care. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. After an ACCPD investigation, the suspect, 51-year-old Christopher Warden of Athens, was arrested for Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Battery
  • ATHENS, Ga. --- Twenty-nine University of Georgia student-athletes will receive undergraduate or graduate degrees Friday morning during the fall commencement exercises at Stegeman Coliseum.   Among the 29 UGA student-athlete graduates are nine from football; seven from track and field; three from baseball; two each from men’s golf and swimming; and one each from gymnastics, soccer, softball, volleyball and women’s basketball. In addition, three sports communications student assistants and one compliance student assistant will be receiving their degrees.   Baseball (3): Chase Adkins, General Business; Blake Cairnes, Consumer Economics; Mitchell Webb, Sport Management.   Football (10): Kendall Baker, Sociology; Michael Barnett, Communication Studies; Rodrigo Blankenship, Journalism; Lamont Gaillard, Sociology; J.R. Reed, Communication Studies; Keyon Richardson, Sociology; DeAngelo Tyson, Housing Management and Policy; Steven Van Tiflin, Real Estate and Finance; Nick Williams, Communication Studies; and Shakenneth Williams, Sociology.   Gymnastics (1): Gigi Marino, Human Development and Family Science.   Men’s golf (2): Zach Healy, Sport Management; Jaime Lopez Rivarola, Kinesiology.   Soccer (1): Delaney Fechalos, Finance.   Softball (1): Lindsey Miles, Early Childhood Education.   Swimming (2): Gunnar Bentz, Management; Stephanie Peters, Sport Management.   Track and field (7): Sarah Gardner, Kinesiology; Cejhae Greene, Consumer Economics; Addy Lippitt, Management; Anna Machovec, Computer Science; Chanice Porter, Kinesiology; Karl Saluri, Food Industry Marketing Administration; Kendal Williams, Communication Studies.   Volleyball (1): Sarah Lagler-Clark, Psychology.   Women’s basketball (1): Simone Costa, Communication Studies.
  • ATHENS, Ga. --- University of Georgia sophomore Mollie Belisle earned a spot on the 14th annual women's soccer SEC Community Service team, announced by the conference on Tuesday.    Since arriving in Athens, Belisle has been a shining star on the Georgia soccer team. Her personality brightens people’s day and her heart for others is evident in everything she does. Sidelined with an ACL injury this season, Belisle has been an encouraging voice for the Bulldogs, constantly showing support and bringing an uplifting spirit to the facility.   Aside from school, soccer, and now rehab so that she can get back on the field with her fellow Bulldogs, Belisle is a mentor at Barrow Elementary School. The Atlanta native attends her mentee’s soccer games and swim meets as well. Her love for children continues with her involvement with Extra Special People (ESP) and participation in the Special Olympics Prom, where she will be getting a pie in the face in the coming weeks. Through her involvement with Wesley, Belisle is a member of GROW and served on a mission trip to Jamaica last year.   The SEC sponsors Community Service Teams for all 21 league sponsored sports. The Community Service Team highlights an athlete from each school who gives back to his or her community in superior service efforts. HOW TO FOLLOW GEORGIA SOCCER: For complete information on Georgia soccer, follow the team on its social media channels via @UGASoccer on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
  • Jefferson , Georgia based Jackson EMC is preparing for the effects of Hurricane Michael, which is expected to bring lots of rain and heavy winds to Georgia starting later today. The company issued some tips and guidelines to what you should do if you become affected by the storm.  From Jackson EMC:  (JEFFERSON, GA. Oct. 10, 2018) Jackson EMC is closely monitoring the projected forecast of Hurricane Michael and is ready to respond if Northeast Georgia is impacted. Current forecasts indicate Northeast Georgia could experience strong winds and rain beginning Wednesday evening, Oct. 10, due to Hurricane Michael.  Linemen and other support personnel stand ready to respond to our members when needed.  For information about storm preparation, to report outages and for a listing of current outages visit: www.jacksonemc.com/storm.  Resources:  Report Outages. Jackson EMC members should report outages to at 1-800-245-4044 or by visiting outage.jacksonemc.com.   Storm Center. Outage updates and a map with current outages is available at: news.jacksonemc.com/outages/.   Outage Map. Available in the Storm Center, the Outage Map provides real-time information on outages. www.jacksonemc.com/storm   @JacksonEMC on Twitter. Follow @JacksonEMC on Twitter for storm tips and outage updates, or like us on Facebook JacksonEMC.  (JEFFERSON, GA. Oct. 10, 2018) Jackson EMC is closely monitoring the projected forecast of Hurricane Michael and is ready to respond if Northeast Georgia is impacted. Current forecasts indicate Northeast Georgia could experience strong winds and rain beginning Wednesday evening, Oct. 10, due to Hurricane Michael.  Linemen and other support personnel stand ready to respond to our members when needed.  For information about storm preparation, to report outages and for a listing of current outages visit: www.jacksonemc.com/storm.  Resources:  Report Outages. Jackson EMC members should report outages to at 1-800-245-4044 or by visiting outage.jacksonemc.com.   Storm Center. Outage updates and a map with current outages is available at: news.jacksonemc.com/outages/.   Outage Map. Available in the Storm Center, the Outage Map provides real-time information on outages. www.jacksonemc.com/storm   @JacksonEMC on Twitter. Follow @JacksonEMC on Twitter for storm tips and outage updates, or like us on Facebook JacksonEMC. 
  • The University of Georgia vs. Middle Tennessee State football game on Saturday September, 15th has become the latest event to be impacted by Hurricane Florence, which is on track to effect weather across the Southeast the next several days.  Kickoff was scheduled for 7:15pm on Saturday but has instead been rescheduled for NOON to accommodate travel for those in areas that will be affected by the storm.  The latest track of Florence has it moving into the Carolinas sometime in the next day or so, and then potentially making a turn towards Georgia as the storm weakens over land. While wind gusts are expected, no hurricane force winds are expected in Georgia, but outer rain bands could bring with them several inches of rainfall along with gusty winds at times.  Statement from UGA: “After extensive evaluation involving the uncertainty of weather conditions on the east coast, and consideration of all constituencies involved including fans, support staff, and law enforcement, the Saturday Georgia-Middle Tennessee State game has been moved from 7:15 p.m. to a 12 noon kickoff in Sanford Stadium.”   The game will be televised on ESPN News and will stream live on the ESPN app.   The University of Georgia encourages fans to support disaster relief efforts through the Red Cross by texting “REDCROSS’ to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or going online to   https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-florence-donations.html/  
  • If you're traveling to Columbia, Missouri on September 22nd, go ahead and start finalizing those UGA Football tailgate plans.  The No. 3 ranked Georgia Bulldogs will kickoff against the Missouri Tigers in the Show Me State at 12 p.m. ET on Faurot Field. The game will be televised on ESPN.  The Bulldogs have not lost in Columbia since the Tigers joined the SEC in 2012, when Georgia welcomed the newcomers to the conference on their field with a 41-20 victory. The most recent trip resulted in a much closer 28-27 victory which included a fourth down conversion for a TD late in the game in 2016. 
  • ATHENS, GA -- Georgia and Clemson have signed a contract to play football in 2024 as part of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game in Atlanta.  The game will take place August 31, 2024 in Mercedes Benz Stadium.  “We’re thrilled to be able to renew a storied rivalry between two historic programs that are within such a close proximity to Atlanta,” said Bob Somers, Peach Bowl, Inc. chairman. “Both Georgia and Clemson are two of the most well-represented fan bases in our city, so we’re expecting an electric atmosphere for this one.” The two programs have been rumored to be in talks for some time about getting each  other back on the football schedule. The rivalry is an historic one with 64 previous meetings, the most recent games played as a home and home series in 2013 and 2014.  “Many of the players on both teams know each other and the proximity of the two schools makes it especially competitive,” said UGA head football coach Kirby Smart. “This is another great opportunity for our team and our fans to play an outstanding team in an extraordinary city and venue. We are appreciative of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game staff for their hard work in putting the game together.” Georgia will be making its fifth appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game. The program recently announced another future appearance in the game against Oregon in 2022. Clemson will be making its third appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. The Tigers fell 34-10 to Alabama in the inaugural Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in 2008, but later defeated Auburn 26-19 in the 2012 game. “It is great to be able to renew our rivalry with Clemson in Mercedes Benz Stadium in 2024,” said UGA J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg McGarity. “We know our fans will enjoy another outstanding experience in Atlanta, and will look forward to a great game.” The teams will battle for The Old Leather Helmet Trophy, one of college football’s newest rivalry-style icons. Traditionally, winners of The Old Leather Helmet don the helmet on the field after the game, starting with the head coach and then rotating from player to player as the team celebrates its victory.   The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game averages more than 68,887 fans for each game – higher than 36 bowl games from last year – and an additional 67 million television viewers since 2008. Total team payouts average $5.2 million – higher than 26 bowl games last season – with more than $67 million in payouts over its history.   Past and Future Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game match-ups include:   Year: Match-Up: Winner:  2008 (9) Clemson vs. (24) Alabama Alabama 34-10 2009 (5) Alabama vs. (7) Virginia Tech Alabama 34-24  2010 (16) LSU vs. (18) North Carolina LSU 30-24 2011 (5) Boise State vs. (19) Georgia Boise State 35-21 2012 (25) N.C. State vs. Tennessee Tennessee 35-21 2012 (14) Clemson vs. (24) Auburn Clemson 26-19 2013 (1) Alabama vs. Virginia Tech Alabama 35-10 2014 (18) Ole Miss vs. Boise State Ole Miss 35-13 2014 (2) Alabama vs. West Virginia Alabama 33-23 2015 (25) Louisville vs. (6) Auburn Auburn 31-24 2016 (18) Georgia vs. (22) North Carolina Georgia 33-24 2017 (3) Florida State vs. (1) Alabama Alabama 24-7 2017 (25) Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech Tennessee 42-41 (2 OT) 2018 (6) Washington vs. (9) Auburn 2019 Alabama vs. Duke 2020 West Virginia vs. Florida State 2020 Georgia vs. Virginia 2020 Auburn vs. North Carolina 2021 Alabama vs. Miami 2021 Louisville vs. Ole Miss 2022 Oregon vs. Georgia 2024 Georgia vs. Clemson
  • Athens, Ga --   “War.”  \ ˈwȯr \    Definition:  “A state of usually open and declared armed hostile conflict between states or nations.” On New Year’s Day 1943, Morgan County, Georgia native and All-SEC guard Henry Walter “Chief” Ruark led the University of Georgia football team onto the Rose Bowl field in Pasadena, California to conduct what many would describe as “war” against UCLA.  Ruark, along with future Heisman Trophy winner Frank Sinkwich and UGA legend Charley Trippi would successfully win the proverbial war and bring glory back to Georgia with a 9-0 victory.  Not long after, Ruark, along with many other members of the 1942 National Champion Georgia Bulldogs, would finally understand the true definition of war. Members of “The Greatest Generation,” college football players from around the nation found themselves in foreign lands fighting in World War II. Ruark would enlist in the U.S. Army where he was promoted to Master Sergeant and serve in the 47th Regiment of the Ninth Infantry Division.   On the day after Thanksgiving in Belgium, November 1944, Ruark volunteered to lead a patrol to combat German snipers who were  picking off American troops. He took the lead on the march so that he, not his men, would be the most exposed of the patrol in an effort to protect them. In doing so, Master Sergeant and Georgia Bulldog National Champion Henry Walter “Chief” Ruark was killed by a German bullet that he was seeking to eliminate.  Ruark  left behind his wife Hazel, who was a student at UGA at the time of her husband’s death, and would soon after give birth to their daughter, Pat, who never had the chance to meet her heroic father. The Army would later present Hazel with a Silver Star awarded to her husband for his bravery in the circumstances surrounding his death.  Starting Friday at the UGA Special Collections Library in Athens, you can see Ruark’s Rose Bowl jersey as part of the new ‘Fighting Spirit: Wally Butts and UGA Football, 1939-1950” exhibit, highlighting an era which saw the sport interrupted by WWII. In addition, Ruark’s Fort Benning football jersey will be on display, which he wore as part of a team designed for entertainment and physical training for the boys preparing for war. Ruark’s story is only one of many in this year’s exhibit, open to the public and free of charge to get your UGA football home game weekends started. The exhibit will be on display in the Rotunda Gallery of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries until May 10th, 2019, and guided tours are being offered on Fridays before home games at 3 p.m. “It’s the story of how coach Wally Butts built the program,” says Jason Hasty with the Special Collections Library, who will be giving the guided tours. “He built it up to where it could win a National Championship at the Rose Bowl in 1943, but then he had to really hold it together as the men in the program went off to war. Then he had to rebuild it when the men came back around 1945.” During the tours, Hasty will be offering the backstory and insights to the exhibit, which go way beyond the materials themselves. The era of college football is considered to be so incredibly unique, as for the first time - and perhaps the only time - the sport consisted of seasoned men in lieu of fresh young boys away from home for the first time.  “You have these G.I.s coming back, that had been in the Service for three or four years, they had been overseas, they had been in combat situations and came back to get their college degrees, and football wasn’t really that intimidating for them,” Hasty said. “So you saw the level of play really in the late 40s elevate as these men, and they really were grown men at that point, coming back into college from the Service.” Patrons of the exhibit will be treated to dozens of photographs and artifacts from the era, including an original program from the 1943 Rose Bowl Game along with an official game ball. Charley Trippi’s All-American sweater and Frank Sinkwich’s 1941 team jersey are displayed, which may catch patrons off guard as they may have never seen them in color. But perhaps the most visually satisfying piece is a pair of the original “silver britches” from the era.  Coach Wally Butts’ original playbook is also part of the exhibit, which are all hand drawn in meticulous detail. A far cry from the iPads coaches and players carry around today.  The Special Collections Libraries building, located at 300 South Hull Street, is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The building is CLOSED on home football game day Saturdays. 
  • Logan Booker

    Logan Booker is the producer for Classic City Today on 98.7FM and AM 1340 WGAU from 6am-10am weekdays, and occasionally contributes on-air with Tim Bryant. Logan also covers the midday news on WGAU Monday-Friday. On occasion, he fills as a co-host of The Morning Show on 960 The Ref. 

    Logan has covered UGA sports since 2012, previously with Bulldawg Illustrated. 

    He is a graduate of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, where he earned a degree in magazine journalism in addition to a Grady Sports Media certificate. He was born and raised in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and in addition to his current home in Bethlehem, Georgia, he spends lots of time with his dog and his boat in Lincoln County, Georgia. 

     

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  • For the UGA fans who wish the Bulldogs didn’t always play the Florida Gators in Florida, they’ve found an ally on the other side. Florida athletics director Scott Sticklan was asked this week what he thought about the Gators-UGA series being played in Jacksonville, as part as an extensive Q&A with Gatorsports.com’s Pat Dooley. “Jacksonville is really unique and special,” Sticklan said. “It’s something not many schools have. It would be nice to have Georgia on our campus and go to their’s, but we have to weigh that against what Jacksonville means to that series. It’s pretty important now. But you never say never.” The Georgia-Florida game has been played in Jacksonville since 1933, with the exception being a home-and-home series during the 1994 and 1995 seasons due to stadium renovations at Jacksonville. Many UGA fans approve of the Florida game always being in Jacksonville because it’s a longtime tradition, and nice vacation during the fall to go to St. Simons Island and the nearby beaches. Other Bulldog fans prefer a switch to a home-and-home series because they feel that Florida has an advantage with the game being played in the state of Georgia or they simply don’t like giving up a home game every other year, among other reasons. Are you pro-Jacksonville or not? Please post your opinion below. The post Florida A.D. likes idea of home-and-home series for Georgia-Florida appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — The Georgia basketball family is rallying around Coach Tom Crean, whose mother Marjorie passed away Thursday in Michigan. Bulldogs’ assistant coach Amir Abdur-Rahim said he wanted to respect Crean’s privacy at this sensitive time. But Abdur-Rahim confirmed what many of the Georgia players have already come to know and respect: Tom Crean is a man of faith and a man of great strength and resiliency. RELATED: Tom Crean dealing with pain of mother’s passing There’s no doubt Crean will be coaching with a heavy heart when Georgia (9-7, 1-3 SEC) plays host to Florida (9-7, 1-3) at noon on Saturday in a nationally-televised CBS tilt. But throughout these final times of his mother’s life in Michigan, Crean has shown exemplary leadership in Athens amidst a challenging schedule dealt him and UGA the SEC conference office. A sellout crowd will be at Stegeman Coliseum to show their support for Crean and the Bulldogs. UGA has already played the three highest-ranked teams in the SEC in Tennessee, Kentucky and Auburn — easily the most difficult early slate in the league. Georgia fans have responded, having already sold out seven games this season. It’s the most sellouts for the Bulldogs since they had eight during the 2002-03 season. Crean has been appreciative of the support, but obviously, he has also been dealing with a much more painful, personal family issue for some time. “I t’s a pretty private matter, (but) the one thing that I will say is you know Tom Crean is a really strong person,” Abdur-Rahim said. “Obviously you know that his faith is very important to him, but just watching him here over the last you know week or so, you just realize how strong of a person he is.  He’s still been able to come to practice dealing with what he was dealing with and still give guys and give our guys and our staff 100-percent effort, 100-percent focus on what we’re doing and preparing us. “I think he’s one of the best leaders I’ve been around. I’m sure it’s been difficult for him, but how he’s done it I couldn’t answer that for you.” Crean has kept the focus completely on basketball, declining to elaborate on his mother’s health after a road loss at then-No. 12 Auburn last Saturday. RELATED: Tom Crean wants more mental toughness from Bulldogs The Georgia head coach hinted that he may have to make some lineup changes to spark his team’s defensive effort and slow starts in the second half. “We know that’s been our Achilles heel this season,” Abdur-Rahim said, “so we have to make sure we do a great job of just mentally coming out with great energy you know physically being prepared to playing knowing that it’s a 40-minute game.” Georgia sophomore star Nicolas Claxton said the Bulldogs are ready to change their mental approach. WATCH: Kentucky coach John Calipari praises Nicholas Claxton “I think it is more of a mental thing, I wouldn’t really say it is a physical thing,” Claxton said. “We have to make sure to come out with the right mentality and make sure that we starting the second half with the right mindset and ready to go.” Georgia is 7-2 at home this season, with the only losses coming to ranked opponents Arizona State (No. 20) and Kentucky (No. 12). Georgia basketball assistant Amir Abdur-Rahim   The post WATCH: Georgia basketball family respects, rallies around Tom Crean leading into Florida game appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Once again, Georgia offensive coordinator James Coley appears to be a wanted man. Only this time, it’s an NFL team that may be after his services. The Dallas Cowboys fired their offensive coordinator Scott Linehan on Friday, and will be searching for a new one to optimize the talents of quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott. And one name that was almost immediately mentioned was that of Coley by the NFL Network’s Adam Ian Rapoport. As the #Cowboys dig into possible replacements for embattled OC Scott Linehan, they have one on their current staff — TE coach Doug Nussmeier — and may look to the college game to better utilize Dak Prescott’s talents. UGA OC James Coley will receive some consideration there. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 18, 2019 Just last Friday, Coley was named Georgia’s new offensive coordinator, replacing Jim Chaney. Chaney left to become the offensive coordinator at Tennessee. Contract details for Coley’s new deal have not been announced yet. Georgia hired its tight ends coach, Todd Hartley, on Monday and released his contract details on Thursday. Coley has been with the Georgia program since 2016, starting as the wide receivers coach before moving up to quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator this past offseason. Coley is also an excellent recruiter in the South Florida area, making him a major asset for the Georgia program. Last offseason, Texas A&M tried to hire Coley to be its offensive coordinator, but he elected to remain with the Bulldogs. Related:  Terry Godwin: Georgia offensive coordinator James Coley ‘brings the juice every day’ Most of Coley’s work has come in college, but he did serve as an offensive assistant for the Miami Dolphins in 2005 and 06, when Nick Saban ran the team. He previously worked as an offensive coordinator at Florida State and Miami, but only served as the play caller in Miami. While Georgia has filled out its offensive staff, it is still looking for a new defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach. The search to fill that position has lasted longer than six weeks, as Mel Tucker was named the head coach at Colorado on Dec. 5. Best Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Georgia football staff attrition challenging Kirby Smart, leaves anxious fans watching, waiting ESPN names Georgia standout Andrew Thomas to early 2019 All-American team Georgia football podcast: UGA’s delay in hiring defensive coach starting to make more sense Terry Godwin: Georgia offensive coordinator James Coley ‘brings the juice every day’ Identifying who could be Georgia’s best under-the-radar offensive player in 2019 When should Georgia fans start to worry about the defensive coordinator hire? The post Report: James Coley mentioned as candidate for Dallas Cowboys OC job appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily — the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the cast of DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss UGA coach Kirby Smart’s quest to keep the Bulldogs on top of the SEC. On episodes No. 868 (Jan. 18, 2019) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about UGA’s upcoming recruiting weekend. Georgia football podcast: UGA heads into major recruiting weekend without DBs coach in place Beginning of the show: Georgia’s expected to host a number of top recruits this weekend — incuding 4-star defensive back Kaiir Elam. However, as of Friday it still hasn’t announced a defensive backs coach. I’ll address that subject on today’s show. Eight-minute mark: UGA left tackle Andrew Thomas is generating early buzz as both an All-America candidate and a first-round draft pick. I’ll discuss why Thomas might be UGA’s most important player next season. 15-minute mark: DawgNation’s recruiting insider Jeff Sentell joins the show. Some of the topics covered include… Whether UGA’s lack of defensive coaching hires is a problem The lastest on Elam Reaction to an interesting thread from the DawgNation forum on UGA’s wide receiver recruitment And a look at some fun videos involving a a new helicopter for UGA coach Kirby Smart and an impressive dunk from 2020 recruiting target, 5-star defensive end Brian Bresee. 35-minute mark: I take a look at other SEC headlines including the odd way in which former Alabama quarterbacks coach Dan Enos was reported to have left the program, a minor NCAA violation for Tennessee that might point to a larger problem, and a Vols coach who has apparently decided to pass on a new job and promotion in order to stay with the team. 40-minute mark: I recommend DawgNation Daily listeners and viewers check out Chip Towers’ piece on running back Brian Herrien and address the reports involving former UGA defensive back Deangelo Gibbs transfer to Tennessee. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: UGA heads into major recruiting weekend without DBs coach in place appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean lost his mother, Marjorie Crean, after her long battle with an illness. “My sister Michelle and our family are incredibly fortunate to have my mom as a mother and a grandmother,” Crean said in a school release. “Her perseverance and toughness were huge characteristics in her life, and she carried those with her until the very end,” he said. “We could never thank her enough for giving us the wherewithal and the courage to pursue our dreams with an incredible passion she instilled in each of us.” Crean traveled to Michigan last Friday to be with his 80-year-old mother, returning last Saturday to coach the Bulldogs at Auburn. Crean, in his first year as UGA’s head coach, has let Georgia know he does not plan on missing any games. The Bulldogs play host to Florida at noon on Saturday in the second of five consecutive sellouts at Stegeman Coliseum. Georgia is 9-7 overall and 1-3 in the SEC with league losses to No. 3-ranked Tennessee, No. 12-ranked Kentucky and No. 14 Auburn. The defeats to the Vols and the Tigers were both on the road. Marjorie Crean is survived by her two children, Tom Crean and Michelle Dean; her daughter-in-law, Joani Crean; her son-in-law, Shannon Dean; and three grandchildren, Megan, Riley and Ainsley Crean.         The post Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean’s mother, Marjorie Crean, passes away at 80 appeared first on DawgNation.