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November 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Georgia volleyball welcomes back alumni 

The University of Georgia Volleyball has jumped for new ideas and will be hosting its first alumni weekend during its game against Arkansas, reports The Red & Black. Former Georgia volleyball players are invited to watch the 2011 team and learn about their experiences.

Star Soccer forward’s love for the sport

Alexa Newfield is Georgia’s star soccer player who scored 15 goals as a sophomore, reports the Red & Black. Her upbringing, family history and personality all help explain her love for soccer.

Georgia in minority for special teams coaches

Georgia is in the minority of programs that don’t employ a special teams coordinator, reports The Athens Banner-Herald.Eighty-nine of the 120 Football Bowl Subdivision programs have an assistant on staff with that title and UGA is not one of them.

Dawgs anticipate making to the SEC

The Georgia Bulldawgs haven’t been to the southeastern conference since 2005; however, with Saturday’s win against Florida, they are well on there way. The Bulldogs will have to do their part by taking care of business the next two weeks against No. 25 Auburn on Nov. 12 and woeful Kentucky on Nov. 19, reports The Athens Banner-Herald dog bytes.

Georgia’s Jarvis Jones makes the most out of life

Jones didn’t want to play football in high school. He thought of himself as a basketball player — and was an exceptional one indeed, reports the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. This 6’3 outside linebacker eventually finds a home with the Bulldawgs.

 

 

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October 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Clemson, USC and UGA  players got a shot in the UFL
Six former University of Georgia athletes showed off their skills this season as employees of the United Football League, the Anderson Independent Mail reports.

On-field success props up recruiting, reads an ESPN.com headline. UGA is making its way into the BCS standings for the first time since 2008. Are the elite prospects gravitating toward the Bulldogs?

Ranking the Five All-Time Greatest Traditions in Georgia Bulldogs Football History
A Bleacher Report columnist reminisces on his favorite experiences between the hedges, including the pre-game Dawg Walk and Calling the Dawgs during every kickoff.

Georgia falls to Alabama in Tuscaloosa
The UGA volleyball team lost to the Alabama Crimson Tide Friday, bringing its record to 9-14 overall and 5-8 in the Southeastern Conference, The Red and Black reports.

Ugly game, beautiful result for Georgia
Anderson Independent Mail reports the University of Georgia’s 24-20 football victory over the Florida Gators Saturday. The Bulldogs’ record is now 6-2 overall and 5-1 in the SEC.

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October 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

No excuse for coaches behaving badly, reads a headline on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution website. Bulldogs defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was in a postgame confrontation with Vanderbilt University’s James Franklin.

SEC investigating Georgia-Vandy fracas
The Southeastern Conference began an investigation into the heated exchange between UGA’s Todd Grantham and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin, ESPN reports.

Former UGA Quarterback David Greene Helps Raise Money for Kids Affected by HIV/AIDS in Savannah
UGA HEROs held a fundraiser to help youth in Savannah attend Camp High Five, a summer program designed for kids affected by HIV/AIDS. Former UGA quarterback David Greene was the special guest, the WSAV website reports.

Dawgs have 3 in updated ESPNU 150
ESPN reports that UGA is in the mix for the most desired commitments in the country, including the school’s top commits, John Theus of Jacksonville, Fla., and Jonathan Taylor of Millen, Ga.

UGA Mark Richt sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to football recruit
Newnan High School’s Tray Matthews received a personalized birthday wish from UGA head coach Mark Richt. Matthews turned 17 Tuesday, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

 

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October 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Dawgs have major opportunity, reads a Fox Sports South headline. The team will try to extend its winning streak to four games Saturday against Tennessee.

Bulldogs excited about first-place tie in SEC East
Georgia, South Carolina and Florida have 2-1 league records, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Georgia Notebook: Crowell named Freshman of the Week
UGA running back Isaiah Crowell has been named SEC Freshman of the Week. Through five games, Crowell is averaging 103 yards per game, topping all freshmen in the SEC, the Gainesville Times reports.

UGA Athletic Association names director for compliance
The Red & Black reports Jim Booz, former Associate Athletic Director for Compliance at the University of Virginia, has been named the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Compliance at UGA.

UGA linebacker suspended after DUI arrest
Outside linebacker Cornelius Washington has been suspended for the next two games after being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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September 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

UGA’s Crowell earns SEC weekly honors
University of Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell has been awarded the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week for the second time this season, reports The Gainesville Times.

Todd Grantham has put the Bite Back in the Bulldog Defense, reads a Bleacher Report headline. Grantham’s work with the team has resulted in a “moderate growth” in defensive performance.

Richt educates UGA fans on how to disrupt MSU’s offense
We don’t want them to communicate well.  We want them to have trouble hearing each other and we want offensive lineman to jump offsides,” said Mark Richt when addressing the fans on MrSEC.com.

MSU wants to find balance in ground game
In response to Mark Richt’s request for fans to make more noise and prevent Mississippi State University’s coaching staff from communicating effectively, Coach Dan Mullen said his coaching staff will use more hand signals and big play boards, reports The Commercial Dispatch.

UGA’s Rambo plays through loss of unborn son
Braylin A. Rambo died last Thursday of late-pregnancy complications, and Bacarri played his heart out against Ole Miss last Saturday collecting two interceptions, four tackles and one pass breakup for the Bulldogs. His son was laid to rest Monday with Bacarri in attendance, reports CBSSports.com.

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September 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Nature Unites Us All 

Nature brought them together – reads the lead of a Red & Black article reporting on The Athens Nature Writers Group. The group is relatively new and unites all environmentalists, writers, naturalists, artists and photographers to discuss and express their role and love for nature.

High School Writers Volunteer to Publish Magazines

The student staff of “Odyssey”, the award-winning publication at Clarke Central High School, is just as dedicated to writing as they are to fundraising money to publish several magazines throughout the school year. Athens Patch reports that close to two-dozen students volunteered during the past game against South Carolina and plan to volunteer at all six home games and earn approximately $8,000 this season.

New Fight Song May Help to End Losing Streak 

Dodd Ferrelle, a local musician, has created a new fight song with hopes to engage more Georgia football fans and encourage the team to earn a better performance track. Ferrelle has created the song and handed it over to professionals at the Music Business Program to aid in some of the more technical matters, reports the Red & Black.

Gamedays Become Cleaner

Littering has been kept to a minimum during the avid tailgating prior to the football matches and gameday fans have kept the campus clean, and some have recycled. “I thought the crowds were well-behaved and considerate of their surroundings,” said George Stafford, the UGA official who oversees the tailgating scene, to the Athens-Banner Herald website, Online Athens.

Grady Students Lead the College as Ambassadors 

Twenty-six Grady College students applied, interviewed and were selected as ambassadors to lead the college as representatives across an array of majors. They will serve as student resources, help host many of the Grady events and enhance the image of the college to those at the University of Georgia and beyond, reports the Grady College website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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September 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Georgia Football: Will an Aaron Murray Breakout Season Save Mark Richt’s Job?

The Bulldogs will take on Boise State this Saturday in the Chik-Fil-A Kickoff. According to Bleacher Report,  Coach Mark Richt’s future is in the hands of quarterback Aaron Murray.

Equestrian Gears Up for 2011 Season

According to georgiadogs.com, the Georgia equestrian team is gearing up for this season through challenging puzzles, relay races, and adapted version of Simon Says. All of these activities were part of the team’s annual Team Bonding Day, aimed at encouraging newcomers and veterans alike to get to know one another.

‘Time management’ the toughest part for Georgia’s Isaiah Crowell

According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, when Isaiah Crowell blew off a team of reporters because he forgot to show up for a scheduled press conference, the mistake did not please his coaches. Since arriving on UGA’s campus, Crowell has struggled with managing all of the responsibilities that come with football and school.

Diaz, son fall into court routine

UGA tennis player Eric Diaz and his father, head coach Manual Diaz, have maintained a distinct difference in their relationship on and off the court. The Red and Black reports that Diaz stressed the fact that on the court, his son is just “another guy and he gets treated no differently from anyone else.”

Preparation Winding Down for 2011 Season Opener

Georgiadogs.com reports that this Saturday’s Chik-Fil-A Kickoff against Boise State will be the Bulldogs first time opening against a top-five team since 1965. For Coach Mark Richt, this season’s opener has “a little more juice added to it.”

 

 

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August 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

UGA Day Scheduled for Aug. 27 in Lithonia

The University of Georgia Athletic Association is teaming up with the DeKalb County School System to bring “UGA Day—Learn, Play, Excel” to life. Head men’s basketball coach Mark Fox and head women’s basketball coach Andy Landers will help elementary students learn the value of sports participation while promoting what UGA’s Athletic Association has to offer.  UGA hopes to not only impact the community through presentations on education, leadership, and anti-bullying, but to also recruit students who may attend UGA in the future.

Georgia athletics: McGarity reflects on first year as Georgia’s AD

Fewer arrests, mentoring sessions, and a new nutrition program. These are just a few of the big changes that University of Georgia athletics director, Greg McGarity, implemented in his first year on the job. Thanks to McGarity, the Bulldogs’ season opener in Atlanta will be in the national spotlight.

Uniforms have fans seeing red, but Georgia players rave

When Boise State faces the Bulldogs in Atlanta, they’ll be surrounded by a sea of red. The new Georgia football uniforms deviate from the traditional look, featuring red jerseys, red pants, and white helmets. Although the fans may be upset by the new changes, the players couldn’t be happier. “It’s 2011. You know, we’ve gotta have a little swag,” junior receiver Tavarres King said.

Fans take opposing views on new Photo Day rule

For the first time, the Georgia athletic association prohibited fans from bringing outside items to Picture Day. The association cited “public issues surrounding student athlete autographs across the country” as the reason for the new policy. Although some fans agreed that the new rule would deter people from hoarding away autographed items to sell later, some fans wished they could have added to their personal collections.

New volleyball coach Stemke ‘amazing’

Georgia head volleyball coach, Lizzy Stemke, has big plans for this season. Stemke will focus on setting a foundation for the volleyball program, so that the team may start competing at a national level. The team has hopes to finish the SEC on top. Redshirt sophomore Kathleen Luft referred to Stemke as “an amazing coach.”

Men’s tennis ‘going for the whole thing’ this year

There’s only one thing on the minds of the Georgia men’s tennis team: winning the national championship. The team worked out all summer, engaging in team drills and practices. Seniors took on new leadership roles by scheduling practices, as the coaches were not allowed to lead practices before the season officially started.