Tag:Bryan McClendon
Posted on: September 28, 2011 4:34 pm
Edited on: September 29, 2011 11:12 am

UGA's Rambo plays through loss of unborn son

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo played a whale of a game against Ole Miss last Saturday, collecting two interceptions, four tackles, and one pass breakup in the Bulldogs' 27-13 victory. But almost no one watching knew exactly how impressive that performance was.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday that Rambo took the field only two days after learning that his unborn son, Braylin Rambo, had passed away following "late-pregnancy complications." Braylin was laid to rest Monday with Bacarri in attendance.

Bacarri was, unsurprisingly, "emotional" during his performance in Oxford:

"It was very emotional, a tough time for me," said Rambo ... "I just said a little prayer every time before I went on the field. And I could hear his voice say, ‘I’m watching you, Daddy. Go Daddy. Make me proud.’ It just motivated me."

Rambo decided to play only after discussing the situation with team chaplain Thomas Settles — whom he calls “T-Set” — and his father, Danny Rambo.

"I told him he should play," said Danny Rambo, a volunteer assistant coach at Seminole County High. "I told him to use that as a motivator. I told him, 'Dedicate the rest of the season to your son. He’s looking down on you now. So go out and make him proud.'"

Rambo has now picked off four passes in only three games, having missed the season opener against Boise State via suspension, and was named the National Defensive Back of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards.

Eye on CFB offers Rambo and his family condolences on their loss.

Other Georgia news: Rumors are swirling regarding two Bulldogs and their status on the Georgia roster. Sophomore cornerback Derek Owens has already confirmed his plans to depart the team via e-mail, and tailback Ken Malcome's lack of playing time and absence from Tuesday's practice have some wondering if he might also be on his way out.

But the program has yet to make any official statement on Owens, and running backs coach Bryan McClendon said Malcome missed the Tuesday practice with an illness.

UPDATE: Score one for the rumor mill: Mark Richt confirmed Wednesday that both Owens and Malcome have left the program. Their departures brings the number of Georgia players that have left with eligibility remaining this calendar year to an even dozen.
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:43 pm

More phone related violations for Georgia

Posted by Tom Fornelli

You know, in order to continue playing football at a school, a player is expected to perform to a certain level while in the classroom. Grades have to be maintained, or eligibility is taken away. I'm starting to wonder if the coaches and assistants at Georgia shouldn't be held to the same standards. I really think it would be to Georgia's benefit if coaches were forced to take a "How To Use A Phone 101" class.

Remember last week when Georgia was hit with some secondary violations for inadvertant text messages that Mark Richt sent to a recruit's father? Well, guess what? Georgia's inability to properly utilize a phone is going to bite it in the butt once more.
Inadvertent telephone communication once again has forced UGA to report secondary NCAA violations to the Southeastern Conference office.

This time it involves Georgia running backs coach Bryan McClendon. According to Athletic Director Greg McGarity’s Aug. 1 letter to SEC Commissioner Mike Slive, obtained by the AJC via state and federal open records laws, McClendon thought he was calling a friend named Jay Harris when he accidentally called recruiting prospect Drew Harris instead. Harris is a four-star running back prospect from Exton, Penn.

What made this a violation is McClendon’s call was made on May 29, 2011. Fellow UGA assistant coach Scott Lakatos had made a recruiting call to Harris on May 3. Therefore the second call was deemed to be a violation of two NCAA bylaws that restrict telephone contact with recruits.
I generally find when people use the acronym SMH -- shaking my head -- on Twitter to be extremely annoying, but I can't help it, you guys, after reading that I am SMH so hard right now. It's an innocent mistake, yes, but you would think Georgia coaches would learn from their mistake the first time.

Make sure you know who you are calling and texting before you send the call or the text. It's simple. If you need help, seek out one of the players to guide you through the process.
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