Posted on: October 12, 2010 1:01 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2010 1:01 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Florida wide receiver Chris Rainey hasn't been with the team since his arrest following a threatening text to a woman he used to date. Rainey has since reached a settlement in the case, but had not returned to practice.
That has changed.
Rainey is back practicing with the Gators though he is yet to be fully reinstated to the team. According to Urban Meyer, Rainey will have to meet certain conditions -- which the coach wouldn't state -- before he's allowed to play again for the Gators. He will not be allowed to play for the team's game against Mississippi State this weekend.
“Chris Rainey is working towards being part of our football team again,” Meyer said in a statement. “I’m disappointed that he violated a core value of our program, but he continues to pay a price for his actions. Chris will have to meet a set of conditions to become a part of our team again and although he is practicing, he will not play this weekend. The timetable for his return will depend on his ability to follow the guidelines we have laid out for him.”
No word on whether Meyer informed Rainey through a text message saying "time to practice."
Rainey also released a statement on Tuesday morning, the first time he's spoken publicly since his arrest.
“I am embarrassed and sorry for my actions and I apologize to everyone that I affected by my behavior,” said Rainey. “I’m working towards being a part of the Florida football program again and I realize that representing this University is a privilege. I have spent the last several weeks reflecting on my actions and realized that is not who I want to be.”
The Mississippi State game will be the fifth game Rainey misses thanks to his arrest, and while we can't know for sure when he'll be back, considering that Florida has a bye next week before facing Georgia on October 30, I'd bet that's the game Rainey makes his return.
Posted on: October 12, 2010 9:23 am
Edited on: October 12, 2010 12:25 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
UPDATE 12:08 ET: Caleb King has been suspended two games by head coach Mark Richt in response to his arrest for failing to appear in court. It is expected that true freshman Ken Malcome will play, splitting the running back duties with starter Washaun Ealey.
"I expect all our players to take care of their responsibilities on and off the field," said Richt in a university release. "When players don't do that it damages the reputation of the player, our team, and our university. My goal is for Caleb to learn a lesson and for other players to learn from his experience."-------------------
With Caleb King's arrest on Monday morning, much of the attention in Georgia has refocused on off-field issues with King being the 11th player arrested from this year's squad. King was arrested for failure to appear in court after a speeding ticket, certainly not the worst of his Bulldog teammates, but still not the idea result after getting pulled. Of the other 10 players arrested this season, four have been dismissed and most of the others have resulted in at least a one game suspension. King's situation is the first traffic related incident, though some sort of punishment is expected.
Head coach Mark Richt did not address the situation in terms of revealing what kind of punishment would be handed down, though he hinted that a combination of the arrest and Carlton Thomas' injury may result in the first playing time for freshman Ken Malcome.
“There’s a good chance that happens,” Richt said on his radio show Monday evening. “We’re not saying for 100 percent certain he will, but the situation that Caleb has gotten himself into and the fact that [tailback] Carlton Thomas’ hamstring may or may not be ready by the end of the week, it may be that Ken has to play.”
Malcome, a highly touted four-star recruit, has yet to see action for the Bulldogs. The in-state running back was one of the big wins for Richts 2010 class, with Malcome choosing the Bulldogs over Florida, Oklahoma, and Alabama, among others.
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Posted on: October 11, 2010 11:23 am
Postedy by Tom Fornelli
Mark Richt woke up on Sunday morning with a smile on his face. The sun was brighter, the flowers smelled better and his breakfast was tastier than it had been in months. He finally had a victory to celebrate and got to spend a day not worrying if his team's latest loss would cost him his job.
He got a whole 24 hours to be happy.
Then on Monday morning he found out that his running back Caleb King was in jail for failing to appear in court for a speeding ticket. King was pulled over for doing 76 mph in a 55 mph zone on June 20, and had a court date for the ticket on August 6. Which, obviously, he didn't show up for and had a warrant issued for his arrest.
"I was hoping that someone would pay his bond up there in Clarke County and we wouldn't even have to pick him up," said Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman early Monday morning. "But as of right now, no one has paid it, so I've got a deputy en route to pick him up."
According to a Georgia spokesman, Mark Richt is aware of King's arrest and is "continuing to gather information." King is the eleventh Georgia football player to be arrested since March, and though speeding isn't exactly a terrible crime, it's not something Richt wants to deal with at the moment either.
King has rushed for 228 yards and a touchdown for Georgia this season.
Posted on: October 10, 2010 12:04 am
Edited on: October 10, 2010 1:07 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
1. Les Miles is the smartest, craziest moron to ever coach a college football team. Seriously, the man took nothing but grief all week from the media and his own fans following the near debacle against Tennessee last week. And it was well deserved! It's not like it was the first time he's had problems with clock management at the end of the game. Then the Mad Hatter goes and pulls another white rabbit out of the hat against Florida by calling that fake field goal in the video above. You know what kind of guts that takes to make that play call when your fan base is already calling for your head on a plate? Then he managed to have his team spike the ball following a big catch by Terrence Tolliver to set up a first and goal. A few plays later it was Jarrett Lee hitting Tolliver on a fade to win the game, and the Mad Hatter had struck again. LSU is 6-0.
2. Alabama is mere flesh and bone, just like you and I. Following its 31-6 win over Florida last week, Alabama had been crowned as the clear-cut best team in the country, and people like me were wondering if it would ever lose again. Turns out it would. The Tide saw their 19-game SEC win streak come to an end in Columbia on Saturday, 'Bama's first regular-season loss since 2007. Now they find themselves in the unfamiliar position of having to win out to have a chance to get back to the SEC title game.
3. The Ol' Ball Coach still has it. With the win over Alabama, and Florida's loss to LSU, the Gamecocks find themselves in the driver's seat in the SEC East. Odds are that when they roll into Gainesville on November 13 there will be a trip to the SEC Championship on the line. As long as Stephen Garcia doesn't try throwing any more passes through the uprights, I like their chances.
4. The Auburn defense needs work. Listen, it's nice that the Tigers are 6-0 and tied with LSU atop the SEC West standings, but if their defense doesn't play better than it did in Lexington on Saturday night, they can kiss any hopes of an SEC title goodbye. The Tigers were torn apart through the air, as Kentucky completed 24-of-29 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns. They needed a last second field goal to get out of Lexington alive and keep this from being one of the saddest Saturdays in the state of Alabama's history.
5. Mark Richt and the Bulldogs have a pulse. The first five weeks of the Georgia season had been a nightmare for Richt and his team, and it was one it had to be wondering if it would ever wake up from. Richt will have to thank Tennessee for remembering to set the alarm. Georgia finally played like the team we're all used to seeing on Saturday, putting up 402 yards and 41 points on the overmatched Vols. Georgia needs four wins in its last six games to go bowling, and looking at the schedule, suddenly it seems manageable.
Posted on: October 9, 2010 1:43 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
So far this season the only thing anybody has talked about when it comes to the Georgia Bulldogs is what's gone wrong. Today, everything is going right. The Bulldogs are using all the frustration from the first five weeks of the season and are taking it out on Tennessee. Late in the second quarter the Bulldogs hold a 27-7 lead over the Vols, taking advantage of a Tennessee defense that seems all too willing to give them whatever they'd like.
Aaron Murray has thrown two touchdowns in the half and run for another, giving Georgia its first points on a 35-yard touchdown run. Tennessee has responded by turning the ball over twice on special teams along with an interception from Matt Simms.
Safe to say that if the Bulldogs had been playing like this all season, there wouldn't be nearly as much talk about Mark Richt's job status in Athens these days.
Posted on: October 8, 2010 3:19 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2010 5:15 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
The Saturday Meal Plan is a helpful guide put together for you to maximize the results of your college football diet. Just enough to leave you feeling full, but not so much you spend your entire Sunday in the bathroom.
BreakfastMain Course - #2 Ohio State vs. Indiana - Noon - ESPN
You know what the real problem is with the ACC and Big East being so awful/mediocre this year? It really leaves the early menu of games leaving a lot to be desired. I mean, I have Ohio State and Indiana as the morning's best option.
Think about that for a second. Ohio State and Indiana. A game which hasn't seen the Hoosiers get within more than 19 points of the Buckeyes in every meeting since 2002 -- though the teams didn't meet in 2007 or 2008. The good news for Indiana is that the 19-point loss came last season, with Ben Chappell at quarterback.
The Hoosiers offense has been very impressive this season, but the Buckeyes will be by far their biggest test six weeks into the year. Considering that we can't be sure just how healthy Terrelle Pryor is, and the struggles the Buckeyes had in Champaign last week, this game could prove to be more interesting than you'd think.
Side Orders: Should that game go the blowout route, your other options Saturday morning would be the ACC fare of North Carolina State and Boston College. One is a team looking to rebound from its first loss, the other is a team that is having its three quarterbacks pick a number between 1-10 to see who gets to start. If you prefer something else, you can watch Georgia and Tennessee fight to see which school's season is more far gone than the other. It's a must win for Mark Richt, because a loss to Tennessee at home would only send him to the hospital with third-degree burns on his backside.
LunchMain Course - #19 South Carolina vs #1 Alabama - 3:30pm - CBS
If there's one thing I think we can all be certain at this point of the college football season it's that Alabama is the best team in the country. There's a bit of a gap between them and Ohio State and Oregon, but after the Ducks, things drop off quite a bit. That being said, going in to Columbia to take on the Gamecocks shouldn't be a cakewalk for the Tide.
What I think will be the key to this one is if Marcus Lattimore can do anything against the Alabama defense. While the Alabama defense is barely giving up nine points a game, they are allowing an average of 101 yards per game on the ground.
Though even if the Gamecocks do get a ground game going, they still have to stop Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson, which no one has done to this point ('Bama is averaging 230 yards a game rushing). Considering the Gamecocks allow 128.3 yards a contest on the ground, I'm not sure they're up for the challenge either.
Side Orders: Listen, if people are taking this Michigan/Michigan State game so seriously that they're willing to die in order to see it, maybe you can take a few hours of your Saturday and do the same. There is never a bad time to watch Denard Robinson play football, as he is without question the most dangerous one-man show in the sport right now. If that's not good enough for you, check out Arkansas and Texas A&M. One team has a quarterback who lives up to the hype, and the other has a quarterback who lives up to the hype on one series and then proceeds to get that hype lodged in his throat, suffocating himself and his team. See if you can tell which one is which.
DinnerMain Course - #14 Florida vs. #12 LSU - 7:30pm - ESPN
This game will be interesting for plenty of reasons, but perhaps none more so than the battles between the fans in the seats. Watch as LSU and Florida fans argue about which team's offensive coordinator is going to drive some student to the top of the nearest bell tower with a sniper rifle sooner. Then watch the other fan base tell them that if their offensive coordinator climbed up that same tower he'd only manage to fall out before getting a single shot off.
Then watch both fan bases fall into each other's arms in tears, unified in despair. Then they'd smile when both agreeing that if it were Les Miles atop that tower, he'd kill 40 people before going to trial and being found not guilty on some technicality.
Side Orders: Though the rivalry between Florida State and Miami has lost some of its luster the last few years, the fact is both teams come into this game ranked and looking to stay on top of their respective divisions in the ACC. Or you can watch Stanford try to run its win streak over USC to three games in Palo Alto as Ed Orgeron yells incoherently from home thanks to that staph infection in his leg.
Late Night SnackThe Washington Huskies look to build on any momentum they picked up by beating USC on the road last week against an Arizona State team that couldn't headbutt its way to a victory against Oregon State.
Tags: Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Ben Chappell, Boston College, Denard Robinson, Ed Orgeron, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Indiana, Les Miles, LSU, Marcus Lattimore, Mark Ingram, Mark Richt, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oregon State, Saturday Meal Plan, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, Terrelle Pryor, Texas A&M, Trent Richardson, USC, Washington
Posted on: October 8, 2010 11:25 am
Edited on: October 8, 2010 11:26 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
As the weather gets cooler down in Athens, Georgia, the seat beneath Mark Richt only grows warmer. Georgia is 1-4 on the season, and 0-3 in the SEC. With each loss the questions about Richt's future at the school only grow louder, but listening to his boss, athletic director Greg McGarity, it doesn't sound like Richt needs to worry about being fired before the season is over.
McGarity, who didn't take over the job officially until September 1, met with the school's Board of Directors for the first time on Thursday. Though they weren't there to discuss Mark Richt as much as the budget, the inevitable questions were asked about Richt's future following the meeting. McGarity made it clear he's doing everything he can to support his head coach right now.
"Oh, we talk every day, every other day," McGarity told reporters. "But our whole focus has been on this year. What we do is focus on: ‘Mark, what can we do to help? Is there anything we can do to help?'
"We basically have those conversations, but really we don't deal with the future. We're dealing with right now, the present, what can we do right now, because if we get too far ahead of ourselves we're going to lose our focus on ‘right now.' We'll deal with all that stuff at the appropriate time."
Not exactly a vote of confidence, but at least Richt knows that he still has time to put a few wins on the board before his bosses sit down and figure out what they want to do.
Posted on: October 5, 2010 3:37 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 3:39 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Good news, Georgia fans! The solution to what has ailed your team all season long is finally here. No, it's not the return of A.J. Green, it is the return of Uga. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the newest in the long line of Georgia mascots, Uga VIII, will be making his debut at Sanford Stadium on October 16 against Vanderbilt.
The news comes from Sonny Seiler, the man who has provided Georgia with Ugas since 1956.
Seiler said the plan is to hold a “collaring” ceremony for Uga VIII before kickoff of the Vanderbilt game. He said UGA President Michael Adams, athletic director Greg McGarity, Seiler family members and interim mascot “Russ” will participate in the ceremony.
Seiler did give one hint, saying that Uga VIII is a "big" dog. So maybe he can double as a defensive tackle or something.
The Bulldogs have been Uga-less since Uga VII died from heart-related causes in November of 2009. Which may have been a blessing because had he lived to see this season he'd have probably been wishing for death. Russ, Uga VII's half-brother (dog infidelity!), has been serving as the interim mascot since.
So should the Bulldogs start winning once they have their new mascot, Russ can serve as a handy "fall dog" for Mark Richt. "Don't blame me, blame Russ!"