Posted on: September 18, 2010 11:30 am

Game day weather updates, Week 3

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Here's the weather outlook for all of today's important matchups. Will the heat affect teams' gameplans in the southeast? All times are Eastern.

Noon kickoffs

No. 12 Arkansas at Georgia, 12:00, Athens, GA: Lower 80s, clear, hot

Maryland at No. 21 West Virginia, 12:00, Morgantown, WV: Upper 60s, clear

Afternoon kickoffs

No. 8 Nebraska at Washington, 3:30, Seattle, WA: Mid 60s, cloudy, scattered showers

No. 18 USC at Minnesota, 3:30, Minneapolis, MN: Mid 50s, partly cloudy

No. 10 Florida at Tennessee, 3:30, Knoxville, TN: Mid 80s, clear, hot

Evening kickoffs

Clemson at No. 16 Auburn, 7:00, Auburn, AL: Mid 80s, cloudy, slight chance of showers

No. 6 Texas at Texas Tech, 8:00, Lubbock, TX: Mid 80s, partly cloudy, windy

Late kickoffs

No. 9 Iowa at No. 24 Arizona, 10:30, Tucson, AZ: Lower 90s, breezy, hot

No. 23 Houston at UCLA, 10:30, Pasadena, CA: Upper 60s, clear

Wake Forest at No. 19 Stanford, 11:15, Palo Alto, CA: Lower 60s, clear

Posted on: September 17, 2010 7:16 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2010 7:28 pm

NCAA upholds Green suspension

Posted by Tom Fornelli

For those Georgia fans out there who were hoping A.J. Green was going to be able to suit up against Arkansas this weekend we've got a bit of bad news.  Green's appeal was heard by the NCAA earlier on Friday, and the NCAA has made it's decision.

They'll be upholding Green's suspension so he's not going to be able to play this weekend.

An NCAA committee has upheld the four-game suspension for Georgia star receiver A.J. Green.

Green had appealed his four-game suspension by the NCAA for selling a bowl jersey for $1,000 to person deemed to be an agent. But NCAA denied his request, which means he will miss the Bulldogs (1-1) Southeastern Conference game Saturday against No. 12 Arkansas.

Of course this also means that Green will be forced to sit out against Mississippi State next week as well.

"Our concentration is the same as the last two weeks which is preparing for the next game," said head coach Mark Richt in a statement. "We'll look forward to A.J.¹s return for the Colorado game on Oct. 2."

This decision may be disappointing for Georgia fans, but it's really not all that surprising.  The NCAA has made it pretty clear how they'll be handling any contact between players and agents, and by reducing their suspension of Green they would have sent the wrong message for what they're trying to accomplish.

Posted on: September 15, 2010 11:47 pm

Will A.J. Green's appeal be in vain?

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Georgia's star wideout A.J. Green is two games into a four-game suspension for what the NCAA termed taking money from an agent, and for Georgia fans, that's two games too many; the Dawgs are 1-1 and facing a pivotal game against 12th-ranked Arkansas at Sanford Stadium on Saturday.

Georgia fans will be crossing their fingers on Friday, then, when Green will have his appeal heard by the NCAA . While nobody's saying a decision's going to happen at the conclusion of the call, and the team's preparing to play without Green, the temptation to hope for Green's immediate return is certainly there:

School spokesman Claude Felton said the appeal will be heard over a conference call, making it possible that Green could return Saturday when Georgia (1-1) faces No. 12 Arkansas in a crucial Southeastern Conference game.

Asked if he's looking to get a ruling in the case before kickoff, coach Mark Richt said, "I can only hope that."

And yet, it's kind of hard to figure out what grounds Georgia has to stand on; while it's certainly weird that Chris Hawkins , the guy who bought the jersey, is also awaiting trial for cocaine trafficking, that's hardly a relevant factor for the NCAA to consider in whether to reduce Green's suspension. If anything, the only hope Georgia's got is that the NCAA reconsiders whether Hawkins can--or should--be qualified an agent.

There's really no telling whether Green will have any luck on that front. Sure, there probably isn't much evidence to suggest Green and Hawkins made that transaction with the promise of further business, but if that were the only condition needed by the NCAA, nobody would ever be suspended. Hawkins gave money to Green, and even if he did so under the auspices of a collector, that's probably all the NCAA's going to need to uphold the four-game suspension.

Posted on: September 15, 2010 8:49 am
Edited on: September 15, 2010 9:52 am

Georgia DC fires back after Spurrier comment

Posted by Chip Patterson

Earlier this week, we saw South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier take a jab at the Georgia defense in reagards to their attempt to stop freshman running back Marcus Lattimore, who totaled 182 yards and two touchdowns in the 17-6 victory.  Ol' Ball Coach has been known to yap a little, particularly when he has a good team to back it up, but this was early in the season for such a jab at Bulldogs defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

“When you have a back like Marcus [Lattimore] and the linemen opened cracks, I’m sure that Georgia defensive coordinator [became frustrated],” Spurrier said. “That little inside zone play, the NFL doesn’t run that play. That’s a new scheme, I guess.

“I’m sure they knew we’d run it, but they certainly didn’t stop it much.”

Grantham, who spent the last 11 seasons in the NFL, was certainly not going to sit back and have his coaching questioned by Spurrier.  If there is one thing that Spurrier probably should not have brought up was experience in the league.  After all, Spurrier does not have much room to talk when that topic is brought up, which leads us to Grantham's comeback.

“Yeah, that was texted to me,” Grantham replied with a grin. “I appreciate his assistance, you know. But we actually knew what plays they were running. And they actually run that play in pro ball, and our offense actually runs that play, too. So we’re kind of on top of our game.

“It was kind of an out-of-left-field comment,” Grantham added. “I kind of took it more as a shot at the NFL. I really wasn’t sure if it was because of his lack of success there or what. So I kind of took it more like that than anything.”
(Ooooohhh! Let's take this out back! Five o'clock at the willow tree!

Grantham was sharp to make a reference to Spurrier's failed experiment with the Washington Redskins.  His 12-20 record in two seasons that included no playoff visits and a failed Danny Weurffel experiment before resigning and returning to the college game.  Fans of the NFL would suggest that Spurrier couldn't handle the professional ranks, and most of the writing on the wall would support their argument.  

Regardless, it is always fun to see these coaches spit some fire at each other.  The kind of smack talk that elevates rivalries to new levels.  Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the Gamecocks picked up the W already and, unless the Georgia can knock off No. 12 Arkansas on Saturday, a jump ahead towards the SEC East crown.

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Posted on: September 12, 2010 11:55 am

Steve Spurrier's getting cocky

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Before the season started there were a log of prognosticators wondering if this would finally be the year in which Steve Spurrier 's South Carolina Gamecocks finally took that step to becoming a legit contender in the SEC.  Well, following the first two weeks of action, it looks like the preseason hype wasn't that far off.

After an opening night victory against Southern Miss the Gamecocks passed an even bigger test by handling Georgia with relative ease on Saturday, and it doesn't seem to be hurting Spurrier's self esteem any.  The man has always had a large ego, but these wins only seem to be making it bigger.  Following yesterday's win Spurrier said that Mark Richt told him that he had a "heck of a team" and that it was the first time another coach had told him that at South Carolina.

All fuel for the Spurrier fire, and he used his newfound heat to burn Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham during his postgame press conference .

“When you have a back like Marcus [Lattimore] and the linemen opened cracks, I’m sure that Georgia defensive coordinator [became frustrated],” Spurrier said. “That little inside zone play, the NFL doesn’t run that play. That’s a new scheme, I guess.

“I’m sure they knew we’d run it, but they certainly didn’t stop it much.”

Grantham had been a long-time assistant in the NFL before joining Richt's staff this season.

In his defense, I'm not sure there are many defenses around the country who are going to be able to stop Marcus Lattimore .  The kid may only be a freshman, but he's a man .  A very big man who is going to punish SEC defenses for quite some time.

Then there likely won't be many NFL defensive coordinators who can slow him down when he moves to the next level.

As for Spurrier, I hope the Gamecocks keep winning because the more they do, the better Spurrier's press conferences are going to get.

Posted on: September 11, 2010 1:31 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2010 1:34 pm

RB's star as South Carolina leads Georgia 14-3

Posted by Chip Patterson

With Florida struggling against USF in the Swamp, the SEC division showdown between South Carolina and Georgia has taken on new importance.  We have wondered who, if anyone, would knock the Gators off their throne as kings of the SEC East.  Consider it premature, but the winner of Georgia and South Carolina will quickly place themselves in that discussion.

At half, South Carolina is leading Georgia 14-3 in a physical battle that has highlighted the talents of running backs Marcus Lattimore and Washan Ealey.  Lattimore has been an absolute monster for South Carolina, rushing 21 times for 103 yards and a pair of touchdowns.  He showed flashes of his ability in their opener against Southern Miss, but this first half performance has been outstanding.  Interesting that what looks to be one of Steve Spurrier's best teams at South Carolina is led by a running back.  While Ealey has certainly been outdone in the first half, he has been solid on the ground for the Dawgs, rushing 11 times for 47 yards.
Posted on: September 11, 2010 10:03 am

Game day weather updates, September 11

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Here's the weather outlook for all of today's important matchups. Look out for how weather affects the high-powered offenses in South Bend.

12:00 kickoffs

No. 22 Georgia at No. 24 South Carolina: mid 80's, scattered thunderstorms later
South Florida at No. 8 Florida: upper 80's to low 90's, scattered thunderstorms later

3:30 kickoffs

No. 12 Miami at No. 2 Ohio State: lower 70's, thunderstorms
Michigan at Notre Dame: lower 60's, rain
No. 17 Florida State at No. 10 Oklahoma: upper 80's, partly cloudy

7:00 kickoffs

No. 18 Penn State at No. 1 Alabama: mid 80's, scattered thunderstorms
No. 7 Oregon at Tennessee:
upper 70's, thunderstorms

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