If any place can handle the Gurley tempest, it’s UGA

He's so cool he even has a cool hat. (Steven Colquitt/AJC file photo)

He’s so cool he even has a cool hat. (Steven Colquitt/AJC file photo)

He's so cool he even has a cool hat. (Steven Colquitt/AJC file photo)

So cool he even has a cool hat. (Steven Colquitt/AJC file photo)

If any team was equipped to lose its best player, Georgia is that team. And not because the the Bulldogs have Nick Chubb to emulate Todd Gurley — this isn’t about personnel. This is about temperament.

Not to go all Phil Jackson Zen Master on you, but something is a distraction only if you allow yourself to be distracted. Even in a perfect storm, Mark Richt is the ideal skipper. (Now I’m taking the nautical route. Somebody stop me before I indulge in any more imagery.) Richt never gets rattled. He never punches walls or lockers. He is what you see on the sideline — the calmest guy in the world.

Correction: He’s tied for being the calmest guy in the world. There’s also Claude Felton, the Hall of Fame publicist who’s a Hall of Famer for a reason. Truth to tell, I once saw Richt get mad at a trash can on the practice field. (The can had it coming). I’ve never seen Felton get mad at anything ever, and I’ve known him for 34 years.

Felton was running Georgia’s sports information department when Herschel Walker was the biggest man on any campus, and the Herschel Pheomenon wasn’t a one-year furor. It lasted three full seasons. Every outlet wanted time with the great Bulldog, and somehow Felton made time, three years running, for a guy covering the SEC for the Lexington Herald-Leader. (I was the guy.) Claude was the best in the business back then, and he’s still the best.

One little suspension, albeit of a Really Big Name, isn’t going to frazzle this athletic department. Richt and Felton won’t allow it. No matter how long this uncertainty lasts, Georgia won’t be panicked or paralyzed or anything of the sort. All of us on the periphery may be going crazy, but inside Butts-Mehre people are simply going to work.

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Gopher86
Gopher86

So little kids, Women, Seniors, Alumni, Staff, and Sudents can wear #3 and #3 gets punished.

ColumbusDawg
ColumbusDawg

It has been reported that all of the #3 jerseys were pulled from the shelves at the bookstore last week when the Gurley news broke, and that they now have been returned, and are for sale as usual. ?????

VILLARICADAWG
VILLARICADAWG

when will you yech trolls realize we scoff at you , we laugh at you.  you are a non issue.  irrelevant. 

HotDawg
HotDawg

Keep dreaming Winston signed hundreds of the same item, for one person out of the goodness of his heart.

ShovelPlease
ShovelPlease

An unexpected 34-0 blowout will make a lot of things seem calm.  And don't think Nick Chubb can emulate Gurley.  Chubb rushed 38 times for 148 yards (or something).  Not a good average and nothing to brag on.  Does anyone doubt that Gurley would have taken several of those carries to the house? 

HotDawg
HotDawg

Sounding a little jealous of Chubb.

Some people just can't give any credit.

Oh well, get used to others getting beat by Chubb and GA.

Good game Chubb.

Unfreakinbelieveable
Unfreakinbelieveable

and the purpose of this article is??????  BTW, CMR is not "special".  there are plenty of college coaches out there who could and would handle this situation with a cool head.  The Muschamps of the college coaching world are the minority. 

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

FREE TODD!!!!!!!!!!!!................................how many signatures are ya up to now?

OH-IO
OH-IO

@gtcaryd


I bet reaganite has still not signed The Petition

OH-IO
OH-IO

dog in co,


you are bat guano crazy 

Dawg350
Dawg350

Todd gurley is better than any player on your whole team....tech eye! Fart eye!

ShootinTheHooch
ShootinTheHooch

Like everyone else, I got caught up in the big win Saturday and thought, "What a well coached team!"


From another perspective, the Gurley suspension did something for the Dawgs that Richt and staff haven't been able to do in eight+ years, play four complete quarters of football as a team rather than four separate units, each doing their own thing.


I hope they gave him a game ball when they got back to Athens. And no, not so he can sign it and sell it on Ebay.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@LADawg I agree that Gurley's situation had a lot to do with Georgia giving a team effort for 4 Quarters but I also give a lot of credit to Pruitt and his staff. 

DaGherk
DaGherk

@LADawg  Todd Gurley makes $7000/month by working from home, and you can too!!!

ResidentGeorgiaFan
ResidentGeorgiaFan

Most posts on this forum read like eight year olds posted them. Forget learning anything serious.

PigIron
PigIron

@TomResidentGeorgiaFan

What did you expect to learn in the reader comments for a fluff piece about how nobly UGA is handling it's various NCAA violations investigations?

HotDawg
HotDawg

Pig....your true bias against UGA is showing. Put your bama hat down and quit spinning.

Saw your comments in Schultz' column and other blogs.

1) Who's denying Gurley isn't guilty? Although, for some reason, you said "Georgia got caught breaking the rules". Really? What rules did Georgia break? Gurley broke rules.

Every sane adult believes Gurley is guilty as sin. No denial here.

One of your previous blog comments basically asked where's the cash exchange proof on Winston? Yet you don't give the same benefit of the doubt to Gurley?

Again your bias against UGA is obvious.

2) you basically called out all GA fans as saying "it's everyone else's fault".

Again, Really? Exactly who is saying it s everyone else's fault? Where and when?

Don't just throw BS out there cause you have some stupid, obsessive hatred for another school.

As for UGA's actions, I believe they've been appropriate by taking a proactive stance. Again. I believe Gurley did break rules.

None of us know what answers he gave investigators or if he even admitted anything. We don't know if cash exchange proof is out there.

But Georgia can't take chances of surprise evidence popping up and having to vacate games. Also, any games currently missed might go towards fulfilling NCAA suspension later.

It's smart, appropriate, and yes, certainly more noble than some other schools handling of similar situations.

I don't expect Gurley to ever play again in another UGA game. We'll see.

Delbert_D
Delbert_D

Since posing as a fan is all the rage these days, has anyone claimed Wyoming? I've wanted to be a Cowboy since I was 4. 

HotDawg
HotDawg

Delbert....that was actually funny.

kudos sir!

ProudtobefrmthaG
ProudtobefrmthaG

112 grams of weed and 4500$ and no arrest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WTF...if this was a black kid he is toast man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WTF

58Supersports
58Supersports

@LADawg @HotDawg  Your first two sentences  are correct the rest is a flat out lie. Maybe just your hate talking. It is still being investigated... It's easy to  place blame without all the facts.. The media don't tell it all, they got to sell their story or papers.  You have not heard the end of it.

ShootinTheHooch
ShootinTheHooch

@58Supersports @LADawg @HotDawg Oh, I'm sorry. I thought the authorities found over a quarter of a pound of grass and over $4600 in cash in the players dorm room and there was no arrest.


Here's what it says on AL.com:


"According to a fruits of crime forfeiture complaint filed Monday, agents of the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force were tipped off by a confidential informant of a pending drug transaction involving the Crimson Tide's sophomore tight end Kurt Freitag. 

Agents monitoring Freitag saw the deal go down last Tuesday, according to the complaint, although his role in the transaction is not specified."

The media may not tell it all but the court complaint is pretty good documentation. Before casting dispersions on me, read it yourself, Einstein.

 

HotDawg
HotDawg

That's the report.

Has nothing to do w/ black or white.

It's all about bamalama ding dongs sweeping it under the rug.

hell, if it was a Georgia player, he'd be in jail and Auburn would be recruiting him at the jail.

ShootinTheHooch
ShootinTheHooch

@HotDawg Bama is really not sweeping it under the rug. It's out there for everyone to see. With Bama, it's KMA! The Tide answers to no one but Saban. That's from the university president to the locker room attendants (and obviously the district attorney and the police chief.)

ShootinTheHooch
ShootinTheHooch

@58Supersports @LADawg @HotDawg I don't hate Bamma. I fully support the way Saban, the university, and the authorities (in that order) are handling this. They know full well that the self esteem of 99% of all Alabamians is dependent on the success and failure of their football teams.


Saban and crew are probably saving lives by doing everything possible to ensure a winning program. Roll Tide until you get to Athens next year.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Ours get suspended. Try again.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Pigiron.....It is 2014.

Maybe it's a good reason to stop smoking the wacky weed, if you can't remember dates. Lol

Unfreakinbelieveable
Unfreakinbelieveable

@LADawg @58Supersports @HotDawg Georgians are not different.  They way some dog fans at my work get about UGA football is insane. And some of these people had a hard time graduating HS!!  I laughed at how they sulked after the SC loss.  But was more annoying was all their whining about how the refs lost the game for UGA.