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Age / DOB:  (42) / 12/23/1975

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Bleacher Report's David Kenyon ranked Georgia's class first overall after the All-American games this weekend.
Ohio State comes in at No. 2, with Texas, Penn State and Alabama rounding out the top five. "The amount of high-end talent in this recruiting haul is borderline ridiculous," Kenyon writes. "Justin Fields is the top-ranked dual-threat quarterback, and running back Zamir White, guard Jamaree Salyer and outside linebacker Adam Anderson are each rated No. 1 at their positions. Offensive tackle Cade Mays and defensive end Brenton Cox are also 5-stars." Georgia still has some irons in the fire with the remaining unsigned players, but even if they come up short, this is clearly the best recruiting class in college football. Jan 8 - 4:51 PM

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Georgia HC Kirby Smart earned a reported $675,000 in bonuses courtesy of Saturday's SEC Championship Game win over Auburn.

Smart is up to $900,000 in bonuses in what's been a brilliant season for the former Alabama defensive coordinator. He's far from alone in terms of bringing home the extra Christmas cash, though. Among the other notable bonuses netted by Playoff coaches -- Clemson HC Dabo Swinney netted $300,000 between his team's ACC title win and his team's entry to the Playoff, while Oklahoma HC Lincoln Riley likewise netted $150,000 for OU's Playoff berth and Alabama's Nick Saban took in a more modest $110,000 in bonus money with the Tide sneaking in as the four-seed.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 01:32:00 PM

In the latest release of the CFB Playoff rankings, Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame and Clemson remained the top four teams.

The top four squads remained static from last week's initial rankings release, as did No. 5 Oklahoma. There was some shuffling after that quintet, with TCU jumping up two spots to No. 6 and Wisconsin landing at No. 7. USC is one team to watch -- they rose six spots in this incarnation, up to No. 11, making them the second-highest ranked two-loss team on the landscape just one spot shy of Auburn. Michigan State, meanwhile, saw a whopping jump of 12 spots, as the Spartans are now sitting at No. 12, ahead of fellow Big Ten teams Ohio State (No. 13) and Penn State (No. 14).
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Nov 7, 2017 08:11:00 PM

Georgia HC Kirby Smart called his team's No. 1 slot in the first CFB Playoff rankings a "distraction."

"It really means nothing right now," Smart said. It's a predictable enough bit of coach speak, though Georgia was going to land in the top four teams at one spot or another even if it wasn't at No. 1. Smart and crew will look to maintain their perfect record when they face off with South Carolina on Saturday.
Wed, Nov 1, 2017 06:40:00 PM

In the first release of the CFB Playoff rankings, Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame and Clemson landed as the top four teams respectively.

Strength of schedule played heavily into the initial rankings, with one-loss squads Notre Dame and Clemson landing far ahead of undefeated Wisconsin (No. 9) and Miami (No. 10). Following up Clemson at No. 5 is Oklahoma. The rest of the top-ten beyond the Sooners is filled out by Ohio State, Penn State and TCU. As for action outside of the first 10 teams, Auburn ranks as the highest two-loss squad in the field, slotting in at No. 14, followed by a fellow two-loss outfit in Iowa State.
Source: SB Nation
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 07:33:00 PM

In the latest release of the AP Top-25 poll, Georgia saw a bump from No. 5 to No. 4.

The Bulldogs slide into the top-four courtesy of their win over Vanderbilt on Saturday, one which saw them improve to 6-0 on the season. The back half of the top-10 might be the most intriguing segment of the new AP release -- TCU, Wisconsin, Washington State, Ohio State and Auburn now occupy spot Nos. 6-10. Miami sits just outside that lot at No. 11. One somewhat low-key riser to watch would be Notre Dame. The Irish moved up from No. 21 to No. 16 via their win over North Carolina on Saturday. And their one-point loss to Georgia back in September is looking more and more respectable as the season draws on.
Sun, Oct 8, 2017 02:17:00 PM

Georgia and UAB have scheduled a contest for September 11, 2021.

The Bulldogs will play host to the Blazers in four years' time, with UAB AD Mark Ingram saying in a statement, "We want to put together a schedule that creates excitement as our momentum in Birmingham continues to reach new heights, and playing at Georgia helps us do exactly that." The two programs have played twice before, with UGA coming away victorious in both 2003 and 2006.
Tue, Oct 3, 2017 05:26:00 PM

In the latest release of the Amway Coaches Poll, Georgia moved from No. 12 to No. 8.

No changes at the top, as Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma and Penn State all retained spot Nos. 1-4, respectively. Further down, Georgia bumped up four spots to land in the top-10 courtesy of Saturday's dominating win over Mississippi State. TCU nearly joined them after their upset of Oklahoma State, but not quite, not quite -- the Horned Frogs moved up from No. 15 to No. 11. As for the biggest droppers, nobody took a harder hit than Florida State. The 0-2 Seminoles plummeted 14 spots to No. 25 following their loss to NC State and are now teetering on the edge of falling out of the poll altogether.
Source: USA Today
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 01:54:00 PM

Georgia has self-reported three minor rules violations to the NCAA.

We are talking very minor stuff, here. The violations occurred during the 2016 season. One consisted of former DL coach Tracy Rocker -- who has since been fired -- making an unauthorized phone call to a recruit. Another saw a non-coaching staff member make a call to a high school coach in relation to a recruit's eligibility. Such calls are only allowed to be made by head coaches and assistant coaches. The final violation is just silliness, as it consisted of a recruit's guest (on a visit) taking a picture of the Georgia team and subsequently sharing it online. As photos such as these are not allowed to be shared with the media, boom, another violation. None of this amounts to much of anything.
Sun, Mar 19, 2017 12:25:00 PM

Georgia approved a $63 million renovation plan for Sanford Stadium.

The Bulldogs just opened up a new indoor facility. Onward to the next project, now. It will be an extensive one. Of the $63 million tabbed for Sanford Stadium renovations, $53 million will be raised by fundraising efforts from the athletic department, with the final $10 million coming from reserves in the department. The money will go toward moving the home locker room, creating a 500-seat "recruiting plaza" above student seating and moving the scoreboard back 30 feet (in order to accommodate for that plaza). The renovation is expected to take about 17 months. Georgia's new locker room should be ready by the time the 2018 season starts.
Source: Dawg Nation
Tue, Feb 14, 2017 10:30:00 PM

Georgia HC Kirby Smart addressed expectations, saying, "I feel the pressure of the whole state."

"The people that love this place, I want to be great for them," Smart said. "I want to be great for us. I want to be great for these players." He referred to the immense task of taking over as head coach at Georgia -- previous HC Mark Richt held a 145-51 record in his 15-year career with the Bulldogs-- as "overwhelming [at times]" and spoke to the goal of winning the conference. "That's the aiming point: going and winning the SEC and getting in that four and then going and playing teams that maybe aren't as good as the ones you played during the year."
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, May 30, 2016 02:20:00 PM

Georgia AD Mitch McGarity apologized to the board of directors for the contract Ludacris signed to perform at the spring game.

"There are no reruns in life so we need to turn the page, learn from our mistakes and do everything we can to make sure errors of this nature do not reoccur," McGarity said. Ludacris netted $65,000, liquor (amorphous amount) and a box of condoms for his work during spring festivities. School president Jere Morehead summed it up well enough, saying, "[o]bviously in retrospect they should have done a more thorough job of reviewing all of the riders and removing those that were objectionable."
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, May 28, 2016 01:48:00 PM

Georgia announced that per-seat donations for priority season-ticket holders will rise an average of 17% starting in 2017.

This rate-hike for those interested in Georgia season tickets is expected to generate in the neighborhood of $2.5 million in extra revenue. AD Greg McGarity noted that the price bump comes in anticipation of big things for the Bulldogs in the future. "We wanted to be respectable in the increase to not price people out of a certain area but we did feel like we needed to make an adjustment," he said.
Fri, May 27, 2016 02:29:00 PM

Sportsbook 5dimes installed Georgia as a 4.5-point favorite for their Week 1 showdown with North Carolina.

This line might seem a bit low if you were solely judging the two teams on their name value -- particularly given that it will be played in the Georgia Dome -- but the Bulldogs and new HC Kirby Smart are still progressing through some offseason question marks, most notably at quarterback. Graduate Greyson Lambert, redshirt junior Brice Ramsey and freshman Jacob Eason are all in competition for the starting gig. North Carolina has no such issue, having already named Mitch Trubisky their starting gunslinger.
Mon, May 9, 2016 07:00:00 PM

Georgia HC Kirby Smart stood by the changes in his program's transfer regulations.

Smart spoke out about the transfer attempts of redshirt junior RB A.J. Turman, who wanted to join former HC Mark Richt at Miami. Georgia barred him from heading to either the Hurricanes or Gators. Said Smart, "I wanted to set the precedent for the future that kids would not be able to go to Miami right away. It's very important that we understand that, and that's pretty much standard operating procedure when a coach leaves one place, that a kid can't go there with the coach. That's important to me that people understand that." As for the Florida portion of the equation, Smart actually spoke with multiple SEC coaches in an attempt to see what their transfer rules looked like. According to him, they also have in-conference transfer policies that are similar.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Apr 1, 2016 07:43:00 PM