2012 SEC Football Media Days: UGA Picked To Take Home East Crown

Georgia was picked to win the SEC's Eastern Division by the members of the SEC media.

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SEC Media Days 2012: Mark Richt Responds To Steve Spurrier Schedule Comment

It's no secret that Georgia's 2012 schedule could be considered favorable, compared to many other SEC teams.

But South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier offended more than one team when suggesting that, if he made the schedule, he would have Georgia play LSU and his Gamecocks play Ole Miss.

Georgia head coach Mark Richt didn't have much to say to the question about his reaction. From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

"I'm sure there will be a year he'll be thankful for the schedule he has," Richt said.

Ole Miss coach Huge Freeze, however, didn't take too kindly to Spurrier's comment.

"2013, I think they're on our schedule. We will circle that date and look forward to maybe changing his perspective on Ole Miss football."

For more on the Georgia Bulldogs and the SEC check out Dawg Sports and Team Speed Kills along with SB Nation Atlanta. For more college football news and notes check out SB Nation's College Football hub page.

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SEC Media Days 2012: Jarvis Jones Defends UGA, Old High School

All-American linebacker Jarvis Jones helped represent the University of Georgia at SEC Media Days and took questions from the media on Thursday. Like most of his teammates and his head coach, the line of questioning centered around the discipline issues that have plagued the Bulldogs of late and particularly the dismissal of running back Isaiah Crowell.

"It was devastating. Isaiah is just like my little brother," Jones said. "But he's gotta benefit. He's just gotta make better decisions. And I think he will. Everybody still supports him, everybody still loves him. And from here forward, we're going to help him try to make better decisions."

Jones and Crowell both hail from Carver high school but Jones said the recent troubles of Crowell and other Carver High products shouldn't reflect badly on UGA or his former high school.

"It's the individual that makes the mistake, not the university. So you've got to look at it like that," Jones said. "Coach Richt isn't in trouble."

"I hear that a lot. It ain't Carver. It's not Carver It's the individual," Jones said. "There's a lot of great players that that have went on from Carver: Oklahoma State, Duke University, Ole Miss. I mean we've got a lot of players in Division I football. It's the individual that makes mistakes. ... It's never the school, it's the players."

The Bulldogs had three players from Carver on their roster last season but only Jones remains. Crowell was dismissed and Quintavious Harrow left the program due to academics.

For more on the Georgia Bulldogs and the SEC check out Dawg Sports and Team Speed Kills along with SB Nation Atlanta. For more college football news and notes check out SB Nation's College Football hub page.

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2012 SEC Media Days: Mark Richt Confident In Running Back Position

Mark Richt addressed the media on the dismissal of running back Isaiah Crowell Thursday before taking the podium at SEC Media days. Richt expressed his disappointment on the Crowell situation but seemed high on his current crop of running backs.

"We've got some really good backs on this football team. It certainly will change Richard Samuel's role I would think. He was transitioning to at least the hybrid tailback/fullback for us, but I don't think he'll be getting an awful lot of time at fullback now. He may still be ready to go if needed over there. He'll still most of his time at tailback. Of course, Ken Malcome was actually the No. 1 tailback at the end of spring ball. And our two young backs (Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley) will get an opportunity to show what they can do and that's why they came here to play and play early. Historically freshmen backs can come in and do well. Plus we've got (Brandon) Harton and (Kyle) Karempelis, a couple of walk-ons that have played for us and know the system and function well and will only get better as well. So we've got some guys that can come in and play."

Malcome had been listed as the co-starter along with Crowell coming out of spring practice although Richt's comments indicate that it was actually Malcome who was No. 1. The Bulldogs have a couple of intriguing options in freshman Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley but they are both new to the SEC game. Marshall enrolled early and that should speed up his being prepared but it may take Gurley a little time to get acclimated to the system.

No doubt Crowell was the most skilled back of the bunch and had the opportunity to work himself into a feature role. The Bulldogs now will likely be depending on the entire group as a unit to pick up the slack.

For more on the Georgia Bulldogs and the SEC check out Dawg Sports and Team Speed Kills along with SB Nation Atlanta. For more college football news and notes check out SB Nation's College Football hub page.

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SEC Media Days 2012: Mark Richt Answers Questions About Discipline

Mark Richt would probably rather be talking about anything other than the recent suspensions and departures that his team has had to endure of late. The Bulldogs have had no shortage of players in trouble and either drawing suspensions to start the season or being dismissed from the entire program.

"We're certainly going to have an expectation for how we want our guys to behave," Richt said. "If they don't behave, we're going to discipline them. So if the discipline involves running up and down the stairs at the stadium or some things that might be at the level of losing playing time losing your ability toi stay at Georgia, the thing we're going to do at Georgia is we're going to take care of any issues that do come up in the proper way and so, if a guy does end up having to leave, it's for the best interest of the group. From time to time that has to happen. It's sad that it does but we're going to keep taking care of business in that way."

Isaiah Crowell has made the most news but it is the potential suspensions of Bacarri Rambo, Alec Ogletree and Branden Smith that could be far more damaging. No suspensions for those players has been announced by the school but Richt indicated on Thursday that the decision had been made on their punishment.

The Bulldogs open against Buffalo but will play Missouri in the second game of the season in what could be a key game in the division race.

For more on the Georgia Bulldogs and the SEC check out Dawg Sports and Team Speed Kills along with SB Nation Atlanta. For more college football news and notes check out SB Nation's College Football hub page.

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2012 SEC Media Days: Bulldogs The Pick To Win East Division

The Georgia Bulldogs will enter the 2012 season with the favorite label after being picked by the media to take home the SEC's eastern division crown. The Bulldogs are the favorites for the first time since 2004 and are slated to meet LSU in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta.

"We hope the media is right," Georgia head coach Mark Richt said, "We hope we get back to Atlanta and hopefully play better this time around. Georgia's got a tremendous opportunity to win the Eastern Division."

The predicted order of finish for the east is Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Missouri, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Kentucky. In the west it was LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

LSU is the overwhelming favorite to win the conference with Alabama coming in second. Georgia only received 14 votes as conference champions as the West is still favored by a huge margin.

For more on the Georgia Bulldogs and the SEC check out Dawg Sports and Team Speed Kills along with SB Nation Atlanta. For more college football news and notes check out SB Nation's College Football hub page.

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SEC Media Days: Mark Richt Speaks Out About Isaiah Crowell's Departure

For the first time since Isaiah Crowell's dismissal from the Georgia Bulldogs football team, head coach Mark Richt finally spoke out about the star running back today on the third day of SEC Media Days. It was a move he was likely planning for unless he wanted to say "no comment" several times.

"No decision to dismiss a guy from the team is an easy decision," Richt said. "It's always tough because I care very much about all of these guys. Having to make those kinds of decisions are tough. In the end, I think we did what was in the best interest of the program. I wish Isaiah the very best in his future and hopefully things will work out for him."

Richt was asked about whether or not he would try to flag possible problem players in the future, but he said that it's a process they already go through.

"We do find out as much as we possibly can about everybody. Threre's rules on how many times we can call a kid, how many times we can see a kid in person and all that type of thing. We maximize those things and we do care very much about asking those types of questions and we'll continue to do that."

Crowell transferred to Alabama State two weeks ago.

For more on the Georgia Bulldogs and the SEC check out Dawg Sports and Team Speed Kills along with SB Nation Atlanta. For more college football news and notes check out SB Nation's College Football hub page.

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Preseason All-SEC Teams Features Aaron Murray, Jarvis Jones

The 2012 pre-season All-SEC teams have been announced today, and the Georgia Bulldogs have a few players to represent them on both sides of the ball. The defense is especially is expected to feature some dynamic playmakers, and both Jarvis Jones and Baccari Rambo made the SEC first team defense at outside linebacker and defensive back respectively.

Defensive lineman John Jenkins made the second team and DE Abry Jones and linebacker Alec Ogletree made the third team as well. All of these playmakers combined make for a front seven that should be exciting to watch all season. This doesn't even include Sanders Commings who also made the third team as a defensive back.

Aaron Murray is the starting second team quarterback after Arkansas' Tyler Wilson made the first team slot. The only other Georgia offensive player on any of the three teams is wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, who made the third team.

For the complete list of preseason All-SEC teams, check out the list over at SB Nation.

For more on the Georgia Bulldogs and the SEC check out Dawg Sports and Team Speed Kills along with SB Nation Atlanta. For more college football news and notes check out SB Nation's College Football hub page.


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2012 SEC Media Days: Zach Mettenberger Not Looking Back

Zach Mettenberger could very well have been representing Georgia at the 2012 edition of SEC Media Days, but he isn't looking back and is thankful for his opportunity at LSU. Mettenberger will enter the 2012 season as the starter for the Tigers but there was a time when he was a young prospect for the Bulldogs before two off the field incidents led to his dismissal.

"It's something I think about every day," Mettenberger said. "It's definitely something I don't want to be (in) that situation again. But at the same time, God had his plan for me, and it's worked out for the best. Hopefully I can take this opportunity and run with it."

After leaving Georgia Mettenberger landed at a junior college in Kansas before heading to Baton Rouge. He will finally get to put his skills on display this season and he hopes to be in the news for all the right reasons this time around.

For more on the Georgia Bulldogs and the SEC check out Dawg Sports and Team Speed Kills along with SB Nation Atlanta. For more college football news and notes check out SB Nation's College Football hub page.

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SEC Media Days 2012: Brian Van Gorder Back In The SEC

The Auburn Tigers are cornering the market on ex-Bulldog defensive coordinators. Brian Van Gorder will make his return to the SEC this season as the defensive coordinator for Gene Chizek and the Auburn Tigers. Van Gorder served as defensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons last season and held that position with the Bulldogs from 2001-2004.

"It's been a great transition with Brian," Chizik said at SEC Media Days today. "We go back a long ways. Philosophically, we're on the exact same page with what we believe in defensively and what we think is the right mixture of a lot of different things, coverage and front-wise."

After leaving the Bulldogs in 2004, Van Gorder has bounced around. He spent a year with the Jacksonville Jaguars before coming back to Georgia as the head coach at Georgia Southern. His tenure with the Eagles only lasted one season before landing with the Falcons.

Van Gorder is the second former Bulldogs defensive coordinator on the Auburn staff as Willie Martinez is currently secondary coach for the Tigers.

For more on the Georgia Bulldogs and the SEC check out Dawg Sports and Team Speed Kills along with SB Nation Atlanta. For more college football news and notes check out SB Nation's College Football hub page.

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2012 SEC Media Days: Will Muschamp Gets In Dig At Mark Richt

It hasn't taken Florida head football coach Will Muschamp long to get used to the SEC, as he snuck in a nice parting shot towards Mark Richt at the end of his press conference at the SEC's media days:

"Coach [Vince] Dooley never complained about it being in Jacksonville." -- Will Muschamp on the Cocktail Party's location.

Of course, just because Dooley didn't say anything doesn't mean it's not an issue, but it's a cute little zinger nevertheless.

There are very few "neutral-site" showdowns left in college football, as most of the big programs have decided to go to home-and-home scheduling to maximize their revenue streams.

The annual game between Georgia and Florida in Jacksonville is one of the only ones left along with the Red River Rivalry game between Texas and Oklahoma every year in Dallas.

For more on the Georgia Bulldogs and the SEC check out Dawg Sports and Team Speed Kills along with SB Nation Atlanta. For more college football news and notes check out SB Nation's College Football hub page.

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2012 SEC Media Days: Steve Shaw Discusses Kickoffs, Coaches Sideline Demeanor

Director of officials Steve Shaw was first up at SEC Media Days on Wednesday and talked mostly about kickoffs during his time with the media.

The SEC has made some significant changes to kickoffs this season by moving the point of kick from the 30 to the 35-yard line in an effort to cut down on collisions and hopefully induce more touchbacks. However the conference has also moved the starting point for teams receiving touchbacks from the 20 to the 25-yard line. That move could have teams taking the directional kicking approach in an effort to pin teams deeper.

Shaw discussed a few other changes that mostly deal with players' safety but also said that coaches demeanor on the sidelines will be watched much more closely.

"We have great coaches in this league and we don't think there will be anything here for us," Shaw said. "But I think nationally we've all agreed that anytime the coaches' behavior on the sideline is demeaning to the game we have to deal with it. And we will."

For more on the Georgia Bulldogs and the SEC check out Dawg Sports and Team Speed Kills along with SB Nation Atlanta. For more college football news and notes check out SB Nation's College Football hub page.

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2012 SEC Media Days: James Franklin Says No Bad Blood With Georgia

Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin was asked about the perceived bad blood between his program and Georgia during his session at SEC Media Days on Tuesday. If you remember Franklin and Bulldogs defensive coordinator Todd Grantham had to be restrained following Georgia's win in Nashville last year. Franklin however didn't take the bait and insisted there was no bad blood between his school and any other.

"We have tremendous respect for all the programs in the conference, all the coaches, all the players," Franklin said. "Our focus is on South Carolina. That's who we're opening the season with and that's all we're really going to talk about.

"I will tell you this: You play Vanderbilt, you better be ready to play from the beginning of the game to the end. That's whoever it is."

No doubt Franklin is changing the culture associated with the Commodores football program and the matchup in Athens this season will have all sorts of subplots to have fun with.

For more on the Georgia Bulldogs and the SEC check out Dawg Sports and Team Speed Kills along with SB Nation Atlanta. For more college football news and notes check out SB Nation's College Football hub page.

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SEC Media Days 2012: Missouri Worrying About Southeast Lousiana First, UGA Later

Missouri wide receiver T.J. Moe thinks that the Tigers matchup with Georgia will be one of the most anticipated game in Missouri football history. He may be right but Moe says he and the rest of the Tigers are focused on Southeast Louisiana whom Missouri opens the season with.

"We're worried about Southeast Louisiana first. We're not trying to skip any games there, but traditionally they're one of the best teams in college football, year in and year out. Mark Richt is one of the best coaches that's ever been around. I know what a great guy he is. They have athletes. Georgia always has athletes, every year. Now whether or not they put it all together, every team's different. The chemistry you have. There are a lot of different variables. That's why some top 10 teams fall out and not end up making a bowl game."

The rest of the Tigers that spoke on Tuesday echoed much of the same story heaping praise in Georgia's and the rest of the SEC's direction. Head coach Gary Pinkel did finally tire of the questioning about the toughness of the SEC.

"Sometimes, people have been acting like we played a bunch of high school teams. We were in a pretty good league,"

For more on the Georgia Bulldogs and the SEC check out Dawg Sports and Team Speed Kills along with SB Nation Atlanta. For more college football news and notes check out SB Nation's College Football hub page.

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SEC Media Days 2012: Steve Spurrier Talks Schedule, Playoffs

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier taking the podium at SEC Media Days is always one of the highligts of the event. Spurrier didn't disappoint on Tuesday when he touched on a variety of topics including his team's outlook, his own ideas for a college playoff and the SEC schedule.

When asked about the importance of the Arkansas game to South Carolina Spurrier again took the opportunity for a dig at Georgia.

Much to the chagrin of the Ol' Ball Coach, the Bulldogs don't play any of the projected top teams from the SEC West.

Spurrier also weighed in on the new college playoff and offered up his own scenario that a playoff should include eight teams. Six of those coming from the BCS conferences and two wild cards.

For more on the Georgia Bulldogs and the SEC check out Dawg Sports and Team Speed Kills along with SB Nation Atlanta. For more college football news and notes check out SB Nation's College Football hub page.

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SEC Media Days 2012: Mike Slive Opens Proceedings With State Of The SEC

The 2012 SEC Media Days officially got underway with SEC commissioner Mike Slive taking the podium and updating the media on the progress made by the conference over the past decade.

Slive was quick to welcome Missouri and Texas A&M to the SEC and talked up their nationally televised debuts against both Florida and Georgia. He also made sure to point out that each school had to give up something when it came to scheduling to fit in the new members.

Slive also indicated that conference revenue had tripled since the 2002 season. He also touted the soon to be in existence SEC Network that will rival the Big Ten Network which will bring even more money to the conference.

For more on the Georgia Bulldogs and the SEC check out Dawg Sports and Team Speed Kills along with SB Nation Atlanta. For more college football news and notes check out SB Nation's College Football hub page.

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2012 SEC Football Media Days: Mark Richt Takes The Podium On Thursday

SEC Media Days for 2012 begin on Tuesday with Steve Spurrier scheduled to lead off the proceedings. Mark Richt will speak to the media on Thursday.

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