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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Morning reading

Jakar Hamilton, Georgia's starting safety, has had a heavy heart for a few years. My story in today's papers on him.

ATHENS — It was Jakar Hamilton’s father, before everything fell apart for him, who got his son to play football. The son remembers a playful punch, but a warning that another one was coming if he didn’t stay on that field.

If not for his father, Hamilton said, “I wouldn’t even be playing football.”

This Saturday, when Hamilton goes home, he will have a long list of family, friends, former teammates and coaches clamoring for tickets to see him in the big game at Williams-Brice Stadium.

One person, however, will not be there.

Hamilton’s father, Michael Goodson Sr., is in a Texas federal prison, serving a nearly 20-year sentence for mail and wire fraud.

- The AJC's Jeff Shultz believes Georgia needs an answer on A.J. Green, but the NCAA isn't dragging its feet, there must be something more going on.

Only A.J. Green still has an issue.

He’s not free. He’s not suspended. It’s more like he’s in NCAA limbo.

Now, it would be very easy for me to fill the next few paragraphs with rumors about why Georgia held Green out of the season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette and why, when the team’s new depth chart came out Tuesday, his name was listed below the rest of the flankers, in italics, with an asterisk and adjacent to the notation, “Status TBD.”

- ESPN's Chris Low, in his weekly SEC power poll, ranks Georgia No. 2, behind Alabama. That seems kind of high if you're looking at the national polls, but Low is buying in so far to the defense.

- In case you haven't seen it, Mark Richt got some love from tailback recruit Isaiah Crowell after a 90-yard touchdown run last Friday. Richt was at the game scouting the Columbus-Carver High School prospect; Crowell is Georgia's top tailback recruit now that James Wilder is off the board.

(I hope this isn't a secondary violation in any way. ... Kidding, kidding.)

- Meanwhile, in basketball news, could Kentucky be without one of its major recruits? John Calipari always seems to find a way, but the New York Times is reporting that Enes Kanter got a whole lot of money to play for a Turkish pro team.


Anonymous said...

Selling a game jersey. Any precedents on that?

Keese said...

Seth, the AJC and especially Jeff Schultz is widely despised by UGA fans. In fact, I would argue that most of your readers, read your blog because we hate the AJC and turn to other outlets to find more insightful and less bias reporting. Just sayin'

On another note (your obvious SC bias aside), what's your predictions on the game this weekend?

dean said...

Georgia’s official roster Saturday listed Hamilton as being from Edgeville, S.C., instead of Edgefield.

Thanks for correcting that.

I've lived in Edgefield for about 12 years now and I got to see Jakar play in high school. I even got to watch him play agianst CJ Byrd. Anyway he's a good kid with a boat load of talent. I appreciate you taking the time to write up a story on him. He's got the whole Johnston, Edgefield and Trenton (JET) area pulling for him, even the Carolina fans want him to succeed.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Seth, I second Keese's comment.

I am here, reading this blog, due to the fact i absolutely refuse to read my hometown paper (add clicks to their website). It disgusts me that as a native of Atlanta my own paper finds it necessary to disparage my beloved dogs, albeit subtlety, whenever the chance arises.

Therefore, the less you mention of Schultz, Bradley, and their ilk, the better!

Keep up the good work, oh, and keep politics out of the blog too please.