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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Morning reading

- UGA president Michael Adams, speaking to reporters as he ate a pregame meal in the press box, said he didn't think A.J. Green knew he was dealing with an agent, and has discussed the arrests issue with all athletics department personnel.

“Frankly I think it’s time to move on. I’m not exactly sure, you guys could probably explain this to me better than I could to you. He’s a star player, he’s an important player, I understand all of that,” Adams said. “But we’re gonna have 85 more out there (Saturday), and I think they’re ready. They are stars, but you don’t build one season around one player. And I think it’s time to move on. And as I said, maybe at the end of the year, maybe he’s fresher than some of those defensive backs that are covering him. I’ll try to look on the bright side.”

My game story from the loss to Arkansas, if you can stand to rehash it.

ATHENS — Place-kicker Blair Walsh was warming up. His Georgia defensive teammates were figuring their work for the day was done. The offense was at midfield, poised to finish off a stirring comeback and keep all those high hopes alive.

During the next few plays it all changed so quickly, it left those same players stunned, hands on hips. It may have left their season on the ropes.

Bill Shanks' column from the game, which points out that Georgia may now have the right scheme and defensive coordinator, but not the right personnel.

ATHENS — There were many reasons the Georgia Bulldogs lost Saturday. Of course, the long list of injured and suspended players didn’t help matters. But with a chance to stop Arkansas from winning at the very end, Georgia once again learned something about its new defense.

It’s going to take a while before it can make big plays like were needed at the end against the Razorbacks.

- Fletcher Page's sidebar on the Bulldog offense.

Looking at the game as a whole, Georgia finished 6-of-15 on third-down conversions. Georgia finished with 19 first downs, but nine came in the fourth quarter.

On three occasions, Murray was sacked on third down, including on the pivotal third-and-4 play with less than a minute to go.

In total, Murray was sacked six times and scrambled past the line of scrimmage another 14 times.

“I think a couple of times I held (the ball) a tad bit too long,” Murray said.

- And my notes, leading with the extensive injury list. Plus the gameline from Arkansas-Georgia.

- Tom Dienhart from Rivals/Yahoo thinks the loss to Arkansas increases the pressure on Mark Richt and staff.

Richt might have sealed his fate in Athens.

People in the bars and restaurants along Broad Street will talk about this one for a long time, just like they still discuss the last game as big as this one for Richt - the 2002 Auburn game.

(I would posit that saying Richt "might have sealed his fate" is going a bit far. But Dienhart has an interesting take nonetheless.)

-'s Mark Schlabach's take from the game.

- Moving along, Georgia's next opponent, Mississippi State, fell at LSU, but it could've been worse, according to this write-up.

And here's columnist Rick Cleveland's take on the MSU game for the Clarion-Ledger.

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