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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Smorgasboard time: Updates on G-day, Taylor, the football thefts and more

A few mid-afternoon notes from the home base in Athens:

- Halftime of the G-Day game on Saturday will be very interesting. Georgia has announced that four former Bulldogs - Matt Stafford, Eric Zeier, David Greene and D.J. Shockley - will participate in a quarterback skills challenge.

The competition will help raise funds, via an online auction, for Jonathan Taylor, the injured Georgia baseball player.

You can read about the details here.

- Speaking of Taylor, who is rehabbing at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, there will be a press conference updating his condition on Thursday.

Donald Peck Leslie, medical director of Shepherd Center, will be the main speaker at the event, which will also be attended by baseball head coach David Perno and the doctor who initially treated Taylor in Athens.

- I'm a little late on this, since I was on the road on Monday. But as you've probably heard by now, seven current Georgia players reported having items stolen from their lockers in the Butts-Mehre Building over the weekend.

The players, according to the police report, were Kenarious Gates, Abry Jones, Shawn Williams, Jordan Love, Alec Ogletree, Jamel Allen and Rhett McGowan.

The stolen items had a total value of around $1,300, according to the report. Most were iPhones and iPods. Jones had an Apple iPhone 4 stolen, which was valued at $500.

Not just anyone can get in the facility: It requires a fingerprint to get in the building. But police aren't indicating there's any reason to suspect any players.

- As expected, former Georgia quarterback/receiver Logan Gray is going to end up at Colorado, according to this report. Gray, a native of Columbia, Mo., has a younger brother who attends Colorado.

(This also continues the freaky nature of the Georgia-Colorado connection in the past calendar year. They played in football and men's basketball, Mark Richt's name was briefly linked to the Buffaloes job, they were both on the NCAA tournament bubble, and now this.)

- Finally, the teams have been chosen for the G-day game, and we should find out Tuesday how the sides are being split.

There was a player draft on Monday night, conducted by the two appointed captains for each team: Christian Robinson and Ben Jones for one team, and Aaron Murray and Brandon Boykin for the other.

Robinson, Boykin and Murray engaged in a good bit of trash-talking via Twitter before the draft. Boykin claimed he would pick a team like the Patriots, to "fit the scheme." Robinson, it was pointed out by one intrepid tweeter, is a sport management major, so if he screws up and picks a bad team, well, what does that say?

Would it be fair to say it would undercut the entire foundation of the sport and management program, and lead to it losing its accreditation? Why yes, I think it would. No pressure, Christian. No pressure.

1 comment:

Buster said...

$500 for an iPhone 4?? Must have a valuable Contact list!