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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Just a reminder ...

... That I'm on vacation through the end of this week.

I've had sporadic (at best) access to the web and even cell phone service over the past nine days - which actually can be a good thing, if you're trying to truly enjoy your vacation.

But I've got a brief window here of availability. All this info has been posted on the main web sites and published in the papers. But in case you haven't seen it:

- Brent Benedict, the redshirt freshman offensive lineman, has decided to leave the Georgia football team for what are being called "personal reasons." This was probably a bigger blow to the future of the line, although Benedict had a chance to start eventually this year on a very depleted line. Assuming he returned healthy from his serious knee injury, the highly-recruited Benedict had a good chance to contribute this year and start eventually.

In the meantime, Georgia's current projected starting lineup remains intact. (LT Cordy Glenn, LG Kenarious Gates, C Ben Jones, RG Chris Burnette, RT Justin Anderson.) Bendict had been listed as the backup right guard.

- The Ledger-Enquirer reported on Sunday on the potential eligibility issue with two of Georgia's bigger-name athletes: linebacker Jarvis Jones and top basketball recruit Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Here's the link to the story, in case you haven't seen it yet. UGA followed up with a statement that it was aware of the issue, has contacted the SEC and NCAA, and the athletes will cooperate with the investigation.

It's hard for me to give an educated analysis at the moment, being on vacation and all. My initial response is that you probably don't have to worry about Jones and Caldwell-Pope having any permanent eligibility issues, as happened with Kentucky's Enes Kanter. But it could hit the football team hard if Jones has to sit out the Boise State and/or South Carolina games.

- The newest member of Georgia's football strength and conditioning staff is Macon's own Tony Gilbert. Here's the story.

- Former Mercer men's basketball coach Mark Slonaker, now serving as a game analyst for Georgia hoops games, is the new executive director of the Bulldog Club. Here's that story. Slonaker is good with personal relations, so it seems a good move.

That's it for now. I'll be back soon, and I hope everyone out there is getting their summer off to a good start.

1 comment:

Sam, Dawg Fan said...

So it looks like the S&C staff is littered with former Dawgs some of whom played in the NFL. My question: does that make them qualified for those positions?