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Short takes: Georgia responds in big way (34-0)

  • 3:59 pm Saturday, October 11th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Hutson Mason and John Theus celebrate Mason's 11-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. (Getty Images)

COLUMBIA, Mo. — For my full column on Georgia’s 34-0 win over Missouri, click here.

Here are my three “Short Takes” on the game.

1. DEFENSE GROWS UP: Georgia’s young defense had some erratic moments in the first five games of the season, which was expected given the number of personnel changes and the overall youth. But the Bulldogs dominated Missouri. The Tigers had five turnovers, including four interceptions. They managed only 28 net yards on their first five possessions. They failed to convert a third down  (0-for-7). Some of it was the result of their own ineptitude but a [More]

LIVE: Georgia gives it a go minus Gurley

  • 10:47 am Saturday, October 11th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
If the Vanderbilt game was Todd Gurley's exit from UGA, the Dogs must improve in other areas. (Brant Sanders/AJC)

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Good morning and welcome back to actual football. It should be a nice departure from everything else that’s happened since 5:23 p.m. Thursday night, when Georgia sent out the following email: “University of Georgia tailback Todd Gurley has been indefinitely suspended from competition by the UGA Athletic Association during an ongoing investigation into an alleged violation of NCAA rules.”

The NCAA is expected to resolve the Gurley matter by early next week. The AJC’s Danny Robbins and Chip Towers reported that the ongoing probe into Gurley’s relationship with memorabilia dealers who allegedly paid him to sign items may [More]

Minus Gurley, Dogs have flaws to overcome

  • 2:19 pm Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Hutson Mason may not have Todd Gurley to hand ball to for rest of season. (AP)

Georgia plays its final regular-season game in seven weeks. In the perfect Bulldog world, there will be a berth in the SEC championship game in two months and a golden ticket to the inaugural college football playoffs in the first two weeks of January.

In other words, at worst — or best — Georgia running back Todd Gurley would be free in three months to start making his millions as a professional athlete. But there are growing indications that Gurley couldn’t wait and now there’s a good chance he has played his final college game.

A source has told the AJC [More]

Predictions: No Gurley, no Dogs, no kidding

  • 7:14 pm Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
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Welcome back to Weekend Predictions and Occasional Spectacular Grease Fires, Inc., where we will vigorously defend your right to deduct all incorrect financial assumptions that the Falcons’ defense might someday force a punt but never will defend Adrian Peterson, who is alleged to have pilfered donations meant for his fraud foundation to fund an orgy, leading to the question, “Wait. Hookers are deductible? Or does that go under “miscellaneous business expense” with printer ink, desk chairs and Swedish independent contractors?

More on A.P.’s option offense later.

But first, we go to the big story: The End of the World.

There was an incorrect [More]

Dimitroff concerned about player’s ‘skill set,’ not sexuality

  • 10:32 am Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Thomas Dimitroff said he and coach Mike Smith wouldn't downgrade a player for his sexual orientation. (AP photo)

It’s common for there to be disagreement on where and when an NFL prospect will be drafted, so Missouri defensive end Michael Sam being projected to go anywhere from the third to fifth round to possibly not even taken isn’t unusual. But the fact an online sports book has posted an over/under on Sam’s draft spot – 125½ — should indicate he is not your typical mid-round prospect.

Sam is homosexual. It would be naive to believe there aren’t any gay players in the NFL. But no current player has gone public and Sam is the first athlete to go public [More]

Missouri’s Sam says he’s gay; how will NFL react?

  • 10:02 pm Sunday, February 9th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Michael Sam, who led the SEC in sacks last season, has announced he is gay. (AP photo)

Michael Sam is gay. That shouldn’t matter to anybody in the world but we’re about to find out whether it matters to anybody in the NFL.

Sam was a standout defensive lineman at Missouri. In fact, he was the SEC’s defensive player of the year with 11.5 sacks in his senior season. So for anybody who had some preconceived, archaic ideas about what a homosexual athlete must look like or sound like, this should obliterate all those clichés. Sam is 6-foot-2, 255 pounds and led college football’s premier conference in sacks.

Jason Collins, a former Atlanta Hawk and long-time NBA player, announced [More]