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Gurley’s injury should prompt change in draft rule
Injured Georgia running back Todd Gurley, who is expected to miss the remainder of the season after injuring his knee last week against Auburn, visits with his team as they prepare to play Charleston Southern on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Athens.  CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

Mark Richt said he hadn’t thought about the issue and didn’t want to distract from his attention during a game week, never mind that Georgia’s opponent was 42-point underdog Charleston Southern, an FCS sacrifice. Paul Johnson said he didn’t have an opinion on the subject. It’s believed to be the ...
It makes no sense but Falcons in first
CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 16:  Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons calls an audible against the Carolina Panthers in the 2nd quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 16, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

7:21 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014

CHARLOTTE – They will study this one day, like the Great Pyramid of Giza. “How did they build that. How is it possible?” historians have wondered. More than 4,500 years later, we look to the top of the NFC South Division, squinting our eyes to see the Eighth Wonder of ...
Dogs make statement, hope for best with Gurley
Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley was shaken up on a play late in the fourth quarter against Auburn on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014.

10:33 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

Todd Gurley was near the front of the line as he and his teammates wound their way through the Georgia campus on their traditional pregame “Dawg Walk,” through a tunnel into Sanford Stadium and finally onto a football field. Home again. “Look at him,” a security guard said as Gurley ...
In hoops opener, Tech looks more ready than Georgia
Georgia Tech's Josh Heath, from left, Charles Mitchell and Quinton Stephens walk down the court in the final minute an NCAA college basketball game against Georgia, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

10:35 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

The opening of college football season in Georgia generally leads to speculation about conference title hopes, bowl games and national implications. The opening of college basketball season in Georgia generally leads to hands covering the eyes … with the occasional intrepid moment and peek between the fingers. Say this for ...
Starved for attention: Dogs vs. Jackets (hoops)
Brian Gregory's Yellow Jackets open the season Friday night at McCamish Pavilion against Mark Fox's (right) Bulldogs. 

10:54 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

If the sports calendar were a house, the college basketball season walks through the backdoor — quietly, leaving no fingerprints, sleeping in the pantry until somebody finally notices. It doesn’t loudly announce its arrival like a superhero, proclaiming to the masses, “Come hither, you downtrodden Braves’ fans. I’m here to ...
All eyes on Gurley (even if you can’t find him)
Georgia running back Todd Gurley, here hurdling Tennessee defensive back Brian Randolph, will return for Saturday’s game against Auburn after serving a four-game suspension for taking money for autographs. (AP Photo/The Augusta Chronicle, Jon-Michael Sullivan, File)

6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

This isn’t about Todd Gurley, it’s about the team. Got that?Never mind the 45-second hype video Georgia released this week that plays to the tune, “Coming Home.” Maybe it was meant simply as a commemoration of the Bulldogs’ first game in Sanford Stadium in 42 days, but the fact it’s ...
Falcons’ bad news: no more games against Bucs
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) eludes Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Major Wright (31) and middle linebacker Mason Foster (59) during the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Updated: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014

What happened Sunday should not suggest that the coach is safe or the general manager is safe or the owner will continue to bite his tongue in public while behind the scenes, Arthur Blank’s eyeballs glow like hot red coals. But at least we know this much about the Falcons: ...
Jeff Schultz’s ‘Short Takes’
The AJC's Jeff Schultz.

5:20 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014

1. DON’T GET TOO EXCITED, BUT: When a team starts 2-6 and ends the first half with a five-game losing streak, it generally has all playoff hopes buried. Somehow, that’s not the case with the Falcons. Their win over Tampa Bay pulled them to within one game of “first-place” New ...
Georgia Tech suddenly a threat again

6:32 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014

A number of things could be said about Georgia Tech following consecutive losses to Duke and North Carolina. None of those things were, “They might beat Clemson,” or, “They might beat Georgia.”They were a spinning compass. There were struggles against Tulane and Georgia Southern. There were impressive wins over Virginia ...
Jeff Schultz’s short takes
Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas (5) falls into the end zone for a touchdown against North Carolina State during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

4:22 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014

1. THE DEFENSE … SCORES: Welcome to the Twilight Zone. There was a sequence, beginning late in the first quarter, when Georgia Tech’s offense was on the sideline and North Carolina State ran 25 straight plays. But the Jackets outscored the Wolfpack 14-0. In brief: Quayshawn Nealy intercepted a pass ...
Amid misery, are Hawks our shining light?
In an unscientific “keep” or “fire” election-day poll, Mike Budenholzer of the Hawks got more “keeps” than any of six area coaches. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

5:24 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

Welcome to Atlanta in November, or misery central. It’s the only city in America where a sports fan can transition from a baseball team with a $75 million center fielder hitting .198 to a football team losing its fifth consecutive game by blowing a 21-0 lead against an opponent missing ...
Georgia blows it all with inexcusable performance

8:54 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014

This is the kind of game that fuels the bonfires of criticism. A program builds up its fan base with a string of impressive wins, positions itself for a conference title, a playoff berth and a dream season, then napalms the sucker in one afternoon. Georgia sees a walk-on senior, ...
Dumb rules are no excuse for Todd Gurley
Georgia tailback Todd Gurley breaks away from Florida defensive back Cody Riggs who can't hold on to his jersey for a 70-yard plus touchdown run and a 14-0 lead during the first quarter on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Jacksonville.

4:29 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

I understand this is going to be a difficult question for those who bleed red-and-black. But seriously: Did you really believe that Todd Gurley did this only once? Did you really think that one day he acted impulsively, took $400 from some memorabilia cretin named Bryan Allen to sign 80 ...
Richt deserves credit for keeping Dogs together
Mark Richt of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates a victory over Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)

4:39 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

Georgia sat at the rarest of sports’ intersections the past two games, losing its best player to a suspension, but flourishing in adverse circumstances and playing its best football of the season. The Bulldogs lost Todd Gurley. Then they went on the road and dismembered Missouri 34-0. Then even more ...
Tech happy to take Pitt’s charity
Georgia Tech’s Broderick Snoddy (22) runs the ball past Pittsburgh’s David Durham (44) in the first quarter Saturday in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

9:10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

The last time Georgia Tech ventured into the Steel City, Pittsburgh’s coach was “Pop” Warner, and the Panthers went on to a relatively mundane 10-3 win. If Warner was watching Saturday from somewhere well north of Pennsylvania, he probably was slapping his forehead — and changing the channel five minutes ...
Gurley’s return would raise Georgia’s ceiling again
Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) pulls away for a 73-yard touchdown against Florida in 2013.

4:50 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Georgia fans are passionate. Georgia fans are tormented.Georgia fans look at a schedule before every season and think, “Win, win, win, probably win, win, uh-not-sure, win, win, oh-that’s-an-easy-win, win, win, Tech?-Hah!-win.”Then they look back in December and scream, “I hate my life! Fire Bobo!”So to the broken-down and emotionally scarred ...
Why playoff picture looks good for SEC, Georgia
Auburn is the only difficult remaining opponent for Hutson Mason (14) and the Bulldogs.

3:06 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

The SEC’s member institutions oozed arrogance when they chose not to expand conference schedules in football, effectively saying, “Sure, we play four games nobody cares about, but we’re good enough to get two teams into the playoffs, anyway. Besides, it’s fun to beat up Louisiana-Monroe and New Mexico State.” Welcome ...
Here’s good news: Falcons are leaving country
BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons is sacked in the second quarter by outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil #58 of the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 19, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Updated: 6:47 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

It seems to be happening again. It might dangerous to declare last rites over an NFL team only seven games into a season, but there’s nothing about the Falcons that suggests they’re getting better, while there’s mounting evidence that the bottom is falling out. Again. Mike Smith, the Falcons’ beleaguered ...
Schultz’s short takes on Falcons’ loss
BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons talks with offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter  and head coach Mike Smith (R) in the first half of a game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 19, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

4:04 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

I’ll be back shortly with a full column to wrap up some of the ugliness associated with the Falcons’ 29-7 loss to Baltimore. Until then, here are my three “Short Takes.” 1. So where’s the explosive offense? The Falcons were expected to struggle defensively this season. But nobody could have ...
Georgia Tech stomps on hope again
North Carolina's T.J. Logan chipped in with 75 yards on the ground and the game-winning score against Georgia Tech.

12:06 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – For two weeks, they pumped up their fan base. They inflated hopes. They made people believe that a season in which not a whole lot was expected could morph into a bowl game well north of Shreveport. Then Georgia Tech took that balloon and shot it ...
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