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Sep. 10, 2016

“You’re the best Banner-Herald sports editor since 1961.” Georgia legends Loran Smith and Claude Felton say that to me all the time. That’s a joke. I think. Loran was the sports editor in ’61, and I imagine that was an old trick by Dan McGill, you know, to keep good relations with the person in […] - Full Story

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Sep. 4, 2016

ATLANTA | Stay hyped, Bulldog fans – there’s always next year. That should no longer be a derogatory statement among the fan base. There will be more big games. And more crucial touchdowns and defensive stands. Georgia’s best with Kirby Smart in charge is yet to come and still very much in the making. Instead of […] - Full Story

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Aug. 25, 2016

According to coach Kirby Smart, Georgia entered this week having dealt with weather (rain or lightning) for 16 of the first 19 practices of camp. Clouds forming in the sky is irritating to Smart while Georgia’s indoor practice facility is being constructed. “If you want to know my frustration level, it’s out of this roof for […] - Full Story

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Aug. 23, 2016

Kirby Smart offered a surprising approach when he hired Dell McGee as Georgia’s running backs coach. “The worst thing you can do is coach those guys,” Smart said to the Touchdown Club of Athens Monday. “If they run the ball good, let them run the ball. Let them be who they are.” More importantly, according […] - Full Story

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Aug. 20, 2016

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Aug. 1, 2016

Kirby Smart answered questions about football for hours at Southeastern Conference Media Days in Hoover, Ala., in July. Reporters, as they have since Smart was hired in December, worked to find out how aspects of his Georgia Bulldogs program are operating and how games might unfold this fall. Amid the frenzy, a woman approached for […] - Full Story

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Jul. 18, 2016

Fifth-year senior offensive lineman Greg Pyke had surgery for appendicitis on Monday, according to a source close to the program. Pyke, who is expected to make a full recovery well before Georgia’s season-opening game against North Carolina Sept. 3, was voted preseason first-team All-SEC by the media last week. The 6-foot-3, 313-pound Baltimore, Md. native […] - Full Story

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Jul. 12, 2016

HOOVER, Ala. | Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey took the podium like a pro wrasslin’ ring announcer, or better yet, a street ball hype man on Tuesday. The buildup mounted as Sankey intro’d Georgia’s football coach to the stage for his first turn in the main room at the Wynfrey Hotel at SEC Media Days. “He […] - Full Story

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Jul. 7, 2016

EATONTON | Georgia coach Kirby Smart spent much of the past two weeks away from football with his wife and kids, but says he kept his cell phone close by just in case. That was for situations like when running back Sony Michel sustained a broken left forearm in an ATV accident Sunday. “Tough injury, […] - Full Story

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Jun. 30, 2016

Joni Taylor’s cell phone makes at least three different noises. One tone, the most prevalent during a late-June conversation with a guest in her office at Stegeman Coliseum, is probably for texts. Another might be emails. The last chime could be Facebook Messenger. Or new Twitter followers. Or Instagram likes. “My marketing plan is so […] - Full Story

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May. 1, 2016

Kirby Smart and Georgia missed out on the commitment of five-star class of 2016 wide receiver Demetris Robertson at noon Sunday. The Bulldogs didn’t wait long for a replacement to emerge. Trey Blount, a 2017 four-star wideout from Pace Academy, declared his commitment to Georgia on Twitter five hours after Robertson picked Cal. A 6-foot-2, 185-pound […] - Full Story

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Apr. 17, 2016

Keep dreaming Kirby. It appears UGA is now awake. Georgia’s new football coach Kirby Smart envisioned a packed-full Sanford Stadium for the spring game. The fans and the UGA athletic administration helped bring it to life on Saturday. It was outlandish, really, to call for 93,000 people to show up for a scrimmage. Think of […] - Full Story

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Apr. 1, 2016

Former Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell will give his book, The Magician’s Hat, to every first-grader in Athens-Clarke County this spring. Mitchell is partnering with Athens-based non-profit Books for Keeps to provide 1,200 students with his work — a $15,000 fundraising endeavor. “The only boundaries are those we create for ourselves,” Mitchell said in a […] - Full Story

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Mar. 24, 2016

JOHNS CREEK | A Panasonic speaker, purchased through perseverance, blares rapper Jeezy’s motivational lyrics. John Theus wheels it near the row of benches, bars and weighted plates in Ryan Goldin’s GATA gym. It’s a Thursday in late February. The NFL combine is five days away, UGA Pro Day in three weeks. Theus is training to […] - Full Story

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Mar. 19, 2016

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Mar. 15, 2016

• View photos of Coach Smart and the players before spring practice. - Full Story

• View photos of Coach Smart and the players before spring practice. - Full Story

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Jan. 23, 2016

• View more photos from the game in our slideshow. - Full Story

• View more photos from the game in our slideshow. - Full Story

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Jan. 14, 2016

• View more photos from the game in our slideshow. - Full Story

• View more photos from the game in our slideshow. - Full Story

• View more photos from the game in our slideshow. - Full Story

• View more photos from the game in our slideshow. - Full Story

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Jan. 13, 2016