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Blog: Who’s heading to Hoover? Where did Georgia finish? And more

Time to take some time off before things get cranked up leading to the start of preseason practices.

SEC Media Days‚Äîscheduled for July 20-22–will be here before you know it.

I like to guess which Georgia players will represent in Hoover, Ala.

Last year came some curveballs when Mark Richt picked some non-seniors in Drew Butler and A.J. Green.

This year a redshirt sophomore was picked to meet the horde of print and television reporters and bloggers.

Guess Aaron Murray deserves the nod since he’s considered the top returning QB in the conference by many.

The other two picks are the guys I expected: center Ben Jones and cornerback Brandon Boykin.

I guess Murray could go to the event three straight years before he’s done. Maybe Isaiah Crowell and John Jenkins will join him in 2012. Unless Orson Charles has something to say about that.

By the way, it looks like Georgia players will officially report Aug. 2 or 3 and the first practice will be either Aug. 4 or 5.

Another strong spring pushed Georgia up to 20th in the final NACDA Directors’ Cup Standings.

That’s the same spot the Bulldogs finished the previous school year, but for a program that would like to be top 10, it’s not where Georgia wants to be.

Before 2009-10, the Bulldogs had not finished that low since they were 28th in 1997.

“Our fall performance was not up to top 10 status,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said. “To get in that top 10, we would have had to have 200 more points. …There are some sports—and you know which ones they are—that have opportunities to score that did not score. The key objective there is to make sure those teams that are scoring continue to score and those that haven’t scored, getting them in a position to score and help us out.”

Running back Bryan McClendon’s boost in salary from $90,000 to $200,000 didn’t go unnoticed by Toombs Judicial Circuit District Attorney Dennis Sanders, according to the McDuffie Mirror.

Sanders said legislators are telling prosecutors and law enforcement that “we don’t have the money.” But he said the state has had the money to establish a campus of the Medical College of Georgia in Athens, give raises to Gov. Sonny Perdue’s staff near the end of his term in office and a pay raise to a University of Georgia assistant football coach who was already making $90,000 a year.

Saw this a couple of weeks ago in a story about former Georgia inside linebackers coach Warren Belin, who returned home to North Carolina to take a job with the Panthers: ‚ÄúNow that Belin is back home, he only wishes his parents had lived long enough to see it. His father died in 2006, and his mother died Dec. 4, 2010.¬†During what turned out to be the final five weeks of his mother’s life, Georgia coach Mark Richt allowed Belin to travel home one day a week to be with her.‚Äù

No decision yet from Georgia on if Mark Slonaker will still do color on men’s basketball radio broadcasts. Slonaker is the new executive director of the Bulldog Club.

I’ll be back on the blog when I return from vacation. Hopefully things will be quiet around here in the meantime.

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