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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Hot Reads (3/29)

To steal the intro from Lewis Black on "The Daily Show," each week, plenty of news stories fall through the cracks. We're here to make sure you didn't miss anything good. Here are this week's hot reads...

1. The Search Continues. Well, we know who won't be Georgia's next coach. Anthony Grant agreed to a contract with Alabama, but it was another SEC school that really threw a monkey wrench into the hunt for a new coach when Kentucky canned Billy Gillespie. Missouri's Mike Anderson might be the next big name to crop up on people's radar, but nothing is set in stone yet. Regardless, the next coach won't be in a no-win situation.

2. It's a new attitude. Last year, Georgia's defense took a heaping helping of criticism in the wake of a series of poor performances. This year, they're hoping to turn things around with a fresh outlook, and some old faces in new places. One thing's for sure, if the defense fails, it won't be because of Rennie Curran (or if you're not in the reading mood, there's Rennie video, too). Of course, it's not just the defense with a new attitude. Everyone from the coaching staff to the team's biggest offensive superstar have bigger goals in mind for 2009.

3. Who's No. 1? The Detroit Lions continue to look at Matthew Stafford as a potential No. 1 overall selection in the draft. Should he fall past Detroit, however, the San Francisco 49ers definitely won't be interested after a problematic meeting between Stafford and a team psychologist. None of that really affects the legacy that Stafford will have left behind in Athens.

4. New Kid in Town. There will be plenty of new faces in Athens when the new recruits arrive in June, but Georgia added a late addition to its 2009 signing class last week. With a scholarship freed up after some off-field drama, Mark Richt finally landed another kicker in the form of Brandon Bogotay, a JuCo transfer from San Diego. The special teams already figured to have a couple changes in store, but the addition of the strong-legged Bogotay could be a big difference maker for Georgia next season.

5. The Injury Bug Bites Again. A hefty contingent of Georgia players were already nursing injuries this spring. Progress for some was going awfully slow. And while Georgia managed to make it through nearly two weeks without adding any names to the walking wounded, the injury bug finally caught up with the Dawgs on Thursday at a position they could ill afford another loss.

Oh, and in case you missed them, I did some multi-tasking last week, holding an online chat to discuss spring practice, the hoops search and more, and I also chatted with the guys at 960 the Ref on Friday morning.

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