- Here are my notes from Thursday's pre-spring media availability. Aaron Murray discusses his soccer-playing, Mark Richt reveals the peculiar spring practice schedule, as well as what he expects from Washaun Ealey and company, and more.
I thought this quote from Richt, explaining why he's not banning players from soccer, skiing, or whatever, was interesting:
“I want these guys to live their lives and enjoy it,” Richt said. “It seems like no matter what you do, somebody can still stumble down the steps and get hurt. So I’ve never really done that.”
- This is my lead story from Thursday. The headline (well not the literal headline) is Alec Ogletree's move to linebacker, which was part of a flurry of personnel moves. Cordy Glenn to tackle, Justin Anderson back to offense, and so on.
- Here's my story on Pete Herrmann and Philip Pearson, who were the interim coaches the last time Georgia played at Alabama in men's basketball. Pearson is now an assistant at Georgia, and Herrmann the head coach at Young Harris College, a start-up Division II program.
“I’m very proud of the players at Georgia,” Herrmann said. “I was with all of them. Trey and Travis were part of our group there. And they’ve matured, and they’ve grow up, and they’ve accepted coaching. They’ve been tough-minded through this whole season. I hope that they can make a run here in the SEC tournament and for the NCAA tournament.”
We may get word on Friday as to whether Trey Thompkins will make the trip to Tuscaloosa for the Alabama game. In the meantime, Georgia's potential seeding in next week's SEC tournament remains wide open, after Tennessee won on Thursday.
Entering the weekend, here's how it breaks down:
- If Georgia loses at Alabama, it will finish either fourth (if Tennessee loses to Kentucky on Sunday) or fifth (if Tennessee beats Kentucky).
- If Georgia wins, then it can finish either second (if Vanderbilt loses to Florida and Kentucky loses to Tennessee), or third (if either Vanderbilt or Kentucky wins) or fourth (if both Vanderbilt and Kentucky win).
Got all that?
- The Bulldog women's basketball team already knows its tournament schedule: Tonight at 7:30 p.m. against South Carolina in the quarterfinals. The game is on Fox Sports Net.
- Finally, the Georgia baseball team is off to a 2-6 start and now its reward is three games against one of the best teams in the country. No. 5 Florida State is in town for a series this weekend, with Saturday's game being televised on CSS.