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    ATHENS ---- Former Georgia All-America defensive back/wide receiver/kick returner Roland ‘’Champ’’ Bailey was among those selected for the 2017 Southeastern Conference Football Legends class, announced Tuesday by the SEC office. The class will be honored at the 2017 SEC Football “Weekend of Champions” Dec. 1-2 in Atlanta, Ga. The annual SEC Legends Dinner presented by AT&T will be held Friday, Dec. 1 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta and the group will also be recognized prior to the SEC Football Championship Game, which will be held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 2. Considered the most versatile player at Georgia since the inception of two-platoon football, Bailey was an All-American performer on offense, defense and special teams for the Bulldogs. He played more than 1,000 plays during his junior season in 1998, including more than 100 plays in seven different games. The All-Southeastern Conference selection was named winner of the 1998 Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation’s top defensive player and was a consensus All-American selection that year. In the ’98 season Bailey caught 47 passes for 744 yards and five TDs on offense, and on defense he totaled 52 tackles with three interceptions. Bailey was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the first round of the 1999 NFL draft and was a 12-time Pro Bowl (3-time 1st-team All-Pro) selection from 2000-2013 as a member of the Redskins and the Denver Broncos. He was named a member of the Football Writers Association of America 75th Anniversary All-America first team in 2015. He finished his pro career with 52 interceptions, four of which he returned for touchdowns. Other members of the 2017 class include Gene Stallings (Alabama), Dan Hampton (Arkansas), Carlos Rogers (Auburn), Danny Wuerffel (Florida), Nate Worthington (Kentucky), Glenn Dorsey (LSU), Terrence Metcalf (Ole Miss), Floyd Womack (Mississippi State), Brad Smith (Missouri), John Abraham (South Carolina), Chad Clifton (Tennessee), Dave Elmendorf (Texas A&M) and Don Orr (Vanderbilt). The SEC Legends program was started in the 1994 season and the following former Bulldogs have been chosen to participate: Charley Tripp (1994), Fran Tarkenton (1995), Bill Stanfill (1996), Terry Hoage (1997), John Rauch (1998), Herschel Walker (1999), Kevin Butler (2000), Tommy Lyons (2001), George Patton (2002), Scott Woerner (2003), Mike Wilson (2004), Zeke Bratkowski (2005), Garrison Hearst (2006), Rex Robinson (2007), Eric Zeier (2008), Matt Stinchcomb (2009), Ben Zambiasi (2010), Boss Bailey (2011), David Greene (2012), Tim Worley (2013), John Little (2014), Richard Seymour (2015) and Jon Stinchcomb (2016).
  • UGA football continues to roll at 5-0 and will play at Vanderbilt this coming Saturday, as many are already looking forward to Homecoming Weekend the following Saturday.  Today, the SEC announced that Georgia and Missouri on 10/14 will have a kickoff time of  7:30pm on the SEC Network.  UGA will be looking for a small sense of redemption, as it lost its homecoming game to Vanderbilt last season. 
  • Nick Chubb may have received the ultimate redemption in his return to Knoxville and Neyland Stadium on Saturday: a 41-0 win over the Tennessee Volunteers.  But he received a little icing on that tasty cake on Monday, when the Southeastern Conference named him co-SEC Offensive Player of the Week. He shares the honor with Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham.  Chubb ran the ball 16 times for 109 yards in the win on Saturday, becoming just the second UGA player to rush fopr 100 or more yards in 20 games. The other being Herschel Walker.  Chubb suffered a devastating knee injury at Tennessee on the Bulldogs previous trip in 2015 on the first offensive play of the game. Tennessee fans then mocked his injury last week by hanging deragatory messages written on bedsheets hanging from fraternity houses in Knoxville. Safe to say redemption has been served. 
  • Former Purdue football coach Joe Tiller died Saturday. He was 74. Tiller's death was announced on the Purdue football program’s Twitter account. >> Read more trending news Tiller set the record for most wins in the school's football program. He coached the Boilermakers from 1997 to 2008, where his overwall record was 87-62, ESPN reported. Tiller began his head coaching career at Wyoming.  New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees released a statement to offer his condolences. Brees attended Purdue from 1997-2000 and led the Boilermakers to a Big Ten Championship and Rose Bowl appearance during the 2000 season, according to the quarterback’s official website.
  • The No. 7 Georgia Bulldogs have their focus on this week’s first SEC road trip of the season to Knoxville to face the Tennessee Volunteers. But meanwhile, the SEC announced today kickoff times for games the following week. Georgia is scheduled to travel againt o Vanderbillt on Oct. 7th, and with the game kicking off at Noon (eastern time) and will either be televised on the SEC Network, ESPN, or ESPN2, to be determined later.  This will be the earliest kickoff time of the 2017 season, and will be at 11am central time on location in Nashville. So pack those breakfast supplies if you’re making the trip and plan to tailgate. 
  • UGA will make its first SEC road trip in a couple weeks to Knoxville to face the Tennessee Volunteers on Sept. 30th. The Southeastern Conference on Monday assigned a kickoff time for the game.  The Bulldogs and Volunteers have been given a 3:30pm kickoff, and will be played on CBS as its SEC Game of the Week.  This will be the Bulldogs’ first appearance on CBS this season, and hold an all-time record of 48-38-1 when playing on the network.  Start planning travel/tailgating accordingly. 
  • The University of Georgia released its full football schedule for the 2018 season today.  9/1 - Austin-Peay (Athens, GA) 9/7 - South Carolina (Columbia, SC) 9/15 - Middle Tennessee State (Athens, GA) 9/22 - Missouri (Columbia, MO) 9/29 - Tennessee (Athens, GA) 10/6 - Vanderbilt (Athens, GA) 10/13 - LSU (Baton Rouge, LA) 10/20 - BYE WEEK 10/27 - Florida (Jacksonville, FL) 11/3 - Kentucky (Lexington, KY) 11/10 - Auburn (Athens, GA) 11/17 - UMass (Athens, GA) 11/24 - Georgia Tech (Athens, GA) A few items of note: Georgia will have seven home games in 2018, whereas it had six homes games in 2017.  The South Carolina game returns to the beginning of the season where it more traditionally has been played. The last few seasons have seen that game moved from mid-October to even mid-November The Bulldogs will travel to LSU for the first time since 2008, a 52-38 win for Georgia as Knowshon Moreno and Matthew Stafford lead the team.  Yet again, with the Florida game being neutral site, and the home-and-home with Georgia Tech every year, Georgia fans will have to go an entire month (35 days) without football and tailgates in Athens. After the Vanderbilt game on Oct. 6th, the next home game will be against Auburn on Nov. 10th.  Georgia will finish the season with three consecutive November home games, when weather can be very nice... but it can also get very cold if night games happen to be scheduled. 
  • Start making those tailgate plans for the University of Georgia’s first SEC matchup of the 2018 season.  The Southeastern Conference announced today that kickoff for the September 23rd game against Mississippi State in Sanford Stadium will be a 7pm kickoff on ESPN.  This marks the fourth night kickoff in as many games for the 2017 UGA football season, and the first time ever the team will start a season with four consecutive games under the lights. 
  • When the new University of Iowa Children’s Hospital was built, overlooking Kinnick Stadium, officials suggested that Hawkeye fans wave to patients. Hawkeye fans did not let the kids down. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news At the end of the first quarter of Saturday's game against the Wyoming Cowboys, thousands of Hawkeye fans turned to wave at the young patients looking out the windows of the hospital. The Hawkeyes and the University of Iowa are participating in a 'Touchdowns for Kids' campaign, in which fans can donate a dollar or more for every time the Hawkeyes score a touchdown, KWWL reported.
  • ATHENS — Georgia coach Kirby Smart repeated Monday what he’s said before about the suspension status of Riley Ridley and Elijah Holyfield, who were arrested on marijuana possession charges earlier this year. “Both of those guys, discipline will be handled internally,” Smart said. When asked whether that would include playing time, Smart repeated that it will be “handled internally.” The university’s student-athlete handbook calls for a player to be suspended for 10 percent of their games after a marijuana possession. In the case of football, that’s one game. Ridley was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession in March. He entered a pre-trial diversion program less than two months later. Holyfield was arrested in May, also on a marijuana possession charge, and also entered a pre-trial program a couple months later. Ridley is a candidate to have a lot of passes thrown his way this season after a solid freshman year (12 catches for 238 yards and 2 touchdowns, 3 rushes for 41 yards.) Junior Terry Godwin enters the season as Georgia’s No. 1 receiver, but there are a number of possibilities after that, including Ridley. Holyfield, on the other hand, appears to be fourth or even fifth on the Bulldogs’ impressive tailback depth chart. Seniors Nick Chubb and Sony Michel are atop it, with sophomore Brian Herrien coming off a good year, and freshman D’Andre Swift drawing raves this preseason.