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Volkswagen offers 830 mln-euro diesel settlement in Germany

Automaker Volkswagen has offered 830 million euros as a settlement for owners of diesel vehicles that used software to mask excessive emissions.

The company said Friday it was making the offer after talks broke down with a German consumer association that had been negotiating for a deal over fees for the plaintiffs' attorneys. It said its offer reflected what had already been negotiated.

The VZBZ consumer association said that the settlement talks failed because Volkswagen was unwilling to set up what it called a “transparent, trustworthy and secure” way of resolving the claims.

In 2015, U.S. regulators caught Volkswagen using software that turned emissions controls off once the car had passed emissions tests. The company has paid out more than 30 billion euros ($33 billion) in fines, settlements and recalls.

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  • Banks County Schools: 2-hour delay on Friday Cobb County Schools: All school-related activities canceled prior to noon on FridayDouglas County Schools - 2-hour delay Friday Floyd County Schools:  Closed Friday Hall County Schools - 2-hour delay on Friday  Lumpkin County Schools - Closed Friday Polk County Schools: Closed Friday Rome City Schools: Closed Friday Stephens County Schools: Closed Friday DOWNLOAD the WSB Radio App to stay on top of any winter weather. FOLLOW: WSB Meteorologist Kirk Mellish has the latest forecast details.  
  • The Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Office says the deaths of father and son whose bodies were found in a home near Lexington have been ruled as a case of suicide and accidental death.  From the Oglethorpe Co Sheriff’s Office Facebook page…   The Sheriff’s Office is concluding their investigation of the deaths from earlier this week. We received information from the crime lab on critical forensic information needed to give the full picture of what transpired. Andrew Colvard-Moneymaker (27) had been struggling with issues related to his mental health. From the scene and ballistic information Andrew was attempting to harm himself with a firearm. His father, Jason Colvard (51) appeared to be trying to intervene and stop him by grabbing him. Andrew was able to fire one round, striking himself in the head. The bullet exited Andrew and the same bullet also struck Jason killing both of them. The case will be ruled a suicide and an accidental death. There is no evidence that Andrew intended to harm his father. If you or someone you love is having issues with mental illness there are people to help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255 The family had 4 pit-bulls that lived in the house with them and 20-30 barn cats that lived outside. The four dogs are Beau, Cita, Gremlin and Buddy. They are currently at the Oconee County Animal Shelter. They will be adopted out. The cats are currently being caught and will also be up for adoption at the same facility. They are located at 1171 Branch Rd Bishop, Ga. 30621 phone- 706-769-3956.   Police in Gainesville were, at last report, still trying to track down a suspect in a bank robbery: it happened Wednesday at a BB&T bank branch on Jesse Jewell Parkway in Gainesville. Bank workers say a man who claimed to have a gun made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported.
  • .-----Garrett Blaylock and Cam Shepherd hit home runs to lead fourth-ranked Georgia to a 10-3 road win over Kennesaw State Wednesday at Stillwell Stadium.   Georgia (4-0) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first. Ben Anderson led off with a walk, took second on a passed ball and came around to score on a base hit by Tucker Bradley. In the second, Anderson drew his team-leading fifth walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a double by Shepherd for a 2-0 advantage. The Owls threatened in the fourth after a pair of miscues to start the home half of the frame. However, Georgia turned a double play to keep them off the scoreboard.   In the fifth, Georgia extended its lead to 5-0. Riley King executed a squeeze bunt to bring Anderson home, who led off the inning getting hit by a pitch and made his way around the bases with a stolen base and a wild pitch. On the squeeze, Tucker Bradley, who was at first after a walk, scored on a throwing error by the first baseman Justin Russell. Blaylock followed with his second home run of the year.   The Owls (3-1) pushed across a pair of runs in the fifth. Georgia redshirt freshman Garrett Brown was making his debut and allowed just one hit through four innings before the first three KSU batters reached with one scoring. Freshman Jonathan Cannon came in and got the Bulldogs out of further trouble including picking off a runner at second. Cannon would provide three scoreless innings for his first career win.   In the eighth, Shepherd connected for a two-run home run, his first of the year and 19th of his career for a 7-2 lead as the Bulldogs would erupt for four in the frame. Blaylock added his second home run, a two-run blast for a 9-2 lead. KSU  got a run in the eighth and Georgia got it back in the ninth for the final.   Dawg Tracks - Junior Tucker Bradley extended his hitting streak to four games with an RBI-single in the 1st while senior Patrick Sullivan has a four game streak after a double in the 8th. -Senior Cam Shepherd notched his team-high third RBI-double of the year to make it 2-0 in the 3rd and added a two-run home run in the 8th for a 7-2 lead. -Junior Garrett Blaylock smashed his second home run of the year for a 5-0 lead in the 5th and added another in the eighth to make it 9-2. -Redshirt freshman pitcher Garrett Brown and true freshman Michael Polk made their Bulldog debut. Brown started and went four innings while freshman Jonathan Cannon garnered his first career win in relief with three perfect innings and three strikeouts.   Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott StricklinOn the game… “We’ve got a lot of veteran guys, several guys in the lineup that have redshirted and they are playing well right now. We came in and had a good approach and got big nights from Cam (Shepherd) and Garrett (Blaylock) I thought Garrett Brown pitched well in his first outing and Jonathan Cannon was lights out coming in from the bullpen for the second time this season. It was good to get our first road win. ”   Up Next:  Georgia begins a four-game series with Santa Clara (5-0) on Friday. First pitch at Foley Field is set for 3 p.m.
  • The state Department of Juvenile Justice is looking for workers: a jobs fair is on tap for today, underway at 10 and lasting til 1 at the Wilkes Regional Youth Detention Center in Washington. From the Ga Dept of Labor… The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) will be accepting employment applications in Wilkes County on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. DJJ is searching for dedicated individuals to work at the Wilkes Regional Youth Detention Center in Washington, Ga.    Onsite interviews will take place for the positions of juvenile correctional officers and food service workers. Interested candidates should bring their resumes and dress for an on the spot interview.    Job seekers are also asked to bring a valid driver’s license and proof of a high school diploma or GED to assist in the application process. A special military salary incentive of up to 10 percent will be available for the juvenile correctional officer positions based on years of active military duty. For more information, please contact DJJ’s Office of Human Resources at 404-294-3431.     Date: Thursday, Feb. 20 Location: Wilkes Regional Youth Detention Center 1430 Industrial Park Road Washington, GA Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • The Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division hosts a community forum on sustainability in local industry: it’s set for 8 o’clock this morning at the W&A Engineering offices on Oneta Street in Athens.  From the A-CC Government website... Community members and business & industry professionals alike are invited to share sustainable practices in a discussion organized by Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division and hosted by W&A Engineering. This will include a tour of W&A’s new office building which is an adaptive reuse of a renovated historical textile manufacturing facility located in the Southern Mill. They will also share an overview of their business, th There is a noon-hour meeting of the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission: it takes place at the downtown Holiday Inn on Broad Street in Athens.  A special session of the Athens-Clarke County Planning Commission is set for 6 o’clock this evening at the Government Building on Dougherty Street. Planning Commission members will hear from the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing.  The parent-teacher conferences that began Wednesday continue today for parents and teachers of students at Clarke Central and Cedar Shoals High Schools. Those students will be released from their classes early this afternoon and again tomorrow.   Drivers on Highway 29 near Hartwell can look for traffic delays: the Georgia DOT is working on 29 in Hart County, replacing a stretch of drainage pipe. 

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  • Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That's what the Intel brings. This entry goes deep with elite WR target Mario Williams. What about that other sport? What drives him? How was Georgia able to reshuffle his top 5? Mario Williams can go deep. Way deeper than any pass route. The nation's No. 4 WR and No. 40 overall prospect (247Sports Composite rankings) now has a strong interest in Georgia. It has developed quickly since naming a top 5 in December. Top5 pic.twitter.com/5XsxEcwCt4 Lootrunner.mariooo (@MarioWill00) December 9, 2019 That top 5 has a new entry of the red and black variety. To put it simply.But things with Williams can go deeper than that. There's the notion he played on a state baseball championship team last year. The Plant City (Plant, Fla.) standout aims to pursue that dual-sport passion in college, too. Georgia values his role as a future playmaker. 'They tell me that I am dynamic and they love the way I catch the ball,' he said. 'They say that it looks like every time I touch the ball that I am looking to score.' There's also what Todd Monken has told the 5-foot-10, 170-pound junior he can do in the Georgia offense. 'He said he's ready to throw the ball to me,' Mario Williams said. That view will now parallel what he has been hearing for awhile from 5-star Georgia QB commit Brock Vandagriff, too. Vandagriff wanted him to make plays for him when he was an Oklahoma commit. 'He just tells me that I am special and that he would love to play with me,' Williams said of Vandagriff. 'He said I am the type of receiver that he is looking to play with.' Williams is known among his circle as 'The Lootrunner.' Watch his game tape a little later below. It fits. 'Just chasing money really,' he said when asked to explain that connection. But those are just the hitch routes of his story. Mario Williams: What powers him in life and on the field When Williams gets ready for any big game, he will think of his lost friend Jephte Germain Rogers. He write either his name or the phrase LLJ3 on his shoes. Rogers was struck by a car three years ago and he did not survive. 'J3' was just 18 years old. He wore No. 3. 'Everything I do is for him,' Williams said. When you check his phone, that memory will be his lock screen. Those two grew up playing together in the apartments they lived in. 'He was my friend,' Williams said. 'But I call him my brother.' If that wasn't enough to answer just what burns within him to be great, he also wants to live a life that inspires his younger brother. The dual-sport athlete cites dual inspirations. 'I want to see how far I want to take myself and see my brother follow in my footsteps,' Williams said. 'I want to help make my whole family live a better life.' His younger brother's name is Sincere Williams. That seems appropriate here. 'Every little brother is going to look up to you, right?' he said. 'You always have to set an example for your little and make sure he's straight and make sure things go right for him. You basically set a goal for him to also do the same things as you and keep that happening and going on. That's how it is supposed to work.' Williams is 17. His younger brother, Sincere, is 15. He also plays football and will be another receiver. 'I think he's already better than me at that age because as I get more experience, he gets more experience,' Mario Williams said. 'I can help him now instead of him having to learn it as I did. What I learn now, I share with him. That's basically helping him be a better football player now.' Check out how dynamic he is along his junior film. It does seem like he tries to score every ball. He can make it happen all over the field. Not just as a primary slot receiver. Mario Williams: Thecollege fit he is looking for Alabama was one of his most impressive visits, along with UGA. He still hopes to visit LSU and Oklahoma. 'I really liked Florida, too,' he said. Williams currently plans to enroll early in January of 2021. He was raised to value academics. 'They really don't even want Bs,' he said. If he pulled a 'C' in a class, he was likely not going to be able to play ball until he brought that grade up. 'I've been making all As and Bs all through high school and middle school so my grades are always up,' he said. He cites the 'Sluggo' as his favorite route. That slant-go hybrid is built off a double move that drops an early feint with a slant and then screams downfield to get behind the defense. It fits his skill set to a tee. What does he do best? 'Just really getting in and out of breaks and stressing the route running and finding the end zone,' he said. The best play on his tape is where he catches a short hitch and then has the jets to take it down the sideline for a touchdown. He wants to win the one-on-one battle. That's what he is built for. 'When you get to the next level everybody is elite but if you just win your one-on-ones with whatever route it is or whatever you are running if you can do that over and over, then that's a plus. That's a big plus. It is really just beating the guy that is in front of you.' What is he looking for in his college choice? His answer there were to the point. 'Where can I play baseball?' he said. 'Will they help me get to the next level? Do they have a quarterback? Do they throw the ball?' The baseball stuff is not a dealbreaker to him. But it could be a certain enhancer. 'Technically yes,' he said. 'But also no. If that school is the best place for me and it can help me get to the next level no matter if it is baseball or football or whatever then I would take it.' He's not sure which sport he likes better. 'It is the same,' he said. 'I really like both of them. That's why I am trying to play both in college.' Williams hits from the right side and will play centerfield. He bats leadoff and punches the ball into the gaps and lets his legs fly around the bases. He loves stealing bases the way he talks up those hitch routes. He can't even determine whether it is more fun to catch a '9' route or take away a home run ball from over the fence. 'It is the same,' he said. 'They are both the same. It is all doing something really good for your team.' He's discussed the matter with Kirby Smart at Georgia. It will not be a dealbreaker there. 2019 Redshirt freshman TE Ryland Goede is actually playing on the Georgia baseball team right now, too. 'Coach Kirby was telling me that they don't have a problem with me playing both,' he said. 'He said the next time I come up there they are going to have me talk to the baseball coach and stuff. I'm ready for that.' Williams has been a shortstop and a catcher. He's been a quarterback in Little League, too. 'I always love to play both at the same time,' he said. 'After a football game, I want to play baseball. After a baseball game, I want to play football. When baseball ends I want to play both. I'm always ready to play both.' He wears No. 2 in baseball. No. 4 for football. Plant City just won the school's first state baseball title in 97 years last spring. Mario Williams: How he feels about Georgia There are reasons why Georgia is now sitting snug in that top 5. His recent 'Junior Day' visit with Vandagriff and others certainly helped. 'Georgia is a great place,' he said. 'Athens is like amazing. The culture. The fans. The coaching staff. The players. Everything is just real good about Georgia. I like it.' 'When I went there it just felt like home. They were talking to me about everything. Anything and everything. They were showing me everything. I got to talk to coach Kirby one-on-one. Coach Hankton one-on-one. Really everybody.' 'Right now to this day all the coaches text me. Even the O-line coach. He texts me. He just got there. The whole coaching staff texts me. Georgia is going to be a big priority for me in this recruiting.' He doesn't have a decision timeline in mind. The first step is to start taking his official visits. Georgia is going to get one of those. He already knows that. Alabama, LSU and Oklahoma are also currently slated to get officials. How did Georgia crack into his top group? 'It changed because when I went up there everything stayed the same,' he said. 'They recruited me in my sophomore year and they were high in my recruiting.' The Bulldogs did make the top 10 list he dropped in October of 2019. 'When I went up there everything was the same,' he said. 'They want they had been texting me were the same way they presented themselves when I went up there. They were just being real.' That was his only visit. He said 'it changed when I got there and as soon as I got there' on that trip. 'It just felt like a special place,' Williams said. 'They made it feel like that as soon as I got there.' Georgia made itself a quick contender for his decision. 'I'll be back up there for an official,'he said. What does he like best about that potential fit in Athens? 'The coaching staff,' he said. 'Their facilities and then how Georgia is just Georgia.' Williams already knows 2020 Georgia signee Arian Smith. He also got to chat with highly-coveted OL Amarius Mims when they were in town for their 'Junior Day' visits in mid-January. 'I like talking to Amarius,' Williams said. 'Whenever we were up at Georgia we really talked about different things and schools and what he was thinking and what I was thinking. Brock [Vandagriff] he has been recruiting me since he was committed to Oklahoma. I'm one of his big recruits that he wants.' Smart spoke to him after life after football. 'He was telling me what would happen for me after I leave the University of Georgia,' Mario Williams said. 'He was telling me the stuff not what I wanted to hear but what I needed to hear. And not what everybody tells me.' The post Mario Williams: Going deep with the nation's No. 4 WR on what really matters appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Tate Ratledge. Herschel Walker. Those two fellas are part of a story that says a little about Walker, something more than that about Ratledge and then even how Walkercontinues to intersect with the next generation of Georgia football. Sedrick Van Pran-Granger shared a story last week with DawgNation about how stunned he was that Walker even knew who he was. That conversation was part of our DawgNation weekly 'Before the Hedges' live recruiting special which airs on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Ratledge was a part of the weekly Wednesday show for this week. There was a viral photo that caught a lot of eyes back during the spring of 2019 that captured their first meeting. Walker was the one who looked small in comparison. That's a striking visual here framed up in the photo with a larger-than-life glimpse of Ratledge. The All-American signee from Darlington School shared that story with DawgNation, but also just how he later used that moment to reaffirm his pledge to Georgia in the transition from Sam Pittman to Matt Luke as offensive line coach. He also covered the following topics with DawgNation: What did Walker have to say about his size? Which 2020 Georgia recruit proved to be the tireless behind-the-scenes recruiter for this class? What was that first meeting like with Luke? Check out this week's episode of 'Before The Hedges' with DawgNation. The Van Pran-Granger edition of 'Hedges' also follows below. The post WATCH: Georgia signee Tate Ratledge shares his Herschel Walker story appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Sometimes you've just got to eat it. Other times call for Whiffle Ball. Whatever the formula, Georgia basketball got a much-needed warm and fuzzy night on Wednesday, upsetting No. 13 Auburn 65-55 before a sold-out Stegeman Coliseum. RELATED: How Georgia basketball upset Auburn The Bulldogs players celebrated with the student section. Coach Tom Crean celebrated with administrators and boosters. It's the first time Georgia has beaten two Top 15 teams in the same season since the 2003-04 season. It was the highest-ranked opponent UGA has beaten at home since beating No. 11 Florida in 2012. Auburn coach Bruce Pearl limped off into the night, but not before dispensing wisdom in his postgame press conference. 'It's a rebuilding culture, and it's a work ethic,' Pearl said, explaining what he has done at Auburn, turning a football school into a Final Four basketball program after sustaining a losing conference record his first three seasons on The Plains. 'In the last couple of years, we've had a few more guys that were here that lost those games,' said Pearl, 7-1 in his last eight games against ranked teams. 'You've got to eat some of that for a little while It doesn't taste good. Then you've got to do something about it the following year.' Georgia (13-13, 3-10 SEC) doesn't want to wait until next year with freshman Anthony Edwards expected to head to the NBA as the No. 1 draft pick after this season. The Bulldogs' fans want to soak it in now, too, as evidenced by the seventh sellout crowd of the season turning out in force on a Wednesday night. 'The bottom line is we're building a program,' said Crean, who resuscitated Indiana basketball some 10 years ago, ultimately leading the Hoosiers to two outright Big Ten titles. 'We are going through adversity, but you don't get a program built if you lose momentum with your fans. They are staying with us, and I'm so thankful for that.' Crean said there were big-time prospects in the building, along with the national ESPN2 television audience looking on. As difficult as the past two months have been Georgia had lost eight of nine before snapping what had been a five-game losing streak to Auburn on Wednesday night Crean kept things in perspective. Yes, the Bulldogs had blown double-digit leads in four of the past five losses, making the same mistakes not communicating and standing around on offense. But there are nine freshmen on the team. And the upperclassmen while willing have never played in the NCAA tournament and are still learning to play with poise. 'Every day we gotto put a lot of time in what does this team need, and keep getting them fresh, keep their energy high their concentration and focusspans are really, really tough,' Crean said. 'And some of it is back of age, some of it is because they have never been through things like this.' Crean said he surprised his team with an impromptu Whiffle Ball game in the middle of a practice session before the road trip to Texas A&M. Georgia fought hard, but lost a close one in College Station. But the team's spirit, on display Wednesday, remains alive and well. Freshman point guard Sahvir Wheeler, like Crean, credited the Georgia fans for some of that. 'That home base is still sticking with us, a very special shout out to them,' Wheeler said. 'They still believe. They still are showing up. They definitely had a presence and an impact on thegame. 'Thank you DawgNation and keep continuing to support us on that.' Pearl, who has turned Auburn's home arena into a 'Jungle' worthy of ESPN Basketball GameDay, took note of what Crean has already done. 'Just look at this building, just look at the energy of the building and the student support and theenergy that he brings,' Pearl said. 'He's recruited really well and he's got a lot of kids coming back. 'That's a good, young team.' Crean will be looking for his first back-to-back SEC wins when Georgia plays at Vanderbilt at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Anthony Edwards & Sahvir Wheeler Georgia coach Tom Crean DawgNation Georgia basketball Bulldogs score resounding win over No. 13 Auburn Georgia basketball drops close one at Texas A&M, Anthony Edwards ill Georgia suffers deflating defeat at Florida UGA snaps four-game losing streak with Texas A&M win Perplexing loss for Georgia basketball at Missouri Column: Anthony Edwards needs to get back to having fun Georgia comes up short in hard-fought loss at Kentucky Freshman Anthony Edwards discloses injury, status Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss Rayshaun Hammonds wrecks Georgia Tech Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener Leave a Comment The post WATCH Tom Crean after Georgia basketball win over Auburn: We're building a program' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia basketball had the sellout crowd at Stegeman Coliseum rocking on Wednesday night, upsetting No. 13-ranked Auburn 65-55. Freshman Anthony Edwards had 18 points and six rebounds to lead the Bulldogs, who snapped a four-game losing streak with the victory. Georgia (13-13, 3-10 SEC) had lost three of the previous four games after leading by double-digits, but not this time against the Tigers (22-4, 9-4). The Bulldogs went up 10 points on a Sahvir Wheeler free throw that made it 37-27 with 14:55 left. Auburn couldn't get closer than three rest of the game. Wheeler had 13 points and four assists, controlling the ball and the tempo against Bruce Pearl's trapping Tigers with the seventh sellout crowd of the season urging him on. Freshman Toumani Camara took care a lot of the tough work in the paint with 12 points and eight rebounds. Camara sealed the win down the stretch, 5-of-6 from the free-throw line in the final 22 seconds. It's UGA's second win over a ranked opponent this season. Georgia beat then-No. 9 Memphis 65-62 on Jan. 4 in Memphis Auburn won the teams' first meeting by an 82-60 count on Jan. 11 in Auburn. But Georgia served notice of just how good it can be when Rayshaun Hammonds (13 points, eight rebounds) is playing well in the first half, leading 31-25 at the break. The Bulldogs had led by as many as nine before intermission, a Hammonds' fast break layup giving UGA a 21-12 lead at the 9:31 mark. Hammonds scored all 10 of his first-half points the first 11 minutes of the game, also pulling down six rebounds. Edwards, meanwhile, didn't score the first eight minutes of the game. But Edwards third bucket of the game was a big one, as it ended a 9-0 Auburn run and put the Bulldogs back on top 25-23 with 3:55 left in the half. It was a lead Georgia would never relinquish. The Bulldogs return to action at 6 p.m. on Saturday against Vanderbilt in Nashville (TV: SEC Network). DawgNation Georgia basketball Georgia basketball drops close one at Texas A&M, Anthony Edwards ill Alabama topples Georgia in overtime Georgia suffers deflating defeat at Florida UGA snaps four-game losing streak with Texas A&M win Perplexing loss for Georgia basketball at Missouri Column: Anthony Edwards needs to get back to having fun Georgia comes up short in hard-fought loss at Kentucky Anthony Edwards puts the squeeze on Tennessee in blowout win Freshman Anthony Edwards discloses injury, status Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss Rayshaun Hammonds wrecks Georgia Tech Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener The post Georgia basketball upsets Auburn before sellout crowd at Stegeman Coliseum appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS The NCAA Transfer Working Group looks to open the door for for football transfers to gain immediately eligibility. 'The current system is unsustainable, (and) working group members believe it's time to bring our transfer rules more in line with today's college landscape,' Mid-American Conference commissioner Jon Steinbrecher, the chair of the working group, said in an NCAA article. 'This concept provides a uniform approach that is understandable, predictable and objective. Most importantly, it benefits students.' Per the proposal: The working group concept would change waiver criteria to allow approvals for first-time four-year transfers in all sports to compete immediately if they: Receive a transfer release from their previous school. Leave their previous school academically eligible. Maintain their academic progress at the new school. Leave under no disciplinary suspension. The proposal could be in place by the 2020-21 academic year. Of course, it's all too late for former Georgia tight end Luke Ford. RELATED: Ford transfer tied to being closer to agi ng grandfather Ford, who spent the 2018 season with the Bulldogs, lost his bid for a waiver last summer that would have allowed him to play for Illinois during the 2019 season. My Grandpa just passed on to a better place in heaven. Love you Papa! I'm sorry you didn't get to see me play in person, my heart is devastated Rest in Paradise L U K E F O R D (@lukeredx97) February 19, 2020 Ford lost his appeal following the 2018 season despite being represented by high-profile attorney Thomas Mars. Mars, of course, keyed Justin Fields' successful bid for immediate eligibility at Ohio State last season after he transferred from Georgia. The NCAA Transfer Working Group's proposal for football, basketball, baseball and hockey would be the same as the transfer legislation already in existence for other sports. The Division I Council appointed the council last fall, well aware that there could be unintended consequences. 'We know that challenges will exist with this concept, particularly as it relates to other coaches potentially tampering with currently enrolled student-athletes,' Steinbrecher s aid in the NCAA.org story. 'The working group will continue to examine this, as well as any potential financial aid and academic impacts, so the Council can make a fully informed decision.' ACC Network analyst and former Georgia football coach Mark Richt is among those who have concerns. I know, I have an idea. You recruit and develop players and when I think they're good enough I will poach them from your roster! Welcome to what the new normal will look like in college football! Mark Richt (@MarkRicht) February 18, 2020 ESPN analyst and Georgia football legend David Pollack expressed frustration with the inconsistency of the current policy. 'Fields versus Luke Ford, guys that were at Georgia, what determines who gets it (immediate eligibility)?' Pollack said to DawgNation last summer. 'Somebody's family is sick (Ford's grandfather), or somebody has a reason to go back home and they get a no,' and somebody else that doesn't really have a reason gets a yes.' That drives you nuts for the kids. 'Some people get waivers, some people don't, and it makes absolutely no sense.' Related: David Pollack goes off on NCAA transfer inconsistencies Current Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart has been relatively liberal in his view of transfers and the invent of the NCAA transfer portal. Smart said his priority is that the NCAA do what's best for the student-athletes. 'Kids have always been able to go places, change and make decisions. Roster management hasn't changed from the standpoint of, we've been working off 85, working off medical (redshirts),' Smart said last year. 'There's been slight changes to the number of guys you can sign early, there's been a slight of increase of players who have come out early over time. 'As we continue to grow, it's something we'll deal with. I don't think there's a major concern there. You've got 85 scholarships, you operate at your 85. NFL teams do it with less than that so I'm not that concerned about roster management as I am making sure what's best for the student athlete is what we do.' The post NCAA group recommends immediate eligibility for transfers, too late for Luke Ford appeared first on DawgNation.