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Jamie Dupree's Washington Insider

    The White House campaign of Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) teetered on the edge of being abandoned in coming days, as the candidate on Saturday publicly confirmed the existence of an internal memo which bluntly said that unless Booker could get a surge of donations in the next ten days, his 2020 campaign was doomed. 'I want people to see where we are and understand that we have a pathway to victory,' Booker wrote on Twitter Saturday morning, 'but I can’t walk it alone.' Booker's comments came soon after NBC News had reported that the campaign's top aide told the candidate and staff that a major infusion of money was needed to keep Booker's campaign going. 'This isn’t an end-of-quarter stunt or one of those memos from a campaign trying to spin the press,' said Addisu Demissie. Booker's predicament in the Democratic race is much like a large number of other candidates right now - they are mired in low single digits in most polls, and have shown no ability to break out of that group to challenge the leaders in the race. For example, in the latest national poll from Fox News on the Democratic race, Booker is a 3 percent - that's where he was in August, June, and May. Others who have shown little to no ability to jump up in recent polls would include Marianne Williamson, Tim Ryan, Tulsi Gabbard, Tom Steyer, Julian Castro, John Delaney and Michael Bennet. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was also in that group - he officially quit the race on Friday. Others stuck in the polls have been Andrew Yang, Amy Klobuchar, and Beto O'Rourke - and even Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris - who while they are above most of those in the race, the two have been unable to make up ground on the Democratic Party leaders. Harris encountered rough waters in the last week as repeated stories reported that her campaign was going to focus much more on Iowa - a decision which is often a signal of broader difficulty for a presidential candidate. Meanwhile, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders seem locked in to the top three spots in the Democratic race, with little evidence that any of the other Democrats were going to be able to pull them down at this point. And for Booker - it's been a bridge too far. “Now or Never,” his campaign chief wrote.
  • Led by California, almost two dozen states filed a federal lawsuit on Friday to stop the Trump Administration from revoking a waiver which has allowed California and other states to set tougher auto emission standards than required by the federal government. “California won’t bend to the President’s reckless and politically motivated attacks on our clean car waiver,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom, who has clashed with the President on a variety of policy fronts.  'The Administration insists on attacking the authority of California and other states to tackle air pollution and protect public health,' added California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. But under federal law, California had the right to ask for a waiver to permit tighter emission controls on new cars - and the state had been doing so for nearly 50 years.  A number of others states had joined in accepting those same requirements. The Trump Administration argues there should only be a single national standard for emissions and gas mileage. The change by the feds 'will insure there is one - and only one - set of national fuel economy standards, as Congress mandated and intended,' said Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Thursday. The lawsuit can be seen here.
  • While saying he does not know the identity of a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community who lodged a complaint about unknown actions involving the President and another world leader, President Donald Trump on Friday blasted the unidentified accuser, labeling the episode a 'political hack job.' Asked if he had discussed the ability of the government of Ukraine to start an investigation related to Democratic Party front runner Joe Biden and his family, the President brushed off the query, as he ridiculed the press corps in the Oval Office. 'It doesn't matter what I discussed,' as he called the media a 'joke,' and the 'laughing stock of the world.' The comments came in the wake of reports in recent days that the Trump Administration was preventing the Congress from finding out details behind a whistle blower complaint. The Inspector General for the Intelligence Community had judged the issue to be of 'urgent concern,' but instead of following established federal law - which requires notifying Congress - the Justice Department and the acting Director of National Intelligence had refused to pass on the material. The President argued that it was all politics. 'I just hear that it's a partisan person,' Mr. Trump said, who was asked specifically if he had requested the help of the government in Ukraine to investigate someone who might be his opponents in 2020. 'This is all impeachable,' said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI). 'Not a close call. We need more facts, but we would be derelict in our duties not to pursue the facts wherever they lead,' he added. 'Everybody's read it,' President Trump said of the whistle blower's complaint, without confirming any details. 'They laugh at it.' 'It doesn't matter what I discussed,' the President said of his conversation with another world leader - presumably of Ukraine. 'But I will say this, somebody ought to look into Joe Biden's statement,' as Mr. Trump all but confirmed his desire for a foreign country to help investigate the Democratic Party leader for 2020. On Capitol Hill, top Democrats said the President was clearly not following the law. “The President and Acting DNI’s stonewalling must end immediately, and the whistleblower must be provided with every protection guaranteed by the law to defend the integrity of our government and ensure accountability and trust,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
  • Unable to make any substantive impact on the 2020 race for President, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday that he was giving up his bid for the Democratic Party nomination for the White House, saying it was obviously not his moment. In a series of appearances on news programs from New York, the mayor of America's biggest city acknowledged that he was never able to break out of a group of candidates consistently mired at the bottom of the polls, and far behind Democratic leaders. “It’s true: I’m ending my candidacy for president,” de Blasio said.  “But our fight on behalf of working people is far from over.” “I feel like I've contributed all I can to this primary election and it's clearly not my time,” the Mayor said. DeBlasio's two Democratic Party debates left little in the way of memorable moments for him. In the second debate in Detroit, de Blasio tried a unique tactical move on stage, using his time to direct questions at front runner Joe Biden, in an effort to confront the race leader. But the effort did little to change the dynamic of the race, where de Blasio and other candidates were unable to qualify for future debates, and had become asterisks in the 2020 race. The news gave President Trump a target which he could not resist. The latest national poll on the Democratic field, from Fox News, showed de Blasio far back in the pack - along with a number of other Democrats.
  • In the first hearing by Congress in a quarter century on the subject, leaders from the nation's capital urged a House committee on Thursday to make the District of Columbia into the nation's 51st state, as Democrats said the current political setup for the over 700,000 residents of the nation's capital wrongly denies them proper voting representation in the Congress. 'I'm not here to talk about one person, but about 702,000 Americans who deserve full representation in this House,' said D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. 'What's more we pay more federal taxes per capita than any state,' the Mayor added. 'And we pay more federal taxes - total - than 22 states.' It was the first time since 1993 that Congress held hearings on the idea of making Washington, D.C. into the 51st state - it's something routinely backed by Democrats, but receives folded arms and furrowed brows from many in the GOP. Supporters of the idea point to numbers which show the District has more people - over 700,000 - than the states of Vermont and Wyoming, and about 20,000 less than Alaska. While some calls for D.C. statehood have been bipartisan in the past, that was not the case on Thursday, as the reaction of GOP lawmakers at the hearing on D.C. statehood was basically one of furrowed eyebrows. 'I think our Founders wisely gave us a Federal City,' said Rep. Jodi Hice (R-GA), who joined other Republicans in saying the only way a change could be made is by a Constitutional Amendment. 'At the end of the day, we are dealing with a Constitutional issue,' Hice said at the hearing. Republicans not only harped on what they said was a requirement for a Constitutional amendment, but they also cited political corruption in the city as a reason to not consider the idea. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) went back to 1995, when the D.C. budget was running large amounts of red ink, and Congress had to step in to create a special financial board. 'The federal government had to take control of the D.C. budget,' Jordan said - though a top city financial official said since then, the District has had 24 straight years of balanced budgets. Jordan also raised the name for former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, rattling off the names of other politicians who were caught up in corruption investigations. 'We cannot ignore these facts,' Jordan added. It's not clear if Democrats will try to bring a D.C. Statehood bill to the House floor in the 116th Congress.  Even if it could get through the House, it would be unlikely to make the agenda in the GOP Senate.
  • Democrats in Congress demanded more information from the Director of National Intelligence on Thursday about an 'urgent' whistle blower complaint from inside the U.S. Intelligence Community, which the Trump Administration has refused to detail for key lawmakers, while the President said he had done nothing wrong. 'Another Fake News story out there,' President Donald Trump tweeted from the White House. 'It never ends!' In a series of tweets, the President ridiculed the idea that he would say something inappropriate, or give away confidential intelligence information to another world leader. 'I would only do what is right anyway,' as the President finished with a familiar tweet. 'Presidential Harassment!' he wrote. But in a letter from the Inspector General of the U.S. Intelligence Community, internal watchdog Michael Atkinson told lawmakers that an action - defined under law as an 'urgent concern' - had been brought to his attention by an unnamed person, but was never forwarded to the Congress as required by law. In his letter, which was released by the House Intelligence Committee, Atkinson gave no details about the allegation, or any hints of who was involved - but made clear, he had decided to alert the House and Senate Intelligence Committees because of the serious nature of the information involved. 'I determined that the Complainant's disclosure met the definition of an urgent concern,' Atkinson wrote, describing it as a 'serious or flagrant problem, abuse, violation of the law or Executive order' - involving classified information. In a second letter released by the House Intelligence Committee, Atkinson said he was at an 'impasse' with the Acting DNI over action on the whistle blower complaint. “The Director of National Intelligence has made the unprecedented decision not to share the complaint with Congress,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), as he emerged from an over four hour closed door briefing with the internal watchdog of the Intelligence Community. Schiff shared no details with reporters - indicating that lawmakers themselves still don't know anything about the alleged incident, which the Washington Post reported on Thursday may have involved a phone call between the President and another world leader. Schiff has already set a public hearing for next Thursday with the Acting Director of National Intelligence on the matter. “I believe that there is an effort to prevent this information getting to Congress,” Schiff told reporters, as he was pressed on what was at issue. “At one level or another, it likely involves the President or people around him,” Schiff said.
  • After the Federal Reserve announced on Wednesday that it was cutting interest rates for the second time in two months, President Donald Trump skewered the Fed for not being aggressive enough to help the economy, while the Fed chair said too much economic uncertainty was being created by President Trump's various trade fights. 'This is a time of difficult judgments,' Fed chair Jerome Powell told reporters at a Washington news conference, as he indicated that trade gyrations involving the US, China, and other nations, is not helping with domestic economic growth. 'We do feel that trade uncertainty is having an effect,' Powell told reporters. 'We see it in weak business investment, weak exports.' 'Trade policy is not the business of the Fed,' Powell said. 'It's the business of the Congress and of the Administration.' While the President has said further rate cuts would spur even more growth, the Fed continues to forecast that overall economic growth will be just over two percent this year, down from 2018. Democrats in Congress pointed the finger of blame straight at President Trump for creating economic uncertainty, especially for farmers. “Our family farmers need stability right now - not more uncertainty,” said Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN).  “I don’t agree with the reckless trade war we’ve created without a coherent strategy.” Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, lawmakers were at odds over how to deal with President Trump's second bailout for farmers, who have been hit hard by retaliatory tariffs from China and other nations. In a letter to the Secretary of Agriculture, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), raised questions as to where the money was going to come from for the $28 billion in farm bailout payments announced by the President over the last two years. 'For context, that amount is larger than the entire discretionary budget Congress appropriates to USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) each fiscal year,' DeLauro wrote. While Democrats had initially threatened to block approval of that extra money, now party leaders were demanding to know where that bailout money was going. 'That lack of transparency regarding a $28 billion federal program is outrageous,' DeLauro wrote. 'Maybe an accounting of who is getting the money up to this point would be a start,' said Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), as Democrats said the GOP was resisting efforts for a public accounting of the farm bailout billions.
  • In the face of strong opposition from California elected officials and parts of the auto industry, President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that his administration will revoke a special waiver which has allowed California to set stricter auto emission and fuel mileage standards than the federal government. 'The Trump Administration is revoking California’s Federal Waiver on emissions in order to produce far less expensive cars for the consumer, while at the same time making the cars substantially SAFER,' President Trump announced in a series of tweets from California. The announcement drew immediate condemnation from California officials and Democrats in the Congress. 'The President is completely wrong,' said Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA). California officials expressed outrage at the President's plans, arguing the main impact would be to create more pollution in the Golden State. 'You have no basis and no authority to pull this waiver,' California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said. 'We’re ready to fight for a future that you seem unable to comprehend; we’ll see you in court if you stand in our way,' Becerra added. The authority for California comes from the federal Clean Air Act, which allowed the feds to grant waivers to states that wanted to set tougher emission standards than the federal government. The announcement opens a second legal fight with the Golden State over auto emission standards, as last week the Trump Administration said it would investigate agreements made between California and major automakers about those standards. 'This investigation appears to be nothing more than a politically motivated act of intimidation,' Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) wrote in a letter to the U.S. Attorney General.
  • A week after ousting top aide John Bolton, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday on Twitter that he was naming Robert O'Brien to replace Bolton, choosing the State Department's top hostage negotiator to fill that important White House post. 'I have worked long and hard with Robert,' the President tweeted from California, where he is currently on a western campaign swing. 'Robert O'Brien is a great choice to be National Security Advisor,' said Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), who labeled the choice an 'exceptional pick.'  'He is a high energy, low ego individual who will do fantastic in this role,' the Congressman added. O'Brien's most recent high profile diplomatic effort was in Sweden, where he headlined U.S. efforts to free rapper A$AP. O'Brien's official title at the State Department was, 'Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.' O'Brien will be the fourth National Security Adviser for President Trump, going through former Defense Intelligence Agency chief Michael Flynn, Army General H.R. McMaster, and then Bolton. Last week, Mr. Trump said Bolton had disagreed with him on a number of major foreign policy issues.
  • In a spirited hearing full of sharp exchanges and pointed verbal barbs, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski confirmed to a U.S. House committee that President Donald Trump had used a White House meeting in 2017 to ask Lewandowski to tell then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to limit the scope of Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. 'I didn't think the President asked me to do anything illegal,' Lewandowski told the House Judiciary Committee. In the first testimony to Congress by a fact witness involved in the Russia investigation, Lewandowski acknowledged that despite President Trump's request - made at least twice in the summer of 2017 - the Trump adviser admitted that he never followed through on the President's request to pressure Sessions about the Russia probe. Democrats mocked Lewandowski for not having the guts to take the President's message directly to the Attorney General. 'You chickened out,' said Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA). 'I went on vacation,' Lewandowski replied, drawing loud laughter from Democrats on the committee. In his multiple hours of testimony, Lewandowski repeatedly refused to delve into details of his conversations with the President, even those which were a part of the Mueller Report, which Lewandowski proudly said he had not read. 'If it's in the report, I consider it to be accurate,' Lewandowski said multiple times. While Republicans denounced the hearing as a 'joke' and more, Democrats zeroed in on Lewandowski in round after round of questioning, accusing him of obstructing justice by not answering certain questions about his talks with the President during the campaign. 'I wasn't asked to do anything illegal,' as Lewandowski said he took notes in a June 2017 meeting on what Mr. Trump wanted to be said to Attorney General Sessions, and then placed the notes in a safe at his home. 'It's a big safe Congressman,' Lewandowski said in a bitter exchange with Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), whom he called “President” at one point - apparently referring to Swalwell's failed White House run.  'There's lots of guns in it,” Lewandowski added about his safe. Asked multiple times if he had turned over his notes to the Special Counsel investigation, Lewandowski would only say that he had complied with all requests from the Mueller probe. Lewandowski also did not directly respond to the basic question of whether he lied to the Special Counsel, or whether he had ever discussed a pardon with the President. 'Not to the best of my recollection,' Lewandowski said multiple times. Democrats also ridiculed Lewandowski's refusal to answer certain questions related to the President, by claiming that there was an issue involving executive privilege. The hearing was notable on one point, in that it was the first time Democrats had been able to question someone who was an actual fact witness interviewed as part of the Mueller Investigation. Two other former White House aides - Rob Porter and Rick Dearborn - were blocked from testifying by the Trump White House. Democrats still want testimony not only from those two former aides, but also former White House Counsel Doug McGahn and others. Maybe the most effective questioning of Lewandowski came at the end of the hearing, when Democrats allowed their outside Judiciary Committee counsel Barry Berke to ask Lewandowski questions for a full 30 minutes. Berke repeatedly took Lewandowski through statements he made in television interviews and to the committee, making it clear that the Trump adviser had not necessarily told the truth. “I have no obligation to be honest with the media,” Lewandowski said at one point, as he tried to bait Berke into a verbal sparring match, dropping in references to where Berke went to college and law school. Here's the entire 30 minutes of their exchanges.

Local News

  • An Athens-based manufacturing firm will open a facility in Banks County, creating about 30 jobs: RAI will build in the Martin Bridge area off I-85 in Banks County.    “Georgia’s manufacturing industry has seen many wins in recent years, and we are proud that RAI is expanding their already successful operation into Martin Bridge,” says Governor Brian Kemp. “As the Top State for Business, our skilled workforce has received national recognition, and I am confident that it will meet the company’s needs as they create exciting, new opportunities for hardworking Georgians in Banks County.” RAI says it will be hiring welders, fabricators, machine operators, detailers, material handlers, project managers, coating specialists, and quality controllers at the new facility at the Martin Bridge exit, the only undeveloped exit on I-85.
  • Lumpkin County state Senator Steve Gooch will be among those taking part in the next Rural Prosperity Summit hosted by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. It will take place next month at the UGA campus in Tifton.    From the Ga Chamber of Commerce…   The Georgia Chamber will be hosting its third annual Rural Prosperity Summit on October 1-2, 2019 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton.    About 450 attendees are anticipated to join for the two-day Summit which features expert speakers, elected officials, practitioner panels and small group conversations that will share meaningful solutions to challenges facing rural communities.    Notable speakers include: S. Congressman Buddy Carter S. Congressman Austin Scott Former U.S. Congressman Lindsay Thomas Attorney General Chris Carr President and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center, Doug Shipman CEO of Goodwill North Georgia, Keith Parker S. Census Bureau Partnership Specialist, Thurmond N. Tillman Economic Innovation Group’s Director for Research and Policy Development, Kenan Fikri Atlanta-based rural community writer and advocate, Alan Richard   Elected officials planning to attend include:  Senator Ellis Black Senator Steve Gooch Senator Tyler Harper Senator Freddie Powell Sims Representative Debbie G. Buckner Representative Matthew Gambill Representative Dominic LaRiccia Representative Clay Pirkle Representative Ken Pullin Regional Representative from Congressman Austin Scott’s Office Regional Representatives from U.S. Senator David Perdue’s Office
  •  The University of Georgia, just in time for Notre Dame weekend, is hosting an art exhibit, featuring George Cooke’s Interior of St Peter’s Rome. From Larry Dendy... Enjoy a rare opportunity to view at close range an acknowledged 19th century art masterpiece by American artist George Cooke from 3 to 6 pm Friday, September 20, on the University of Georgia campus. Interior of St. Peter’s Rome, which is 17 feet high, 23 feet long, and weighs more than a ton,   was described as the largest framed oil painting in the United States when it was exhibited in the 1840s. George Cooke (1793-1849), an itinerant artist whose paintings have been found in private collections in a dozen states spent much time in Athens. His 1845 painting titled View of Athens from Carr’s Hill, is housed in the Rare Books section of the University of Georgia Libraries. Another of his works Tallulah Falls  1841, is part of the permanent collection at UGA’s Georgia Museum of Art. Art patron Daniel Pratt commissioned and owned Interior of St. Peter’s Rome. After Cooke’s sudden death from illness in New Orleans in 1849, Pratt became executor of the artist’s estate. Seeking an appropriate venue to exhibit this large work, and with the support of Cooke’s widow, who married an Athenian, Pratt donated the painting to the University of Georgia in 1867 and shipped the painting to Athens. University officials decided to mount the painting on the interior back wall of the 1832 Greek Revival-style University Chapel, and the installation was completed in 1868 and opened for public view. The painting has been restored twice, in 1936 and 1955, to recover from age and fire damage. Visitors on Friday, September 20, will be able to walk close to the painting and make photographs. The closest approach will be to enter the University of Georgia through its historic Arch on Broad Street, at the foot of College Avenue. SilverDawg volunteers will greet visitors and direct them along the walkway to the University Chapel.
  • The director of the Athens-Clarke County Animal Shelter is out of work: County Manager Blaine Williams says he has asked for and received the resignation of David Fluck, who has held the job for the past 12 years. The Shelter has been the focus of much community criticism over the past several months.  From the Athens-Clarke Co government website… Athens-Clarke County Unified Government Manager Blaine Williams announces the resignation of Central Services Department Director David Fluck. The resignation was effective September 16, 2019. Williams requested Fluck’s resignation.  'After careful consideration, I decided that it would be best for the community and the department for a change in leadership moving forward. I want to thank David for his work for the Athens community and the Unified Government,” said Williams. “Not only did he serve as the Central Services Director for over a dozen years, but he also served in an additional role as Interim Airport Director for a number of months while we conducted a search for a new director.”  Williams has appointed Sustainability Officer Andrew Saunders to serve as Interim Director until a permanent replacement is named after a national search. Saunders has worked with the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government since 2007 in various roles, including as the Community Forestry Coordinator, Environmental Coordinator, and Sustainability Officer.  The Athens-Clarke County Central Services Department consists of the Animal Control Division, which operates the Animal Shelter and Animal Control services; the Facilities Management Division, which maintains ACCGov-owned property; the Fleet Management Division, which manages most Unified Government vehicles; the Landscape Management Division, which maintains grounds and landscapes at ACCGov facilities and roadways; and Internal Support, which provides services for ACCGov departments such as mailing services, printing services, copy services, parking, and telephone services. The department also handles special event permitting, publication rack permitting, and downtown vending permits. 
  • Northeast Georgia Health System has reached an agreement to acquire Habersham Medical Center in Demorest. “Many people in Habersham County have asked for a deal like this for years, and many before us have tried to make it happen,” says Lynn Boggs, HMC’s chief executive officer. “We’re thrilled to deliver this agreement, which can lead to security and stability for this community’s local hospital. We are truly working together for healthier tomorrows.” “This is a win-win for the future of our community, and it has taken creative thinking and innovative solutions by all parties involved to create this positive path forward,” says Stacy Hall, chairman of the Habersham County Commission. “This puts power back in the hands of the people of Habersham County. By utilizing HMC’s services, they will make both the hospital and county financially stronger.” The five-year plan calls for Northeast Georgia Healty System to invest $3 million annually to help Habersham Medical Center fund capital projects to enhance and expand services for the hospital in Demorest.

Bulldog News

  • ATHENS A pair of legends were on the sidelines the last time two Top 10 teams met between the hedges at Georgia's Sanford Stadium in 1966. Bulldogs' coach Vince Dooley shared his memories of that matchup with Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd in the days leading up to Saturday night's matchup between No 3 UGA and No. 7 Notre Dame. 'I do recall, it was a big game, and they were undefeated,' said Dooley, recalling a meeting of then No. 7 Georgia and the No. 5 Yellow Jackets. 'We had lost one game at that point to a Miami team that was really good.' It was the final season on the sidelines for Dodd, one of just four men in the College Football Hall of Fame as both a coach and a player. Dodd was 165648 as the Georgia Tech coach, leading the Yellow Jackets to the 1952 national championship, the school naming their stadium after him in 1988. Dooley, who had the Sanford Stadium field named after him two weeks ago, could still remember how Georgia took the early lead on a punt return en route to the 23-14 victory that day. 'Kent Lawrence returned a punt for a touchdown,' Dooley said. 'We really played well, and had them pretty much under control.' The Bulldogs built a 23-7 before Dooley cleared his bench, his team in firm control before the crowd of 48,782 on a mild afternoon with temperatures in the 60s. 'I played everybody that I had in that ball game,' Dooley said. 'And then they drove and scored another (final) touchdown, and I remember that Coach Dodd told me the next day, when we saw each other at the TV station where we were doing our TV shows, he said, You were kind to me today.' 'Back then, you were more apt never to try to embarrass somebody, but we had them in good shape at the time.' Dooley, who directed Georgia to a 201-77-10 record in his 25 years as head coach including the 1980 national championship built reflected on how Georgia scheduled differently during his era. There were still top non-conference games with other Power 5 schools, but they weren't necessarily home-and-home series, and neutral site games were not in vogue. 'We were able to play a lot of schools back then, like UCLA (1983), though that was supposed to be a home-and-home, Dooley said. 'They didn't have us back (in Los Angeles) because they couldn't make the payment that we agreed on, that's why. 'But we played Virginia, North Carolina, Clemson. Of course we played (Clemson) every other year and South Carolina every other year. But we were able pay schools like Oregon, Oregon State and California came here. 'It would be hard to schedule those schools on a one-shot deal today, like we were able to do then.' Georgia future schedules include neural site games with Virginia (2020), Oregon (2022) and Clemson (2024). But as things stand, the Bulldogs won't host another non-conference Power 5 team in Athens other than Georgia Tech until UCLA in 2026. Here's a look at how the last four coaches from Notre Dame and Georgia have fared vs. AP Top 5 competition NOTRE DAME Brian Kelly (0-4 vs. Top 5) 2018 Dec. 29, LOSS, No. 3 Clemson (CFP Cotton Bowl), 30-3 ND was ranked No. 3 2014 Oct. 18, LOSS, AT No. 2 Florida State (Tallahassee), 31-27 ND was ranked No. 5 2012 Jan. 7 (2013), LOSS, No. 2 Alabama (Miami), 42-14 ND was ranked No. 1 2011 Nov. 26, LOSS, AT No. 4 Stanford (Palo Alto), 28-14 ND was ranked No. 22 Charlie Weis (1-5 vs. Top 5) 2008 Nov. 29, LOSS, AT No. 5 USC (Los Angeles), 38-3 ND was unranked 2007 Oct. 13 LOSS, No. 4 Boston College (South Bend), 27-14 ND was unranked 2006 Jan. 3 (2007) LOSS, No. 4 LSU (New Orleans), 41-14 ND was ranked No. 11 Nov. 25 LOSS, No. 3 USC (Los Angeles), 44-24 ND was ranked No. 6 2005 Jan. 2, (2006) LOSS, No. 4 Ohio State (Tempe), 34-20 ND was ranked No. 5 Sept. 10, WIN No. 3 Michigan (Ann Arbor), 17-10 ND was ranked No. 20 Tyrone Willingham,0-4 vs. Top 5 2004 Nov. 27, LOSS, No. 1 USC (Los Angeles), 41-10 ND was unranked 2003 Nov. 1, LOSS, No. 5 Florida State (South Bend), 37-0 ND was unranked Oct. 18, LOSS, No. 5 USC (South Bend), 45-14 ND was unranked Sept. 13, LOSS, No. 5 Michigan (Ann Arbor), 38-0 ND was ranked No. 15 Bob Davie, 1-4 vs. Top 5 2001 Sept. 8, LOSS, No. 5 Nebraska (Lincoln), 27-10 ND was ranked No. 23 2000 Jan. 1 (2001), LOSS, No. 5 Oregon State (Tempe), 41-9 ND was ranked No. 10 Sept. 9, LOSS, No. 1 Nebraska, (South Bend) 27-24 (OT) ND was ranked No. 23 1999 Nov. 6, LOSS, No. 4 Tennessee (Knoxville), 38-14 ND was ranked No. 24 1998 Sept. 5, WIN, No. 5 Michigan (South Bend), 36-20 ND was ranked No. 22 Georgia Kirby Smart, 2-2 vs. Top 5 2018 Dec. 1, LOSS, No. 1 Alabama (Atlanta), 35-28 Georgia was ranked No. 4 2017 Jan. 8, LOSS, No. 4 Alabama (Atlanta), 26-23 (OT) Georgia was ranked No. 3 Jan. 1, WIN, No. 2 Oklahoma (Pasadena, Calif.), 54-48 (2OT) Georgia was ranked No. 3 Dec. 2, WIN, No. 4 Auburn (Atlanta), 28-7 Georgia was ranked No. 6 Mark Richt, 3-9 vs. Top 5 2012 Dec. 1, LOSS, No. 2 Alabama (Atlanta), 32-28 Georgia was ranked No. 3 Oct. 27, WIN, No. 3 Florida (Jacksonville), 17-9 Georgia was ranked No. 12 2011 Dec. 3, LOSS, No. 1 LSU (Atlanta), 42-10 Georgia was ranked No. 12 Sept. 3, LOSS, No. 5 Boise State (Atlanta), 34-21 Georgia was ranked No. 19 2010 Nov. 13, LOSS, No. 2 Auburn (Auburn), 49-41 Georgia was unranked 2009 Oct. 31, LOSS, No. 1 Florida (Jacksonville), 41-17 Georgia was unranked Oct. 3, LOSS, No. 4 LSU (Athens), 20-13 Georgia was ranked No. 18 2008 Nov. 1, LOSS, No. 5 Florida (Jacksonville), 49-10 Georgia was ranked No. 8 2006 Nov. 11, WIN, No. 5 Auburn (Auburn), 37-15 Georgia was unranked 2005 Dec. 3, WIN, No. 3 LSU, 34-14 (Atlanta) Georgia was ranked No. 13 2004 Nov. 13, LOSS, No. 3 Auburn, 24-6 (Auburn) Georgia was ranked No. 8 2003 Dec 5, LOSS, No. 3 LSU, 34-14 (Atlanta) Georgia was ranked No. 5 Jim Donnan, 0-3 vs. Top 5 1999 Oct. 30, LOSS, No. 5 Florida, 30-14 (Jacksonville) Georgia was ranked No. 10 1998 Oct. 10, LOSS, No. 5 Tennessee, 22-3 (Athens) Georgia was ranked No. 7 1996 Nov. 2, LOSS, No. 1 Florida, 47-7 (Jacksonville) Georgia was not ranked Ray Goff,0-3-1 vs. Top 5 1995 Oct. 28, LOSS, No. 3 Florida, 52-17 (Athens) Georgia was not ranked 1994 Nov. 12, TIE, No. 3 Auburn, 23-23 (Auburn) Georgia was not ranked Oct. 29, LOSS, No. 5 Florida, 52-14 (Gainesville) Georgia was not ranked 1990 Dec. 1, LOSS, No. 2 Georgia Tech, 40-23 (Athens) Georgia was not ranked The post Vince Dooley showed mercy in last Top 10 non-conference battle in Athens appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That's what the Intel brings. The play sheet today calls for a quick unofficial visit primer with 5-star junior QB Caleb Williams. Caleb Williams is back in Athens today. It marks at least the fifth or sixth time he's made it to Athens as a recruit since his first trip before he started high school. Williams is an uncommon quarterback. Both mentally and physically. The way he launches the ball from all angles with some serious steam brings to mind the skill sets made famous from the likes of Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson, among others. Skywalker pic.twitter.com/JdOGsxdNiR Caleb Williams (@CALEBcsw) September 1, 2019 DawgNation.com has its list of top recruiting visitors up today . But Williams making another return trip to UGA makes him one of the top 5 prospects in town today. That's saying a lot given that 5-stars Noah Sewell and Darnell Washington are in Athens for their official visits today. Carson Beck, the highly impressive 4-star QB commit in the 2020 class, is also in town on his official visit. Beck and Williams play the game's most important position. The Bulldogs also only have three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster at this time. Jake Fromm won't likely be around for the 2021 season is not lost on DawgNation, too. So does the fact that redshirt sophomore passer Stetson Bennett IV will be a senior by then. Williams matters to the Bulldogs stockpiling elite talent for competition at the QB position for years to come. That's the same as any other spot on the field. Williams has said he 'loves' Georgia. That's not that big of a leap given the frequency of his visits. Prospects will keep coming back to the schools that feel like the very best fit along their recruiting journeys. Georgia is not the only team to watch out for here. LSU, Maryland, Oregon, Penn State and Stanford should all factor highly in contention for his eventual decision. Williams was also at the Clemson-Texas A&M game earlier this month. It will be very interesting to hear his thoughts on how the two elite venues for a big-time game stack up against one another. Williams and his father, Carl, maintain a comprehensive plan and spreadsheet outlining the highs and lows of each school as they visit all those schools. Carl Williams will also be with him again today. What is Caleb Williams looking for out of this visit? What will he be paying attention to at Georgia today?His words sum up that heading quite well. 'Definitely the atmosphere there,' Williams told DawgNation this week. 'Because I've seen everything else.' Georgia is showing Williams he is a wanted man for the 2021 cycle. The best possible example of that was when the Sept. 1 date rolled around this month. That's the ultimate arbiter for elite high school prospects. The NCAA allows its member schools to start contacting high school juniors every year on that date.That's when all those verbal offers either become very real or something that really never was. There was one school that found a way to reach out to Williams at exactly 12:00:00 midnight on that date. That was Georgia offensive coordinator James Coley. There were a lot of schools to blitz him immediately after midnight on that date.But Coley was the first. Georgia's Kirby Smart was also in there, too. Area recruiter Dan Lanning also said hello in the flurry of those messages to mark the occasion. 'Yeah,' Williams told DawgNation. 'Georgia was right at 12:00:00. They said they wanted to be first.' What makes that story seem even more impressive? Coley and Lanning and Smart were maybe mere minutes outside of walking to the team buses outside Vanderbilt Stadium. The Bulldogs had just won their conference opener on the road by a 30-6 margin. That didn't stop them from reaching out to Williams as soon as they possibly could. 5 quick-hit things to know about Caleb Williams 1. Check out the definitive DawgNation story so far on DawgNation.com What will you read about in that one? How 'bout the fact that his high school coaches trusted him with the keys to the offense to make checks and change plays at the line as a true freshman back in 2017? He's been to Georgia at least five or six times dating back to his middle schools days Williams is a highly-interesting kid off the field. That is reflected by his pregame and halftime intake of 'SourPatch Kids' candy. 2. That article also includes a 'signature quote' from Williams When Williams shared a specific line with DawgNation.com earlier this year, it struck a chord with readers. It says something about Williams and what he plays for. It will be pretty hard for any high school quarterback to phrase it any better. Especially one with all the offers that he has. 'I want to keep going to championships and winning,' he said. 'That's my thing. I like winning.' 5-star QB Caleb Williams 3. That 'signature moment' of his prep career so far. Williams made magic happen last season in the Washington D.C. Metro Western Catholic Athletic Conference Capital Division Championship. The clips below are derived from the game in which the 5-star threw for approximately 200 yards and scored three of his six touchdowns in the final 3:03. That closing flurry features 20 combined points in the final 107 seconds. Those late big throws from Williams somehow render the other 200 yards and three touchdowns he tallied up as mere footnotes. DeMatha led Gonzaga 36-33 with 1:47 left to play. There were three touchdowns scored in the final 30 seconds. Disney would reject this script. This seems like too much late magic for even them to film. Williams made it happen regardless in a 46-43 victory for his team. 'It was crazy,' Williams said. 'I guess I was zoned in that day. Pretty fun.' Just watch. Enjoy. It will be a task to believe it all on the first watch anyway. As if the ending wasn't thrilling enough, his team was also down 20 points to DeMatha at one point. 'We were down 20 and I had my arms over the bench on the backside of the bench,' he said. 'Left-arm on the left side. Right arm on the right side. I was leaning down. My feet were crossed.' Joe Cool? Nope. Caleb Sour Patch Chill? Maybe. 'I'm a very very very chill person on the sidelines,' he said. 'My teammates don't like it. My linemen hate it how chill I am on the sideline. They know I'm there and ready to go but my linemen are a lot more amped up than me. Even on the bus ride. We're pulling up to the field and they are going crazy in the back.' They're going crazy. He's likely listening to old school Drake. With sour candy on his mind. 4. His ratings are way up there in the Class of 2021 The 6-foot-2, 209-pound Williams plays for a Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) team that is 4-0 so far this year. He is the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year for the District of Columbia region. His Gonzaga team plays often on Saturdays. So this is a rare trip for him to see the Bulldogs with his team's 2019 schedule early in the college football season. Williams was also in Athens back over the summer for a camp visit. He rated as the nation's No. 1 dual-threat QB prospect and No. 16 overall recruit for the 247Sports Composite rankings in 2021. When he visited college quarterback camps, he stood out as one of the best, if not the best prospect, at several of the elite camps he visited. 5. He's not planning a commitment decision anytime soon Williams plays for a strong high school program that wants its prospects to wait until after the season to make their college commitments. The 5-star prospect had told DawgNation that he doesn't plan to make a commitment until after his junior season. That's at the earliest. Why are all those big schools interested? Check out his 2018 highlight reel below. The post Unofficial visit preview: 5-star dual-threat QB Caleb Williams is back at UGA appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Kirby Smart knows an opportunity when he sees one, and he's hoping his Georgia team responds with the nation looking on in Saturday night's prime-time college football matchup. 'It's our turn to go on the national stage,' Smart said on ESPN's GameDay set Saturday morning, 'and put Georgia to the forefront again.' RELATED: Notre Dame confident, coach explains Irish advantages The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs (3-0) play host to No. 7 Notre Dame (2-0) at 8 p.m. at Sanford Stadium (TV: CBS). It's the first non-conference matchup of Top 10 ranked teams since 1966. Smart said the spotlight gives the University of Georgia as well as the football program an opportunity to showcase itself, when asked the biggest advantage to playing a game like this. 'I think the national stages, and the advantage you gain by having an opportunity to put our program, our campus, on display,' Smart said. 'And also, to affect the rest of college football, and know you're going to get a chance to play on the biggest stage there is. 'These games are why you come to Georgia, and when you have two programs like these two playing, our team is excited, their team is excited, the fans are excited, it's what college football is all about.' Former Bulldogs stars Champ Bailey and Knowshon Moreno were also shown on the College GameDay show Saturday. The cast regularly includes Georgia football legend David Pollack and former UGA volleyball standout Maria Taylor. Notre Dame has lost 10 straight games against Top 10-ranked competition entering Saturday night's clash, and Irish coach Brian Kelly is 0-4 against Top 5 competition. But Smart gained respect for the Irish in Georgia's 20-19 win in South Bend in 2017. 'They're extremely physical, they're never going to go away, they do a great job of competing,' Smart said. 'Every time you play them, you know you're up against a legend as well as their team.' Smart said on his radio show this week that he enjoyed making appearances on ESPN and the SEC Network, recognizing the value it brings the Georgia brand. 'I really enjoy it, I think it's great exposure for our program, it's a great opportunity for recruiting,' Smart said. 'I enjoy the people on the set. I've gotten to know them through all the years that I've been coaching.' Smart said his Georgia players have had an enthusiastic week of practice leading up to the game. 'Lot of energy and enthusiasm out there on he practice field, and sometimes this week you've got to say whoa, you have to take the reins and pull them back a little bit,' Smart said. Smart said it has been a big week for himself and his coaches, too. 'You kind of live and coach for these opportunities, this is a big stage,' Smart said. 'We know we'll have a national audience, and we'll have great exposure for both programs.' A T H E N S I S R E A D Y pic.twitter.com/IqbfwuKbjt College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 21, 2019 Quavo at QB! @QuavoStuntin stopped by Athens and ran some plays with @GeorgiaFootball players, @MariaTaylor and @davidpollack47. pic.twitter.com/phSiM4k7lh ESPN (@espn) September 21, 2019 DawgNation Georgia-Notre Dame Georgia football injury report for Notre Dame game Irish QB Ian Book keeping his cool entering matchup David Pollack says Nolan Smith rising star Georgia zeroed in on Notre Dame quarterback World of difference in Jake Fromm now from 2017 Georgia newcomers proving pivotal to season success Jake Fromm, Crush it and flush it,' on to Notre Dame Brian Kelly says Irish found themselves' in 66-14 win Notre Dame coach says team in position to win national title 3 things Georgia must avoid against Notre Dame The post Georgia coach Kirby Smart on College GameDay: It's our turn' on national stage appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly believes his quarterback will be at his best Saturday night against a talented, but 'not very complicated' Georgia defense. '(Ian Book) had a great week of practice, he's going to play really well against Georgia,' Kelly said on his radio show on Thursday night. 'You're going to see the best of Ian Book in Athens.' The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs (3-0) are a two-touchdown favorite over the No. 7 Irish, but you'd never know it listening to the confident Kelly. we play a lot of bigs games..our guys are used to playing a lot of bg gaems Georgia's massive offensive line, averaging 6-foot-5 and 329 pounds per man, is thought by many to rank among the best in college football Kelly has indicated throughout the week he's not overly concerned about how his defensive line matches up. 'It's an advantage for us,' Kelly said. 'We play these teams that slant and angle, and we haven't been very good with slant and angle teams, so we'll know where they are, and that's a good thing' Kelly has been complimentary of Georgia QB Jake Fromm throughout the week, but he's confident in Notre Dame's pass rush and pass defense. 'We're a top-down defense, certainly, but what we're better at this year is we're pressing on the outside, and the pass rush forces the ball out of your hands so quickly that the routes don't develop to the top end,' said Kelly, whose Irish rank third in the nation in pass efficiency defense. 'A lot of the interceptions, the route has not finished, so we're getting at the ball before the route finishes. When we can do that, we can be in position to undercut routes and not cheat on things. We're getting to the quarterback before he can get through his progression.' Kelly pointed out how simple the Georgia offense is, a necessity because of young receivers still learning their assignments. 'They do keep it fairly simple offensively, they're sitting down in zones and they are taking shots because they want to get their receivers to grow,' Kelly said. 'It's a young group, extremely talented, and they are coming on, and they re gong to be very good offensively once these receivers continue to mature. 'Early on they gave them some very simplified passing concepts, they did a great job with them, and we'll have to do a great job against them.' Crowd noise figures to be a factor, so Notre Dame went inside its new football building this week and turned the noise up to 107 decibels. Kelly is confident that Book's ability to communicate and adjust to Georgia's uncomplicated defensive schemes could provide a winning edge. 'How you quiet a great crowd is you score points and get ahead,' Kelly said. But if they are into the game and it's a close game, then you have to communicate effectively. 'We can't get into our process and into our traits, which I think can trump a lot of the things Georgia can do, unless we communicate effectively.' While crowd noise seems to be Kelly's biggest concern for his offense, tocus and gap integrity are the two areas Kelly stressed on defense. 'If you're distracted for a second against Georgia, they have a guy named D'Andre Swift, and he'll run past you if you do't fit the A gap,' Kelly said. 'You have to fit every play, and every play has to be 11 players playing together.' Beyond that, it's just a matter of playing Notre Dame football, the Irish accustomed to setting stadium attendance records (this will be the 10th time) wherever they go. 'Play fast, play free, be aggressiveyou don't go down there to play conservative football,' said Kelly, 23-17 vs. Top 25 teams at Notre Dame but 0-4 against Top 5 opponents. 'There's no pressure. We play in so many (big games) . and understand when you go on the road it's one play at a time, and you have to be patient. Very rarely are these games won early, they are won late.' Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly The post Notre Dame's Brian Kelly reveals Irish advantages, starting at quarterback appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS This season's edition of Georgia football has more talent than the 2017 Bulldogs that played for the national championship, according to Bulldogs' legend David Pollack. Pollack, speaking Friday as part of ESPN's College GameDay crew, had plenty to say about the rise of Georgia football and keys to this season. RELATED: 7 UGA players to watch closely Saturday The popular ESPN show is in Athens for the first time since 2013 to preview and highlight the No. 3-Ranked Bulldogs' showdown against No. 7 Notre Dame at 8 p.m. on Saturday at Sanford Stadium. It's also the first time CBS hasn't used it's one-time night game exemption for the Alabama-LSU clash since 2010. 2017 vs. 2019 Pollack's comments on the 2019 team's talents pack a punch when one considers the 2017 Bulldogs played in the CFP Championship Game. 'The 2019 team is more talented team than the 2017 team, that's fact, that's not even debatable,' Pollack said 'In 2017, Kirby was playing players that were really smart, that were in the right position, that weren't necessarily athletic freaks. Now it's fun to have both, he's got a combination of athleticism across the board, they're deep in every single spot. 'What does that mean? There's competition in every spot, that's the biggest thing, guys,' Pollack said. 'When you've got somebody breathing down your neck, to take your job, and take your spot, it makes you work harder, and Georgia has got that at every position across the board.' These are the good old days for Georgia football, Pollack said. Best ever? The Bulldogs haven't won a national championship since 1980, former UGA coach and athletic director Vince Dooley recently honored with the Sanford Stadium field being named in his honor. But Pollack believes times are good at Georgia and will get even better. 'You're living in the days where it's going to be the best in Georgia history,' Pollack said. 'If you need a team out there, Georgia is a good one to pick. If you're going to buy stock, they're stocked across the board. 'You look at all the 5-star guys and all the recruits, the discipline they play with now, and the toughness they play with, they're not going anywhere.' Pollack said there's only one Georgia position group that still concerns him, and he's looking to see who steps up against the Irish on Saturday night. Catching on 'Somebody has to step up at wide receiver for Georgia and be the guy, and I'm interested to see if it's (George) Pickens, if it's (Dominick) Blaylock Demetris Robertson is a little banged up, Kearis (Jackson) got banged up earlier in the year,' Pollack said. 'Somebody needs to get on the page with Jake Fromm that we saw years ago, with back shoulder fades, and a guy that he can trust,' Pollack said. 'Because if you're going to point to a weakness for this team, or a question mark for Georgia, it's the receivers. There is no other question mark on this team, everywhere else is pretty solid.' Pickens and Blaylock rank No. 1 and No. 2 in catches for Georgia to this point of the season, with grad transfers Eli Wolf (tight end) and Lawrence Cager rounding out the top four. Notre Dame's hope As for Notre Dame's chances against the Bulldogs, Pollack said it all comes down to Ian Book. 'I don't think there's any player in the country that has to be more productive for their team to win this week than Ian Book,' Pollack said. 'Ian Book has to be great, and it's got to be with his legs, he's got to run the ball effectively, he's got to scramble and throw the football effectively 'He's a really a talented kid, and if Notre Dame is going to come down here and pull off an upset against a Georgia team that's more talented them them, it's going to have to be Ian Book playing not (just) good, but really good, beyond good levels, to great levels.' Georgia legend David Pollack DawgNation Georgia-Notre Dame Georgia football injury report for Notre Dame game Irish QB Ian Book keeping his cool entering matchup David Pollack says Nolan Smith rising star Georgia zeroed in on Notre Dame quarterback World of difference in Jake Fromm now from 2017 Georgia newcomers proving pivotal to season success Jake Fromm, Crush it and flush it,' on to Notre Dame Brian Kelly says Irish found themselves' in 66-14 win Notre Dame coach says team in position to win national title 3 things Georgia must avoid against Notre Dame The post David Pollack: 2019 Georgia football more talented than 2017 version, that's fact' appeared first on DawgNation.