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The Latest: Protesters rally at California state Capitol
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The Latest: Protesters rally at California state Capitol

The Latest: Protesters rally at California state Capitol
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Protesters gathered outside the "Liberty Fest" rally in front of California State Capitol, Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Sacramento, Calif., to protest Gov. Gavin Newsom's Stay At Home Order to stem the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Cuneyt Dil)

The Latest: Protesters rally at California state Capitol

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.

TOP OF THE HOUR:

— Protesters gather outside California’s state Capitol to rally against stay-at-home orders.

— North Carolina farmers euthanizing 1.5 million chickens.

— Iraq sees spike in coronavirus cases as the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end.

— New York state records 24-hour death total under 100.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Hundreds of protesters rallied outside California’s state Capitol on Saturday to protest stay-at-home orders even as residents entered the Memorial Day weekend with newly expanded options for leisure.

California Highway Patrol officers closed the Capitol lawn to demonstrators, so speakers addressed the crowd from the back of a flatbed truck as an airplane flew above towing a banner with a picture of Gov. Gavin Newsom and the words “End his tyranny!”

Protesters waved dozens of flags and signs, many in support of President Donald Trump. Few people wore masks and there was little room for social distancing.

The protest came as restrictions eased across much of the state. Some 45 of 58 counties have received permission to reopen most stores and many public spaces by meeting state standards for controlling the novel coronavirus.

Authorities continue to warn people to practice social distancing and other anti-virus measures, noting that the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths continues to rise.

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HAGATNA, Guam — The Department of Agriculture in Guam has invited hunters to participate in a pig-hunting derby to provide food for families in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Pacific Daily News reported that the department announced that the two-day derby is scheduled to begin next Saturday. The department released a statement saying the derby is intended to feed families, foster familial hunter development and reduce the feral pig population.

Event organizers are working with mayors to distribute pigs whole and unprocessed to residents within their villages and provide safe handling guidelines.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Coronavirus outbreaks at meat processing plants are forcing North Carolina farmers to euthanize 1.5 million chickens, according to a state official.

Assistant Agriculture Commissioner Joe Reardon told The News & Observer that this is the first time during the pandemic that farmers in the state have had to euthanize their animals. Roughly a third of the 1.5 million chickens already had been killed, Reardon said.

Chicken and hog farmers in other states also have been euthanizing millions of animals during the COVID-19 pandemic. North Carolina hog farmers have not taken steps to euthanize their animals, Reardon said.

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FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — Eighteen soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division have returned to Fort Campbell after spending more than a month in New Jersey helping with COVID-19 response operations.

Fort Campbell officials say the soldiers deployed April 14 to help provide logistical support for the response to the new coronavirus outbreak throughout the Northeast. The troops helped receive, process and move supplies, equipment and personnel in critical areas affected by the virus outbreak.

The soldiers will undergo a precautionary quarantine under medical supervision. An official welcome-home event is being planned, officials said.

The Fort Campbell Army post is located along the Kentucky-Tennessee border.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is scrapping his 10-person limit on group gatherings and allowing churches to open at 25% occupancy if certain safety guidelines are met.

Walz’s decision comes after the state reported a record number of COVID-19 cases. He says the issue has been “a challenging one” because large gatherings raise the risk of spreading the virus.

Walz says he understands the toll the pandemic has taken on the spiritual health of residents. His new executive order applies only to religious gatherings and not receptions.

While the leader of the Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis welcomed the change, the governor said parishes should not open if they don’t feel they can meet safety measures.

Archbishop Bernard Hebda said in a letter to parishioners that limiting gatherings to 10 people had “burdened the Church’s ability to fully meet the sacramental needs of our faithful.”

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A woman who raised questions about Florida’s COVID-19 data after being ousted as the data’s curator had been reprimanded several times for violating Health Department policy, including for posting political commentary about the information, state records show.

Rebekah Jones’ comments over the past week and a half in emails to researchers, interviews with a handful of media outlets, and blog posts have sought to sow doubt about the credibility of the data now that she is no longer in that role.

State health officials strenuously deny any issue with the information’s accuracy as Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis seeks to make a data-driven case for a step-by-step reopening of the state’s battered economy following safer-at-home orders.

Jones has not alleged any tampering with data on deaths, hospital symptom surveillance, hospitalizations for COVID-19, numbers of new confirmed cases, or overall testing rates. She has, however, suggested Health Department managers wanted her to manipulate information to paint a rosier picture and that she pushed back.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A hairstylist served 84 clients over eight days while experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, Missouri health officials say.

Clay Goddard, director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, said in a news briefing that the stylist worked between May 12-20. All clients wore masks and will be tested, as will the stylist’s coworkers, the Springfield News-Leader reports.

The announcement Friday came just days after city officials announced plans to relax even more distancing requirements, and about a week after the health department started seeing an influx of new travel-related infections.

Goddard said health officials still had enough capacity to pinpoint the origin of infections and potential spread, although that could change.

The state health department reported 218 new confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, bringing the total to 11,558 since the pandemic began. That was the largest one-day total since 319 cases were reported May 1. Ten new deaths brought that total to 671.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina has failed to change its election laws to ensure that voters can safely cast ballots during the COVID-19 pandemic, voting rights advocates claim in a federal lawsuit.

The nonprofit Democracy North Carolina and the League of Women Voters of North Carolina sued Friday on behalf of several elderly or disabled residents whose medical conditions make them more vulnerable to coronavirus.

The lawsuit alleges that several aspects of North Carolina’s absentee vote-by-mail requirements are unconstitutional because voters will have to risk exposure to COVID-19 to successfully vote.

For example, mail-in absentee voters are required to complete the ballot in the presence of two witnesses or a notary. State law also requires voters to submit their registration applications at least 25 days before the election or else register in-person at an early voting site, the suit notes.

The lawsuit says that will result in millions of state residents either losing their right to vote or being forced to compromise their health in order to cast a ballot. The state Board of Elections and other state officials are named as defendants.

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STURGIS, S.D. — The mayor of Sturgis says city officials can’t stop people from coming to the annual motorcycle gathering in the Black Hills of South Dakota, regardless of the new coronavirus.

The 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is scheduled for Aug. 7-16. The City Council has said it would make an official decision in mid-June on whether to go forward with hosting the event, the Rapid City Journal reported.

Mayor Mark Carstensen said in a Facebook video that “tourism is coming” to the Black Hills and Sturgis. A manager with The Hotel Sturgis said all 22 rooms have been booked for the week of the rally and there is a waiting list.

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DOVER, Del. — The University of Delaware says it is laying off more than 1,100 part-time employees, mostly students, in a move to cut costs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The News Journal reports that students account for 805 of the 1,146 part-time employees who were notified of their layoffs on Thursday.

An email to employees said the layoffs, which take effect on June 1, do not affect adjunct faculty, graduate students, work-study students or employees whose wages are paid through external funding.

But many adjunct professors will not have a teaching position in the fall due to a hiring freeze.

In April, the university announced that it faced a $65 million budget shortfall due to pandemic’s financial toll, including revenue lost from prorated housing and canceled athletic events.

The university hopes to reopen campus in phases starting June 1 with certain research facilities.

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BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Health Ministry is reporting the steepest single-day spike in confirmed coronavirus cases since the government began recording cases in late February.

The ministry reported 308 new cases Saturday, one day ahead of celebrations to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Curfew hours had been relaxed during the month of fasting, which contributed to higher daily rates of infection.

According to ministry figures, more than 4,200 people have tested positive for the virus in Iraq. At least 152 people have died.

Roads have been clogged with traffic and supermarkets and shops have been packed with people preparing for the celebrations, likely contributing to the increase in infections.

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ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state reported its lowest number of daily coronavirus deaths in weeks in what Gov. Andrew Cuomo described Saturday as a critical benchmark.

The daily death tally was 84 after a peak of 799 on April 8.

Reducing the state’s daily death count to fewer than 100 seemed almost impossible several weeks ago, the Democratic governor said. That figure has remained stubbornly high even amid other signs of encouragement.

“In my head, I was always looking to get under 100,” Cuomo said. “For me, it’s a sign that we’re making real progress.”

The number of hospitalized patients in the state that has been the epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S. continued to fall, dropping to over 4,600.

Cuomo also announced that the region along the Hudson River north of New York City and south of Albany is set to begin reopening Tuesday, and that Long Island could follow suit Wednesday.

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ATHENS — Two fatalities from COVID-19 were reported in Greece during the most recent 24-hour period, bringing the death toll to 171, health authorities announced Saturday.

Another three new infections have been recorded since Friday afternoon, raising the nation's total to 2,876. The number of patients on ventilators stands at 20, while 99 have left intensive care.

Greek authorities say they have performed 152,998 tests for the disease.

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ROME — Italy on Saturday registered 669 new cases of COVID-19, two-thirds of them in the northern region of Lombardy, which has been the hardest-hit since the outbreak began.

Figures from the most recent 24-hour period since Friday evening saw 119 deaths registered. Officially, Italy has 32,735 deaths from COVID-19.

According to Health Ministry data, the latest cases raised the nation’s overall tally of confirmed coronavirus cases to 229,327. All of Italy’s regions, with the exception of Lombardy, registered no more than a few dozen new cases each on Saturday, and many regions had numbers of new infections in the single digits.

Eager to revive tourism, the government has said people will be allowed to resume travel between regions starting June 3, but travel restrictions could remain if there’s an uptick of infections.

Italy eased many stay-at-home restrictions on May 18, including allowing public Masses to be held and restaurants and cafes to serve sit-down customers.

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ISTANBUL — Turkey’s health minister announced 32 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the country’s death toll to 4,308.

Fahrettin Koca also tweeted Saturday 1,186 confirmed infections in the previous 24 hours, the highest number of the week. The total number of infections has reached 155,686. The testing number also was the highest, with more than 40,000 performed.

Turkey’s transport minister said some intercity trains will resume limited operations on Thursday as the country readies to restart domestic tourism. Passengers will be required to obtain a travel certification code from a government phone application. Those above 65 and under 20 will also need to get an additional travel permit as a full curfew imposed on those age groups continues, except for a few hours each week.

Turkey’s minister of youth and sports announced all quarantine measures for Turkish citizens coming from abroad had been completed. Some 77,441 people were placed in mandatory quarantines in dormitories since March to curb the disease’s spread.

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  • Former Georgia Bulldog quarterback Jake Fromm apologized on Thursday for racially insensitive texts that surfaced on Twitter.   A Twitter account labeled @Ashleymp20 published two screen grabs of a series of texts apparently between her and Fromm in 2019.   The texts appear to be a discussion of gun control with a woman named Ashley in which Fromm says “But no guns are good. They need to let me get suppressors. Just make them very expensive so only elite white people can get them haha.” A second series of screen grabs show texts from a second person, apparently Ashley’s sister, asking the poster to take down her tweets. “I mean I don’t want to see him go down or anything but I know part of helping the cause on my end is to call out things like that and if anything I don’t think he’d get fired. I think he just might have to make a statement which would be good.” Jake responded in a tweet that said “I am extremely sorry that i chose to use the words “elite white people” in a text message conversation. Although I never meant to imply that I am an “elite white person,” as stated later in the conversation, there’s no excuse for that word choice and sentiment.' “I promise to commit myself to being a part of the solution in this country. I addressed my teammates and coaches in a team meeting today and I hope they see this incident is not representative of the person I am,' Fromm added. The Buffalo Bills released a statement that said “We don’t condone what he said. Jake was honest and forthcoming to us about the text exchange. He asked for an opportunity to address and apologize to his teammates and coaches today in a team meeting, which he did. We will continue to work with Jake on the responsibilities of being a Buffalo Bill on and off the field.'   In a video conference call, Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said Fromm seemed sincere when he addressed teammates.   “All of us make mistakes. He’s acknowledged that. There are a number of us that can say the same thing, especially in our youth,' Frazier said.
  • Forecasters say there is the chance for thunderstorms this afternoon in Athens and northeast Georgia. It’s also getting hotter, with temperatures near 90 again today and through the weekend. From WSB TV…  We’re entering the summer-time pattern where showers and storms could pop up in the afternoons and evenings. Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Katie Walls says areas in north Georgia and metro Atlanta could see heavy rain, lightning and strong wind gusts as the afternoon heats up. What you need to know:  Heavy rain already moving through parts of Georgia this morning  Storms expected to pop up later this afternoon  Cristobal weakens to a tropical depression but will still bring heavy rain to areas
  • The Georgia Department of Public Health says Athens has added a 15th coronavirus death. There are have been 299 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Clarke County. The statewide coronavirus case count climbs to 49,847, with 1,872 deaths.  The University of Georgia says, the coronavirus campus closure notwithstanding, the University has seen record enrollment for its summer semester classes, with students taking their classes on-line: UGA is aiming to have its students back on campus when fall semester starts in August.  A survey conducted for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution by pollsters at the University of Georgia shows increasing support for Governor Brian Kemp’s moves to reopen the state after the coronavirus closures of earlier this spring. Atlanta-based Delta Airlines says it is requiring all its employees to be tested for coronavirus. Ten Delta workers have died with COVID 19.  A milestone in the battle against COVID 19 in one of Georgia's biggest coronavirus hot spots: for the first time since the pandemic began in March, there are no COVID patients at Phoebe Health System's main hospital in Albany. There are still more than three dozen coronavirus patients at another hospital in Dougherty County. 
  • The Athens-Clarke County Police Department is working to identify remains and determine the cause of death for a body, believed to be that of a male, that was found by workers this week on Athens’ east side: the badly decomposed body was discovered by a construction crews off Athena Drive. The body has been taken to the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur.  A 33 year-old man from Flowery Branch faces smash and grab burglary charges: the Hall County Sheriff’s Office says Hai Quoc Bennett used an axe to shatter the front glass of a convenience store and tried to steal cash from an ATM. Sheriff’s Office investigators used store surveillance video to track him down; Bennett was booked into the Hall County jail. There are child molestation allegations for a teenager in White County: the White County Sheriff’s Office says 18 year-old Carlos Martinez is charged with molesting a 7 year-old victim.
  • Three weeks of early voting come to a close today in Athens and around the state: voters in Clarke and in Oconee Counties have been casting ballots in County Commission and School Board races; both counties have contested Sheriff’s primaries. The early voting in Oconee County takes place at the Elections Office on Court Street in Watkinsville.  There are four locations in Athens: the Elections Office on Washington Street downtown, the Library on Baxter Street, the Miriam Moore Community Center on McKinley Drive, and the Extension Service office on Cleveland Road in Bogart.  Election Day is Tuesday of next week. 

Bulldog News

  • ATHENS Before talk turned to hundreds of millions of dollars associated with the University of Georgia athletic budget, tens of thousands of pounds of steel going into a new football facility, and ramifications of a global pandemic, Greg McGarity had a more important issue to table. Racial awareness. 'We must come to grips with the social issues that are present, and commit to doing all within our power to be part of the solution that direly needs our focus and attention,' McGarity said in his opening statement at the UGA board of directors meeting on Thursday. 'Racism, hatred and bigotry have no place anywhere, and it continues to be our responsibility to foster an environment of trust, inclusion, understanding and action.' McGarity, whose contract as athletic director was extended another year by school president Jere Morehead on Thursday, explained that racial awareness is the top priority. RELATED: Details emerge on Greg McGarity contract, why it's not more than one year 'That was my first order of business because it's an important issue, and it commands that level of attention,' McGarity told DawgNation on Thursday night. 'We want to make sure it was first and foremost in our thoughts, and it was more important than anything else we were going to say.' COVID-19 concerns came to the forefront once again with players at SEC schools returning for the league's June 8 voluntary workout start date. Several Alabama players reportedly tested positive. McGarity said he was unsure if or how UGA would release information on positive tests, referring the matter to director of medicine Ron Courson. Coach Kirby Smart explained last week the protocol if a player tests positive, in terms of the player's options and how UGA will handle it from a medical standpoint. RELATED: Kirby Smart reveals how 'new normal' will look at UGA workouts McGarity tackled other issues following the board of directors meeting held Thursday via Zoom. Do you anticipate a full football season? Greg McGarity: ' If we have a successful June, I think it sets us up well for July. That's why I think these next four weeks are going to be critical to see how each campus is handling the spread of the virus. 'You know, we can only have our arms around these young men while they're here for voluntary workouts. hat they do when they leave our building I mean, we're very confident they'll adhere to all the protocols that are in place, because that's just as important as them coming in our building. 'But it's going to be important what happens when they're not under our guidance. I just feel really good about it because these young men really want to play the season and they're going to do everything that can to do their part.' Will there be a quarantine period when coaches begin to supervise football activity? Greg McGarity: 'I think the way things stack up right now, you'll have this voluntary period now up until you start countable, athletic-related activity. So much of the testing will be done now. If we continue with that population, what we've got to gear up for is every other sport. 'Our largest student-athlete population will be back in the fall, or in July, for practice. We also have soccer and volleyball, basketball and cross country. So this is an important time for us to see how we do. 'It's kind of a test for us on our effectiveness and our efficiency, because we're, what, 125 young men all total with walk-ons and what-not, but we've got over 525 student-athletes there's a lot of heavy lifting to do. The important work starts right now.' A $149.4 million budget was approved, is there a Plan B if games are canceled? Will ticket money and donations be refunded ? Greg McGarity: (On the alternative budget issues) i t's all dependent on the definition of mass gatherings, if it's 50 percent occupancy (at the stadium), or 25 percent, or everybody can come. We just don't know. We'll know more at the end of this month and we'll know a lot more by August 1st, and at some point in time we know we have to be very clear in communicating what our plan will be. But that's not important today, that will come to play in the next couple of months. We don't really need to go in that direction right now because our first home game is not until September. '(On the ticket refund question), yeah, I think it'll be consistent with baseball as far as that, though we were into the season. We would honor those requests in the event we had to go in that direction. That's included in our projections and everything, the what-ifs and what might happen, so we can at least have an idea what to look for when and if that happens.' Greg McGarity opens up on UGA DawgNation College Football Offseason RELATED: 5 keys, NCAA vote on Wednesday includes pivotal provisions College football return takes turn out West NCAA president Mark Emmert discusses issues with return to campus Les Miles says college football set for return, expert says no fans in stands Return of college football critical to fans' psyche, pocketbooks UGA president Jere Morehead employs 9 research groups for optimal return NCAA advances ball on name, image, likeness player compensation States opening equates to flickering light for college football return Greg Sankey hasn't ruled out a CFB season without all conferences Three keys amid college football return process, from Greg Sankey NCAA board of governors unanimously approves NIL compensation The post Georgia AD Greg McGarity tackles racial awareness issue, COVID-19 fallout appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS The University of Georgia extended the contact of athletic director Greg McGarity for one year at its Georgia Athletic Association Board of Directors meeting on Thursday. 'I believe that continuity is particularly important during this time of uncertainty,' UGA president Jere Morehead said on a Zoom teleconference. 'Greg has expressed his willingness and desire to continue serving. He has been a great leader of our athletic programs.' McGarity, 65, was hired as the Bulldogs' athletic director on Aug. 13, 2010. He currently ranks as the second-longest tenured AD in the SEC. McGarity, whose contract expired at the end of this month, had been working off a one-year extension. Georgia had the sixth-largest athletic budget in the nation in the 2017-18 fiscal year, per USA Today data, at $176,699,893. McGarity, who has become known for his transparent management approach, opened the books to DawgNation in March at the front end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Georgia proved to be in better shape economically that programs with a $105 million reserve fund. RELATED: How Georgia built up a large reserve fund, what it means The Bulldogs' strong status is due in large part s relatively conservative fiscal strategy, which pre-dated Vince Dooley, along with the contributions of the Magill Society. Morehead also congratulated McGarity on Thursday for UGA student-athletes recording a cumulative 3.34 GPA in the spring term. Twenty of the 21 scholarship sports recored over a 3.0 team GPA, including football, which had a record 3.03 GPA. Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity The post Georgia AD Greg McGarity gets 1-year contract extension from athletic board appeared first on DawgNation.
  • As far as workouts go, it was a telling scene for Georgia commitment Chaz Chambliss. The moment involved the 6-foot-3 and 240-pound senior to be from Carrollton High School. He already had placed himself through a three-hour workout that morning back home in his makeshift garage which serves as his fitness center. He can bench press 365 pounds. Squat another 525. The power clean is still a robust 335 or so pounds. Global coronavirus or not. His strength levels have contained to surge. Those gains have not stopped Chambliss from driving from Carrollton to Atlanta for the last two months to work..out..withdefensive backs. That was after a leg day, too. The future OLB that everything thinks will be an ILB or a DE was working out with DBs. There are five minutes of video of Chambliss in the featured video slot above and below the space in this blog. And he was looking pretty sporty doing it. Save for what might have been two dropped balls out of 12. His hands, his Carrollton High coaches will tell you, might be the weakest strength in his player toolbox. He's working them, though. 'I try to build my game around Luke Keuchley and guys like that,' Chambliss said. 'Guys who aren't necessarily the fastest guys or the most athletic but the guys who then take full advantage of what God can't give them.' There's also a soundtrack of a recent DawgNation Conversation with Chambliss on that workout clip, too. Kevin Pope, the defensive coordinator of a recent state champion Hapeville Charter Academy program, was leading those drills. There were a couple of college guys mixed in, but it there was Chambliss working on a grassy park field with high school players. The 4-star Bulldog commit had an average of two or three inches and at least 40 pounds on everyone there. He was working with DBs, after all. That's just part of the reason why Pope bubbled with enthusiasm about what he had seen from Chambliss among his GRIND Atlanta training group for the last several weeks. 'Defensive end?' Pope blurted out at almost the tone of a yell. It was more like a mocking rhetorical question. 'Defensive end?' Pope continued on. 'My whistle.' Pope may or may not have said whistle. Or perhaps it was another appendage. But the DawgNation reader will certainly get the gist of what he was trying to say. Pope has trained at least two current Georgia Bulldogs on a daily basis during their high school careers. What he has to say on that positional topic with Chambliss is certainly worth listening to here. 'There's nothing stopping you, man,' Pope said to all while working Chambliss in a drill. 'You ain't just a plugger. You're a linebacker.' 'Talking about a defensive end?' he said. 'You crazy. This guy is a linebacker. Outside or inside. Watch this. These people are tripping. I see it, man.' RELATED: The Carrollton HS coaching staff shares their view of a big upside for Chaz Chambliss What Kevin Pope sees for the football future of Chaz Chambliss Chambliss as a future defensive end? There's a lot of meat on the bone there for Pope to pick at. 'What runs counter to that is he's able to cover in space,' Pope said. 'As you can see since you were out here, you can see how he moves along. If Georgia is running a Tampa 2, he can run with the back. He can run with the middle receiver. He's definitely getting into his thirds of the field. He can get into his drops and the flats and the curl areas and then he has tremendous explosion so he can transition from one space on the field to the next.' Pope has read in some spots that Chambliss projects to bulk up. He's going to get bigger. That's not what he is saying Georgia is going to do. Chambliss told DawgNation that defensive coordinator Dan Lanning has recruited him to be an OLB. He'll be part of that 'Wolfpack' Room like the Azeez Ojularis and the Nolan Smiths in the program now. 'Anybody that wants to bulk him up to be a defensive end is making a mistake,' Pope said. 'The kid can clearly be a good outside linebacker. I know he's big and he is going to get bigger but with constant working on his agility the sky is the limit for what he can do.' Chambliss came to Pope at the referral of former NFL player Derrick Witherspoon. 'He's been a pro,' Pope said. 'So he knows. He thought it would be a good idea for Chaz to start working more on his agility and there's no better way to work on your agility than working with defensive backs.' Pope has been working out Chambliss for approximately a month now. He's seen the gains. 'From the first time to now, it is like light years of gain,' Pope said. 'But it is not like that he wasn't able to do those things, he just hasn't had the ability to do that yet. When he gets out here and gets moving, he can move with the best of them. That's' because he's athletic.' Chambliss is an absolute punisher on his high school film. He pummels the ball carrier as much as tackles. He already has 69 tackles for losses and 38.5 sacks in three seasons of varsity ball. He's forced eight fumbles. What happens if he can add 75 percent of a defensive back's skills to his toolbox? 'Then you are looking at a pro,' Pope said. 'That's the goal. That's what I told him. You'd have a pro then. You'd have an all-around linebacker with the versatility of the Brian Urlachers and the Derrick Brooks we have seen. The physical on top of physical hitters, but they can cover in space. You can use them for three or four downs. He wouldn't be coming in for certain packages anymore. Then this kid would be an every-down linebacker then. That's our goal. We are going to get him ready for that.' Did you know the weekly DawgNation.com 'Before the Hedges' program is now available as an Apple podcast? Click to check it out and download. DAWGNATION RECRUITING (the recent reads on DawgNation.com) There's a big potential development in the recruiting scope of 5-star CB Tony Grimes Kirby Smart's comments of the 2021 recruiting cycle thus far laced with empathy and uncertainty Nation's No. 1 CB prospect Tony Grimes places UGA among his top four schools BREAKING: All-American OL Dylan Fairchild has made his college decision Brock Vandagriff: How does that family feel about the JT Daniels transfer? The JT Daniels to Georgia buzz seems very real BREAKING: Elite 2022 DB Marquis Groves-Killebrew commits to UGA Who is Chaz Chambliss? Carrollton staff shares the goods on the new Bulldog commit BREAKING: Chaz Chambliss commits to Georgia football Taking a deep dive at how well Georgia has been recruiting Metro Atlanta of late Elite 2022 defensive athlete Daniel Martin already has a 'family' feel at UGA Brock Bowers: Nation's No. 3 TE knows what he needs to do before his college decision De'Jahn Warren: The 'nugget' for the nation's No. 1 JUCO prospect with UGA Decrypting that recent tweet from 5-star LB Smael Mondon Jr. Prince Kollie: The ILB target who had 1,085 yards as a receiver in 2019 Lovasea Carroll: DawgNation goes one-on-one with the 2021 RB commit The post WATCH: Georgia commit Chaz Chambliss shows he has a bright future at LB appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia football players are arriving back on campus in waves, medical screening underway, with next Monday's training start date within sight. Kirby Smart, however, won't be present when the team works out. Further, NCAA rules prevent him from monitoring the players' workout results. Smart and his staff will, however, have the ability to maintain 8 hours per week of contact via virtual meetings leading into the undetermined start of football drills. The takeaway? 'Experience is probably magnified in this season, this setting, more so than ever before,' Smart said when he met with media last week on a Zoom call. 'We have obviously been shortened in terms of spring practice, in terms of meetings, in terms of summer conditioning we are already being shortened,' he said. 'So a lot of those things have shortened us, and we will have to be wise in the decisions we make.' The offense figures to be significantly more limited particularly at the onset of the season than the defense. This is because the defense returns nine of 11 starters from the Sugar Bowl starting lineup and 80 percent of the production from a 2019 unit that led the country in scoring defense and rushing defense. The offense, meanwhile, is in complete reload mode. Two-time 1,000-yard rusher D'Andre Swift has moved on along with go-to receiver Lawrence Cager and a pair of tight ends headed for NFL camps. Further, three players were drafted off the offensive line, and of course three-year starting quarterback Jake Fromm is no longer the voice in the huddle Todd Monken is the new offensive coordinator, and Matt Luke is the new offensive line coach and has heavy influence in the game-planning. Smart prefers execution over complexity. Once supervised practices take place, it will quickly become a matter of Smart and his assistants figuring out how much his players can handle. 'You can have too much offense, and too much defense, and too much special teams, and then you can have not enough,' Smart said. 'Our jobs as coaches is to try to determine what that volume is.' That's complicated by the fact that four more freshmen receivers are arriving, along with a potential freshman impact player and graduate transfer tight end. Of course, Georgia also recently added USC transfer QB JT Daniels, who's expected to appeal for immediate eligibility. Smart, with good reason, will go into fall drills with an open mind as to what the Bulldogs' offense could look like and the level of sophistication. 'To try to say have we said ok, are we only going to put 50 percent in, we are only going to put 70 percent in, we are only going to put 90 percent in,' I can't say that,' Smart said. 'That's not where we are because we don't even know the threshold or the capacity of some of our players.' Especially when it hasn't been determined who all the players are that will be on the field. 'We did not get to go through spring ball with necessarily some of the positions, especially on offense, of guys to see what they can handle,' Smart said. 'We will find out what the NCAA and the SEC are going to allow us to do leading up to the season, because right now we do not know that. 'The more they give us time wise, the more we will be able to do. The less they give us the less we will probably be able to do, but that is not something we have decided right now.' The post Why Georgia coach Kirby Smart is vague on offensive capacity, personality appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia basketball sophomore Mike Peake has entered the NCAA transfer portal, according to multiple sources. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound Peake was a late addition to last year's class, signing in August out of Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kans. Peake played in 24 of 32 games last season, including the final 12 contests, averaging 9 minutes per outing with 2.3 points and 2 rebounds. Peake scored a career-high 8 points in the season-opening game against Delaware State and pulled down a season-high 6 rebounds in a season high 23 minutes against South Carolina on Feb. 26. Peake's departure brings the Bulldogs' roster down to 13 scholarship players. RELATED: Georgia adds big V-Tech center, over scholarship limit Georgia added Virginia Tech graduate transfer center P.J. Horne last week. Horne, a 6-6, 225-pounder, averaged 7.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game last season. UGA Coach Tom Crean DawgNation Georgia basketball WATCH: Tom Crean opens up, tells all on UGA basketball Bulldogs upset Ole Miss in SEC tourney opener Anthony Edwards takes over final minute, UGA topples Arkansas WATCH: Georgia celebrates like crazy after Vandy win Bulldogs score resounding win over No. 13 Auburn UGA snaps four-game losing streak with Texas A&M win Perplexing loss for Georgia basketball at Missouri Georgia comes up short in hard-fought loss at Kentucky Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss The post Georgia basketball sophomore enters transfer portal appeared first on DawgNation.