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Coronavirus live updates: 3 new cases reported in China
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Coronavirus live updates: 3 new cases reported in China

Coronavirus outbreak: What you need to know

Coronavirus live updates: 3 new cases reported in China

More than 5.2 million people worldwide -- including more than 1.6 million in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise. While efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak continue, states have begun to shift their focus toward reopening their economies.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking cases in the U.S. here.

Live updates for Saturday, May 23, continue below:

3 new cases reported in China

Update 11:25 p.m. EDT May 23: Three new confirmed cases of the coronavirus were reported Sunday in China.

The National Health Commission said two of the cases came from outside of the country and the other was a locally transmitted in the province of Jilin. No new deaths have been reported.

There are 79 patients in treatment and another 380 are in isolation.

There have been 4,634 deaths from the coronavirus in China.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Pig hunt planned in Guam to help families in need of food

Update 10:45 p.m. EDT May 23: Families in need of food are invited to participate in a pig-hunting derby by the Guam Department of Agriculture.

The two day hunt starts next Saturday.

The hunt is intended to help feed families, encourage familial hunter development and reduce the feral pig population.

There are 1,134 confirmed cases and six deaths from the coronavirus in Guam, according to The New York Times.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Order allowing foreign professional athletes into US signed by acting DHS secretary

Update 9:30 p.m. EDT May 23: An order allowing foreign athletes from multiple professional sports leagues into the country was signed by acting Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf on Friday.

Foreign athletes, essential staff and their dependents in professional sports including Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League will be allowed to enter the country.

“Professional sporting events provide much needed economic benefits, but equally important, they provide community pride and national unity,” Wolf said in a statement. “In today’s environment, Americans need their sports. It’s time to reopen the economy and it’s time we get our professional athletes back to work.”

Leagues include:

  • Major League Baseball
  • National Basketball Association
  • Women’s National Basketball Association
  • Professional Golfers’ Association Tour
  • Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour
  • National Hockey League
  • Association of Tennis Professionals
  • Women’s Tennis Association

Coronavirus live updates: Places of worship in Minnesota can open at 25% capacity

Update 8:30 p.m. EDT May 23: Places of worship in Minnesota can open at 25% capacity starting May 27, Gov. Tim Walz said Saturday.

Congregants can gather as long as the places of worship follow strict social distance measures and other safety guidelines, CNN reported.

"As we move to try and have some of these places of worship open up, they’re done with a common goal of the safety and security of not only the congregants but the community at large," Walz said.

There are 19,854 confirmed cases and 861 deaths from the coronavirus in Minnesota, according to The New York Times.

Swim party in Arkansas leads to several reported cases

Update 7:15 p.m. EDT May 23: A high school swim party in Arkansas lead to several swimmers testing positive for the coronavirus, officials said Saturday.

"I'm sure everybody thought was harmless," Gov. Asa Hutchinson said, CNN reported. "They're young, they're swimming, they're just having activity and positive cases resulted from that."

Hutchinson did not offer additional information about the party.

"It is an important anecdote for people to understand how easy that this can spread and that we still need to be careful," he said. "During this Memorial (Day) weekend, we want to be out and we want to enjoy ourselves, we want to remember this holiday and those that have served our country and given their lives in service of our country. But let's be safe and let's be disciplined at the same time."

Hutchinson never issued a stay-at-home order for the state, CNN reported. He said the state is reaching a second peak as it recorded 163 new cases Saturday. There were 160 cases recorded in a day during the state's first peak, CNN reported.

There are 5,612 confirmed cases and 113 deaths from the coronavirus in Arkansas, according to The New York Times.

New York Times fills entire front page with names of virus victims

Update 6:20 p.m. EDT May 23: As the coronavirus death toll inches toward 100,000 nationwide, The New York Times printed the name of 1,000 people who have died from the virus, covering its entire Sunday front page.

The unique page design is a rare move to not feature multiple stories or any images or art to bring attention to the loss caused by the pandemic.

The Times also launched a special section "Those We've Lost," which features stories about those who have died from the coronavirus.

There are more than 1.6 million confirmed cases and 96,875 deaths from the coronavirus in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins’ tracking information.

North Carolina has highest single-day total for cases

Update 3:28 p.m. EDT May 23: North Carolina experienced its highest one-day increase of cases, the day after Phase 2 protocols were implemented in the state, health officials said.

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, there were 1,107 cases reported Saturday.

“Phase two runs through at least Friday, June 26, unless changed or canceled,” the agency said in a tweet.

North Carolina’s Phase Two includes expanding restaurant capacity to 50% and reopening camps for children.

NBA, Disney negotiating to resume season near Orlando in July

Update 1:56 p.m. EDT May 23: The NBA and the Walt Disney company have begun talks about restarting the 2019-2020 season at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida, NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said.

The season would resume in late July, according to ESPN.

"The NBA, in conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association, is engaged in exploratory conversations with The Walt Disney Company about restarting the 2019-20 NBA season in late July at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida as a single site for an NBA campus for games, practices and housing," Bass said. "Our priority continues to be the health and safety of all involved, and we are working with public health experts and government officials on a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that appropriate medical protocols and protections are in place."

Expect longer lines at airport security checkpoints

Update 1:01 p.m. EDT May 23: Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wold said lines at airport security checkpoints will likely be longer as the Transportation Security Administration adjusts its staffing. The move is in anticipation of more people beginning to travel.

More than 300,000 people went through airport security checkpoints Thursday, CNN reported, marking the highest number since March.

In an interview with Fox News, Wolf said the TSA would try to reduce person-to-person contact by having travelers scan their own boarding passes. Travelers also will be asked to pack food in a separate container to cut down the number of bags security agents must search.

Cuomo signs order allowing gatherings of 10 or fewer

Update 10:24 a.m. EDT May 23: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order allowing 10 people or fewer to gather as long as they practice social distancing rules, The New York Times reported.reported.

Cuomo signed the order after the New York Civil Liberties Union filed a suit that objected to the governor’s order Thursday allowing groups of 10 people or less to gather for religious services or for Memorial Day celebrations. Cuomo’s latest order Friday night modified the previous one.

Navajo Nation reports 149 deaths

Update 9:22 a.m. EDT May 23: The Navajo Nation reported 149 deaths Friday related to the coronavirus, CNN reported. There have been 4,529 total positive cases.

The Navajo Nation encompasses parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

Spain’s prime minister says soccer league will resume June 8

Update 8:40 a.m. EDT May 23: Pedro Sanchez, the prime minister of Spain, said the country’s soccer league will resume play June 8, according to The Associated Press.

Global deaths near 339K, total cases soar past 5.2M

Update 7:55 a.m. EDT May 23: The global death toll attributed to the novel coronavirus reached 338,612 early Friday, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.

In the four months since the virus was first identified in Wuhan, China, it has infected at least 5,235,452 people worldwide. Meanwhile, 12 nations now have total infection counts higher than China’s 84,081. 

The 10 nations with the highest number of infections recorded to date are as follows:

• The United States has reported 1,601,434 cases, resulting in 96,007 deaths.

• Russia has confirmed 335,682 cases, resulting in 3,249 deaths.

• Brazil has recorded 330,890 cases, resulting in 20,047 deaths.

• The United Kingdom has reported 255,544 cases, resulting in 36,124 deaths.

• Spain has confirmed 234,824 cases, resulting in 27,940 deaths.

• Italy has reported 228,658 cases, resulting in 32,486 deaths.

• France has confirmed 182,015 cases, resulting in 28,218 deaths.

• Germany has reported 179,0730 cases, resulting in 8,212 deaths.

• Turkey has recorded 154,500 cases, resulting in 4,249 deaths

• Iran has recorded 133,521 cases, resulting in 7,359 deaths.

FDA warns groups to stop pushing fake vaccines, CBD oil to fight COVID-19

Update 7:25 a.m. EDT May 23: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission have placed two groups on notice for selling fraudulent products to fight the novel coronavirus.

Both Apollo Holding LLC and North Coast Biologics received warning letters Thursday for their virus-related products, CNN reported.

According to the letters, Apollo Holding was selling “NoronaPak” products, including “cannabidiol (CBD),” derived from the cannabis plant, according to one of the warning letters. The federal agencies chastised the company for marketing the products as “intended to mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19 in people” because the drugs do not carry federal approval and have been sold in violation of federal law.

Meanwhile, the letters state North Coast Biologics was offering an “nCoV19 spike protein vaccine” and that someone associated with the program bragged about the unverified vaccine in a March 21 Facebook post, saying “Just vaccinated 12 people in west Seattle tonight . . . 12 more to vaccinate in Burien . . . off to Anchorage and PHX next.”

Brazil surpasses Russia for 2nd-highest coronavirus cases worldwide, trails only US

Update 5:27 a.m. EDT May 23: The COVID-19 infection count in Brazil surpassed that of Russia early Saturday, meaning the nation has now confirmed the second-highest number of novel coronavirus cases worldwide.

According to a Johns Hopkins University tally, Brazil has reported a total of 330,890 cases, resulting in 21,048 deaths, and the South American country’s pace of new infections continues to increase. Health officials confirmed Friday that 20,803 new cases had been confirmed in the prior 24 hours.

The latest figures drop Russia’s 326,446 cases to third-most globally, but the United States’ more than 1.6 million coronavirus cases are nearly five times higher than Brazil’s.

US hairstylist who exposed 91 people to coronavirus highlights reality of community spread

Update 5:05 a.m. EDT May 23: A hairstylist who exposed as many as 91 customers and coworkers to the novel coronavirus has emerged as the poster child for the threat of community spread, Missouri health officials said.

Clay Goddard, director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, told CNN the stylist worked for eight days in May while symptomatic, exposing 84 clients and seven Great Clips colleagues to the virus.

“The individual and their clients were wearing face coverings. The 84 clients potentially directly exposed will be notified by the Health Department and be offered testing, as will seven coworkers,” the Springfield-Greene County Health Department said in a statement. “It is the hope of the department that because face coverings were worn throughout this exposure timeline, no additional cases will result.”

Weight Watchers executes mass firing via Zoom, cites coronavirus for restructuring

Update 4:15 a.m. EDT May 23: WW International, the company formerly known as Weight Watchers, fired an undisclosed number of employees one week ago during simultaneous Zoom calls across the country, multiple media outlets reported.

Not only did the move shock many longtime staffers who believed they were simply participating in a standard company Zoom meeting, but the health and wellness company declined to confirm the exact number of its roughly 17,000 mostly part-time employees let go, The New York Times reported. Company representatives attributed the restructuring in part to the novel coronavirus and in part to a shifting digital strategy.

“This is supposed to be a caring, wellness corporation,” Joanne Patten of Houston, a part-time WW employee for 11 years, told the newspaper adding, “The way they did it, it was just heartless.”

Numerous governors moving cautiously to reopen places of worship, despite Trump’s demands

Update 2:25 a.m. EDT May 23: Several governors responded late Friday to President Donald Trump’s threat earlier in the day to override state leaders who do not allow places of worship to reopen amid the lingering novel coronavirus.

Asked about the president’s declaration, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam told CNN he stands by his state’s policy of allowing services with 50% capacity, while a spokesman told the network Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan supports reopening churches and has no plans to force local county officials to enforce a recent 50% capacity order.

Meanwhile, David Postman, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s chief of staff, told The New York Times, “We don’t believe the president has the ability to dictate what states can and cannot open.”

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said her state continues to work toward resuming worship services on May 30 but not before protective social-distancing measures can be enacted.

“We’re not ready. Honestly, that would be reckless,” Raimondo said during a news conference.

US coronavirus cases top 1.6M, deaths surpass 96K

Published 12:23 a.m. EDT May 23: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States surged past 1.6 million early Saturday across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

According to a Johns Hopkins University tally, there are at least 1,601,251 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 96,001 deaths. 

The hardest-hit states remain New York with 358,154 cases and 28,853 deaths and New Jersey with 152,579 cases and 10,985 deaths. Massachusetts, with 90,889 cases, has the third-highest number of deaths with 6,228, while Illinois has the third-highest number of cases with 105,444. Only 16 states and territories have confirmed fewer than 5,000 cases each.

Seven other states have now confirmed at least 41,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including:

• California: 90,454 cases, resulting in 3,667 deaths

• Pennsylvania: 70,211 cases, resulting in 5,010 deaths

• Michigan: 53,913 cases, resulting in 5,158 deaths

• Texas: 53,539 cases, resulting in 1,470 deaths

• Florida: 49,451 cases, resulting in 2,190 deaths

• Maryland: 44,424 cases, resulting in 2,207 deaths

• Georgia: 41,482 cases, resulting in 1,808 deaths

Meanwhile, Connecticut, Louisiana, Virginia, Ohio and Indiana each has confirmed at least 30,000 cases; Colorado and North Carolina each has confirmed at least 22,000 cases; Tennessee, Washington and Minnesota each has confirmed at least 19,000 cases; Iowa, Arizona and Wisconsin each has confirmed at least 14,000 cases; Rhode Island and Alabama each has confirmed at least 13,000 cases, followed by Mississippi with 12,625; Missouri and Nebraska each has confirmed at least 11,000 cases, followed by South Carolina with 9,638; Kansas, Delaware, Kentucky and Utah each has confirmed at least 8,000 cases; the District of Columbia and Nevada each has confirmed at least 7,000 cases, followed by New Mexico with 6,625; Oklahoma and Arkansas each has confirmed at least 5,000 cases.

Click here to see CNN’s state-by-state breakdown.

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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.