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The Second String Podcast

Out of Athens, Georgia, Logan and Walker are just two dudes that absolutely LOVE talking about sports. UGA, Falcons, Braves and more each week.

59. UGA Basketball season is in full-go mode, while the Football team wraps up its coaching carousel.

Topics: Logan and Walker talk harsh reality of what UGA Basketball is and is suppose to be this season. And some FANTASTIC Atlanta United news!
Posted: January 16, 2019

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58. Alabama embarrassed itself. Period. And Jim Chaney gone.

Topics: Logan and Walker revel in one of the rarest feats in all of college football: Alabama looking human. And like an ugly one at that. Plus the coaching carousel spins again in Athens.
Posted: January 09, 2019

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57. Justin Fields is gone and so is the 2018 season. Let's talk about it.

Topics: Logan and Walker discuss the transfer of Justin Fields and put a bow on the end of the 2018 season, which ended in bad fashion at the Sugar Bowl
Posted: January 04, 2019

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56. The Justin Fields saga and Crootin Day!

Topics: Logan and Walker give their takes on the Justin Fields saga, and put the bow on another tremendously successful recruiting cycle.
Posted: December 20, 2018

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55. Atlanta: City of Champions

Topics: Logan and Walker celebrate an Atlanta Sports Championship for only the second time in their lives, and hit UGA football recruiting heavily as Signing Day looms and 5-stars are committing to the good guys.
Posted: December 11, 2018

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54. How to make Nick Saban retire

Topics: Logan and Walker discuss their very simple plan to make Nick Saban retire for good. But it'll take more than just Georgia beating Alabama.
Posted: December 06, 2018

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53. Let's talk about it.

Topics: Logan and Walker do what they have to do. And that's discuss the 2018 SEC Championship game against Alabama. One that brought... yet again... heartbreak.
Posted: December 03, 2018

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52. It's here. The rematch. Oh, and Paul Johnson is GONE.

Topics: Logan and Walker revel in Paul Johnson "retiring" from Georgia Tech. And they discuss a little bit about some game with some importance in Atlanta this weekend...
Posted: November 29, 2018

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51. Tech sucks again! And here comes the Tide...

Topics: Logan and Walker kick off the Christmas season with an embarrassing victory over the enemy. But then they get humbled quickly looking ahead to Bama...
Posted: November 27, 2018

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Second String Podcast Episode 50

Topics: Walker and Abby preview the Tech game and talk about Clean Old Fashioned Hate.
Posted: November 21, 2018

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49. Auburn Still Sucks. But let's talk Minutemen.

Topics: Logan and Walker revel some more in the Auburn victory. And take a look ahead at a stress-free week against UMass.
Posted: November 15, 2018

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48. Auburn Sucks

Topics: Logan and Walker don't care for Auburn. So UGA beating them makes this episode full of high energy and revelry in another fantastic beating of University of Georgia students' backup school.
Posted: November 13, 2018

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47. A walk down recent Deep South's Oldest Rivalry memory lane

Topics: Logan and Walker discuss the 12-year run of domination UGA has had over Auburn, and reflect on some of the best (and worst) memories from the fruitful era.
Posted: November 08, 2018

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46. We the (East) Champs!!!

Topics: Logan and Walker pop the cork to celebrate the 6th SEC East Championship in UGA history, and discuss how we got here. Also a slight look ahead to a scary game in Atlanta.
Posted: November 06, 2018

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45. SEC East Championship time in Kentucky... in November not March... weird.

Topics: Logan and Walker get you ready for the biggest game in Kentucky Football history! And make no mistake, this is as fun as it gets for a Georgia Bulldog fan.
Posted: November 01, 2018

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44. Georgia now owns the (recent) Georgia-Florida series. And it feels good.

Topics: Logan and Walker continue their extended cocktail party, celebrating (another) convincing win in Jacksonville. And it's time to start thinking about this week's CFB Playoff game... yeah, that's right.
Posted: October 30, 2018

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43. Ain't no party like a Cocktail Party 'cause a Cocktail Party don't stop!

Topics: Logan and Walker continue their Cocktail Party binge, and preview what could go good.. and bad.. for the Dawgs this Saturday in Jacksonville.
Posted: October 25, 2018

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42. Let's have a Cocktail Party! A large one. And let's have it outdoors.

Topics: Logan and Walker celebrate the Georgia-Florida game week with a Cocktail Party of their own.. well, kind of. They re-visit past games good and bad, and debate a hot topic: Where SHOULD this game be held?
Posted: October 23, 2018

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41. What just happened? Can we get a re-do, please?

Topics: Logan and Walker dissect the goods and the bads from the LSU trip, which was 90% bad. Maybe more. And they laugh at Auburn.
Posted: October 16, 2018

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40. UGA's season starts Saturday at LSU

Topics: Logan and Walker talk all things UGA vs LSU. What will happen if UGA wins, and what will happen if... wait for it... UGA loses :(
Posted: October 11, 2018

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39. Vanderbilt was a good appetizer for the main Cajun course!

Topics: Logan and Walker look back at a rather satisfying Homecoming win, and start to breakdown what could go right and wrong on the bayou this week against LSU
Posted: October 09, 2018

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38. Homecoming is here! But.. UGA loses No. 1 recruit. Plus a checkup of UGA fans' feelings on all things UGA Football.

Topics: Logan and Walker discuss the implications - if any - after the de-commitment of Jadon Haselwood. And we also remind UGA fans that they should be having FUN right now. Smile!
Posted: October 03, 2018

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37. ALWAYS fun beating Tennessee... until it isn't.

Topics: Logan and Walker revel in beating the Vols.. again.. despite factors that made it downright boring. Also, Justin Fields is deserving of more and more playing time.
Posted: October 02, 2018

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36. UGA vs. Tennessee preview along with a few guarantees

Topics: Logan and Walker pull out the ole banjo because it's Tennessee Hate Week 2019! And we think you're going to enjoy it. The show AND the game, that is.
Posted: September 27, 2018

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35. Mizzou didn't go QUITE as planned, and the Braves are CHAMPIONS again!

Topics: Logan and Walker break down what went wrong... no, make that "could have gone a little better" against Mizzou. And we celebrate the Braves doing 1990s Braves things again!
Posted: September 25, 2018

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Local News

  • A University of Georgia student was killed overnight while driving his car on I-20 just west of Atlanta. The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office identified the victim as 20-year-old William Whitaker, of Carrollton. Whitaker was driving in the westbound lanes on I-20 when a tractor trailer crashed with two cars in the eastbound lanes. Debris from the wreck was sent into the westbound lanes, striking two vehicles, including the car driven by Whitaker,  who died on the scene.  The driver of the truck has been identified as Mario Polier, 53, of Hialeah, FL. He now faces numerous misdemeanor charges including second degree homicide by vehicle  
  • It's a mild start to Friday but big changes are coming this weekend.  Most people are experiencing fog and light rain this morning. A Dense Fog Advisory has been issued for most of north Georgia until 10 a.m. Some areas have visibility of less than a quarter mile. Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brian Monahan said that on Saturday, we have a chance to see rain, storms and the coldest temperatures this year. 'As we head through the next 24 hours or so, we've got rain moving into north Georgia, we've got a chance for storms moving into north Georgia and then the coldest air of the season moving in,' Monahan said.
  • Athens-Clarke County Commissioners meet for a rare Friday afternoon work session: they say fair housing is the topic of talk in the session that starts at 1 o’clock at the Government Building on Dougherty Street.  The city School Board in Jefferson signs off on the purchase of a new emergency alert system, one that will be used on all four Jefferson schools. The price tag is $165,000.  There is a new City Administrator in Statham: Statham’s Mayor and City Council has signed off on the hiring of Mai Chang. Chang worked previously as City Clerk in Statham. She takes over for former City Administrator Michelle Irizarry. 
  • Deangelo Gibbs’ time in Athens has been up since December, when Georgia coach Kirby Smart said the defensive back was no longer with the team prior to the Sugar Bowl. And now it seems that he will be taking his talents to another SEC East program.  DawgNation can confirm that Gibbs is enrolled at Tennessee and will move to the other side of the ball and play wide receiver for the Vols. The news was first reported by 247Sports’ Grant Ramey. Gibbs was a major recruit coming out of Grayson High School, as he was rated as the No. 49 overall player in the 247Sports Composite. But he struggled to find playing time at Georgia and he was away from the team last spring as well.  Gibbs has a cousin on Tennessee’s team in safety Nigel Warrior. Another one of Gibbs’ cousins is J.R. Reed, who has become a standout safety for the Bulldogs since transferring from Tulsa. Reed made the decision to return to Athens for his senior season, bolstering what should be a strong secondary, even without Gibbs.  Gibbs had reportedly put his name in the transfer portal, as did Georgia safety Tray Bishop. In Georgia’s 2019 recruiting class, the Bulldogs brought in 4-star safety Lewis Cine, who is rated as the No. 61 player in the class.  Tennessee is coached by Jeremy Pruitt, who was the Georgia defensive coordinator from 2014-15.  Georgia visits Tennessee on Oct. 5. The Bulldogs beat Tennessee 38-12 in Athens last fall.
  • A former Athens-Clarke County police officer is suing the police chief who fired him last June. Former Chief Scott Freeman terminated officer Taylor Saulters for hitting a suspect with his patrol car, but a state investigation later cleared him. It happened after a police pursuit on Athens’ east side. Saulters, his lawsuit, is seeking financial compensation for what he says is emotional distress and slander. He is now working as a part-time reserve deputy in Oglethorpe County. 

Bulldog News

  • ATHENS — Georgia sacks leader D’Andre Walker has pulled out of the Senior Bowl, not yet ready to compete on account of what has become a nagging groin injury. Walker has been projected as a third-round NFL Draft pick, but the Senior Bowl offered him an opportunity to improve his draft stock competing against top talent in the annual all-star event. The Bulldogs will be represented by defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter and long snapper Nick Moore. Practices and drills begin on Tuesday before the watchful eyes of hundreds of NFL coaches, scouts and general managers. Unfortunately, I won’t be attending the Senior Bowl. I will be getting a second opinion on my groin this week to ensure I’ll be ready for the combine. I am very disappointed because it’s such a great opportunity to showcase my talent. — D’Andre Walker (@DAndreWalker15) January 21, 2019 Walker was injured early in the fourth quarter of the SEC Championship Game against Alabama with Georgia leading 28-21. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound senior from Fairburn, Ga., was enjoying an MVP performance against the Tide before suffering the injury. Walker had five tackles, two TFLs, two QB hurries a forced fumble and a deflected pass in three quarters, wreaking havoc in the Alabama backfield. Georgia’s backup outside linebackers weren’t able to have the same sort of success. The Bulldogs young outside linebackers lost contain on crucial plays and allowed Jalen Hurts to buy time and make game-winning plays in Alabama’s 35-28 win. Walker practiced on a limited basis and dressed out for the Sugar Bowl, but he declined to play. Bulldogs’ cornerback Deandre Baker also had an invitation to test himself against the nation’s best in the Senior Bowl, but Baker declined his invitation. Baker also skipped the Sugar Bowl, which, coupled with injuries to Walker and Freshman All-American defensive tackle Jordan Davis, severely hampered the Georgia defense in the 28-21 loss to Texas. The post Georgia football OLB D’Andre Walker uncertain of health, pulls out of Senior Bowl appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — If “Genius is patience,” as Isaac Newton once suggested, Georgia football coach Kirby Smart’s I.Q. must be off the charts. Smart has exhibited a deliberate approach at each turn in his young career, from not naming a starting quarterback during the 2018 offseason, to holding off on naming a defensive coordinator. Could there be more staff changes ahead? Perhaps, though it wouldn’t seem likely. The 43-year-old Smart named 41-year-old Charlton Warren his defensive backs coach on Saturday, shortly after crossing paths with him on the recruiting trail and conversing. RELATED: Georgia football adds ‘Mr. Intensity’ to defensive meeting room Warren’s hire comes more than six weeks after Colorado announced former UGA secondary coach and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker as its new head coach (Dec. 5). Some speculated Smart would elevate 32-year-old outside linebackers coach Dan Lanning or 28-year-old inside linebackers coach Glenn Schumann to defensive coordinator — or both, in a co-coordinator role. Here are three things that are next for Georgia football: Defensive coordinator It’s going to be Smart’s system on defense, regardless who gets the coordinator title, so the key here is how the staff chemistry shakes out with Warren added to the defensive meeting room. Lanning said in New Orleans that there could be an internal promotion to the coordinator position, but also, that Georgia would see how things shook out against Texas in the Sugar Bowl. RELATED: Georgia football assistant Dan Lanning shares insight into DC search Obviously, the Bulldogs didn’t fare well without Deandre Baker in the secondary, D’Andre Walker at linebacker and Jordan Davis on the defensive line. It’s hard to know how much of the defensive dropoff had to do with Tucker’s absence versus the team’s motivation after its gut-wrenching loss in the SEC title game and exclusion from the CFB playoff. It wouldn’t be surprising if Smart made the decision on his DC immediately. But it is also possible the Georgia head coach will wait until after signing day (Feb. 6), or even spring drills to name the defensive coordinator, after he gets a better feel for the chemistry and ability in the room. James Coley confirmation Coley’s promotion to play caller and full-fledged offensive coordinator from co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach wasn’t surprising. RELATED: Kirby Smart pulls trigger on elevating James Coley to OC, as expected It was, however, second-guessed by outsiders overlooking Coley’s experience as Jimbo Fisher’s offensive coordinator at Florida State and his work as Miami’s coordinator. Coley’s stock recently shot up, however, when NFL.com analyst Ian Rapoport reported last Friday that the Dallas Cowboys could consider Coley for their offensive coordinator position. As the #Cowboys dig into possible replacements for embattled OC Scott Linehan, they have one on their current staff — TE coach Doug Nussmeier — and may look to the college game to better utilize Dak Prescott’s talents. UGA OC James Coley will receive some consideration there. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 18, 2019   A FOIA request for Coley’s new contract last week revealed that he doesn’t yet have one, leaving room for speculation that need soon be answered. Is Coley staying, or might   he be headed for the NFL? Big staff raises The bottom line for the Georgia football coaching staff is there is plenty of money available for raises and the new hires. So far, the Bulldogs’ offensive staff has traded Jim Chaney’s $950,000 salary for new tight ends coach Todd Hartley’s first-year deal of $300,000. RELATED: Details of Georgia football assistant Todd Hartley’s new contract The defense, meanwhile, has the $1.5 million Tucker was making to spread around. Warren was due to make $401,500 at Florida next season, per the USA Today salary database, but he’s sure to get a healthy boost at Georgia. Bulldogs defensive line coach Tray Scott has earned a raise up from $420,000, with Georgia’s defensive line showing more improvement than perhaps any other position group last season. Certainly, linebackers coaches Schumann and Lanning — both previously making $325,000 — will have deals worth more than a half-million annually next season. It’s more math for Smart to do, more pieces of the puzzle, and if the Georgia head coach has proven anything his first three seasons, it’s that he’’ll take his time to make sure he gets things right. Georgia football coaches 2018 annual salaries DEFENSE DC, secondary: Mel Tucker $1.5 million Defensive line: Tray Scott $420,000 Inside linebackers: Glenn Schumann $325,000 Outside linebackers: Dan Lanning $325,000 Special teams Scott Fountain $300,000 * Charlton Warren, new coach was due $401,500 at Florida in 2019 OFFENSE OC, tight ends: Jim Chaney $950,000 Offensive line: Sam Pittman $825,00 Quarterbacks, Co-OC James Coley, $850,00 Running backs: Dell McGee $550,000 Receivers Cortez Hankton $375,000 * Todd Hartley, new tight ends coach, will make $300,000 in 2019 at UGA   The post 3 things: What’s next for Georgia football and ever-patient Kirby Smart? appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — The Georgia basketball challenges could be attributed to the brutal league slate assigned by the SEC office. Already, the Bulldogs (9-8, 1-4 SEC) have played the three top-ranked teams in the league in Tennessee, Kentucky and Auburn, and next up is a road trip to red-hot LSU. Georgia coach Tom Crean hasn’t mentioned the schedule since it was released in the preseason, instead focusing on what he can control, which would include the roller coaster play of forward Rayshaun Hammonds. The talented 6-foot-8, 235-pounder from Norcoss is the Bulldogs leading scorer this season — except when he isn’t, which would be against the better teams this season. Hammonds has been held scoreless in losses to Tennessee and most recently at home against Florida, running into foul trouble early in both games, offering little help to his teammates in other capacities. Georgia was outscored by 18 points with Hammonds in the game against the Gators, as shown below in the plus-minus category for UGA players: “ I am going to look around and see what we can do to help him and I talked to him a lot,” Crean said. “I am not down on him at all, I want him to continue to learn and want him to understand he is a lot more than just a guy who shoots and scores.” But yes, Crean admitted, “him not scoring and us not scoring are together.” Hammonds has at times shown the sort of growth and ability many projected when he was rated the No. 51 player in the nation by the 247Sports composite. It’s far too early for Hammonds to be considered a bust, especially when others have noted the growth they’ve seen from him under Crean’s direction. “I thought (Nicolas) Claxton and Hammonds have both blossomed this year under Coach Crean and that staff, and I told them both that after the game,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. “They ask Rayshaun to do a lot, they don’t have a lot, they are kinda point guard by committee.” Hammonds’ issues involve fundamentals and decision making, Crean indicated. “Sometimes right now he makes the read and people are just lining up for the charge because he is going to go right into their chest,” Crean said following Saturday’s 62-52 home loss to Florida. “He is not low enough when he makes the move. “I am going to have really spend some time and be creative, look for creative ways to get him the ball in better spots than we are right now because we need him to score.” Georgia is 3-1 in its last seven games Hammonds has scored in double figures, and 0-3 when he’s been held to single-digit scoring. Rayshaun Hammonds against SEC teams 0 points Vs. Tennessee 0-for-4 shooting (0-of-2 from 3) 1 turnover 19 points Vs. Vanderbilt 6-for-13 shooting (2-of-6 from 3) 3 turnovers 9 points Vs. Auburn 2-of-6 shooting (1-of-2 from 3) 5 turnovers 11 points Vs. Kentucky 3-of-8 shooting (1-of-5 from 3) 2 turnovers 0 points Vs. Florida 0-for-4 shooting (0-for-2 from 3) 4 turnovers   The post Georgia basketball: Roller coaster Rayshaun Hammonds a key for Bulldogs appeared first on DawgNation.