Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jonathan Taylor is an ex-Georgia Bulldog, dismissed from team following arrest on domestic abuse charges.

Jonathan Taylor is an ex-Bulldog. The Georgia defensive lineman was dismissed from the football team on Tuesday following his second arrrest in five months.

Taylor was arrested on Tuesday on charges of felony aggrieved assault/family violence. Taylor is accused of choking and hitting his girlfriend inside a Georgia residence hall.

Taylor was arrested along with four other players in March following an attempt to cash school stipend checks after having previously depositing them electronically. 

(via Saturday Down South)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Steve Spurrier, Nick Saban's coaching staff, Reese Dismukes, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. It's what your conference wants to be like when it grows up.




Please, please, please let me get what I want.
Kevin McGuire longs to see South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier coach "in a big time, traditional New Years Day bowl game." The Old Ball Coach's last BCS bowl game appearance was in the 2002 Orange Bowl, when he coached Florida to a 56-23 victory over Maryland. (The Student Section)

All the President's Men.
Chris Walsh profiles Alabama head coach Nick Saban and his coaching staff. It features four former FBS division head coaches, including former USC and Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin as Saban's offensive coordinator. (Saturday Down South)

Dismukes you with a smile. 
Zach Abolverdi interviews Auburn center Reese Dismukes. (The Gainesville Sun)

 Hey Mr. C.J., put a record on. I want to dance with my baby. 
Zach Abolverdi interviews  Auburn tight end C.J. Uzomah. (The Gainesville Sun)

Jeremy spoke in class today.
Keith Chartrand profiles Auburn backup quarterback Jeremy Johnson, and how he might get his chance to start if the Tigers' starting QB, Nick Marshall is suspended for his recent citation for marijuana possession. (Saturday Down South)

You, Me, and Dupree.
Brad Crawford profiles Kentucky defensive end Alvin Dupree. (Saturday Down South)

A Hargreaves Night.
Zach Aloverdi interviews Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III. (The Gainesville Sun)

Kleptomania runs wild!
A high school prospect from Florida who attended Georgia's Dawg Night camp last weekend is the subject of an arrest warrant accusing him of felony burglary for an incident that occurred on the UGA campus. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

I've seen the future, and it will be.
Alex Haddon previews Georgia's 2014 college football season. It includes the Dawgs' chances of landing in the SEC Championship Game, and tailback Todd Gurley's chances for a Heisman Trophy. (SEC Football Blog)

Charlotte Sometimes. 
America Stadium in Charlotte, NC will be the site of the 2018 college football season opener for Tennessee and Vest Virginia. (Saturday Down South)


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bret Bielema plans to spread "HOGLOVE" at ESPN "Car Wash."


Bret Bielema at 2014 SEC Media Days. Via The Shreveport Times.


Time for a new feature on SWRT: Things We Wish Bret Bielema Really Hadn't Said. By "we" I mean all of collected humanity, the birds in the air, the creatures of the waters, and the beasts of the ground. (Most notably, in this case, hogs).

The Arkansas head coach  took time out preparing for ESPN's  annual SEC "Car Wash" media blitz in Bristol to send out a tweet to his followers early Tuesday morning.

Uh, okay. I really didn't expect to see that one coming, even from an Arkansas coach. One thing I am sure about is that "hoglove" is probably still illegal in Connecticut, and is worth four Fulmer Cup points if caught by the police.

 Let's just try to forget this Freudian incident and get on, shall we?

(via @BretBielema)

Georgia DL Jonathan Taylor arrested on charges of aggravated assault. (UPDATED)

Jonathan Taylor's mugshot from March arrest.


Georgia defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor is facing felony aggravated assault charges following his arrest by University of Georgia police

Details are limited at this time, though it was presumably an on-campus incident due to the involvement of the UGA police.

UPDATED 9:00 AM: The Athens Banner-Herald's Mark Weiszer is reporting that Taylor's arrest is the result of an alleged domestic violence incident incident on the UGA campus.

"Police determined that Taylor was the "primary aggressor" in a domestic violence inicdent at McWhorter Hall, according to University of Georgia police chief Jimmy Williamson.

UGA police and EMS were dispatched at 2:47 a.m. to meet a possible victim at Busbee Hall. The call came from a third party. Police met with the victim and third party at Busbee.

There was evidence that the female victim had been "possibly strangled by the offender," in the incident in Taylor's dorm room, Williamson said. There was evidence that the victim and another individual had been involved in an argument in McWhorter Hall, police said. Officers determined an established relationship and "co-habitation" with the individuals."


Weiszer describes the victim as being a UGA student who is not "enrolled in summer school." 

This is the second arrest for Taylor this year. He was one of four then-Bulldog players arrested in March on charges of "theft by deception" after they deposited stipend checks from the school electronically, then turning around and cashing them. He was placed in a pre-trial intervention program in June.

Taylor is likely to be automatically suspended for his arrest as per University of Georgia athletic association policy. It is also likely this second arrest will result in Taylor becoming an ex-Georgia DL.

(via The Athens Banner-Herald)


Monday, July 21, 2014

Georgia lands its first 2016 recruiting class members with commitments from QB Jacob Eaton and OT Ben Cleveland.

2016 UGA commits Ben Cleveland and Jacob Eaton. Via Bulldawg Illustrated.


Georgia's 2016 recruiting class is off to a running start the commitments of  two blockbuster prospects. Two five-star prospects, high school rising juniors Jacob Eason (quarterback) of Lake Stevens, Wa., and Ben Cleveland (offensive tackle) of Toccoa, Ga., both committed over the weekend while attending Georgia's annual Dawg Night camp.

Eason, announced his Georgia commitment to the world on Twitter Satruday night.



Eason is ranked 4th in ESPN's Jr300, and is listed as the no. 1 JR pocket-passing QB in the country by the WWL. EPSN rates Eaton as a four-star QB.

Eason's 247Sports.com intangibles are just as good. 247Sports.com rates Eaton as a five-star pro-style QB. He is ranked second among 2016 pro-style QB prospects. He's ranked as the top 2016 prospect in the state of Washington, and 14th among all 2016 prospects in the U.S.

Eason attends Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Wa. He stands 6'5", and weighs 205 pounds.

In-state recruit Ben Cleveland also made his UGA commitment known on Twitter.






The 247Sports.com composite intangibles for Cleveland:

Cleveland is rated as a five-star offensive tackle. He's ranked 3rd among OT prospects for 2016. He is ranked as the second-best 2016 prospect in the state of Georgia, and ranked 22nd among all 2016 prospects.

Cleveland is ranked 44th in the ESPN Jr 300, which rates him as a four-star OT. The WWL also ranks Cleveland as the 5th-best OT among 2016 prospects at that position.

Cleveland attends Stevens County High School in Toccoa, Ga. He stands 6'7", and weighs 322 pounds.

(via The Athens Banner-Herald)