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September 23, 2008

Dawgs offer no response

Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi simply smiled when asked if he had seen the YouTube video of Alabama strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran making a derogatory comment about Georgia's black jerseys during a Crimson Tide practice Monday afternoon.

To paraphrase, Cochran was caught on video telling his players Georgia will need their black jerseys because "they are going to a &$%(@ funeral."

Yes, Georgia coaches and players have seen the clip, but according to Massaquoi, at the end of the day, all the talk in the world means nothing at all.

"There's always a lot of emotion around those games, it's a big game for both teams. Everybody has their own opinion of how things are going to go," Massaquoi said. "We're just going to go out and play the game the best we can."

Safety Reshad Jones had not yet heard about the video until told about it by UGASports.

Alabama's strength and conditioning coach had some vulgar words as to why the Georgia Bulldogs are going to wear black this Saturday in their game with the Crimson Tide.

Scott Cochran apparently says the Georgia black-out is due to the fact that the Dawgs are "wearing black because they are going to a [compound expletive] funeral" and that the players on his team should keep his comments quiet.

In the video you can hear the players start exclaiming and hooting after Cochran makes his statement. As to keeping it quiet, well it is too late for that as the video of his comments is all over the web.

In the wake of legendary broadcaster Larry Munson's surprise mid-season retirement due to health concerns, Cochran's funeral comments could not have come at a worse time.

"Ohhhhh….oh ok….," Jones said. "That kind of thing can get you hyped up, but at the end of the day we've still got to play ball. At the end of the day the score will tell the result. They can trash talk; they can say what they want. At the end of the day we know we've got to take care of business and play ball."

Massaquoi said coaches warn the Bulldogs not to say anything that they wouldn't repeat in front of their mothers.

"You never want to add fuel to the fire. You just don't really want to," he said laughing. "It kind of makes us laugh," added Jones.

Head coach Mark Richt had no comment.

Richt has little to say about closing practice

Richt said Georgia's reason for closing practice to the media this week was actually a simple one.

"It worked last year, so we thought we'd do it again this year," was all he had to say.

It's the second year in a row that the Bulldogs have closed practice to the media the week of the Alabama game.

"I actually think it helped," Reshad Jones said. "It let us concentrate a little better, so if that helps I'm all for it."

Generally, media is only allowed to watch practice Tuesday and Wednesday from anywhere between two and four five-minute periods.

Richt confirms Harmon switch

As reported first on Monday by UGASports, freshman A.J. Harmon has indeed been switched to the offensive line.

"We were having some guys banged up last week and right in the middle of practice. I'm not sure if it was a battlefield promotion, but Coach (Stacy) Searels grabbed him and told him to go in and see what he can do," Richt said. "His pass protection was actually pretty good, and during our 3-on-3s, beat his guy and there was a lot of whooping and hollering. We think the move is in the best interest of his future."

Despite the move, Richt said that Harmon will likely still be redshirted, barring any significant injuries to members of the offensive line.

Richt said Harmon was happy to make the move.

"I guess we made the move (Monday), but he came to me on Thursday of last week and said 'Coach, I'll do whatever you ask me to do,'" Richt said. "He's doing this with a good attitude and the right spirit."

Gameday set announced

Associate Athletic Director Claude Felton announced that ESPN Gameday will set up its stage at the Honors Residential Community outside Myers Hall.

ESPN officials and representatives of the Athletic Association came to the conclusion that this would be the most logical site.

Gameday goes on the air at 10 a.m. Mike Patrick, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will call the game.

Due to the staging of GameDay, the quad will not be available for tailgaters to set up prior to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Approximately half of the quad will be utilized by ESPN throughout Saturday. The remaining 50 percent will return to its traditional usage on game Saturdays beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Fans are welcome to view the show live on Saturday morning. Security will begin to allow spectators into a barricaded section behind the GameDay set beginning at 7:00 a.m. Once filled, additional spectators will be allowed in additional areas behind the set, which will feature the Myers dorm as its backdrop.

Injury update

Richt said that defensive end Roderick Battle will miss his third straight game due to a strained neck. … Tight end Tripp Chandler (neck), defensive end Jeremy Lomax (neck) and wide receiverTavarres King (ankle) will all play against the Crimson Tide. … Richt added that safety Quintin Banks has been cleared to play, but it's not yet known how much action he will see.

Click Here to listen to Coach Richt's Tuesday press conference.

Click Here to listen to Knowshon Moreno.

Click Here to listen to Mohamed Massaquoi.

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