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    In one day, the place where the Georgia Bulldogs play football no longer will be known only as Sanford Stadium. From this Saturday on, it will be known as Vincent J. Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium. Vince Dooley,  who coached Georgia for 25 seasons and was the school’s athletic director for 25 years, tells WSB Radio Sports Director Jay Black that when he was notified of the honor he was “quite surprised...and moved.” >>LISTEN TO JAY BLACK’S FULL INTERVIEW WITH DOOLEY BELOW. “I never, never thought about that [happening] at all,” Dooley told The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Chip Towers.  The University System of Georgia's board of regents unanimously improved a motion brought to them by UGA President Jere Morehead this past spring to name the playing surface at Sanford Stadium after Dooley.  The official ceremony is planned before Saturday's 4 p.m. kickoff between Georgia and Murray State. Listen for game coverage this Saturday on your ‘Home of the Dawgs,’ 95.5 WSB Atlanta’s News & Talk.
  • Former University of Georgia running back and now Super Bowl champion Sony Michel joined Jimmy Kimmel last night to talk about the big win in Atlanta.
  • University of Miami head coach Mark Richt abruptly announced his retirement as the Hurricanes ended their football season. Richt was hired for the job at Miami in 2015 after more than a decade as head coach of the University of Georgia Bulldogs football team. He was dismissed from UGA in 2015 and replaced by former University of Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. >> Read more trending news  Richt issued the following statement Sunday, according to the Hurricanes.  “A few hours ago, I informed UM Director of Athletics Blake James that it is time for me to retire from coaching so I am stepping down as the Head Coach of UM Football. The decision came after a great deal of thought, discussion with my family and prayer. This was my decision. “The University of Miami has been a part of my life for more than three decades. It shaped me as a young man and provided me with the coaching opportunity of a lifetime. My love for The U is simply great. My true desire is for our football program to return to greatness, and while terribly difficult, I feel that stepping down is in the best interests of the program. “I want to express my sincere appreciation to the entire Hurricane Family for welcoming me back home and for supporting the outstanding young men in our program. I only wish that we could have achieved greater things in return. I also want to thank President Frenk and Blake for their incredible support, as well as the outstanding men and women in UM Athletics. Most importantly, I want to thank the incredible coaches, staff, and their families who gave their all to The U each and every day, and our student-athletes, who wore The U jersey with pride and who worked hard towards their degree. “Katharyn and I will be cheering on the Canes in the years to come and The U will never leave our hearts. “Sincerely, Mark Richt” Miami is coming off a 35-3 loss to Wisconsin in the Pinstripe Bowl, a loss school officials called “unacceptable.” Richt went 26-13 in three years at Miami, his alma mater, including 7-6 this season. He led Miami to a 10-3 mark and Orange Bowl berth in 2017 after debuting with a 9-4 record in 2016. At Georgia, Richt went 145-51 in 15 years, including two SEC championships and five East division titles.
  • The Georgia Bulldogs are headed for the Sugar Bowl - and it’s a letdown. Sunday afternoon, the Dawgs’ postseason destination was announced as a trip to New Orleans to take-on the Texas Longhorns on New Year’s Day. Kickoff is set for 8:45pm inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  But it wasn’t where Georgia hoped to land. Earlier Sunday, the College Football Playoff field was revealed, and the Bulldogs were left in the cold. Oklahoma replaced Georgia for the final spot in the field at #4. Georgia dropped to #5.  The national semifinals will feature #1 Alabama against #4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, along with #2 Clemson vs. #3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl.  Both games to be played Dec. 29.   For Georgia once again against Alabama, it was a case of ‘what could have been.’ After a bitter loss to the Crimson Tide in the National Championship last season, the Bulldogs fell to Alabama Saturday night in the SEC Championship 35-28.   Georgia owns an 11-2 record, while Oklahoma won the Big 12 title with only one loss on its resume.  In the Sugar, the Bulldogs will face Texas (9-4, 7-2 Big 12) for the fifth time all-time. The last meeting was in the 1984 Cotton Bowl – a 10-9 Georgia win. 
  • The Georgia Bulldogs won’t be going to the College Football Playoff this season.  The playoff selection committee Sunday afternoon chose Oklahoma over Georgia for the final spot in the four-team field.  As expected, Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame— all undefeated -- are the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 seeds in the playoff, respectively.  The national semifinals will match Alabama vs. No. 4 seed Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl and Clemson vs. Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl, both on Dec. 29.  The combination of Georgia’s 36-16 loss at LSU on Oct. 13 and 35-28 loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship game Saturday cost the Bulldogs a return to the playoff.  The committee ranked the Bulldogs No. 5 and Ohio State No. 6. Oklahoma lost only one game and won the Big 12 championship, while Georgia lost two games and did not win its conference. In the five-year history of the CFP, no team with two losses has made the playoff.  SEC commissioner Greg Sankey and Georgia coach Kirby Smart lobbied hard for the Bulldogs immediately after the SEC title game. “We most definitely have one of the best four teams in the country,” Smart said. “… It boils down to one thing. Do you want the four best teams in or not? It’s that simple.” 
  • The No. 5 Bulldogs cruised to a 45-21 victory in one of the most lopsided contests in the history of the rivalry that has come to be known as “Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate.” Georgia beat Tech 51-7 in Atlanta in 2002 for the greatest margin in the 123-year-old series.
  • Georgia struck for a pair of touchdowns late in the first half to take control and D'Andre Swift finished off Auburn with a 77-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter to lead the Bulldogs to a 27-10 victory over their oldest rival Saturday night in Athens. 
  • Georgia looks to stay in complete control of its College Football Playoff hopes when rival Auburn arrives in town for a chilly Saturday night showdown. Georgia beat Kentucky last Saturday 34-17 to clinch a spot in the Dec. 1 SEC Championship game where it will face Alabama, but a loss to Auburn would threaten the Bulldogs’ CFB Playoff hopes.
  • Georgia, picked by almost everyone to win the SEC East for a second consecutive season, won the SEC East for a second consecutive season by making Kentucky look decidedly second-best.
  • “The years I’ve been people used to kid that, ‘Georgia wins Friday night and Florida wins Saturday’s game,’ but we’ll see how it goes now.”