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    Welcome to Good Day, UGA , your one-stop shop for Georgia footballnews and takes. Check us out every weekday morning for everything you need to know about Georgia football, recruiting, basketball and more.\ Georgia football 2020 schedule released If you're a big Georgia football and also planning a wedding to take place during the fall of 2020, you now have your date. The Bulldogs one Saturday off will be on Oct. 24. It will be the week before the Florida game, as is tradition. However, that's one of the few traditions that the 2020 schedule will follow. We already knew the Auburn game would be moved up, and it will now be played on Oct. 10. It will be the first time since 1936 that the two sides have not met in November during the regular season. Related: Georgia football 2020 schedule released: Alabama in September, Auburn in October There's also the fact that Georgia's season will begin on Monday. The Bulldogs will kick off their season on Monday when they take on the Virginia Cavaliers in Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Below is Georgia's complete 2020 schedule along with some takeaways and observations about the schedule Georgia has for the 2020 season Georgia football 2020 schedule Sept. 7 : (Mon.) Virginia (Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, Atlanta) Sept. 12 : EAST TENNESSEE STATE Sept. 19 at Alabama Sept. 26 UL-MONROE Oct. 3 VANDERBILT Oct. 10 AUBURN Oct. 17 at Missouri Oct. 24 Open Date Oct. 31 Florida (Jacksonville) Nov. 7 at South Carolina Nov. 14 TENNESSEE Nov. 21 at Kentucky Nov. 28 GEORGIA TECH 1. Georgia football has a Monday night party The Bulldogs will play at least three games in Mercedes Benz Stadium from 2020-2024. Georgia will play Oregon in 2022 and Clemson in 2024. But the first of those opponents isn't quite on the same level, as the Bulldogs will play Virginia to open the season. That might not be the worst thing in the world given Georgia's offense could see a lot of turnover from the 2019 team, should the likes of Jake Fromm, D'Andre Swift and Andrew Thomas could all depart for the NFL. Related: What Jake Fromm is doing to help compensate for inexperience at wide receiver The game being on means Georgia will only five days to prepare for its next opponent. However, that next opponent is East Tennessee State, an FCS level school. Georgia fans shouldn't lose much sleep over the 'short' turnaround. 2. Georgia football returns to Alabama for the first time in a long time Georgia has played Alabama five times since the Bulldogs last played in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The last time Georgia took on the Crimson Tide in Bryant-Denny Stadium was also the last time Georgia beat Alabama, as the Bulldogs pulled out a 26-23 victory thanks to an overtime touchdown pass from Matt Stafford to Mikey Henderson. WATCH: Herschel Walker discusses what Georgia has to do beat Alabama There's a real chance these two teams meet again before the Sept. 19 date in 2020, as both teams were projected to win their respective divisions. It should also be taken into consideration that this game will be the lone CBS night game broadcast for the 2020 season, much like the Georgia-Notre Dame game is for the 2019 season. Even if Fromm and Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa declare early for the NFL, a lot of fans, media types and recruits will want to see this game 3. Georgia football to take on Auburn before Halloween As we mentioned at the top, Georgia football will now take on Auburn in October. The game will come three weeks after Georgia's game against Alabama, as the Bulldogs play UL-Monroe and Vanderbilt in the two games prior to hosting the Tigers. Many wondered what Georgia has to gain by moving up the game against Auburn. The Tigers were clearly motivated so that they would not have to play Georgia and Alabama in a three-week span. The SEC rewarded Auburn by having them take on LSU the week before traveling to Alabama next season. This is where you are supposed to laugh. 4. Georgia football to play Florida on Halloween While there has been a lot of talk about the future of the Georgia-Florida game and whether or not it will remain in Jacksonville, Fla. The 2020 game will be held in Jacksonville. You can probably imagine that the game will once again be a 3:30 p.m. CBS kickoff. The contract for the Georgia-Florida game runs through 2021, meaning this could be the penultimate game in Jacksonville. And it will be interesting to see if the future of this game has been announced by this point in the season. If it's one of the final games in Jacksonville, it could make the annual rivalry game an even bigger affair. Related: For the first time, it feels like the future of Georgia-Florida might not be in Jacksonville 5. Georgia football will likely target Tennessee game as the big recruiting weekend In 2018, Georgia used a November home game against Auburn to impress recruits such as Tyrique Stevenson and Nakobe Dean. Those two prospects, who were uncommitted to Georgia at the time, ended up picking and signing with the Bulldogs. Georgia will use the Notre Dame game this season to be the big draw for recruits. As for the 2020 game, our best bet will be the Tennessee contest. The Volunteers figure to be an improved team in year three under Jeremy Pruitt, as he'll have another recruiting class under his belt. By this point, you can imagine that Pruitt and Kirby Smart will be going after a lot of the same recruits. And a big win for Georgia over Tennessee under the Sanford Stadium lights could possibly help sway some of the top 2021 targets who should be in attendance for that game. 6. Georgia football has a much softer finish in 2020 than compared to 2019 Whereas Georgia's 2019 schedule features a brutal November finish with Florida, Missouri, Auburn, Texas A&M and Georgia Tech, the 2020 November slate is much softer. Georgia will have only three November games and they come against South Carolina, Kentucky and Georgia Tech. Only the Kentucky game is away from Sanford Stadium. The South Carolina and Georgia Tech squads could be improved with another recruiting class from Will Muschamp and Geoff Collins, but neither of those teams should scare Georgia as much as a Texas A&M squad led by Jimbo Fisher. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Kirby Smart Family Foundation following Georgia football 2019 pledge to Do more' Georgia junior cornerback D.J. Daniel took a longer road to play for his home state Own the East: QB depth could be crucial component of UGA's championship chase Georgia football podcast: UGA WR's comments are worth your attention WATCH: Former New England scout adds 2 Georgia plays to Senior Bowl radar 1,000 and one more Brandon Adams story for DawgNation Ben Cleveland goes into further detail about his famous knife Dawgs on Twitter Players' day off I think we can find something to do. @CallOfDuty #ModernWarfare pic.twitter.com/DbbnAVTFZR Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) August 7, 2019 2020 is set (with a little Monday Night action). #ATD #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/JfgsoRZVkb Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) August 7, 2019 24 DAYS UNTIL #ATD #CommitToTheG pic.twitter.com/eBtuMlDGsE UGA Supporters (@Support_UGA) August 7, 2019 I love the work but I love how happy they are for each other even more when Tyree Crump hits this mark. #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/Rj2I8giHVO Tom Crean (@TomCrean) August 7, 2019 Good Dawg of the Day This is Jack. He discovered a new way to get downstairs. 14/10 very innovative good job Jack pic.twitter.com/Qt0hGJkift WeRateDogs (@dog_rates) August 7, 2019 The post 6 things to know about Georgia football 2020 schedule appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS The 2020 Georgia football schedule is out, and as expected the Bulldogs will see some big changes. Georgia's Sept. 19 game at Alabama is sure to attract national attention, but from a traditional standpoint, Bulldogs fans will take note of the game dates for Auburn and Tennessee. Georgia agreed to move up their traditional battle with the Tigers to October it will be at Sanford Stadium next season on Oct. 10. The move required the annual meeting with the Vols to be moved back into November, as that will take place the second week, on Nov. 14. Tennessee agreed with the move, as it allowed the Vols to split up their rivalry games with Florida and UGA. Georgia coach Kirby Smart said last year he wanted to avoid playing rivals Auburn and Georgia Tech a week apart in road settings in November. Smart and other league coaches have an opportunity to review the schedule, and UGA AD Greg McGarity indicated Georgia's fourth-year head coach had no issues with it. 'Every school advocates for their own desires,' McGarity told DawgNation last season. 'You get in a room and if there are certain things you want to discuss about moving or changing, there are 14 athletic directors that do that. Everybody advocates for their own.' One of Georgia's requests was for an open date before the Florida game, and the schedule indicates that was granted. The Bulldogs will open the season in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta against Virginia on a Monday night. That means the Bulldogs will be playing three games in 13 days, with a home game against East Tennessee State on Sept. 12 before the trip to Tuscaloosa to face the Tide on Sept. 19. Alabama opens the season on Saturday, Sept. 5, against Southern Cal in Dallas before a home date with Georgia State on Sept. 12. 2020 Georgia football schedule Sept. 7 : (Mon.) Virginia (Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, Atlanta) Sept. 12 : EAST TENNESSEE STATE Sept. 19 at Alabama Sept. 26 UL-MONROE Oct. 3 VANDERBILT Oct. 10 AUBURN Oct. 17 at Missouri Oct. 24 Open Date Oct. 31 Florida (Jacksonville) Nov. 7 at South Carolina Nov. 14 TENNESSEE Nov. 21 at Kentucky Nov. 28 GEORGIA TECH The post Georgia 2020 schedule released: Alabama in September, Auburn in October appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Just like that, it’s over for both Georgia and Georgia Tech in the NCAA baseball tournament.  Facing an uphill climb needing to win two games each on Sunday in order to get to regional final games on Monday, both the Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets lost their evening matchups – resulting in their exits from the tournament.  And it happened on their home fields. Tech was a national #3 seed, while UGA was a #4 – both schools hosting regional weekends.  In Atlanta, the Yellow Jackets fell into the losers bracket out of a Saturday loss to Auburn. After a Sunday afternoon win over Coastal Carolina, Tech lost to Auburn a second time in the double-elimination format, 4-1 Sunday night.  Over in Athens, the Bulldogs also fell into the losers bracket out of Saturday’s loss to Florida State. Georgia followed a Sunday afternoon win over Florida Atlantic with a 10-1 loss in a rematch with Florida State by evening. Just last season, Georgia also got bounced from their own regional in Athens.
  • The Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets have set themselves up for a long day of baseball Sunday. Both schools won must-win afternoon games, and will play again Sunday night.  Georgia, hosting their regional in Athens, defeated Florida Atlantic 13-0 in a losers bracket game. The Bulldogs will now face Florida State again at 6 p.m. The Seminoles beat Georgia Saturday. If the Bulldogs win Sunday night, they would have to beat FSU once more Monday to determine the regional winner. In Atlanta on Georgia Tech’s home field, the Yellow Jackets came back Sunday afternoon to top Coastal Carolina 10-8. Tech now rematches with Auburn at 6 p.m., who beat them Saturday. Like Georgia, Tech must win Sunday, then again Monday to win the regional. 
  • Georgia Tech football player Brandon Adams was practicing “step dancing” — or stepping — with friends when he collapsed and hit his head late Saturday night, according to an Atlanta police report, leading to the death of the popular Yellow Jackets player that has stunned the team and fan base. According to the report, friends of Adams told Georgia Tech police that they were practicing stepping in the garage area of a townhouse near Tech’s campus when they took a water break, which is when Adams fell backward and hit his head. After going into convulsions, he began to foam at the mouth. He was taken by friends to Emory University Hospital Midtown — hospital personnel told police that he was alive when he arrived — and was later pronounced dead. The report further stated that Adams’ passing appeared to be natural, that there was no apparent foul play involved. Stepping is a dance form common among African-American fraternities and sororities. The fraternity Omega Psi Phi acknowledged to Channel 2 Action News earlier this week that Adams was a candidate to join the fraternity. On Sunday, the organization suspended its “Membership Selection Process” and social activities without explanation. Two messages left Friday with the fraternity and another with its attorney were not returned. The GBI performed an autopsy on Adams on Monday, but determined that more tests, including toxicology, were needed to determine the cause and manner of death. Atlanta police issued a statement with the report to the AJC: “Nothing in Mr. Adams’ autopsy by the GBI on Monday pointed to foul play and we have no evidence right now to merit a criminal investigation. Witnesses have told our investigators that Adams had been participating in a dance routine when he collapsed suddenly. The Department is awaiting toxicology and other lab results being tested by the GBI following the autopsy to determine our next step.” According to the GBI website, the agency uses toxicology tests “to establish whether traces of alcohol, drugs or points are present, and if so, in what quantity.” It may be several weeks before the tests are completed. A rising senior for the Jackets team known for his smile and bear hugs and who held considerable promise as a defensive tackle, the 21-year-old Adams was mourned in a memorial on Monday evening at McCamish Pavilion. A funeral for Adams, from Brentwood, Tenn., also will be held Saturday in Nashville. Staff writer Eric Stirgus contributed to this article.
  • A giver of hugs and a hefty but nimble defensive lineman, Georgia Tech football player Brandon Adams died late Saturday night at the age of 21. According to a statement from Atlanta police, citing information provided by Georgia Tech police, Adams collapsed at a home near campus and was taken by friends to Emory University Hospital Midtown, where he was later pronounced dead. The GBI Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy beginning Monday morning to determine the cause of death. Adams, from Brentwood, Tenn., was set to begin spring practice with the Yellow Jackets on Tuesday in preparation for his senior season. (As of Sunday evening, the team’s plan was to continue with spring practice, the first of coach Geoff Collins’ tenure, as scheduled.) » More: Teammates, coaches mourn Adams on social media “We lost an unbelievable kid,” former Yellow Jackets assistant coach Andy McCollum said. “I can’t even put it into words.” Adams was expected to play a significant role on the team this fall. He played in 33 games over three seasons and had his best season in 2018, with 24 tackles, five tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. He was a business administration major. The death of the young man who weighed in at 325 pounds and answered to “Big B” will be felt this fall in Jackets’ box scores – he was a likely starter with clear NFL potential – but far more so in aching hearts. From a tweet from a former teammate, Desmond Branch: “One of the best, genuine, loving and overall happy people I have ever met. Always had a smile on his face, got along with everyone.” From a statement from Collins: “Our entire Georgia Tech football family is heartbroken by the news of Brandon’s passing. In the short time that I have had the privilege and honor of knowing Brandon, I admired and respected him, first and foremost as a terrific human being, but also as an outstanding teammate and leader.” “He always wanted to hug you,” said Kyle Cerge-Henderson, who played on the defensive line with Adams for the past three seasons. “Everybody in the Georgia Tech athletic department can tell you that Brandon Adams gave the greatest hugs of all-time.” Cerge-Henderson and his wife gave birth to a baby girl in February 2017. Shortly after Ava’s birth, Cerge-Henderson got a call from his friend. Adams wanted to know if he could bring her some cheese puffs. From there on out, Cerge-Henderson said, he occasionally continued the distinctive gift-giving practice. “At her birthday party, he brought her a bunny — because I told her she loved stuffed animals — and a big bag of cheese puffs,” Cerge-Henderson said. Former coach Paul Johnson said that, whenever Adams was in the football offices, he went out of his way to stop by his office to see how he was doing, and did likewise with Johnson’s wife Susan on road trips. He last saw Adams when Johnson was recently at Tech getting treatment for his back. “He just saw me on the table and he came over, ‘Coach, man, how are you doing? You playing golf? You getting a lot of golf in?’ ” Johnson recalled. Johnson in turn asked about Adams’ weight — often a challenge — “and he said, ‘Man, I’m getting it.’ I said, ‘Good, I’m anxious to watch you play this fall.’ He was just always smiling.” McCollum recruited Adams out of Brentwood Academy, where he was a three-sport star. While no longer at Tech, McCollum said that he’d recently received a text message from Adams telling him he loved and missed him. “He was just like a lightbulb in the room,” McCollum said. “When he walked in, the whole room lights up. Biggest heart of any kid I’ve ever been around.” Jackets players and coaches had a chance to share their grief Sunday night as they gathered for a previously scheduled team meeting upon their return to campus from spring break.  Adams is survived by his mother, Lisa Greer, his stepfather, Reginald Woods, and sister, Rian. Memorial information was not available as of Sunday evening. More informal memorials are already scheduled. Cerge-Henderon said that he and his wife will give their daughter cheese puffs for every birthday going forward to remember Adams. Johnson will remember a young man quick with a fist bump and a big smile who liked to dabble on the piano when the coach had team members over to his home. “I think he was very talented, not just in football,” Johnson said. “He was very talented. Smart kid with a great personality. He was going to be very successful, I think, no matter what he did, whether it was in football or off the field in a career. Whatever he did, I think he had a chance to be special. He was a special kid.”
  • Georgia Tech women’s basketball coach MaChelle Joseph has been placed on leave, the school said Wednesday. A statement from the athletic department characterized the leave as “a pending personnel matter” and also said that the school would have no further comment. Joseph did not respond to a message seeking comment. Joseph is in her 16th season at Tech and has had the longest and most successful tenure of any coach in team history. She has led the Yellow Jackets to seven NCAA tournament berths, although Tech has not made the NCAA field in the past four seasons. In Joseph’s place, assistant coach Mark Simons will serve as acting head coach. The team will play next at Miami on Thursday. The Jackets are 17-10 overall and 7-7 in the ACC and trying to earn an NCAA tournament berth. Starting in Joseph’s fourth season, 2006-07, the Jackets made the NCAA tournament field for six consecutive seasons. The run culminated in their first Sweet 16 appearance, at the end of the 2011-12 season. However, Tech has made one NCAA tournament in the six seasons after that. Tech’s 2018 signing class, though, was rated as high as seventh nationally, and freshmen Elizabeth Dixon and Elizabeth Balogun have been integral to the team’s performance this season.
  • Georgia Tech has announced a news conference for Tuesday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, with officials from the AMB Group (the parent company of the stadium and the Falcons) and the Peach Bowl to be present. It’s expected that it will be an announcement for the Yellow Jackets to play a handful of future home games there. The presence of Peach Bowl CEO Gary Stokan at the news conference suggests his organization’s involvement as well. Holding marquee games in the $1.6 billion sports temple likely would help Tech’s bottom line and perhaps draw attention to coach Geoff Collins’ team while also providing the stadium with additional events. While the 2019 schedule is set, Tech does play Clemson and Notre Dame in 2020 (the latter scheduled for Nov. 14). As a potential organizer, the Peach Bowl could generate money for charities and scholarships. As a result of its coaching transition, Tech’s athletic department finds itself in a financial pinch and perhaps more interested than usual in moving home games out of Bobby Dodd Stadium for the right price. The change from Paul Johnson to Collins cost about $6 million, and the athletic department was already anticipating running a deficit of $2.8 million for the 2020 fiscal year. The changeover will deplete the department’s reserve fund, which stood at about $6.65 million at the start of the fiscal year in July. The athletic department projects to have the reserve fund restored to $5 million by fiscal year 2023. Without money in the reserve fund, “it just doesn’t give you that cushion that you would like to have,” Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury said in January. “All of the sudden, you don’t have much of a rainy-day fund. And that’s what the fund balance is for, for unforeseen circumstances — transitioning a football staff, something like that.” Either through a guarantee or receiving gate receipts, Tech would stand to draw revenues at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (capacity: 71,000) greater than what it would receive playing at Bobby Dodd Stadium (55,000). For the 2017 season opener against Tennessee in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Tech received $2.85 million from the Peach Bowl.  Moving to a larger stadium, however, invites the potential for more fans of Clemson or Notre Dame (or another opponent) to be cheering for the opposition at a Tech home game. Tech home sellouts typically have a noticeable percentage of visiting fans.
  • ATHENS — Fantastic. Bravo. Job well done. Georgia coach Kirby Smart finally promoted James Coley to offensive coordinator on Friday. Or, more accurately, he simply dropped the “co-” from Coley’s title, which already was co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. It’s important to not here that it does not mean that somebody else might come in and commandeer that “co-” in their title. You can bet that Smart is going to do whatever it takes to make his staff as strong to make his staff as strong it can be. If that means having to name somebody co-offensive coordinator, so be it. But make no bones about it, like it was when Jim Chaney was in charge of the offense last year alongside Coley, the one without the “co” in his title was calling the shots. So, to be clear, it’s Coley that will be calling the shots. What’s that mean for Georgia’s offense? The most important thing it means is there will be continuity from the last two years to the next one. Quarterback Jake Fromm will be back at the helm for a third consecutive season and, with his level of expertise in this offense, that effectively gives the Bulldogs another offensive coordinator. Maybe that’s the way Georgia needs to go. Name Fromm starting quarterback/co-offensive coordinator? Kidding aside, Fromm is one major part of an offense that returns mostly intact. The Bulldogs will be looking at a bit of a rebuild at wideout, where leading receivers Riley Ridley, Mecole Hardman and Terry Godwin have moved on. And that’s the case to a lesser degree at tight end, where Georgia will be looking to fill the void of Issac Nauta turning pro and Luke Ford transferring. But the most important aspect of the Bulldogs’ offense is it returns four-fifths of the starting offensive line, plus a plethora of other former blue-chippers to compete and mix in across the front. Then there remains D’Andre Swift, Brian Herrien and James Cook in the backfield, where they will be joined by newcomers Zamir “Zeus” White and Kenny McIntosh. That’s a lot of talent for Coley to work with, and he knows what do with it. This is no young rookie coordinator on whom Smart is taking a chance. This is a 45-year-old man who has coordinated offenses for 11 of 19 seasons going back to his three-year stint at Miami Norland High School. Over the span, Coley has developed a reputation for being a bit a gun-slinging coordinator. That is, he likes his offenses to throw the football downfield. When he was coordinator and play-caller at Miami, the Hurricanes led the nation in “explosive plays”  all three years. Coley coached freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya who earned Freshman All-America honors and broke the single season record for passing yards at Miami.  Wide receiver Allen Hurns, currently with the Dallas Cowboys, broke the single season receiving record with 1,162 yards in 2013. In the midst of that, Miami produced two 1,000 yards rushers in Duke Johnson (1,652 yards in 2014) and Joe Yearly (1,002 in 2015). So Coley knows the value of running the football. And, lest we forget, Coley has been around for every step of success Georgia has enjoyed under Smart. He was one of Smart’s early hires when he took over before the 2016 season, joining the staff close behind Chaney and offensive line coach Sam Pittman. So Coley knows exactly what Smart is looking for. Keep in mind, no matter who’s calling the shots on Georgia’s offense, it still remains under Smart’s ownership. And Smart, a defensive coordinator by trade, has always been one who ascribes to the “complementary” football approach. That is, your offense works in tandem to achieve victory, so one doesn’t conduct itself to the possible detriment of the other. That means the offense doesn’t go hurry-up, spread-’em-out and score as fast as possible all the time and the defense doesn’t sell out with 72 exotic blitz packages in order to create its own big plays. No, Georgia is still mainly about playing the percentages to win, which means to run the football, control the clock, limit opponents’ big plays and win field position and special teams. So those will be Coley’s marching orders, they were for Chaney. Meanwhile, he’s going to be speaking the same offensive terminology and will be working out of the same playbook the Bulldogs assembled the last three years under Chaney and company. That’s nothing but a good thing for Fromm, who can already recite that stuff chapter and verse. That’s not to say Coley won’t add his wrinkles. You can be certain as he sat beside Chaney in Georgia’s coaching box for those 14 games last season, there are a lot of things he might’ve done different. An offensive assistant for the Miami Dolphins and the Florida State Seminoles with a year as a coordinator and play-caller at Florida International, you can be sure that Coley has some of his own stuff he’s been dying to put in. How long has Smart known Coley was going to be his guy? I’d say right from the outset. But two things likely withheld him from making it official until now: One, the opening period for recruiting cranks back up this weekend, so Coley can jet out on the road carry this new title in his brief case. That certainly couldn’t hurt somebody already considered one of the top recruiters in the game. Two, Smart has continued to hold his cards close to his vest. He’s trying to assemble the absolute best coaching staff he can for 2019, and he’ll need it for what promises to be the most anticipated season in Smart’s tenure. So does Smart do something with another “co” title? Possibly. At the least, it would befit Pittman, who has no rival in the country when it comes to his ability to recruit elite offensive linemen and coach them up as well. As we all know, Alabama has an opening for an offensive line coach since Brent Keys was jettisoned to Georgia Tech. There’s absolutely know doubt that the Crimson Tide would look Pittman’s way, themselves of a victim of his recruiting acumen, not to mentioned up-close witnesses to his good work on the field. Word is, Georgia has done what it needs to rebuke that threat, at least for now. Perhaps it will be with a co-title but it will certainly come with new stacks of money. The same will be the case for Coley, of course, and he’s deserving of whatever raises Friday’s promotion comes with. More than anything, though, this development was the result of Smart and his coaching staff seeking one thing, and that’s those rich championship bonuses UGA offers them for winning SEC and national titles. Coley’s appointment puts them closer to doing that than any OC who’d be coming in with a shiny new playbook.   The post Georgia Bulldogs didn’t have to go far to find the ideal offensive coordinator appeared first on DawgNation.

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  • The nation's first death possibly linked to vaping has been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Illinois Department of Public Health says an adult person who recently vaped died after being hospitalized with 'severe respiratory illness.' The agency didn't give any other information about the patient, including a name or where the person lived. The CDC says there are currently 193 potential cases in 22 states, including Georgia. Patients reported similar symptoms – shortness of breath, chest pain, cough, and vomiting in some cases – and some were admitted to the intensive care unit.
  • An 8-year-old boy was bitten on the head Wednesday night by a mountain lion, Colorado wildlife officials said. >> Read more trending news The boy was jumping on a trampoline with his brother around 7:30 p.m. when a friend called to him from a nearby house, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in a release. When the boy ran to visit the friend, he was attacked by the mountain lion. “The kid was running, and it probably triggered the lion’s natural response to a prey animal running,” Mark Lamb, wildlife manager, said in a release. “We all hope that the child will be alright, and you just hate to see this occur.' The boy’s brother ran inside and told their father something was wrong. The father came out, found the animal on top of his son and scared off the mountain lion.  “He did what a father would do, run out and protect his son knowing that he was in trouble,” Jason Clay, parks spokesman, told KCNC. “The father saved his son’s life.” The boy was taken to a hospital, where he was in serious but stable condition, KCNC reported.  Because the animal attacked a human, it must be euthanized, wildlife officials said. They set traps and used dogs to try and track the mountain lion.  On Thursday, a homeowner realized one of his goats was missing, saw two mountain lions and called wildlife officials. Officers were already in the area, which was about a mile from where the boy was attacked. They captured and euthanized the animals, which were about 12 months old and 65 pounds. A necropsy will be conducted to determine if they are the same lions involved in the boy’s attack. “That is how we would be able to confirm with absolute certainty that we got the mountain lion from the attack,” wildlife officials said. Because the mountain lions were feeding on livestock, they can be euthanized. If a mountain lion is captured alive in a trap, it will be kept alive until DNA samples are tested. If the results are negative, the lion will be relocated, officials said.  Officials are still monitoring mountain lion activity in the area but do not have plans to actively search for them. Mountain lions have attacked humans 22 times since 1990, with three attacks coming this year, officials said. A trail runner was attacked Feb. 4 and there was another attack Aug. 10. The last year there had been a mountain lion attack was 2016. The last time there were three attacks in a year was 1998. “We don’t want people to panic, they are very aware of all the wildlife that lives around them, but the proper precautions need to be taken,” Lamb said in a statement. “There are obligations that people must be committed to for living responsibly with wildlife.” Three more mountain lions were seen on the property where the goats went missing Friday, but no more goats have gone missing since.
  • According to many polls, Americans – especially those who say they are Democrats -- are not that fond of the Electoral College. Neither are many of the Democratic candidates for president. >> Read more trending news  With just over 14 months until the 2020 presidential election, a movement to change the way electoral votes are awarded and who will be elected president has gained some steam. The National Popular Vote Compact (NPV), which has its roots in the most contested presidential election in U.S. history, sets in state law a policy that awards all a state’s electoral votes to the candidate who wins the national popular vote. Under the Electoral College system used today, 48 states have a “winner-take-all” system that awards all the state’s electoral votes to the person who gets a majority of votes in that state. The Electoral College does not take into consideration that national popular vote. Sixteen states, along with the District of Columbia, have passed the NPV agreement. They are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Rhode Island. While legislation has been passed in the 16 states and the District of Columbia, the agreement would not go into effect until states with a collective 270 electoral votes — the number needed to win the presidency — agree to join. Currently, the District of Columbia and the 16 states in the agreement hold a combined total of 196 electoral votes, meaning the pact would need enough new state members to get 74 electoral votes.Supporters say the system would give the person who got the most votes country-wide the presidency he or she deserves. Opponents say states would be forced to hand over electoral votes to a candidate who did not win that state. For instance, in the 2016 election, a state such as Florida, in which President Donald Trump earned more votes, would have had to pledge its 29 electoral votes to Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, who won the national popular vote in the 2016 election. The Electoral College of today was established by the Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution which replaced the method for electing the president and vice president provided in Article II, Section 1, Clause 3. Under the system, when voters cast a ballot for president, they are actually choosing members of the Electoral College, called electors, who are pledged to that presidential candidate. Following the election for president, electors then meet to choose the president. Electors almost always vote for their state’s popular vote winner, and some states have laws requiring them to do so. However, electors are not bound by federal law to vote for a specific candidate – for instance, the one who won the popular vote in their state. In 29 states and the District of Columbia, electors are bound by state law or by a pledge they sign to vote for the candidate who won the popular vote of the state they represent. Five men have won the presidency in the Electoral College while not winning the country’s popular vote: John Quincy Adams in 1824, Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876, Benjamin Harrison in 1888, George W. Bush in 2000 and Donald Trump in 2016. The National Popular Vote campaign goes back to Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore's loss to Bush in 2000, according to The Associated Press. Gore won the popular vote but lost the election over a vote count in Florida.
  • Fans of all things Disney are in Anaheim for the D23 Expo. And news of future development for the properties at the Disney Parks around the world has already started being released. Inside the Disney Parks 'Imagining Tomorrow, Today' Pavilion at the 2019 D23 Expo visitors will be able to see what is coming next to the Disney Parks around the world. While there are a lot of cool things to share, in this post we are going to focus on the upcoming additions coming to Walt Disney World! There is an all-new Star Wars vacation experience coming to Walt Disney World!  >> Read more trending news  The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be a new, first-of-its-kind vacation experience where guests will check in for a two-night adventure aboard a glamorous starship called the Halcyon.  Once onboard, guests will interact with characters and become active participants in stories that unfold around them on their galactic journey.  Also in the pavilion is a model of the multi-year transformation of Epcot complete with new experiences, 'that will make the park more Disney, more family, more timeless, and more relevant.' The reinvention of Epcot will include several new additions, and the first one we learned about was a new attraction called Journey of Water which is inspired by 'Moana.' This first-ever attraction based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios film, 'Moana,' will let guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting. And this October, guests will be able to visualize all the exciting plans for Epcot at a new experience center in the Odyssey Events Pavilion called Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience. Inside this first-of-its-kind offering within a Disney park, guests will discover engaging and interactive exhibits that allow you to step inside excitement to see some never-before-revealed details driving the future of Epcot during this unprecedented period of transformation. The Disney Parks pavilion also features other upcoming Walt Disney World attractions including TRON Lightcycle Run coming to Magic Kingdom Park as well as Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios. On Sunday, August 25, we'll find out more details on these and other announcements during the Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products presentation at D23 Expo 2019!
  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has undergone radiation therapy to treat a malignant tumor discovered during routine blood tests in early July, according to a statement from the court. >> Read more trending news  Ginsburg, 86, began a three-week course of radiation therapy Aug. 5 at New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. 'The Justice tolerated treatment well,' Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said in a statement. 'She cancelled her annual summer visit to Santa Fe, but has otherwise maintained an active schedule.' Arberg said doctors noted an abnormality during a routine blood test in early July and that a subsequent biopsy on July 31 confirmed a 'localized malignant tumor' on her pancreas. After Ginsburg underwent treatment, Arberg said, 'There is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body.' 'Justice Ginsburg will continue to have periodic blood tests and scans,' she said. 'No further treatment is needed at this time.' In January, Ginsburg missed arguments in the Supreme Court for the first time since joining the court in 1993 while recovering from surgery to remove cancerous growths from her left lung. She previously underwent surgery for colorectal cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009, according to the Associated Press. Ginsburg is the eldest person serving on the Supreme Court and leads its liberal wing.
  • A service is set for next week for the three members of a prominent Atlanta family killed in an apparent double murder-suicide.  Marsha Edwards, 58, and her two children, 24-year-old Christopher Edwards II and 20-year-old Erin Edwards, will be remembered during a memorial Wednesday in southwest Atlanta, according to a spokesman for the family.  The service is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at Cascade United Methodist Church, which is at 3144 Cascade Road.  Investigators believe Marsha, the former wife of surgeon and civic leader Christoper Edwards, shot and killed the couple’s children before turning the gun on herself. Their bodies were found by police Wednesday inside her upscale Vinings townhouse after officers were asked to perform a wellness check. RELATED: Ex-wife of Atlanta Housing chairman killed 2 children, herself, police say Lots of questions remained unanswered Friday. Among them: • Who requested the wellness check? • When did the shootings take place? • What kind of gun was used? • Who is the registered owner of the gun? • What evidence prompted authorities to classify the investigation as a double murder-suicide? It could be weeks before autopsy and toxicology results shed light on those and other questions. “Dr. Edwards, his extended family and friends are in a state of grief and shock, and privacy of the family is paramount as arrangements are being made,” spokesman Jeff Dickerson said Thursday in an emailed statement. A longtime fixture in the Atlanta medical community, Edwards serves on the board of trustees of the Morehouse School of Medicine and was formerly on the board of Grady Memorial Hospital. He is the chairman of the Atlanta Housing Authority board. As news of the deaths spread, condolences poured in from those who knew the family and strangers touched by the tragedy. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and her husband were among the mourners.  Erin Edwards, a Boston University student, was an intern in the mayor’s communications office last summer. Christopher Edwards II joined the Atlanta film and entertainment office in 2018 as a digital content manager.  Both were Woodward Academy graduates. They were “promising young adults and budding NABJ media professionals,” said Sarah Glover, the former president of the National Association of Black Journalists. Glover said on Twitter she met the siblings at a conference in 2017.  Their mother, a medical equipment provider, was also a member of the organization, which advocates for and supports black journalists.  AJC.com has reached out to Cobb police for additional information about the deaths.  — Please return to AJC.com for updates.