ATHENS - The honeymoon is over. ... No, I'm not making a bad cliche', my honeymoon is literally over, I'm back, and ready to get back to work.
As some of you may know, yours truly was bonded in matrimony a couple Saturdays ago. The tradition dictates that you celebrate with a getaway, so the new Mrs. Emerson and I reluctantly spent a week in Cancun, where we were forced to sit in a beach cabana, eat an all-inclusive resort and to generally have the time of our lives. It was brutal, as you might imagine.
But things are looking up now, because we get to spend the week in Hoover, Ala., covering SEC media days. (Unofficial motto: "We will create fake storylines that are long-forgotten by September, and you will eat it up, because, hey, why not.")
I will be there all week updating this blog and tweeting up a storm, as usual. Georgia goes on Thursday, but things start Tuesday with commissioner Mike Slive and the two schools he brought in this year, Texas A&M and Missouri.
Mark Richt will undoubtedly be asked about the dismissed Isaiah Crowell; which happens to be the last thing I worked on before the wedding vacation commenced. Since then, here are a few more news items, in case you didn't see them elsewhere:
- Sophomore Quintavius Harrow has left the team, for what sources and reports have said are academic reasons, but UGA hasn't confirmed. Harrow is Crowell's close friend who excelled on special teams last season.
- Signee DL John Atkins will not join the team this year for academic reasons, and instead will prep at Hargrave Military Academy. Atkins is a solid long-term prospect who could have helped this season for depth reasons.
- The Bulldogs got commitments from a couple of more 2013 prospects via this past weekend's Dawg Night: ILB Tim Kimbrough (a four-star from Indianapolis) and S Quincy Maugher (a three-star from Marietta.) That brings Georgia to 21 commitments for next year.
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