Chattahoochee Chatter: Praying for Chizik and an SEC win

November 28, 2012 

It hasn't been an easy season for Auburn fans.

Some in Columbus have even called upon religion to help.

Sunday morning at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, they were ending the Prayers of the People in the usual way, with the reader asking, "For what else and whom else shall we pray?"

The sonorous bass voice of Public Defender Bob Wadkins rang from the choir loft: "Gene Chizik."

Apparently, it wasn't enough.


Speaking of Auburn University, attorney Seth Harp attended Tuesday's Columbus Council meeting as the chair of the mayor's Revenue Review Commission. The former state senator was sporting a heretofore not seen beard.

When Councilor Pops Barnes complimented him on the new look, Harp explained that at some point during the football season, he declared that he would not shave until Auburn beat an SEC opponent.

"I may look like Methuselah before it's over," he said.


Keeping with the spiritual Auburn trend, Tigers quarterback Jonathan Wallace is scheduled to return to Central High School Friday morning to speak with members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Wallace, who broke records as the Red Devil quarterback for a few seasons, became Auburn's starting quarterback after the game against Texas A&M.


Call him a community curmudgeon or a hero of democracy, but nobody can accuse Paul Olson of not exercising his First Amendment rights and pushing local governing bodies to be more open.

Olson was at it again Monday as he tried to speak at the Muscogee County School Board's called meeting, where the board voted to reprioritize Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax projects to make up an expected $40 million shortfall and still build a $30 million arts academy. Among the casualties in the 7-2 vote is the closure of the Academic Success Center, which serves about 220 students in grades 8-12 who are at least one year behind grade level.

Olson wanted to urge the board to retain the center, but board chairwoman Cathy Williams and interim superintendent John Phillips Jr. told him that, unlike the board's regular monthly meetings, time is not reserved for public forums during called meetings.

We sure haven't heard of that rule, although the board did allow the public to speak about the SPLOST revision during its regular meeting the previous week, when it tabled the issue.


It's a pretty safe bet that if Vince Dooley isn't inside the Georgia Dome at Saturday's Southeastern Conference Championship Game in Atlanta, he will be huddled in front of a TV somewhere watching the Georgia Bulldogs battle the Alabama Crimson Tide.

After all, Dooley was the head coach at Georgia for 25 years, winning six SEC titles and the 1980 national championship with legendary running back Herschel Walker. The opponent in that long-ago title tilt, coincidentally, was the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, which will play the winner of Georgia and Alabama for all the marbles.

With that said, anyone wishing to meet the famed football coach in the flesh can venture to Callaway Gardens on Dec. 15 for a book signing. Dooley will be on hand 3-6 p.m. inside the Christmas Village, signing his newest book, "History and Reminiscences of the University of Georgia," along with four previous tomes, including a children's book titled, "How 'Bout Them Dawgs." There also will be collectible footballs available for him to sign after a purchase.

Happy shopping y'all, and may the best team win Saturday.

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