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Urban Meyer situation at Ohio State provides valuable lesson for Georgia fans
Give thanks Georgia isn’t O-H-N-O State.
It remains to be seen how serious the situation will become for Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer, who was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday night to allow a school investigation to occur into Courtney Smith’s claims that several individuals close to the coach knew of an allegation of domestic violence in 2015 against her ex-husband, former Ohio State assistant Zach Smith.
Bottom line: this is a serious issue with implications far beyond college football. Chances are, we’ll recall this story as one the season’s most consequential no matter what happens this fall. Chances are, its resolution will have an impact long into the future regardless of the outcome.
DawgNation’s Brandon Adams and Jeff Sentell did fine jobs explaining the recruiting impact for Georgia, given Ohio State’s sudden uncertainty. But there’s another angle to the Meyer story for Bulldogs fans to consider: program momentum and stability are never guaranteed, and each person in Dawg Nation should be grateful for where Georgia finds itself entering the 2018 season.
Think about it. Who would have guessed Monday that we would consider a post-Meyer era at Ohio State this year by Friday? Who would have guessed that one of the country’s top programs, and a likely national title contender in 2018, would be engulfed in such thick fog a month before a new season?
As fans, we take for granted that the status quo often appears far less fragile than it can be. Imagine the questions Buckeyes fans have considered this week. Imagine the unknowns.
Recently, I’ve spent plenty of time in this space revisiting Georgia’s leaps under coach Kirby Smart. After a breakout 2017 season that included an SEC title and a National Championship Game appearance, and after massive recruiting victories in the past year, it’s easy to assume the movement forward will last awhile. It’s simple to think a firm foundation won’t crack.
But events at Ohio State this week show how quickly life can change.
Never, ever take for granted the good times.
Bulldogs land No. 1 JUCO prospect Jermaine Johnson
Another day, another big-time commitment for Georgia.
On Thursday night, the Bulldogs landed a pledge from Jermaine Johnson, the No. 1 junior college prospect for 2019 per 247Sports. The weak-side defensive end has excelled at Independence (Kan.) Community College. His eligibility window allows him three years to play two seasons after he graduates from junior college.
Check out some of the details about Johnson, courtesy of Sentell’s report about the commitment:
The title of his Hudl highlight film is “I Hate QBs” and the Bulldog fan base will be the program that gets to see why on Saturdays.
Johnson, the nation’s No. 1 junior college prospect for 2019 per 247Sports, made his commitment on Thursday. He has the ability to come in next fall at play heavily at the weak-side OLB spot in Georgia’s 3-4 base front.
He chose the Bulldogs out of 20-plus reported offers and a top 5 which includes Oregon, Oklahoma, Texas and UCLA.
Georgia receives high ranking in preseason Coaches Poll
Poll season is here.
The preseason Coaches Poll was released Thursday, and Georgia came in at No. 4. The position represents the Bulldogs’ highest in the Coaches Poll since they started the 2008 campaign ranked first on their way to a 10-3 season and a No. 10 final ranking.
I’m not a fan of early polls. If anything, polls shouldn’t be published until at least a month into the season. Too much weight is given to past performance in early rankings, so they don’t mean much to me.
Still, the Bulldogs have nothing to quibble about with their ranking. If they take care of business throughout the fall, they’ll find themselves back in the College Football Playoff.
Digging into The Vault
Let’s dust off some memories together before creating new ones.
On Thursday, we posted the first of a “30 Plays in 30 Days” video feature on the DawgNation Facebook page to help with the countdown to the season. Thanks to UGA Vault, we’ll revisit 30 of the best plays from Georgia’s memorable 2017 season before the 2018 campaign begins. The feature started with Elijah Holyfield’s late touchdown run during the Bulldogs’ blowout victory against Florida.
Check it out below:
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