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Happy Friday, Bulldog Nation! Just wanted to check in and let you know about the awesome coverage we've got planned for next Wednesday's National Signing Day - the first day of signing period for football, soccer, and track & field. Here's how you can stay connected throughout the day and make sure you're up-to-date on our newest Dawgs!

*GTV live broadcast: The folks at GTV will be producing a LIVE studio broadcast from UGA's Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall, which will run from 8 a.m.-2:15 p.m. on georgiadogs.com. Chuck Dowdle and former Bulldog defensive back DJ Jones will host, and will take you through what's happening and updating you on the signees as they come in - including highlight reels on each player! Kevin Copp will also be interviewing soccer head coach Steve Holeman to discuss their signing class - that will happen at 11:30 a.m. And as the GTV team wraps up the day you'll hear exclusively from Coach Richt! All the action is free and available only on Georgiadogs.com.

*Fans will also be able to interact with our georgiadogs.com Internet team and with each other on a live chat also on georgiadogs.com. 

*Our Facebook (Georgia Bulldogs), Twitter (@UGAAthletics), Instagram (ugaathletics), and Google+ (Georgia Bulldogs) pages will include live updates as well, while we right here on Between the Hedges blog will attempt to keep you posted on the behind-the-scenes action as it unfolds on what promises to be a very hectic day around here!

*The official hashtag for the day will be #GeorgiaNSD. Don't forget to use it when tweeting about Signing Day to stay in the conversation!

Hopefully one (or all) of these modes will work for you to follow along with Signing Day as Georgia continues to provide the best coverage in the nation!

As always, GO DAWGS, and we'll see you Wednesday!

Henley wins PGA's Sony Open

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Good morning, Bulldog Nation, and I hope you'll start your week off by joining me in congratulating former Bulldog Russell Henley for his win at the 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii over the weekend. Just three months after receiving his PGA Tour card, Henley won the event - his Tour debut - by three strokes Sunday in record-breaking fashion. Henley birdied the last five holes to shatter the tournament record by five strokes, while his score of 24-under 256 was second-lowest in PGA Tour history for a 72-hole event, two shots behind Tommy Armour III in 2003 at the Texas Open. Henley also set the Sony Open record for its 36-hole score (126), shared the 54-hole tournament record with Scott Langley (193), and set another record at the event by posting the lowest closing round by a champion with a 7-under 63.

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We hope you're just as proud as we are of Russell and we're glad he's representing the Dawgs so well! 

If you're so inclined, give Russell a follow on Twitter at @russhenleygolf - his followers more than doubled overnight - and congratulate him there! We know he'd love to hear from the Dawg Nation!

Below are a few links to more Russell Henley news:

*Associated Press (via Georgiadogs.com): http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-golf/spec-rel/011413aaa.html
*Yahoo Sports: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/golf--lateral-hazard--russell-henley-opens-pga-tour-career-with-dazzling-victory-060558362.html
*Golf Digest: http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-tours-news/blogs/local-knowledge/2013/01/make-way-for-russell-henley-golfs-newest-star.html
*ESPN: http://espn.go.com/golf/story/_/id/8841923/russell-henley-wins-pga-tour-debut-record-setting-fashion
*dawgsports.com: http://www.dawgsports.com/2013/1/13/3874184/uga-golfer-russell-henley-wins-first-pga-event-in-astounding-fashion
*golfchannel.com: http://www.golfchannel.com/news/golftalkcentral/smashing-success-henley-wins-sony-in-tour-debut/

Foley Family Makes Generous Donation To UGA Baseball

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While we've been keeping you updated on the renovations at Foley Field, including a brand new scoreboard and additions to "Kudzu Hill", there is now more progress on the horizon thanks to a generous donation from the Foley Family. The following previously ran on Georgiadogs.com.

ATHENS-----The Foley family of Columbus is synonymous with Georgia baseball, and they have provided the foundation for the Bulldogs latest stadium renovation, the UGA Athletic Association announced Thursday.

"The University of Georgia and the baseball program hold a special place in the hearts of our family," said Frank D. Foley, III, spokesman for the family. "We are pleased to honor the legacy of our grandfather and all passed generations of our family by providing this gift to lead the on-going fundraising for Foley Field. We recognize the importance of maintaining and updating the field and know it will be a tremendous benefit for the Bulldogs."

"We are very fortunate to have the continued loyal support of the Foley family and excited that they are taking the lead in this project," said Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity. "They have made a lasting impact on the baseball program in support of the student-athletes and the fans. The ballpark is in a beautiful setting, and we are taking steps to enhance it."

"Student-athletes come to Georgia because they know they are going to get a first-class education and compete in the SEC which is the premier baseball conference featuring top-notch facilities, fan support and instruction," said Georgia coach David Perno. "The Foley family has always been at the forefront of any major renovation effort at Foley Field. Their leadership will help us continue to recruit elite student-athletes that look forward to playing for Georgia along with providing an enjoyable game day experience for all fans visiting Foley Field."

The large-scale measures planned for the future include improvements to the dugouts, Georgia's locker room and team lounge, training room and batting cages. Also, an upgraded sound system, redesigning the stadium's main entrance and additional restrooms and concession areas along with an expanded press box are planned.

The UGA Athletic Association board of directors already approved and work is under way on a few items that are part of the master plan. Current construction scheduled to be completed for the 2013 season will make improvements to the right field area known as "Kudzu Hill," a new high-definition video scoreboard and new trees behind the outfield fence.

Since the late 1960s, Bulldog baseball home games have been played at Foley Field. Judge Frank Foley is considered one of Georgia's all-time greats for his contributions both on and of the field. He was a part of the 1908 Southern championship team. A distinguished alumnus, he is remembered by many as a kind and caring gentlemen.

Georgia has experienced tremendous postseason success at Foley Field, winning four NCAA Regionals and three Super Regionals. In the Perno era, the Bulldogs have advanced to the College World Series in 2004, 2006 and 2008. Overall, Georgia is 21-7 in the NCAA postseason at Foley Field including a remarkable 16-0 in elimination games.

Monday Morning Round-up

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Hey, Bulldog Nation - hope you all had a great and relaxing weekend. It was relatively slow around here as finals are underway and many of our coaches are on the recruiting trail in this downtime. But here are a few nuggets for your Monday morning:

*Georgia will watch 39 of its student-athletes receive UGA diplomas on Friday at graduation. More here.
*The Georgia football team held its annual awards banquet and gala Saturday night at the Classic Center in Athens. Several players walked home with awards, including Aaron Murray and Jarvis Jones as MVP's on their respective sides of the ball. Full release here
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*The Lady Bulldogs held their annual "bike build" Saturday afternoon, assembling bicycles that would then be donated to needy children in the community in time for the holidays. Read the story here, and stay tuned for a video on the event coming soon to Georgiadogs.com.
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*Men's golf coach Chris Haack is being inducted today in the Golf Coaches Association of America's Hall of Fame.

Also, tickets are still available for the Capital One Bowl. Purchase them through UGA to make sure you are in the right section at the game, and to avoid counterfeit tickets. Call the ticket office at 1-877-542-1231 M-F 8:30-4:30, or click here.

Finally, both basketball teams are back in action at home later this week, with the men taking on Iona on Saturday at 5 PM in Stegeman and the women looking to continue their unbeaten start vs. Lipscomb Sunday at 2 PM here. 

GO DAWGS!

Updates from the Dome

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GOOD AFTERNOON BULLDOG NATION! We are live here at the Georgia Dome for today's SEC Championship game between your Bulldogs, and the Alabama Crimson Tide. The winner will earn the right to play Notre Dame in the national championship game. Remember you can watch on CBS or follow live scoring on Georgiadogs.com. As usual, our official Twitter (@UGAAthletics) will be tweeting live updates and we at @UGAHedgesBlog will try to provide as much colorful coverage as possible! Also check us out on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaBulldogs) for photos from today!

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Below is a quick timeline of what's been happening here so far as we tick under the hour mark to kickoff:

Noon: Between The Hedges arrives on scene, finds press box (after much confusion).
1 PM: Checked out SEC Fanfare over at the World Congress Center
2 PM: Team arrives at the field. Heads to locker room. Some players walk around on field, listening to music, throwing ball around.
3 PM: Team emerges from locker room officially to raucous applause from our great fans!
3:15 PM: Georgia Dome plays Bulldog highlight video!

That's it for now. . . reminder to follow us on Twitter @UGAAthletics and @UGAHedgesBlog and be sure to check back later for more!

SEC Championship: Coverage Information

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Hey Bulldog Nation, we're exactly 24 hours from kickoff in the 2012 SEC Football Championship between your Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide. If you're going to the game, we hope you are safe and have a great time, but if you're not going, below are some handy ways you can watch, listen, or follow along to the game as the Dawgs play for a spot in the national championship game!

National television: CBS (check your local listings); CBS will also offer a live web stream here.
Radio: Bulldog Radio Network (list of affiliates is here).
Georgiadogs.com: Listen live with a subscription to GTV by clicking here. Or, live stats can be found here
Satellite radio: SiriusXM channel 91
Social media: 
*Live in-game updates will be provided on Twitter (@UGAAthletics). Our blog account is @UGAHedgesBlog and will be tweeting some behind-the-scenes action as well.
*Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaBulldogs)
*Last but not least, right here on Between the Hedges blog we will be offering an hour-by-hour timeline of what's going on at the stadium beginning in the morning, so STAY TUNED!

As always, GO DAWGS!

Kudzu Hill Renovation

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Upon moving to Georgia from New Jersey, I had never heard the word "kudzu" before, but now I am pleased to talk about the new renovations taking place on Kudzu Hill at Foley Field!


 

photo.JPGConstruction has begun on what are being referred to as "perimeter improvements" at the UGA baseball field, with the project to include a retaining wall beyond right field in the area known as Kudzu Hill to stabilize erosion on the existing bank. That will also allow for a new plaza to be constructed with portable bleachers. And as you can see above, the stadium is getting a new scoreboard! 

 

The renovations will be completed in February prior to the start of baseball season.

Approaching 800

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As some know, but most probably don't, as these things tend to slip under the radar with those types of coaches who never want the recognition for themselves, Georgia women's basketball head coach Andy Landers is one win away from his 800th at Georgia. He won an additional 82 games while coaching at Roane State (a junior college) from 1975-79, but the NCAA doesn't recognize those wins - meaning that in their eyes, tonight is the true No. 800. 

We will be on hand for the game tonight, live tweeting updates from our Twitter account @UGAHedgesBlog, so be sure to follow along as one of the greatest Bulldogs ever chases history.

For now, here is some afternoon reading on Landers' milestone:





SEC Digital Network: Landers goes for win 800


UGA Athletics ranks in social media top-10

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ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia Bulldogs are used to top-10 rankings on the playing fields, but now the UGA Athletic Department has stacked up in another area: social media.

According to lists compiled by the University of Oklahoma, the Bulldogs are ranked No. 4 among FBS institutions in Twitter followers and No. 9 in Facebook "likes" on their official pages as of Nov. 7. As of Nov. 19, Georgia's official athletic department-wide accounts had 65,371 followers and 468,283 "likes."

Below is a glimpse into what the Bulldogs are doing on Twitter. 

Screen shot 2012-11-19 at 4.41.16 PM.pngOfficial hashtags: #godawgs #CommitToTheG

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Official Georgia Bulldogs (@UGAAthletics): 65,371 followers/5,768 tweets

Most recent tweet: "Don't forget to listen in to AT&T Bulldog Hotline tonight at 8pm- Do you have a question for Coach Richt? Tag it #bulldoghotline"

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Georgia Football (@WeRunThisState): 19,837 followers/1,084 tweets

Most recent tweet: "Check out @ajgreen_18's one handed TD catch against the Chiefshttp://www.nfl.com/videos/cincinnati-bengals/0ap2000000097347/QB-Dalton-to-WR-Green-4-yd-pass-TD ..."

Georgia Men's Basketball (UGABasketball): 2,295 followers/889 tweets

Most recent tweet: "We are in the Big Apple! #Dawgs vs. No. 1 Indiana tonight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn! Who's coming? #CommitToTheG"

Georgia Gymnastics (@UGAGymnastics): 7,221 followers/1,996 tweets

Most recent tweet: "The Gymdogs didn't get on the jumbotron but look who did! @dannadurante#GoDawgs http://instagr.am/p/SNew6LL8yw/" 

Georgia Men's Tennis (@UGATennis): 1,758 followers/3,232 tweets

Most recent tweet: "Brand new video recapping the ITA National Indoor doubles final and the fall season:...http://fb.me/1MXdESqSc "

Georgia Women's Tennis (@UGAWomensTennis): 96 followers/120 tweets

Most recent tweet: "Fall Tennis Winding Down....Here's an update from Saturday's action:http://gado.gs/13k "

Georgia Soccer (@UGAWomensSoccer): 702 followers/1,228 tweets

Most recent tweet: "Bulldogs named NSCAA Academic Team for 10th straight year: http://gado.gs/141 "

Georgia Volleyball (@UGAVolleyball): 870 followers/912 tweets

Most recent tweet: "Georgia fighting to hold on but it's too little too late and the Dawgs fall 17-25 in the fourth set. Kentucky wins 3-1."

Georgia Equestrian (@UGAEquestrian): 841 followers/1,317 tweets

Most recent tweet: "Congrats to UGAs Sara Parr on winning most outstanding player in horsemanship against SDSU #GODAWGS"

Georgia Softball (@UGASoftball): 5,634 followers/2,838 tweets

Most recent tweet: "Congrats to former Bulldog @KSandberg23 on being named the NPF Rookie of the Year! Second year in a row that it went to a #bulldog!"

Georgia Men's Golf (@GeorgiaGolf1): 484 followers/146 tweets

Most recent tweet: "Nationally rated prospects Branson Davis, Parker Derby and Greyson Sigg have signed with the Bulldogs. http://gado.gs/145 "

Georgia Women's Golf (@UGAWomensGolf): 318 followers/290 tweets

Most recent tweet: "Our 2013 recruiting class is now 3: welcome to the Bulldog Family, Harang Lee#godawgs"

Georgia Swimming & Diving (@UGASwimDive): 870 followers/500 tweets

Most recent tweet: "Georgia's swimming and diving teams shook things up in Friday's 3meet with Division III power Emory. http://gado.gs/147" 

Cheerleading (@UGACheerleading): 1,914 followers/890 tweets

Most recent tweet: "It's Tech Week! #nuffsaid #GoDawgs #cleanoldfashionedHATE"

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Football coach Mark Richt (@MarkRicht): 50,683 followers/193 tweets

Most recent tweet: "DawgNation. Get some sleep friday night n be ready to get up early on Saturday. Fill Sanford stadium to the brim. Sr day. Tech. Enough said!"

Men's Basketball coach Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox): 11,784 followers/920 tweets

Most recent tweet: "Game day . . . In Brooklyn"

Women's Basketball coach Andy Landers (@UGACoachLanders): 1,676 followers/445 tweets

Most recent tweet: "#IfItWasUpToMe you'd #CommittToTheG tonight at 7:00pm. It's Game Time..pic.twitter.com/TO04ugKw"

Men's Tennis coach Manuel Diaz (@CoachMannyDiaz): 1,252 followers/1,920 tweets

Most recent tweet: "@Sports_HQ: Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself. -Paul Bryant"

Women's Golf coach Josh Brewer (@CoachJoshBrewer): 418 followers/2,825 tweets

Most recent tweet: "Interesting #bcs"

Gymnastics coach Danna Durante (@DannaDurante): 431 followers/181 tweets

Most recent tweet: "Gym Dogs finish the week with a fantastic showing in the intrasquad! So good to see some of our most devoted fans in the gym! #lovethisteam"

Volleyball coach Lizzie Stemke (@CoachLStemke): 275 followers/222 tweets

Most recent tweet: "Thanks to a great flight crew! #smoothtravel pic.twitter.com/XN91hZoK"

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Hairy Dawg mascot (@UGAHairyDawg): 8,206 followers/754 tweets

Most recent tweet: "Last time UGA had a freshman run for over 1,000 yards. 1980. Bama finished 2nd in SEC. UGA beat Notre Dame for the National Championship."

Between The Hedges, UGA Athletic Association Blog (@UGAHedgesBlog): 2,626 followers/854 tweets

Most recent tweet: :Monday morning thought: It's Georgia Tech week! #godawgs #CommitToTheG#GATA"

Football equipment staff (@UGAFBEquipment): 1,897 followers/114 tweets

Most recent tweet: "Movin on up! #SEC #closertothetop"

Facilities (@UGAFacilities): 509 followers/303 tweets

Most recent tweet: "I know its cold, I know its early, but I just wanted to make sure you know...pic.twitter.com/wQ1YYIdg"

Compliance (@UGACompliance): 610 followers/65 tweets

Most recent tweet: "With today being the first signing day of the National Letter of Intent (NLI), here's some compliance trivia:... http://fb.me/1YuhH6G5s "

Nutritionists (@DawgSportsNut): 790 followers/349 tweets

Most recent tweet: "High protein, low calories? → 3 oz Baked Skinless Chicken Breast = 26 g protein, 140 calories"

Student Services (@UGASAAC): 309 followers/26 tweets

Most recent tweet: "Saac meeting today!! Also, hunger bowl donations at rankin are looking great! Keep it up! pic.twitter.com/UFC5BsFQ"

Dawgs take over Cincinnati

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Have you ever seen so many Georgia Bulldogs in one NFL city? We haven't! Check out the story below - it's set to run in tomorrow's Georgia Southern football game program, and it features the Bengal Dawgs!

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By Loran Smith

CINCINNATI, Ohio - Paul Brown Stadium, the home of the Cincinnati Bengals, sits stately by the Ohio River, where six former Georgia football players are making a contribution to the central objective of a team that last sniffed a championship in 1988.

         The Bengals are the brainchild of the legendary Paul Brown, whose genius went beyond coaching.  The Bengals were originated by Brown in 1966 but have been a small market club without big-salaried players, which has led them to lowly finishes throughout their recent history.  At Cleveland, Brown and the upstart All-America Football Conference rivaled the National Football League in the forties.  Brown had won four AAFC titles when the Browns merged with the NFL in 1950.  Brown, the classic innovator, proved that he could compete in any league.  The Browns won the NFL title in 1950-54-55 after which their coach was let go by principal owner Art Modell.  Brown went looking for a franchise and settled on Cincinnati as the place he would like to start a team.  The NFL looked with favor on Brown and Cincinnati as a place to locate an NFL franchise.

         In the early seventies, Cincinnati was a perennial playoff team.  Later the Bengals won AFC titles in 1981 and 1988, but lost in the Super Bowl both times to the San Francisco 49ers.

         Brown retired from coaching in 1975 and died in 1991, having turned the team over to his son, Mike, who has had difficulty fielding a contending team.  That began to change when he hired Marvin Lewis to coach the team.   These Bengals have a new mission, which they refer to as "DNO," which means "Destination New Orleans," site of the next Super Bowl. 

"We certainly believe we can get there," Clint Boling, starting offensive guard who was a starter and a letterman for the Bulldogs in 2010.  "We have to believe in ourselves and we do," he said at Paul Brown Stadium following a recent practice.

         In addition to Boling, the Bengal roster includes former Georgia lettermen Dennis Roland (2002-05), Robert Geathers (2001-03), Orson Charles (2009-11), Geno Atkins, (2006-2009) and A.J. Green (2008-10).  Green, the outstanding rookie of a year ago, is one of the most popular athletes in Cincinnati. 

         "We saw what he did at Georgia," Boling said of his former Bulldog teammate, "and we told people when the Bengals signed him that they would be seeing a great NFL receiver.  Some people thought we didn't know what we were talking about, but A.J. showed them what he could do from that first day in training camp.  Everybody is a big fan of his now."

         Roland, who started his NFL career with the Cowboys and then spent two years with the Tampa Bay Bucs, came to Cincinnati in 2008 as a tackle but has often lined up at tight end. 

"If David Pollack hadn't gotten hurt, we might have seven Bulldogs on our roster," Roland laughed.  Roland and Geathers are the old timers of the Bulldog sixsome.  

         Following is a summary of the season for the six players through week 10. With a 4-5 record and having lost four games by 10 points or fewer, the Bengal-Dawgs still believe they have a shot at getting to the playoffs.  They remember what took place last year with the New York Giants.  The Giants were 9-7 in the regular season and won the Super Bowl.

         Geno Atkins, DT:  Started all nine games and leads the league in sacks by an interior defensive lineman with seven and that is tied for third overall among all players; Also tallied 28 tackles.

         Clint Boling, OG: Started all nine games at guard this season.

         Orson Charles, TE:  A backup at tight end, he has seen action in all nine games this season with two starts and has five catches for 70 yards.

         Robert Geathers, DE: Starter at LDE in all nine games with 19 tackles and 3 sacks.

         Dennis Roland, T/G:  Played in all nine games with two starts along the offensive line at tackle, guard and tight end.

         A.J. Green:  Started all nine games and ranks among NFL leaders with 58 receptions for 820 yards and nine touchdowns. Also, Green was named the AFC offensive player of the month for September.

(Photo Credit: Andy Ware, Cincinnati Bengals. L-R: Orson Charles, A.J. Green, Clint Boling, Geno Atkins, Robert Geathers, Dennis Roland).

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