November 14, 2010

News good on Murray

Two subjects remained front and center during Sunday's weekly teleconference with head coach Mark Richt - the health of quarterback Aaron Murray and the extra-curricular activities that took place toward the end of Saturday's 49-21 loss to the Tigers.

Richt had little to say on either.

"I'm not going to talk about injuries in this press conference, so we'll just hold off on that," Richt said. "I need to get a clear picture from Ron (head trainer Ron Courson), anyway. Today is the day we took off. It's our open date, I'm actually at my house right now, but we will get back to work tomorrow (Monday)."

After the game, Richt said he thought the shot Murray took on his knee courtesy did not appear serious. When asked if that was still the case, Richt refused to answer a second time.

"I'm not making any comment on it," he said. "Once we get with Ron, I'm sure we will have a better idea of what is going on."

Murray's mother Lauren was apparently more willing to share.

On Sunday, Lauren Murray posted on Facebook that the X-rays on her son came back negative but were awaiting results from a Cat-scan. She said those results are expected Monday.

Sunday's other subject surrounded the flurry of late personal foul calls on Auburn, penalties that resulted in the ejection of two Tiger players and nearly caused a bench-clearing brawl.

"I'm just really disappointed in that," Auburn coach Gene Chizik said. "That's a lot of reflection on us as coaches, and I'm embarrassed by it. That's not who we are. That's not the way we carry ourselves. We will address that (Sunday)."

Sunday, Richt was asked if he had heard from Chizik or expected to at any point this week.

"No, but I don't really expect him to. I know our guys were highly emotionally charged also. I'm not going to sit here and try to say their guys were doing this," Richt said. "One thing I do want to say is I had enough concern with what was going on to take a knee on that last play because of what was happening out there. But I don't expect Coach (Chizik) to do that. He's a good man; he's a man of integrity."

Richt declined any comment on the play of Tiger defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who replays showed was responsible for several questionable hits on Murray throughout the game.

"That's another subject I'm not going to make a comment on right now," Richt said.

Auburn AD Jay Jacobs greeted Richt in the locker room after the game, but the Bulldog coach said it was "just to say hello."

After taking Sunday off, Georgia returns to practice Monday afternoon.

The Bulldogs will work out again Tuesday, use Wednesday as a day for lifting and a walk-through before wrapping up the week with another practice on Thursday.

Coaches will spend much of the latter part of the week recruiting before resuming practice for the regular-season finale against Georgia Tech.

The Bulldogs (5-6) need one more victory to qualify for a bowl, but right now Richt said that's not the most important thing on his mind.

"It is very important for us to play in a bowl game. I don't want to minimize the importance of that but the most important thing to us is to beat our in-state rival, Georgia Tech," Richt said. "That's more important I think to me and everyone else. That's the main focus for us."

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