December 27, 2007

Sugar Bowl Notebook: Curfew for Dogs

NEW ORLEANS - Just because the Georgia Bulldogs are practicing in the morning in preparation for Tuesday's Sugar Bowl, don't get the idea that means the players are getting more free time to tool around the French Quarter and Bourbon Street.

Georgia coach Mark Richt has instilled a curfew for every night during the team's stay in New Orleans. The reason, he said, is simple.

"We do want to enjoy the bowl experience, but we are very serious about playing the University of Hawaii," Richt said. "We know this will be a tremendous challenge for us."

Hawaii coach June Jones is taking somewhat of a different approach.

The Warriors did not have a curfew their first night in town Wednesday and didn't have one scheduled for Thursday night, either.

"Pretty much every player has at least one family member in town with them in town that they are spending time with," he said. "I am not concerned. This is a great group of kids and I am not worried we are going to go anything that we would be ashamed of. We have pretty much the whole time here been tied up from meetings morning till night. It's OK with me to let them experience something that they may never get to experience again."

Eason staying put

Wide receivers coach John Eason said he interviewed for the vacant head coaching job at Florida A&M but will remain with the Bulldogs.

Eason, 62, met with FAMU officials in Tallahassee on Friday.

"It just wasn't meant to be," said Eason, a FAMU alum. "I just felt like I should stay here."

Johnson, Wilson late

Flight troubles kept safety Kelin Johnson and wide receiver Tony Wilson from arriving until late Wednesday night.

The two were not disciplined.

Richt said that there were no no-shows or suspensions.

Bulldogs to visit local hospital today

Friday, the Bulldogs will visit a local children's hospital following practice at the Superdome.

Later, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, along with tailback Thomas Brown, tailback Knowshon Moreno, quarterback Matthew Stafford, center Fernando Velasco and wide receiver Sean Bailey will take part in a Sugar Bowl press conference followed on Saturday by a press conference involving defensive coordinator Willie Martinez, Johnson, defensive tackle Jeff Owens, cornerback Asher Allen, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and defensive end Marcus Howard.

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