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Murphy: Playoff format will satisfy college football's hearty fans

The ballyhooed college football playoff is finally here.

December 26, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks

Murphy: SEC Media Days shine light on more subdued league

The Southeastern Conference might have lost a bit of its edge from last season, but even that doesn't keep it from being the most exciting conference in college football.

July 14, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Sports columnists

Murphy: G-Day football scrimmage gives fans a fun first look at new season

None of the greatest moments in University of Georgia football history ever took place during the G-Day spring football game, but it's still a salve for the thousands and thousands of Bulldog fans who are ready to turn the page to a hopefully more enjoyable 2014 season.

April 11, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs

Murphy: Grantham's departure a blessing for Bulldogs

On Sunday, the bombshell news hit that Georgia's defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was checking out and heading to join the staff of Bobby Petrino at Louisiville.

January 13, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs

Murphy: Gainesville hoists region trophy with pride

Devan Stringer had every reason to smile after Gainesville claimed the Region 8-AAAAA title on its own home field Friday.

November 08, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news

Murphy: Richt knows better than to cause a stir at SEC Media Days

Spoiler alert: Mark Richt isn't going to say anything shocking to grab meaningful headlines Thursday when it's his turn to speak on the stage this morning as part of SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala.

July 17, 2013 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs

Murphy: Spring sports season one of great team achievement

The incredible run to the final round of the baseball postseason by North Hall was a great way to round out an incredible high school sports season in Hall County.

May 28, 2013 | Bill Murphy | High schools

Gainesville’s champion QB: A golden arm with a team-first attitude

There was never any doubt that Deshaun Watson would be ready for the occasion. Playing on the state's biggest stage made him an even better leader as he guided the Red Elephants to the Class AAAAA state championship on Friday in Atlanta.

December 15, 2012 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news

Murphy: High school football a great escape from the real world

I think one thing that makes high school football so appealing to such a broad range of people is that it's such a great diversion from real life. In some cases, thousands of fans pack the stands to see the high school gladiators of fall duke it out on Friday nights.

September 06, 2012 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news

Murphy: New coaches energize Hall football teams

First-year West Hall coach Tony Lotti roams the school's practice field wearing a shirt that speaks volumes to his vision for the program. The shirt itself isn't the eye catcher. It's a standard gray T-shirt with the Spartans logo imprinted near the top. However, it's what is below the Spartan head that everyone will notice. Pressed in black numbers that are big enough to see from a distance, it reads 11-16-12.

August 26, 2012 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news

Murphy: Gainesville's unexpected playoff run special for players

Friday is going to be a special night and festive atmosphere for Gainesville's football team, especially its seniors.

November 27, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Prep football columns

Murphy: Gainesville and Flowery Branch up for the test in state quarterfinals

There's probably going to be very similar feelings flowing through the locker rooms at Gainesville and Flowery Branch this week with state quarterfinal games looming against their respective classifications No. 1-ranked team Friday.

November 21, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Prep football columns

Murphy: High school reclassification likely to affect many local schools

At Friday's high school playoff games, talk about region realignment may be just as regular as a look ahead in the bracket for Flowery Branch, Gainesville and Buford fans, the only three local schools still alive in the playoffs. If projections hold true, all three of these programs will be on the move up and competing against a new group of schools in the coming years.

November 13, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Prep football columns

Murphy: Playoff excitement felt by all involved

Every team fortunate enough to extend its season to the postseason should be extremely proud of its accomplishment.

November 07, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Prep football columns

Murphy: GHSA coming down hard on transfers

The Georgia High School Association has taken a firm stand against any move deemed to be ineligible by a football player, or what we call transfers in everyday language. Twice in the current month, a pair of member schools (Dalton and Athens Christian) had to vacate wins and in both cases seriously hampering their chances of making the state playoffs.

October 30, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Prep football columns

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