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Murphy: Smart's first season as Georgia coach has gone reasonably well

For all the criticism Kirby Smart's taken as Georgia's first-year coach, he's actually done well.

November 22, 2016 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs

Murphy: Deshaun Watson's rise to greatness no surprise to local fans

Just two years and one day.

December 07, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks

Murphy: Area fans skeptical about Georgia's decision to part ways with Mark Richt

When Kevin Bailey looked down to see why his phone was vibrating in church Sunday morning, it was from someone letting him know the breaking news he didn't want to see transpire: Mark Richt's 2015 season as the coach of the University of Georgia football program would be his last.

November 29, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs

Murphy: Richt has chance to highlight running game at SEC Media Days

Georgia coach Mark Richt has a golden opportunity to bring a little life to the otherwise mundane SEC Media Days when he takes to the podium Thursday in Hoover, Ala. All the Bulldogs coach will have to do is speak the truth to get football pundits and media types, including myself, buzzing with chatter for the six remaining weeks until the season opens in September.

July 14, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs

Murphy: Gainesville baseball team can be proud of achievements, look forward to bright future

Gainesville's baseball program from 2015 will be remembered in school history for all the right reasons. The Red Elephants handled defeat in the Class AAAAA state championship game with class, poise and dignity.

May 27, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools

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

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Kirby Smart knows improvement at Georgia is a must ahead of SEC Media Days

Kirby Smart gets it.

July 10, 2017 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


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