It’ll be a fun story to share for years to come, and thank God for that. Because at the time it looked so much worse.
Late in the first half of No. 4 Georgia’s 21-14 win over No. 12 Auburn, Georgia running back Brian Herrien ran into a photographer on the sideline. The photographer’s identity was not immediately known, but the game stopped for several minutes as she laid motionless on the Jordan-Hare Stadium sideline before she was eventually carted out of the stadium.
She was later identified as Chamberlain Smith, an intern in the UGA sports information department. Smith was taken to the East Alabama Medical Center in nearby Opelika, where she was diagnosed with a concussion, an eye bruise and a cut above her right eye, presumably from when her camera forcefully collided wither her head.
“I haven’t had a chance to respond to everyone, but I just wanted to say thank you all so much for the overwhelming outpouring of support in the form of kind comments, messages & prayers!! .. last night was very scary, but I’m so glad to be walking away with nothing more than a concussion & some bruises,” Smith tweeted Sunday. “I will be home resting & recovering for the next several days, but I’m looking forward to being back on the sidelines soon!”
Smith is recovering in her Ringgold, Ga., home recovering, and on Tuesday she tweeted the photo she paid such a price for.
Herrien retweeted the image with a message of support.
Smith, thankfully, will make a full recovery, and now she’ll have a photo to hang on her wall and a heckuva thousand words to go with it.
A rough weekend for Georgia was underscored on Sunday as reports surfaced saying one of their key young players is done for the rest of this year and likely part of the next one.
As per Rivals’ Radi Nabulsi and a host of other beat writers in Athens, Bulldogs receiver Dominick Blaylock suffered a torn ACL in the loss against LSU in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday.
The freshman from Marietta, Ga. had to be carted off the field in the first quarter after making a short catch and planting his knee awkwardly. The team’s top receiver, Lawrence Cager, was already out after undergoing knee surgery on Nov. 29.
Blaylock had made 18 catches for 310 yards and five touchdowns at UGA this season.
It appears we’re only steps away from the Hogs getting called.
According to a number of reports surfacing on Sunday, Arkansas has pivoted from hiring now-Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin to bringing in Georgia offensive line coach Sam Pittman as the team’s next head coach.
Pittman is widely regarded as one of the best assistant coaches in the SEC and developed a quality reputation for both recruiting and teaching along the offensive line. He was in Fayetteville from 2013-2015 under Bret Bielema and spent time at Tennessee, North Carolina, Missouri, Kansas and Northern Illinois and others over the years.
The Oklahoma native was recently elevated to associate head coach in Athens and was one of the few position coaches to come close making $1 million a year without a coordinator title.
Pittman will replace Chad Morris, who was fired in early November after going winless in conference play and posting a 4-18 overall record with the Hogs in less than two seasons.
The games have been played. The wins have been tallied. The touchdowns have been counted. The championship trophies have been hoisted.
Now it’s time for the college football postseason to commence.
So where is everybody going bowling? Here’s a look at the full lineup of games and who’s in them. All times ET, games on ESPN unless otherwise indicated.
College Football Playoff Semifinals
|Peach Bowl – Dec. 28, 4pm
||No. 1 LSU
||No. 4 Oklahoma
|Fiesta Bowl – Dec. 28, 8pm
||No. 2 Ohio State
||No. 3 Clemson
New Year’s Six
|Cotton Bowl – Dec. 28, Noon
|Orange Bowl – Dec. 30, 8pm
|Rose Bowl – Jan. 1, 5pm
|Sugar Bowl – Jan. 1, 8:45pm
2019 FBS Bowl Games
|Bahamas Bowl – Dec. 20, 2 pm
|Frisco Bowl – Dec. 20, 7:30pm**
|New Mexico Bowl – Dec. 21, 2pm
||San Diego State
|Cure Bowl – Dec. 21, 2:30pm^^
|Boca Raton Bowl – Dec. 21, 3:30pm*
|Camellia Bowl – Dec. 21, 5:30pm
|Vegas Bowl – Dec. 21, 7:30pm*
|New Orleans Bowl – Dec. 21, 9pm
|Gasparilla Bowl – Dec. 23, 2:30pm
|Hawaii Bowl – Dec. 24, 8pm
|Independence Bowl – Dec. 26, 4pm
|Quick Lane Bowl – Dec. 26, 8pm
|Military Bowl – Dec. 27, Noon
|Pinstripe Bowl – Dec. 27, 3:30pm
|Texas Bowl – Dec. 27, 6:45pm
|Holiday Bowl – Dec. 27, 8pm++
|Cheez-It Bowl – Dec. 27, 10:15pm
|Camping World Bowl – Dec. 28, Noon*
|First Responder Bowl – Dec. 30, 12:30pm
|Music City Bowl – Dec. 30, 4pm
|RedBox Bowl – Dec. 30, 4pm+
|Belk Bowl – Dec. 31, Noon
|Sun Bowl – Dec. 31, 2pm^
|Liberty Bowl – Dec. 31, 3:45pm
|Arizona Bowl – Dec. 31, 4:30pm^^
|Alamo Bowl – Dec. 31, 7:30pm
|Citrus Bowl – Jan. 1, 1pm*
|Outback Bowl – Jan. 1, 1pm
|Birmingham Bowl – Jan. 2, 3pm
|Gator Bowl – Jan. 2, 7pm
|Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – Jan. 3, 3:30pm
|Armed Forces Bowl – Jan. 4, 11:30am
|LendingTree Bowl – Jan. 6, 7:30pm
^^ CBS Sports Network
While most of the focus on the Sunday after the regular season is reserved to teams finding out their postseason destination, Virginia Tech took the time to focus on the future beyond the next month.
Hokies head coach Justin Fuente confirmed that the was staying in-house to find Bud Foster’s replacement as the program’s defensive coordinator, tapping safeties coach and former player Justin Hamilton for the role.
“Justin has earned this opportunity to lead our defense and our football team,” Fuente said in a statement. “Everyone in our program has a great deal of respect for him and his abilities. Coach Foster has reiterated to me on several occasions that Justin is ready for this next step in his coaching career. I feel the same way and am convinced he’s exactly the right fit for this role at Virginia Tech. Coach Hamilton is a talented coach and recruiter with a deep passion for both the game and Virginia Tech. He possesses a great knack for connecting with our players. His voice carries tremendous weight on the field and in the locker room because he’s worn that helmet and experienced many of the same things the young men in our program are going through.”
Hamilton returned to Blacksburg last year in an off the field role before joining the coaching staff. He was a player at a number of spots under Frank Beamer and Foster from 2002-05 before spending some time in the NFL. Hamilton’s coaching career began at Virginia Military Institute and Virginia-Wise from 2011-2017.
There had been plenty of speculation that Fuente would tap ex-Missouri head coach Barry Odom as DC after the two had the same arrangement together at Memphis but it appears those rumors did not bear fruit.
Fuente also confirmed that running backs coach Zohn Burden and cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell will not return to the Virginia Tech coaching staff.