Georgia Notebook: Gibson day to day

The good news is that Georgia wide receiver Fred Gibson may not have pulled a hamstring after all.

The good news is that Georgia wide receiver Fred Gibson may not have pulled a hamstring after all.

The bad news is that his status is still undetermined.

Gibson came up limping while returning a kickoff with a little more than two minutes left in Saturday's 29-10 win over Middle Tennessee State. Initially, it appeared he'd pulled a hamstring.

But coach Mark Richt said Sunday that director of sports medicine Ron Courson wasn't totally sure that was the problem. Courson said Monday that it was a "mild to moderate" strain, and that Gibson was day-to-day.

The junior wideout from Waycross - who underwent two hours of treatment Sunday and 90 minutes Monday offered no evidence to the contrary regarding his availability against No. 25 South Carolina at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

"I might play this weekend. I might not play this weekend," Gibson said Monday. "I don't know, man. Ask me the same question (today). I can probably tell you."

The Bulldogs get two receivers back from a two-game suspension - Mario Raley and Brian McClendon - to go with regulars Damien Gary, Michael Johnson, and Reggie Brown, plus freshman Sean Bailey.

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South Carolina coach Lou Holtz said the chances of the Gamecocks knocking off Virginia last week were slim.

"Comparable to the stripper that's running for governor of California."

And the Gamecocks won 31-7.

As for this week's game?

"Our chances of winning Saturday? I think there's a better chance of us rescheduling it than there is us winning it."

A BIGGER GAME: Now Saturday's 3:30 p.m. game pits ranked teams against each other.

With its rousing thumping of then-No. 15 Virginia, South Carolina is in the AP writers poll at No. 25. The Gamecocks got 127 points, easing them past Alabama (81).

Georgia remained at No. 8 with 1,085 points, just ahead of Virginia Tech (1,075) and behind Kansas State (1,198). The Gamecocks are No. 28 in the coach's poll.

The teams were ranked the last time they played in Athens. No. 21 USC won 14-9 on Sept. 8, 2001 when quarterback Phil Petty threw a 16-yard scoring pass to Brian Scott with 1:22 left in the game.

That was also the last time South Carolina opened up with three straight wins.

The SEC has five teams in the top 25: No. 8 UGA, No. 12 LSU, No. 13 Tennessee, No. 19 Florida, and No. 25 USC.

So Georgia's next three games will be against ranked teams, with the fourth coming against who's currently No. 26.

A BIGGER STADIUM: It now appears that Georgia officials have settled on a capacity for Sanford Stadium, now that the seating of the new north side upper deck has been established. The school has listed the anticipated figure for months of 92,020. Charles Whittemore, UGA's assistant athletic director for facilities, figured last week that the game-time total would be 92,032, but he said even that was tentative.

The reason for the additional capacity? Georgia put in more seats than anticipated, and it didn't need to add handicapped seating for the addition since no such tickets were ordered. That allowed for even more seating.

NEWS 'N NOTES: Georgia's David Pollack is 10th among active SEC defenders in tackles with 149, 12 behind South Carolina's Jeremiah Garrison. ...

Georgia's offensive line will have to contend with the latest SEC defensive player of the week.

South Carolina's Moe Thompson earned the honor for his efforts in the upset of Virginia. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound sophomore defensive end racked up six tackles, three for losses, and two sacks.

He also caused two fumbles and recovered another one.

Three Bulldogs - tailback Michael Cooper, linebacker Tony Taylor, and kicker Billy Bennett - were listed among the other top performances. Film review showed Taylor had 16 tackles, five more than originally listed. ...

South Carolina is four games under .500 all-time. The Gamecocks are 491-495-44. Holtz is one game under .500 for his Carolina career, sitting at 24-25.

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