Last week, the Opelika-Auburn News published comments from 2-year-old interview with former Auburn coach Terry Bowden in which Bowden said players were being paid by Auburn boosters when he took over as coach there in 1993.
Rodney Garner, who is Georgia's defensive line coach and
recruiting coordinator, played at Auburn and was an assistant there
under Bowden from 1993-95. Bowden has declined to clarify his comments,
citing an agreement he reached with the school in 2002.
"I really don't think there's anything to it," Garner said.
don't. I would think (officials at Auburn) would think there's much to
Garner and Bowden have had a testy public relationship recently.
Within the last two years, they have traded unkind words in a newspaper
Asked if he was worried that Bowden might try to expose information
harmful to him, Garner said, "Bring it on."
Georgia coach Mark Richt said he hasn't given any thought to the fact
that someone link Garner to the alleged incident.
"The only thing I can do is judge Rodney on is what I've seen
personally, and the only thing I've seen is excellence and exemplary
(behavior). He knows the rules front and back and he abides by them.
I've been nothing but extremely impressed by Rodney Garner as a coach,
a recruiter and a man of integrity."
Also on Tuesday, Georgia announced that Garner is one of 20 minority
football coaches to have been chosen to participate in the first NCAA
Advanced Coaching Program, which is part of the new NCAA Coaches
Academy. The NCAA Coaches Academy is an NCAA initiative intended to get
more minority coaches on track toward being head college coaches. There
are only four black head coaches at the 117 NCAA Division I-A colleges.
GREENE SITTING: Starting quarterback David Greene participated in some
individual drills but no team work on Tuesday. Greene, who hyperextended
his right knee against LSU, won't practice full speed any this week,
Greene said his knee is still slightly sore but is structurally sound.
He expects to wear a brace for at least the Bulldogs next two games,
Oct. 4 against Alabama and Oct. 11 against Tennessee. He will return to
full practice Monday, he said.
"I'm glad we have a whole extra week to prepare so I can get that
rhythm back if I do lose it," he said.
INJURY UPDATE: Several other players joined Greene on the sidelines
during live action Tuesday, including running back Tony Milton (leg),
offensive linemen Bartley Miller (shoulder) and Josh Brock (ankle),
tight end Ben Watson (ankle), wide receiver Fred Gibson (hamstring) and
linebacker Tony Taylor (ankle). Milton is listed as questionable for the
Alabama game but the rest are expected to return in time. Watson and
Gibson said they, like Greene, will sit out all this week and return to
practice Monday. Brock sprained his ankle in the LSU game and could be
back this week. David Pollack (bruised knee) was limited slightly but
said he feels fine.
IN THE DOGHOUSE: Defensive tackle Darrius Swain, who Garner didn't
take to the LSU game due to poor performance, reacted well to the
discipline, Garner said. At least for a while.
"He started out good, didn't finish good," Garner said.
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