Notebook: Dogs get taste of cold weather

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Based on Wednesday's practice attire, Boston College claimed the home-weather advantage over Georgia in Friday's Music City Bowl.

With temperatures near 30 degrees, most Georgia players wore long sweat pants for their early afternoon practice at Goodpasture High School in Nashville.

The two brave exceptions were defensive lineman Josh Mallard and offensive guard Chris Hewitt, the only Georgia players to wear shorts through the practice — the Bulldogs' first outdoor workout of the week. Georgia's first practice in town late Tuesday was held in the indoor practice bubble used by the Tennessee Titans.

Meanwhile, Boston College proved it is more accustomed to the winter weather. Determined to make the most of their bowl trip to the south, about three-fourths of the Eagles wore shorts Wednesday.

"I wasn't one of them,'' said Eagles quarterback Brian St. Pierre, who still proclaimed "This is Boston College weather.''

Not all of the Boston College contingent were taking the macho approach to the cold weather.

Said defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani of his plans for Friday's game at the open-air Adelphia Coliseum: "I'm going to be wearing my skull cap, my insulated lining, boots, and I'm going to have the heat going on the bench.''

Both teams spent the 2000 bowl season in Hawaii — Georgia in the Oahu Bowl and Boston College in the Aloha Bowl — so Wednesday was a reality check.

"I think we'll be fine,'' said Georgia coach Mark Richt. "These guys have to see how they practice today. I don't want them crying for the weather.''

There is a chance for snow flurries today, but the forecast for Friday is slightly better, though projected high temperatures in the low 40s will be falling by the 5 p.m. ET kickoff.

Good news for Stinchcomb: After missing the last two games of the regular season with a sprained knee, offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb expects to start Friday.

Stinchcomb gave the knee good tests in the practices Tuesday and Wednesday and said "It felt stable. It felt like we're on the right track.''

Thumbs up on Gailey: Richt called Chan Gailey, the Miami Dolphins' offensive coordinator who is expected to be named the new Georgia Tech coach Saturday, "a good guy.''

"I know Chan,'' Richt said. "I like him. ... We brought him in (to Florida State) one time as a consultant when he was with the Pittsburgh Steelers. I learned quite a bit from him.''

DB picks Dogs: B. J. Fields (5-11, 180), a cornerback from Camden County High School, said last weekend that he plans to sign with Georgia. Fields is the first defensive back on Georgia's list of 12 verbal commitments.

Fields, who picked Georgia over Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky and Florida State, is ranked as the 21st best cornerback prospect in the country by He was picked to play in Saturday's Georgia-Florida All-Star Football Game in the Georgia Dome.

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