ATLANTA — Mark Richt insists his confidence in his Georgia players and assistants remains firm after a lopsided loss to South Carolina left the Bulldogs in a hole in the SEC East.
Georgia has a bye week before it plays at Kentucky on Oct. 20. The No. 14 Bulldogs (5-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) trail two undefeated teams, No. 3 South Carolina and No. 4 Florida, in the Eastern Division after their 35-7 loss to the Gamecocks on Saturday night.
The loss was complete in all phases. South Carolina took a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, and the rout was on.
Georgia scored more than 40 points in five consecutive wins before being shut down by South Carolina. The defense couldn’t stop Connor Shaw, who passed for two touchdowns, or Marcus Lattimore, who ran for 109 yards and a touchdown.
Richt conceded South Carolina “just physically whipped us.” He said that’s no reason to panic.
“I’m definitely not losing confidence in this team at all or our coaching staff or anything like that,” Richt said. “That’s the worst thing you can do and that’s what teams do when they panic, they tend to fall apart. Georgia is not going to fall apart. We’re going to go ahead and get back to work and just get better at what we do and if we’ve got to make changes, we’ll do that.”
• After a weekend incident that targeted a house shared by some Georgia players, Athens-Clarke police will make frequent checks of the home when the team plays away games.
Someone threw eggs at the house off South Church Street and littered the property with toilet paper after Georgia’s lopsided loss.
The incident came to light when linebacker Christian Robinson mentioned it on his Twitter account.
Another player who lives at the house, senior fullback Dustin Royston, filed a formal report with Athens-Clarke police on Sunday.
As a result, Athens-Clarke police will conduct “house checks” of the residence whenever the Bulldogs are out of town for a game, an officer wrote in a report.
PENN STATE: Jerry Sandusky and at least some of his victims plan to address the judge at his sentencing, a proceeding that might last less than two hours, lawyers said after a closed-door meeting to iron out logistics ahead of today’s hearing.
Sandusky lawyer Joe Amendola said “it’s as certain as certain can be” that the former Penn State assistant football coach will speak to Judge John Cleland and assert his innocence before he is sentenced on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.
Given the number of charges, the serious nature of his crimes and his age, the 68-year-old Sandusky faces the likelihood of a sentence that will send him to state prison for the rest of his life.
Sandusky was convicted in June of abusing 10 boys over 15 years, including some attacks inside Penn State athletic facilities.
OREGON STATE: Quarterback Sean Mannion is out indefinitely after injuring his left knee during the No. 10 Beavers’ victory over Washington State on Saturday.