Smith replaced as Georgia sideline reporter

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The University of Georgia is replacing Loran Smith as sideline reporter on its radio broadcasts for football games with Chuck Dowdle, the former WSB-TV sports anchor who already does interviews in the postgame locker room.

Smith will continue in his role as co-host of Georgia's pregame radio show.

"I'm happy to still be involved with the pregame show and I'm happy that I've had 36 years," Smith said tonight. "I've had great fun. I have a lot of great memories in the past and look for more in the future. I think Mark Richt is going to provide that."

Dowdle also hosts the TV coaches' shows of both Mark Richt and basketball coach Mark Fox along with his locker room duties.

"Certainly Loran is a big part of the Georgia broadcast," said Georgia associate athletic director Alan Thomas. "The broadcast has evolved and changed a little bit certainly with (Larry Munson's) retirement. ...It's become a little bit of a different dynamic in the broadcast and having Chuck in the locker room this was a natural progression that extended with that."

The catchphrase "Whaddayagot" - uttered when Munson threw it down to the field to Smith during radio broadcasts - is part of the Georgia lore. The English Bulldog mascot Uga VI even was named was "Whatchagot Loran."

"I don't really have any plans to retire," said Smith, 72. "I'm really looking forward to Greg (McGarity, Georgia's new athletic director). He's a breath of fresh air."

In another change, former South Carolina play-by-play voice Charlie McAlexander will join Jeff Dantzler in the first hour of the four-hour pregame radio show.

Former Georgia kicker Kevin Butler and former Georgia quarterback David Greene will join Dantzler in a postgame "Dawg Talk" show.

Butler, Eric Zeier and Daryll Jones, who played defense for the Bulldogs in the 1980s, will contribute to the pregame show, which will continue to be hosted by Neil Willamson and Smith.

Scott Howard and Zeier, a former Georgia quarterback, will continue calling games.


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