Thursday morning has brought us quite a bit of football news, especially in the state of Georgia.
Georgia Tech has suspended Co-Offensive Line Coach Todd Spencer for the opener against Western Carolina. Spencer is found to have made 14 of the 22 impermissible phone calls that were made by members of the Georgia Tech coaching staff. The Yellow Jackets are in “crack down mode,” since the school is now in the midst of a four-year probationary period. Read more about it here.
Over in Athens, Seth Emerson is reporting that the Bulldogs have learned linebacker Brandon Burrows will miss the entire 2011 season. Burrows will undergo surgery on his shoulder for “chronic shoulder instability.” Georgia is also waiting for Kent Turene to pass the NCAA Clearinghouse. Turene is a 6’3″, 230 lbs. inside linebacker from Lauderdale Lakes, Florida. Read more about it here.
North Carolina fired Head Coach Butch Davis yesterday. Today Davis released the following statement:
“My family and I were surprised and saddened to learn that I have been relieved of my duties as head football coach at Carolina. I am not naïve enough to have ever considered this situation anything less than a serious matter and a significant priority. I have worked as hard as possible to address all aspects of the program that have been questioned. I fully believe we were on our way to getting past these issues and moving ahead in a positive direction.
“My family and I have been able to endure this difficult period in our lives for several reasons: First and foremost, as a family we have known all along that I personally did nothing wrong. That is the truth. Second, we have also had remarkable support from friends, family, the players, our coaching staff and so many others within the Tar Heel community. That these players and coaches were able to achieve the success they did last season, under such circumstances, makes me enormously proud.
“Moving forward, I wish only the best for the current team and coaches. For the players in particular, I wish them nothing but success on the field and in the classroom. The coaches already know how I feel about them. I couldn’t be more proud of their hard work and dedication. In fact, during the past year or so, my respect and love for our players, the coaching staff and the football administrative staff has grown enormously. It’s a wonderful group of people and I will miss them all.”
In the NFL, the Atlanta Falcons have released their list of 22 undrafted free agents who have signed, and will join the team for training camp, which opens today. Falcons players will take their physicals Thursday, before getting on the field Friday. See D. Orlando Ledbetter’s complete list of undrafted free agents here.
The Falcons have also cut ties with running back Jerious Norwood. This should not surprise anybody, but is disappointing because when healthy, he is a dynamic playmaker. But you cannot make plays standing on the sideline in street clothes. More about Norwood’s dismissal here.
Falcons linebacker Mike Peterson announced on his twitter that he has agreed to terms to remain with Atlanta.
And finally this morning, the Washington Redskins have traded problematic defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth to the New England Patriots. In return the Redskins receive a 2012, fifth-round draft pick.