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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Georgia-South Carolina game time, TV schedule set; UF coach Muschamp takes shot at former coach Meyer

Photo by Michael Buckelew

Photo by Michael Buckelew

ATLANTA — The Georgia-South Carolina football game Sept. 7 in Athens has been set for a 4:30 p.m. kickoff and will be nationally televised on ESPN, the SEC announced Tuesday.

Georgia has lost to South Carolina the past three seasons, the Bulldogs' longest losing streak to the Gamecocks in series history.

As previously announced, Georgia's season opener at Clemson on Aug. 31 will have an 8 p.m. kickoff on ABC.

The only other Georgia game on which the starting time and TV network has been announced is Nov. 2 game against Florida in Jacksonville, which as usual will start at 3:30 p.m. and be televised by CBS.

Here is the complete list of games involving SEC teams for which TV plans and starting times have been announced so far:

Thursday, August 29

North Carolina at South Carolina (ESPN -- 6 p.m.)

Ole Miss at Vanderbilt (ESPN -- 9:15 p.m.)

Saturday, August 31

Toledo at Florida (SEC Nwork -- 12:21 p.m.)

Rice at Texas A&M (ESPN -- 1 p.m.)

Miss. State vs. Oklahoma State (Houston) (ABC and ESPN2 -- 3:30 p.m.)

La. Lafayte at Arkansas (FSN -- 4 p.m.)

Virginia Tech vs. Alabama (Atlanta) (ESPN -- 5:30 p.m.)

Austin Peay at Tennessee (PPV -- 6 p.m.

Washington State at Auburn (ESPNU -- 7 p.m.

Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky (Nashville) (ESPNews -- 7 p.m.)

Georgia at Clemson (ABC -- 8 p.m.)

TCU vs. LSU )Arlington) (ESPN -- 9 p.m.)

Murray State at Missouri (PPV -- TBA)

Saturday, September 7

Florida at Miami (ESPN -- 12 p.m. )

Miami (Ohio) at Kentucky (FSN -- 12 p.m )

Western Kentucky at Tennessee (SEC Nwork -- 12:21 p.m.)

Toledo at Missouri (ESPNU -- 3:30 p.m.)

Alcorn State at Miss. State (CSS -- 3:30 p.m.)

South Carolina at Georgia (ESPN -- 4:30 p.m.)

Samford at Arkansas (Little Rock) (PPV -- 7 p.m.)

UAB at LSU (ESPNU -- 7 p.m.

SE Missouri at Ole Miss (PPV -- 7 p.m.)

Sam Houston State at Texas A&M (PPV -- 7 p.m.)

Arkansas State at Auburn (FSN -- 7:30 p.m.)

Austin Peay at Vanderbilt (CSS -- 7:30 p.m.)

Saturday, September 14

Louisville at Kentucky (ESPN -- 12 p.m.)

Southern Miss at Arkansas (SEC Nwork -- 12:21 p.m.

Alabama at Texas A&M (CBS -- 3:30 p.m.)

Tennessee at Oregon (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 -- 3:30 p.m.)

Miss. State at Auburn (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU -- 7 p.m.)

Vanderbilt at South Carolina (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU -- 7 p.m.)

Kent State at LSU (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU -- 7 p.m.)

Ole Miss at Texas (Longhorn Nwork -- 8 p.m.

Other announced games

Oct. 24 -- Kentucky at Miss. State (ESPN -- 7:30 p.m.)

Nov. 2 -- Georgia vs. Florida (Jacksonville) (CBS -- 3:30 p.m. )

Nov. 28 -- Ole Miss at Miss. State (ESPN -- 7:30 p.m.)

Nov. 29 -- Arkansas at LSU (CBS -- 2:30 p.m.)

Dec. 7 -- SEC Championship Game (Atlanta)(CBS -- 4 p.m.)


UF coach Muschamp takes shot at former coach Meyer

The current Florida coach took at verbal jab at a former Gators coach Tuesday.

Speaking at the opening og Southeastern Conference Media Days in Hoover, Ala., Florida coach Will Muschamp offered his take on Ohio State and coach Urban Meyer apparently turning in Florida for a secondary recruiting violation last month.

“That’s really a dead issue with me,” said Muschamp, who replaced Meyer as Florida’s coach after the 2010 season. “In both situations, we were turned in by Ohio. We didn’t do anything wrong. The University of Florida didn’t do anything wrong. And so we appreciated our friends from Ohio making sure we’re compliant with NCAA rules. They certainly know a little bit about that subject.”

Muschamp was referring to the 2011 scandal at Ohio State that cost Jim Tressel his job as Buckeyes coach and eventually led to the hiring of Meyer later that year.

Pressed further on the subject of why Meyer allegedly would turn in his former team, Muschamp responded, “Big Ten Media Days are next week. Ask him.”

According to reports, Meyer has turned in Florida, which he led to the national championship in 2006 and 2008 before resigning after the 2010 season, for two secondary recruiting violations. The latest involved what is called a bump, when a coach makes illegal contact with a recruit.

The “bump” was reported to be between Florida running backs coach Brian White and recruited running back Curtis Samuel of Erasmus High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. Meyer denied reporting it to the NCAA.

“It is absolutely not true that I turned in the University of Florida,” Meyer told the Gainesville Sun in early July. “Weeks after, I learned our compliance guy (without any coach involvement) forwarded an article to the conference office. This is standard procedure. Once again, zero coach involvement.”

ESPN reported that the SEC and the NCAA found no violation occurred.

Meyer led the Buckeyes to a 12-0 record last year in his first season as coach, but Ohio State was barred from playing in the Big Ten championship game and a bowl as a result of the NCAA sanctions.


Bulldog pair on Biletnikoff Award Watch List

ATHENS --- Georgia juniors Michael Bennett and Malcolm Mitchell have been named to the 2013 Biletnikoff Award Watch List, according to an announcement from the Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TQC) on Tuesday.

The Biletnikoff Award recognizes the most outstanding receiver in college football. Receivers may be added to the watch list as their season performances dictate.

The 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented live on December 12 during The Home Depot College Football Awards Show to be broadcast on ESPN. The winner will receive his trophy at the Biletnikoff Award Banquet at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee on February 8, 2014.

The TQC will announce the 10 award semifinalists on November 18, following the vote by the Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee. Likewise, the three finalists will be declared following another vote on November 25.

Bennett, a split end from Alpharetta, has 56 career receptions for 665 yards and nine touchdowns. In 2012, he had 24 catches for 345 yards (14.4 per/reception) and four touchdowns before being sidelined with an injury. Bennett went down with an ACL injury during practice after the fifth game last year and is now fully recovered.

Mitchell, a flanker from Valdosta, finished his sophomore season second on the team with 40 catches for 572 yards and four touchdowns despite playing offense regularly in only the last 10 games. After sitting out the 2012 opener with an ankle injury, Mitchell started games two through four at cornerback and registered 12 tackles.

On special teams, Mitchell led the Bulldogs in kickoff returns (16 returns, 360 yards, 22.5 average) and punt returns (11, 57, 5.2).

The Bulldogs start the season with a non-conference matchup at Clemson on Aug. 31 at 8 p.m. ABC will televise the game from Memorial Stadium.