More than a few Georgia fans were up in arms when ESPN failed to show a highlight of tailback Knowshon Moreno leaping over a defender in the Bulldogs' win over Central Michigan earlier this month, so it's not coincidence that those same fans use the word bias to explain why the network's popular "GameDay" show hasn't been in Athens in more than a decade.
ESPN will broadcast its pregame show from Georgia's campus this week, however, and Richt said he doesn't believe any of the conspiracy theories for the network's long absence.
"As you look, there might have been a game or two I thought we might have them come, but there was always another pretty good game going on, too, and I could see why they went where they wend and never felt slighted," Richt said.
But what about that Moreno snub on "SportsCenter?" That got a little out of hand, too, Richt said, but he stands by his initial reaction that ESPN missed out on showing a great play.
"When I said they missed the boat, I wasn't trying to be real critical," Richt said. "I think they got their feelings hurt. I wasn't trying to hurt anybody's feelings. I was like, to me, that was kind of a no-brainer ESPN highlight, and it wasn't there, so you're wondering why. But they have to go through a lot of games."
JONESING FOR PROTECTION:
Last week, Georgia started five players in new positions on the offensive line. This week, consistency is the name of the game.
Richt said this week's starters would be the same as last week, with Vince Vance getting the nod at left tackle, Chris Davis at left guard, Ben Jones at center, Clint Boling at right guard and Justin Anderson at right tackle.
Jones will face a particularly tough task when he is matched up against Alabama's 370-pound defensive tackle Terrence Cody, but Richt said the coaching staff wouldn't shy away from keeping Jones in the ballgame.
"We played him most of (last week's) game at center, and I think our plan is to play him the majority of the game at center," Richt said.
Wide receiver Tavarres King has a sprained foot and will not play Saturday, Richt said… Fullback Brannan Southerland will get in the game, but only on special teams. Richt said Southerland will serve as the personal protector on punts and will also play on extra-point and field-goal teams… Defensive tackle Corvey Irvin said his roommate, Jarius Wynn, is feeling fine after leaving last week's game. Irvin said Wynn would definitely play against Alabama on Saturday.