Protesting the NCAA, and welcoming 'GameDay'

semerson@macon.comSeptember 22, 2013 

ATHENS - They did it quietly and without much fanfare, and apparently without their coaches' knowledge.

Kolton Houston and four fellow Georgia offensive lineman participated in an anti-NCAA protest on Saturday, wearing wristbands that said "APU." That stands for "All Players United," a nascent movement that hopes to organize college athletes.

ESPN reported on Saturday that players at Georgia, Georgia Tech and Northwestern participated in the protest. Houston, who had a three-year battle with the NCAA over his eligibility, was joined by fellow linemen Chris Burnette, Kenarious Gates, John Theus and David Andrews, according to ESPN.

The Georgia players were otherwise low-key about it, not even tweeting about it. The offensive linemen were not available to the media this past week, and were not in the locker room for postgame interviews.

Georgia head coach Mark Richt indicated after the game that he was unaware of the protest, and said he would look into it.

But at some point, Richt added, "it's a free country."

GameDay to Athens

The nation's eyes, at least those devoted to college football, will officially be trained on Athens this Saturday.

ESPN announced late Saturday night that "College GameDay," its popular morning preview show, will originate from Athens on Saturday for the Georgia-LSU showdown.

It will be the show's first visit to Athens since 2008, when Georgia was routed by Alabama. But the Bulldogs have been a frequent focus of other GameDays, which originated from Clemson for this year's season opener, and from Columbia, S.C., for last season's Georgia-South Carolina game.

The Bulldogs lost those three games, obviously, and will be hoping the show is not a jinx.

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