ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts to a play during the second quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)After Georgia’s 20-17 loss to South Carolina on Saturday, head coach Kirby Smart’s late-game management came into question. Much of the scrutiny revolved around what happened in the final seconds of regulation.With third-and-5 from the South Carolina 38-yard line and eight seconds on the clock, Georgia tried to run a play to set up a shorter field goal attempt. However, an illegal shift penalty pushed the Bulldogs back out of field goal range and sent the game into overtime.Former Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason, who played under Mark Richt, offered some criticism of Smart during an appearance on “The Paul Finebaum Show” on Monday.Mason agreed with Smart’s decision to try and gain more yardage before kicking, but thought his indecisiveness may have led to the penalty. Mason thought Smart was “unprepared for the moment” and “kind of got caught with his pants down.”“I think Kirby’s exactly right, there’s not a coach in America that is not going to try to get a couple extra yards with eight seconds left,” Mason said, via247Sports, “especially when you have the most trustworthy quarterback in Jake Fromm. He’s taught, and he would have, just thrown the ball out of bounds if nothing was there. My core problem with this is that Kirby Smart was unprepared for the moment.“And I mean that by, if you remember the play was called in late from (offensive coordinator) James Coley, there were no timeouts left, Fromm then audibled at the line of scrimmage with under five seconds, illegal shift bumps them out of field goal range. The angle that nobody is talking about is why did the play take so long to get in? And it only points back to Kirby. Because in the situation there, Kirby is trying to decide, ‘Am I going to punt it? Am I going to go for it? Am I going to kick a field goal?’ And the problem is, he should have been a play ahead, two steps ahead thinking about these things.”Georgia still controls its own destiny in the SEC East, with its annual rivalry game against Florida likely deciding the division championship. The Bulldogs can reach the College Football Playoff if they win out and beat Alabama or LSU in the SEC title game.However, they’ve put themselves behind the 8-ball by losing to the Gamecocks. Because of that, don’t expect Smart to be taken out from under the microscope any time soon.
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President Maithripala Sirisena said the Government of good governance has been committed to build a system to boost clean governance free of fraud and corruption. President Maithripala Sirisena feels the death penalty must be imposed on corrupt individuals.He said this at an event in Parliament today. He said that steps should be taken to punish those accused of fraud and corruption swiftly in order to fulfill the aspirations of the people placed on the Government of good governance. The President also stressed on the need to expedite the implementation of the recommendations given by the special presidential commission appointed by him to investigate serious frauds and corruption that took place in the country.
A SERIES OF bombings mainly targeting Shiite areas of Baghdad killed at least 21 people today, officials said, in the latest violence to hit Iraq as it struggles with protests and a political crisis.Three car bombs struck the sprawling Sadr City slum in the north of the city, car bombs exploded in Ameen, Al-Husseiniyah and Kamaliyah in the east, and a roadside bomb blew up in Karrada in central Baghdad, security and medics said.Another roadside device went off in Saidiyah in the capital’s south. At least 21 people were killed and more than 120 were wounded in the attacks, the officials said.EnragedResidents of Sadr City were enraged by the bombings, and hospitals in the area were quickly crowded with people searching for relatives, an AFP journalist reported.The carnage could have been even worse – the AFP journalist saw soldiers apparently working to defuse another car bomb in the area.The Baghdad Operations Command, which is responsible for security in the capital, said in a statement that security forces defused a total of six car bombs, including three in Sadr City.Heavy security measures were put in place after the Sadr City attacks, with some areas closed off. Security forces also searched cars at the main entrance to Sadr City and helicopters overflew the area, another AFP journalist said.Also today, gunmen killed a police captain in front of his home in Mosul in north Iraq, security and medical officials said.The attacks bring the number of people killed in violence this month to at least 157, according to an AFP tally based on reports from security and medical officials nationwide.No group has yet claimed responsibility for the latest wave of attacks. But Sunni militants linked to the Al-Qaeda franchise in Iraq often target the Shiite majority in a bid to erode confidence in the central government and push the country back towards the bloody sectarian conflict of 2006-2007.The latest violence comes as after nearly two months of anti-government protests centred on Sunni-majority areas in north and west Iraq, calling for the ouster of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, a Shiite, and amid a festering political crisis.- © AFP, 2013Read: Attack on north Iraq police HQ kills 30>