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Thursday Morning ‘Dawg Bites: Palace Intrigue, Bowl Attrition, and Chinese Communist Party Stooge Nick Saban

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Happy Christmas Eve, Dawg Sports reader! Sure you’ve got presents to wrap (or heck, buy), dinner to fix, and you’re still waiting for the boss to messenger over that subscription to the jelly of the month club. But before you jump on that list you’ve already checked twice, here’s the news that’s making news today in Bulldog Nation.

We’re still waiting to find out exactly which UGA upperclassmen will be returning in 2021. But it’s looking like the ‘Dawgs might be getting some important pieces back on the defensive front.

The Red and Black are likely to lose some significant pieces in the defensive secondary, including Richard LeCounte, DJ Daniel, Eric Stokes, and Tyson Campbell. So having a strong, deep group of veterans up front could be a Godsend.

For now, five Bulldogs made the media’s All-SEC First Team, including Ben Cleveland as the lone offensive representative and Jake Camarda, who looks set to return next year as the most dominant punter in the league. Having an absolute weapon of a punter is never, ever bad.

Outside Athens, John Talty at Al.com has a fascinating look behind the scenes of Auburn’s recently completed coaching search. It’s compelling theater, in true Barner fashion. But the bottom line is this: Auburn still has a group of boosters who think they run the program, and their Athletic Director just boxed them on the ears. I suspect this tug-of-war isn’t over, and it means that Harsin is going to have powerful enemies built in as soon as he lands on the Plains. I like that.

Meanwhile, Nick Saban is apparently a tool of the Chinese Communist Party. I knew it. You did, too.

Everybody have a great day, and...

Go ‘Dawgs!!!