Farewell to UGA Energy Vampires 

August, 13, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. -- Nobody at Georgia receives the “Energy Vampire” label anymore, but the Bulldogs still seem to operate under last season’s no-complaining rules.

Last season, Bulldogs coach Mark Richt borrowed a concept from Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith -- adapted from the motivational book ‘The Energy Bus’ by Jon Gordon -- that emphasized positivity in all things. If players whined or participated in other forms of negativity, they were anointed “Energy Vampires” for sucking the positivity from the team.

That form of internal ridicule was effective, Richt said, but the Bulldogs’ coaches are moving on with different motivational techniques.

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