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Former GaSouthern Coach Erk Russell dead

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by expendable, Sep 8, 2006.

  1. prhack

    prhack Member

    RIP Erk. The Dawg Nation is forever in your debt.
  2. joe king

    joe king Active Member

    Erk was a motivational genius. When he started the GSC program there was a drainage ditch the players had to cross to get to the field. He named it Beautiful Eagle Creek and told the players its waters had mystical powers. They would take a jug of the water with them on road trips and sprinkle it on the field before games to make it just like home.

    And here's a link to a Hummer column. I'm assuming this is the one you meant:

  3. Bill Horton

    Bill Horton Active Member

    Joe - thanks for sharing that column. I'm thankful Erk was able to make his peace with the program the past two years. I'd hate to think that rift still existed when he passed on.
  4. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    I always thought he looked like Don Rickles.
  5. HoopsMcCann

    HoopsMcCann Active Member

    thanks for the link, joe. hummer's so damn good
  6. Ledbetter

    Ledbetter Active Member


    My parents knew Erk pretty well from his UGA days and my mom teared up a little when we were talking on the phone today.

    Her words: "He was such a sweet man."

    Not exactly the image most of us have of Erk.
  7. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

    You won't hear one bad word about Erk anywhere, from anyone. That's trotted out every time anyone dies, but this time it's the Lord's truth. RIP.
  8. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Ms. Slappy's dad played football with Erk at Ensley in Birmingham... he's pretty shaken by this...
  9. boots

    boots New Member

    Erk was the man, the kind of coach who should have been a Division I school. Unfortunately, he loved Georgia and let's face it, there are only two D-I programs in the state which made his options limited. He was a good man. RIP
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