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If you are accused of a crime, the only thing standing between your freedom and a verdict of “guilty” is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Montgomery, GA.

Those who have been arrested before know that life in the legal system is no laughing matter. Aside from the imminent ramifications of fines and jail time, any goals you have of bettering yourself and advancing your life could be compromised. Without a trusted attorney by your side, you could face a lifetime of embarrassment and poor employment prospects due to a tarnished criminal record.

The good news? Dennis O’Brien and his team of experienced lawyers in Montgomery are ready to clear your name. By retaining the help of a criminal defense attorney early in the legal process, you have a much better chance of securing your freedom and living a life as a productive member of society.

At O’Brien Law Firm PC, our practice was founded to fight for the rights of individuals accused of or charged with a crime. Our team of legal experts is well-equipped to take even the most difficult, contentious cases. From violent felonies to DUI, there is nothing we haven’t seen and handled. As a former law enforcement officer, founding attorney Dennis O’Brien knows exactly how much a person can lose if convicted. That’s why we work tirelessly to secure a verdict that is favorable for our clients.

Regardless of how serious or minor your case may be, know that we will fight fearlessly on your behalf. You deserve zealous representation – when you hire O’Brien Law Firm PC, you will receive nothing less.

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The O’Brien Law Firm PC Difference

Many of our clients are surprised to discover that founding lawyer Dennis O’Brien was a police officer prior to his criminal defense career. As a former Field Training Officer for the Memphis Police Department, he has over two decades of knowledge and experience in the criminal justice system. Dennis truly understands the nuance and complexities involved in a criminal defense case. This rare experience gives Dennis a clear edge in any criminal defense case and gives clients priceless peace of mind when they need it the most. Unlike some criminal defense attorneys in Montgomery, Dennis O’Brien and his team believe that every client deserves effective, empathetic legal assistance. While some Montgomery criminal defense firms will take weekends off or pass along cases to paralegals, Dennis personally reviews each of his cases. There is no case too small or big for O’Brien Law Firm PC. When you hire our firm, you can rest easy knowing that we will be by your side when the going gets tough.

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Here are just a few reasons why O’Brien Law Firm PC is Montgomery’s top choice in criminal defense:
  • Vigorous Representation
  • Fierce Dedication to Clients
  • Unmatched Experience
  • Face-to-Face Counsel
  • Prompt Response to Inquiries and Questions
  • Commitment to Defending Your Rights
  • Thorough, Effective Research and Investigation
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Our firm has represented hundreds of criminal defense clients
Our firm has represented hundreds of criminal defense clients in Montgomery and is highly qualified to take your case. Some of our specialties include:

Drug Cases in Montgomery, GA

When you are charged with a drug crime in Montgomery, it can change your life forever. Georgia imposes very strict punishments for drug offenses. The truth is, it’s hard to get your life back on track with a drug charge on your record. Your freedom and way of life could be in the hands of your criminal defense attorney. As such, you need a competent lawyer with years of experience handling drug cases. Leaving your fate in the hands of an incompetent attorney could have long-lasting effects on your family and may result in a conviction.

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Consequences for drug crimes in Montgomery often include:

  • Jail
  • Prison
  • Heavy fines
  • Community service
  • Court-ordered drug and alcohol counseling
  • Probation or parole
  • Permanent criminal record

While the consequences for a drug crime in Georgia are serious, there’s reason to be hopeful: O’Brien Law Firm PC is here to fight for you. Remember – being charged with a drug crime is NOT the same thing as being convicted.

Our stellar team has represented many clients facing numerous drug-related charges. While each situation varies, one constant remains the same for clients facing drug charges: a fear of what lies ahead. At O’Brien Law Firm PC our job is to help you overcome the fear of the unknown. We do so by ensuring you understand your charges, the possible outcomes associated with those charges, and the options you need to consider from a criminal defense standpoint.

With more than a decade of experience as Montgomery drug crime attorneys, we have the experience and resources to defend you in court no matter what your charges may be, including:

  • Marijuana
  • Crack
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamine
  • Ecstasy

No matter what charge you are facing, our team has the experience and resources to build a comprehensive defense strategy for your drug case in Montgomery, GA. Without a criminal defense attorney acting as your advocate, you could be facing very harsh penalties. Here are a few punishments you could be facing for drug crimes in Montgomery:

  • Schedule I or Schedule II Drug Possession
    Schedule I or Schedule II Drug Possession:

    Having less than a gram (or one milliliter for liquids) of this type of drug results in a prison term of one to three years. Having four grams or milliliter carries a term of one to eight years.

  • Schedule III, IV, or V Drug Possession
    Schedule III, IV, or V Drug Possession:

    Any substance on this list is punishable by a prison sentence of one to three years.

  • Non-Narcotic Schedule II Drug Possession
    Non-Narcotic Schedule II Drug Possession:

    If you have less than two grams or milliliters of this substance, punishments can be between one year and three years. Having up to four grams or milliliters results in a prison sentence of one to eight years.

  • Possession of Marijuana
    Possession of Marijuana:

    Those who are in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana are subject to a jail sentence of up to 12 months. Fines may be no more than $1,000. Possession of more than an ounce of marijuana can result in a prison term of one to 10 years.

To avoid these life-changing punishments, you must take action now. Contact O’Brien Law Firm today for a consultation about your case.

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Violent Crime Cases in Montgomery, GA

Violent crime offenses in Montgomery typically involve some form of bodily harm to another individual, actions committed against an individual’s will, or threatening someone with bodily harm. Aggravated violent offenses are more severe charges and often occur when a violent crime is made more serious due to circumstances like deadly weapons.

Much like serious drug cases, violent crimes create an added layer of negativity that follows the accused for the rest of their life. In these cases, even an accusation is enough to cause irreparable damage to a person’s reputation. Those convicted of a violent crime face severe penalties that can include years in a correctional facility.

Common crimes of this nature include but are not limited to:
  • Murder
  • Assault with the intent to murder
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Kidnapping
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Carjacking

When you are accused of any of the above crimes, your freedom hangs in the balance. The outcome of your case will determine whether you leave the courtroom with your freedom intact or stripped away to serve time behind bars. Because the punishments for violent crimes are so extreme, you should be seeking legal counsel from a criminal defense attorney in Montgomery, GA, as soon as possible. As a former police officer with a long record of positive verdicts in violent crime cases, Dennis O’Brien is well equipped to represent you in court.

Having a criminal defense lawyer by your side is the best way to avoid the serious punishments associated with violent crimes. These punishments usually result in prison time if convicted and include:
Forced rape: 20 years
Armed robbery: Up to 20 years
Simple assault: Up to 12 months
Aggravated assault: 10 to 20 years
Aggravated battery: Up to 20 years
Involuntary manslaughter: One to 20 years
Vehicular homicide Up to 15 years
Murder: Life in prison or the death sentence
Zealous Representation Without Judgement

As a former police officer, Dennis O’Brien has seen the toll it takes on a person when charged with a crime. His time in law enforcement allows him to empathize with his clients who desperately need competent representation. Despite being innocent until proven guilty, accusations are scary, and conviction could be a reality. That is why you must work with a trustworthy criminal defense lawyer in Montgomery, GA who will work tirelessly to clear your name.

Clients choose O’Brien Law Firm because we believe in open communication, honesty, and hard work. It is not our job to act as judges for those who have been accused of crimes. Rather, our goal is to find the best defense that allows us to protect our clients’ rights and freedoms.

DUI Cases in Montgomery, GA

Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the most common crimes committed in Georgia. Punishments for such a crime can be severe, and for understandable reasons – when a person operates a vehicle while they are intoxicated, they’re putting their life and the lives of others at risk.

While DUI is a serious crime that completely upend the accused’s life, the earnest desire to end drunk driving can make police officers too eager to catch a person who they believe is under the influence.

DUI Cases

The city of Montgomery, Georgia, has implemented severe punishments for DUI, even for first-time offenders. Individuals charged with DUI in Montgomery could face:

  • Very expensive fines and fees
  • Loss of license
  • Incarceration

Fortunately, if you or someone you love has been charged with DUI, there is hope. This is particularly true when the accused is administered a breath or blood test for DUI. In fact, cases that involve a breath and/or blood test are beaten daily. When you hire O’Brien Law Firm PC, we will dive deep into your DUI case in Montgomery and examine every angle possible for your case to be dismissed. Here are just a few questions our team will investigate:

  • Was the stop legal? If not, your case could be dismissed
  • Is there enough evidence or probable cause to arrest you? If not, Dennis O’Brien will file a pre-trial motion and will fight hard to have your case dismissed before trial.
  • Did the police read you your implied consent rights? If not, your case could be thrown out. Failure to read implied consent rights to the accused is one of the most common police errors.
  • Were your blood testing records and breathalyzer results maintained? Breath testing comes with inherent weaknesses that can create doubt in a juror’s mind.

There are numerous ways to beat a DUI case in Georgia, from unreliable field sobriety tests to inaccurate state-administered breath tests. As a veteran criminal defense lawyer in Montgomery, GA, Dennis O’Brien has the knowledge and experience to expose the state’s mistakes and fight for your rights. When you hire O’Brien Law Firm PC your chances of dismissal are greatly increased. When your case is dismissed, you can continue living life without the burden of a criminal record.

If you or someone you love is accused of a crime in Montgomery, GA, don’t leave fate up to the prosecution. Take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your family before it’s too late.

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SEC Week 13: USA TODAY Network experts pick every league game as regular season ends

After a diet of cupcakes last weekend, the 13th week of the SEC football season sees a feast worthy of the Thanksgiving holiday. From the Egg Bowl to the Iron Bowl with a few tasty out-of-conference rivalries like South Carolina-Clemson and Florida-FSU, this week offers a cornucopia of action....

After a diet of cupcakes last weekend, the 13th week of the SEC football season sees a feast worthy of the Thanksgiving holiday. From the Egg Bowl to the Iron Bowl with a few tasty out-of-conference rivalries like South Carolina-Clemson and Florida-FSU, this week offers a cornucopia of action.

The USA TODAY Network's SEC coverage team is picking the winner of every game involving league teams. Here are their records after 12 weeks of play:

Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun: 81-22 overall (9-1 last week)

Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune: 82-21 overall (9-1 last week)

Cory Diaz, The Greenville News: 79-24 overall (10-0 last week)

Bennett Durando, Montgomery Advertiser: 80-23 (8-2 last week)

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: 79-24 overall (8-2 last week)

Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal: 78-30 (8-2 last week)

Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa News: 81-22 (9-1 last week)

Andy Kostka, The Clarion Ledger: 81-22 overall (9-1 last week)

Adam Sparks, Knoxville News Sentinel: 80-23 overall (8-2 last week)

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: 77-26 overall (8-2 last week)

Blake Toppmeyer, SEC columnist: 80-23 overall (8-2 last week)

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner Herald: 81-22 (9-1 last week)

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: 76-27 (8-2 last week)

Here are this week's picks (all games Saturday, Nov. 27, unless otherwise noted):

Ole Miss at Mississippi State (Thursday)

Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun: Ole Miss

Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune: Ole Miss

Cory Diaz, The Greenville News: Mississippi State

Bennett Durando, Montgomery Advertiser: Ole Miss

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: Ole Miss

Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal: Mississippi State

Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa News: Ole Miss

Andy Kostka, The Clarion Ledger: Mississippi State

Adam Sparks, Knoxville News Sentinel: Mississippi State

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Mississippi State

Blake Toppmeyer, SEC columnist: Mississippi State

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner Herald: Ole Miss

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: Ole Miss

Missouri at Arkansas (Friday)

Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun: Arkansas

Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune: Arkansas

Cory Diaz, The Greenville News: Missouri

Bennett Durando, Montgomery Advertiser: Arkansas

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: Arkansas

Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal: Arkansas

Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa News: Arkansas

Andy Kostka, The Clarion Ledger: Arkansas

Adam Sparks, Knoxville News Sentinel: Arkansas

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Arkansas

Blake Toppmeyer, SEC columnist: Arkansas

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner Herald: Arkansas

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: Arkansas

Georgia at Georgia Tech

Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun: Georgia

Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune: Georgia

Cory Diaz, The Greenville News: Georgia

Bennett Durando, Montgomery Advertiser: Georgia

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: Georgia

Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal: Georgia

Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa News: Georgia

Andy Kostka, The Clarion Ledger: Georgia

Adam Sparks, Knoxville News Sentinel: Georgia

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Georgia

Blake Toppmeyer, SEC columnist: Georgia

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner Herald: Georgia

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: Georgia

Florida State at Florida

Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun: Florida State

Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune: Florida

Cory Diaz, The Greenville News: Florida

Bennett Durando, Montgomery Advertiser: Florida

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: Florida State

Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal: Florida State

Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa News: Florida

Andy Kostka, The Clarion Ledger: Florida State

Adam Sparks, Knoxville News Sentinel: Florida State

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Florida State

Blake Toppmeyer, SEC columnist: Florida

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner Herald: Florida State

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: Florida State

Alabama at Auburn

Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun: Alabama

Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune: Alabama

Cory Diaz, The Greenville News: Alabama

Bennett Durando, Montgomery Advertiser: Alabama

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: Alabama

Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal: Alabama

Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa News: Alabama

Andy Kostka, The Clarion Ledger: Alabama

Adam Sparks, Knoxville News Sentinel: Alabama

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Alabama

Blake Toppmeyer, SEC columnist: Alabama

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner Herald: Alabama

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: Alabama

Vanderbilt at Tennessee

Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun: Tennessee

Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune: Tennessee

Cory Diaz, The Greenville News: Tennessee

Bennett Durando, Montgomery Advertiser: Tennessee

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: Tennessee

Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal: Tennessee

Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa News: Tennessee

Andy Kostka, The Clarion Ledger: Tennessee

Adam Sparks, Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Tennessee

Blake Toppmeyer, SEC columnist: Tennessee

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner Herald: Tennessee

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee

Texas A&M at LSU

Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun: Texas A&M

Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune: Texas A&M

Cory Diaz, The Greenville News: Texas A&M

Bennett Durando, Montgomery Advertiser: Texas A&M

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: Texas A&M

Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal: Texas A&M

Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa News: Texas A&M

Andy Kostka, The Clarion Ledger: Texas A&M

Adam Sparks, Knoxville News Sentinel: Texas A&M

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Texas A&M

Blake Toppmeyer, SEC columnist: Texas A&M

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner Herald: Texas A&M

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: Texas A&M

Clemson at South Carolina

Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun: Clemson

Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune: Clemson

Cory Diaz, The Greenville News: South Carolina

Bennett Durando, Montgomery Advertiser: Clemson

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: Clemson

Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal: Clemson

Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa News: Clemson

Andy Kostka, The Clarion Ledger: Clemson

Adam Sparks, Knoxville News Sentinel: Clemson

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Clemson

Blake Toppmeyer, SEC columnist: Clemson

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner Herald: Clemson

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: South Carolina

Shelton State sends four athletes to SEC schools in November signing period

The Tuscaloosa NewsA trio of Shelton State baseball players, including a Hillcrest High School graduate, are headed to SEC schools, as is a one of the Buccaneers men’s basketball players. The school recently announced the signings during November’s early signing period.All seven of the athletes announced from men’s and women’s basketball and baseball have signed with Division I universities.Among the baseball signees is sophomore third baseman Walt Bailey of Tuscaloosa, who signed w...

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A trio of Shelton State baseball players, including a Hillcrest High School graduate, are headed to SEC schools, as is a one of the Buccaneers men’s basketball players. The school recently announced the signings during November’s early signing period.

All seven of the athletes announced from men’s and women’s basketball and baseball have signed with Division I universities.

Among the baseball signees is sophomore third baseman Walt Bailey of Tuscaloosa, who signed with Alabama. Bailey has a two-year junior college career .349 batting average (68-for-195) with 11 home runs and 68 RBIs. He was a redshirt freshman in 2021, a season where he hit .381 and had eight home runs and 49 RBIs. In 46 games he compiled a 1.192 OPS percentage. Bailey finished fourth in Alabama in JUCO ball with those 49 RBIs. He also finished fourth in walks with 34, fifth in slugging percentage at .672, seventh in on-base percentage at .520 and ninth in home runs.

A key player on Shelton State’s 2021 NJCAA World Series team, his play there included a home run and four RBIs in three games for the Bucs, who finished fifth with a 40-17 record.

His future Crimson Tide teammate will be his current Bucs’ teammate, sophomore shortstop Drake Logan from Colorado Springs, Colo. Logan has a .335 (74-for-221) average with eight home runs and 54 RBIs in two seasons. Eight of those home runs and 49 of those RBIs came in 2021, his redshirt freshman season. His 2021 season included three triples.

Freshman pitcher Kyrin Long will head to Auburn. An AISA all-state player in high school at Autauga Academy, he was 9-2 his senior season and had a 1.35 ERA.

Sophomore JayKwon Walton will take his basketball talent to Mississippi State. Walton, who is originally from Columbus, Ga., but graduated from Montgomery’s Carver High School, has not yet played for the Buccaneers this season as he recovers from meniscus surgery. He transferred to Shelton State from Georgia, where illness and injury slowed the 6-foot-6, 195-pound small forward’s play. An all-state high school player and the MVP of the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game, he played in two games as a sophomore at Georgia in 2020-21 and seven as a freshman.

Jordan Chatman, a freshman from Birmingham and graduate of Center Point High School, has signed with Florida A&M. He’s a 6-6 forward.

Two players on the Shelton State women’s basketball team are Division I-bound. Kiana Montgomery, a 6-1 forward/center, has signed with Jacksonville State. The Anniston High graduate was out early this season after breaking a finger in the preseason. She started in five games last season and averaged 4.8 points and 4 rebounds.

KeAjia Williams, a 6-2 center out of Montgomery’s Jeff Davis High School, will head to play for Troy. Williams was the MVP of the 2021 Alabama Community College Conference tournament. Last season she started in 20 of 26 games and averaged 7.6 points and 6.9 rebounds and had a 50.5 field goal percentage.

Both the Shelton State women’s and men’s teams won their 2021 conference championships and advanced to the NJCAA tournament. At the start of this week, the women were ranked No. 11 in the nation and the men No. 13.

Where will ESPN College GameDay go Dec. 4 for college football Week 14? Top 5 sites ranked

ESPN "College GameDay" is headed to an Ohio State game for a second consecutive week. This time, it's the Buckeyes vs. the Michigan Wolverines.The show will broadcast from Ann Arbor, Michigan, for The Game for the first time since 2007, ...

ESPN "College GameDay" is headed to an Ohio State game for a second consecutive week. This time, it's the Buckeyes vs. the Michigan Wolverines.

The show will broadcast from Ann Arbor, Michigan, for The Game for the first time since 2007, according to the NCAA.

Looming is championship weekend, which only includes nine FBS games on Saturday. For the final time this college football season, I'll try to guess the "College GameDay" destination, but with matchups in flux, it's more tricky than normal.

ESPN won't announce the site of "College GameDay" until less than a week before the next show, so I'm here to help football fans get prepared and know where "College GameDay" may go Dec. 4 for college football Week 14.

I have no inside information from ESPN. These predictions are based on "College GameDay" site selection patterns exhibited during the show's last two decades.

If a team loses during Week 13, a site is likely to drop in consideration. ESPN "College GameDay" airs each Saturday morning during the college football season from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. CT on ESPN and ESPNU.

Top Choice: No. 4 Cincinnati vs. No. 16 Houston football in AAC Championship

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, or Houston, Texas

Game time, TV: 3 p.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 4; ABC

Records entering Week 13: Cincinnati is 11-0 overall, 7-0 AAC; Houston is 10-1 overall, 8-0 AAC

Why "College GameDay" will choose Cincinnati vs. Houston in AAC Championship: The show has never been to the AAC Championship, and it'd be a great year to change that. The AAC Championship gets the edge over the Big 12, because the AAC title game is on campus while the Big 12 is at a neutral field. Of championship games broadcast by Disney-owned networks, this is the one with the highest ranked team. Plus, the only time "College GameDay" went to a Houston Cougars game was in 2011, and Houston is having a special season to celebrate.

Why "College GameDay" won't choose Cincinnati vs. Houston in AAC Championship: The show already went to Cincinnati this season on Nov. 6, and it was in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 20. Three trips to Ohio in five weeks could be a deterrent.

Runner-up: Big 12 Championship with No. 7 Oklahoma State vs. No. 9 Oklahoma or No. 10 Baylor

Location: Arlington, Texas

Game time, TV: 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 4; ABC

Records entering Week 13: Oklahoma State is 10-1 overall, 7-1 Big 12; Oklahoma is 10-1 overall, 7-1 Big 12; Baylor is 9-2 overall, 6-2 Big 12

Why "College GameDay" will choose the Big 12 Championship: The show has not been to the Big 12 Championship since 2007, when Oklahoma beat Missouri. Plus, the show has yet to go to an Oklahoma State or Baylor game this season. Add that with the ACC title game (the only night game on a Disney-owned network) meaningless for the College Football Playoff, Kirk Herbstreit probably needs to be at the game he's going to broadcast. "College GameDay" already went to Cincinnati this year, so the Big 12 has an argument for attracting the show.

Why "College GameDay" won't choose the Big 12 Championship: It's a neutral site, and going to the AAC for a campus site is better than a neutral site. But if Cincinnati loses to East Carolina, this game is waiting.

Choice No. 3: No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 2 Alabama football in SEC Championship

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Game time, TV: 3 p.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 4; CBS

Records entering Week 13: Georgia is 11-0 overall, 8-0 SEC; Alabama is 10-1 overall, 6-1 SEC

Why "College GameDay" will choose Georgia vs. Alabama football in SEC Championship: This game has the biggest stakes across the country, because an Alabama win could set the SEC up for two spots in the College Football Playoff while a Georgia win could eliminate Alabama from the CFP.

Why "College GameDay" won't choose Georgia vs. Alabama football in SEC Championship: Though the stakes are high, the game is on CBS, and that means Kirk Herbstreit needs to head to another game to broadcast — likely the AAC or the Big 12. For Herbstreit to broadcast the Big 12 title game that starts at 11 a.m. CT, "College GameDay" has to be there, and it'd be logistically tough to get Herbstreit from Atlanta to Cincinnati in less than four hours for a 3 p.m. CT AAC title game.

Choice No. 4: Appalachian State vs. No. 23 Louisiana in Sun Belt Championship

Location: Lafayette, Louisiana

Game time, TV: 2:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 4; ESPN

Records entering Week 13: Louisiana is 10-1 overall, 7-0 Sun Belt; Appalachian State is 9-2 overall, 6-1 Sun Belt

Why "College GameDay" will choose Appalachian State vs. Louisiana in Sun Belt Championship: Louisiana head coach Billy Napier is rumored for nearly every major head coach opening, and maybe the show wants to be there to get the scoop on where he'll land. The Sun Belt title game is on campus, and that puts it ahead of this year's Big Ten title game for me.

Why "College GameDay" won't choose Appalachian State vs. Louisiana in Sun Belt Championship: I'd probably faint if "College GameDay" chose the Sun Belt title game over the AAC, Big 12 and SEC title games. Those games have College Football Playoff stakes, and the Sun Belt does not.

Choice No. 5: Jackson State vs. Prairie View A&M in SWAC Championship

Location: Jackson, Mississippi

Game time, TV: 3 p.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 4; ESPN2

Records entering Week 13: Jackson State is 10-1 overall, 8-0 SWAC; Prairie View A&M is 7-3 overall, 6-1 SWAC

Why "College GameDay" will choose Jackson State vs. Prairie View A&M in SWAC Championship: Deion Sanders. Do I need to say anything else? What a show Prime Time would bring to ESPN. Plus, it's another title game with an on-campus game.

Why "College GameDay" won't choose Jackson State vs. Prairie View A&M in SWAC Championship: It's unlikely the show's options go past No. 3 on this list, because either Oklahoma or Oklahoma State will be a one-loss team in the Big 12 title game playing for a spot in the CFP. But wow, would it be fun to see the JSU Tigers get this kind of spotlight.

Here's more college football news:

"College GameDay" is hosted by Rece Davis and includes analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and Lee Corso.

Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik.

WBB Preview | Sycamores continue road trip at GATA Turkey Throwdown

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State continues its four-game road swing at the GATA Turkey Throwdown hosted by Georgia Southern this weekend as the Sycamores make the trek to Hanner Fieldhouse on Friday and Saturday afternoon.Friday will see the Sycamores take on Jacksonville State on the first day in Statesboro, Ga. with live stats provided for the 3:30 p.m. contest. Saturday's contest will feature Indiana State taking on host Georgia Southern at 3:30 p.m. with the game set to be carried live on ESPN+....

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State continues its four-game road swing at the GATA Turkey Throwdown hosted by Georgia Southern this weekend as the Sycamores make the trek to Hanner Fieldhouse on Friday and Saturday afternoon.

Friday will see the Sycamores take on Jacksonville State on the first day in Statesboro, Ga. with live stats provided for the 3:30 p.m. contest. Saturday's contest will feature Indiana State taking on host Georgia Southern at 3:30 p.m. with the game set to be carried live on ESPN+.

Recapping Wednesday The Sycamores enter the weekend coming off a Wednesday afternoon loss at Western Kentucky. Indiana State was unable to keep up with the outside shooting of host Western Kentucky on Wednesday afternoon as the Sycamores fell on the road at E.A. Diddle Arena, 83-65.

The Sycamores held the 40-36 halftime lead thanks to a frenetic second quarter that saw Indiana State score 24 points in the 10-minute span led by Del'Janae Williams' nine-point quarter. However, the Hilltoppers utilized a 19-4 stretch that spanned the third and fourth quarters and were aided by a trio of Alexis Mead three-pointers in the non-conference win.

Indiana State had nine players in both the scoring and rebounding column in suffering their third loss in the 2021-22 season. Freshman forward Arianna Smith paced the Sycamores with a career-high 11 points, while Williams added nine points and five rebounds. Marie Hunter and Essy Latu added eight points apiece for ISU in the loss.

About Jacksonville State Jacksonville State enters the GATA Turkey Showdown with a 2-2 overall record on the season with wins over Auburn-Montgomery and Samford on the season. The Gamecocks are coming off a tough loss this past Sunday against Vanderbilt, 71-61.

Imari Martin leads two Jacksonville State players averaging double-digits on the season with 13.3 points, while hitting a team-high 11 three-pointers on the year. NeKiyah Thompson is also in double-digits with 10.5 points per game and has contributed 11 of the team's 43 assists on the year. Kennedy Gavin is the primary rebounder with 9.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.

Defensively, Shawnta Shaw and Kyra Williams are the team leaders combining for 10 of the team's 30 steals in a balanced effort that has 10 different JSU players in the statistical column. Thompson and Gavin both have two blocks apiece.

About Georgia Southern Georgia Southern entered the Thanksgiving weekend with a 3-1 overall record prior to their Monday night contest against San Diego Christian. The Eagles won their first three games of the year against Auburn, Fort Valley State, and FIU, prior to falling on the road at San Diego State this past Saturday.

The Eagles have three players averaging double-digits in the scoring column this season with Mya Burns (13.0), Terren Ward (11.0), and Eden Johnson (10.3) leading a balanced attack averaging 76.25 points per game. Johnson is the team's rebounding leader with 9.5 rebounds per game, while Burns has been the primary outside threat with seven three-pointers on the year.

Ja'nya Love-Hill has been the team's assist (11) and steals (8) leader, while Johnson patrols the paint with eight of the Eagles 24 blocked shots so far this season.

Series Review – Jacksonville State/Georgia Southern Jacksonville State and Georgia Southern are both included among the five first-time opponents for the Sycamores in the 2021-22 season. Indiana State has not faced off against either the Gamecocks or the Eagles prior to this weekend's tournament.

First-Time Opponents/Non-Conference Schedule Indiana State's 2021-22 non-conference schedule will feature an even blend of familiar faces and newcomers to the floor this season as the Sycamores will face-off against five first-time opponents, while also taking on six familiar foes this year. Indiana State boasts an overall winning record (56-36) record against their non-conference slate this year with their longest running rivalry coming against Eastern Illinois (38-24). ISU also boasts an all-time winning record against five of the six familiar teams on the non-conference schedule including a win in their lone contest against Nebraska back in 1994.

Out of the five newcomers on the 2021-22 schedule include home games against the home opener against Stephens (Mo.) and the December 14 contest against Illinois Chicago. The Sycamores will travel to IPFW on December 20 in their final game prior to the holiday break, while ISU will take on both Jacksonville State and Georgia Southern in the GATA Turkey Showdown held over Thanksgiving Break in Statesboro, Ga.

Additional home games for the Sycamores this season include a November 17 home date against Eastern Illinois, December 4 against Western Michigan, and December 14 against Illinois Chicago. The Sycamores head to Saint Louis (Nov. 14), Western Kentucky (Nov. 24), Chicago State (Dec. 1), and Nebraska (Dec. 11) to wrap up the non-conference portion of the schedule.

Preseason Poll Indiana State was selected ninth overall in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason women's basketball poll as announced by the conference office on Tuesday morning. The Sycamores received 102 total points in the poll as voted on by the conference's coaches, sports information directors, and media.

The Sycamores return four starters from last season's team that finished 5-15 overall with a 2-12 mark in MVC play. Sommer Pitzer, Caitlin Anderson, Marie Hunter, and Adrian Folks return to account for 83.6% of the starting five scoring output on the year, while nine returners overall highlight the roster coming into the 2021-22 season.

Missouri State was tabbed as the preseason favorite in the MVC with the Bears receiving 362 points and 35 first-place votes. Drake (two first-place, 316 points) and Northern Iowa (three first-place, 298 points) round out the top-three in poll.

Follow the Sycamores For the latest information on Sycamore Women's Basketball, visit GoSycamores.com. You can also find the team on social media, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Fans can also receive updates on Sycamore Athletics by downloading the March On App from the both the App Store and the Google Play Store.

Athens ice cream shop keeps scooping with SBDC’s help

Shop local on Nov. 27 to support Small Business SaturdayWhen he was 7, Beau Shell asked for an ice cream cart for his birthday. It was a present from his parents and he began selling ice cream at events that summer. In June 2019, when he was 15, he had enough money saved to open Cool World Ice Cream Shop in east Athens.However, after the summer season peak, the business experienced cash flow problems. Beau’s mother, Vickie, didn’t think the business would survive.Many don’t. According t...

Shop local on Nov. 27 to support Small Business Saturday

When he was 7, Beau Shell asked for an ice cream cart for his birthday. It was a present from his parents and he began selling ice cream at events that summer. In June 2019, when he was 15, he had enough money saved to open Cool World Ice Cream Shop in east Athens.

However, after the summer season peak, the business experienced cash flow problems. Beau’s mother, Vickie, didn’t think the business would survive.

Many don’t. According to the U.S. Small Business Association, 20 percent of business startups fail in the first year. About half don’t survive five years.

There are 1.1 million small businesses, defined as those with no more than 500 employees, in Georgia, and 6,129 in Clarke County. These make up more than 99 percent of the businesses in the state and county, according to the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center.

In Clarke County, 400 of those small businesses are in the food service industry. Twenty percent of them are fewer than five years old.

When Beau and Vickie Shell turned to the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center for help, SBDC faculty member David Stob helped them establish a business plan and organize their financial management system.

“So, we got all that straightened out and they were on a roll,” Stob said. “Then COVID happened and from there it was about finding new revenue streams and getting relief money.”

The Shells moved quickly to shift their business operations in response to the pandemic. They introduced new menu items such as ice cream sandwiches, which could be pre-packaged and easily transported, and partnered with Cosmic Delivery to reach their customers.

“One of the things that happened when we first got hit by the pandemic was that we really had to switch to online and curbside service,” said Beau, owner and CEO of Cool World Ice Cream Shop, and known throughout the Athens community as Lil Ice Cream Dude. “That’s one of the biggest factors that saved us, pivoting and going online.”

Stob stepped in and helped the family prepare applications for federal COVID relief funding, to help cover their expenses, including payroll for Vickie, Beau and Rick Shell, Beau’s dad.

The money trickled in. The recovery was slow going. In addition to the pandemic, the family suffered a break in at the store in 2020 and its freezers stopped working, costing them $2,000 in spoiled ice cream.

“So, we almost closed several times,” Vickie Shell said.

Again, with Stob’s help they were able to get money from the second wave of federal COVID funding.

“We were able to catch up, pay bills, start back paying payroll and paying ourselves,” she said. “Without that funding, we wouldn’t have made it.”

They were able to replace the freezers and buy a vehicle to help with their growing catering business. They also hired a few part-time employees.

Today, the Shell family is welcoming their customers back into the shop. Regulars, like Hull Mayor Georgia Paul Walton, stop by weekly for a couple pints of ice cream.

“A whole lot of miracles got us to where we are now,” Vickie Shell said. “David and the folks at the SBDC did a lot of work that we couldn’t do. We’re about 85 percent back. COVID-19 took one whole year away from us, but we’ll be back.”

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