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April 29, 2016

In other news, the sun came up this morning

Huh. Laremy Tunsil admitted to taking money from a coach. That's hardly news.
The pot smoking thing is even less of a surprise, considering, you know, all the other stuff that has happened in the past four twelve months three years in Oxford.

Don't worry, Ole Miss is on the mother.

April 20, 2016

GDay

Did you really think Ludacris played for free?

Hey, this is a funny talking point for April, but there were 93,000+ fans there. None of this will matter in September if we can't slow down North Carolina's offense.

Besides, I had at least $65K worth of fun Saturday.
T

April 8, 2016

Tech hires Josh Pastner from Memphis to coach Men's basketball

It's a name brand hire, actually far higher up the food chain than I thought they'd get. Pastner has been on the Memphis hot seat, after not getting to the post season the past two seasons. In fact, Memphis fans are probably holding a festival right now.

As for what he'll do at Tech? The book on him has always been good recruiter, average teacher, worse coach. If he can find a way to stem the Tide of ATL AAU one and done guys to the likes of UK and Duke, he'll have a shot to lift Tech's program from the bottom of the ACC and give UGA fits.

If he can't do that, we can expect more Stingtalk goodness.
T

April 5, 2016

Harbaugh to the Twitters

Can't wait for South Carolina to offer all 60 of IMG's players.

April 4, 2016

Tech's coaching search drags on

For those of you that are interested (or are interested in being able to objectively look at a fan base with inflated sense of place in the firmament), it is looking like Tech's run at Valparaiso's Bryce Drew is not going well.

By all accounts, that would be a home run hire for Tech. Drew, brother of Baylor's Scott Drew, has taken Valpo to two NCAA tourneys and two NIT berths, including this year's NIT runner up, in five season. He's also in play at Vandy, which I believe has more money and is geographically closer to Drew's natural recruiting area of Indiana/Chicago. Drew is a young coach, great teacher, and solid in game coach. He can also recruit a little.

However, it looks like Drew might actually wait for something better than an ACC bottom feeder or SEC middle of the road program.

I've thought Tech would end up with a low major HC or a recently fired HC. I mentioned Travis Ford, who was fired from Oklahoma and ended up with a very good gig at St. Louis, who plays in the A-10. Tech suffers from recent failures, a very tough conference, and the inability to convince local talent to stay home.

I still think this ends up with Ron Hunter from Georgia State moving six blocks to Tech.

TW

April 1, 2016

Well, yeah

Ooooff. This isn't a good look. It's bad enough for Tennessee that a former player is suing the school for harrassment, alledging they took actions against him after he came to the aid of a rape victim, it is looks like the police and Butch Jones spoke multiple times the day after the alleged rape.

I know, I know. This is standard practice in college towns. Still, it rare for police to jeopardize an investigation by giving the accused, especially multiple accused, a heads up they are being investigated. And it definitely jeopardizes investigations.

I'll let Ryan Nanni at SBNation take over:
One of the best ways to hinder an investigation is to let the subject know he or she is under investigation before you want them to. There's a nine-hour gap between Jones calling Johnson and the cops searching Johnson's apartment. That isn't professional courtesy. It's, at best, a sloppy investigation.
If you're part of law enforcement at any level, you should hate sloppy investigations. They're how strong cases get punctured, and they're how meritless cases linger without resolutions. Sloppy investigations are bad for victims, who don't get justice, and they're bad for those who are falsely accused.
Nanni, rightly, points out giving that professional courtesy makes a lot of sense with the garden variety 'Mark Richt has lost control of...' things that college students get into. A rape investigation? That is a very different crime, with a very different set of challenges to begin with.

TW

Urban Meyer treats someone shabbily; shocks no one

Look, I know this is a recruiting story, but as recruiting stories go, it is a juicy one. I just can't say if it is good because we want it to be true, or we believe Urban is just big enough a jackass to say this:
He said, ‘Well, if you look back at that time, you were how big?’ I said, ‘6-7, 270, just like I am now.’ He said, ‘Well, you were an insubstantial tackle, an insubstantial player,’ so he was saying I (didn’t) even amount to being able to be recruited by Ohio State as a four-star tackle. He said, ‘Now what offers did you have?’ I said, ‘I had my one from Kentucky,’ and he said, ‘Well, you were an insubstantial player with insubstantial offers from an insubstantial school.’
I'm sure St. Urban meant it as constructive criticism.
TW

March 31, 2016

Parker to return to full basketball activities

Georgia's 2016-17 prospects looking up with this news. Parker's planned role will be as a two beside Frazier, but his ability to get open looks is better than Frazier's.

March 26, 2016

Georgia Tech fires Brian Gregory

After five seasons.

Gregory is finishing his most successful season at Tech at 21-15, losing in the NIT Quarterfinals. The Jackets finished 10th in the ACC, which after putting four teams in the Elite Eight (and guaranteed to have half the Final Four and a National Finalist), is something.

Still, no NCAA bids and just two winning season in five years isn't good enough on the Flats. It'll be interesting to see how they approach their hire. There are some good guys that'll be interested, despite Tech's recent lack of success. It offers some of the same advantages the UGA job does, but is closer to the Atlanta AAU scene. It plays in the most competitive hoops conference, which could be interesting to a young up and coming coach.

Look for them to go after someone like Chris Beard from Arkansas-Little Rock or even Matt McCall at Chattanooga. Don't be surprised if they end up with Ron Hunter or Travis Ford.

TW

March 24, 2016

Pawwwllllllll!

Nick Saban named to World's Greatest Leaders list.

GDay televised on ESPNU

That'll get attendance up.

March 22, 2016

This is a little close to home

The 5 new people you meet at every college football spring camp..

Hoooooooboy is this one close:

Your new strength coach is especially innovative and demanding.

March 21, 2016

SEC getting serious about men's hoops

Interesting....
Now, I can see the upside, but if the problem is on a conference level, I'd be interested to know what Tranghese plans to do about this:
Until the individual school's fans decide it is worth it, really worth it, that won't change. Coaching has gotten better with the addition of Barnes and Howland, but the biggest issue with SEC hoops is that outside of Florida, and maybe Texas A&M, no one fan base really thinks they can challenge Kentucky for SEC supremacy.

In effect, we are all playing for second place, mentally and emotionally. Maybe most importantly, the fans of SEC programs are ok with this.

Contrast that with football, where every program, save Vandy, thinks they could conceivably challenge Alabama.

I'll consider it a success if Tranghese can improve officiating and convince programs that there is money to be made by being better at basketball, especially if you can get 5+ teams into the NCAA tournament. Georgia is a team that will greatly benefit from an improved SEC. We've just posted our third 20 win season in a row, just the second time in school history. Mark Fox moved to third in wins behind Hugh Durham and Herman Stegeman. Outside of teams that can run athlete to athlete with Kentucky, Georgia gave Kentucky one of their toughest game of the season in the SEC tourney.
TW

March 18, 2016

Winds of change

They are a blowing......

And I'm ok with that.

March 17, 2016

WSLS Podcast Tournament Challenge

Winner gets an invite to the GDay tailgate as our guest. We will also spend some time on the podcast talking about whatever topic (within reason) you wish.

Play here.
 
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