Thursday, December 31, 2009

Langford Leads Lee

to victory over Sparkman.

Langford's school won the Huntsville Times Classic, beating Sparkman High in the championship game yesterday by a final score of 68 to 66.

Josh Langford was everywhere. Huge game. He tallied 31 points with 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks.

UGA Over Pepperdine

Good game. As UGA commentator Mark Slonaker indicated, we held the Pepperdine Wave to under 40 percent shooting (34.6%), which is an appropriate goal and attainment for the Dawgs, if we are to grow into a good defensive squad. The final score was 64 to 47.

Pepperdine does not shoot the ball well at all, so a key for the game was to not let them get off to a good start. Ricky McPhee accepted the challenge to shut down the Wave's leading scorer, Keion Bell, and held him to 6 points on 2 of 12 shooting.

On the offensive side of the equation, Georgia had good balanced scoring. Trey Thompkins had 12 points and 13 boards. Travis Leslie bounced back from a sub-par game against FAU and led the team in points, with 14, to go with 7 rebounds. Ricky McPhee scored 10.

Good effort, good result, as the Dawgs move into the hard part of the schedule.

Nice Stat Line for Donte Williams

Seems to me we ought to take a second look at this guy.

In his latest game, Williams scored 24 points with 10 rebounds. He went 8 of 9 from the field, and an impressive 8 of 9 from the free throw line. He also added in 3 blocked shots and a steal.

I know we were evaluating him before we signed Lalanne. In my opinion, since we did not get Shawn Kemp, but would have taken him if he had committed, we ought to have enough room for another athletic big man-- Donte Williams.

Kessler Memorial Tournament Wraps Up

Hugh Durham speaks on excellence and effort.

$2,500 scholarships given to deserving students. Great event.


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Pepperdine vs. Georgia

Will the Wave crash Georgia's party?

Coach Mark Fox and the Dawgs will have to show up ready to play this evening. Pepperdine is only 4 and 10 on the year, including a loss to California Baptist. But the Wave should not be overlooked. They have some players that could cause Georgia's young squad some problems.

The key match-up for the game will be Howard Thompkins against Mychel Thompson. Thompson, son of Mychal Thompson, who played 12 years in the NBA, is a legitimate player in his own right. The younger Thompson scored 25 points for Pepperdine in their most recent outing, a win over Utah.

Thompson is not as big as Thompkins, so the advantage in the post should be Georgia's. However, Thompson may seek to draw Thompkins to the outside and shoot the three-pointer or drive to the rim and get Thompkins in foul trouble. Thompson is not a great shooter, averaging just 37 percent from the field, so if the Dawgs keep Thompson from getting easy baskets early in the contest, Georgia should have the upper hand.

Pepperdine has an advantage over Georgia on the perimeter, or so it would seem on paper. Keion Bell is a 20-point per game scorer. Bell has big-time athleticism, and he should be a challenging match-up for Ricky McPhee.

Lorne Jackson and Dustin Ware will likely go at it from the point guard position. Jackson is a 6' 2", 205 lb playmaker. Travis Leslie will be paired against Dane Suttle, in all likelihood. Suttle is a 45 percent shooter from behind the arc, and was named L.A. player of the year during his junior year in high school.

Should be a good game. Again, if Georgia pounds the ball on the inside, the Dawgs should win this game handily, by say, a 12 to 15 point margin.

My prediction: UGA 77, Wave 64. The game is at 7:00 p.m.

Langford is "Special"

Josh Langford was saddled with foul trouble in yesterday's semi-final game of the Huntsville Times Classic, but he played just enough in the second half to dominate the game and lead Lee High to another victory.

Langford scored 25 points with 8 rebounds, an effort that caused his coach to glowingly describe Josh as "special."

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Josh Langford to Georgia?

He is definitely Georgia's to lose. Langford has said for a while that UGA is his leader, and when asked during a holiday tournament about recruitment, Langford mentioned Georgia as the school likely to secure his commitment.

Langford scored a double-double in his most recent contest. He had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead Lee High over Decatur of Alabama. Lee High will proceed to the second round in the Huntsville Times Classic.

A class of Langford, Lalanne and Robinson would add a lot of punch to Georgia's bench. Wonder if there is a Juco shooter out there looking for a place to call home...

Lalanne Leads Oak Ridge Again

Cady scored 18 points on 7 of 13 shooting yesterday to lead Oak Ridge to victory over American Heritage. The final score was 66 to 62.

Lalanne, whose scoring total was right at his average for the year (19 points) also notched 7 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.

What was very different for yesterday's game was the fact that Lalanne was banged up a bit during the match, incurring a bit of a bloody nose and a turned ankle in a collision with another player. From all I understand, Cady should be available to play in Oak Ridge's next game.

Oak Ridge is now 8 and 3 on the year.

Idaho falls to Utah in Overtime

Sundiata Gaines scored 31 points for Idaho on 13 of 24 shooting. It wasn't enough, though, as Utah won 112 to 109.

I was going to say that Gaines is shooting the ball too much from his point guard position for his team to run efficiently, but anytime you're makin 'em at a rate of over 50 percent, it's hard to argue with the production. He also had 7 assists and 4 boards.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Dawgs Win! UGA Beats Aggies

Way to go, Dawgs! Fantastic way to close out the season.

Congratulations to Coach Richt and the entire staff. Terrific send-off for the seniors. Good group of guys. Cox, Moore, Atkins, Owens, Weston and the whole crew.

We couldn't seem to get anything going in the first half, but Brandon Boykin ran a kick-off back, and the Dawgs turned up the heat on defense. Converted a 14 to 14 tie into a rout, for the most part.

Dawgs win, 44 to 20.

Lalanne Leads Oak Ridge to Victory

Cady Lalanne posted a double-double on Saturday to lead Oak Ridge High to a victory over Richwood High of Louisiana. The final score was 58 to 51. Oak Ridge improved to 7 and 3 on the year.

Lalanne scored 19 points on an efficient 7 of 12 from the field. He went just 5 off 9 from the free throw line, so there is still room for improvement on that stat line. Lalanne also had 10 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.

Lalanne is averaging 19 points and 13 rebounds so far in the season. The good news for Georgia is that he will continue to get better. As has been reported elsewhere, Lalanne didn't start playing basketball until his 8th grade year. At that time, he was 6' 3" and 180 pounds, and didn't have much in the way of basketball skill.

Since that time, however, Lalanne has improved every year. He is now 6' 9" and 220 pounds. He is a versatile player that can finish at the rack and shoot from the outside as well.

Once he gets weight training at UGA, Lalanne will be a formidable post presence for the Dawgs. Should be fun to watch him develop alongside Trey Thompkins.

Battle of the Bands Prepares Fans for Bowl

It's the Dawgs vs. the Aggies this afternoon. Should be a great game.

I don't know if there will be a Dawg Walk before the contest, but the UGA band has already been gearing up for the game.

Predicting a Georgia win. I don't know how it will happen. We have no defensive coordinator. There has been a ton of upheaval in the program. We're playing a lot closer to their place than to Athens.

When you're in hostile territory, you stick to basics. Georgia should establish the run and keep after them with Caleb King and Washaun Ealey. Take the crowd out of the game and keep their fast-paced offense on the sidelines.

Dawgs tough it out, 35 to 24.

Kessler Memorial Tournament Begins

Roswell High will be participating.

Proceeds from the Tournament will help provide four $2,500 scholarships.

Kessler Tournament

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Corey Butler Pre-Season Interview

I hadn't seen this before, but I listened to it this evening. Corey Butler does a great interview, except for his love of the Yankees. Unless you're a Yankee fan, skip the first 7 minutes or 7 minutes and 30 seconds. After that point, Butler starts to talk about basketball.

One of the most intriguing parts of the interview was Butler's opinion of Gerald Robinson. Really good news for next year.


Butler was one of my favorite players over his career, and I hope he and WUOG will team up in the future for other interviews as he moves on toward his medical career.

Ricky McPhee Article

Ricky McPhee has shown a lot of effort on the defensive end for Georgia's basketball team.

The attached article was published by the ABH prior to the Florida Atlantic game, so it's a little dated, but I wanted to post it anyway so that it would be among the material on McPhee here on the Blog.


Jeremy Jacob Video

Oregon is glad to have Jeremy Jacob. He is averaging 5 points and 4 rebounds a contest in somewhat limited minutes.

Malcolm Armstead, Jacob's teammate from Chipola Junior College, is getting more playing time, but the two each are contributing, and they support each other as they go to school far away from home.


Gaines Leads Idaho to Victory Over Utah

Sundiata Gaines scored an efficient 21 points on 8 of 14 shooting. He was 2 of 5 from behind the arc, and 3 of 4 from the line.

Gaines also had 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.

The Idaho Stampede beat the Utah Flash 97 to 96.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Pete Herrmann Builds Program

Seems to be enjoying his time at Young Harris. Great fit for Coach Herrmann and for Young Harris.


Warner Family's New Book

I wanted to have this video available somewhere on the Blog, so I'm posting it today.

I might be the only one encouraged by it, but just in case, here is the interview that touches on the Warner family's efforts to keep first things first.

Joe Cox Looks Back, Looks Forward

He's a great Dawg. Didn't have the best results, but the guy is a battler. Who knows what would have happened if he had a sophomore season in which to get better.

To have your first year as a starter be your last year on the team is tough. He handled it fairly well, given the circumstances.

I really do think that Cox will be a success, whether in coaching or in other pursuits.


Mark Richt on Bobby Bowden

Richt gives Bowden high marks for influence.

I'm sure it gives Bowden satisfaction that as he enters retirement, some aspects of his work with FSU continue on in the impact he has had on young men.


Hayes Foundation Helps Out

The Jarvis Hayes Foundation was active in lending a helping hand to families in need this holiday season.

Although Jarvis himself is busy with practice and games for the New Jersey Nets (while he recovers from his hamstring injury), Jarvis' parents led the charge in getting food to the needy.

Wonderful example by all involved.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

"For unto us a child is born!"

"Great joy shall be for all the people."

Get excited and tell somebody!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Dawgs Win! Victory over FAU

Howard Thompkins was an absolute monster in this game. Guy went for 35 points on 12 of 20 shooting, and 1 for 1 from behind the arc. He would have had even more if he hadn't been off at the free throw line, where he shot an uncharacteristically low 66 percent (10 of 15).

Thompkins added 15 rebounds for good measure. All in all, a career-best night in scoring and rebounding for Georgia's power forward.

The Dawgs needed it. FAU came to play. The Owls were up 30 to 29 at the half.

I felt kind of sheepish about having predicted a 20 point victory for the Dawgs, and hoped that we would be able to pull out a win by any margin. Travis Leslie was saddled with foul trouble, and I wasn't sure where the points for a victory were going to come from.

However, in the second half, the Dawgs came alive and ended up winning the game by 17.

Final score: 77 to 60.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Prediction: Georgia Wins Big!

Twenty point win for the Dawgs. 88 to 68.

Thompkins and Leslie both go over 20 points. Triangle offense clicks. Jeremy Price gets a double-double. McPhee shoots 3 threes.

Go Dawgs!

Dawgs Face Florida Atlantic

Should be a good game tonight.

Florida Atlantic is coming off an 18-point loss at Miami. In the game prior to the contest with Miami, FAU posted an 18-point victory against New Orleans. Billy Humphrey was injured in that game and played only a few minutes.

FAU has Shavar Richardson, a 6' 3" guard from Brooklyn, New York. Richardson was the top scoring freshman in the Sun Belt Conference last year. He made 57 three-pointers for the season.

Sanchez Hughley is a 6'4 " guard from Orlando, Florida. At 210 pounds, he might be a load in the match-up against Georgia's starting guards.

Ray Taylor might give Georgia some problems with his quickness. Taylor is a 5' 6" guard who averages 18 points per game with 6 assists. He scored 23 points against Miami. Taylor is not shooting a particularly high percentage (a hair less than 40% from the floor), so the key for the Dawgs will be to keep him out of the paint.

Georgia should have an advantage in the post. Brett Royster is a 6' 8" post player, averaging right at 10 points per game. DeMonte Simpson is a 6' 9" 270 lb center who posts 7 points and 6 boards a contest. Simpson versus Jackson or Price should be fun to watch.

Miami had a large rebounding advantage against FAU in their recent game, and given UGA's performance against Illinois, I would expect Coach Fox to pound the ball inside to Howard Thompkins, Jeremy Price and Chris Barnes.

Mike Jarvis coaches the Owls. He led three teams to the NCAA Tournament. He had notable stops at George Washington and at St. John's before being hired by Florida Atlantic.

FAU went 6 and 26 last year. They are 5 and 5 on the season so far. They make $75,000 for their trip up to Athens. Good contest for the Dawgs as we head toward the game against Georgia Tech and prepare to start the conference battles.

Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m.

Damien Wilkins Gets Write-Up in AJC

He seems to be faring pretty well on a bad team.

The Timberwolves will improve during the year, now that Kevin Love is playing again. At some point, they will go back to their big line-up, with Love, Jefferson and Gomes, and Wilkins will leave the starting five.

Damien could score more points if he were more selfish about taking shots. He seems to defer to others on the team. And that's okay. I think that Wilkins sees his role as that of a defense-first guy, usually matched up against the other team's best scorer.

Wilkins won't ever lead the NBA in scoring, but he has made a nice career for himself. Hope he can stay in the League for a long time.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Milton Loses to Winter Park

Julian Royal was the only player for Milton that performed well. He had 24 points, on 10 of 16 shooting, to go with 13 rebounds.

Dai-Jon Parker and Shannon Scott had subpar games. Shannon shot 6 of 20 from the floor, and Parker shot 3 of 16.

The final score was 73 to 64.

Kennesaw State vs. Tech

Kennesaw is hanging with them early. Score is 11 to 10, Georgia Tech up by one.

I don't think that Kennesaw can sustain their good play for the entire game, since they are playing at Tech. Tech should win going away, probably by 20.

With that said, Tech better not have overlooked those guys. Kennesaw has enough height and toughness to battle. If Tech continues to have problems on offense and lets Kennesaw hang around, then who knows what could happen late in the game.

Billy Humphrey Injures Knee

Same knee that he had the surgery on before the season.

Has to be a real disappointment for him. He was leading the conference in scoring at 19 points per game, prior to his last contest.


Alec Kessler Memorial Tournament

The Tournament has been set for December 28 through the 30th. There will be 8 boys teams participating and 4 girls teams.

More Information

Coach Hugh Durham will speak at the banquet.

In honor of Alec, I am posting the link to the guest book from October 2007.


Quintin Banks Sprains Neck

Gotta root for the guy. He's had more than his share of injuries. Hope he can bounce back.


Thompkins Named SEC Player of the Week


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Mike Mercer Scores 19

Led all scorers in the game. Shot 8 of 13 from the field.

I would say that Mercer is recovering from his knee problems and beginning to show glimmers of the basketball skill that made him such a highly ranked recruit coming out of high school.

South Florida beat San Diego 69 to 60.

Tech Loses to FSU

Ugly game. The ref's let 'em play. That part was not so bad. The part that was hard to take was the shooting. The first half was brutal. Neither team could make a bucket.

I don't understand what is wrong with Georgia Tech. Lawal and Favors should be dominating. Hewitt needs to set a fire under these guys.

Maybe Coach Hewitt isn't getting the job done. I still think it's early in the season to say that Tech won't be competitive. They'll clearly do better than their 2 and 14 ACC mark from last season.

So far, Hewitt is 8 and 2 on the season. But they did not look good against Mercer, and the game against Arkansas Pine Bluff sounded a lot closer than it should have been. Tech is now 0 and 1 in the ACC in this short season, and things will not get easier. UNC and Duke are still out there. Wake Forest is tough. NC State might give Tech a hard time. If Tech can't beat FSU at home, I don't see where the victories are to be had.

Well, while Tech is playing badly, let's hope that they continue to do so, and the Dawgs can find a way to beat them in Athens on January 5.

Dai-Jon Parker and Milton Crush Dunbar

Not even close. No wonder Julian Royal didn't score much. With all the steals that Milton forced, it sounds like he hardly touched the ball.

Dai-Jon Parker had a great shooting game. Showed off his range, going 3 of 5 from behind the arc.

City of Palms Classic

Ben Watson Bursts Out of the Closet

Watson was almost cut by the New England Patriots just before the season started. Somehow, he managed to hang on with the team, and keep a balanced perspective throughout.

He hauled in two clutch touchdown passes in the first week of the season, and he caught the game-winning touchdown against the Carolina Panthers in a recent game.

I'm happy to see him to so well. The article below, though somewhat dated, tells how Watson got off to a good start, transferred to UGA, and persevered through injuries to get a Super Bowl ring.


AJC Article on Dawgs' Victory

Good recap.

UGA Defeats Illinois

Sundiata Gaines Featured in NBA Video

The NBA talks up their development league and features Sundiata Gaines.

Not as much footage of Gaines as I would have preferred, but I still think the exposure for Gaines is absolutely fantastic.

Budding Star

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Wofford Beats South Carolina, SEC Teams Fall

Those guys at Wofford can play. They lost by 3 to Pittsburgh, and now they have beaten both Georgia and South Carolina.

If I'm a recruit in the Palmetto State, and I felt like I wasn't getting enough attention from the high majors, I'd definitely consider going to Wofford.

They're 0 and 2 in their own conference, but have bragging rights against the SEC. Amazing.

In the meantime, the Richmond Spiders beat the Florida Gators. It's not usual for Donovan's squads to be upset at home. Tyus is still a tough match-up in the post, but the Gators' guards don't seem to be that good.

Alabama is down almost 20 points to Kansas State at half-time. Senario Hillman just hasn't produced as I thought he would. Anthony Grant's offense looked stagnant the last time I watched them.

Tennessee got blitzed by USC. A bad loss by UT. If Tennessee's press isn't working, they can get out of sorts. Chris Lofton bailed them out a lot a couple of years ago. They don't have a real clutch shooter on the squad now.

Maybe the Conference will be Kentucky and everybody else.

Dawgs Win!!

In a shocker, UGA defeats Illinois at the Gwinnett Center. The game went down to the wire, and the Dawgs were able to pull it out at the end.

Don't have ESPNU, so I couldn't see the game. However, I hope there is some replay during the week. For those readers that watched the game, feel free to leave a comment with your impressions of the game.

By the way, although I'd like to take credit for predicting the outcome, my guess about the victory and the final score was a mix of homerism and luck. I won't be playing the lotto anytime soon.

Great job by Trey Thompkins in going to the line and sinking the pressure free throws. Travis Leslie played a great game, too. Huge block toward the end of the fourth quarter.

Congratulations to Mark Fox, the seniors, and the entire squad!

Dawgs Face Illinois

We're playing at home (kind of sort of, since its in Gwinnett), and that may be enough to give us the edge.

I'm going to go with my gut and predict the upset. Dawgs beat Illinois 65 to 63.

Dawgs Getting the Hang of the Triangle Offense

Very encouraging article in the AJC about Georgia's efforts to pick up the triangle offense.

I will say that I much prefer the triangle offense to the motion system. Both offenses can work, but Georgia never had the recruits to adequately run a motion offense. The triangle, with its set reads and cuts, plays more appropriately to our strengths. Dustin Ware and Travis Leslie and Vincent Williams are not going to take good defenders off the dribble and finish at the rim. They may, however, make a good cut and receive a nice feed from the wing, leading to an easy scoring opportunity.

Can we beat Kentucky or Tennessee with the triangle? Maybe. Let's learn the offense and lace 'em up.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Bobby Knight vs. John Calipari

Knight believes Calipari should be barred from coaching.

Following the rules is a tough act when you want to recruit at the highest levels. But the rules are there for a reason. Coaches have staff, compliance directors and others, who are paid to know the rules and keep zealous coaches well within the requirements of the NCAA.

Kiffin and Calipari are guys who push the limits. Felton was not and Fox is not. UT football and UK basketball will end up as winners.

What will the future hold for UGA basketball? Will Georgia ever bag the top recruits? If not, will we win any time soon?

Anthony Tolliver Called Up. Gaines Next?

Anthony Tolliver, who with Sundiata Gaines made up the high-scoring duo from the Idaho Stampede, was recently called up to the NBA by the Portland Trailblazers.

What impact does Tolliver's move have on Sundiata Gaines?

Even though the two don't play the same position, from simply a scoring standpoint, the Stampede will need to do something. I imagine that they will probably put Gaines in the starting line-up from here on out.

And since the call-up of Tolliver shows that the NBA is looking to the D-League for contributors, you have to ask whether Sundiata Gaines will get his shot at the big time.

Like Portland, Minnesota and New Jersey are injury-decimated teams that might get some sort of allowance from the NBA to add a player. It doesn't do the League any good to have two teams at the very bottom of the rung, with no chance to win. Gaines would add solid defense and perhaps even some scoring punch to one of these squads, if the NBA works it all out.

Good luck, Sundiata!

Bacarri Rambo is Back

Those concussions are nothing to play with. I think the question is legitimately asked whether Rambo should continue to play.

At any rate, the story on the AJC is informative enough that I wanted to link it, so that we have it on the Blog.

A separate question is whether the AJC is lifting information from Rivals without attribution. I don't have a Rivals subscription, so I can't check for myself, but the title of the AJC article sounds like the snippet Rivals had on their site yesterday.

Billy Humphrey has crazy game

UNO played Troy and Billy Humphrey went off. The guy scored 31 points. Went 9 of 15 from the floor, 6 of 8 from behind the arc, and 7 of 7 from the line. And that was just on the offensive end. He also had 3 steals and 3 blocked shots.

Throw those stats in with his 4 rebounds and 4 assists, and you have one of the most remarkable stat lines I've seen in a long time.

Sounds like his "runner's knee" condition was all cleared up by the surgery he had at the beginning of the season. If he continues to shoot like he has in recent games, he might be able to play beyond college in some capacity.

I know that he would have graduated last year had he stayed, but it still is too bad he wasn't able to put it all together at UGA.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Mercer Drives to the Hoop

Mike Mercer scored 12 points in action against Central Florida. He not only helped Stan Heath win a close game, he also got some pub' in the local press for his efforts.

Good to see Mercer back out there on the floor.

And one?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Denson Scores Big

Chris Denson has been putting up some incredible numbers lately.

In his most recent game against Hardaway, Denson scored 41 points in a losing effort.

Hardaway edges Shaw

Is Denson the '10 shooting guard Georgia needs?

Monday, December 14, 2009

Double-Doubles for Double Langfords

Josh Langford and Lee High played Langford's old school, Johnson High, over the weekend.

Both Josh and his cousin, Devin Langford, registered double-doubles.

Lee over Johnson

Sunday, December 13, 2009


It's great to have recognition for a year's worth of hard work.

The superlatives list has some names of guys that don't get a lot of press, but these players nonetheless make key contributions to the team.


Vince Dooley Hangs Out in Valdosta

Coach Dooley was gracious with his time yesterday as he spent a few hours in Valdosta, Ga.

Sounds like a great event. If there are any readers in Valdosta, and any who went to Loco's yesterday, post a comment to give the rest of us some of your impressions.

How 'bout them Dawgs!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Looks Like Billy, Plays Like Terrance?

I recently saw a picture of Josh Langford, UGA's basketball recruit, and it occurred to me that he looked a bit like Billy Humphrey. I guess it was the tatoos that made me think that way.

Josh Langford has reportedly moved Georgia to the top of his list, and if we can get him for 2010, it sounds like a good move to me. That means that next year we would lose Albert Jackson and Ricky McPhee, and add Gerald Robinson (the transfer who will be newly eligible in 2010/11), Cady Lalanne, and Langford.

If Langford signs, I'd still be somewhat concerned with the make-up of the 2010 class, because we really need a shooter, and Langford has been described as more of a combo forward than a sweet-shooting small forward. Then I remembered Terrance Woodbury. When Felton brought Woodbury in from Coastal Christian Academy, Terrance had mostly played center or power forward. It wasn't until the last part of his high school career that Woodbury began to develop the skill-set to play on the wing.

I remembered, too, that Woodbury had transferred from Granby High School to Coastal Christian. Although I wonder about players that jump from school to school (Langford transferred as a senior to Lee High School, where he plays now, and de-committed from Louisville), Woodbury worked out great for Georgia.

Maybe the same will be true for Langford. He has good hops, and is a slasher. He likes to get to the rim. At 6' 6", he has played mostly in the post. Can he work on his handles and find his niche at the 3-spot?

I sure hope so. If Langford keeps developing his jump-shot, Georgia might be okay offensively with Travis Leslie, Trey Thompkins, Cady Lalanne, Josh Langford, and Gerald Robinson providing the team with scoring punch.

At any rate, I think Langford will end up at Georgia. He is said to have Auburn and Alabama as the other major schools he is considering, and Auburn already has a jam-packed class for 2010 (something like 6 signees already). If I'm Langford, I see the lack of a scoring wing on UGA's squad, and I sign up at the next opportunity.

Sundiata "Vinnie Johnson" Gaines Goes Off

Scores 31 coming off the bench. Shot 11 of 19 from the field, 3 of 6 from deep, and had 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and a block.

Gaines reminds me of Vinnie Johnson, who was instant offense coming off the bench for those great Detroit Piston teams of yesteryear.

Sundiata is still leading the D-League in scoring. He is averaging 28 points per game, to go with 8 assists, and 5 rebounds per outing. He is shooting an astonishing 60 percent from the field and right at 50 percent from behind the arc.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Cady Lalanne Leads Oak Ridge

Lalanne scored 23 points with 8 rebounds Tuesday night to lead Oak Ridge to a victory over Harmony High.

In competition last week, Lalanne had 18 points, 14 rebounds and 7 blocked shots.

Oak Ridge is 2 and 2 on the year.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dawgs Lose

The margin of victory was right at what I expected, but I really thought Georgia would perform better on the offensive end.

I think the Mark Fox system on offense will get there. I do not like his 3-2 defense. The best 3-pointer for a team to take is from the top of the key. By running a 3-2, in which the top man on the zone also has to defend the post, it opens up the top of the key shot for Georgia's opponents.

I wonder whether having Zlovaric play as many minutes as he did is the best use of Georgia's bench. I would like to see more of Mayfield and Anyaorah.

Georgia is 4 and 4 now. Hope we can beat Tech later, but we don't look very good as things stand.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Dawgs against St. John's

I picked the Dawgs in the last game against Virginia Tech. I admit that I'm a bit of a homer, so my predictions for the year are going to be skewed in favor of Georgia winning.

Virginia Tech won. This time I'm going to go with how things look on paper and predict that St. John's will come out the victor.

Should be a good game. I think Trey Thompkins may absolutely have a show-out performance. Sometimes when the shots aren't falling during one game, when the horn starts for the next, you can't miss.

D.J. Kennedy plays for St. John's. Kennedy was a late signee who picked St. John's over UGA. He's had a nice career so far. Kind of small forward that Georgia could really use these days. Athletic, good free throw shooter. Through 7 games, Kennedy is averaging 18 points and 4 boards per game, shooting 56 percent from the floor.

Although Felton did not get Kennedy, he bounced back the next year by successfully bringing in Travis Leslie. Kennedy and Leslie will likely be matched against each other for much of tomorrow's game.

Georgia is improving under Coach Fox. Are they getting better enough and fast enough to play well early in the season in New York against St. John's? St. John's is 6 and 1, with their only loss occuring against Duke, by 9 points.

Should be a close game, and though I'd love to pick the Dawgs, the most likely scenario is that Georgia will come up just short. St. John's 77, Dawgs 69.

Gaines Interviewed by Red and Black

Good work by the R&B in keeping up with Gaines.


Could Georgia Lose Richt?

Let's face it.

By now, Mark Richt doesn't need the money. He's paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $3 million per year, not counting endorsement income. If he has managed his assets, he already has enough to live on for a long, long time.

Unlike the rest of us, Richt has the capacity to decide that he doesn't want to work any longer, and the resources to back it up.

If you remove the financial aspect from a job decision, and if a person isn't tied to a job because it's his real love in life, then there have to be other reasons for a person to stay in position.

Many times those reasons are legal ("I will stay through the end of the contract"), or desire ("I just enjoy what I'm doing so much, I want to stay here indefinitely").

I'll tell you. If Mark Richt felt that his hand was forced to fire his defensive assistant coaches, then UGA, knowingly or unknowingly, rightly or wrongly, has just removed a large chunk of the "desire" quotient from Mark Richt's set of reasons for staying.

There is nothing that will bring a boss more job dissatisfaction than having other people break up his team, other people make him cut the bonds of loyalty that held his staff together.

Coach Richt is probably very unhappy these days. Perhaps he is asking himself how much longer he wants to stay beyond his contract period (2013?).

Did the fans in clammoring for Martinez to go, actually set into motion the chain of events that launched Mark Richt toward a different school, or into a different field of service?

Monday, December 7, 2009

Rashaad Singleton Contributes to Sweep

Rashaad scored 8 points to go with 13 rebounds, 3 blocks and a steal. His Oita Heat Devils bested the Toyama Grouse in their first match by a score of 90 to 79.

It was more impressive play for Singleton in the re-match. Rashaad notched 12 points, 16 rebounds and 7 blocks.

Oita has improved to 7 victories against 9 losses so far this season. Considering where they were last year, their record shows marked improvement.

Rashaad has been leading the Japanese Basketball League in rebounds and blocked shots.

More later.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Josh Langford Leads Team to Victory

UGA recruit Josh Langford is playing well these days.

In his last game, Langford scored 24 points with 11 boards.

Lee High Wins

Sundiata Gaines Has Another Big Night

Played Saturday and went for 27.

Gaines shot 10 of 17 from the floor and 3 of 6 from behind the arc. Had 6 rebounds, 5 assists, a steal and a blocked shot. Zero turnovers in 27 minutes.

I'll stop writing about him when he stops having such big games.

Dawgs Fall to Virginia Tech

I thought the Dawgs would perform better against these guys. We beat them at our place last year.

They lost the big-time shooter they had, so I figured that would at least help us play even against them.

I listened to most of the game. Didn't find out until late that the game was being streamed over the Net. Hard to say what went wrong, other than the fact that Trey Thompkins didn't shoot well.

Sounded like their guy Delaney got to any spot he wanted to on the floor. Guess we not only need a different offensive system, we need a stopper at the 2-guard. Having Corey Butler would have helped.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Like I said, Bama would win big over Florida


Alabama shows how it can be done. Great game by the Crimson Tide.

Two-Point Win for Kentucky

Shows the value of having point guards that can knock down free throws in clutch situations. UNC had their chances. Great game. They both look like locks for deep tournament runs.

Picking Florida to win big over Bama

Alabama has the guys up front to control the line of scrimmage, but Florida spreads you out so much that by the end of the game Florida will have the clear advantage.

Guessing 31 to 20.

Wow. Kentucky and UNC Playing Big Boy Basketball

Great game so far.

UK looks fantastic. They've missed a few free throws, but other than that, their defense is aggressive, the offense looks very smooth, and they have quality bigs, creators and shooters.

UNC started to catch up a bit at the end of the first half. They got the ball inside, but Patterson, Cousins and Stevenson were able to meet them at the rim.

One of the ref's seems to be biased toward UK. I didn't understand the end of the first half. Not that UNC could have done anything much with the ball, but it's clear that the horn sounded with time remaining on the clock.

Should be a great second half. UK's got the horses. Probably be a blow-out win for Kentucky.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Virginia Tech Looking for Revenge

Could be a statement game for the Dawgs if we can beat Virginia Tech at home.

I like our chances. Dawgs win 75 to 72.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Dawgs Win!

Georgia beats St. Louis.

Dustin Ware is really starting to come on. He's sort of the x-factor in that sophomore class. If he plays well, the Dawgs will likely have a chance to win.

Jeremy Price had a pretty nice game. Shot 6 of 10 from the floor. If his conditioning gets to where it needs to be, he'll be able to run the floor and get baskets. Really good hands for a big man. Still not a very high riser, but he's a space-eater, and that's critical for snagging rebounds and scoring around the bucket.

Virginia Tech should be a good test for the improving Dawgs.

Gaines Leading Scorer in the D-League

He was second before last night's game, but he is in first place now. Although the Idaho Stampede lost the game to the Dakota Wizards, 117 to 114, it wasn't Sundiata's fault.

Gaines came of the bench again and scored 29 points on 9 of 16 shooting from the floor. He was 3 of 6 from behind the arc, and an amazing 8 of 8 from the free throw line. He also had 5 rebounds and 8 assists.

Sundiata Gaines gets press

Good story from the Idaho Statesman.

Learned to get to the basket because of the wobbly condition of the rims in New York. Also says that Georgia's SEC tournament championship title run was one of the best experiences of his life.


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sundiata Gaines Tearing Up D-League

In his most recent action, Gaines came off the bench to put up big numbers. He scored 21 points with 8 assists, 2 rebounds, and 5 steals. He shot 8 of 15 from the floor, and had just one turnover.

Sundiata has his familiar look, sleeved arm and all, in the attached video.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Damien Wilkins has big game

Wilkins notched 15 points, a career-high 12 rebounds, and 6 assists in his recent game against the Denver Nuggets.

Wilkins, who had been coming off the bench, got the rare start so that his team could match up better with the quick athletes on Denver's squad. He had the assignment to slow down Carmelo Anthony.

Wilkins more than held his own. He went 6 of 11 from the field, 3 of 3 from the line, and helped lead his team to victory, breaking a 15-game winless streak.

Fred Gibson Released

by the Austin Toros. The move by the Toros was made to get the team down to its roster for starting the D-League season.

Is this the end of Gibson's career in professional sports?

Monday, November 30, 2009

Dennis Felton Speaks to Problems in Men's Basketball

Preview of program scheduled to air later in December.

As I've said before, Felton didn't win nearly enough to suit me. He admittedly came into a very difficult situation. In fairness, Felton did recruit Sundiata Gaines, Dave Bliss and Terrance Woodbury, who became the keys to UGA's SEC Tournament championship.

I think that Felton's biggest contribution, however, may have been managing to get through the NCAA problems that he inherited. Felton stuck to his principles, and never took short-cuts. UGA quietly exited NCAA probation a couple of years ago.

Now that the program is on a stable footing, with quality student-athletes like Trey Thompkins, Travis Leslie, Dustin Ware, Jeremy Price and Chris Barnes, it will be up to Coach Fox to mold Felton's recruits, instill a really good offensive system, and bring in the best recruits in Georgia. Hopefully, UGA will soon have a high class and a winning basketball program.

At any rate, it was likely his past experience with NCAA issues that made Coach Felton an attractive panelist for PSU.

By the way, is it just me, or does it look to you like Coach Felton has lost a good bit of weight?


UGA-Tech Recap

There are a number of good stories out there that will help Dawg fans savor the win over Tech a little bit longer. The article immediately below is from the ABH.

Running Game

The next, from WTOC, has some good quotes from Rennie Curran.

Ruin Tech's Season

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sundiata Gaines Stars in First D-League Action

Gaines opted to remain in the States this year instead of heading back to Italy. He was selected by the Idaho Stampede in the first round of the NBA's D-League draft process.

He will definitely get some looks from the NBA if he plays like he did last night. Sundiata went for 31 points with 12 assists. He was 11 of 15 from the floor, connected on 2 of 4 behind the arc, and even hit 7 of 11 free throws.

Good quotes from Gaines in the attached article.


Dawgs Win! UGA Beats Tech!

What a great game! Plenty of twists and turns. A fill-in for UGA VII. A down Georgia team facing a Tech team ranked #7 in the nation.

And the Dawgs win. They found a way, and it was by running the ball right at Tech's undersized defensive linemen. By keeping the ball on offense, Georgia was able to keep Tech's option running attack on the sidelines.

Then when Tech did get the ball, Georgia stiffened just enough on defense. Jonathan Dwyer was wrapped up the entire night, so that took away Tech's best play up the middle. Nesbitt got hurt, came back later, but completed very few passes. Almost nothing down the field.

And as far as Nesbitt's running, due to his injury he was probably slowed down a good bit. Yet and still, that's part of the game. Georgia kept Nesbitt from making the big gains. And the pitch man was covered well enough. No long fourth quarter runs by Roddy Jones this year.

Congrats to the Dawgs!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Kentucky Shouldn't get Too Confident

Most prognosticators have all but given the SEC basketball crown to Kentucky, anointing them as the winners without too much consideration of the rest of the SEC East.

While the SEC West is almost embarassingly bad, the SEC East is humming right along. Florida just beat #2-ranked Michigan State. Tennessee needs shooters, but they will be tough all year long. South Carolina has Devan Downey. Vanderbilt is healthy, and they have a lot of good shooters to surround Ogilvy.

In the meantime, Kentucky looks beatable. They have a lot of individual talent, but the question remains whether they will be able to defend at a high level. Will UK successfully blend their talents together to win the SEC this year?

What do you think?

Friday, November 27, 2009

Georgia wins by 3

I'll take it.

Final score: 67 to 64.

We're 3 and 2 on the season. The SEC East is always tough, so we'll need to win as many of the non-conference games as we can.

We'll work some of the kinks out. Can Dustin Ware or Ebuka Anyaorah provide us with another outside shooter? The answer to that question is pretty much the key to the season.

Jacksonville State

We should win this game, but it shouldn't be so hard. It's 31 to 22. We need a few steals or something to discourage them.

Jacksonville up by 8 at the half

They're leading 29 to 21.

I thought we were going to be stuck at 18 for the first half. Ricky McPhee hit a 3-pointer to push us to 21.

Shouldn't we be scoring more against Jacksonville State? I don't understand why our offense is so ineffective. I hope the guys learn the triangle offense soon.

Tech vs. Georgia

Can't see us winning this one. Probably end up 41 to 21, Tech's favor.

Would love to see our offensive line be man enough and push them up and down the field. Control the clock. Benefit from a couple of errant pitches and a few bad throws by Tech.

They just look better, though. Their offense has more looks. More options, if I dare use that word.

I can't stand losing to Tech. Come on, Dawgs. Find a way.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Giving Lemon Aid

Sometimes life gives you a second chance, a third, and beyond. The break that we need often comes through a supportive individual that is willing to help, even taking professional risks to help us move ahead.

So it is and has been with Michael Lemon. He has found a real opportunity playing at North Carolina State.

I hope that Lemon and his little brother find the peace that they need to make the most of the physical abilities and support in their lives.


Heart of the Hayes

Inspiring story on Jarvis Hayes and his commitment to helping out in Atlanta.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Shannon Scott to Ohio State

Matta is one great recruiter. Not sure how he got on the radar screen of Shannon Scott, but he keeps on piling up elite recruits.

I'd like UGA to successfully recruit Shannon Scott's teammates, Julian Royal and Dai-Jon Parker. I don't think that Scott's decision to pull the trigger for Ohio State hurts our chances one way or the other.

Litterial Green Helps McPhee

Do we need to hire Green as a shooting coach?

Great contribution from one of UGA's big-time shooters.

Good recap, as well, of the Georgia-UNC Asheville game.

Green and McPhee

Kelvin Gaines to Cincy

I thought Georgia had a shot at signing Gaines, the 6' 10" center from Florida, but it wasn't to be.

One of these days, UGA's recruiting will take off. In the meantime, I hope we sign a decent small forward or big shooting guard.

Arkansas Loses to Morgan State

Can't imagine that the Razorback fans are too happy right now.

Morgan State is a good team, but the idea of Arkansas falling to one of these small schools is sure to be a hard pill to swallow for the Arkansas fan base.

Everytime I read something new about Arkansas basketball, it sounds like I am going through the archives of Coach Felton's tenure at Georgia. Coach Pelphrey is trying to instill discipline in his team, he has suspended some and dismissed some others.

By the time he properly calibrates his recruiting strategy, another coach will be brought in to run the team. Hope that's not true. But if the Felton example is any indication, Pelphrey will be gone by the end of next year.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

UGA and UNC-Asheville Game

Replay of the game is available via ESPN 360.

Litterial Green does a very credible job as a commentator. Congrats, Litterial!

Dawgs beat UNC-Asheville

Travis Leslie is a player. The guy is so athletic and crafty around the basket. If he ever gets his free-throw-line-extended game going, he will really be a force in the SEC.

Trey Thompkins looked great handling the ball. Free throws and 3-pointers looked incredibly smooth.

Albert Jackson had a few nice plays off of offensive rebounds.

Surprise of the game? Ricky McPhee. Had a career high night as a Bulldog. He can shoot the ball. He is not a tall 2-guard, so he will struggle having to defend the other team's best scorer. Likewise, if McPhee is guarded by a really good defender, it will be tough for him to get going.

Even still, McPhee doesn't need much time or space to get his 3-point shots up and toward the basket. It was good to see his confidence restored.

My overall impression is that I like what Fox is doing. Against UNC-Asheville, you can really see the concepts being implemented. Some full-court pressure or 3-quarter court pressure. Players cutting to the basket.

Georgia will lose some games we shouldn't, and win some games that we shouldn't. We're 2 and 2. Hopefully the team will improve every game and we can start to build a winner.

Jarvis Hayes Video

Hayes is shown helping out the less fortunate in the attached video. His foundation continues to do good work in Atlanta, while he is playing for the New Jersey Nets.


Jeremy Jacob and Oregon Ducks Lose

Oregon lost to Montana, a team from the Big Sky Conference. Had to be a set-back for the Ducks.

Jeremy Jacob, formerly of UGA, was largely ineffective. He went 2 of 9 from the field. Jacob has been used recently as the center for Oregon, due to the fact that Michael Dunigan has been injured.

I'll keep following Oregon and report back on how Jacob, Georgia native Teondre Williams, Billy Humphrey's cousin Matthew Humphrey, and others are doing.

I Feel Like Bustin' Loose, Bustin' Loose

The article's title reminded me of the old "go-go" style song. Good to see Chris Barnes get some recognition from the ABH.

Barnes has a lot of ability, and he's working hard to turn his toughness and athleticism into solid contributions on the court. If he can hit his free throws and make some short jump-shots, he could be a double-double kind of guy.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Humphrey Named Student Athlete of the Week

for the University of New Orleans Privateers.

The guy can definitely shoot the basketball. He seems completely recovered from his knee injuries.


Note: This post follows up the one from last week, and should be of particular interest to Bernie.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Herschel Walker to Fight in January

We'll see how this turns out.

I'm not a big fan of MMA, and I am certainly not a fan of the move by Walker to get into the sport.

More news later.


Friday, November 20, 2009

Billy Humphrey Scores Big

It's good to see Humphrey do well.

Maybe one of our guards will get hot in the next game or two. We are definitely better than our showing against Wofford.


Tobias Harris to UT

Bruce Pearl continues to roll on the recruiting front. Tobias Harris is a good combo forward who should fit in well with UT's style of play.

I'm still hoping that there will be good news eventually for the Dawgs. That may be a stretch, I know. The early signing period has come and gone without much activity. There aren't a lot of elite athletes left for the class of 2010.

I refuse to believe that the Dawgs will sign just one player. My understanding is that Josh Langford is interested. Well, let's get him.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Georgia Tech Loses to Dayton?

What's up with that?

I kind of figured that Tech would be pretty much unstoppable with Lawal and Favors as their big men. But Glen Rice didn't score, Mfon Udofia went just 1 of 5 from the floor, and Dayton beat Tech by 4.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Wofford Loss: What Needs to Happen

Georgia lost for the first time ever to Wofford. They played with a lot of poise and hit their free throws. We can't seem to shoot the ball.

1. Free throw shooting drills

Bring in Mark Price. Do something. Dustin Ware should be money late in the games. Chris Barnes needs to hit at least 6 or 7 out of 10.

2. Reduce Turnovers

Too many easy give-aways. Tennessee will absolutely kill us if we are this careless with the ball.

3. Recruit

I'm not ready to give up on this year, but it's hard to ignore the obvious. Travis Leslie and Howard Thompkins are players. If we can get a couple of others like them, even if it takes until next year, we ought to make it a priority.

Initially, I thought we needed a center most of all. Someone to replace Albert Jackson when he graduates. Now the obvious answer is that a center is down somewhere on our list of recruiting priorities.

We need a shooter. I don't know who's left on the board, but since we missed out on the Georgia talent this year, we should scour the world until we find a big shooting guard.

4. Bring on Marlon Brown

If Brown only has a few catches this late in the season, then he's not going to be used much for football. On the other hand, he is a big two-guard, a tough physical basketball player, and someone who could definitely help our hoops squad. In my opinion, as soon as football is over, Fox ought to be over at Richt's office, asking that Brown put sneaks on for the remainder of the basketball season.

Wofford Wins

Final score: 60 to 57.

We'll struggle. I thought we would be substantially better than last year. We beat them then without Terrance Woodbury.

But we're about the same. Even so, we had a chance to tie at the end of the game. Dustin Ware missed a free throw. He then had the ball at the end of the game with a chance to tie with a three, but he missed again.

We are really bad from the free throw line, and just as anemic from behind the arc. If there is any good news, it's that our big men are pretty good. Travis Leslie went 7 of 11 from the field, 2 of 2 from the line, and 1 for 1 from three-point distance.

I would play Leslie and Thompkins the whole game. Never take them out. We just don't have any others who can score the basketball.

Wofford leading 58 to 53

Under a minute to go. I would take a Zac Swansey three, now. He's gone, so Ricky McPhee or Dustin Ware will have to do something. I'd try to run something for Thompkins. Chances are he will have a big man on him who won't be able to challenge well on the perimeter.

Wofford up 43 to 38

If Georgia can get a decent lead on these guys, we have a shot at getting them discouraged. We are playing at home, so we should keep chipping away and hope somebody gets hot.

Trey has a double-double.

Wofford up 26 to 20

Sounds like we have an advantage in the post. We shouldn't rush to force things. Let's work it around so that we can make the entry pass at the proper angle.

We don't have good free throw shooting or anything working from outside.

Wofford up 14 to 8

We should blow this team out and probably will in the second half. I know that Wofford played Pitt close, but that doesn't mean that Georgia shouldn't beat this team. From all I can tell, we are being impatient in the triangle offense.

They are crashing the offensive boards, too.

Flip Murray

Flip scored 31 points on 13 of 21 shooting last night against the Orlando Magic.

Can anyone explain to me why the Hawks let Flip Murray sign elsewhere?

a) Charlotte gave Murray a 1-year deal for less than $2 million.

b) Murray would have gladly stayed in Atlanta for the same or less money.

c) Atlanta had roster space to keep Murray.

In the meantime, Atlanta drafted Jeff Teague. I don't remember the contract terms, but the rookie scale likely called for Teague to get a very nice deal (while maybe not as rich as Murray's, Teague's contract probably had terms that are not that far away).

Teague is fast enough to get to the rim, but opposing defenses are sagging off of him to see if he can make an outside shot. And there seem to be some serious mechanical issues with Teague's shooting form. Teague is averaging 3 points per game on a woeful 33% shooting.

Jamal Crawford was a great pick-up for the Hawks, and the team is having a fantastic early run. But could you imagine how much better the team would be if the second unit featured Flip Murray and Crawford at the guard spots?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Josh and Devin Langford

Cousins play well for Lee High. Both showed strong all-around games. Huntsville stayed in the game, but Lee was able to come out with the victory.


UK Escapes by Two, Virginia Walloped

They won the game against Miami of Ohio, but it was ever so close. 72 to 70 was the final score.

Anybody watch that game? If so, leave a comment.

Virginia lost by 17 to Mike Mercer and USF. That was a surprise to me. Mercer only scored 3 points, but Virginia apparently had nothing going offensively. Hard to imagine UVA having much success this year in the ACC.

Jeremy Jacob is Contributing for the Ducks

He plays center in their small line-up. They will press the ball and count on Jacob to hold it down in the post.

Jacob is averaging just 2 points over the first three games. He'll probably pick up the scoring as he gets more playing time.

Georgia native Teondre Williams is averaging 15 points for Oregon.

Georgia Southern not Getting Calls

They look really good against South Carolina. They have found a way to break the Gamecock press. Good coaching. Charlton Young has them well prepared.

Georgia Southern, even without the benefit of the calls, is down just 7 points at half-time. If they can maintain their poise, they can make a big statement, if not even win tonight's game. Look for South Carolina to try to break the game open at the beginning of the second half.

Teams are Playing UK Tough

Miami of Ohio is up by 3 at half-time. I can't imagine that they will continue to hit three-pointers like they have, but they are definitely not intimidated.

DeMarcus Cousins is 0 for 2 from the floor. I thought that he would be much better, but I imagine it's hard for him to find a role right now. Patrick Patterson is still the big talent on the floor. John Wall is 2 of 5 shooting.

Looks like UK will not run away automatically with the SEC East.

Auburn vs. Georgia Recap

Very well written.


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Steve Newman Stars on T.V.

Well, almost.

Newman appeared three weeks ago in the front row of the audience in "The Price is Right."

They didn't ask him to "come on down," but if they had, I'm sure he would have represented the Dawgs well, and fought hard to bring home the "W."

Mike Mercer Dunks

The guy still has incredible hops. After two serious knee injuries, you would think that Mercer would forever be a below-the-rim kind of player.

Mercer shined in USF's game against LSU. He finished the contest notching 3 of 6 shooting, 2 of 3 from behind the arc, and he garnered 3 rebounds and 2 steals.

One of his baskets was an alley-oop that led to this incredible dunk.

Ben Watson Ready to Play as Pats Take on Colts

Got to love the attitude. Watson is playing hurt. Still performing at a high level. Ignoring his critics. Making plays.


The New England Patriots against the Indianapolis Colts is always a great game. Hope Watson plays well.

Kendrick to Memphis

How does this happen?

Do the great schools have superior coaching and tradition; the poor ones, playing time to offer; and the rest, pretty girls and money?

I guess we have to add Memphis to the list of teams that can swoop into Georgia and pick off our state's top basketball recruits.

The thing that concerns me is that Memphis has a first-year coach. To my knowledge, Josh Pastner has no previous head coaching experience, and would not seem to have a particular draw to Memphis, other than the fact that he says he will continue to run Calipari's dribble-drive offense.

One would think that Memphis would have been devastated after Coach Calipari left and took with him all of the high-level recruits from the Memphis 2009 class. Not so. I doubt they will be a top twenty team this year, but the future is definitely bright. Memphis has the #2-rated basketball recruiting class for 2010. Somehow they have successfully bagged the country's #8, #11 and #12-ranked players.

Memphis Stars in Basketball Recruiting

It was curious to me that Kendrick, who hadn't shared much about his recruitment, other than the fact that he would likely wait until the spring to commit, announced his decision for Memphis just a short while after the early signing period began. I'd be tempted to link Pastner to Calipari's previous questionable recruiting methods, but that would be pure speculation, unfair to Pastner, and it certainly does not answer the question on why other schools also are more attractive to Georgia recruits.

Well, I had hoped that UGA's days of missing out on key recruits from the state of Georgia would have ended quickly with the Mark Fox hiring. We can end it at some point, but it certainly will not be in the immediate future.

I don't think it would be helpful to the process to list the guys going elsewhere, but suffice it to say that there are 7 guys in the Rivals 150 from the state of Georgia, at least 3 others who were in Georgia but played at a prep school or another school out of state, and 2 or 3 more that we had a real good shot at getting based on relationships-- and we didn't get any of them.

What to do? Don't panic. Kendrick and a couple of the others would have helped, but Fox is not in an emergency situation.

If the 2009 and 2010 classes haven't gotten any of the coveted in-state recruits, Fox and his staff need to rebound by bagging some of the 2010 out-of-state guys. Signing those players will not strengthen our relationship with in-state high school and AAU coaches, but let's bring in the players we can. Add a slasher and a shooter to Cady Lalanne, mix them in with the current roster and we should be in decent shape.

And there are still lots of good 2010 players available. There's time for a surprise or two, or we can take a chance on a prep school guy or a Juco, or even find a late bloomer.

Further, we can always save the scholarships and work hard on future classes. Maybe some of the 2011 or even 2012 guys will commit early and give us a boost. In the meantime, let's go to war with Howard Thompkins, Travis Leslie, Dustin Ware and Jeremy Price, and see how the year turns out.

Update on Rambo

Good news. It was just a concussion.

"Just a concussion" doesn't sound right, because concussions are so serious. But compared to what it could have been, I think everyone is relieved to hear of the diagnosis.

Below is the article from the Red and Black.

Rambo and Recap

"I Love Me Some Herschel Walker"

Herschel Walker is giving back. He recently took a break from his mixed martial arts training to help out a couple that works with terminally ill children.

Walker told his audience of the problems he encountered growing up as an overweight kid with a stuttering problem. Through the guidance of his parents and the influence of his brothers' high school coach, Walker was able to discover a healthy sense of self-esteem and hidden natural abilities for sports.

Walker's Story

Dawgs Win!

Another UGA vs. Auburn game. Another contest that went down to the wire. Georgia escaped with a 7 point victory, 31 to 24.

Auburn went up two touchdowns on passing plays. Their guys looked wide open and things did not look good.

Georgia responded. The team showed the same never-die resolve that it had early in the season when Georgia seemed to always come back in the game after allowing the opponent to first get ahead.

UGA mounted a furious comeback. Somehow, Georgia got Joe Cox going throwing the ball, shifted the running game into gear, and scored with our special teams. When was the last time that happened?

Cox was accurate on a couple of throws. He hit Israel Troupe and Tavarres King for long passing strikes. He was even lucky on one play, when a ball thrown over the middle, without much zip, and almost a sure interception, went right through an Auburn defender's hands and ricocheted to Orson Charles.

In good news for Georgia's ground game, the offensive line started to open up holes. Washaun Ealey showed incredible balance and drive on a spinning whirling dervish play down to the one. He managed to squeeze into the endzone on his next run. Caleb King got into the act and scored on a short touchdown run.

After Georgia managed to get the lead, Auburn came right back with a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Georgia received the ball, but was not able to move the football effectively.

Auburn tried to pass the ball down the field, and UGA came up with a play. Our front four collapsed the pocket, and the Auburn quarterback made an off-balance throw. Reshad Jones pulled in the interception, and Caleb King made them pay with a 20-yard+ touchdown run.

Auburn still had a chance to tie it. They ran the ball down the field this time and moved it effectively. Time was getting away from them, however, and Auburn was forced to throw it. On the play of the game, Auburn's quarterback hit an Auburn player in stride at Georgia's two yard line. Bacarri Rambo hit the Auburn player in stride, too. The jarring hit separated their player from the ball, and what would have probably been a touchdown for Georgia, ended up as an incompletion.

After the hit, Rambo collapsed in a heap. His right arm seemed stuck straight up in the air. Instant replays showed the violent collision, and players for both sides stopped to kneel in prayer.

I'm not sure what the status of Rambo is. I immediately thought that he had broken his collarbone, but then that didn't seem right either. I did know that his shoulder and neck received an incredible blow. There are sure to be updates, which I will link for the sake of the record.

After Rambo's injury, Auburn seemed out of sorts. Georgia recorded a sack. One of their linemen jumped and they were moved back 5 yards with a false start penalty. And on the next-to-last play, Auburn threw for the endzone.

Great-looking pass. In the far corner of the endzone. Very close, very accurate, and I wasn't sure right away what had happened. But somehow our players knocked the ball away.

Joe Cox took a knee and UGA won. Fantastic game.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Freddie In, Ezra Out

Fred Gibson is on the roster for the Austin Toros of the NBA's D-League this year. He played almost all of last year with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, but joined the Toros very late in last year's season, and did not score any points.

Followers of the Blog will remember that Ezra Williams played for the Austin Toros for more than one year. Williams is not listed as a returning player for the 2009/2010 season.

Auburn Comes to Athens

I feel like such a bad fan. It really is discouraging to face a football game at home against a rival, and believe that UGA will lose.

Part of the challenge of having a Blog is to force myself to go on the record and predict the outcome of upcoming games. I'm the biggest "homer" that there is, and ordinarily I would always pick UGA to win games, no matter what the sport, no matter which team the opponent.

However, on a Blog I feel like I must be intellectually honest, and choose which team will win, regardless of my hopes and natural inclinations.

So here it is...

I will be pulling like crazy for the Dawgs, but I don't see a way for us to win. Our defense isn't strong. Our offense has been one-dimensional. I can't see any of that changing today.

There will be no black-out in Sanford Stadium and no victory either. Auburn wins by at least a touchdown, something like 21 to 14.

SEC RPI to Take a Hit

Rider defeated Mississippi State. That was a surprise. Jarvis Varnado had his normal dominating game, but finding other scoring will be an issue for State this year.

In an even bigger upset, Cornell beat new coach Anthony Grant and his Alabama squad. Senario Hillman went just 2 of 6 from the floor. Never have figured out just what happened to him, but I thought Hillman was going to be a dominant player over at Alabama. Maybe he still will develop, but other than a few highlight-reel slam dunks, he just hasn't been much of a factor over his college career.

Grant will have Alabama performing at a high level. I am confident that they will get there. Tony Mitchell, JayMichael Green, and others are very talented players.

But Cornell was not to be denied. Congrats to them, and to Rider.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Thompkins is Ready to Start Season

Great article on Howard Thompkins.

I always felt that the only thing that kept Thompkins from taking his game to the next level was working on his body. He missed all of the strength and conditioning from his first year, due to injury.

Now that he has had the benefit of the conditioning work from the pre-season, plus all of the coaching and competition from his time with the USA's team from the FIBA international games, he is actually ahead of the game.

If he has increased his speed and his vertical significantly, Thompkins is going to be a handful against opposing defenses.


I Got a New Attitude

While I'm at it, using songs as titles for my posts, (I assume that most readers caught the John Lennon reference in my last post), I decided to throw some Patti Labelle in there.

Labelle's "New Attitude" song might be the theme for Georgia's year. We don't have too many new players to speak of, but our coach has given us a new perspective and approach to the game, and that might be enough to get us some wins.


I will say that I like the line-up, if it's correct. Putting Jeremy Price in there with Chris Barnes and Trey Thompkins will give our starting five some height. We won't be as quick on the perimeter, since Dustin Ware will be paired with Travis Leslie in the backcourt. I'm not sure how long we will stay with the new look, especially if we have trouble advancing the ball. But we shouldn't be outrebounded.

I'd like to see Ebuka Anyaorah be the first person off the bench, followed by Drazen Zlovaric.

Should be fun.

Georgia vs. the New Orleans Privateers. Tonight!

All We Are Saying is Give Fox a Chance

As readers of the Blog may know, I was concerned with the hire of Mark Fox. I hadn't heard of him. You hadn't either.

Supporters of the decision touted Fox's victories over Georgia and his overall record of wins and losses. I wasn't too impressed with either.

I remembered that Georgia's really bad teams had played Fox's Nevada squad really close. In 2004, Georgia lost by single digits at home. The next year out at their place, Nevada had no answer for Younes Idrissi. He scored a career-high 16 points.

From what I recall from listening to the 2005 game, Georgia's announcers were quite unhappy at the way the game was called. Our guys were hammered, but didn't get the whistle. On the other hand, Nevada ended up shooting a whopping 32 free throws. Georgia shot only 11.

Even with the benefit of "home cooking," Nevada was losing with 10 minutes to play. They escaped with a narrow 6 point margin.

As far as Fox's record was concerned, I felt that Nevada's wins and losses should be viewed in the light of their yearly opponents. His Nevada teams faced conference foes Hawaii, Idaho, Boise State and Utah State.

During much of the time that Fox was compiling his consecutive 20-win seasons, SEC basketball was at its height, ranked number one in the nation in RPI. If fans remember, Georgia often played Florida 3 times annually during the Gators' two national championship runs, not to mention UGA's twice yearly contests against Tennessee and Kentucky.

I doubted that Nevada would have had anything near 20 wins if they had to play an SEC schedule.

As Nick Fazekas said about the narrow victory over Felton's team, "We really didn't know what it took to beat a good team, because we haven't been playing the best competition."

I would have preferred that UGA hire a coach with impeccable winning credentials at the highest levels, someone who would be immediately successful in recruiting the Atlanta area. I think Damon Evans was concerned about the pay scale for such a coach, and whether Georgia would be able to keep him, once hired.

Evans opted for Mark Fox.

I will say this, I warmed up to the idea. I like what Fox has done so far. He has gone out and gotten some decent recruits, and he has a shot at bagging some of the more elite-level guys in the next few months.

Most of us just want a guy who will recruit, keep the program clean, and run a credible-enough offense that UGA has a chance to win. I haven't seen the Fox version of the triangle offense, but I am eager to do so. I believe if it is as good as advertised, the victories will come in time.

As Georgia begins the 2009/2010 campaign, supporters are lining up behind Fox. Rightly so.

In the meantime, Kentucky has garnered an incredible recruiting class, and the other SEC East teams are as talented, top to bottom, as I can recall. As a result, Georgia may struggle.

The AJC correctly notes that we've had a lot of coaches since 1995. Accordingly, fans who are on the bandwagon now, may jump off very quickly if things do not go UGA's way early on.


Let's give Fox a chance. That's the real point of this post. Let's get behind the program and stay there. Georgia basketball opens its season tonight.

Go Dawgs!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Changing the Persona of the Dawgs: Five Keys

I like the premise of the article in the Red and Black. One way or another, Georgia basketball needs to get over the hump. We need to be a perennial winner, instead of a team that struggles to escape the cellar of the SEC East.

It can be done.

If a few things go our way, Fox can turn things around. However, I don't think that citing the win by Fox in 2004 does anything to make the writer's case.

Nevada did not play well against UGA. Georgia's 2004 squad was the team that was pretty much cobbled together during Felton's second year. I don't know how to say this without sounding unfair to our former players, but the fact remains that in 2004 we featured Younes Idrissi, a hobbled Dave Bliss, seriously injured Corey Gibbs, Levi Stukes and the freshman Sundiata Gaines. Kevin Brophy and Buzz Wehunt were key guys off the bench. That team played hard, but they did well to go 8 and 20 on the year.

Against Nevada, Georgia shot 17% from the field during the first half, and still was within ten points at the break. Nevada won the game by single digits.

Instead of looking back for inspiration, Fox and UGA fans should see our potential and seek to exploit it in the near future. Georgia is much, much more talented than it was in 2004.

Fox has inherited a team with SEC-quality players. Travis Leslie is one of the best athletes in the conference. Jackson, Price and Barnes will provide bulk in the post. Ware can and will play well at the point. Thompkins is highly skilled.

Here's what needs to happen for Fox to give UGA basketball a make-over.

1. Focus on the fundamentals

The article is right in that Georgia needs to cut down on turnovers. Not sure how that will happen with just one point guard with any experience, but if UGA can decrease turnovers, box out for rebounds, defend reasonably well, and hit free throws, we can steal a few games.

2. Install and execute the offense

I was discouraged by the lack of plays that Felton's team seemed to run. His teams did not have the skill to succeed in a motion offense. Most of the time, it seemed that Sundiata Gaines was the only player who could beat his guy off the bounce. Therefore, instead of having multiple players executing drives to the bucket (like Memphis did under Coach Calipari), Georgia always seemed to stagnate offensively until the end of the shot clock and Gaines was forced to try to create something on the fly.

The point is that given the fact that Fox has decent athletes, Georgia already has the nucleus for a successful year. If Fox can teach the triangle offense and really get the team to run it well, then guys like Thompkins and Leslie should be able to put points up on the board, and UGA can win some of the close games that the team lost in the past.

3. All hands on deck

Albert Jackson has an injury, but the word is that he will be able to play either this week or very soon. Ebuka Anyaorah is coming off of surgery on his shins last year.

We'll need some good luck to avoid any future injuries, but we'll also have to have discipline so that no players will be lost due to academic suspension.

4. Find a Scorer on the Wing

Georgia lost Terrance Woodbury to graduation. Do we have anyone on the roster that can shoot the ball from deep or drive it to the basket? I'm hoping that person is Ebuka Anyaorah or Drazen Zlovaric, but Fox needs to find somebody.

5. Recruit like crazy

We lost out on some Georgia-based talent for the class of 2010, like Kevin Ware, Trae Golden, Shawn Kemp, Rion Brown, and Jason Morris. My hope is that Fox and his staff will be able to rebound with 1 or 2 other 2010 signees, particularly, Jalen Kendrick.

If we get a couple of key guys for 2010, and Fox brings in a banner class for 2011, Georgia will have a roster that can do some serious damage in the SEC.

Our persona will change if Georgia is competitive in 2009, and if we can move the program forward in recruiting.

Hawks over Knicks

Final score: 114 to 101.

The Hawks could have easily lost the game last night. The Knicks were shooting over 60 percent there for a while, playing in front of their home crowd.

Although the Knicks are not very good this year, they have some players who can put up big numbers. Al Harrington had it working in the first half, Larry Hughes got hot, and then Tony Douglas started to shoot the ball well.

But the Hawks didn't fold. They got the ball to Al Horford, and he delivered. Solid game from Josh Smith, too, with a double-double. Mike Bibby hit open jump shots. And Joe Johnson, who didn't shoot well in the first half, seemed not to be able to miss in the second.

Nothing much from Marvin Williams. Not a whole lot of scoring from Jamal Crawford, although he did play well.

The Hawks are 6 and 2 on the year. In 3rd place in the East. They'll struggle against teams with big post players, like Cleveland, Orlando, and Boston, but you have to like the way Atlanta is playing right now.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Kemp To Auburn

So much for my wishful thinking. I guess I won't be offering any stock tips this week.

I was so sure that Fox would bag the big guy that I went ahead and boldly predicted it.


Thomas Davis Out

Thomas Davis had a really good pre-season. He was faster, stronger, and more prepared for his role as the weakside linebacker for the Carolina Panthers. He out for a brief time with an injury, but all things were looking good for Davis to have a dominant season when the Panthers began the year.

It wasn't to be.

Thomas suffered a torn ACL in the game against New Orleans, and he will be out for the rest of the year.

Arkansas to be Short-Handed

I have posted links before about the problems over at Arkansas. I generally make just one reference to these kinds of stories, because I don't want the problems with some athletes to unfairly affect the tons of student athletes who do the right thing and represent their schools well.

Nevertheless, I am posting this article because all of the links to the earlier stories at Arkansas seem not to work anymore. Maybe Yahoo will keep the attached article out there on the Net a little bit longer.

My concern is that in the sports culture of "win at all costs," a man like Pelphrey will not last long as a coach. He either wins soon, or expect him to be gone by the end of next year.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Jason Morris to Tech

Morris is a guy that I had hoped would sign with UGA. Incredible hops and a really good-looking stroke.

From all I understand, Morris tends to vanish at times, so he will need some development before he is ready to make his full contribution. But make no mistake about it, the talent is there.

Maybe there will be some good news for UGA from Jalen Kendrick, Shawn Kemp, or Josh Langford.

Ironman Finishes

Double amputee and ironman. Now there's an oxymoron.

The notion of a double amputee competing at the highest levels in the sports world sounds totally absurd. If I had no legs, I think I would do well just to get up in the morning and make coffee.

But here we have it. UGA grad Scott Rigsby, a man in his late thirties, swam over 2 miles, biked 112, and ran a marathon, all in under 17 hours.


Amazing. I think the lesson for me is to keep running. Never give up.

What do you think?

Monday, November 9, 2009

SEC East Hoops Preview

From the Daily Gamecock.

I would assume from the words of the article that the writer thinks that USC will come in 4th in the SEC East.

Not a whole lot new in this preview. Everybody's preview has UK first. Tennessee deserves its general position as second in the pre-season rankings. Beyond that, though, it's anybody's guess.

Vanderbilt will be really good this year. Florida has Coach Donovan, a newly eligible transfer at center, and a scoring guard who will put up big numbers. South Carolina was strong last year and could surprise, even in an SEC East that is much tougher.

Georgia is generally ranked last in all the previews. It's hard to argue otherwise, since no one knows how Georgia will perform. We were in the cellar last year, and though we all may want to put Georgia in some other spot, in fairness to the process we'd have to have a reason to do so.

The Daily Gamecock's writers point out that Coach Fox brought on Vince Williams, an under-sized point guard. Other than that, Fox is going to battle with players that Felton recruited. True, Ebuka Anyaorah was injured last year, and since this is his first season playing, he could be seen as a new player. But the point remains that most of the other teams in the division brought in some pretty talented freshmen, and Georgia's class was not highly ranked at all.

I disagree with the writer's contention that Vince Williams and Demario Mayfield have to contribute a lot. They have to be at least serviceable for Georgia to win, but the key to this season are Thompkins, Ware and Leslie. If the big three play up to potential, Georgia can be competitive.

With that said, I have no argument with the preview's ranking having UGA as last. I certainly hope we do better.


D. J. Shockley to CFL?

D.J. Shockley was cut recently by the Atlanta Falcons, and from all indications, he won't be picked back up by the team.

It appears that at least one team in the Canadian Football League is interested in bringing Shockley in.

I wouldn't be surprised to see D.J. go to the CFL. It will give him a chance to showcase what he can do if he gets regular playing time, and it may ultimately lead to another chance with the NFL.

Great Attitude from Ealey

Guy's going be a good'un if he keeps working hard.

AJC Article

Herschel Walker Reviews Career

Guy was and is a talent, that's for sure. Big, fast, competitive.

Sometimes, fame makes it hard to adjust, live a regular life. To go from a small town in rural Georgia to becoming an almost idolized figure on a national stage must have been very difficult.

Good recap of Walker's life after football.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Sundiata Gaines Selected #15 in D-League Draft

The D-League held their annual draft today. Sundiata Gaines was picked at #15 by the Idaho Stampede.

The Stampede should be competitive this year. Gaines will help by bringing his all-around game. He averaged 13 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists last year in Italy, playing for Cantu.

Idaho is already a pretty good team. They finished second last year in the Western Division of the D-League, one game behind the first place team, the Utah Flash. In 2008, the Stampede won the D-League championship.

I would imagine that Gaines will have a little bit of an adjustment, since he will be moving from New York to Boise. However, in spite of the difference in time and population, the change in location might turn out well for Gaines.

The Stampede are affiliated with the Denver Nuggets and the Portland Trailblazers. I could see Gaines getting a real serious look from one or both of these teams, so maybe there is a path to the NBA somewhere down the road.

Congratulations, Sundiata!

Recruiting the ATL

Good article from the AJC. Dominique and Jarvis Hayes are quoted, as are Jalen Kendrick and Coach Hugh Durham.

It will take Coach Fox a while. He got Vincent Williams on board for 2009, and Gerald Robinson and Cady Lalanne for 2010.

But will the best players in the Atlanta area come to Athens?

Fox will have to see just what it takes to handle the Atlanta AAU scene. Since the NCAA is working to get new rules enacted, the relationships with AAU coaches should be cleaner. There shouldn't be as many issues with the perception of improper dealing, and all this should benefit Coach Fox as he seeks to develop ties within the basketball community.

The biggest issue is the Win and Loss record for Fox in his first year. If Fox can field a competitive and even winning team this fall and winter, then prospects will start to want to come to UGA.

Basketball Recruiting

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Clemson is Stocked

Oliver Purnell is getting it done over at Clemson. He recruits at a high level. His team is starting to play pretty well in the ACC. And now, Purnell is adding a little bit of "show" to his pre-season by swooping down from the rafters during Clemson's midnight madness.

As the attached indicates, Clemson has not done well at the end of the season. But all that could change.

Just his front line will give the rest of the ACC fits. The Booker brothers (sounds like a jazz band), Milt Jennings, Noel Johnson... And from the link from, it looks like Tanner Smith and Andre Young will help out a lot on the perimeter.

I don't know how Georgia's scrimmage against Clemson went, but if UGA played well against that bunch, there's hope for our season.

Anybody ready for basketball?


Scout Article

Howard Thompkins Named Pre-Season All-SEC

Here's the link to the article from the Athens Banner Herald.

Thompkins will need to play well for Georgia to compete in the SEC.

Mike Mercer Scores 17

Stan Heath and the USF Bulls played Florida Southern in an exhibition game.

Mike Mercer went 7 for 10 from the floor.

Hate to beat this point to death, but this season really is Mercer's last shot. He's had the proverbial two strikes with various legal issues during his time in Tampa. And he's had two serious knee injuries. He was dismissed at Georgia, transferred, dismissed at USF, and reinstated. He has graduated. As far as I know, there are no more schools to attend, no more eligibility to expend.

This will be his last chance to show his coach and anyone else watching that he has the talent, physical strength and the attitude to play basketball at a high level.

Maybe it will all come together for Mercer. I'm pulling for him.

Video of Damien Wilkins' Game-Winner

Happened in the first game of the season when the Minnesota Timberwolves played the New Jersey Nets.

I wanted to make this subsequent post so that when you click on Damien's name in hypertext below, the original post with the stats plus this one with the video will come up together.

Link to video.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Kevin Ware to UT

Kevin Ware, a 5-star point guard from the Conyers area, has committed to Bruce Pearl.

According to the attached article, Ware was positively influenced to commit when the football team changed from their orange uniforms into black jerseys.

Sounds like Kiffin stole a Mark Richt strategy and Pearl ended up benefitting. Ironic, isn't it? Too bad Georgia's football team was not more successful this year with its recent uniform switch.

Ware is #21 in Rivals' top 150 players for the class of 2011.

Kevin Ware

Humphrey has Surgery

Billy Humphrey underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last week. Sounds like it is the same knee that gave Humphrey trouble during his last year at UGA, when he was said to be suffering from "runner's knee."

Humphrey will be out 2 to 4 weeks. The time frame makes it unlikely that he will be in the lineup next week when New Orleans faces UGA for the teams' season opener.

Monday, November 2, 2009

North Georgia Saints Come Marching In

Should be a good game this Friday. Chance for fans to get their first look at Coach Fox and his basketball squad.

North Georgia has a couple of 6' 10" guys. Another player is 6' 7". We won't have a size advantage really, so Georgia will have to defend and work their way through the new triangle offense that Coach Fox is installing.

It would be huge for North Georgia for them to come in and gain a victory, even though it is an exhibition game. Let's hope we match their excitement (though not necessarily their singing).

Are you All The Way Turnt Up?

Jeremy Jacob Starts for Oregon

Jacob has made it into the starting lineup for the Oregon Ducks. During recent action, Jacob assisted Oregon to cruise to a victory over visiting Concordia.

Matthew Humphrey (cousin of former UGA player, Billy Humphrey) scored 10 points for Oregon. Teondre Williams, former UGA recruit, and a returning player for the Ducks, scored 12 points in 13 minutes.

Oregon seriously under-performed last year. They finished last in the PAC-10, and went 2 and 16 in the conference. Make no mistake about it, though. With players like Michael Dunigan, TaJuan Porter, Jeremy Jacob, Matthew Humphrey, and Teondre Williams, they have a lot of talent. Should be fun to keep tabs on whether they turn it around in '09/10.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Rambo for QB Petition

Said it before. I'll say it again.

There is another option besides burning Aaron Murray's redshirt. Some might consider it the option-- as in option quarterback. Instead of using Aaron Murray this late in the season, let him have the rest of this season and the off-season for getting healthy.

In the meantime, let's give some time at quarterback to a player who has already used up a redshirt year: Bacarri Rambo.

Rambo has the skill. He's got the experience. He was so good as an option qb in high school that Paul Johnson wanted him to be his quarterback.

Georgia could even take things further and line up against Tennessee Tech with a complete backfield, and see how it works. We don't have to commit wholesale to running the option, mind you. Just see if a different scheme might revive our running game. Having a running quarterback and utilizing some elements of an option, spread, or wildcat attack might help.

Could it be that part of the answer to Georgia's offensive woes has been right under Mark Richt's nose the whole time?

Time for Hoops

Hard to believe that November is here already. But sure enough, that's what my calendar says. Even turned the clock back one hour this morning to mark the end of daylight savings time.

All of this change must mean that basketball season is at hand. And so it is. Georgia will be playing an exhibition game against North Georgia this weekend, and kicking off the 09/10 campaign in earnest at the end of next week, with the season opener against Billy Humphrey and the University of New Orleans.

This year, perhaps it's not just the calendar that has UGA fans eager for basketball to start. Since the football team is an uncharacteristic 4 and 4, some may be looking toward the basketball season as an escape from the disappointment on the gridiron.

I'm curious to see how the team will respond to the new coach. Will there be a recruiting surprise or two? Can UGA do better than .500 in the SEC in basketball, and best the football team's winning percentage?

Leave a comment and let me know what you are looking forward to, or how you think the season will turn out.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Georgia Tech Up Big on Vandy

Vandy was ahead for a little while. Now Tech has 56 points. They may take the air out of the game, just in a show of respect for Vandy, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Tech score again.

Whatever the final score turns out to be, the fact is that Tech is really good this year. Paul Johnson has an effective system.

Might be ugly when they play UGA this year.

If the cards line up right for Tech, they might even play Florida for the national championship. Disgusting thought, and several things would have to break Tech's way, but if they run the table and the others teams play poorly, they could make an argument that they ought to face Florida (assuming that Florida beats Alabama in the SEC championship).

No Surprise

Georgia lost to Florida. No surprise, there. I hate that my 38 to 12 prediction was pretty much right on the mark. Would have much rather eaten crow after a Georgia victory.

There will be lots of belly-aching on the message boards and in the media. Why not? We got whipped. Special Teams. Offense. Defense. Turnovers. Penalties. Everything.

When it was 3rd and 15 early in the game and we didn't even try to throw the football downfield, I wondered about the message we were sending Florida and our own team. Have we lost confidence in Cox?

The thought crossed my mind about whether Cox could benefit from Lasik surgery. He seems to stare down receivers as if he can't pick up other receivers quickly enough.

Black helmets did not help. Appears mostly foolish if you're worried about the impact of the heat.

Maybe we will have the "aha moment" that we need a different offensive system. Don't know what that means, but we might have to have a different offensive coordinator.

My concern is the impact that the loss will have on the team. Will Georgia rebound? Or will we have a losing season? Auburn, Kentucky and Georgia Tech can all beat us. Shucks. Perhaps Tennessee Tech can beat us, too.

We're not very good, so if we don't get our attitudes right, we might just mail it in for the rest of the year.