On hoops, the ACC tourney and Russell Athletic

Good morning, hope everyone had a safe weekend.

A few thoughts on my trip to Chapel Hill:

Lewis Clinch picked a bad time for his hot streak. In the last three games — losses to No. 13 Wake Forest, No. 12 Clemson and No. 4 UNC — he’s made 18 of 37 threes. If only Clinch had gotten hot when Tech was playing the likes of N.C. State, Maryland and UVA….

Iman Shumpert appears to have hit a wall. The freshman is 2-for-13 in the last two games, with 13 turnovers against 9 assists.

Gani Lawal still leads the ACC in rebounding (9.8), but his scoring has tailed off. ESPN.com’s Chad Ford included Lawal in his latest edition of “Draft Watch: Who’s hot, who’s not?”

With Tech clinching last place in the ACC, we know the Jackets will be playing Thursday afternoon, March 12 at about 2:30 in the Georgia Dome. They’ll face the No. 5 seed. Right now Clemson and Boston College are tied for fifth at 8-6, with the Tigers holding the tiebreaker. Clemson swept Tech. The Jackets lost at home in OT to the Eagles and conclude the regular season Saturday at B.C.

For the first time in forever, ACC Tournament tickets are available to the general public. An upper-deck ticket to all 11 games costs $363. With Tech likely to have a short stay, I’m wondering how many of you are thinking about going. Here is the info about the schedule and tickets.

Hopefully you saw the story Ken wrote about Russell Athletic’s relationship with Tech and UGA.

Are you okay with Tech associating with a company other schools are cutting ties with? And, does the size of Tech’s contract complicate the issue? Ken points out that it’s a lot easier for other schools to cut Russell loose because they’re not making a whole lot from the company. For most schools, they license their name and logos to Russell and get royalties off sales. Tech, on the other hand, gets paid to wear Russell products.

Ken also notes that the Worker Rights Consortium includes 185 schools. While a bunch of prestigious schools have cut ties to Russell, a lot more have not.

Your thoughts?

33 comments Add your comment

Max Sizemore

March 2nd, 2009
7:28 am

Why not ask those workers whose factory was closed because they wanted union protections? I’ll bet they could tell you how their lives were impacted because of Russell.

Kurt Hoyt

March 2nd, 2009
8:17 am

How about some love for the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team beating #22 Virginia Sunday to secure the #5 seed at the ACC tournament in Greensboro? They’ll play #12 seed Clemson Thursday morning at 11:00am. The team has won 20+ games three seasons in a row, a first, and will likely be in the NCAA Tournament for the third season in a row, a first.

The Gwinnett Arena is a first and second round site this year. Could Tech be playing at “home” in a couple weeks?

The women are getting the job done and the men aren’t. It’s about time the local media start rewarding that success.

Samuel Gompers

March 2nd, 2009
8:59 am

Screw Unions. Good for Tech!


March 2nd, 2009
9:38 am

Unions are not needed in the USA anymore but in some countries working conditions can be harsh. As far as plant closings go, it happens everyday to all different types of industries. AND… Tech BBall is now the turd swirlly of the ACC. Thanks Hewitt and please work harder this off-season to get more minority coaches hired. Our next coach can work on the fundamentals. GO Jackets and Go Hewitt(away)!


March 2nd, 2009
9:45 am

Good for Tech and good for Russell. Unions are destroying our economy.


March 2nd, 2009
9:53 am

What is the difference between a Hot Carl and a Donkey Punch?


March 2nd, 2009
9:58 am

THWG and THWU (see the auto industry)


March 2nd, 2009
10:01 am

Russell has a lot of Tech and Auburn alumni running it (used to be based in Alexander City), so Tech is going to be quite loyal to Russell. I was quite surprised when Auburn dumped Russell for Under Armour a few years back.

Most other big-name schools have dumped Russell in recent years because they aren’t as much of a marquee name as Nike or Adidas or Under Armour, and I presume those three are also willing to offer more $$$.

Russell is now owned by Berkshire Hathaway, so if you don’t like their business practices, take it up with Warren Buffett.

Russell Athletic

March 2nd, 2009
10:20 am

I work with Russell, and I’d like to respond to the false accusation that we closed this plant because it was unionized. We had already recognized this plant’s union status for more than a year before announcing the closure. The Fair Labor Association, as well as an independent report it commissioned both agreed: it was imperative for us to close one of our three plants in Honduras because of the global economic slowdown. The independent report also confirmed the two reasons why we chose this plant in particular: 1) The need for products sewn there was lower than any of our other factories in Honduras. And 2) it was the only one with a lease we could vacate immediately, which saved us $2 million.

Those who are taking deliberate and unjustified actions to hurt Russell’s business and reputation cannot be acting in the best interests of Honduran workers who depend on Russell for their livelihood. If you’d like to know more about how we treat our workers, please visit http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=35397831844&topic=7884.


March 2nd, 2009
10:32 am

I would have more respect for those schools if they applied the same standards to the other manufacturers. To accuse Russell of being more egregious than Nike is laughable.


March 2nd, 2009
10:44 am

So if Tech plays in the ACC tournament on a Thursday, does that mean we can get a new men’s basketball coach by Saturday?

Crazy Robert

March 2nd, 2009
11:02 am

Didn’t that great supporter of liberal causes, aka Obama, Warren Buffet take over Russell? It seems I owned a very small quantity of Russell stock and a couple of years ago I was forced to sell my holdings to Berkshire Hathaway. Isn’t that a Buffet company? If so, would this make him appear to be a hypocrite, in other words a typical liberal, or progressive?

GT Fan

March 2nd, 2009
11:05 am

Agree Kurt, The Lady Jackets deserve media attention, Great Coach and damn good team. Maybe Mark will do something on them?

The Paul Hewitt Team is a damn Joke, can’t give tickets away. Rad’s needs to put Hewitts a@@ on the road. Pay him off $$$. We all know why he’s here?

I also agree with GT & UGA to stay with Russell. Unions are the down fall of this Country. (Auto industry and etc.)

Russell Athletic has always been a up front company.


March 2nd, 2009
11:17 am

All of you experts who keep claiming what a great recruiter Hewitt is hopefully watched the debacle on Saturday. We have only one player who might have a CHANCE to start for North Carolina and that is Lawal. I really do not think he could because he is not as complete a player as are the North Carolina forwards. He is a terrible coach and a fair recruiter at best.


March 2nd, 2009
12:19 pm

Back in the 60’s I worked for a union in Detroit. Their business practices are at best poor. The workers never had a real voice when it came to decision making. Plus, I had to sleep with my male superiors just to get ahead.


March 2nd, 2009
1:14 pm

I believe that Russell is the only uniform company that still has a manufacturing plant in the US. I can’t believe these schools are upset because Russell chose to close an overseas plant and keep an American plant open.


March 2nd, 2009
1:15 pm

Hooray for MaChelle for keeping bball interesting this year!

can one of the women player show the men how to shoot free throws??

Who Cares

March 2nd, 2009
1:54 pm

Who cares what happens in Honduras? If they don’t like working there tell them to quit. The 3rd world is the 3rd world for a reason.


March 2nd, 2009
2:20 pm

Out of all the years for the ACC tourney to be in Atlanta… they just had to pick THIS year??

And there’s help on the horizon GT fans…. Mark Bradley thinks we will bring back Dean Keener! I believe bringing in a TOP assistant is exactly what this program is missing!
We will be a top 15 team next year!


March 2nd, 2009
3:23 pm

Whatever two year old used my name for the first and third comments on this blog needs to grow up. You are an embarrasment to whatever school you flunked out of. People like you are really sick.


March 2nd, 2009
3:58 pm

I turned down my ACC tickets. First, watching basketball in the GA Dome is horrible unless you are on the first 3 rows. Second, watching GT basketball this year is just plain horrible.

I’ve got 6 tickets for Wednesday nights final home game and can’t get anyone to go. Very sad for Aminu and Clinch that their senior season has been such a waste. They are good kids that deserved better. I predict that Aminu will be playing in the Association next year. I’m proud that Clinch has stuck it out through a lot of hard academic times. If he gets his degree he deserves a lot of cudos for preservering.

BravesFan79 - what happened?

March 2nd, 2009
4:34 pm

No racists comments this time? What’s up with that? Losing your edge? You’re like the white version of Terrance Moore. Without pulling your regular racecard you’re pretty boring.


March 2nd, 2009
4:49 pm



March 2nd, 2009
4:58 pm

ill try and be more entertaining next time. Im not a racist tho, i just point out things that the liberal / anti-white media refuses to cover in the name of political correctness and promoting “diversity”
I am very happy however, to see the AJC going back to reporting the race of the perps in some of the more recent stories. Lets hope this honest reporting continues…… although its doubtfull considering were getting closer and closer to UN control. And anyone who pays attention at all knows that the EU seeks to limit free speech.

Oyea… GT needs some white dudes that can SHOOT…and PLAY SMART!!
Any one with half a brain knows that a team full of white players would NEVER have the worst free throw % / 3 pt % in the nation!
When will more teams learn that smarts/skills are more important than “athleticism”!
It sure payed off for the New England Patriots offensive line during all the superbowls!

There… did that satisfy your witchhunt for a racist comment?

Jeff Grady

March 2nd, 2009
6:36 pm

Someone please explain to me why the state of SC can get at least two teams in the NCAA BB Tournament, and the state of NC at least 4 (UNC, Duke, & WF, are in the Top Ten – Davidson), and the state of Ga cannot get any into the tournament. Why is BB such a failure among colleges in Ga. !


March 2nd, 2009
7:08 pm

Boys I was in Chapel Hill this weekend and it was nasty. I am betting that is Hewitt’s last game there. This is the worst ACC team we have ever had, it is amazing how little is said about it. They looked like the All Stars in one of those Harlem Globetrotters games. It is shocking when you see it live in a place that takes this game so seriously.

BravesFan79 - what happened?

March 2nd, 2009
8:57 pm

Bravesfan79…yea, if only tech had a white running back instead of Dwyer. Or a white safety instead of morgan burnett. Should we play Jaybo instead of Nesbitt? He’s “smarter” apparently.


March 3rd, 2009
2:04 am

Theres white players that could play at that level, just look at Tim Tebow! Whites just happen to get into other sports like baseball, soccer, wrestling, mma, golf and swimming….so there more spread out. And yes the intelligence of the offensive line matters alot… from schemes to timing to lack of penalties. Thats what made that Patriots group so special.
So why cant your boy Vince Young or Jasuckis Russell make it in the NFL…? Seems to me there more interested in making sure their diamond earrings are still in than actually being leaders and running the team!
Thank God we finally have a REAL MAN, a REAL LEADER, with REAL SMARTS in Matt Ryan! Go Falcons!

Not that i dont like black players, it just seems for every real man like a Warrick Dunn or a Dekiembe Mutumbo, you have 10 scumbags like pacman jones, lastings millidge, elijah dukes, ron artest, travis henry and his 9 kids by 9 women, OJ Simpson, rae carruth…i could really go on for awhile.
So what happened to the liberal, white-guilt idea that blacks are just a product of their environment… and if they just had $$ everything would be equal?? You cant buy BRAINS or MORALS!!


March 3rd, 2009
9:19 am

Paul Hewitt is a great coach and recruiter. What would you idiots be saying if Crittenton and Young had stuck around? What if Bell hadn’t gotten hurt? Is it Paul’s fault for those things? This year was going to be bad from the get go so get over it idiots and look forward to next year. If Lawal stays GT will win over 20 games next year and contend for the ACC title. What will you idiots say next year?

Rock on…..hello, hello, McFly anybody home.

BravesFan79 - what happened?

March 3rd, 2009
9:55 am

You might need to join a militia or something bro. I understand there are white players that can play at that level. You don’t have to tell me that anyomre. I get it. That’s not my point. My point is you root for TECH – a team with a black qb and a 3 black running backs. You cheer when they get in the endzone. Yet you just happen to be racist but too afraid to admitt it. Thinking you’re in a superior race sounds a lot like a dude back in the day…what was his name…oh…HITLER. I get what you’re saying. I’m a white guy myself. But it doesn’t mean I don’t cheer and root for all athletes no matter what they look like. As long as they’re on my team I’m a fan. You might need to move to the midwest and own a shotgun and say things like “get off my land”. Do you realize you live in ATLANTA? Not really a great city for your idealogy huh? Well I doubt anyone’s feelings would be hurt if you moved where you belong like say…I dunno..UTAH! You know what else is kinda funny. I’ll bet you never express this opinion in front of black people. Not once in your life have you said this around a black man. Only on blogs and behind closed doors. Not really an opinion then is it….just a scared little guy with a secret typing away his angry feelings. Like I said dude…you might as well get used to the way things are. They won’t change and you typing on a blog isn’t going to ammount to anything except clearing your concious that you were scared today on the elevator with a black man……good luck with that!


March 3rd, 2009
12:31 pm

So catch this – our starters played against UNC’s JV team the last 2 minutes of the game. That’s right the UNC subs at the end of the GT/UNC game were their JV players (UNC and Duke still have JV Bball teams). By the way we tied them 12 – 12. Sad, real sad. Fire Hewitt.


March 4th, 2009
11:34 am

Dadgum is really Paul Hewitt in disguise. Only a moron would defend him. By the way, Dadgum you use the word “if” a lot. As my dad said “If if’s and but’s were candy and nuts, then everyday would be Christmas”. Are you saying that if all the ‘great’ players stayed then the rest of this mess would be okay? So, Hewitt isn’t a great coach because he has to count on great players to win. By the way, we weren’t winning consistently with Young, Crittendon, etc.


March 10th, 2009
10:58 am

Yurtle…you have to be an idiot not to see what Tech would have been this year. Young and Crit were showing great promise and they were freshmen dummy. This year would have been very good with them. Maybe you are just a Georgia fan which would explain the stupidity.

Rock on…..