Football departures, women’s hoops, Derrick Favors

Couple of basketball updates today before we get to football.

Ken filed this note on Tech’s women’s team:

The women learned a tough lesson at the ACC tournament in Greensboro. They lost to Clemson, which was 2-12 and the No. 12 seed in the tournament. It’s the first time a No. 5 has fallen to a No. 12 in the tournament, although it’s only the fourth year the ACC has had 12 teams.
According to the story on the Tech website, teams seeded five or more spots ahead of their opponents were 60-4 before the Tigers ousted the Jackets Thursday.
Further, Tech had beaten Clemson twice, including 89-54 at Clemson Feb. 22.
“We played them at Clemson, we kind of embarrassed them,” said guard Deja Foster. “I think we overlooked them.”
Foster said that coach MaChelle Joseph warned the team about doing just that in practice prior to the tournament. But the Jackets fell in the trap.
“It’s ACC time,” Foster said. “Everyone’s got to come out to play and we just weren’t ready.”
Tech’s third consecutive NCAA bid most likely isn’t in jeopardy. Tech is 21-9 and finished 8-6 in the regular season in the ACC. The last time an ACC team with a winning conference record was kept out of the tournament was 1995.
For what it’s worth, Tech was given an eighth seed in ESPN’s forecasted bracket, last updated Monday.
But its chances of pulling a higher seed are shot, obviously, and Tech’s season-long goal of making the Sweet 16 got that much more difficult. The likelihood of Tech playing opening-round games at the Gwinnett Arena also probably took a nose dive, as well.
But you can be pretty sure Tech won’t be taking anyone lightly anytime soon.

Also Thursday, I got an update on Derrick Favors’ production in the Class AAA state basketball tournament.

After scoring 31 in South Atlanta’s 93-52 win over Thomson — the first state playoff win of Favors’ career — Favors had 23 points, 13 rebounds and 8 blocks in an 87-44 win over Cairo on Wednesday. His coach, Michael Reddick, pointed out that Favors did all of that in limited minutes. No reason for him to play four quarters in a blowout.

South Atlanta plays Washington County at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Columbus State. If the Hornets win that one, they’ll probably face Columbia in the Final Four at the Macon Centreplex on March 13. Those are the top two teams in AAA.

Favors is one of four in-state recruits, with Miller Grove point guard Mfon Udofia also still playing. His team meets Fayette County at 8:30 p.m. tonight in a Class AAAA quarterfinal at the University of West Georgia. If Miller Grove wins, the Wolverines would advance to a Final Four matchup at the Gwinnett Arena at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The high school careers of Glen Rice (Walton) and Kammeon Holsey (Hancock Central) ended in the second round, with Rice scoring 14 in a narrow loss to Norcross.

Back to Favors for a minute: he’s playing mostly power forward, and some small forward. Reddick said he’s quick enough to do it, plus the Hornets have a 6-8 sophomore named Nickalus Jacobs who’s still growing and will be a college center. (Jacobs already has offers from four major programs). Reddick said if Favors had been playing center, he’d be blocking a lot more shots.

Finally, you probably saw Ken’s story on three players leaving the football team. For Greg Smith, who led Tech in receiving in 2007, it was a case of a talented player not fitting CPJ’s system. Jake Blackwood will be missed on special teams. Bryce Dykes was a walk-on who didn’t figure to move up the QB depth chart. Did any of those departures surprise you?

62 comments Add your comment


March 6th, 2009
8:30 am

Perfect timing…I was wonder how Favors had been doing…thanks for the article!

GA Tech Insider

March 6th, 2009
9:18 am


I’m not sure where you got your “information”. Derrick is a great student; always has been and always will be. His parents and Coach have made sure of that since day one.

Perhaps you’re just trying to stir up trouble?


March 6th, 2009
9:43 am

he’ll do anything for his beloved dawgs. don’t listen to him. he cried when stafford and knowshon left and tech beat his dawgs. now he wants us to cry by saying vile things about our players. 45-42 GT66. still hurts don’t it lil’ guy?

George P. Burdell

March 6th, 2009
10:19 am

Smith is a talented player, but his lack of effort showed up on too many plays. You can take the road the high road and say that he wasn’t a good match for CPJ’s system, but I think the truth is that he just didn’t give consistant effort throughout the games. In the BC game early on, there were two plays where if he just gets out and blocks with any effort, they were going for big gains. He didn’t play as much later in that game and his playing time started dropping after that.


March 6th, 2009
10:29 am

GEORGE P. BURDELL–You’re 100% correct about Smith. And, that is sad, because he had tons of God-given talent. By the way, did you get signed up for all the classes again this year?


March 6th, 2009
10:30 am

I wish well on all those who decided not to stay with the team, and I can understand them leaving and Im sure they won’t be the only ones sooner or later. I wish spring practice was here all ready so I can hear about the d-line competetion.


March 6th, 2009
10:35 am

Bottom line is Smith still had the Gailey attitude. And now he is gone, just like Gailey, the worst coach in the history of the world. If there are any more players who still have the Gailey attitude, they will be gone too. Thank God and Greyhound that Gailey is gone forever.


March 6th, 2009
10:41 am

Larry or whoever is moderating the blog,

Thanks! I was rarely reading the comments in these blogs prior to the move to the new platform. It is obvious that someone is making an effort to ‘cull’ the posts that are childish, offensive or that only serve to incite. And it is appreciated by the majority of readers.


March 6th, 2009
12:47 pm

Ahh m, still around. Haven’t figured out how to make all your posts in bold yet in this new format. I agree with you about Gailey but he’s been gone over a year now. Move on with your life.
Oh, and I also agree with you and GPB about Smith. No big loss or surprise with any of the guys leaving.

Hey GT66

March 6th, 2009
1:00 pm

Is this how you are feeling? On one knee?

Tough upcoming year for your Dawgs little guy. Joe Cox will not lead your team anywhere. How much offense combined did you lose in staffy and knowshow? I guess that loss in November still stings doesn’t it? So I guess that means we’ll just have to endure another 200 something days of you typing stupid sh*t on OUR Blog huh? Fine by me…it only makes me realize WE ARE IN YOUR HEAD. HAHAHAHA!


March 6th, 2009
1:26 pm

My sources just emailed me that GT66 has a pole smoking problem. He apparently has been dealing with this for some time. Good luck little buddy, we are all pulling for you to make it through this without too much pain. Better to smoke it than choke it for some.

Tech beat dogs in 08

March 6th, 2009
1:48 pm

Does this (exits) mean more scholarships are available?


March 6th, 2009
2:24 pm

I hope you girls enjoyed the Britney Spears concert. I heard the football team had their own private suite. TICKLE TICKLE TICKLE


March 6th, 2009
3:00 pm

Contrary to several rumors that seem to be going around among the Techies, UGA will indeed have a starting quarterback and running back for the 2009 season. That means we will not be “losing 90% of our offense” as is so often claimed. If we were truly losing 90% of our offense, it would mean an average of only 42 yards and 3.2 points per game for the Georgia offense in 2009. Even the most pathetic crybaby UGA hater has to admit that this is a bit extreme.

I just wanted to clarify that, not that it will do much good. Tech fans believe whatever they want to believe. Facts never seem to make much difference.


March 6th, 2009
3:15 pm

No…because all three earned their degrees…or will by May at least. Jake was no longer in the 2-deep…nor was Dykes (who was not on scholarship). Greg Smith earns his degree in May and then can go somewhere to give WR one more try. He was not on the 2-deep at AB or WR going into the spring.

All three have been disciplined and made good decisions to finish school and move on to areas where they feel they will have long term success on or off the field.

Hey ggodsey

March 6th, 2009
3:22 pm

Once again I got to question your Screen Name my friend. It seems so weird to choose a QB who beat your team senseless. Why not be “RBall” or “ASuggs”. You might as well start calling yourself “JNesbitt” as so far he owns your over rated team. As far as the Britney Spears comment – dude…you need some work on your material. WEAK! Tickle piles and gay jokes. That’s it? There are much funnier UGA fans that frequent this Blog and I’m sure they wish you didn’t. GT66 – Does hiding behind a fake name and talking trash get you EXCITED!?!? That’s neat! What’s it like living in your Mom’s basement. How much were you beat up in school? Is it tough being a UGAy fan this year? 45-42. Just thought I’d stick that in there. Joe Cox sure is gonna pour salt in your wound. Dude will be dreadful. How quickly do you think they’ll pull him. 1st or 2nd game? Ggodsey and GT66 – GO DAWGS RUF RUF RUF! Biggest band wagon fans in the country. I was at the TECH UGA game in Athens. People were heading for their cars after that 28 point 3rd Quarter. Those were the same a holes who were being cocky and cussing me out in the 1st quarter. Keep hiding under your fake screen names but we all know what true lame a** dawg fans you are. Get ready to enjoy a taste of 7-5 this year. You’re gonna wish your precious Stiffy and Knowshow didn’t leave ya. How can we blame them for leaving though…that town sux!


March 6th, 2009
3:27 pm

Hey Man – You don’t know me. So what if I root for a WINNING team in Athens. Quit ripping on my Dawgs dude. We’re gonna take y’all to school this year. Go join a tickle pile! I hate all you freakin NERDS so much. You only won 1 game in 8 years. Tickle pile time idiot jerks! No more trash talk about the Dawgs is allowed on this blog. YOU HEAR ME NERDS?

Hey - Huh?

March 6th, 2009
3:36 pm

Still frequent the TECH blog daily I see. Ever go on the UGA Blog? Just wondering. As far as your comments you are right. You will have a QB. Just won’t be half as good as Stafford was. You are right about the running back as well. Just won’t be half as good as knowshon was. How many points did those two players account for? Quite a bit I assume. None of us know much about Joe Cox but that he is unproven except a game against Colorado. The other game he started I belive he was pulled out of. So back to the blog talk. Why are you on here every day? What do you get out of it? Do you get excited when you get a response from a Tech fan? We get that you like UGA lil’ guy. WE GET IT. I promise. THEY’RE THE BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD. Does that help you calm down a bit and quit arguing their case so much?


March 6th, 2009
4:00 pm

Good job. mods.

Much better reading



March 6th, 2009
4:07 pm

Let me start of with this…45-42!!! uga SUCKS. These three guys leaving the team is something that Ga Tech fans will have to get used to for a couple years. As CPJ brings in his players and more depth at every position, the Gailey leftovers will be moved out. It’s a great thing to see. We’re just upgrading our skill. It’s going to be nice to watch the Saturday after Thanksgiving as the Jackets stomp the little puppies again.


March 6th, 2009
4:11 pm

So let me get this straight Techie. You don’t know much about Joe Cox, but you also think he is only half as good as Matthew Stafford. Excuse me if I’m a bit confused. Talking to a Tech fan is like talking to a schizophrenic. You really never know what you’re going to get. I am also confused at how suddenly Stafford and Moreno have become such awesome and irreplaceable players in the eyes of Techies now that they are gone. I don’t remember them recieving this kind of all-star treatment when they were wearing the red and black. Convenient. Very very convenient.

Hey - Huh?

March 6th, 2009
4:35 pm

Ok buddy, I for one have always said Stafford and Knowshon had tremendous talent. Not sure who you were talking to that said they didn’t. And once again you fail to answer my question. Why are you on a TECH blog every single day of your life? Did the loss affect you that much or does it just make you feel good to talk trash to your rival? Talking to UGA fans is like talking to a brick wall. Unless someone is praising your team you’re losing your mind. Calm down…breathe. Not everyone feels the way you do. We all have opinions ok lil’ fella. So answer this question please – Why does your sad sad existence bring you to a blog of a team your NOT A FAN OF every day of you life? WHY? Don’t you find it odd? I don’t spend my days searching out the UGA blogs or posting on there because I HATE UGA. I have no reason to be there. So why are you here? What do you want us to say? That UGA is the best team in the nation? That UGA beat tech even though they didn’t? Should we talk about the past?…you guys seem to love talking about the past way more than the present. What should we tell you here on this Blog to make you feel better about yourself and your team so you don’t have to be here day in and day out. So that you can go talk on your fanbase blog and talk about your favorite team… What can we do to make that happen lil’ tyke?

Reggie Ball

March 6th, 2009
4:36 pm

I am just glad that GT66 and JacketSteve are not the same type of loser that I am. I actually played for Tech and I am such a loser.

Hey - Huh?

March 6th, 2009
4:37 pm

Joe Cox is better than Stafford. Is that better? Do you feel ok now?


March 6th, 2009
4:42 pm

If not mistaken Smith is graduating in May with a Business Degree. His effort was probably more geared in the classroom. That said he was a WR in a passing offense and probably will do better in that model at Div1-aa school. Obviously he did’nt fit CPJ’s scheme as well as some of the others. Also Tech is about a year or so away from developing this passing game to go with the option. Hopefully it will be this year. His brother is one of the top DL prospects in Ga. and is still interested in Tech. The other prospects leaving make sense to as one is graduating and the other is going to focus on academics. Let’s don’t forget that iss why many come to TECH to get the education and also to play football. Fortunately CPJ has plenty of good backups at all the skill positions.


March 6th, 2009
4:50 pm

“Ok buddy, I for one have always said Stafford and Knowshon had tremendous talent. Not sure who you were talking to that said they didn’t.”

I was talking to the entire Techie nation that spent the past two years (three in the case of Stafford) talking about how overrated they are and crying everytime the media gave them attention. That’s who I’m talking to. Then, the second they leave Georgia, these overrated underachievers magically transfigure in to game changing studs that Georgia will never be able to replace according to Tech fans. Its just very convenient logic. That’s all. Tech fans are full of convenient logic. That’s better than what you are most of the time, which is liars.


March 6th, 2009
5:11 pm

The question for the twenty-first century isn’t whether one in a million chimpanzees with typewriters could randomly create a Shakespeare play, it seems to be whether even one in a million Bulldawg fans with laptops would realize they had to turn it on first.


March 6th, 2009
5:23 pm

Huh? is right in general, though logic or lying has little to do with these blogs, I believe. It’s mostly about bored and/or loyal fans who are so desperate for good news (out of Athens, Atlanta, or Washington, D.C.) that we’ll take a blog about women’s basketball and a h.s. recruit and turn it in to a discussion of chimps and bulldawgs. My bad. My senses are so inundated with all the blahblahblah of a tanking economy and a loser coach with a $10 million buyout and a pitiful team that I am hearing the ghost of Al Ciraldo in my sleep…”Toe Meets Leather! Tech fans.” I just wish it was the sound of DRad’s Toe Meeting the Seat of Hewitt’s pants as he kicks him out the door.


March 6th, 2009
5:31 pm

Actually, “Huh?” is full of Dawgs***. I meant to commend “Hey-Huh?”. It’s bad enough when Tech fans can’t stop talking about football on a Tech Basketball blog, but at least it’s better than UGA fans talking about football on a Tech Basketball blog. That’s OK, they have the last ten years to look back on, and we have the next ten years to look forward to. Now, “Huh?” (which must be what yo’ mama responded when they asked ‘what you want to name it, ma’am?’), you can go back to your barber chair and if you don’t cut off any more ears today we’ll let you use the pointy scissors tomorrow.


March 6th, 2009
5:35 pm

Glad to hear that Favors is doing well and the Lady Jackets learned a lesson. Sorry to hear that 3 guys left the football team, but good luck to them. Perhaps Favors can bring his HS Coach with him…I’m just saying.


March 6th, 2009
5:39 pm

ggodsey’s mmmother must have stststuttered, too.

Mike T.

March 6th, 2009
5:52 pm



March 6th, 2009
6:28 pm

Mike T.,

That’s just something that people who lose say.

By the way, how did Greg Smith lead any team in receiving? The guy couldn’t stop dropping passes.


March 6th, 2009
7:19 pm

An aside: FSU just crapped on themselves. It looks like Bowden may be out faster than he thought. Four years of lost scholarships is hard to overcome. I guess Miami will be power in ACC Florida.
As far as Tech losing players to transfer, that happens almost every year. I don’t consider that significant unless a boat load leaves.

Huh you are a douche

March 6th, 2009
7:26 pm

So all of a sudden GT fan’s opinion of Fattford and Noshow matters? Of course we say they are overrated, they play for our instate rival. But you can’t dispute the fact that uga is losing 2 first round picks at 2 skill positions, plus Momass at WR and their replacements are unproven at best (besides Green). What percentage of your offense (that actually scored a point for you) are you keeping??? Going to be a long season for the mutts.


March 6th, 2009
8:16 pm

Hey Huh, we won’t have to score many points against you losers because next year we will have a defense. You are lucky, you will never in your miserable life see a defensive meltdown that allowed you LOSERS to beat us. So live it up for these next 8 1/2 months because reality will surely bitch slap all you NERDS back to reality!!!

Tech fan/Mountaineer fan

March 6th, 2009
8:46 pm

Wonder if Smith would consider AppState? A. Edwards could find him often.

Minnesota Jacket

March 7th, 2009
1:12 am

I am not even going to comment on the fact that UGA fans on the GT blog is just funny….I am also not going to comment on Georgia fans who are going to build up Cox over the next 8 months and then in the first 3 weeks be screaming for their new recruit…Im also not going to comment on UGA fans calling GT fans gay and all of that usual jazz because out of all the UGA fans who have commented on here how many of ya’ll went to Georgia???…..oooo yeah that is right you DIDN’T go… How about this you can get on our blogs when you actually go to the school your talking about!
Back to real stuff though, I am really looking forward to how Stephen Hill does this year becoming our #2 or #3 receiver…we don’t need a big play guy because thats what Bebe is for, but we need that reliable guy who can catch make one guy miss and get about 8 yards on average. If a number 2 guy can come about this year and Nesbitt is protected I don’t see anyway our offense is stopped this year.
Tech guys on here what are ya’ll thinking for D-line? I really like the idea of the 320lb redshirt from last year making an impact as well as the new recruit we have from Flowery Branch…wanted to hear your opinion


March 7th, 2009
1:59 am

I agree Minnesota, with your comments on Dawg Blawgers and also on the D-Line. This year, as good as the D-Line was, there were a few times they did not dominate like I thought they might (one good season and I’m already getting picky, haha). I do have great confidence in Wommack’s coaching and Giff Smith’s D-line coaching & recruiting. Cummings, Dieke, and Lanier all look promising with the assumed bulking up and conditioning they’ll get this year and next. Morgan will of course be strong and I think Peters will be the one who really needs to step up to help Derrick set the tone for the younger guys. Despite their youth, I think the D-Line will be strong, and with an improved Defensive backfield, we should get some more sacks as well as continuing to stuff the run. Darn, now that I’m all worked up, I wish it was August already!!!! Wish I could just TIVO the year in advance and skip over the last throes of the Hoops team and the (now irrelevant NCAA’s). Go Jackets.


March 7th, 2009
8:31 am

The Tech Women will NOT get invited to the NCAA. They finished the season poorly, are not ranked and lost an embarrassing first round game in the ACC tourney.


March 7th, 2009
9:23 am

Welcome to our blog DAWG fans. While you’re here you might as well learn the fight song…………I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech, and a hell of an Engineer. A Helluva, Helluva, Helluva, Helluva, Helluva Engineer. Like all my jolly good buddies, 45-42 was better than Beer. I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of an Engineer.


March 7th, 2009
10:41 am

The D-line should not experience much of a drop off this year. I actually think Morgan will be better than MJ was and should dominate. The key will be keeping him healthy and providing a consistent pass rush from the other side. Not sure about the other end (Hall i think). His play will be crucial. We should have enough depth on the inside to not lose much there. In addition, the linebacking core will be greatly improved and better at filling the gaps and making plays for losses. What will really be interesting is to see whether we can develop the passing game and O line protection of Nesbitt. That is where we must put our faith in PJ. Then we should be looking at an ACC championship.


March 7th, 2009
11:31 am

I attribute the player losses to the fact that there have simply not been a lot of good Tickle Piles on campus lately. Since the UGA smackdown we simply haven’t had much to be happy about. We need to play the redneck hounds more often. THWG


March 7th, 2009
11:31 am

Hey Fuzz Nutz (Buzz), why did you leave the UGA Blog – We enjoy reading your novels this morning. All the UGA bloggers was going to pitch in and get you your own RING but you got run off – Go figure….

Chuck Uga

March 7th, 2009
11:42 am

Looking forward to Favors reversing his decision to sign with Tech! The new UGA coach will come calling soon and REALLY upset the Tech fans!! Can’t wait!!


March 7th, 2009
12:00 pm

Smith is no surprise he lacked heart out there.. You can be as fast as you want but no heart and dedication to the team….Bloackwood will be missed a little…Dykes football wasnt in his cards..Coaching maybe…

biteme dawgs

March 7th, 2009
12:30 pm


March 7th, 2009
1:08 pm

Let’s not forget that UGA lost MoMass too…. Big loss at receiver, especially for Joe Cox. I live 5 minutes from Independence HS where Cox and MoMass both went. MoMass was good, Cox was good until he got rattled, then he was awful.

Cox and MoMass had some chemistry (different chemistry than the type that Stafford and Cox had spooning each other in the Talladega Pics).


March 7th, 2009
2:01 pm

Guys, guys, guys…especially you Tech fans. I’m surprised at you for sparing with the doggies. Listen. We build bridges and cities and nations. We design buildings and send people to space. We design missle programs to keep this country safe. We run nuclear power plants and educate young people. We design automobiles and aerospace infrastructure. We are masters of business, run power grids, and project-manage all kinds of transportation industry related projects. We don’t need to argue with a group of people whose only pleasure in life is to beat someone at football 8 or 9 times a season. If we argue too much, they might get their food crew to over-cook your next McDonald’s burger. We have a reason to be proud all year round. They are only happy on an occasional Saturday in October.

BACK to the question

March 7th, 2009
2:10 pm

3 players have left the team. IMO, Dykes (a back-up to the redshirt guys really) is the only one of the 3 that appears to be the SMART decision. The other 2, especially Greg Smith, are not unusual, they aren’t going see the field much. Therefore, they either decide to focus on academics (and eliminate PJ’s strenuous practices) or take their skills elsewhere.

I agree with George Burdell…Smith has talent. He won’t see the field b/c he lacks the effort/ability/heart (not sure which ones), and that’s sad b/c the young man has the tools. And PJ gave him the opportunity to play. I know the plays in the BC game GPB is referring to. One, in fact, where PJ grabbed him by the back of the jersey, and tossed him to the sideline. Tech came back later in the game, and ran THE SAME play sans Greg Smith, and Dwyer scored the WINNING 43-yard TD b/c the player Smith didn’t block was blocked this time.

I also remember Smith being the central player at which PJ was aiming his “if you don’t practice, you don’t play” decree back in Summer practice. Smith was supposedly nursing a hip pointer, but was out practicing from there forward.

Now the D-line questions…

Obviously the most concern on this side of the ball is the line since 3 starters & a backup were lost. I believe Derrick Morgan was the best lineman anyway, and he was not lost. Also, a few of the returnees got quite a bit of playing time. Add Barnes (redshirt), and incoming Lanier, and IMO, I think this is going to be a solid D-line. With the DBs, and LBs being stout, I’m very optimistic that the D will be improved over last year’s.

How about this for a stat……
Morgan Burnett’s 7 ints in ‘08 were two more than Tunuta’s ENTIRE defense recorded in all of ‘07.