Tech: Basketball search still going

Georgia Tech says it is still looking for its basketball coach.

Associate Athletic Director Wayne Hogan issued this statement Friday night, denying a report earlier in the day by the website sportsbybrooks that said Tech had offered the job to Dayton’s Brian Gregory:

The search for the next men’s basketball coach at Georgia Tech has
not concluded and is still ongoing, contrary to a number of published
internet reports on Friday. As is our policy, we do not comment on
ongoing searches. However, due to these erroneous reports we felt
compelled to clarify the status of the search process.

The website cited a source within Tech’s athletics department. Hogan’s statement is the first public communication Tech has had about the search in more than a week, other than a note that appeared on Thursday in Dan Radakovich’s blog, “The Good Word.”

Radakovich said that he hoped to have a coach hired by the Final Four, which begins April 2 in Houston. Tech’s former coach, Paul Hewitt, was let go two weeks ago after 11 seasons.

Because of his 172-94 record at Dayton, Gregory has frequently been mentioned as a candidate for jobs, including at Iowa, DePaul and Rutgers last year. At the time, Gregory said: “I’m not interested in leaving Dayton. … I’m concerned with helping this team and the incoming players have a great summer and continuing to recruit the guys who can help us in the future.”

Among the candidates that have reportedly interviewed are Tulsa’s Doug Wojcik, New Mexico assistant and Tech alum Craig Neal, and another alum, Mark Price.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

407 comments Add your comment

Um, no

March 25th, 2011
5:27 pm

Sloppy reporting.

Wolley Stekcaj

March 25th, 2011
5:28 pm

Gregory would work at Tech. Great coach and a man of integrity. Solid choice if he accepts! Would bring us back to respectability and potential for NCAA Tournament success..

bye bye blewitt

March 25th, 2011
5:29 pm

Wolley Stekcaj

March 25th, 2011
5:29 pm

Um, No, you have no clue, do your homework!

Joe P

March 25th, 2011
5:37 pm

bp

March 25th, 2011
5:39 pm

Seriously… please no. I am not believing it yet.

William Satterwhite

March 25th, 2011
5:40 pm

I find it hard to believe that an actual job offer would be made with other candidates out there still playing games. Gregory would be a solid choice like Wojcik, but he shouldn’t be the first choice. Unless Mooney and Marshall and even Shaka Smart have made it known they won’t consider the Tech job at all, there’s no reason to rush things here.

TomB

March 25th, 2011
5:47 pm

Boooo! Not much better than what we had.

Techster

March 25th, 2011
5:48 pm

That’s fine with me. Let the recovery begin!!!

RT in NC

March 25th, 2011
5:54 pm

70-58? Isn’t that 6 losses from .500? In the A-10? Obviously, coaching is a much better gig than engineering.

Bball Fan

March 25th, 2011
5:58 pm

William…Shaka Smart? Really? Yes, his team won some games in the tournament, but you can’t base a coach on a short run. If you could, Hewitt would still be here. VCU finished 4th in their conference. Judge a coach by his full body of work, not simply a run in the tourney

I AM NOT RE ENERGIZED

March 25th, 2011
6:01 pm

Enter your comments here

William Satterwhite

March 25th, 2011
6:04 pm

Bball Fan, I’m not saying Smart *should* get the job by any means, just that he should be given consideration before someone is actually offered the job. Smart might come in for an interview and lay out a great plan that includes reconnecting with past Tech stars and a blueprint for rebuilding the program, we’ll never know if he isn’t considered. I want as many solid coaches as possible considered and interviewed before a decision is made, that’s all.

I AM NOT RE ENERGIZED

March 25th, 2011
6:06 pm

IS DRAD nuts? Or is Fogler? If this is what they came up with then they have lost their minds. Why didn’t they just rehire Bobby Cremins who beat Dayton in the NIT this season. wow, hiring the NIT champion, big whoopty do….for those who were pulling against Mark Price, hope you are happy now.

TomB

March 25th, 2011
6:06 pm

Rather have Price or Neal. Hope this report is false.

Bill Murray

March 25th, 2011
6:07 pm

Eh… Let’s wait ’til the tournament is over and we interview who we supposedly really wanted first, Dan.

Blue Fox

March 25th, 2011
6:09 pm

At least he approaches Bobby’s grey hair.

Delbert D.

March 25th, 2011
6:09 pm

An Annapolis guy.

Delbert D.

March 25th, 2011
6:12 pm

Something doesn’t jibe here. He supposedly has been offered the job according to some website, yet DRad has done one interview by email, total?

Dollar Bill

March 25th, 2011
6:17 pm

Hmmm. This choice is a little surprising but he meets and exceeds the objectives. Fans. Excitement. Developing players. He will energize the base. He has a solid history of player development.

Ozzy

March 25th, 2011
6:20 pm

My initial reaction is: 70-58 in conference? I’m not feeling particularly re-energized by that.

Not real impressive. I’m with Bill Murray at 6:07 (so he’s got that going for him, which is nice).

Paul in RDU

March 25th, 2011
6:20 pm

I am sure that Brian Gregory will support GT in football as well as in basketball and cheer on the Jackets as they compete against Kirby Smart’s defense next Thanksgiving.

Jacket71

March 25th, 2011
6:23 pm

The source quoted is not very reliable. The site is run by a UGA homer who looks to bash GT at every turn.

Jacket Man

March 25th, 2011
6:27 pm

Anyone who believes this Bulldog “homer” needs to talk to me. I have some beach front property in Nebraska I’d like to talk to you about. DRad is still interviewing coaching candidates and unless he’s hedging his bets against Moody, or has heard otherwise already, I’m not concerned.

William Satterwhite

March 25th, 2011
6:28 pm

70-58 in the A-10 is nothing to look down, that’s a darn good conference. For that matter, outside of Gonzaga in the WCC or Memphis in Conference USA, a 70-58 record in any conference is pretty impressive since it shows you can at least hold your own against comparable competition.

Um, no

March 25th, 2011
6:29 pm

Sportsbybrooks is also responsible for awesome reporting such as: “Hewitt staying at Tech.”
Site is run by a UGA alum, so thats all you need to know. Doug, this is as bad as when you reported a Bleacher Report.

wxwax

March 25th, 2011
6:29 pm

Sports by Brooks may be a bit sleazy but it’s usually accurate.

ExecutiveStinger

March 25th, 2011
6:30 pm

Doug, I’m surprised that you would publish “news” like this from such an uncredible source. When you have some valid info, let us know, although I’m sure we’ll have already heard it by the time we get it from you.

Tech Fan

March 25th, 2011
6:34 pm

I agree Stinger,this has to be crap. This does not do anything for the fan base, and is just not a good hire at all. Can’t be true, and is reported by a bad source. Doug, come on man…..

Delbert D.

March 25th, 2011
6:34 pm

Maybe that Princeton offens doesn’t look so bad after all…

This is a quote on Dayton’ last game from the SportsByBrooks site:

“Dayton broke the previous NCAA record for most missed three-pointers in a game, bricking 24 in a 60-59, overtime win over Auburn in the Chicago Invitational Challenge on Friday night.”

What kid of coaching is that?????

Ron

March 25th, 2011
6:34 pm

Executive Stinger: Nothing new here, Doug never gets the info first. He just regurgitates what he hears from other sources. I’m not impressed.

Ron

March 25th, 2011
6:35 pm

Doug, what’s that smell?…

wxwax

March 25th, 2011
6:35 pm

Interesting.

His predecessor at Dayton, Oliver Pernell, had a similar record.

He took the Clemson job and closed his run there with four 2–win seasons and three NCAA first rounds losses. (He moved to De Paul last season and stunk, but early days.)

If Gregory follows the same path, he’ll make Tech a middle-of-the-pack team.

g money

March 25th, 2011
6:36 pm

Doug. All I can do is shake my head at your reporting skills. Do you know anything about sports reporting. Just stop. Please

Delbert D.

March 25th, 2011
6:36 pm

“Offens” is probably the way they spell it in Portuguese.

wxwax

March 25th, 2011
6:36 pm

Tech Fan

March 25th, 2011
6:37 pm

Can we get a petition together for a new GT reporter??

Delbert D.

March 25th, 2011
6:38 pm

Tech Fan – I’d settle for a used one.

Tech Fan

March 25th, 2011
6:39 pm

Ok, I think I have an old petition to ban speedos at jeckyll island

Delbert D.

March 25th, 2011
6:39 pm

So, let’s all migrate over to the Mark Bradley site. They are still posting about Craig Neal over there.

wxwax

March 25th, 2011
6:43 pm

Guys, what wrong with this story?

He’s only accurately reporting what’s being said out there. He’s not vouching for its veracity.

Not sure why all the hate for this author.

Delbert D.

March 25th, 2011
6:44 pm

Aha! Gregory left (quit?) the US Naval Academy after 2 years as a Middie and transferred to Oakland University.

Delbert D.

March 25th, 2011
6:46 pm

I’ll check out The Onion and see if they have confirmed this “story.”

Delbert D.

March 25th, 2011
6:48 pm

Tidbits from The Onion:

Gus Johnson Spends Entire Game Making Fake Buzzer Sounds With His Mouth Before Every Shot
Notre Dame Proves It’s Not Just A Disappointing Football School
Oscar De La Hoya Joins USO Tour To Punch Troops Overseas
Game-Winning Shot Happens In Game’s 17th Minute

ExecutiveStinger

March 25th, 2011
6:49 pm

And while we’re reporting info from sportsbybrooks.com, let’s throw in a little Wikipedia while we’re at it. Unreal.

Delbert D.

March 25th, 2011
6:51 pm

The Onion is definitely a better source than the SBS website. Here’s more proof:

“Report: NFL May End Lockout By Hiring Scab Owners”, and:

“NCAA Selection Committee Announces Sweet 16: ‘It’s The Teams That Won Last Weekend’”

Paul in RDU

March 25th, 2011
6:52 pm

“Game-Winning Shot Happens in Game’s 17th Minute”

The 4 corners are back, baby!
BTW – Over/under on references to Al McGuire and the 4 corners offense during tonight’s UNC-Marquette game is set at 15

RamblinRed

March 25th, 2011
6:53 pm

False story planted by a UGA site (SportsbyBrooks is run by a UGA guy). GT is still interviewing. Expect to have a coach early next week barring a surprise.

Delbert D.

March 25th, 2011
6:55 pm

Paul – Loved that one! I remember those frustrating games all too well.

GT Alum

March 25th, 2011
6:56 pm

The fact that the Dayton AD says he hasn’t been contacted means I can’t believe this report. I really don’t think Radakovich would hire another school’s coach away without contacting the school’s AD.