Brian Gregory under the gun?

Sports Illustrated writer Seth Davis gave his thoughts on this year’s crop of basketball coaching hires and put Tech’s Brian Gregory in the category of “under the gun.”

Davis’ rationale was that Gregory doesn’t have recruiting ties to the South and also “the Yellow Jackets are going to be really bad next year.” That said, he also wrote that “I believe Gregory will do a very good job at Georgia Tech because I have known him for a long time and have seen him in action.”

Facing pressure from the jump

Facing pressure from the jump

He also said it would help that it would help his cause if he could sign a prominent local recruit to assuage the fan base, which I don’t think will happen this year (not including Milton’s Julian Royal).

He could have also included that Tech will be playing games at Philips and Gwinnett arenas. It probably bears mention that Gregory addressed the recruiting ties issue by hiring two coaches, Josh Postorino and Chad Dollar, with strong ties to the area.

Unrelated, but interesting. Using something called the Efficient Production Index – a formula rating players on their per-possession production — the ACC Sports Journal found Iman Shumpert to be among the most underrated players in the league last season. Shumpert had the second-highest EPI but was second-team All-ACC.

EPI is fairly proficient at identifying top players. Past players with the highest RPI in the ACC were Greivis Vasquez, Tyler Hansbrough, Al Thornton and J.J. Redick.

What do you think?

63 comments Add your comment

Dollar Bill

April 26th, 2011
1:55 pm

juvenal

April 26th, 2011
1:56 pm

HE JUST GOT HERE!

Not a Hewitt Fan

April 26th, 2011
1:59 pm

horseshiiiiit.

Buzz2

April 26th, 2011
2:00 pm

Coach Gregory will make a difference it just may take time. Give him a chance. When will he finish out his staff? has he signed anyone yet?

Buzz2

April 26th, 2011
2:02 pm

Oh, any things better than Bewitt………

Road Scholar

April 26th, 2011
2:02 pm

What is the status of the two recruits at his old school who wanted out of their LOI? Have they signed with anyone?

If he takes next years team and 1. teaches them how to shoot free throws, 2. teaches them not to throw the ball away or have turnovers 3. rebound, 4.play under control, and 5. gets them to check their egos at the door, he will be just fine!

O-me

April 26th, 2011
2:04 pm

you got that right Scholar!

T3

April 26th, 2011
2:07 pm

Pfffffttt.

Is it possible for GT under BG to be worse, than it had become under Hewitt?

Dont think so.

GTPhenom

April 26th, 2011
2:10 pm

Agree with all of you. No one you can say he is under the gun without having done anything yet. I think he will be just fine, adn Scholar laid out pretty well what needs to be done (Not very hard for someone not named Paul Hewitt)

GT in CT

April 26th, 2011
2:12 pm

We’re going to be “really bad” next year? I’m not convinced of that. I think there’s enough talent to get out of the ACC cellar and be in the middle of the pack. It will be interesting to see how BG does with this group.

juvenal

April 26th, 2011
2:20 pm

still think he looks like jon stewart….

BRAD STEVENS

April 26th, 2011
2:27 pm

“the Yellow Jackets are going to be really bad next year.”

I guarantee we will be better than we were last year. It may take a year to get to where we need to be but we just need to start with recruiting the right kids and have a coach with a brain. There is absolutely no reason why any basketball coach can’t be successful at Georgia Tech and I hope Gregory does well. But this “under the gun” title is crap. Tech can’t afford to not give him a chance.

GIVE ME A BREAK

April 26th, 2011
2:30 pm

Watched Chad play in high school. This is a very smart hire. Looking forward to an exciting year. Thanks, D. Rad, for pulling the trigger.

Stinger 2

April 26th, 2011
2:35 pm

This is so bad. How can someone be under the gun before he has coached
a single game. He has not done anything wrong. Not worth reading . Sorry I did.

Tech Fan

April 26th, 2011
2:37 pm

So is it time to call for CBG to be fired???? Lol

Chuck S.

April 26th, 2011
2:40 pm

Enter your comments here

Chuck S.

April 26th, 2011
2:49 pm

As a Tech grad living on the left coast I have seen a very similar scenario play out at USC in football. They had fired a coach who did not live up to expectations and had hired an ex NFL coach who clearly was under the gun. His hiring was roundly criticized as being more of the same and destined to be a failure. Two championships and a 34 game win streak later all agree that the assessment was premature. Not to say the result will be the same, only that all the talk is just that…talk. Pete started out 6-6. Let’s wait and see.

Brock

April 26th, 2011
2:50 pm

Davis’ rationale was that Gregory doesn’t have recruiting ties to the South—–
just hired 2 guys that do

and also “the Yellow Jackets are going to be really bad next year——-
based on what?

wouldn’t you say by firing Hewitt the Bum alone we got better?

Tech Forever

April 26th, 2011
2:50 pm

Bottom line, if BG doesn’t get to the NCAA Tournament next year and every year after that during his tenure then I’ll consider it a failure. Being one of the top 37 non-automatic qualifiers is a joke….and good money says the NCAA will expand that to 41 at large bids going to the tournament.

Buzz

April 26th, 2011
2:51 pm

SETH DAVIS SHOULD BE FIRED!!!!!! Coach will do a good job as long as he can recruit!!! Anything is better then the previous THEIF!!!!!!! or so called coach!!!

JM

April 26th, 2011
2:52 pm

IMO, if Coach Gregory convinces Shumpert that Iman could benefit from his coaching for a year, Coach Gregory would have accomplished the equivalent of “sign(ing) a prominent local recruit to assuage the fan base”

GT in CT

April 26th, 2011
3:01 pm

Maybe Seth Davis is under the gun. I didn’t see him with the A Team during the NCAA tourney coverage.

gtfanfrom1951

April 26th, 2011
3:09 pm

Give me a break! He will have couple of years before the pressure will be on.

ban colin cowherd from sports

April 26th, 2011
3:19 pm

Seth Davis like Colin Cowherd, Jim Rome, Skip Bayless, Tony Kornheiser , Michael Wilbon is an idiot. I f we would all quit watching these cows, maybe they would shut up and go away.

ManUp...

April 26th, 2011
3:40 pm

Under the gun? The fans are slowly buying in, and I think because there’s really no good place to watch until 2012 we’re all sort of reserving judgement until then. This man has a nice long time to build a winning Yellow Jackets program in the city with talent. He’ll be fine.

womb@

April 26th, 2011
3:44 pm

Really, only Wilbon can actually be considered a cow. The rest are generally slim.

GT in CT

April 26th, 2011
3:52 pm

Wait, PTI is a great show, and those guys will readily admit that they don’t know what they’re talking about much of the time.

Da' Truth

April 26th, 2011
3:56 pm

The simple fact is even if he does stink out of the gate it will be at least three years before Tech will be able to afford pulling the plug on the Coach No-Name experiment. Tech needs to realize that at it’s best it is nothing more than a mid-level basketball program in it’s conference. It will never be strong as Duke or UNC and others like Maryland, Wake, and NCSU offer more tradition than Tech. Miami, FSU, and Clemson and maybe Virginia offer less than Tech.

I'm Excited

April 26th, 2011
4:27 pm

I am excited to have GT games in Gwinnett. Not having to deal with the traffic and other undesirables in Atlanta in the evenings/nights.

Jacket Fan 13

April 26th, 2011
4:28 pm

Honestly, if he can just stay in the middle of the pack this year no one should complain. It will be in CBG’s second season, when we move into the new arena, when he will really begin to be judged.

GoJackets!

April 26th, 2011
4:32 pm

The Yellow Jackets were really bad last year. I can’t imagine this team doing worse than last year’s team. ACC will only have 2 top teams and everyone else once again. The third best team, Florida State is losing their top player. Other than Duke and Carolina every game will be winnable based on talents alone. Hewitt couldn’t bring that out. Gregory should be able to. I wouldn’t be surprised if this team wins 7 to 9 games.

Old Tech & Mountaineer fan in NC

April 26th, 2011
5:39 pm

What gun!

Rode…did you mention teaching how to in-bound?
re South recruiting…the coach represents Tech. Tech is in the south. No problem. I’ll bet Tech does not lose to Kenn-saw next year!

Jacket Backer

April 26th, 2011
5:40 pm

Under the gun?? Has basketball season started??

DoggieHouser

April 26th, 2011
7:27 pm

Da’ Truth: You’re not aware of Virginia’s roundball heritage? Go back to your hole, newbie…..

DoggieHouser

April 26th, 2011
7:28 pm

Oh…..and glad most of you guys recognize that this was a stupid post to start with………

ormewood

April 26th, 2011
8:16 pm

If Shumpert returns, then GoJackets is correct. There will be a lot of winnable games within the ACC next season. Odds are they won’t play Duke and UNC twice each, so there might be 15 winnable conference games. If the jackets win seven or eight of those, most folks would be happy.

UGASlobberknocker

April 26th, 2011
8:18 pm

How can he be under the gun before he has coached a game? Thats crazy.

GTECHTIGERS

April 26th, 2011
8:59 pm

I am a Tech and Clemson fan and the writers picked Clemson to finish at the bottom. Look where they ended up. The national writers do not follow the programs that closely. Seth said BG had no ties to the South. Seems like he hired someone who does. We all know this team is a year older and will be much better. Would not surprise me to see them in NCAA.

GT GRAD

April 26th, 2011
11:06 pm

Coach Gregory will prove to be a solid coach and a very good hire for GT.

I hope Shumpert gives Coach Gregory a chance and decides to stay at GT for one more season………he could be a NBA lottery pick if he stays one more season.

I also hope one additional starting caliber player decides to sign with GT for next season; if not, we will have one additional spot for new blood next season!

William Casey

April 26th, 2011
11:14 pm

If Shumpert returns, GT could challenge for third in a relatively weak ACC. The key to a good season (given Shumpert returning is Glen Rice, a talented player who clearly was disaffected last season. Similar situation to the season Coach Hewitt was able to get out of Alvin Jones his first year at Tech.

S Simons

April 26th, 2011
11:17 pm

6-4 hahahahahahaha

Who has won the last Football, Basketball and now Baseball game between UGA and GT??

U G A !!!!!

S Simons

April 26th, 2011
11:18 pm

“but, but, um… but….

GT has won 5 of the last 6 baseball games!!!”

Just remember how hard you nerds partied when you beat UGA in football for the first time in 8 years 3 long years ago……

UGA OWNS YOU.

gt

April 27th, 2011
7:42 am

I am making the assumption that Hewitt was a really average coach. Lots of players came through Tech never noticed and go to the pros and become established. There may be an enbedded attitude of the type of players Hewitt recruited but I would like to think is was just very average coaching, and for the ACC below average. Our players desired more. Hopefully they will get it from Gregory. If he takes the ones he’s got, teach them how to hit foul shots, how to bring the ball into the court, how not to panic he could win next year. If the Hewitt hangover is too big, he will have to flush these mentally ill players out of the system and recruit some that think they have something to gain playing well and working hard. He also needs some mature leadership, I think he may find that on this team, once he explains to them what it is.

BYRDDAWG

April 27th, 2011
8:01 am

You gotta be kidding me…..Where’s the pressure coming from ?? Maybe Hewitt fan & da coach K league?? LOL

JustaGTfan

April 27th, 2011
8:18 am

Come on Ken…No Gun on Gregory. Watch your Titles, we glad to have Coach Gregory.

J W

April 27th, 2011
8:52 am

So, just who is “Seth Davis” and what are his credentials that would lead us to believe what he has to say?!

IMHO, the 2011-2012 team will not be totally bad, but there may be some games where they look as if they are. This team will need proper attitude, confidence, and adherance to basic skills in order to have positive successes. It is a team game, so let’s play as a team and on the ocassions that someone does get hot – go with it! Let them have a super-star night and not pull back on the reigns.

GTJoe

April 27th, 2011
9:14 am

A few observations…..

Isn’t Virginia in the South??

Back to “Road Scholar’s” comments….this past year’s team actually improved at the FT line a good bit….and also drastically improved in TO%….I would say that your 4th and 5th items are the ones that really need to be worked on….and I have a feeling it will under the new regime….

The one good thing about next year’s team, and having to play “away” home games, is that this team has TONS of experience now….one of the few teams that can say that….

Personally, I see a 20 win season coming….ACC is down, and you will NOT see this coach lose to teams like Siena, Charlotte, and KSU…

UGA = Yawn

April 27th, 2011
9:14 am

He will do just fine and I have no concerns.

BehindEnemyLines

April 27th, 2011
10:12 am

Wouldn’t be counting on great improvement at the line, at least based on coaching. GT shot 68.9% last year, Dayton shot 68.2%. Previous two seasons Dayton shot 66.9% and 64.5%, not exactly an area where Coach Nobody’s teams historically excel.

TechRedNeck

April 27th, 2011
11:57 am

He just started with the program and he’s already under the gun? Give me a break.