Cremins congratulates Gregory on first ACC win

Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory said Friday he didn’t get caught up in the moment of his first ACC game last Sunday against Duke or his first ACC victory, Wednesday against N.C. State.

“I know how lucky I am, but at the same time, I’ve got a lot of things that are much more consuming for me than to take a step back and say, ‘Wow, I just coached against Mike Krzyzewski,’” Gregory said.

However, he did relish a congratulatory text from former Tech coach Bobby Cremins, who sent it shortly after the Jackets beat the Wolfpack. The two were friendly prior to Gregory’s hiring in March and Cremins, now at the College of Charleston, has continued to reach out to Gregory since then. Gregory has noted that it’s not always the case that a former coach wants his successors to win.

“He’s just the best,” Gregory said. “He’s what coaching is supposed to be about.”

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January 13th, 2012
6:58 pm

Gordon

January 13th, 2012
7:09 pm

Brian seems a lot like Bobby. So glad he is our coach.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

January 13th, 2012
7:21 pm

I agree, Gordon. I don’t know how successfuly Brian is going to be, but I think he will represent the Institute the way it deserves, and the days of “embarrassment” are long gone. We might be out-talented, but we will not be an embarrassment again under this guy.

CT_Jacket

January 13th, 2012
7:22 pm

Cremins is just a classy person. He will always be revered at Tech.

Cinco de Julio

January 13th, 2012
7:43 pm

I recall Cremin’s 1st ACC win…vs Wake Forest…Scott Petway hit a 12 foot or so jumper to win…I believe 70-69…the 1st of many ACC wins to come !

eBuzz

January 13th, 2012
7:46 pm

Cremins: Always a class act.

R2-Bee2

January 13th, 2012
8:00 pm

agree ebuzz – Cremins is 1st class. During his time I wrote him 5 letters and he responded to each one (still have them). I wrote Hewitt 3 times – no response…. On Gregory – I cound not watch the game live but I recorded it and watched it tonight. Did you see how excited he got on the sidelines??. Awesome.

K

January 13th, 2012
8:26 pm

Yes, agree Cremins is a class act and will always be considered a “Tech Man.”
Also, agree that Gregory is fun to watch and think he is good for Tech.
Just hope he doesn’t wear himself out, he gets so excited!
It is contagious!

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

January 13th, 2012
9:20 pm

My tenure at Tech coincided with Cremins’ first three seasons, and I still remember his main selling points when trying to promote b’ball at the AMC … “Come to the AMC and see some of the greatest players (Sampson, Jordan, et. al.) and teams (UNC, Duke, UVA) in the country.” In those first few years, he knew he couldn’t sell people on the idea of seeing the TECH team, but fortunately those days didn’t last very long. I still think it’s incredible that, in his fourth season with the Jackets, Bobby’s team won both the conference regular season and conference tournament titles … and reached the Elite 8 in the NCAA tournament. No one would have predicted that when, four years earlier, GA Tech had gone 4-23 overall … and winless in the ACC. Bobby’s teams never quite seemed to have the depth we would have liked, but you could almost always count on the top 5-6 players being able to compete against anyone in the country. I hope we’ll see similar, or even better, results under CBG. So far, I’m just comforted that we actually seem to be able to inbound the ball successfully more than 50% of the time!

Chuck Allison

January 13th, 2012
9:29 pm

Actually, Bobby Cremins had already won a few ACC games before Scott Petway arrived.

GT in CT

January 13th, 2012
9:38 pm

It’s nice to see the headline “Georgia Tech Upsets …” Those headlines were scarce in the past few years, especially compared to “… Upsets Georgia Tech.”

kshizzle

January 13th, 2012
10:01 pm

Out talented next year? Look at who we have coming in, who we have today and the fact that they all should by into coach Gregory by next year. I see at least an NCAA team next year if not the best team we’ve had in a long, long time. The talent level on this team is higher then I remember I just think they are having a hard time breaking Paul Hewitt’s ways which were totally weak. Gregory actually is teaching these guys what it takes to win. It takes 100% effort and for some reason the only team that understood this was back in 2004. These kids realize, and are starting to see results as to why this is the case. I think there is a slight chance even this year they might make a run. (A slight chance). However with Robert Carter and Marcus Hunt next year and the hold overs of Glen Rice, Mufon Udolfia, Daniel Miller, Kam Holesey, Brandon Reed, Jason Morris, Julian Royal and Nate Hicks I see the potential for a big uptick next year. Given the experience of the upper class guys next year I see the chance for the best team we have seen in awhile. Sure if Gregory keeps the recruiting up we’ll be better in the future but the time is now to get the most out of the current players. There is a chance Glen Rice Jr could be player of the year next year with Robert Carter being Freshman of the year next year. Just like the Cremins’ years. I think next year is NCAA at least and with a full commitment to BG’s way of playing it has a chance to be a lot more. We’ll be pretty mature as a team next year if the older guys can get the younger guys to buy in. Don’t know nothing about the grit of the young guys but there is always a chance they understand what it takes.

Gtkenz

January 13th, 2012
10:55 pm

I’m a little concerned about the Coach K WOW factor, but CBG in the few games I’ve watched recruits like Hewitt and coaches like Cremins, for analogy purposes only. Between Poole and the recent committments, he’s getting very good talent and he should, most would. But I like his intensity on the floor. Planning and preperation is another story. He’s good or he wouldn’t be at Tech, but can he match the ACC elite?? With Pitt and Cuse on the way, it’s only going to get tougher, but he couldn’t ask for better situation. Just lose the WOW factor. Coach K puts on pants one leg at a time too, I think.

collegeballfan

January 13th, 2012
10:58 pm

kshizzle

I do not want to rain on your parade, but the Freshmen coming in next year will not be the turn around you expect in Dec and Jan. Maybe by March. If not the NCAA next season, maybe the NIT. Remember other ACC teams are recruiting as well or better than the Jackets.

And remember Stacey Poole is now in school and will be available in January 2013.

Then Syracuse and Pitt come into the conference. Road games in the ACC will be brutal.

Paul in NH

January 13th, 2012
11:02 pm

There are a number of reasons why Bobby Cremins name is on the floor at GT and this blog is an example of one of them. What a great guy!

Paul in NH

January 13th, 2012
11:13 pm

I am pretty sure that CBG was just using some hyperbole discussing coaching against K – it was his first ACC game after all. He has coached against Pitino, Ole Roy, Jamie Dixon, Thad Matta, Jay Wright – even Paul Hewitt.
I seriously doubt he was going WOW against K

kshizzle

January 13th, 2012
11:32 pm

Collegeballfan, thank you I forgot about Poole. I don’t know nothing about him, but he sounds like another guy who can help us. He should be available to us in January but who knows if this is enough. I’m coming from the point of view that I understand sports and kind of understand what it theoretically takes to win. I realize that when I play pick-up basketball the best chance I have to win is to exert as much of my energy that is physically possible at all times. Add Poole to the mix and it might make my evaluation even stronger. I’m just stating we have a pretty strong Senior/Junior base: Glen Rice, Jason Morris, Brandon Reed, Daniel Miller, Kam Holesey, Mufon Udolfia (At least a good starting 5), then add Julian Royal, Marcus Hunt, Robert Carter, Stacey Poole, maybe Chris Bolden, oh Jason Morris and even Nate Hicks. If they all buy into Brian Gregory’s scheme I see potential. I have lived in Atlanta my whole life, went to GT and watched the Falcons, Hawks and GT for the last 30 years. I understand frustration, disappointment and all that. I am being totally serious.

Gtkenz

January 13th, 2012
11:35 pm

It’s almost comical how we forget. Cremins was to a degree run out of town. NIT’s, one and done recruits, 2 guards no big man, only played 7, etc. and the guy was barely over 50. Less ACC success, but Hewitt ended up about the same, only difference he went big, Cremins went small. Personally, I liked them both. For reasons I cannot understand, both peaked and both regressed immensely following the final 4. Cremins may have left on his terms, but don’t be naive. GT Hoops Nation was a couple of years away from giving him the same exit as Hewitt. Both coached at an elite level, but neither are elite coaches and that’s a shame because there are a ton of them.

Hopefully CBG can put it together, maintain consistency, win a National Title, and stay till 70. Otherwise, our children will have the same conversation 10 years from now.

Gtkenz

January 13th, 2012
11:47 pm

Paul in NH,

Probably conjecture. Not suggestion the guys over his head. It’s all in how you perceive the article, but I think he is a little overwhelmed, and I would surmise that CBG probably pinched himself a time or two in the last few months. Heck, I would too.

I think he has the potential to be great for a long time, but I also think the administration hired him as more of a stop gap. At the end of the day, he controls his destiny. Unlike Hewitt, the expectations at this point are much lower. We’ll see, but like always, I’m on board with the Jackets………THWG!!

hey GTkenz if you dont know why

January 13th, 2012
11:54 pm

cremins tanked let me fill you in….

in a short span ;;; bobby’s biggest fan an supporter died – his father… he did the usc flip flop… and a gt team was religated to the nit that should have been ncaa bound. that was the year the bobby and the team decided to end that season rather than play in the nit.

bobby was not the same after that happened.

please dont dishonor bobby by even comparing bobby to phewitt. bobby was there twice as long… he saved gt from going to ending its sports programs…. he was loved by everybody fans an coaches alike. he went to 9 or 10 ncaa’s in a row…. he made gt synonymous with top 16 teams… we were poing guard u…. bobby didnt steal 25 million from the program…. etc etc etc.

meanwhile i consider phewitt and bill lewis to be of similar caliber. both losers. neither will ever be hall of fame coaches EVER. phewitt was/ is arrogant.

you obviously didnt understand what was going on behind the scenes with phewitt. the recent article re ex players being reconnected to the program speaks volumes about phewitt,.

paraphrasing matt harpring…. ” it is nice to know that we are again welcome at gt”

paul hewitt was 666 as far as i am concerned. i despised the man as did many,.

i wouldnt let paul hewitt wash bobby’s jock straps for fear he would f%%% that up.

wreckmaniac

January 14th, 2012
12:00 am

Cremins will provide the best input on how to properly handle the Tech job. He is the standard for us.

wreckmaniac

January 14th, 2012
12:08 am

Cremins won the ACC tournament 3 years out of 12. His final four team was the best team that Tech has ever had. He bought in Carolina-Duke level talent. He established tradition. He was entertaining.
Ticket demand was the greatest in Tech history during his tenure.

Crenshawcrusher

January 14th, 2012
12:19 am

It made GT’s basketball ticket the hottest item in town and in a very strange way, I think that Bobby helped GT football by making GT kool… Most good athletes in high school play multiple sports and if GT basketball is commanding respect, it rubs off and helps other sports teams.

GIVE ME A BREAK

January 14th, 2012
12:33 am

Thanks, Bobby. I still love to watch you coach b-ball. GT is in good hands with CBG. ” GO JACKETS “

Gtkenz

January 14th, 2012
1:54 am

hey GTkenz if you dont know why

Not suggesting Cremins tanked, never would…….love the guy and what he did for GT Hoops. My comment is specific to his results versus Hewitt. Early success followed by mediocrity, or even less. Cremins sustained the program for a few more years, but he still faltered far too early. Lute, Coach K, Dean, Boeheim, Knight, Calhoun, etc. That’s his generation. Cremins was there, and he let it slip away. He should be mentioned with those guys, But!!

BTW, I give Cremins, Curry, and Morris a ton of credit. We were undoubtedly nearing extinction, but Homer Rice resurrected the athletic program at Tech. Let’s not forget Homer!!!!

William Casey

January 14th, 2012
7:23 am

I will always appreciate Coach Cremins for bringing enthusiasm and great players to a moribund GT basketball program in the ’80’s. The evolution of the game finally caught up with him in the late 90’s. CBC liked harmony and his recruiting methods showed it. He committed to a player (not recruiting another guy at the same position) that he would start all four years at GT. Lack of quality depth was a trademark at GT. When guys started leaving early for the NBA, Bobby’s method stopped working. Dean Smith and Coach K always had quality players waiting in the wings, Coach Cremins couldn’t. Had Scott and Anderson stayed all four years, GT would have had a run comparable to the Price/Salley years. The real killer, though, was Marbury leaving after one year. Gt lost by one point to Tim Duncan’s WF team in 95-96, Marbury bailed and things were never the same. I’m not sure, of course, but I believe that Coach Cremins simply didn’t like the direction high level basketball was going and mentally detached. His last couple of years were not pretty. I’m glad that he has had some success at Charleston and seems to be enjoying life at that level. He will always be beloved by guys like me who remember the excitement of the “Thin Gold Line” always challenging and sometimes defeating the ACC titans.

Old Gold Britches

January 14th, 2012
7:41 am

Two class acts! Coach Cremins! Thanks for the memories. Coach Gregory! Keep up the good work.

ToeMeetsLeather

January 14th, 2012
7:44 am

Kenz, Bobby didn’t sustain the program, he constructed it. I was there in the second row every night for three years to witness it! Three OT game against UVA was the best moment! Bobby was done in by the start of the one/two and done era. Going eight deep worked when you could count on having guys for four years. Didn’t work with the Scott’s, Anderson’s, and Marbury’s bolting him early.

CPH drove the program off a cliff. Could not coach a lick and left most fans with a high level of apathy.
Hopefully CBG can pull a “Cremins” and reconstruct the program. He is off to a good start.

Big Ol Stinger

January 14th, 2012
8:02 am

Saw Cremin’s once at an AAU summer game in Smyrna. He was there to watch his nephew. It was a Saturday morning, the gym was hot as heck and I think there were maybe 150 people there. Anyway he sat down close enough to us where you could talk to him. What a great guy! I’ve got two kids at Tech now and I tell them about Bobby’s best teams. Price, Salley, Oliver. Couldn’t get a ticket for a game at AMC. Man that was fun!

He was great for Tech. After the game he hopped in his perfectly normal Honda Accord and drove off. Glad to hear he still cares enough about Tech to help and encourage BG. He’s always been a class act. I still love to watch him coach when C of C is on TV.

wes

January 14th, 2012
8:33 am

I can’t wait for Georgia Tech’s new basketball facility to come out. I bet that should be a tough ticket to get but I plan on trying to nab a few myself.

CBG’s going to be “constructing” something very special here on his own merits.

J W

January 14th, 2012
9:34 am

RE: Coach Cremins, Coach Gregory summed it up well, “He’s just the best”! We’ll always love and respect and support Bobby. We are also very fortunate to have Coach Gregory, and the GT program is in capable hands with him being here.

GTAAA-77

January 14th, 2012
9:53 am

I agree with Will Casey’s analysis. We were always competitive, but understaffed, and Marbury jumping followed by Dion Glover’s having to sit out after a pre-season injury from a walk-on pushed us over the edge. Hewitt on the other-hand coached like he was in the AAU, constantly rotating players and not allowing his top recruits the freedom to excel.

While I applaude GT for hiring Hewitt, it was an experiment that went bad, Gregory appears to be a huge upgrade.

BartBuzz

January 14th, 2012
11:04 am

Bobby Cremins is my second favorite Bobby to coach at Tech. Bobby Dodd retired during my senior year at Tech. When Bobby Cremins was hired I had given up hope that Tech could ever compete in ACC basketball. Now I’m hoping Coach Gregory can bring back some of our glory days.

Go Jackets!

January 14th, 2012
11:09 am

I’m optimistic about Tech BB. It’s been a while since I’ve felt that way. CBG is the tonic the Jackets needed.
I always liked Bobby Cremins even when Tech did not do that well. I remember Tech winning the conference tournament when they finished poorly during the regular season. I believe it was in the early 90’s. That got them into the NCAA tournament. I never will forget that head of white hair on the sidelines. Great memories!

BadSport

January 14th, 2012
11:15 am

It is so nice not to have to skip the DAWGS on our blog.

Anyone watching live can certainly see that Gregory is a much better game/floor coach than Hewitt or Cremins.

Grinch

January 14th, 2012
11:16 am

Geeze….all these Cremins fans. You would think that GT didn’t run the man out of town when he had a couple of lean years. You are the same fans who ran him out of town, right??

ToeMeetsLeather

January 14th, 2012
12:04 pm

Grinch, no one ran Bobby out of town. He had earned the right to leave on his on terms. He went for a walk after the Maryland game that year,(if I remember right), and decided his time had come. He resigned the next day because he loved the Institute that much. The Court is named for the MAN.

Fast forward to CPH, he was in over his head(with a huge buyout). St John’s offered him the head job and he had the opportunity to leave with some diginity. He declined so he collect the buyout the next year. Nothing is named for him except the mortage taken out to pay him.

i think that

January 14th, 2012
12:18 pm

toemeetsleather gets it. krenz does not.

as far as why bobby left… look no further than who we had as AD as to why bc left the way he did.

the same AD who gave us chan gailey and paul hewitt gave bc 2 options. leave with grace or get fired!

i live in charleston and i see bc having success just like he did at gt. i do think that if he came back to gt he could have success again, he is recruiting well and he can coach with the big boys.

i never thought that bobby was a bad coach… he certainly was head and shoulders above paul phewitt. now paul phewitt is a bad coach.

Hayseed Dixie

January 14th, 2012
1:08 pm

(Why does Tech seem to do well with silver-haired Irishmen as coaches of their athletic teams?)

Loved Bobby Cremins. I don’t think we could imagine the oblivion Tech Bball was nearing before he took over. And with the Falcons, Braves and Hawks stinking up the joint- the only bright spot in Atlanta sports.

If you can believe it- it was worse than at the end of Paul Hewitt’s reign.

jj

January 14th, 2012
2:31 pm

I’m a Dawg fan but Bobby Cremins is all class.

ChaiDog

January 14th, 2012
2:40 pm

Agree with BartBuzz. I was president of the Houston GT alumni association for a few years and had the fantastic opportunity to have dinner with Bobby Dodd and Bobby Cremins twice each. They were incredible evenings of stories, laughter and walking away with an longing to give my sons to these two men and let them mold them. Class acts that every GT alum can be proud of.

Randy

January 14th, 2012
4:52 pm

Gregory has brought excitement back to GT basketball. We had a blast watching him on the court at the Duke game. The man enjoys what he is doing and learned from a couple of the best while an assistant at MSU. Let him get a few of his players in and see what he can do…. Should be fun to watch the building the next few years

The fact that former players are now feeling welcome to return speaks volumes about the last coach.

Congrats to CBG!! And class act to Cremmins!!

as i see it....

January 14th, 2012
5:42 pm

when coach k was at army he had an mundane record of 73-59. after his first 3 years at duke he was 48-47. up to that point there was no indication that he would be a hof coach.

every now and than a coach comes along that is a perfect fit for the program he is leading…

Aristotle
“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

coach k was that fit at duke. i can see this as a possibility with cbg. to me he is a younger bobby. he has a whole lot of energy. certainly more than our past stinker. he wants to use all of the program’s resources including its former players unlike arrogant paul.

unlike phewitt’s vision which was to get players into the nba over wins and losses and graduating players, cbg wants to instill a blue collar work ethic grounded in TEAM. he wants our players to graduate first and foremost. the nba is a nice extra special prize to be earned but not a prize that cbg puts first on his list of priorities.

hopefully Aristotle was referring to situations like gt and brian gregory when he made the famous quote.

for the first time in 5 years i looked at the ACC standings. i am starting to enjoy watching our TEAM again. i no longer cringe while watching ESPN hoping that they dont talk about our clogged toilet offense. i no longer worry that we will continue to be last in the ACC wrt graduation rates,

i am stoked.

hustle 25

January 14th, 2012
10:34 pm

I share the optimism of others above. Actually looks like the players have been “coached” a little bit. Still will take some time to get a few bad habits out.

One wish: please go to “navy” uniforms for away games. Maybe the “gold” for a couple of home games. The “gold” is hard to watch on TV. If we want to increase fans and have identifiable players, this could help. Also as a former player, when both teams are wearing “light” colors, you sometimes hesitate or throw the ball to the wrong team. Like to have a distinct contrast.

swarmi

January 15th, 2012
9:33 am

As someone that watched Roger K, being from North Carolina, I was glad that Tech hired Bobby C to reignite the program. I am now glad that Brian G has a chance to again reignite the same program.

Fan of the Game

January 15th, 2012
10:08 am

I agree JJ, I am a big Dawg fan but I always and will always like Bobby Cremins. Class coach and still doing a great job. Kind of like Tubby Smith. Two of the best guys in the business.

robinva

January 15th, 2012
11:10 am

Bobby Cremins, Bobby Ross, Bobby Cox, Bobby Dodd. Note to Atlanta area sports teams. When in doubt hire a Bobby.

Fan of the Game

January 15th, 2012
11:35 am

Thats good robinva!

so far so good

January 15th, 2012
12:09 pm

looks like we have had some good dawgs posting here, kudoos to yuse guys for cutting the trolling crap.

this is one instance we can see that if the dawgs are nice to us we will be nice back.

UGA = Yawn

January 15th, 2012
12:44 pm

We will always love Bobby!!! Class act all the way. Gregory
reminds me of Bobby. Good for GT!