Tech’s Rice suspended

Georgia Tech guard Glen Rice, Jr. has been suspended indefinitely by coach Brian Gregory. Rice, who was also suspended for the first three games of the season, was not at practice Friday and will not travel with the team for its game Saturday against Virginia Tech.

Gregory did not give a reason for the suspension or offer further comment.

Rice leads the Yellow Jackets in scoring and rebounding. With Rice suspended and backup center Nate Hicks out with mononucleosis, Tech will play the Hokies with eight scholarship players, not counting two former walk-ons put on scholarship this season.

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TG

February 17th, 2012
5:34 pm

Really disappointing for Glen. He’s going to work his way off the team pretty soon if he keeps this up.

That’d be a lot of talent to go to waste.

Buzzy

February 17th, 2012
5:35 pm

Not again! Can’t say I’m suprised

The Dude

February 17th, 2012
5:36 pm

FS

February 17th, 2012
5:45 pm

No-he plays like he has an attitude problem. It’s time to rebuild the program. It’s a shame that GT let the program go down so far with Hewitt. No excuse–should have fired him years ago.

HighTech

February 17th, 2012
5:46 pm

After that game against Wake Forest, let’s suspend the season.

thanks to phewie

February 17th, 2012
5:47 pm

not only did he leave the cupboard bare but he instilled a lack of accountability with the players he had under his care.

anybody surprised? i am not!

Techman78

February 17th, 2012
5:47 pm

What can you say, he has been in trouble since day 1 with Hewitt. This doesnt surprise me one bit. He has tons of talent but doesnt have it between the ears. I hate to hear this but he needs to go. Good luck to him. Hope he can get his head on straight.

Matt Harpring Fan 4-Life

February 17th, 2012
5:49 pm

If this is an academic issue, then PROPS to Coach Gregory for making his team meet expectations in the class room as well. No more just skating by! I don’t know why Rice Jr. won’t step up and be a leader on this team. Don’t worry Tech fans the next recruiting class for GT is really good and we should be pretty deep from 2012-13 and on.

Italian_29

February 17th, 2012
5:58 pm

Looks like you guys have the right man for the job in Gregory, no more Coach Blewitt. It take some NADS to drop your top scorer even if the season is a wreck, no pun intended. I think if you guys will give Coach Gregory some time, he is going to do wonders for the program and have people talking POSITIVELY about GA Tech BB, again. I just hope Coach Fox will be able to get people talking about the Dawgs soon too.

Wrecker

February 17th, 2012
6:08 pm

@Italian_29: I think Coach Fox already has people thinking positively about UGA b-ball. It remains to be seen whether he can recruit enough top-quality talent to compete regularly, but I like the way he coaches and handles his players. He has everyone on the same page and playing hard. It is just a matter of time.

I feel the same way about our Coach Gregory. He has instilled defensive discipline and accountability. I hope he can stick around long enough to create a winning culture.

79

February 17th, 2012
6:16 pm

Wait…Tech has a basketball team? Why wasn’t I told? Yawn…..

W H A T!!!

February 17th, 2012
6:20 pm

Maybe Rice and Phil Smith can keep each other company and talk about the GOOD times they had at Tech until they were asked to grow up and become a part of the team. A different concept – I’m sure – something that got lost on them about the time they signed a letter of intent.

Rick James

February 17th, 2012
6:22 pm

I thought this only happened at Georgia..

GT man

February 17th, 2012
6:22 pm

Drop this bum, he dosent want to play. Its one more player Hewitt recruited, about 2 more seasons and GT should be back to normal in basketball. Got 3 good ones coming in next season.

Jacketman

February 17th, 2012
6:28 pm

Props to Coach Gregory. This season is full of bumps and bruises, and coach won’t look for a quick way out. I think we found the right guy to rebuild Hewitt’s mess. And we all knew THIS season was all about experience. Next year is when the Jackets need to make a move back to relevance

ToeMeetsLeather

February 17th, 2012
6:37 pm

GTman, TECH will actually have four new guys with the freshmen and KY transfer Poole(and maybe a fifth if they find the right PG to offer). New team, new building and some talented big men already on the roster, the Jackets will not even resemble this “train wreck” a year from today.

Jeff Schultz is an idiot

February 17th, 2012
6:45 pm

I know someone at the school who said Glen was suspended for being in possession of drugs. Campus police weren’t involved and the incident was handled internally.

ToeMeetsLeather

February 17th, 2012
6:50 pm

Was it your cousins best friends nephew? This is not a gossip thread dude! Troll maybe?

Jeff Schultz is an idiot

February 17th, 2012
6:55 pm

You’ll find out in time.

Ronny

February 17th, 2012
6:58 pm

@Biff – Considering GSU has a better team than GT right now and a far better future under Ron Hunter, we want nothing to do with Rice. You can keep your misfits.

Supersize that order, mutt

February 17th, 2012
7:00 pm

Regardless of the reason, I’m glad that Gregory has the ballzz to do the right thing, no matter what it may cost in terms of wins and losses.

BillyInSmyrna

February 17th, 2012
7:03 pm

Typical GT thug

Supersize that order, mutt

February 17th, 2012
7:03 pm

BillyInSmyrna = typical ignorant red neck

Barry

February 17th, 2012
7:04 pm

Rice has always skated. My kid played with him in HS at Walton. You would be amazed at what was covered up there.

Ghost

February 17th, 2012
7:04 pm

Every team has a couple

Supersize that order, mutt

February 17th, 2012
7:04 pm

Sure makes you wonder what kind of parenting Glen Sr has done.

Mike Jay

February 17th, 2012
7:10 pm

I
‘m pretty sure Sr. did no parenting as he was not involved much iirc.

Supersize that order, mutt

February 17th, 2012
7:17 pm

Well, it’s never too late. He needs to whip his butt

TechMate

February 17th, 2012
7:17 pm

Glen Rice Jr. – You can make good choices and be a man or you can make bad choices and remain a punk kid. You’re hurting your teammates as well as yourself. Will it always be about Glen Rice Jr.? Or will you choose to be a part of the bigger picture? Your choice and time is wasting away for your college career.

Really?

February 17th, 2012
7:17 pm

That is unfortunate. I am sure the coach had a good reason and I hope things work out for the best.

Greg

February 17th, 2012
7:20 pm

I’m happier about GT BB than I’ve been in more than ten years. I love what Gregory has done. I love the way the team hustles and plays defense. I love the way they run and think at the same time. I love their positive attitude. Clearly, Rice has problems. It’s not impossible that he’s having trouble with the academic side. Whatever it is, I’m with Gregory 100%. True, without some amazing recruiting, Tech may never compete with the big boys in the ACC. That’s too bad, but it’s not the major thing. The major thing is to play hard, keep improving, and play with absolute integrity. Over the long haul, this will produce the best result for everyone.

Supersize that order, mutt

February 17th, 2012
7:23 pm

@ Really? I think that’s the first positive post by you I have seen on these blogs. I commend you.

michael

February 17th, 2012
7:29 pm

season is over any way and rice showed he quit playing (gave up)

Time Out

February 17th, 2012
7:29 pm

Not to be outdone by UGA’s suspension of a football player, Tech immediately suspended their star basketball player…..this rivalry is getting out of hand.

FL Jacket

February 17th, 2012
7:32 pm

On a positive note…our turnovers might likely decrease

GSUStud

February 17th, 2012
7:35 pm

Ga Tech will never have the BB program that it once had. The Ga Tech sports program as a whole is a joke and has been declining. Players are probably embarrassed to even say that they played there. GSU could beat Ga Tech.

Jermaine P.

February 17th, 2012
7:42 pm

In my opinion coach Paul Hewitt never should have been removed, just look at the job that he’s doing at George Mason. Albeit, those aren’t his players. Still, the man coached Georgia Tech to a National Championship, and to me this alone should vouch for something. Not taking any shots at Brian Gregory, but I really think that the AD and alumni should have given Coach Hewitt another chance, he would have recruited some kids within a year or two and Tech would become relevant again. I really think this!!

gordon

February 17th, 2012
7:43 pm

He is just getting ready to go to (THUG BALL) oh i meant the NBA.

Mac

February 17th, 2012
7:45 pm

I see GT still has the same OLD two face fans !! You can try and lay all the blame on Hewitt for where the program is, but you all were the same ones kissing his a– when he was at the Final Four. You guys will never be happy!! Glad Hewitt is doing so well at George Mason…and even happier you GT faithful are still writing him a check!!!!

b ray

February 17th, 2012
7:47 pm

you dumb nuts…..it is not about the coach….its about the players……….ask rick fox…….he looked so great last couple of years…..and then his great players left…….if you can get some great players at tech you will have a great program……

Do What?

February 17th, 2012
7:59 pm

Gregory is standing tall for the right things, honor, integrity, discipline. What a deal, speaking of deal, and honor and integrity, the Pierre Jordan to GT transfer in order to sign Robert Carter Deal should help going forward. Does anyone know tall Gregory is? 5′6?

b ray

February 17th, 2012
8:00 pm

Much luck to you coach gregory…….you will have issues other than basketball to deal with in the south…….

bball fan

February 17th, 2012
8:00 pm

Starting to wonder what’s really up with some of these Hewitt comments. He’s gone. Coaches come and go. Why keep bringing him up?.

stony

February 17th, 2012
8:04 pm

@Jermaine P It’s time to put down the bottle. When and how do you think Hewitt was going to turn the program around? The program is in the sorry state that it is solely because of Hewitt. All Hewitt could do was recruit. If he hadn’t had the talented players, his winning % would be atrocious. The man couldn’t coach his way out of a wet paper bag. His “teams” could not rebound, block out, run a set play, or anything else that quality basketball teams do. In his entire tenure, I can’t think of a single player that noticably developed his game under Hewitt. None of them became better players during their brief time at Tech…they all pretty much left Tech with the same level of game they entered with. Finally getting rid of Hewitt was the best thing to happen to Tech in any sport. It just should have been done 3 or 4 years earlier. I have no idea whether Gregory will return Tech to the enjoyable bb that they used to play under Cremins, but he already has shown improvement on the court and off.

buzz

February 17th, 2012
8:10 pm

He is a cancer and has been for two years. Cut the losses and tell him he is free to pursue other opportunities.

Mac

February 17th, 2012
8:11 pm

Coach Gregory better take note….the GT faithful treated Bobby Cremins the same way as Hewitt…coach Gregory is a good coach..just like the last two, but bottom line there are still a lot of factors that impact the success of a program. Even the most storied basketball programs cannot maintain and avoid the roller coaster ride…fans need to understand to take the good with the bad. I keep hearing GT fans talking about “getting the program back where it use to be” but how quickly you forget the ones that lead them to the highest level the program has EVER been.

b ray

February 17th, 2012
8:12 pm

@stoney……..can you get Hewitt out of you head……..move on…..coaches come and coaches go……….

bball fan

February 17th, 2012
8:20 pm

Another Hewitt testimonial. He must have some type of coaching ability. He’s coaching Div I college ball. Of course there are better coaches and there are worse. What about what’s going on with the team right now. They struggle mightily just to score 20 points in a half. Maybe more time in the gym will help, Hewitt’s not taking any shots.

Mac

February 17th, 2012
8:20 pm

@stony…you obviously know nothing about college athletics. You are correct about one thing, Hewitt was a hell of a recruiter. You would have been mad if he couldn’t get those players to GT and mad now that he did recruit them there…make up your mind. Hewitt took guys like anthony Morrow, who by the way was only recruited by one other ACC school (NC State) and developed there skills to become successful players in the NBA and other professional leagues. So don’t question his coaching skills. It’s all the people that want to publicly bash players and coaches and the big money donors that want to dictate college agthletics

George P

February 17th, 2012
8:29 pm

Anthony Morrow!!!! He was a non factor at Tech. It was only when he reached the NBA as a non drafted free agent that he blossomed into a good player. Blewitt is the worst coach in history.