Rice suspension continues into ACC tournament

Georgia Tech guard Glen Rice Jr. will remain suspended through the upcoming ACC tournament, coach Brian Gregory said Monday in the ACC coaches teleconference.

Rice was suspended prior to the Virginia Tech game Feb. 18 and has not played since, a total of five games. Gregory has declined to address the matter further, calling it an internal matter.

Gregory praised his players for responding to the suspension. Tech has won two of the five games and easily could have won another two.

“Our guys understood the challenge that was posed to us when the suspension happened, and I think our guys have responded pretty well,” he said.

Tech will play Miami Thursday night in the first round of the ACC tournament at Philips Arena.

“I don’t know what [Rice's absence] has to do with (Tech’s play), but clearly they are playing terrific right now,” Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. “Their performance against Maryland, the way they shared the ball, the way they played defense, was very impressive to me.”

Wake Forest was the last team that Rice faced, a 59-50 loss for the Jackets. Tech beat the Demon Deacons Saturday in the regular-season finale.

“I just think when we played them the second time, they were really a united group,” Wake coach Jeff Bzdelik said. “They really worked well together, they moved the ball well, they executed their gameplan. It was one heartbeat and that’s just my observation.”

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5150 UOAD

March 5th, 2012
12:52 pm

Bye Bye glen Rice Jr. Hope you find a nice soft place to land.

AtWork

March 5th, 2012
12:52 pm

Sometimes doing the right thing isn’t the popular thing to do.

AtWork

March 5th, 2012
12:53 pm

Glad to see CBG stick to his guns.

5150 UOAD

March 5th, 2012
12:53 pm

hahah I guess Gregory has been on Jr. like white on Rice. LOL

jc

March 5th, 2012
1:13 pm

gt fan that disagrees with this …if the suspension is this long the coach should go ahead and release him period so Rice can decide what he wants to do, stay a student at Tech or go play somewhere else

josh

March 5th, 2012
1:18 pm

JC,

It’s all going on behind the scenes, Rice is evaluating what he wants to do and the coaching staff is helping him. It will come out once the season ends and he decides where to go.

collegeballfan

March 5th, 2012
1:19 pm

jc,

Rice can make that decision without the aid of the coach. His options at GT are straighten up or just be a student. If he wants to play elsewhere, there are hundreds of places to go.

Ryan

March 5th, 2012
1:24 pm

Rice has known for a while now that he will not be returning to the GT basketball program. The “suspended indefinitely” tag is not holding him up on making a decision.

HighTech

March 5th, 2012
1:34 pm

That would be a miracle and a cinderella story, Biff.

Ryan

March 5th, 2012
1:38 pm

Good call Biff, If we make it down to New Orleans then there is always a chance that he could be reinstated ….

GT fan

March 5th, 2012
1:45 pm

Just another primadonna “ME” player … learned as a youth and/or high schooler.

Kid’s gotten away with everything in the past, solely b/c he was the “Lebron, Kobe, Durant etc” of the teams he played on. And thinks that should continue around every corner he turns.

At 30, he’ll be in a barber shop telling everyone about his glory days and what could’ve been. Pitiful to see so many young people waste so much potential.

shrimpfriedRice

March 5th, 2012
1:45 pm

Rice should be released.

This is an unnecessary distraction and a great opportunity to reverse the long standing curse of 1 and dones in Tech basketball.

You have a new coach, a new stadium on the way, and a perfect opportunity to build a new basketball program based upon the notion that the team is greater than the individual.

The issue is bigger than Coach Gregory, and needs to be driven from the top down.

James

March 5th, 2012
1:46 pm

Wait til Sarah Palin hears about this!!!!!

GT Alum

March 5th, 2012
2:22 pm

CBG might be trying to allow Rice to save some face by not dismissing him from the team, like how coaches are sometimes given the option to resign rather than be fired.

Just because CBG isn’t giving us any details doesn’t mean Rice doesn’t know exactly what’s going on and what his options are.

juvenal

March 5th, 2012
2:59 pm

juvenal

March 5th, 2012
3:05 pm

wow,Ken, you had a great seat Saturday-Wake coach say anything interesting? i was 3rd row where the team came in, behind the team Doc, hope i can sit close next year….screen still jumping….hope the best for him…..so nice not to see the dumb turnovers, esp. on lazy passes, close enough to the bench to see the kids are really motivated……

ToeMeetsLeather

March 5th, 2012
3:41 pm

JR’s minutes need to go to Morris, Hunt, Bolden, and Poole next year while the program rebuilding continues.

Hope Rice finds a good spot to play as a senior and gets his life together.

Boot Licking Toadie

March 5th, 2012
4:08 pm

Tech has played better without him. He’ll go to another school. Good luck JR.

bascogcjs

March 5th, 2012
4:22 pm

I hope tech enjoys their arm waving bantam rooster coach. He looks like a nut on the sideline carrying on. His act will wear out soon.

Trex12

March 5th, 2012
4:41 pm

Gt team will be done after they play Miami. Let’s face it Rice Jr. Is the best player on that inconsistent mess of a team. Gregory is a sad excuse for a coach if his only option is to suspend his star player. Rice Jr. did nothing illegal so we can stop with those dumb discussions. It is simply a power play by a short little general who is attempting to give himself some press by making an example of a player who refuses to kiss his butt! If this is the way he relates to his players they will all continue to be unhappy. His recruits will bring no salvation to his team and he will find himself fired as soon as Gt can find a cheaper replacement. I wish GR jr. the best he should no longer waste his talents here he can find a better coach to play for. His Dad was a great player in the league and he will follow in his foot steps.

Tech Forever

March 5th, 2012
4:52 pm

WOW!!! Opposing coaches basically telling you your attitude sucks. Nice.

Brian

March 5th, 2012
5:00 pm

This is a bizarre sequence. Usually, when a player is suspended for this long it’s legal not for silliness.
Does appear to be a lot of coach ego and mind games involved here. I’ve watched Rice Jr. for years. He is a very talented and explosive player,fun to watch,plays with a lot of heart. Obviously,there is more to this story. I give Gregory a solid F for his first year at Tech.

Salim

March 5th, 2012
5:08 pm

Doesnt matter!! GT basketball program sucks to the highest degree.Team and coach suck! They play like robots. Go Hurricanes!!!

Boot Licking Toadie

March 5th, 2012
5:23 pm

I have no doubt about GR Juniors ability. I hope he does well. There’s a reason why we don’t know about the suspension. GR is free to move on or stay at Tech. He probably won’t be on the BBall team at Tech.

Boot Licking Toadie

March 5th, 2012
5:24 pm

Oh yes, thanks Salim

Joseph

March 5th, 2012
5:25 pm

We are coming to the ACC Tourney this week and would like your advice.

We have heard that single session tickets could easily be picked up for as little as $10 in the last time the tourney was in Atlanta but we also understand the tourney was in the much larger Georgia Dome.

We now hear that single session tickets still will be available at, or slightly below face value, even in the much smaller arena (did they move to the smaller arena because of the lack of demand in the Dome?). Numerous folks at our athletic department and Tech’s have told us there should be no concern for picking up certain single session game tickets.

We will be looking for tickets to games that DO NOT include UNC and Duke.

What do you think?

Tokyo jacket

March 5th, 2012
6:42 pm

Joseph, read the story about how hard it is to bring the ACC tourney to Atlanta and you’ll understand why they moved it. It wasn’t filling the dome that was the problem – it was the lack of intimacy in the dome.

GTPhenom

March 5th, 2012
6:52 pm

I love the people bashing Gregory. I’m not sure whether to find it pathetic or stupid, or some combination of both. Clearly Rice did something that deserved a suspension. I highly doubt it would be kept this quiet if it were for anything other than giving him the respect of privacy. And the fact that Gregory is willing to play hardball in this way shows what kind of coach we have for the future. The guy is not only proving he can recruit in the ACC, but he is also proving that he can motivate the guys to play as well. The future is bright for GT Basketball.

NCJacket

March 5th, 2012
7:26 pm

Trex12(Hewittfan), Gregory has done just as well with half the talent that Hewitt had. I like how you say GR is punished for not kissing his butt. Since when should the players not do what the coaches expect. Seems like Gregory knows what he is coaching. GT has the best scoring defense in 30+ years.

Not Disappointed!

March 5th, 2012
8:18 pm

He if Rice isn’t going to play ……..release him! Good luck young man!
Go Jackets!

Not Disappointed!

March 5th, 2012
8:34 pm

typo: Hey, if Rice isn’t going to play….

2HLLWGA

March 5th, 2012
8:48 pm

I like that Gregory has rules and sticks to them. I liked Hewitt, but he knew he had problems with Rice and Oliver and did nothing. I was at the game in Atlantic City when Rice scored 34 against Syrcuse – ther eis no doubt that he can be a good player, but…

Truth

March 5th, 2012
8:51 pm

Rice didnt like a midget telling him what to do.

Jacket Grad Dad

March 5th, 2012
9:35 pm

We don’t know the whole story, but I suspect Coach Gregory had enough of this prima donna. Look at Rice’s history – has great potential but also inconsistent and at times not a team player.

We need a team more than a player.

Salim

March 5th, 2012
10:18 pm

All this going on about Gregory’s rules. What rules does he have that any of you would have knowledge of? I am glad GT misery will be over soon.Go Hurricanes! Hewitt was a much better coach.

sports

March 5th, 2012
10:31 pm

what else would you expect from a techie yellow blowfly?

Artie

March 5th, 2012
10:37 pm

Go UNC!!! Definitely not a Tech fan but liked Rice Jr.

Techster

March 5th, 2012
10:42 pm

What kind of a student athlete cannot get along with a coach to the extent you have to suspend him from multiple games?

This is obviously an extreme ego mess that cannot be tolerated by the program/school,move on GR,have a great career,but know most fans could care less of your sucess in pro sports.

Artie

March 5th, 2012
10:43 pm

Stop calling the young man all those names!! You sound like a bunch of idiots! People need lives nowadays. Being all bold while they hide behind a computer.

Artie

March 5th, 2012
10:48 pm

What kind of coach feels the need to suspend the same player every couple of months, that should be the question? The kind that’s trying to clear his roster so that he can play HIS new recruits.

Paul in NH

March 5th, 2012
11:23 pm

Yes Artie – What kind of coach suspends a player for not following rules?
Maybe someone like Roy Williams – he kicked Will Graves off the team early in his SR year.

Full Metal Jacket

March 5th, 2012
11:40 pm

Coach Gregory is EXACTLY the kind of leader and coach we want here at Tech. Glenn Rice Jr. CAN be the kind of player and student we want, and Coach is trying to help him get there. Keep up the good work, Coach, and best of luck in the tourney.

never mind that mr rice

March 6th, 2012
1:18 am

gave that most wonderful coach phewitt the evil eye last year as well as was suspended by phewitt.

and for the record phewitt aint no midget.

sad part is that phewitt encourages the ME in athletes with his invidual instruction.

so phewitt fan you have decided to take on multipel nics now eh?

you cant hide cause we can smell your stink. smoking crack will do that to a man.

William Casey

March 6th, 2012
2:07 am

The improvement in “team” play at GT since Glen Rice’s suspension has been noticeable. Could Rice have helped GT this year? For sure, he’s talented. But, he has to want to be a part of the team. I wish him well regardless of where he plays next year.

Sam

March 6th, 2012
6:59 am

In reply to Paul in NH who commented on Roy Williams suspension of Will Graves. Once again this was suspected to be a clearing of the roster so that Roy could add other scholarship players. Unfortunately,the coaches are allowed to do this by the NCAA.

UGA = Yawn

March 6th, 2012
7:43 am

A school of 20,000 and Ken still can not find out what Rice did!? Excellent reporting skills!!!

Jim 70

March 6th, 2012
7:44 am

BG is doing a great job. I liked PH, but he certainly slipped after his final’s run.

We have more discipline and are playing like a team, something we have not seen in a long time.

GR was our best defensive player and our best scorer, but outa control a lot of the time. I would love to see him back next year if he can play within the system, but good luck to him wherever he ends up – hopefully with a good education.

Robert Barron

March 6th, 2012
7:55 am

Agree with Mr. Casey.

Freddie Blassie

March 6th, 2012
8:28 am

Artie,
I’ll call anyone anything I please and you are an idiot. If Rice is so great, why don’t any of the players risk the wrath of the coach and defend him? The team is playing better without him. I like their hustle and toughness.
Hewitt was an insecure ass who dogged it so much that Tech paid the guy to leave. Gregory has the team rebounding better and working harder than Hewitt ever did.
Tech will be fine in a year or two.
One more thing: I have no problem booing an 18 year old kid from the basketball or football stands if he dogs it. The athletic association is making money off gate receipts and television revenue and if they don’t want the boy booed, don’t charge money for the privilege of watching him play and then tell me I have to show respect for a prima donna’s behavior.

BartBuzz

March 6th, 2012
9:21 am

Finally….a coach who means what he says. Better days ahead for GT basketball. Playing at a real home court next year will make all the difference in the world.