Countdown: Morris skinny, Richt banned, J-Lo in NFL

The Count's also getting a little pudgy.

Fortunately, a part-time Hawk finally started "Counting" his calories.

The Hawks are holding a rookie and free agent mini-camp this week. For those who don’t know, rookie and free agent mini-camps generally are reserved for three types of players: 1) recent draft picks; 2) players who are trying to transition from Europe back to the NBA; 3) players who sit on the end of the bench and occasionally break their folding chairs (assuming they can fit in them).

On Tuesday, I went looking for a player in category 3 but I only found part of him. Randolph Morris was only too happy to tell me the rest of him was lost.

That and other items in this week’s Tuesday Countdown. Take it Count (who by the way could lose a few pounds himself):

10. Hawks don’t need THAT kind of big man

The Hawks need a big man. It might be a stretch to say a guy who played less than four minutes a game last season can fill the void, but Morris is giving it a run. He is 6-foot-11 and now weighs about 270 pounds. This past season, he admits only to weighing  285. There is a belief in some corners he actually topped 300. But when I asked him for that confession Tuesday, he smiled and said, “Not when I stepped on the scale. But I felt like I was 300.” Fortunately, he woke up.

Here's the Hawks' Randolph Morris last year holding up his jersey (still clean).

Here's Randolph Morris last year holding up his jersey (still clean).

9. Hey, didn’t you used to be really good?

Before detailing how Morris changed, here’s the background. Morris was supposed to be a star. He was a McDonald’s All-American at Landmark Christian. He opted not to enter the NBA draft in 2004 and instead went to Kentucky (Georgia Tech, among other schools, wanted him). He was OK but certainly not great in his one season in Lexington, declared himself eligible for the draft, but didn’t get taken. He petitioned to go back to the Wildcats, which the NCAA allowed on the condition he miss half the season. Following that year, he signed with the New York Knicks as a free agent. He was ordinary. Then last year, he was picked up by the Hawks, where he mostly sat.

8. The Hawks are “shrinking” in the East

Notice Morris not getting off the ground.

Notice Morris not getting airborne.

Now, I don’t know what how good Morris can be. But I know what assistant coach Tyrone Hill said Tuesday: “Whenever you can lose that much weight, it helps your quickness and you feel stronger mentally.  think it’s a sign of him turning over a new leaf. …We need a big guy, bad. The top four, five teams in the East are getting a lot bigger and stronger. He can help us. He’s got talent. But it’s really up to Randolph.

7. His former trainer’s name: Wendy

Morris said he used to “have to go to Wendy’s after practice” for a quick meal. Every day. His weakness: “A bacon cheeseburger meal.” Would he supersize? “Of course. I mean, when they ask you, you’ve got to do it, right.” He also would go grocery shopping and fill his cart with soda (not diet), sweet tea, Doritos (Cool Ranch, of course), Cheetos and an assortment of cookies. “I loved those little Duplex kind. One side’s white, the other side’s chocolate and there’s that cream in the middle. I’d get a 72-pack of those.” After some nudging by his fiancée, Morris finally came to realize he needed to get in better shape. He improved his diet (fruits, whole grains, fish) and increased his workouts. Down went the inseam.

Ever wonder what Randolph Morris's training table looked like?

Ever wonder what Randolph Morris's training table looked like?

6. The great awakening

Morris is in the last year of his contract. Nothing like a little financial pressure to light a fire under your backside. Opportunity has been a motivator. He knows the Hawks haven’t solved all of their issues in the post. He knows this could be it. He knows people have questioned his work ethic in the past. “I know I have a chance to prove myself. I know if I don’t do it, they’ll look somewhere else. I need to step up so I can play aside Al [Horford] and Zaza [Pachulia]. …One of my coaches in middle school said the worst thing they can say about you is you have potential. I know it’s in there somewhere. I just have to find it.”

5. The Dolphins can hit the high notes

The Miami Dolphins announced Marc Anthony has been added as a minority owner, joining entertainers Gloria and Emilio Estefan. And where you get Marc Anthony, you get Jennifer Lopez. So at the very least, the Dolphins will not be short for anthem singers. The good news is, this probably makes a miserable human being like Bill Parcells even more miserable. When you think about it, Parcells now works for J-Lo. But with her hanging around the complex, at least now he’s got someone to compare butt sizes with.

Jennifer Lopez (with) stands with new Dolphins owner Mr. Jennifer Lopez.

Jennifer Lopez stands with the new Dolphins' owner, Mr. Jennifer Lopez.

4. Mark Richt’s world is crumbling! (kidding)

As you might’ve read on AJC.com, Carver-Columbus high school has banned – banned! – Georgia coach Mark Richt and his assistants from recruiting on their campus. Why? The Bulldogs had the nerve to rescind a scholarship offer to a player. Dudes: Get over it. Everybody feels bad for the kid. But this kind of thing happens all the time. Schools over commit or change their mind. Yes, I’m sure the kid was embarrassed because he was in Athens on campus when Richt pulled back the offer. But please. Are we to believe that if Carver-Columbus has a linebacker or receiver who aspires to play for Georgia, his coaches aren’t going to allow Richt to watch him, talk to him or work him out? Who’s doing the disservice here?

3. Michael Vick update No. 274 (today).

Commissioner Roger Goodell said again — after the Marc Antony press conference! — that he wants to see genuine remorse from Michael Vick over what he did before he agrees to reinstate him. Look, I’m guessing that Vick officially will be off the suspension list in the next couple of weeks. But what more does he want? Regardless of where you stand on Vick as a person or an athlete, he already has lost more in terms of income, stature and reputation than any athlete in sports history. (I put him ahead of Mike Tyson because Tyson had a lot more public baggage than Vick even before he finally crashed and burned.) Do you want the man to drop to his knees and cry? Get this over with.

2. They’ve got the third-trimester blues

A minor league baseball team, the Brooklyn Cyclones, offered a pre-game Lamaze class in center field before Sunday night’s game. It was one of several activities the team did in conjunction with the “Bellies and Baseball: A Salute to Pregnancy” event. They even had a “craving” station with pizza, pickles and ice cream. The Braves considered doing the same promotion in 2007. But then they just cut Bob Wickman instead.

1. And finally . . .

Erin Andrews had no comment on Randolph Morris, Jennifer Lopez, Carver-Columbus, Roger Goodell or the Brooklyn Cylclone. I was told my digital editors she’s kind of a big deal and I needed to get her in here somewhere.

I'm not sure who this is but I've been told she's popular.

I'm not sure who this is but I've been told she's popular.

57 comments Add your comment

Dawg Foot

July 21st, 2009
4:03 pm

Marc Anthony is one ugly dude.

[...] The Hawks’ other big man options aren’t exactly ready to fade into the background. I mentioned Randolph Morris the other day and he’s shown well so far. Jeff Schultz caught up with him after Tuesday morning’s mini-camp practice for an interesting update on wha…. [...]

Hollywould

July 21st, 2009
4:15 pm

Jeff, did you happen to see the New York Post today on Erin Andrews. They are an irresponsible
crew.

Gerald Ball

July 21st, 2009
4:15 pm

“Dudes: Get over it. Everybody feels bad for the kid. But this kind of thing happens all the time. Schools over commit or change their mind. Yes, I’m sure the kid was embarrassed because he was in Athens on campus when Richt pulled back the offer. But please. Are we to believe that if Carver-Columbus has a linebacker or receiver who aspires to play for Georgia, his coaches aren’t going to allow Richt to watch him, talk to him or work him out? Who’s doing the disservice here?”

1. If Richt did this to one Carver-Columbus player, what keeps him from doing it again especially since – as you stated – “this kind of thing happens all the time.”

2. What “disservice” are you talking about? Can’t the Carver players who want to go UGA just do what you are urging Devin Burns to do and “get over it” and go to another school? It really looks like you guys are advocating the nonsense that UGA should get to behave however they choose and still get the players that they want. Sorry, the correct position is that UGA should be required to conduct their business in a competent, professional ethical manner or pay the consequences. Take a look at what Alabama is doing right now … the last two seasons they accepted more kids than they had room for, so now they are running kids off. A senior who was 3rd on his team in tackles last season is now going to have to finish up his education at North Alabama. You folks know the difference between trying to market an Alabama degree and a North Alabama degree in this economy. It reminds me of last year with how South Carolina and Nebraska dropped kids that had already made verbal commitments weeks before signing day. One kid had to go to Central Florida, the other – who had offers to Big East schools before Nebraska offered him because THEY WERE REALLY INTERESTED IN HIS TEAMMATE but after his teammate didn’t commit to Nebraska they suddenly lost interest – had to choose between Western Carolina and Maine.

Sorry, UGA shouldn’t be able to just mess over people like this with no consequences whatsoever. If UGA doesn’t want to endure stuff like this, then they need to do their jobs better. I wonder if the guy in charge of notifying recruits that their offers have been pulled is the same guy in charge of making the gameplans and preparations against Florida, West Virginia, or for that matter anyone else that is actually any good. (Check Richt’s record against top 5 and top 10 teams during his tenure … it isn’t that hot.) If so, this is just another example of why guys like that need to go and Richt needs better assistants. Richt has only had one top assistant his entire time at UGA, Van Gorder, and he is long gone. Meanwhile, the other guys are still there. Why? Because no one else wants them! People throw piles of money at Garner, for instance, so he can recruit players, but has anyone offered him a defensive coordinator job? That is just one example, there are many others.

And this is the hilarious part: had LANE KIFFIN pulled some nonsense like this, you guys would rake him over the coals. But Saban is allowed to run kids already on scholarship off from Alabama and you say nothing, and Richt gets to humiliate 16 year olds in front of their families and you say “get over it.” Please. I think that I am going to start rooting for Lane Kiffin (and Paul Johnson) to run all of you SEC good ol’ boy hypocrites off the field.

Herschel Talker

July 21st, 2009
4:18 pm

Gerald Ball likes men

MattyB

July 21st, 2009
4:20 pm

Excellent, well done, sir!

braveswin

July 21st, 2009
4:25 pm

Gerald, whoa up there, it’ll be ok. You don’t and I don’t know the real story. If CMR’s track record shows us anything it is loyalty to a fault.(see Willie and Murray) And by all means start “rooting” for Lane Kiffen. He will need all the friends he can muster up there on ol’ rocky top. But if you start “rooting” for Paul Johnson and the Cicadis then mister let me tell you it’ll be a long hard ride.

athensdawg

July 21st, 2009
4:28 pm

Jeff, congrats on another proper take on all the stupidity that is going on in the world of sports. All we have to focus on is Golf, Baseball and the WNBA. So, what does the sports world do? Get stupid trying to drum up interest. They should require all non beat writers to go on mandatory vacations from the end of the British Open until the first week of August.

If I read one more “top ten” article from someone who has nothing else to write about, I am going to yak……top ten places to order french fries in the SEC, top ten GT victories over UGA, top ten favorite victories of the Jim Donnan era…top ten things to look for at SEC media days

all of these are top ten reasons why i try not to read the sports section this time of the year.

I don’t think the Hawks will ever return to the “glory years” of Mike Fratello, Spud, ‘Nique and Willis. They needed to “get over the hump” b/c all they could do was win 50 a year and finish second to the bad boy pistons, MJ, and mchale,bird and the chief. Their “getting over the hump” is the same thing the falcons did when they brought in Dan Henning…..it’s taken 20 years to get back to what once was….

Gen Neyland

July 21st, 2009
4:30 pm

Check out the quads on J-Lo…I’m guessing she sets about a 9:17 pace on easy days…and Erin Andrews looks good in Orange. Maybe she’s singing Kiffin’s new hit tune, ‘Hush My Mouf, Catfish’. Believe it or not, I agree somewhat with you on Vick. If somebody wants him, let him play. He’s done the time. Heckfire, guess he could go to work for PetSmart.

Huh?

July 21st, 2009
4:34 pm

“Check Richt’s record against top 5 and top 10 teams during his tenure … it isn’t that hot.”

Hmmm…really? What would be that record Captain Knowitall?

This is the part where Gerald Ball predictably goes MIA and we never here from him again. Buh bye.

MightyQuinn

July 21st, 2009
4:36 pm

Erin Andrews is a goddess. But her voice is still like fingernails on a chalkboard.

Tide Rising

July 21st, 2009
4:38 pm

I feel bad for the kid that had his schollie offer rescinded. But for the coach who says he’s gonna ban Richt from campus. I think this guy is a little full of himself to publicly state that he’s gonna ban the coach of the states flagship university. As you said it would be a tremendous disservice to the kids at his school who would still hold a firm offer from UGA and would like to go to UGA.

Henry D.

July 21st, 2009
4:43 pm

Her Voice???????

dap01

July 21st, 2009
4:46 pm

Well said Tide Rising.

Gerald Ball: “Your mom goes to college”

MC Welk

July 21st, 2009
4:57 pm

I’m glad that his diet caused his legs (inseam) to shorten.

PBR=America in a can

July 21st, 2009
4:59 pm

Erin would be hotter if she wasnt a gaytor

JSS

July 21st, 2009
5:00 pm

Is anything remotely resembling coherency in that piece…

Marc Anthony might be ugly, but his woman is not… Stop hating…

Herschel Talker

July 21st, 2009
5:09 pm

JSS likes men

Andy Sutton

July 21st, 2009
5:12 pm

Erin Andrews is on ugly dude.

Andy Sutton

July 21st, 2009
5:12 pm

Erin Andrews is ONE ugly dude.

( She used to be on THIS ugly dude.)

BugKiller

July 21st, 2009
5:13 pm

With a name like Gerald, he HAS to be a Bug. I can only imagine the number of pocket protectors he owns to coordinate with his ensemble of urine-colored shirts.

As for Ms. Andrews, while I am at a complete loss as to why people believe she is much better looking than she really is (or that she does anything more or less than Jill “David Pole-Ock” Arrington ever did), what happened to her was reprehensible.

Unfortunately, she will never receive any real legal justice and probably never any monetary justice for the sexual assault (because it can be emotional as well as physical) committed against her. Believe it people, every time any person watches the peep hole video, they are recommitting the assault against Ms. Andrews. While this law was created for a particularly vile brand of pornography, it fits in this case as well. Ms. Andrews certainly never gave her consent. And while she is gator-trash with an unforgivable amount of worship for Tebow of Nazareth, no one should be assaulted in this way.

Okay, off that soap box. On to the next.

I am SICK and TIRED of people saying Mike Vick made a mistake and that he “deserves” a second chance.

Mike Vick never made a mistake. He made a crap-load of reprehensible decisions that shaped his LIFE STYLE.

And he is now, by my count, on his FIFTH CHANCE.

1. He knowingly gave a woman herpes. This is a felony sex crime. He settled.

2. He and his “Crew” stole a rather expensive watch from a businessman. This was “fixed” by former Vick-Blank-Fixer Billy Johnson.

3. He was photographed holding a joint (which he was presumably smoking) in the back seat of a limo.

4. The water bottle incident which the Miami police made “disappear.” Hmmm.

5. Creating, funding, running, partaking-in, and even killing for and in a dog-fighting ring on his property. Also, illegal gambling.

So actually, Mike Vick is on his SIXTH CHANCE.

I wish all you irresponsible Vick-apologists and bleeding hearts would start writing the truth about Mike Vick.

Bubba

July 21st, 2009
5:13 pm

What, is Carver-Columbue the Moeller of the South? It must be summer, if a HS football coach who thinks he’s Nick Saban/Bill Parcells?Insert-Bloated-Puffery-Here draws so much attention. There are no guarantees in life, kiddies. Welcome to being an adult. And if this HS coach wants to add a “Wah factor” into the whole thing, then his goal of being a feeder school for Troy State shows lots of promise. Where I come from, we call a guy like that a crybaby sissy. Probably has Tiddlywinks tournaments after line meetings.

UGAGRAD05

July 21st, 2009
5:16 pm

Gerald Ball-

Richt’s record against top ranked opponents is actually pretty good. He has won 70% of those games. You must be one of those people who got rejected by UGA and had to go to Georgia State or GT. Maybe you had to settle for junior college.

Bubba

July 21st, 2009
5:19 pm

As for Erin Andrews, she makes more money than I do. And I’ll bet she’s a damned-sight better lookin’ than some of you toothless morons. Probably smarter too. Don’t worry, boys. If anybody takes a video of y’all naked through a peephole, you might earn some extra scratch as the poster boy for I’m-Less-Endowed-Than-Joseph-Jackson.

JSS

July 21st, 2009
5:19 pm

HT, you don’t want me on your case… Stick to the Gobber’s and keep stepping you follower of 17 year olds… If you don’t know, you better ask somebody…

Jeff Schultz

July 21st, 2009
5:20 pm

Hollywould — haven’t seen NY Post but nothing would surprise me.

Gerald Ball: 1) Nothing would prevent Richt from doing it again, but I don’t think he’s got that reputation. (at least, I don’t recall public complaints like this). No coach wants to get a bad rep. 2) The “disservice” is if a high school coach somehow limits access to a kid or refuses to talk to a college coach about one of his players, it could affect that kid’s scholarship chances.
Let me also add that we haven’t yet heard Richt’s side on this issue.

General Neyland: That’s Gator orange, not Vol orange.

Panties in a wad

July 21st, 2009
5:34 pm

Jeff, please replace your photo on the header with one of Erin Andrews. Thank you.

Paddy

July 21st, 2009
5:46 pm

The Columbus coach is out of his element. This is a family decision not some hs football coach who wants to be a king maker. If I was a parent in this school district and this coach tried to limit my son’s offers from UGA or limit his access, he would be in front of a judge before you could say, “Iam just a hs coach”. He has no standing in this matter. And worse yet he does not realize he has no standing in family matters. Where in the hell are the school administrators in all this. Do they realize their coach has run-a-muck and out of control. Fire this maroon.

Paddy

July 21st, 2009
5:51 pm

Bug Killer … great post on the wrap up of MV. You are correct, it is not a mistake if you keep doing it. It is called a personality trait.

Paddy

July 21st, 2009
6:37 pm

This Columbus coach issue has got me red hot. I have sent my 3 children to college all on schorarship, 2 boys and 1 girl. Football, baseball and swimming. All Div I schools. Notre Dame, East Carolina and Purdue. There is no hs coach in the world that is going to come and tell me that my children can’t talk to a particular school. It is not his place. He either finds his place or gets a new job.

TechDan

July 21st, 2009
7:15 pm

Actually Paddy. It is his place. He has every right to bar anyone from the field and the locker room. And UGA recruiters have every right to contact a player outside the locker room if they really want him. This move is really symbolic, as he can’t control his players off the field.

VanLingleMungo

July 21st, 2009
7:22 pm

Never hit your mother in the face with a shovel,it leaves a dull impression on her mind.

PhillyMike

July 21st, 2009
7:52 pm

The hawks will be mediocre again this year with the worthless mike woodson as coach. But, look for Philly to make a huge move in the east with all the new talent. I think Philly finishes 2nd in the east and may upset Cleveland in the playoffs!

BigMike

July 21st, 2009
8:29 pm

Is J-Ho like the only female you ever seen that went from a Black Dude, to a White Dude to a Latino Dude. Jackie Chan your up next…..Will the Mike Vick bashing ever stop ? This is becoming more a polarization of how racist Americans are than his crime…Randolph Morris can you please stop occuping space on the bech, and ACT like you once played against Dwight Howard ? For now you are just a cast-a-way ! Finally, say what you want about Erin Andrews, she is hot!! Does’nt she make you want to, standing in that shirt, want Orange juice, fresh squeezed of course!!!!

Boss Hogg

July 21st, 2009
8:43 pm

It’s funny how Saint Richt is given a pass for this snafu, but Paul Johnson is roasted by these same hypocrites for jerking a scholarship from a kid who decided to visit Auburn even after PJ told him his scholarship would be rescinded.

BugKiller

July 21st, 2009
8:47 pm

Yeah, because there are non-delusional people who believe that Vick doesn’t have any kind of “right” to play football (he doesn’t), because we correctly point out that Vick never made any mistakes, but decisions which defined a deplorable lifestyle, because we believe that he isn’t sorry for what he did, simply sorry he got caught doing it (because, you know, he hasn’t done anything, not in his bankruptcy hearing, nowhere to make anyone believe he feels any remorse)…

… because of all that, we’re racists.

Seems to me that the people who want to excuse everything he’s done because of the color of his skin (much like they did with O.J.) are the REAL racists.

Paddy

July 21st, 2009
8:57 pm

Tech Dan… that answer is just too commercial. He is interferring with the due process that ONLY belongs to the parents and the kid. If he thinks that he can cut off any access to the parents right to review scholarship offers, he is malfesant in his duties. He must be fired, period. He should park his ego and just do his job of coaching not parenting. Guys like him should be collard and told what to do, he has no business making that kind of policy decision. He is just luckey he didn’t get in this mans way. I would have run him thru the court system till he cried uncle if he interfered with my children.

Tyger

July 21st, 2009
9:19 pm

Col. Shultz with a lucid moment?….maybe the recession is over.

Ken Stallings

July 21st, 2009
9:32 pm

Oh yeah, Jeff! You think posting a very tasty photograph of Erin Andrews will make us forgive you for all your previous sins and give you kudos ….

… well, OK, it worked! :)

TechDan

July 21st, 2009
10:36 pm

Paddy: If you’re son was good enough to get a full ride at UGA, then he’s good enough to get a full ride at any other place. If Georgia wants him, they’ll contact him regardless of whether their allowed on the campus or not. If the kid wants to play for UGA, he’ll get his chance. Like I said, the “ban” means little, and many of you want to crucify this coach for standing up for his kids the only way he can. Get a life.

Cuz

July 21st, 2009
10:42 pm

Erin Andrews……What the shirt was orange, I did not notice.

Jeff can you figure out a way to get Salma Hayek in a blog topic? A picture is worth a thousand words or launched a thousand ships. One of em anyway.

Ken Stallings

July 21st, 2009
10:47 pm

Jeff, many coaches have pulled scholarship offers like this and found themselves banned from high schools. And it has adversely affected the talent of their future recruiting classes. This isn’t something Richt should take lightly.

That he did it while the kid was visiting the campus was low class. But the basic wrongness of the decision is the same regardless of that. The basic sin was offering the kid. The worse sin was waiting until a bit over a month before the start of the season to decide it.

Now the kid’s options are significantly reduced and that’s the worst aspect of the decision. Don’t offer unless you are prepared to take the kid. And then don’t wait until late July to pull the offer unless the kid himself did something wrong. This kid didn’t. He deserved better!

Cuz

July 21st, 2009
10:49 pm

Crucify. So the Carver coach has a Messianic complex also?

Cuz

July 21st, 2009
10:58 pm

Can anyone tell me the shelf life of a scholarship offer? Do they come with code dates? Do they start smelling bad after four or five months sittiing around. Do they turn green or spotty or do they just wilt? Can a recruit be responsible for acting on the scholarship before the code date expires? Should a high school coach tell his student player that he better use that offer before it goes bad? What is the coach’s responsibility in getting his student to use that scholarship before it goes out of date?

jarvis

July 22nd, 2009
12:02 am

Who does their hair naked? And what was up with the butt flexing?
Something’s fishy.

WAKE UP!!!!!!

July 22nd, 2009
7:00 am

JEFF, EXPOSE THIS CLOWN FROM CARVER….HE BANNED AU LAST YEAR…..SURE WOULD MAKE A NICE ARTICLE, DONT YOU THINK??????

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

July 22nd, 2009
9:41 am

Can the Falcons sell a minority ownership to Salma Hayek. That would be awesome. And while we are at it lets sell a piece to ScarJo as well. That would be an awesome front 4.

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July 22nd, 2009
9:48 am

[...] broadcasts this fall.Jeff Schultz of The AJC uses the “disservice” word in covering a high school coach’s decision to ban Mark Richt and Georgia from recruiting his players.Here’s a question for you.  The coach is upset [...]

ajw

July 22nd, 2009
10:00 am

Wow! Just saw the nude Erin Andrews video. Mmmmm! Killer body! The butt flexing was great. and the bald muff.

gcs

July 22nd, 2009
10:25 am

The Hawks 12th man? J-Lo? Erin Andrews? Vick?
Why did I click on this column? I want the last few minutes of my life back.

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