Heading up to Nashville this morning for the start of the SEC tournament Thursday and I’m going to try to post at least one more blog from workouts later today. But first, here are two items I thought might be of interest to you:
♦ Arkansas, Georgia’s first-round opponent, is having some issues.
Arkansas lost its last five games of the regular season and six out of seven after starting 6-3 in the SEC.
Now you have to wonder how much that’s affecting the Razorbacks internally. Forward Marshawn Powell was named to the SEC’s All-Freshman team Tuesday, after averaging 15.1 points and 6.7 rebounds during the season. Later in the day at a press conference, he responded to a question about whether he would be one of the team’s leaders next season by saying, “I believe I’m there now. I believe this is my team.”
This generally would be no big deal. The problem was that the more Powell said, the more he sort of threw his teammates under the bus, even while stating he really wasn’t throwing his teammates under the bus.
Judge for yourself: “I’m not taking nothing from [forward] Mike [Washington] or Stef [Welsh]. I know those are the seniors. I’m taking it and just putting it on my back. This is what this team needs is a leader. We haven’t had that all year. So it’s my turn to try, I guess.”
Just wondering how “Mike or Stef” feel about this.
♦ Did John Calipari get jobbed for SEC Coach of the Year?
I understand why there might have been some local support for Georgia coach Mark Fox as the SEC’s Coach of the Year, but it’s difficult to find fault with the honor going to Vanderbilt’s Kevin Stallings. The bigger question is, do other SEC coaches have it in for Calipari?
The award is voted on by coaches. Gary Parrish of CBS Sports, probably reflecting the feelings of many, wrote on Twitter, “Vandy’s success wasn’t the main reason Stallings won SEC COY. The main reason is that other SEC coaches don’t like [Bruce] Pearl or Calipari.”
Calipari obviously has more talent to work with than any coach in the conference, including the best player in the country, guard John Wall. But he did go 29-2. The thinking is, what does a guy have to do to be named coach of the year?
Wall told the Lexington Herald-Leader: “I feel coach Cal should have gotten it. It was his first year coaching us. With six freshmen [actually five, plus first-year sophomore Darnell Dodson], he had to start from scratch with the whole team.”
Teammate DeMarcus Cousins said only: “That’s crazy, but no comment.”
Funny post-script: Neither Wall nor Cousins even knew who Stallings was. From the Herald-Leader:
“Who is that?” Wall asked Cousins.
Recalling Wall’s question, Cousins said, “I was, like, ‘I don’t know. Who is that?’
“I thought that was the coach from Georgia or something.”
In your opinion, who should’ve been named SEC coach of the year?