Cole continues to dog UGA

Tony Cole is like the “gift” that keeps on giving.

It wasn’t bad enough that this bad seed recruited by the Harricks spent much of his time in Athens in trouble and eventually brought his former coaches and the entire Georgia basketball program down early this decade. Since then, Cole’s rap sheet has continued to grow and now he’s back in the headlines, with a Cook County, Ill., official forced to resign after it was revealed she kept spending money to bail him out of jail before he was fired for not disclosing criminal convictions on his county government job application. 

It’s those headlines that are particularly galling, because they naturally refer to him as an “ex-UGA player,” “former Bulldog,” “ex-UGA hoops star,” and so on. The guy was only associated with UGA for about a year and a half, and the program he helped destroy has served its time and started over. A couple of times. But we seemingly can’t get shed of the taint of Cole.

It’s a story that should prompt second, third and fourth thoughts for any coach considering taking on a “troubled” player with an arrest record as a reclamation project just because he might help notch a few wins. 

It ain’t worth it.

At the other end of the spectrum are those UGA athletes who not only compete at the highest levels and stay out of trouble, but also excel in the classroom. A tip of the cap to senior gymnast Courtney Kupets, senior swimmer Kit French and the gymnastics team for receiving top honors at the annual University of Georgia Academic Roundtable Monday night at the Classic Center in Athens. Kupets and French were recognized as the UGA male and female winners of the SEC Boyd McWhorter Post Graduate Award, given in pursuit of a graduate degree, and the Gym Dogs won the Highest Team GPA Award for the 2007-2008 academic year with a 3.36 grade point average. 

It’s just too bad that as they move on through life and no doubt build productive lives and careers that are a credit to their communities and the University of Georgia, we probably won’t see any headlines referring to these “ex-Bulldogs.”

Whereas I’d bet we haven’t seen the last of Tony Cole.

32 comments Add your comment

Right On Time

April 21st, 2009
2:33 pm

This guy needs to be involved in sales. He continues to get people to give him opportunities only to turn around and bite the hand that feeds him. You are correct, his story continues to be a cautionary tale for any future “troubled” player being brought in. That could be a bad thing for young men that just need a chance: did’nt Tony Milton have issues before CMR helped him?

By the way, anyone that would pay Tony Cole $60K to work in HR needs to be fired.


April 21st, 2009
2:38 pm

I wonder how many NCAA athletes have gotten in trouble over the last 8 years, that also have their activities traced and documented by the AJC continually? Why the AJC infatuation with this dirtbag?


April 21st, 2009
3:03 pm

Bill. Great blog as usual. Are Chip and Tim still covering Georgia?


April 21st, 2009
3:47 pm

Elder-the AJC will fixate on any UGA athlete that gets in trouble but allow a Tech Athlete like Reuben Houston get indicted for Federal Drug Charges and you hardly hear anything about it. Amazing isn’t it?

rueben houston

April 21st, 2009
4:20 pm

I did not bring the entire Tech program with me!! Muahahahahahah!!!!

Bill King

April 21st, 2009
4:26 pm

In answer to questions posted about how UGA coverage is being handled, here’s a response from public editor Shawn McIntosh:

We have been fortunate to have two strong reporters covering UGA. However, we’ve had to reduce staff, and so we have named Tim Tucker as the sole full-time UGA reporter. Tim is one of our most seasoned reporters, and an excellent writer. He has been an editor, columnist and reporter and understands how to develop a beat and find stories.

Tim will be helped by many on our sports team including Jeff Schultz, Mark Bradley and blogger Bill King.

Chip Towers will be moving to our breaking news team, where he’ll be aggressively jumping on breaking news on a variety of topics, heavily focused on sports.

Our goal is to continue to be a premier sports source in print and online and our editors believe this best positions us for that.


April 21st, 2009
4:48 pm

You’re right as rain bk, but you omitted one little point of interest. The man whohas really caused the decline in UGA BB is sits in the Prez’s office and should be mentioned alongside of Harrick and Cole.
While UGA and the beloved dawg nation has to re-live these embarrassing moments, nobody holds Adams accountable for his complicity in this matter. I look forward to the day he’s gone!


April 21st, 2009
4:50 pm

I got the impression Michael Carvell is no longer doing his blog, so will these remaining people be responsible for UGA recruiting coverage?

We have paragons of virtues like Herschel and we have troubles souls like Odell. Then we have “taints” like Tony Cole.

All programs have them and hopefully we can keep ours minimized. USC has OJ.

Right On Time

April 21st, 2009
4:56 pm

and tenn has Travis Henry.

To be fair though, neither brought their respective programs to it’s knees.

Left to Right

April 21st, 2009
5:06 pm

As others have written, the only reason Tony Cole continues to “dog” UGA in any way, shape or form is because the AJC appears to be dedicated to covering every twist and turn of his life, even when his life has had nothing to do with UGA for 7 years.

Mr. King, you call stories associating Cole “galling” because UGA “seemingly can’t get shed of the taint of Cole” yet refuse to call the AJC, which is the primary offender, to answer for their continued, yet irrelevent, coverage. Your inability to point the finger at the 800lb gorilla of the AJC is one reason I almost never read your posts. I also rarely read it because it is unnecessary. There are vastly superior blogs concerning UGA sports, such as “Get the Picture” and “GeorgiaSportsBlog”, which provide a much higher level of commentary concerning Georgia sports (and I don’t have to wait for an ad-heavy, slow loading site of the sort hosting this blog).

Bill King

April 21st, 2009
5:11 pm


So glad you wandered in here by accident!

Quincy Carter

April 21st, 2009
6:32 pm

Hey Reuban, you is small time. I likes my Crack rock too!


April 21st, 2009
7:09 pm

So why hasn’t the AJC given us an update on former tech player and coach Joe Hamilton?

I am sure his court date has come and passed for let’s see: DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, open container violation, and oh yes that illegal substance he had in the vehicle.

Come on AJC.

I know it is Tech but have the guts to do your job and report on the update to this ex-Tech player.

Pitbull's Brother

April 21st, 2009
7:58 pm

Yes, and in addition let’s get updates on: Donovan Baldwin, Clint Boling, and former standouts Kelin Johnson and Tim Worley’s DUI arrests too.

Kelin Johnson

April 21st, 2009
8:00 pm

Tech sucks

April 21st, 2009
8:02 pm

He’s such a piece of trash. What a worthless, waste of oxygen.

BS Patrol

April 21st, 2009
8:45 pm

This blog is supposed to be about Tony Cole.

The comments about Tech just show Ga fans’ obsession with Tech.

They want to be more like Tech in every way but they never have been & never will be.

Diamond Dawg

April 21st, 2009
9:20 pm

LMAO!! Wanna be like Tech?? Come on BS Patrol be real with yourself. Your a second rate university in you own state. You know it and so does everyone else. Your smart enough to know that. Right?!

Bill King Wannabe

April 21st, 2009
9:28 pm

Mr. King,

I stopped my home delivery subscription to the AJC due to your lack of human interest stories about sports. I appears as though the only stories you cover are negative. I would love to know more about Javier Vasquez, Maurice Evans or Mike Peterson. Instead we get “tired” stories about a dirtbag associated with Georgia athletics 7 years ago. The editor of this paper, in my humble opinion, has done a horrible job over the last several years in story selection. To waste any space whatsoever about Tony Cole is, without a doubt, a bad decision

BS Patrol

April 21st, 2009
9:56 pm

Diamond, Tech is superior in academics, athletics & integrity. You know it, I know it, everybody knows it. Eat your heart out!

Now get ready to eat Dwyer’s dust in Nov.

Tide rising

April 21st, 2009
10:11 pm

Interesting. What a punk. This bad kid will haunt UGA just like Jan Kemp. He reminds me of Eric Ramsey the bitter ex Auburn player who put Auburn on probation all because a booster was giving him some free steaks. He bit the hand that fed him and reminds me a lot of Cole and vice versa. Oh well. We all have our share of thug players come through our programs. Its inevitable that everyone will have someone like a Cole or Ramsey. If I remember correctly though the kid was at 3 or 4 different places before he ever got to Athens. This one goes squarely on Harrick for knowingly bringing in a kid that was a continous discipline problem everywhere he went. Ya wonder what made Harrick think this narcissistic, selfish punk was gonna do that was different giving his history. BTW dawg fans, I’m not piling on here since I fully acknowledge as a Bama fan that we all have our share of thugs here and there.

BS Patrol

April 21st, 2009
10:35 pm

If I were a doggie fan I would put the blame on Adams like someone said earlier. He’s the one that hired Harrick.

Pago Flyer

April 21st, 2009
11:21 pm

Can we just beat gt in something!

Terry Taylor

April 21st, 2009
11:42 pm

Tony Cole brought the program down? You sure it wasn’t the Harrick family and their improprieties? Like giving him cash, TV’s. Like giving pass grades for bogus classes and tests. You look like the gopher from Caddyshack with a red, Green Bay Packer G on your gopher head.

Rueben "the felon Huston

April 21st, 2009
11:46 pm

hey, it’s not like I had the 100 lbs. of weed on campus-well maybe I did, that’s not the point. My alma-mater’s all time leading rusher is a convicted child molester… And BS go look at your beloved campus on any weekday, 20 to 1 foreigners. Be proud!


April 22nd, 2009
9:56 am

Thanks BS. We were all wondering what the motivations was in arguing with the many tech fans that seem to be always be around the Georgia Bulldog topics. It’s because WE want to be more like THEM. Got it.


April 22nd, 2009
10:11 am

Tide rising, the hard part to figure out as to why Harrick would bring him in, which ultimately triggered his undoing…..Cole wasn’t ever really that valuable as a BB player.

terry, our “g” is not red. BTW, when you have to explain the context of your joke within the joke, it ain’t that funny.

Charles Hill

April 22nd, 2009
10:46 am

Yes Harrick did recruit him but if I remember right the ultimate responsibility would go to President Adams. He hired Harrick over the objections of AS Vince Dooley. Put the blame where it belongs for the entire BB fiasco.

Judge Dawg

April 22nd, 2009
11:17 am

This is not a real story. Cole will get in trouble again the the AJC will “dog” UGA again.

Virgil Seagle

April 22nd, 2009
12:55 pm

BS Patrol, you should call yourself BS Spreader. The Dogs want to be like Tech? You are out of your mind. There’s Tech’s little ghetto campus, ugly women, stupid bug mascot, washed out colors, stupid little car, ugly women, highschool sized football stadium, ugly women….


April 22nd, 2009
4:19 pm

And lets not forget Tech cheating by playing 11 academically ineligible players over a 7 year period and then trying to cover it up.

When they couldn’t cover it up, they hurried and sent a memo to the NCAA and claimed they “self reported it” in order to try and minimize the NCAA punishment.

Tech people have no character and no class. They are sleaze balls. They are scum.

The Fan

April 22nd, 2009
5:14 pm

I can not think of a City or State were Tony Cole is more qualified to live and work. He is more than qualified to run for either Mayor of Chicago or Governor of Illinois.