It’s a great day to be a Georgia Bulldog

The Dogs got clutch play from Ricky McPhee. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

The Dogs got clutch play from Ricky McPhee. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

Say this for Mark Fox: It didn’t take the new Georgia basketball coach long to get his first signature win.

To be sure, the men’s basketball Dogs are still an undermanned unit that faces a long, tough slog in the SEC wars beginning Saturday at No. 3 Kentucky. But facing No. 17-ranked Georgia Tech, a heavily hyped team with the nation’s most celebrated freshman class, Fox’s team played smart, hung tough and, most importantly, showed good coaching. The fact that the Dogs currently are the SEC’s best free throw-shooting team is an indication of that.

Georgia’s lone quality player, Trey Thompkins, came up big with 20 points in the 73-66 upset win, but here’s the key to what kind of night it was for the heavily favored Jackets: The Dogs’ Ricky McPhee, a former walk-on, hit two key baskets near the end of Tuesday night’s game at Stegeman Coliseum and scored 16 points, twice as many as Tech’s much heralded Derrick Favors, who many expect to be the latest in the string of talented players putting in a year at the Institute before going on to the NBA.

So the Dogs won their 13th consecutive game against Tech at the Steg, setting the tone for a great evening for anyone who favors red and black as the football Jackets learned the hard way that before you start talking about making a run at the BCS title next year, you first have to win this year’s bowl game. And the list of folks Paul Johnson would like to punch continues to grow.

If it weren’t Tech, you could almost feel sorry for them. First major bowl since LBJ was president, and they come up short. Again.

But it was Tech. So you’ll see a lot of smiling Bulldogs fans today.

With the Lady Bulldogs also having beaten their North Avenue rivals recently, the stars definitely seem correctly aligned of late. As the final seconds ticked away in the basketball game in Athens, those students in the “Wreck Tech” T-shirts who made it to the game despite school not being in session yet started chanting, “Just like football!”

OK, Diamond Dogs, it’s your turn next!

RENNIE NOT READY YET

As expected, Reshad Jones made it official Tuesday that he’s leaving school a year early to go pro, but reports from ESPN and elsewhere that Rennie Curran would join him in the announcement proved premature.

Apparently Curran is still undecided, which at this point can only be viewed as a good thing by Dogs fans. Odds are he’ll still skip his senior year for the NFL, but perhaps he’s waiting to see who Georgia’s new defensive coordinator will be.

Curran told Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald Tuesday afternoon that he “definitely” hasn’t made up his mind. Curran said “it’s pretty funny to read newspapers reporting that sources close to me [say that he’s leaving]. I’ve told people many times that before I make a decision I’m going to talk it over with Coach [Mark] Richt and my family and we’ll go from there. I don’t know what information they’re getting that I’ve already decided to leave when they haven’t gotten it from me.”

I still think Curran will leave. But my fingers are crossed.

162 comments Add your comment

Cuz

January 6th, 2010
10:34 am

Always a great day to be a Dawg.

Cuz

January 6th, 2010
10:39 am

I truly hope that Rennie can play in the NFL. But if he does not make it, that degree will be more helpful in his long term plans. Tough decison for the young man to make. Best of luck Rennie.

Dawgaholic

January 6th, 2010
10:39 am

GO U HAIRY DAWGS…

jaxdawg

January 6th, 2010
10:43 am

Bill, don’t you think you’re being a bit harsh with your “lone quality player” statement about Trey Thompkins and the bball team. Travis Leslie looks pretty good to me. He was on Sportscenter’s top 10 twice this morning and he has been a huge factor for the team up to this point. Trey Thompkins isn’t the only quality player on the team…

Paul H

January 6th, 2010
10:43 am

What happened to “bigger and better” things, Tech? You’re one shot at a BCS bowl and you get physically dominated as always against teams that have figured out your chop blocking scheme.

24-14
73-66
30-24

Glad it hurts so much.

INSULT TO INJURY ALERT!

January 6th, 2010
10:45 am

((((73-66))))

AND

(((24-14))))

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

justlikefootball

January 6th, 2010
10:47 am

JUST LIKE FOOTBALL!!!!!!! nuff said!

slobberknocker

January 6th, 2010
10:47 am

Great job DAWGS. It must really suck to be an insect today. HBTD

dawggirl

January 6th, 2010
10:48 am

Can’t wait until we beat them in baseball, too!!!!

Slap em hard in their 1980 faces

January 6th, 2010
10:51 am

Loved the UGA basketball game last night. So much fun to view and wow, was I impressed with the free throws. Travis Leslie missed one that I recall late in the game but for the most part, that was THE indication for me that UGA is getting better. In three years, if Cox can get some great kids, UGA ought to be competitive. He only needs one or three really great kids to build around and he can make a nice statement in the SEC.

UGa fans would love to see on a regular basis, a 20-11 or 22-9 type of team. If he can win say 18 NEXT year, then in 2012 win say 21 or 22 and end up fourth or so in the SEC, that is success for UGA. The big dance every three or so years would be fabulous to UGA fans. I am one of them.

As for the Orange, it revealed once again, that if Tech plays a marginal football school ( like UGA was in 09 ) they will lose. In other words, any major conference team in the fourth or fifth best spot in their conference like UGA my alma mater, can whup them. Tackling is the key and Iowa tackled and in 08 UGA did not and that is why Richt has lost ONE to the G one T alibans in his 9 years.

Tech is a joke and when Chan’s athletes leave………..they will be around 7- 4 every year. By the way, my senior year in HS was 67 and I ALSO SAW tech lose then in the Orange to a SEC mediocre team. HAHAHAHAHAH Some things never change over 43 years.

“Slap em hard”, screamed the man with boobs. “Slap em hard, they ain’t got nuttin on me.” I am sure on the bus ride home CPJ was throwing his resume out the window hopeing to land any coaching job in state of Florida. HAHAHAHA

swimdawg68

January 6th, 2010
10:52 am

The trade school’s performance last night in Miami shows just how weak the ACC is. You are right about last night, UGA winning in b-ball and the nerds losing in the Orange Bowl made it a special night.

Iowa as well as UGA exposed this offense run by CPJ, (A high school offense). It is one demensional and with no passing attack against good teams you will get beat. It is a good thing Nesbit is at tech, at UGA he would be third string. Talk about poor passing skills, he’s lucky he playes in the ACC. Do you think even Vandy would want him? No way.

Does the body good

January 6th, 2010
10:52 am

HEY TECH FANS! FEELING LOUSY TODAY AFTER GETTING PHYSICALLY DOMINATED IN YOUR ONLY REAL BOWL GAME IN HALF A CENTURY AND AT THE SAME TIME LOSING TO THE DAWGS IN BASKETBALL??

DON’T WORRY, I HAVE JUST THE REMEDY! A NICE, HOT BOWL OF…

30-24!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

WITH A SIDE OF…

73-66!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

AND FOR DESSERT…

24-14!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

slobberknocker

January 6th, 2010
10:57 am

Ya’ll better be nice, they might beat us in chess or backgammon. hehe

The Lone Trumpeter

January 6th, 2010
11:00 am

I said it’s great, to be, a GEORGIA BULLDOG…………

GaGator

January 6th, 2010
11:00 am

PERCY HARVIN named to the Pro Bowl and selected as Offensive Rookie of the Year. So much for Stafford and Moreno, it will be years before they make it to the Pro Bowl, if ever. Since this probably won’t be reported in the AJC, I have provided a link.
And don’t go trashing Harvin until you read the article.
http://www.nfl.com/news/story

L-Dawg

January 6th, 2010
11:02 am

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!!!

IT’S ALWAYS A GREAT DAY TO BE A GEORGIA BULLDAWG BILL!!!

GEORGIA TECH, YOU ARE AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THE SPORT OF FOOTBALL, AND YOU ARE LUCKY WE LET YOU PLAY IN OUR STATE. WHAT A SHAME YOU BLIND FOOLS HAVE BECOME. STILL BELIEVE IN THAT HIGH SCHOOL OFFENSE? STILL BELIEVE IN YOUR “GENIOUS” HEAD COACH??

I AM SO GLAD THIS HURTS SO BAD!!!! JUNIORS ARE ABOUT TO BOLT FOR THE NFL, AND WHAT IS THSAT GOING TO LEAVE YOUR TEAM WITH???

TO HELL WITH GEORGIA TECH!!!!!! GO DAWGS!!!!!

{{{{{30-24}}}}}
8-1
60-39-5

AND THIS JUST IN!!!!

{{{{{24-14}}}}}
{{{{{73-66}}}}}

WE COMPLETELY RUN THIS STATE.

kyle

January 6th, 2010
11:04 am

One quality player – poor choice of words. All of those guys are DGDs and deserve more respect than that particularly after a big win against our in-state rival. You could have just said that we beat Tech despite Trey being the only player Tech seriously recruited. By the way, with some hard work on his game, Travis Leslie could become a star.

L-Dawg

January 6th, 2010
11:05 am

GaGator……

IS YOUR TEAM IN SUCH DISARRAY RIGHT NOW THAT YOU HAVE TO STRT TALKING ABOUT NFL PRO-BOWL SELECTIONS??? YOU ALMOST MADE ME FEEL SORRY FOR GATOR FANS RIGHT THERE.

THIS IS THE SOUTH SON…. WE DON’T GIVE TWO DAMNS ABOUT SUNDAY FOOTBALL.

Dale

January 6th, 2010
11:13 am

“lone quality player”? Next time, just stick with “best player.” These are all quality guys.

Cuz

January 6th, 2010
11:19 am

L-Dawg, the NFL is good for background when you are doing other things. Seriously, I do not worry about missing a single NFL game before the playoffs, A loss is not near as devastating in the NFL compared to College. The one and done in the playoffs make it seem more like College ball.

My favorite NFL team? The one that has the most UGA players.

Mike D, Tech Fan

January 6th, 2010
11:20 am

Great Day to be a Bulldog?? Have they signed a Defensive Coordinator yet?? That job has now been turned down 3 times, two of their best players are leaving, and they have no qb for next year. They are falling further and further behind in the SEC, so no, winning a basketball game and having a rival lose in the Orange Bowl doesn’t make it a good day.

L-Dawg

January 6th, 2010
11:21 am

Cuz

January 6th, 2010
11:23 am

Mike D, see my opening comment. Tough loss for you guys in the Orange Bowl last night. I was pulling for you. I just take those other comments as your being upset over the events of last night. Pick yourself up Dude, you are still ACC Champs.

Nick

January 6th, 2010
11:25 am

Last night was a another GREAT night to be a Bulldawg…..

Andrew

January 6th, 2010
11:28 am

Georgia Tech has a pretty good freshman class, but it’s hardly the “the nation’s most celebrated”. I think the school Georgia faces this Saturday might have a something to say about who has the best freshmen and it’s really not even close.

GT53

January 6th, 2010
11:29 am

Bill just remember that what goes around comes around. Be careful when you “dance” on someones grave. Someday you will be lying in a grave….oh, you already do….the “Weed Eater Bowl……

GaGator

January 6th, 2010
11:29 am

Disarray my a$$$$$, the Gators only have the #1 recruiting class on ESPN board, the #3 on rivals.com, and #4 on scouts.com. Georgia is 4,8 and 6 respectively. The Gators will finish ranked 2 or 3rd in the country in 2009 and a top 5 in 2010. I doubt Georgia will be ranked, just like they finished 2009 with 1 vote in 49th position.

Mark Richt and Mark Fox

January 6th, 2010
11:30 am

To GT fans: WE RUN THIS STATE!!!

Mark Richt and Mark Fox

January 6th, 2010
11:32 am

GaGator sounds like he is doing a whole lot of bragging. I think he is scared that his program is in decline and he sees UGA rising. Thank God and Greyhound that Tebow is gone!

L-Dawg

January 6th, 2010
11:34 am

Ga Gator…….

YOU MAKE ME LAUGH. NEXT YEAR YOU WILL HAVE AN EXTREMELY SIMILAR YEAR TO THE DAWGS THIS YEAR. I AM THOROUGHLY EXCITED FOR HALLOWEEN WEEKEND 2010

reality

January 6th, 2010
11:34 am

Great day to be a Bulldog? Better enjoy it because there haven’t been many, nor will there be. Bill, maybe you can be the beat writer for the gymnastics team. At least you’ll have more better days…

DirtyDawg

January 6th, 2010
11:36 am

You’re asking why we think yesterday should be considered a ‘Red Letter Day’? Your kiddin’, right? Tell me, what do you think the techies would be posting here if they had beaten Iowa and Georgia last night? See what I mean?

In fact, I’ve given it a label – ‘OFTT’ (One/Five/Twenty/Ten) – a day that will go down in infamy for Techies, and that’s good enough for me.

L-Dawg

January 6th, 2010
11:40 am

“OFTT” !!!!!!!!!!!!

I SAID IT’S GREAT, TO BE, A GEORGIA BULLDAWG!!!!!!!!

TommyP

January 6th, 2010
11:42 am

“Georgia’s lone quality player…” ????? You’ve gotta be kidding me??????

Besides being asinine, you’re also dead-wrong. It appears you know less about basketball than football, Bill.

L-Dawg

January 6th, 2010
11:42 am

5 BOWL LOSSES IN A ROW.

THATS WHAT GEORGIA TECH AND MARIJUANA HAVE IN COMMON. THEY ARE BOTH FREQUENTLY SMOKED IN BOWLS.

Fleischman in Chi Towns Bed

January 6th, 2010
11:46 am

Georgia = Lousy 2nd Tier Bowl

Georgia Tech = BCS Bowl

’nuff said

.

January 6th, 2010
11:46 am

Good for Percy. You know it kinda sorta, just guessing here, helps that he’s on a quality team with BRETT FAVRE as his QB. Lions didn’t even win a game last year and you’re expecting Stafford to the pro bowl? Even Georgia fans knew that wasn’t happening!

.

January 6th, 2010
11:47 am

Fleischman, at least Georgia wins their bowl games. Oh yeah, and 30-24! Nice way to drop a deuce in your first ever BCS bowl!

jack bull

January 6th, 2010
11:50 am

GaGator knows they are in trouble. a head coach who is not coming back, losing their DC, Tebow, Spikes among many others. you don’t finish in the top 5 next year with a bunch of freshmen all over the field. no way.

as for tech, that high powered offense scored 7 pts last nite,,,7!!! they’re about to lose several key guys also.. we’re losing R.Jones, who really only had 2 good games in his career here, and maybe Rennie, who would be a big loss, but can definately be overcome.

look for one of our O-linemen to move to DT next year, maybe Anderson, Strickland, or Harmon..simply can’t have 3 300 lbers standing on the sideline..

YES, IT IS A GREAT DAY TO BE A BULLDOG!!!!

Too Bad Tech

January 6th, 2010
11:57 am

(10) Iowa 24, (9) Georgia Tech 14

(17) Georgia Tech 66, Georgia 73

FDawg

January 6th, 2010
11:57 am

When do the Diamond Dawgs play tech?

L-Dawg

January 6th, 2010
11:58 am

HAHAHAHA!!!

HERE IS SOME PROOF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA IS IN COMPLETE DISSARRAY RIGHT NOW!!!

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/7947/turnover-continues-on-floridas-staff

CHECK OUT NEAR THE BOTTOME WHERE THEY TALK ABOUT WILLIE MARTINEZ LIKELEY BEING THE NEW CORNERBACKS COACH!!!!

LOVE IT!!!!!!

CatsFly

January 6th, 2010
11:58 am

JustLikeFF, you’re right. Beating Tech is all UGa will do this year in bb.

Mikey

January 6th, 2010
12:00 pm

I would rather have a bad day as a Dawg that a good day as a Jacket.
Having said that, it’s a good day to be a dawg indeed.

The Jackets embarrassed the State of Ga on a national stage last night.
Pathetic.

Blindog

January 6th, 2010
12:00 pm

GREAT TO BE A BULLDAWG FAN… OH HELL YEAH BABY !!!!!!!!

Barkin'Dog

January 6th, 2010
12:04 pm

GaGator – Your year is over. Your coach is going bonkers. Your QB of the decade is history. Your recruits aren’t signed yet. You have nothing left to do except come over here and try to get a rise out of the Dawg nation. Nothing you say will change the way we feel today, or our views of the coming season. Your ride is over, and you know Gator fans are concerned about the future. Projections are easy. We’ll look at the facts at the end of this year. Then come back and compare notes. Have a day!

L-Dawg

January 6th, 2010
12:10 pm

WILLIE MARTINEZ LIKELY TO BE THE NEW CORNERBACKS COACH AT FLORIDA!!!!

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/7947/turnover-continues-on-floridas-staff

MY GREAT DAY JUST GOT GREATER!!!!

dawgrific

January 6th, 2010
12:11 pm

AWWWW-Are the little techies sad today? Feel free tp keep coming on our blog and ranting to make yourselves feel better, you bunch of pathetic and obnoxious losers. Go back to your place of irrelevance and stay there, and remember that 1 fluke win against us every 10 years in football shouldn’t enable you to run your moronic pie-holes! For goodness sake, you can’t even beat us in basketball, and that USED to be your only sports salvation, just not in Athens. Good Lord it feels great to be a Dawg today!

dawgrific

January 6th, 2010
12:15 pm

By the way, I mistakingly sad to a friend today that “tech nation is miserable today” when I meant to dsay “tech town” or “tech city” as their following is far too small to be called a nation. lolololol

Prediction:

January 6th, 2010
12:15 pm

Florida vs. Ga Tech in the Smurf Turf bowl next year !!!!!!