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

DamnGoodDawg!

January 6th, 2010
12:22 pm

Looks like ghetto tek got it’s butt kicked twice last night. Looks like they’d get used to it by now…you’d think…. By the way…the outcomes in Miami and Shrievport show that the two Georgia teams should have swapped bowl games….nah, A & M would have kicked Tech’s ass too.

L-Dawg

January 6th, 2010
12:28 pm

Prediction:

TECH NOR FLORIDA MAKE A BOWL GAME NEXT YEAR.

murfdawg

January 6th, 2010
12:29 pm

Maybe CPJ can have a ring made for the seniors with a big 0-5 on it for losing FIVE straight bowl games. Too bad I won’t be around in 43 years to see GT go to another BCS bowl.

Bubba

January 6th, 2010
12:36 pm

Geez, Murfdawg, you’re right. I’ll be 101 when that rolls around!

UGA Class of 89 --GT fan for life

January 6th, 2010
1:05 pm

Since so many UGA fans feel compelled to surf the GT blogs I thought I’d come on over. It’s really funny how obsessed UGA fans have become with Georgia Tech. I thought you guys didn’t care about the Jackets?

It was a very good season –great if we had won the OB and beaten UGA.

Any time that you win 11 games, win a conference championship and play in a BCS bowl game it is certainly cause for celebration. Everyone will get over the hangover of last night –I had a rough night myself but I’m ok now …it’s college football, it’s Georgia Tech so it is important to me, but it’s only college football, there are many more important things in life. Doesn’t make swallowing a loss any easier though.

A very fun season to be at BDS with so many games going down to the wire (on the road as well).

GT won 11 games –and has so much room for improvement. Imagine what the possibilities are if we get a defense that’s capable of stopping the opposition with some consistency, bring in some o-linemen who are a better fit for the TO, develop a consistent passing game, etc.

GT 11-3
ACC Champions
BCS Bowl bid

…a very good season is now in the books.

I enjoyed the ride

- – - – -

The Georgia Tech football team has some deficiencies
The Georgia Tech basketball team has some deficiencies

But despite those deficiencies:

–The Georgia Tech football program is now better than the Georgia football program as GT won 11 games and still has a ways to go before being considered a really really good team, but they will get there.

–The Georgia Tech basketball team will always be better than the Georgia basketball team.

homer

January 6th, 2010
1:15 pm

MARKS 2 PAULS 0

HAHAHA

DawgDawgDawg

January 6th, 2010
1:17 pm

UGA Class of 89 –GT fan for life:

“Since so many UGA fans feel compelled to surf the GT blogs I thought I’d come on over. It’s really funny how obsessed UGA fans have become with Georgia Tech”

Kinda like all of you Techies trolling the Dawg posts on here back during the regular season…ya know, back when all you had to talk about was how bad UGA had gotten and how bad you were going to beat us in November.

Maybe your baseball team can finally get you guys a win vs. UGA this year

Bulldog Mike

January 6th, 2010
1:19 pm

Bill-

More good news. UGA’s Bowl game on ESPN2 set a record for ESPN2, and the Bowl sold out, which Bama could not do.

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20100104/SPORTS/100104026/1001

1eyedJack

January 6th, 2010
1:19 pm

Nerds:
Well, as soon as ya’ll get yourselves cleaned up and get a little smellum in your hair, why, you’re gonna feel 100% better about yourselves and about life in general.

timthebrave

January 6th, 2010
1:23 pm

Good luck to reshad jones and rennie curan. I would love to see rennie play one more year between the hedges but if he goes I understand. He needs to make money to support his kid but a degree might help out if NFL doesn’t work out. Tough decision. Go Dawgs!

NC Dawg

January 6th, 2010
1:42 pm

how bout dem dawgs?

Rarely commenting GADAWG

January 6th, 2010
1:43 pm

You know its time for the expert analyst to admit their mistakes and give credit where credit is due. Everyone stated that no one could stop the triple option offense and that D.Morgan was going to give Stanzi hell. Sounds very similar to “GA can not possibly slow down J.Johnson and TAMU” and Von Miller will be in the backfield on every down. A&M scored 14 pts on our 1st string defense, thats it! Yes it was A&M, but we were supposed to get blown out of the building by their offense and didnt. Now, everyone says “oh you were supposed to win that game”. Im sick of these analyst I think they all have the M Bradley disease. Everyone talks about us not having a D cord., neither does FLA!!!, they dont even have a steady coach! As for all the ACC and tech fans: ACC+BCS=BUST(2-10BCS record)GOOD JOB ACC!!!!!

Bill King

January 6th, 2010
1:45 pm

The folks who objected to my saying TreyThompkins is the team’s only “quality” player make a good point. I should have said he’s the only one who was highly recruited or who is considered to have NBA potential.

CaliDogg

January 6th, 2010
1:45 pm

Reggie has the always-present risk of injury so this might be a dumb move but, IF he came back for another year (after all, kids coming out of college are still awfully young, whether or not they realize it)…..

He could BLOW UP the SEC next year and make a very loud statement (not to say he hasn’t already made one but, with the “lingering” whispers about his size, maybe it’s worth shutting them up). Don’t know if he/family could afford an insurance policy against catastrophic injury but, with a policy in place, I’d love to see him get his due in this league and, thereafter, his due in the NFL where I expect he’s going to play for a long time.

Rarely commenting GADAWG

January 6th, 2010
1:46 pm

And yes, it is a Great Day to be a DAWG….. However, I think everyday is a great day to be a DAWG!!!!!

Cuz

January 6th, 2010
1:49 pm

Bill your punishment is to throw three Hail Mary’s and say something nice about Willie Martinez.

icedawg

January 6th, 2010
1:51 pm

I don’t relish that Tek lost their bowl game. When they are not playing the Dawgs I usually pull for them. They are from the State. It was obvious that their offense was one dimensional and Iowa had a long time to prepare to shut down the run. Give the Iowa defense credit. But the Tek defense kept them in the game. It could have been a lot worse.

It is great to see the Dawgs BB team begin to rise. Maybe we are really turning the corner. It’d really help to see a few more upsets.

Of the two Rennie Curran probably has the better shot at entering and sticking in the NFL. If he stays his Sr. Year then all the better for us.

Rick S

January 6th, 2010
1:54 pm

After Mark Fox was named the new University of Georgia Basketball Coach last April alot of my friends were irate with this hiring as a “Big Name” Coach is what we wanted and my response was give Mark Fox a chance but remember his coaching ability and future success should not be judged on only wins and losses next season but how competitive Georgia is especially against superior opponents and I have to say “so far so good”! Remember in basketball it only takes two or three good solid players to turn a bad team into a very good team if you have the right man at the helm and I have to say so far Mark Fox will do a great job in future years at Georgia!

Leon Orr

January 6th, 2010
1:58 pm

2002 – Head coach Mark Richt’s second team won more games than
any team in UGA history–13–and won Georgia’s first SEC championship
in 20 years. ONLY A 7 POINT LOSS TO FLORIDA IN JACKSONVILLE KEPT THE DOGS
OUT OF A SHOT THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. The 13-1 Bulldogs, after
defeating FSU in the Nokia Sugar Bowl, still finished the season ranked
No. 3 in all major polls.

Boo Hoo, Sad Story………………………………41-17

Bremen Dawg

January 6th, 2010
2:01 pm

WE RUN THIS STATE techies. Its downhill from now nerds, 0-2 vs non conference teams your last 3 games. That triple option crap is just not going to work much longer.

UGA Fan

January 6th, 2010
2:04 pm

Great day to be a Dawg, the sport we really care about(Football) had an embarrassing 5 loss season.

Call it Like It Is

January 6th, 2010
2:06 pm

News Flash!

Florida wins the East again in 2010!

Enough Said!

KJ

January 6th, 2010
2:10 pm

“Bill just remember that what goes around comes around.”

I’m glad you see it that way. Which is why, for the next year, you’re going to be seeing 30-24 on the UGA blog, the Tech blog, maybe even the American Idol blog, for good measure. What goes around, comes around, indeed.

“The Georgia Tech football program is now better than the Georgia football program”

Sorry kid, one win in 9 years doesn’t make you the “better football program”. Try again.

yamadawg

January 6th, 2010
2:10 pm

Somewhere, Lewis Grizzard is smiling.

SuperB

January 6th, 2010
2:12 pm

Rennie needs to sta yput for one more year. The Dawgs could rock in ‘10! Jones should have stayed.

As for BB, I thought the Illinois win was our first big victory. What do you think?

Techster

January 6th, 2010
2:16 pm

First – Congrats to UGA on a great game last night at Stegman. This was a bitter pill to swallow – however – I am convinced that this tough loss will benefit us down the road. Again – gutsy performance by UGA’s basketball team.

Second – a bad night in Miami – yet – we won the ACC – made it to a BCS Bowl in CPJ’s second year – and our future looks very good. Give Iowa credit – they were the better and stronger team.
Look forward to the next war in Athens next year between the hedges.

Go JACKETS!

Techster

January 6th, 2010
2:25 pm

Bremen Dawg – you are late to work ….again.

I noticed that your are continually late for second shift duty and your time card shows you run about 15 minutes late every other day.

What’s the excuse this time? Wind shake the Double Wide and had to inspect the tie downs? Bow season ending? Got confused again reading the directional signs on the highway to the plant?

By the way – when your done sweeping the halls – my trash can needs to be emptied.

Good thing that all of the Tech grads you work for have pity on your education and your family – and by the graces of Bobby Dodd are keeping you employed…for now.

Overratted

January 6th, 2010
2:27 pm

Tech BB team is overrated, but we all know the Dawgs are terrible if BB. Granted they won the game, but it isn’t saying much by beating a Hewitt coached team. He’s lost he niche since going to the Final Four. I think he is the most overrated coach in america. He can get the best players and they still lose. As far as football is concerned, get ready for next year cause it’s gonna be a tough one for both teams. They both have something to prove on considering the Dawgs had a bad season and the Jackets had a good season but flopped at the end. That being said, I hope both sides understand that it’s gonna be a struggle next year. UGA trying to get back to what they used to be and Tech trying to pick up the pieces.

Techster

January 6th, 2010
2:34 pm

ice dawg – thanks for the positve comments about Tech. I am in similar position in that I will root for UGA except when playing Tech as I grew up rooting for both teams – and have many friends and family that went to UGA.

This STATE is blessed with some incredible PUBLIC colleges – leading the way are GA TECH and UGA – making affordable a quality higher education to hopefully add earning power to all of it’s graduates.

The Grinch

January 6th, 2010
2:35 pm

GaGator

January 6th, 2010
11:00 am

Too bad Percy doesn’t have the mental capacity to read the article you linked. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

The Grinch

January 6th, 2010
2:36 pm

“TOP 10 REASONS TO ATTEND A TECH FOOTBALL GAME”
10. You won’t have to worry about the crush of a crowd.
9. Bopping up and down to the Budweiser song is soooooooo cool.
8. When you look at the tech student body, you begin to feel pretty good about your own appearance.
7. You see people who seem to be happy WITHOUT pretty women around.
6. Plenty of available parking close to the stadium.
5. Those delicious free hot dogs and cokes.
4. It’s a safe refuge from the surrounding area in Atlanta.
3. Singing “helluva helluva…” all night long makes you feel like such a bada$$.
2. Watching high school caliber football is such an American thing.
1. It’s such a great way to spend a Thursday night.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Techster

January 6th, 2010
2:40 pm

Overrated – Hewitt is not overrated – nobody rates him very high. Nost Tech fans are ready to get rid of this clown – who is more interested in providing black kids a stepping stone to the NBA than getting them an education. He has played the race card in justifying his position and college basketball. He obviously does not get it – or maybe it’s me – I don’t get it.

My thoughts are that your get the best talent you can – perform the best you can – and make sure that they get a great education!

His teams underachieve and he always has some kind of excuse. We screwed up on his contract – and if it were not for his recent recruiting classes that showed promise – he would be deeper hot water than he all ready is.

If Tech has a mediocre year – he will be gone soon!

Pauls Johnson

January 6th, 2010
2:42 pm

Dawg stuck in Bham

January 6th, 2010
2:43 pm

News out of Athens…the DC job was finalized 2 nights ago and will be announced next week. In the words of my source, an “unnamed coach”, “It will exceed all expectations.”
Just thought I’d pass this along…

bugsquacher

January 6th, 2010
2:43 pm

Hey “Fleischman in Chi Towns Bed”, you guys lost last night and to us 30-24. Shut the hell up!

bugsquacher

January 6th, 2010
2:46 pm

dawg stuck in Bham, my sources say the DC was locked up before Christmas…. too bad the AJC writers cant do their homework….

bugsquacher

January 6th, 2010
2:47 pm

where is lewis g when you need him?

The Grinch

January 6th, 2010
2:48 pm

bugsquacher

January 6th, 2010
2:46 pm

Right. They just like to mention all of the guys who “turned us down” even though they were never offered the position.

Who knows, maybe Monte Kiffin is bailing on his son. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

DawginLex

January 6th, 2010
2:51 pm

Don’t understand how the DC has been locked up with conversations going on with chavis and Foster………..

I hope Rennie stays and the new DC bulks him up about 30 pounds and moves him to rush DE. That is his ticket to the NFL. He is too undersized to be an every down NFL LB.

Dawg Bone

January 6th, 2010
2:54 pm

Another failure in a bowl game by the overrated yellowjackets. GA owns this state and in 2010, look for the Dawgs to make a run to the SEC east title!!!! Florida’s down and their coaching staff is in disarray. UGA’s loading up with talent on both sides of the ball. They’ll hire Kirby Smart next week and be ready for action!! Tech will end up in a minor bowl next year, sponsored by a nut company somewhere. Ga blows out Tech: 40-20!

NCDAWG

January 6th, 2010
3:00 pm

The irony, UGA has a down year and beats Tech in their best season since ’91. UGA won their bowl game, while Tech lost theirs. UGA BCS BOWL GAME RECORD: 2-1, GT: 0-1. I think GT is going to have a hard time in bowl games and recruiting. The type of offense they run limits the type of players they can recruit and a month to prepare for the option gives teams plenty of time to hammer out the responsibilities’ for the defense. Ask yourself this question if you were a DL would you want to go to tech to be cut blocked every week?

Matt

January 6th, 2010
3:02 pm

Cuz- Cut out the games against Ga. SOuthern and Western Kentucky, make every conference play a champ game, conference champs make the playoffs, 2 spots for “at large bids”, 8 teams, use current BCS bowls plus 4 more, keep other bowls so that 6-6 teams can continue to be rewarded, celebrate the best college football season the world has ever known.

superDawg

January 6th, 2010
3:05 pm

Hey Cuz does the tek loss hurt your feelings.Just wondering.

2007 was an illusion (Football & Basketball)

January 6th, 2010
3:06 pm

Any word how Richt has been Out SMARTED in recruiting and hiring a DC ?

258DAWG

January 6th, 2010
3:09 pm

Do Florida Fans remember what happened to their Basketball program after the 1 class went pro??? The Football program and fans should see that as a very good indication of reality that will be setting in soon. Your run is over!!!
A good DC will come in and return the swager and hunger. Along with the offense that’s coming back, the K and P; not to mention a much easier SOS makes for a bounce back year ahead.

Dawg Fan

January 6th, 2010
3:20 pm

Rick S is right. I too was skeptical of this hire, until I went to Gwinnett Arena and saw how Fox handled the players in the Illinois game. That Sunday night, I watched the Mark Fox Show. Everyone should listen to him speak before forming an opinion. He has it all, the knowledge, the vision, a plan, and the ability to relate to players. Most importantly, he knows when to teach, when to praise, and when to reprimand, an ability Felton REALLY lacked.

Habersham Dawg

January 6th, 2010
3:22 pm

Matt, your plan is so crazy that it just might work!

Paul H

January 6th, 2010
3:53 pm

Grinch – your top 10 was classic!

Billy Jack could fight

January 6th, 2010
4:06 pm

Great post Dawg Fan…although I wasn’t skeptical of the hire……I just happy they got rid of Felton all he knew how to do reprimand…his teams were clueless on offense…

superDawg

January 6th, 2010
4:20 pm

Bandwagon sold in Miami nerds stranded without jackets.