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

RxDawg

January 7th, 2010
10:13 am

I was thinking Tech Colony. Or maybe the Tech Settlement.

LSUnAtlanta

January 7th, 2010
10:37 am

Congrats on slapping Tech around this year, but just remember you have slapped around by LSU in ALL SPORTS for the past year!! Come April LSU gonna beat that azz in Baseball and show you puppies what a National Championship Baseball team looks like.

Geaux Tigers!!!

LSUnAtlanta

January 7th, 2010
10:39 am

Hey do you know what me and BIll King have in common?

Neither one of us graduated from UGA!!!!

GT IS STILL A 4TH RATE HIGH SCHOOL TEAM

January 8th, 2010
2:04 am

THE JELLO JOCKITCH COACH NOT ONLY KNOWS HOW TO PUNCH BUT ALSO HOW TO CHOKE. YOU GET IT. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA FOREVER AND EVER.

GT IS STILL A 4TH RATE HIGH SCHOOL TEAM

January 8th, 2010
2:10 am

THE JELLO JOCKITCH SHOULD NOW BE USING AND ENJOYING THOSE WATERLESS URINALS WITH THEIR IMAGE AT THE END OF THEIR STREAM AT THE CALLAWAY GARDENS MORE OFTEN JUST OUT OF DISGUST.

GT IS STILL A 4TH RATE HIGH SCHOOL TEAM

January 8th, 2010
2:12 am

A LOSS ON NATIONAL STAGE IS A NATIONAL DISGRACE AND CHOKE FOR THE JELLO JOCKITCH. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

AceDawg

January 8th, 2010
10:59 am

I think Rennie truly will be influenced by what coach Richt picks. Rennie cares about the Dawgs and would be excited to leave his mark in a final season if he is confident the defense will have a dominant attitude under new coaching.

RED DOG 77

January 9th, 2010
1:20 am

The first thing I say every morning is Woof Woof Woof GOOOOOOOOOO GEORGIA BULLDOGS …….Rennie will stay for his senior year…..I can just feel it in my Dog Bones

Jackets

January 9th, 2010
6:54 pm

This guy is the biggest blowhard. I don’t understand why he gets a blog. He hardly ever writes anything intelligible and, apparently, Tech losing is the only thing that makes him ever feel good (see the “All the way turnt up” article). What a loser. Get a shave you mutt loving dork.

Also, I will point out that most Georgia Tech people are so proud of the young men on the football team we cannot contain it. You know why? Because they played hard, are winners on and off the field, and because they represented everyone associated with Tech with class and humility. I was at the Orange Bowl and I loved being there with my greater Georgia Tech family, win or lose. Why UGA people hate on the fact that the Jackets had a good year is simply amazing. Tech is not UGA. It is different. It is smaller. It is academically elite. It’s alumni are spread across the country. It does not have “street” (or “farm”) fans like UGA. And the truth is, UGA is going to get more recruits, have 40000 more fans at its games, and is going to win the majority of the football games that these teams play. We don’t care. Yet, UGA fans just sit around and make “A-She-She” comments and what not or a 60 year old woman smelling of cigarettes will shout “nerds” at Tech students. Why are you so preoccupied with Tech? Is your inferiority complex related to the “real world” comparison between the schools that great? It is mind boggling.

RED DOG 77

January 10th, 2010
12:34 am

Jackets 6;54pm 1/9….It would seem you dont read as many posts as perhaps you should. I graduated UGA 1977, after serving in the U.S Army. I have always respected Ga. Tech as a worthy Institution of higher education. When we play you in football, I have always considered it one week of good old fashion hate, after that I support your team as I always want to play the best, and win. I sincerily congratulate you on a great year ! you, after all are ACC champs. There are good and bad on both sides of the matter, however, I cant tell you how many UGA people I read that sent their congratulations to you as well when you won the ACC, so Jacket, get over yourself, we have to put up with some pretty nasty posts ourselves. Regards, RED

BuzztheKiller

January 11th, 2010
8:16 pm

Bill you are the classic example of the loser UGA fan mentality that wishes ill on your fellow state school. I would think you would realize that a Tech win in a BCS game makes your narrow win in Nov look even better. I guess that concept is a little too deep huh big boy? And to think I actually pulled for you guys in your little bowl game! Despite you and your ilk, I will repeat again, here is to facing each other unbeaten soon with the winner in position for a BCS NC game run….see if you can grasp that one.

BuzztheKiller

January 11th, 2010
8:18 pm

Red- good post, I agree with you. Thanks for the congrats! You seem to understand the rivalry and what it represents. Good luck next year until late Nov….sorry about Rennie, we feel your pain.