UGA needs to be more than a ‘basketball’ or ‘football’ school

The Dogs won big despite Trey Thompkins being hobbled by a toe injury. (Associated Press)

The Dogs won big despite Trey Thompkins being hobbled by a toe injury. (Associated Press)

Wednesday night’s 20-point win over LSU to close out the home schedule at the Steg was a big step on the road to where UGA athletics needs to be.

With Trey Thompkins hurting from a toe injury, Mark Fox’s Dogs flipped their usual scenario of playing great in the first half and collapsing in the second half. Instead, Georgia started cold, missing all but two shots and falling behind 13-4 before coming back to lead 30-25 at halftime and then blowing out the Tigers in the second half, led by Gerald Robinson’s 16 points.

That ensures a winning SEC record for the Dogs, gives them their first regular season 20-win finish that counts since Tubby Smith’s final year as coach and all but locks up an NCAA tourney spot.

It’s not a sure thing until the bracket is announced (unless you win your conference tournament), but as Fox put it after the game, “Nine wins with a chance of 10 in this league, OK? Twenty wins in the regular season. A good nonconference resume. I wouldn’t sit here and tell you that we’re in the NCAA tournament, that we can be satisfied with where we sit. [But] if I were sitting here with the selection committee, with some other coaches, I’d argue all day for our team. You’re darn right I’d argue all day for our team.”

Twenty wins just two years after suffering 20 losses is quite a turnaround and Fox deserves major accolades for the job he’s done in Athens.

Of course, with the roundball Dogs outshining their football counterparts this school year, we’ve already seen the predictable jibes about UGA now becoming a “basketball school.”

But the truth is Georgia needs to be aiming for a lot more than being a basketball or football school, and I’m sure that’s exactly what Greg McGarity has in mind. After all, he spent the better part of two decades at Florida, which has the kind of all-around successful athletic program that the University of Georgia should want to emulate. The Gators are a conference and even national power in just about every sport they play, currently leading the SEC East in men’s basketball and ranking No. 1 in the country in baseball and women’s gymnastics.

That latter standing is particularly galling to the Bulldog Nation, as Jay Clark’s Gym Dogs have fallen off stride in the past couple of years in a sport where they formerly dominated under Suzanne Yoculan, who closed out her UGA career with five consecutive national titles. There’s still a chance the Gym Dogs can get back where they belong this year, but so far it’s looking a bit shaky. Meanwhile, David Perno’s Diamond Dogs, which had become close to an every-other-year regular in the College World Series, are off to another terrible start.

Yes, what the vast majority of folks who frequent this blog are most concerned about is having Mark Richt get his program, the financial underpinning of UGA athletics, back among the SEC and national elite.

But UGA fans need to take a broader view and expect the kind of excellence across-the-board that UF fans have become accustomed to.

I think McGarity is the man to see that goal accomplished.

Meanwhile, a hearty “well done” to Fox and his scrappy team for doing their part.

"Dooley's Junkyard Dogs" is now available again. (Hip-O Select Records)

"Dooley's Junkyard Dogs" is now available again. (Hip-O Select Records)

SPEAKING OF THE JUNKYARD DOGS …

A tip of the hat to the Senator, for pointing out that a new collection of James Brown singles was released this week, and it includes both the long and short versions of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business’ ode to the Georgia football program, “Dooley’s Junkyard Dogs,” which hasn’t been commercially available in quite a while.

It’s always been a source of pride that a legendary performer like the Godfather of Soul recorded a song for UGA, not something that happens very often.

We unfortunately don’t hear the song played by the Redcoats at games any more (anything with “Dooley” in the title apparently is verboten while Mike Adams is still around) and you don’t even hear it on the radio on game days that often any more. I got so caught up in a rare airing on an Athens area station a couple of years ago as my daughter and I were entering the Classic City for a game that I took the wrong entry ramp on the Loop and had to drive the long way to my folks’ home! It was worth it, though.

Anyway, if you don’t already have “Dooley’s Junkyard Dogs” in your music collection, here’s your chance.

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— Bill King, Junkyard Blawg

145 comments Add your comment

AltamahaDawg

March 3rd, 2011
3:03 pm

Man, when you can’t even do first right………

AltamahaDawg

March 3rd, 2011
3:03 pm

page two..FIRST.

AltamahaDawg

March 3rd, 2011
3:04 pm

see that how you do it.

VolsRule

March 3rd, 2011
3:08 pm

Tennessee fans also expect a well rounded athletic program ….. but football and basketball pay the bills.

Buckeye

March 3rd, 2011
3:10 pm

Can anyone post a link of a pic or video of the Price kiss?. The AJC must not have had a camera available. They talk about it but cannot show it.

A picture’s worth a thousand words.

So I’ve heard.

north avenue thug school

March 3rd, 2011
3:11 pm

party thuga

hey man you need to get the facts skraight. ATL is where the tats and bling be shining almost as much as de grills. the pups ain’t even in the top 3 in de state fool.

my man skole was drunk as a monkey till he got evened up on that clear if u know whut I mean. hell that bible thumper richty richt don’t let dem playas party in athens. coaches at techwood be letting them kids do anything and they just ignore it or cover it.

AltamahaDawg

March 3rd, 2011
3:14 pm

How was coach Bobo a “loyal Dawg”? He was awarded a scholarship to attend school at UGA, which he accepted. He was later offered a job which he accepted. What did they need to repay him for with a promotion to OC?
Wouldn’t your reward theory have to have some actual basis for it?

DawginLex

March 3rd, 2011
3:16 pm

To the Trolls,

I have repeatedly posted a list of often used stereotypical crap that you idiots use daily on our blogs.

From now on to save time, just reference a number.

1. Fulmer Cup
2. Thuga
3. UGAG
4. Trailer parks
5. Jan Kemp
6. Jim Harrick
7. Tony Cole
8. No national titles since 1980
9. 6-7
10. 2-8 vs Florida
11. Goons
12. Jail
13. Drunk AD
14. Red panties
15. Ignorant rednecks

Just reference the list. It saves time and energy.

anotherdawg

March 3rd, 2011
3:18 pm

For the David Perno “haters” – Now in his ninth season as their head coach, he has compiled a record of 300-230-1 (.566) (124-127-1 SEC). He has led the program to five NCAA tournaments, including 3 of the last 8 College World Series. He was named the 2004 Coach of the Year by Baseball America. That same year, he won his first SEC championship. His 2006 team went 47-23, making it one of the winningest seasons in program history. However, the next year, in 2007, his team went a depressing 23-33, which is his only losing season so far. In 2008, his team did much better, going 45-25-1 (20-9-1 SEC) and won his second SEC championship. That one tie was at LSU due to an SEC travel curfew. He was named the SEC coach of the year and was the national runner-up to the Fresno State Bulldogs at the College World Series. This is a stop-gap hire?

shutout by Furman 3-0?

March 3rd, 2011
3:20 pm

my chickens just toasted Furmpin 14-1 last week. what’s up down there in Athens? too much partying?
FSU coming to your house this weekend, and they are tough. bow up SEC brethren

Buckeye

March 3rd, 2011
3:20 pm

DawginLex,

Kid you not, I was just thinking you need to re-post your list and, poof, there it is. Perhaps the AJC will provide a permanent link for convenience’s sake.

Buckeye

March 3rd, 2011
3:40 pm

Party Thuga,

#1 in tattoos? Perhaps, but are they smart enough to negotiate student discounts in this tight economy?

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March 3rd, 2011
3:43 pm

“UGA needs to be more than a ‘basketball’ or ‘football’ school”

UGA is a gymnastics school. Their gymnastics program is WAY better than their bottom tier basketball/football programs.

WDE

March 3rd, 2011
3:44 pm

Bill King,

UGA leads all of college football in players who get arrested. WOOF WOOF!

WDE

March 3rd, 2011
3:45 pm

“I have repeatedly posted a list of often used stereotypical crap that you idiots use daily on our blogs.”

You do realize that your entire list is based on facts, right?

WDE

March 3rd, 2011
3:50 pm

VA DAWG

March 3rd, 2011
4:01 pm

We are known as a national power when its comes to Women’s Athletics (S&D, Softball, Gym Dogs, Basketball, Tennis, Equestrian, Soccer, etc.)…hopefully we can build on our men’s tennis and golf success. GO DAWGS!

DawginLex

March 3rd, 2011
4:25 pm

WDE,

I see you are back. I saw on another blog where you started crap with another blogger.

I thought you were above that?

And what about your running back getting booted off the team?
Has Chizik lost control?
Was Smith a “thug”?
Are there more arrests to come?

WDE

March 3rd, 2011
4:40 pm

“I see you are back. I saw on another blog where you started crap with another blogger.”

You must have me mixed up with the other guy.

“I thought you were above that?”

Huh?

“And what about your running back getting booted off the team?”

What about it?

“Has Chizik lost control?”

Nope

“Was Smith a “thug”?’

Don’t know. Never met him.

“Are there more arrests to come?”

Not that I know of.

WIN WITH RICHT

March 3rd, 2011
4:52 pm

WDE

It sounds like a an Awbarn Fraterity party got out of hand in the trailer park.

WDE

March 3rd, 2011
4:52 pm

WIN WITH RICHT

Yeah, cause there are Auburn frat houses in Tuscaloosa. Stupid much, oxymoron?

WIN WITH RICHT

March 3rd, 2011
5:00 pm

WDE

Don’t they have road trips at Awbarn? I am sure they highways that run from Awbarn to Bama.

DawgByte

March 3rd, 2011
5:00 pm

Bill I couldn’t agree more. I want UGA to be a top 10 program across the spectrum of sports.

WDE

March 3rd, 2011
5:02 pm

“I am glad I am a member of the proud, morally upstanding Bulldog nation.”

UGA had more students/teachers arrested for child porn than any other school in the country.

You must be proud.

WDE

March 3rd, 2011
5:03 pm

“Don’t they have road trips at Awbarn? I am sure they highways that run from Awbarn to Bama.’

Not sure what that has to do with a Bama ran molesting a dog. He is probably related to you. Maybe he wants you to bring him UGA’s mascot. Oh wait, you never attended UGA.

WDE

March 3rd, 2011
5:04 pm

“That is some weird case of revenge. Some Bama fan kills your trees. Then for retalitaion, Awbarn frat boys go to Tuscaloosa and molest Bama pets. ‘

You’ve got a serious grammar problem, drop out. Then again, you never attended UGA. Oh, and I guess you also can’t read because the guy is a Bama fan.

Flatwoods Dawg

March 3rd, 2011
5:04 pm

Wimpy Delusional Eunuch

For all we know, it could have been a whole gang of Awbarn frat boys who got lost on their way to the beach looking for some out of town action.

LOSE WITH RICHT

March 3rd, 2011
5:05 pm

UGA leads the nation in players arrested, child porn and penalties.

WDE

March 3rd, 2011
5:06 pm

“For all we know, it could have been a whole gang of Awbarn frat boys who got lost on their way to the beach looking for some out of town action.”

Then again, it states the guy was from Tuscaloosa and he was caught wearing a Bama hat.

WDE

March 3rd, 2011
5:07 pm

Flatchest Dawg Molestor

Maybe the Bama fan was getting warmed up for his trip to Athens. WOOF WOOF OUCH!!!!!!

Flatwoods Dawg

March 3rd, 2011
5:08 pm

Wimpy Delusional Eunuch

You do not know where I attended college. I think you have an unhealthy obsession about grammar and kinky sex. Call Dr. Phil.

Newnan Dawg Fan

March 3rd, 2011
5:08 pm

yall know we just won the underwater basket weaving national championship too didnt yall?

WDE

March 3rd, 2011
5:10 pm

“You do not know where I attended college.’

That’s because you didn’t get past the 3rd grade.

“I think you have an unhealthy obsession about grammar and kinky sex. Call Dr. Phil.’

I just want to point out how bad your grammar is. It’s fun to make fun of people who can’t spell. Dr. Phil? Wow, what a comeback.

Flatwoods Dawg

March 3rd, 2011
5:12 pm

Wimpy Delusional Eunuch

Sounds like that Awbarn frat boy was in disguise. Trying to throw the blame and embarrasment on another school. That is taking revenge too far.

Tom

March 3rd, 2011
5:13 pm

Football is king and always will be in Athens.

WIN WITH RICHT

March 3rd, 2011
5:14 pm

Enter your comments here

WIN WITH RICHT

March 3rd, 2011
5:14 pm

Enter your comments here

WDE

March 3rd, 2011
5:14 pm

“Sounds like that Awbarn frat boy was in disguise.”

And what do you base this on, Gump?

“Trying to throw the blame and embarrasment on another school. ”

Bama has already had enough EMBARRASSMENT with poisoning trees and being on probation until 2012.

“That is taking revenge too far.”

Then again, your football program is last years Fulmer Cup winners.

GO DAWGS SUCK EM!

WDE

March 3rd, 2011
5:15 pm

WIN WITH RICHT

Having a hard time with the submit button?

WDE

March 3rd, 2011
5:15 pm

“Football is king and always will be in Athens.’

Yeah, king of losing.

WDE

March 3rd, 2011
5:20 pm

“Do you think it could have been some kind of frat iniation? ”

If so, the U of Bama has some sick frat houses.

“For all we know, Awbarn frat boys could have been making trips to Tuscaloosa for 100 years to have sex with Bama pets.

Did you even read the story and look at the photo, Gump?

“Hope that animal was spade or neutered.”

You should be more concerned with your own mascot and how Bama fans might come calling.

WIN WITH RICHT

March 3rd, 2011
5:23 pm

WDE

I’ll bet seeing that article brought back some very fond memories for you. Did you wear a Bama disguise also?

WDE

March 3rd, 2011
5:27 pm

WIN WITH RICHT

What sucks worse? Knowing your team will go 6-7 or the fact that your team will finish in 4th place again?

Flatwoods Dawg

March 3rd, 2011
5:27 pm

Wimpy Delusional Eunuch

I’ll admit that grammer was not my strong suit. But, I’ll bet that you aced it along with Animal Husbandry. I bet you got all As on your homework and exams. WOOF!! WOOF!!

HAHA

March 3rd, 2011
5:28 pm

WIN WITH RICHT

I bet reading that article made you think of UGA 14 or whatever dog you guys are on now.

WIN WITH RICHT

March 3rd, 2011
5:30 pm

WDE

Our fine football team had a down year last year, but I feel confident that they will rebound for a great 2011. In Athens, we love our dogs in a way different from you Awbarn boys.

WDE

March 3rd, 2011
5:37 pm

“Our fine football team had a down year last year, but I feel confident that they will rebound for a great 2011. In Athens, we love our dogs in a way different from you Awbarn boys.’

UGA football sucks and is a laughing stock. Have fun in Memphis, loser.

WIN WITH RICHT

March 3rd, 2011
5:46 pm

WDE

I am glad that I live in a great state where that kind of behavior is frowned upon. In Alabama, that type of behavior may be typical in trailer parks and frat houses throughout the state, but I wouldn’t advise that you try it across the Bama state line.

WDE

March 3rd, 2011
5:47 pm

“I am glad that I live in a great state where that kind of behavior is frowned upon.”

I live in Atlanta, bozo.

WDE

March 3rd, 2011
5:50 pm

“I am glad that I live in a great state where that kind of behavior is frowned upon. ”

OH REALLY?

Cops: Man had sex with several horses

Jordan, from Covington, was transported to the Newton County jail, where he is being held without bond. He was previously arrested on May 7 for DUI, according to jail records.

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