About UGA, Tech, press conferences and misTweetment

This is Kirby Sma ... er, SMART

This energetic fellow is Kirby Sma ... er, SMART

I know it’s an anxious time for many of you. Heck, it’s an anxious time for me, because I’m not sure where I’ll be today. A brief explanation:

The Falcons are having their customary season-ending press briefing at Flowery Branch at 3 p.m. That was to be my destination until Georgia Tech announced a 1 p.m. session with juniors Derrick Morgan, Jonathan Dwyer and Morgan Burnett. So that’s where I’m going, as of this moment. I attach the qualification because there’s  a chance — a “chance,” I said –  something could happen in Athens.

Tech is also having a 9:30 a.m. session with Paul Johnson on Wednesday. It’s described as a season-ending wrap-up, and that could be all it is. But Johnson is believed to be attending the coaches’ convention in Orlando these next two days, and … well, last I heard, Tech needs a new defensive coach. A coordinator, if I’m not mistaken.

Yes, I know. Georgia needs a DC, too. And speculation is so rampant a guy could make an innocent little mistake — I swear it was innocent — and touch off a veritable Twitter-storm.

Last night I attempted to enter the words “Kirby Smart” as a personal Twitter search. But somehow I ended up Tweeting– meaning submitting for mass viewing — the message “Kirby Sma” instead. And within 10 minutes I was deluged both on Twitter and Facebook by Georgia fans wanting to know what I knew and why I was being so mean by teasing them like that.

(A brief aside: I would not advise anyone to follow me on Twitter. But if you’re tempted nonethless, I’m @markbradleyajc. I cannot guarantee you’ll be happy with the results.)

As I tried to explain/apologize, I wasn’t teasing anybody. I just messed up. But some folks weren’t buying it. Were I they, I probably wouldn’t have, either.

So, in the attempt to mend Twitter fences, I’m offering the very latest information this so-called journalist has at his disposal. Claude Felton, Georgia’s Hall of Fame publicist, told me late last night that there is no press conference scheduled. That doesn’t mean one couldn’t be arranged in 10 or 15 minutes, but I’m telling you what I know. Which isn’t as much as I’d like to know. But it’s all I have at the moment.

If things change, I’ll drop you a line on Twitter. And I promise it won’t read: “UGA has announced its new defensive coordinator and his name is … “

401 comments Add your comment

TN Dawg

January 11th, 2010
8:37 am

Tweets are a twits best friend

TBOMACHINE

January 11th, 2010
8:37 am

Dawg Stephen

January 11th, 2010
8:38 am

I saw the tweet last night, and almost lost it…If you HAD done it on purpose, I would have voted it practical joke of the year.

La Jolla Dawg

January 11th, 2010
8:39 am

I wasn’t mad about your mis-tweet (thought that was funny) it was your following it up by saying you thought Smart would be the new DC that bummed me out. We all know you are quickly becoming the Lee Corso of print.

SamInAtlanta

January 11th, 2010
8:39 am

Looked forward to your blogs while I was in Australia. Welcome back from your time off. Missed you.

Mark Bradley

January 11th, 2010
8:39 am

So close, TBO. But TN Dawg takes the checkered flag. Kudos.

NC Dawg

January 11th, 2010
8:40 am

Somewhere in the top 10…but not first this time.

Getused Toit

January 11th, 2010
8:40 am

JeJe

January 11th, 2010
8:40 am

Mark Bradley

January 11th, 2010
8:40 am

Hey, La Jolla. Isn’t it like, 5:39 a.m. in La Jolla?

Mark Bradley

January 11th, 2010
8:41 am

Oh, and thanks, Sam.

Barnacle Bill Bavasi

January 11th, 2010
8:41 am

Paul Johnson is going to name Rodney Garner his defensive coordinator.

Reality

January 11th, 2010
8:42 am

Any word on Groh? Is he in Atlanta? Is there any meeting scheduled with PJ?

Mark Bradley

January 11th, 2010
8:42 am

I’m not a fan of practical jokes, DawgStephen. I’m more Alistair Cooke than Ashton Kutcher.

La Jolla Dawg

January 11th, 2010
8:42 am

It is, I have kids, they have to get up for school.

Mark Bradley

January 11th, 2010
8:44 am

All I know about Groh is what I wrote Saturday: That he and Johnson are close to an agreement but aren’t there yet.

BuckCommander

January 11th, 2010
8:44 am

Its going to be a good day.

Nativebird

January 11th, 2010
8:45 am

Georgia Bulldogs need a DC? (yawn). slow day hugh. How about them Cowboys? uh..did you watch the Cardinals game last night?
there are REAL sports stories going on ya know..like GAMES.

Mark Bradley

January 11th, 2010
8:45 am

I have children, too. But nobody here gets up at 5:39 a.m. EST. Least of all me.

norman

January 11th, 2010
8:47 am

Bradley
Why in the world would Smart would want to come back to UGA? I agree with Saban that a “lateral move” is not the way to become a head coach. Your thoughts.

La Jolla Dawg

January 11th, 2010
8:47 am

I don’t know what to tell you Mark, my kids have to get up at 6:00 to get ready for school. Must be a California thing.

willie matinez

January 11th, 2010
8:47 am

Why doesn’t Tech return my calls? I really want to be their DC.

MRS. Smart

January 11th, 2010
8:48 am

No, that was not me looking at homes in Athens this past weekend.

Mark Bradley

January 11th, 2010
8:49 am

Now that I think of it, our times are different depending on the grade: Elementary goes early; middle school goes relatively late.

Mark Bradley

January 11th, 2010
8:50 am

Why would he come back? What part of $800,000 don’t you understand?

Asheville Dawg

January 11th, 2010
8:51 am

Everyone makes mistakes. I mean if it isn’t in the AJC it really didn’t happen. :)

Blindog

January 11th, 2010
8:52 am

If you could hire the new DC,who would it be and why?And dom’t say Buddy Ryan.

La Jolla Dawg

January 11th, 2010
8:53 am

My kids are in middle and high school and they start at the same time. My husband is still sleeping if that makes this more relatable.

Scott

January 11th, 2010
8:54 am

Hey Mark, Why did you say that David Pollack wasn’t fun to interview? Just curious.

The Other St. Simons

January 11th, 2010
8:54 am

I would go back to my Alma Mater for free burritos at the Taco Stand.

Mark Bradley

January 11th, 2010
8:56 am

I’ve thought all along Georgia should start with Kirby Smart. (That’s a rhyme. That’ll be a dime.) And if he’s the hire … well, how much worse can you do than a former Bulldog who just won a national championship?

layinlow

January 11th, 2010
8:57 am

Yea I’m sure you will be the one to break the story. lol. You will receive the news second hand just like the rest of us. I see major sports stories break all the time long before they ever pop up on this pitiful website.

Mark Bradley

January 11th, 2010
8:58 am

Because he wasn’t, Scott, at least not in the conversations I had with him. He was always rather dismissive. (And now, wouldn’t you know, he works for a radio station. Though I must stipulate I’ve never heard his show.)

Shawn

January 11th, 2010
8:58 am

I’ll be glad when this twitter fad is over.

Mark Bradley

January 11th, 2010
8:59 am

I thought Twitter was just a fad a year ago. But it shows no sign of slowing.

gomdawg

January 11th, 2010
9:01 am

Kirby Smart will be DC and Coach in Waiting .

gomdawg (Bainbridge )

January 11th, 2010
9:02 am

David Pollack Line coach

double g

January 11th, 2010
9:03 am

Twitter? Just wait another year. It’ll be obsolete. You’ll be looking to mess up some OTHER new communication tool. (Me, too.)

layinlow

January 11th, 2010
9:10 am

o.k here is the inside scoop. Al Groh has already been hired as D-coordinator by PJ and an announcement is forthcoming. Inside sources at BAMA are saying that Saban is already putting out feelers to hire a new D-coordinator so expect to hear an announcement soon that Smart will be heading back to Athens. Anymore questions?

Let em play....

January 11th, 2010
9:10 am

Smart moves to Athens….named head coach in waiting….Richt retires in five years and becomes a Baptist minister.

Paul

January 11th, 2010
9:11 am

If Smart is hired, I would bet he gets a “Co Head Coach” title so that the move looks less lateral….head coach in waiting behind a barely 50 year old man who has only been a head coach himself for 8 years makes little sense

MR

January 11th, 2010
9:11 am

You dawg fans are really sad. Mark how do you figure KS has won a national championship, he was part of a team that won the national championship. Headed by one of the best coaches in college football. Is CMR going to turn the defense over to KS and say do what you want. Who is to say that KS will be any good without CLS? He is a Georgia boy wanting to come home. What a crock. If he leaves Ala for UGA then he can kiss his chance for being a HC good buy, because this is not a lateral move, it is a step down with a pay increase. If he stay at Ala he will have a head coaching job next year. He goes to UGA the only chance he has for getting that HC is if CMR is fired and he takes over. I would be that he will come to UGA because he and his wife are UGA grads. His education is from UGA…the only thing smart about him is his last name.

JDM

January 11th, 2010
9:11 am

Enter your comments here

JDM

January 11th, 2010
9:13 am

Have you ever been to Tuscaloosa, have you ever been to Athens, what part of $800,000 don’t you understand for real

cherokee

January 11th, 2010
9:19 am

layinlow ………Yes I have a question…..what is your source?

MikkUGA

January 11th, 2010
9:21 am

More money and running a defense considered yours instead of Sabans is not a lateral move. It is a done deal as of last night and CKS will not be co HC or CIW. However he is UGA’s new DC.

GaGator

January 11th, 2010
9:21 am

Saban doesn’t like his assistants to make lateral moves, but this wouldn’t be a lateral move for Smart even with a double salary. It would be a move DOWN.

notredamefan

January 11th, 2010
9:22 am

GaGator,

What would it take for you to go blog on your own team’s blog???? (if you really are a Gator, which I’m suspecting you are actually a Tech nerd)

Mark Bradley

January 11th, 2010
9:23 am

If it’s a done deal, why hasn’t it been announced?

Al Groh

January 11th, 2010
9:23 am

Why can’t Paul Johnson’s offense score in a bowl game?

I just learned in 2 years they’ve been outscored 62-10 (7 was scored by my-soon-to-be-defense). Coach Johnson promised me his offense was the best in the nation! Lies, I tell you! Lies!