UGA’s next basketball coach: What can it hurt to consider Obama’s brother-in-law?

We’re entering dangerous territory this evening, that gray area where sports and politics mix, and speculation has no basis whatsoever in fact.

Possibly you have heard of Kudzu Vine, a Democratic experiment in blog talk radio.

Athleticism rarely works itself into the format. But it did on Sunday, when host David McLaughlin, who operates out of Rome, raised the topic the University of Georgia’s next basketball coach.

Why not consider, McLaughlin said, Craig Robinson, the current coach of the Oregon State Beavers — and brother-in-law of President Barack Obama? Bobby Knight be damned.

Oregon's Craig Robinson/AP

Oregon's Craig Robinson/AP

Listen to a brief clip here.

“We might see a little more of Michelle and the girls — maybe [they’d] come to visit their uncle,” said Catherine Smith, a contributor to Blog for Democracy, asked to gauge the political upside.

Tim Shiflett, chairman of the Chattooga County Democratic party, served up the reality check:

“I’m going to vote no to this. His big season so far was in the Ivy League — 19 wins and they didn’t win the league championship. At Oregon, you said they’re better. Well, that’s kind of relative. There record is 13 and 16. I can think of four or five guys I’d look at before him.”

On the other hand, Shiflett said: “I’ve got to admit, that if you have someone helping your recruiting by the name of Obama, it can’t hurt.”

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8 comments Add your comment


March 9th, 2009
7:03 pm

What!? Reporting news with origins in… a homegrown blog?! Sacre bleu. Put that genie right back in that bottle Mr. Galloway, and don’t you ever come near it again, you hear me.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 9th, 2009
8:14 pm

Let the spewing begin in 3…2…1…

Tech B Ball observer

March 10th, 2009
8:11 am

It doesn’t matter what enviornment they come from or what office they hold. It all comes back to basketball.


March 10th, 2009
8:59 am


Where’s a cork when you need one?


March 10th, 2009
9:15 am

Thanks for the “ink” for Kudzu Vine. I’d hardly call it an “experiment” anymore. David and Tim have been on every Sunday for two years.


March 10th, 2009
11:27 am

Why not? The guy is from Princeton University where he was coached under the infamous Pete Carrill: the architect of the motion offense that now used all over the NBA. It’s a dicipline offense that appears to drive teams nuts. Again, why not? This may be better than what we have been getting. Plus, Obama may come see a game to support his brother in-law will be an extra bonus.

William West

March 10th, 2009
2:37 pm

We would like to win in basketball not like the economy. Stick to basketball

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