‘What was it Coach Dooley used to say about a Saturday in Athens?’ Mark Fox asks

Athens – For three consecutive Saturdays, Georgia’s men’s basketball team has celebrated notable victories in Stegeman Coliseum — a 72-58 upset of nationally ranked Vanderbilt on Feb. 6, a come-from-behind 66-61 win over South Carolina on Feb.13 and a come-from-even-farther-behind 76-70 victory over Alabama yesterday.

“What was it Coach Dooley used to say about a Saturday in Athens?” coach Mark Fox asked after the latest win.

What Vince Dooley often said in the locker room after Georgia football victories at Sanford Stadium, longtime  sports information director Claude Felton recalled, was:  ”It’s great to be a Bulldog on Saturday night.”

(The same sentiment was contained in a letter that Dooley’s defensive coordinator, the late great Erk Russell, reportedly wrote to his players before the 1980 season. “There ain’t nothing like being a Bulldog on Saturday night –- after winning a football game,” Russell wrote.)

Anyway, Saturdays have been kind to Fox’s team this year.

Yesterday’s win over Alabama came after trailing by 13 points with 11:39 to play. The previous Saturday’s win over South Carolina came after trailing by 10 with 9:12 left.  The Feb. 6 victory over Vanderbilt came after trailing by eight with 15 minutes to play.

Go back two weeks before the victory over Vandy, and Georgia had another special Saturday in Stegeman, routing then-No. 8 Tennessee 78-63.

So the Dogs have won all four games they have played in Stegeman on Saturdays this season.

“We’ve had good Saturdays,”  Fox said.

By the way, Georgia has another home game next Saturday — vs. Florida.

Here’s the full story on the  rally against Alabama.

Here’s the story,  if you missed it, on the new face that will be put on Stegeman Coliseum for next season.

And for those who asked to see an artist’s rendering of what the renovated Stegeman will look like, you’ll find one here.

103 comments Add your comment

Jaaarvis Hayeeeessss

February 21st, 2010
1:38 am

aw yeah first

Dawgman566

February 21st, 2010
2:29 am

Dawgman566

February 21st, 2010
2:29 am

Anyway Go DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dawgman566

February 21st, 2010
2:30 am

The Tide May scare, but CMF kills.

Dawgman566

February 21st, 2010
2:31 am

No competition. Sweet.

Paul Hewitt

February 21st, 2010
4:11 am

Does any coach do less with more than myself? I’m amazed that I’m still employed. It’s probably only because of the insane contract my agent got Tech to sign off on.

Duluth Gator

February 21st, 2010
5:36 am

Looks like Fox is good. Not much talent on that squad and they are winning games they should not win. If he can recruit, Dawgs got a good one in hoops.

renegade#1

February 21st, 2010
6:13 am

All I know is these visiting basketball teams had better be ready to play when they get here. If they’re not these dogs are gonna eat their lunch, take their women and send them home crying in a diaper. Great work coach Fox keep them dogs rolling.

Spike

February 21st, 2010
7:15 am

Good luck, coach. And keep playing hard, Dawgs!

Terrible Truth

February 21st, 2010
8:05 am

I’m starting to belieeeeeeeeeve!

hammerhead

February 21st, 2010
8:12 am

Fox has proven he’s a good coach, now if he and his staff can keep just a portion of the talent this state produces, Georgia will be formidable. Too bad all the good basketball is on the East side of the conference. The SEC West is a joke.

ckgator

February 21st, 2010
8:30 am

What about a Saturday in late October in Jacksonville?

Oh sorry… I guess you guys don’t like those so much…

Vince Dooley

February 21st, 2010
8:56 am

It’s saturday morning; does anyone know where Hershels Trans Am is parked?

double g

February 21st, 2010
8:58 am

Fox still has to prove that he can recruit – especially with the wealth of talent in the Atlanta area. But if he can bring in the stud players are needed to compete at the highest levels of the SEC, his bench and practice acumen will hold him in good stead.

I am Dooley and I own the Gators

February 21st, 2010
9:07 am

Actually, I enjoyed late October Saturdays in Jacksonville very, very much . . . Coach Russell and I would often sit around and bask in the glow of yet another win over the hapless Gators and scoff at their tank top wearing, mullet having, jean short sporting fans. Saturdays in Jacksonville were very good to me. Thanks for bringing up such pleasant, fond memories. Sincerely,

Coach Vince Dooley, Owner, University of Florida Football Team

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

February 21st, 2010
9:20 am

Mr. BOO BOO and Stacy Searles needs to get it going in football. Get that cow stench out of the heating and cooling system at the antiquated Stegosaurus too.

Brandon Spikes

February 21st, 2010
9:33 am

Hey, ckgator; you forgot (D) picked up where Ron Zook left off.

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

February 21st, 2010
9:40 am

Well some much for the baseball team lol. Pernos Puds got blasted by little ole Duke yesterday. But Hey Dawgs need to stick to swimming and gymnastics LOL !!! Football comical, basketball blunders and baseball clowns……

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

February 21st, 2010
9:42 am

Give ole Damon another hefty raise I say !!!!!

Coffee Bluff DAWG

February 21st, 2010
9:51 am

ESPN stated, during the UK-Vandy game last night, that nobody wants to play UGA in the SEC tourney.

Brandon Spikes

February 21st, 2010
9:55 am

Coffee Bluff DAWG

Yea they got an awesome SEC resume. Come on dude they were running out of stuff to say. They want to make sure all of the fools in this state watch ESPN. They were making up for Mark May puttin the hate on you.

BobDog

February 21st, 2010
10:25 am

With all of the positives coming out of Athens, i.e., winning games, the facility updates, etc., Coach Fox will be able to recruit. He has some solid core talent now, but not much depth.

I am getting excited about the team.

SoCal Dawg

February 21st, 2010
10:30 am

Louie

February 21st, 2010
10:35 am

Well, where do I start.

jackhammer, where are you ??????????

About last night.
Beating a below average Alabama teams warrants a but pumping of a vinceless quote??

Are you friggin kidding me?
”It’s great to be a mutt on Saturday night”. (SINCE WHEN) ???

Beat a top ACC Basketball team and then and ONLY then pound your chest.

Isn’t Alcorn State next on your schedule? What next a parade thru Cow Town to celebrate a 2 point victory?

What a joke. Don’t let me spoil your party..

STILL L M F A O

jackhammer, looking for you, son.

jimmy

February 21st, 2010
10:45 am

i hope fox can recurit as good as he coaches

Yellow Fuzz

February 21st, 2010
10:59 am

Ahh. Still living in the 80’s huh dogs?

Another Dawg

February 21st, 2010
10:59 am

I care about UGA basketball now and may even watch a game next season.

That really ought to put Fox’s success in perspective. Give him a raise already.

THE YELLOW SWARM

February 21st, 2010
11:01 am

Buzzzzzzzzzzzzz BRING THE SHOW TO THE ATL Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Stinger in Deep

February 21st, 2010
11:03 am

uga now a hoopster school. Blahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahh

Stinger in Deep

February 21st, 2010
11:06 am

has this site been taken over by us or what?

Dr.Phil

February 21st, 2010
11:15 am

Urban is slowly making progress! He’s being laying by the pool and his servants have been peeling grapes to nourish his frail body! His mental condition is improving but the loss of Tebow still causes emotional outbreaks all day long! Hopefully the straight jacket will come off soon and by spring ball…he can stand on the sidelines and smile again! It’s so emotional to be a gator!
I think the next head case will be Paul Hewitt or maybe Johnson!

Voice of Reason

February 21st, 2010
11:31 am

The jacket fans that get on these blogs cannot be older than 16. Talk about dilusional, and “yellow swarm”, we brought the game to Atl and proved it did not matter. Pick a sport and we dominate. We have held our own with Hewitt without having Mark Fox. What must the future hold for the roundball arena? Yea, yea, I know you have to have something to try and make yourselves feel better.
Mark Fox has taken a group of talented players and realized their potential. I have also, except for yesterday, seen much discipline on the floor with the absence of fouls; vast improvement, except for yesterday, with free throw shooting; all around better defense and rebounding, including yesterday, and we are showing that improvement. Fox states that he loves to recruit, so the future is indeed bright. We now have a coach who can do just that. He is getting attention from many quarters, especially players. Stegman is rocking, enthusiasm is up, and the future is bright.
I will say, it is about time.

This just in... GT adds Joe Speed -D Coach

February 21st, 2010
11:31 am

JOE SPEED!!!!!!!

Steve Spurrier Says....

February 21st, 2010
11:34 am

See you in September.

This just in... GT adds Joe Speed -D Coach

February 21st, 2010
11:36 am

I played basketball also. JOE ALSTON SPEED.

Steve Bartkowskie's BIG Toe

February 21st, 2010
11:40 am

UP STEVE SPURMIER.

bitter paul hewitt

February 21st, 2010
11:41 am

love what a good agent can do for a looser like me and the fact that i have that magic race card i can deploy if they try to ake me. so me da money suckers haha

BIG DEE DEE DAWG

February 21st, 2010
11:47 am

Steve. Aint it time to retire?

Paul The Vol

February 21st, 2010
11:48 am

Really good hire by Georgia. He has some young talent and if he keeps recruiting as well as he has, Georgia will make some noise in the East. Just like Tubby, I think the problem will be keeping him as he becomes more and more successful. Fox was already considered an up-and-comer at Nevada and if he turns the Georgia program around you can bet the traditional basketball powers will eventually come calling.

bitter steve bartkowski

February 21st, 2010
11:50 am

ILL TAKE SOME CHEESE WITH MY WINE, SOMEBODY BLOCK PLEASE I NEED 9 SEC. TO FIND A RECIEVER. O NO WRONG TEAM, BACK TO TEAM REAL TREE SEASON 1

BOOGIES THE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

February 21st, 2010
11:59 am

REMEMBER ”THE GOLDEN POLE”. PROBABLY THE BEST LONG PASSER THE FALCON’S EVER HAD. SHOULD HAVE BEAT DALLAS IN 1980 , BEST TEAM IN NFL THAT YEAR. PLAYED IN GOLF TOURN. WITH HIM IN 1992, HE WON LONGEST DRIVE THAT DAY . STOOD IN POCKET LONGER THAN HE SHOULD, COST HIM HIS KNEES.

Gordon

February 21st, 2010
12:01 pm

We (Tech) were all saying the same things about Hewitt in 2001. He took a bunch of guys that Cremins did nothing with and got them into the tournament. He then took a bunch of freshmen the next year and won 8 of his last 11, and two years later played for a national championship with that group. Now look at him. Glad you are excited about your team (I really mean that). They are fun to watch. But time sorts these things out. I’m sure Evans is smart enough not to sign him to an automatic rollover contract no matter how well he does in the next few years.

What?

February 21st, 2010
12:09 pm

Hey Yellow Fuzz, is there a decade you would like to live in as a Jackette fan? You may need to just go with 1 year…or maybe just a game or two.

bruce mac

February 21st, 2010
12:11 pm

The best thing that I heard Saturday is Joe Dean reported that he asked CMF how he is going to recruit with all the teams around him with more heritage. CMF said he loved to recruit and that was his favorite part of Coaching. Wow, now CMF is the man if he can pull that off.

Why?

February 21st, 2010
1:20 pm

There are actually more GT, UF , UT bloggers on a UGA blog than actual UGA fans. Why? Jealous of how great it is to be a DAWG in Athens, GA…the greatest and most beautiful college town in the country? Poor L O S E R S……I love it. The more you rats talk smack about UGA, the better I feel knowing that I went to the best ALL AROUND school in the S.E.

LOVE UGA

LOVE UGA

LOVE UGA

PS, and I love it that it pisses you GT, UF wankers off so much and there is nothing you can do about it other then to post stupid derogatory blogs about UGA because the jealousy that seethes from your personal purgatory. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Buzzy As A Bee

February 21st, 2010
1:23 pm

BEE LIKE ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BEE LIKE ME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BEE LIKE ME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WANNA BE LIKE MIKE?- NOOOOO!- BE LIKE ME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

bitter yellow fuzz

February 21st, 2010
1:24 pm

im a little fuzzy about details ya

guckfators

February 21st, 2010
1:27 pm

cant wait to see uga beat florida..and win the sec tourney in a couple of weeks

bitter buzzy as a bee

February 21st, 2010
1:50 pm

IM A TOTAL FOOL AND PLEASE SLAP ME AT WILL, IM SO DUMB

Buzzy As A Bee

February 21st, 2010
2:19 pm

Not bitter, just waiting as the worm turns. See you in Nov. at the Samford. Bee watching you file out in 3rd qtr. !!!!!!!!!!!! BEE LIKE ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BEE LIKE ME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1