UGA ranked ahead of North Carolina — in, of all things, basketball!

David Paschall’s lead on a story in the Chattanooga Times Free Press today grabs your attention:

Georgia officially became a college basketball powerhouse Monday, passing North Carolina in the latest Ratings Percentage Index standings.

David is having some fun there, given the defending national champion’s plummet in the RPI and elsewhere. But it’s true: The Bulldogs rank 89th in the latest RPI, and the storied Tar Heels rank 92nd.

How crazy is that?

Georgia (12-13, 4-8 SEC)  plays at Vanderbilt on Thursday night. The Dogs, as you know, are still winless in true road games this season. North Carolina, by the way, is 14-13, 3-9 ACC.

A few other notes:

– Much has been made recently of the soaring salaries of defensive coordinators in the SEC. Finally, an offensive coordinator got a big raise. Auburn boosted Gus Malzahn’s salary 43 percent to $500,000. He still lags far behind the SEC’s four highest paid assistants, all defensive coordinators: Georgia’s Todd Grantham ($750,000), Alabama’s Kirby Smart ($750,000), LSU’s John Chavis ($700,000) and South Carolina’s Ellis Johnson ($700,000).

– One more thing from the NCAA’s comprehensive study of 2009 football attendance that was released yesterday: The biggest jump in average attendance was by Mississippi State, up 10,339 per game from 43,453 in 2008 to 53,792 in 2009. But you’ll probably never guess who had the second biggest jump: Yale, up 10,174 from 11,071 to 21,245.

– UGA’s baseball home opener is Wednesday at 5 p.m. vs. Presbyterian. Right-hander Eric Swegman, a 6-foot-6  transfer from Young Harris College and a 29th-round draft pick by the Braves in 2009, will be the Dogs’ starting pitcher.  If you missed it, here’s the AJC’s preview of the UGA baseball season.

Dogs’ Travis Leslie a lottery pick in 2011?

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29 comments Add your comment

NC Dawg

February 23rd, 2010
1:42 pm

Dare I say…First!?

Paul in RDU

February 23rd, 2010
1:42 pm

UGA with a higher RPI in b’ball than UNC – what a riot!


February 23rd, 2010
1:44 pm

Joe B.

February 23rd, 2010
1:45 pm

Should not really be that surprising, as UNC is terrible. They got hammered by the same Gtu team that UGA handled.

Recruiting is the name of the game

February 23rd, 2010
1:48 pm

UGA needs to sign some big time BB kids this year or we are in T. Fox is a great coach and can win in the SEC with the right talent and DEPTH but my concern is can he GET the necessary bodies to win. This year has to be the foundation of his era with some major kids to come on board. He needs about two or three to provide depth,etc or it will turn ugly ………….again.

Go Dogs.

NC Dawg

February 23rd, 2010
1:53 pm

I am torn, I love my heels and my dawgs and I can’t believe how bad the heels are and how surprised I am at the dawgs. Maybe they can meet in the NIT.


February 23rd, 2010
2:00 pm

UGA is better in basketball and UNC was better then them at football. We may not ever see that combo again.


February 23rd, 2010
2:01 pm

Georgia will win the last 3 games and go deep in the SEC Tourney if not win it and make the NCAA tourney. Just wait till next year.

Dawg Fud

February 23rd, 2010
2:08 pm

Recruiting is the name of the game,

i would not be concerned if Fox can get talent. he can. but more importantly, he can coach up solid talent.

he put three kids in the First round of the NBA at Nevada. he will put Thompkins and Leslie in the first round of 2011.

look what he has done for us already.

Dawg Fud

February 23rd, 2010
2:12 pm

and by the way…

i was at the Bama game this past Saturday and I was thoroughly impressed with the product on the floor, most notably coaching.

around the 12 min mark of the second half, Fox called a TO. i saw him grab the whiteboard and draw a play. it worked beautifully (though Jackson missed the dunk).

That’s coaching. Felton never drew up a play. His asst coach did it. Fox drew it up perfectly.

He is prepared every game and I think saturday was especially sweet considering he beat Anthony Grant — the guy most UGA folks, including myself, wanted.

I am all in with Fox and I am buying season tickets next season.

heel dawg

February 23rd, 2010
2:20 pm

If the Dawgs had 3 of the kids my Heels had, they would be contending for the SEC. It is mind boggling that NC has struggled so bad- but they will rebound and probably cut down the nets again in 2 yrs.
Hopefully GA can get some these top recruits in state and build something solid.

Voice of Reason

February 23rd, 2010
2:39 pm

I was a season ticket holder for 25 or so years, moved from Athens and gave them up out of practicality. Boy, am I missing those mid court seats now. I feel UGA is headed for top tier in several years with CMF. This guy has worked wonders with this talent. Shows what coaching can do for guys that have the potential. Unfortunately, Felton could not come close to what is going on today with Fox. He is impressive, and I too was a fan in favor of getting Anthony Grant at any cost. However, I am smiling!

I Run This State

February 23rd, 2010
3:50 pm

Very Cool

February 23rd, 2010
4:05 pm – UGA calssic tin lunchboxes, just like when your Dad was a kid.

Bulldog Ben

February 23rd, 2010
4:11 pm

I like Fox too but I wouldn’t say Felton couldn’t come close to what is going on with Fox. Let’s not forget just two years ago Felton went 17-16, beat Tech, and led us to an SEC Championship. Right now we’re just 12-13.


February 23rd, 2010
4:16 pm


Any insight as to why Yale has increased their attendance so dramatically in one year?


February 23rd, 2010
4:23 pm

I think this says a lot more about the season UNC is having than the season that UGA is having.

NC Dawg

February 23rd, 2010
4:27 pm

UNC problem is that their senior class is one of the worst ever at UNC. Ginyard and Deon will not be missed… and ol’ Roy won’t stop playing Ginyard, even when he dribbles the ball off his foot, airballs a free throw, throws a pass into the 3rd row. I don’t understand. Roy is stubborn like that.

Tim Tucker

February 23rd, 2010
4:31 pm

Jammers: I was wondering about that too. Looks like the big factor was that the Yale-Harvard game was at Yale in ‘09.

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February 23rd, 2010
5:50 pm

I knew it all along, uga has always been better than the tar heels in hoops. We have finally exposed those phonies from Chapel Hill.

2009 National Champs, gimmee a break, if unc played in the SEC last year they wouldn’t have made the NIT.


February 23rd, 2010
6:47 pm

It’s the 1983 NCAA Tourney all over again


February 23rd, 2010
7:15 pm

Dog Fud, those 3 1st rounders were recruited by Trent Johnson, not Mark Fox. As a matter of fact, after Trent’s classes passed through, that’s when Nevada started to slip, being coached by Fox. And he obviously didn’t recruit Leslie and Thompkins.

Rabun Dawg

February 23rd, 2010
7:31 pm

Porty, I would guess that you are the one who told your younger siblings that there was no Santa Claus. Why be so negative?


February 23rd, 2010
7:32 pm

What’s going on.! UNC is rated higher than UGa in football for 2010. The only problem is, that the UGa rating in bb won’t hold up until the end of this season. And even if it does, UNC will be ranked in top 10 when season opens next year.

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Jim n Buckhead

February 24th, 2010
1:53 pm

LOL so the ACC sucks in basketball as well? That’s awesome……


February 24th, 2010
4:37 pm

Would it be correct to assume the attendance increase for both Miss St and Yale would have something to do with stadium expansions?

And Bulldog Ben, if you can’t see the difference on the floor between Felton and Fox, you have no eyes. We score more on in-bounds plays in a single game than in the entire 6 years of Felton. The defense is improved fundamentally, the offense is no comparison, the player moral, everything. There was arguably no aspect of the job where Fox doesn’t outdo Felton, of course that’s not saying much as Felton was unsuccessful at every aspect of the job.

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