‘This kid got us into 10 million homes,’ Mark Fox says of walk-on Connor Nolte

(For a look at the various subplots in Saturday’s Georgia-LSU game, click here.)

(Updated 9 p.m.)

ATHENS — For a guy who hasn’t played in a game, Connor Nolte certainly has generated a lot of attention for Georgia’s basketball program this year.

“This kid got us into 10 million homes,” UGA coach Mark Fox said Friday afternoon.

And the kid got Charles Barkley to Stegeman Coliseum this week.

Nolte is a Georgia walk-on from Alpharetta, a Milton High graduate who is sitting out this season after transferring from Furman.  He has a website, passersremorse.com, on which he posts a trick shot on the day of each UGA game. Game Day Trick Shot, he calls the feature.

Nolte

Nolte

Last month, he got Mark Richt to shoot a one-handed reverse free throw, which garnered more than 38,000 views on YouTube. Then last Saturday, he posted a crazy shot by Fox, who twice bounced the ball off the top of the shot clock and through the net from the stands.

ESPN’s SportsCenter picked up the Fox shot, giving it national television exposure as a “Top 10″ play-of-the-day late Saturday night, Sunday and again Monday morning.

“What’s amazing about the trick shot is that when Connor started that, I kind of gave them a hard time that that was more important to them than the simple fundamentals of the game,” Fox said. “But it has garnered so much attention for our program.

“When Coach Richt did it, it was a big thing. And then I woke up the other day and I had a million messages about ESPN. So, yeah, it’s been amazing. . . . It’s been great publicity.”

Which brings us to Barkley.

“That’s why Charles was here the other night -– because Connor has put together this project and he wanted to use Charles,” said Fox, a friend of Barkley’s. “Not to let the cat out of the bag, but Charles was very gracious to participate.”

UPDATE: So here’s the latest Game Day Trick Shot, now posted at passersremorse.com: Nolte dunking without shoes and Barkley looking on approvingly. “He dunks in his socks. And that’s why it rocks,” Barkley says — a play on his Taco Bell commercial.

43 comments Add your comment

ButlerDawg

March 5th, 2010
2:22 pm

I hope that Connor Nolte has a little talent for the hardwoods, nevermind the camera stuff.

Jamal

March 5th, 2010
2:34 pm

That’s Milton High School for you…lol. Good job Connor

NewnanDawg

March 5th, 2010
2:41 pm

Between the respect for Fox in national coaching circles (something Felton never had) and the attention from Nolte and Fox’s use of media (oh, and of course the ESPN top ten fixture in Travis Leslie), look for UGA to become a place of interest for a lot more recruits. UGA may not have a long winning tradition to get their attention, but if they just get them in the door to see the practice facility, upcoming Steg improvements, and potential for early playing time, they should be able to get what they need; it only takes one or two high level new guys, mixed with the guys coming back to have the make up of a team that can compete for the SEC. I’m excited for the future of this team and program.

Go Dawgs!

J Dubb

March 5th, 2010
2:57 pm

Totally agree NewnanDog, I am with you all the way. As an alum I went to games while in school, but moving out to Cobb Co is a good 1.5 – 2 hr trip and i havent been to many (if any) games since then. But I have been watching every game on TV I can get to this season and I feel 100% more excited to watch this team than I did any of Felton’s (other than the SEC turney every year) – why would I, it was pathetic…?
I may just have to start attending in person next season, the whole atmosphere looks fun again to me.
I am jacked that Coach Fox could turn it around so quickly. Here’ hoping he can grab a few more ‘ballers from in state and get into the real tournament next year!

jp

March 5th, 2010
3:14 pm

How can fox not have signed at least 1 more recruit? Is there someone out there that we could possibly get in the late period? We have to get at least one more backcourt player and another SF with skill wouldn’t hurt either.

TommyP

March 5th, 2010
3:17 pm

jp: He knows what he’s doing. Give him time.

Great to see Nolte is from Milton. Would LOVE to set up a pipeline with that school.

NewnanDawg

March 5th, 2010
3:34 pm

Ok JDubb – I challenge you to start going. I go to every home game driving from Newnan. Granted, I am probably a little insane. It was the first season in 5 that the drive was worth it. But yes, great product on the floor this year and it should only get better from here.

Go Dawgs!

NewnanDawg

March 5th, 2010
3:38 pm

jp – We have a great backcourt player in Gerald Robinson Jr. who is sitting out this year because he transferred. Consensus is that he is easily the best guard on the team – scored over 1000 pts. in 2 years at MTSU, etc. He went there first because his father is a coach of another sport there. We do need one to two more players, but Fox is not going to just sign a warm body. There have been recruits at most of the home games, so I’m sure we’ll hear something good, just don’t know when.

Go Dawgs!

MDG

March 5th, 2010
4:21 pm

I was surfing the interweb last night and stopped on Nolte’s site. I have to tell you that as great as Richt’s and Fox’s shots were, they aren’t even top 5 compared to some of the others. Gerald Robinson shot one from the track up top from about 75ft away and bounced another one in off the wall. My favorite was McPhee’s off the backboard shot into a side goal on the practice court. Check it out for yourself, it’s definitely a good waste of 20 minutes.

MontyP

March 5th, 2010
4:48 pm

Connor Nolte may not play much for Georgia the next couple of years and probably won’t be an NBA star but he has already proven to be a valuable asset to the program. Gerald Robinson has some awsome trick shots on the site. Looking forward to his debut next season. Website should get overloaded this Saturday with the debut of Sir Charles. Hopefully he doesn’t rap about Taco Bell or anything for that matter!

It would have been great had Georgia won the 7 games that they let slip away in the final minutes. With that said it has been a lot of fun watching this team play. It was really painful watching the Dawgs play the last few seasons. Not a more exciting 13-15 team in the Nation. Imagine if they had a little more depth what they could have accomplished this year. It would be great to see a 20-10 season next year. Go Dawgs!

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

March 5th, 2010
4:54 pm

Whats gonna be the trick in getting the Cow stench out of the Stegosaurus ? Too bad the dogs got knocked back down to reality against Kentucky. BTW LSU beats the Floundering Hounds this Saturday. Book it !

The Ole Ball Coach

March 5th, 2010
4:57 pm

When the top talent in Georgia starts coming to UGA watch out ….
National Championships await…. who will be the first ones to lead UGA to that dream?

Coach Hewitt's Johnson

March 5th, 2010
7:26 pm

Floundering, by what you have stated you have proven your ignorance. The last time a cow was in Stegman was when your wife (girlfriend) attended! Have fun eating crow for dinner tommorow night!!!

FalconUGAFan

March 5th, 2010
8:20 pm

Floundering…you are a sad little person…

Louie

March 5th, 2010
8:24 pm

Enter your comments here

observor

March 5th, 2010
8:29 pm

It’s inevitable that brain dead idiots like ‘floundering’ have to show up on a blog to simply flame. Please ignore the stupid trolls, and they’ll eventually go away.

Voice of Reason

March 5th, 2010
8:34 pm

Should the Floundering Fox be one of the nerds, the “pot calls the kettle black”, as in Grant Field, the Tech dome, the surrounding mean streets, and the list goes on. Jealousy abounds! Fear has been instilled! Trouble ahead! The young engineers show their horror regarding the future. So, why not just transfer, but not to UGA.

option smoption

March 5th, 2010
8:59 pm

The Barkley vid is already up on Conners site…funny but I wish he would’ve gotten Sir Charles to do a trickshot….

LOSER ALERT AKA LOUIE JR.-BIG L- PORTY

March 5th, 2010
9:15 pm

Seen tonight walking down North Ave. looking for date.

Louie Jr.

March 5th, 2010
9:16 pm

You hurt me on the other post, Louie. I was trying to be nice to you, and your response was utterly distasteful. As the world turns, Louie, as the world turns. See what happens when one idolizes a master of verse such as you, Lou? One gets let down so this will be my last post to you, my sweet Louie.

Cheerio Louie

Louie Jr.

March 5th, 2010
9:21 pm

LOSER ALERT AKA LOUIE JR.-BIG L- PORTY- See Louie? Such a shame, such a shame. My oh my, Lou.Bye bye lil’ fella. Gonna miss that clever writing of yours, the quick wit, the way your nose gets all wrinkled when ya get mad.

Louie

March 5th, 2010
9:34 pm

See ya A-HAT….

Louie

March 5th, 2010
9:40 pm

I sense they’re in a wad….
Pink and dainty….
Can just picture it…

STILL….BIG TIME !!!

Dawg Stephen

March 5th, 2010
10:26 pm

http://dawgstephen.blogspot.com/

Loving the attention..cant wait to see Charles Shot!!!

You are an Idiot-Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

March 6th, 2010
6:54 am

I repeat, you are an Idiot. You have never been inside Stegman or probably anywhere else, of note. There are many Morons on these Blogs, but you are the worst.

dap01

March 6th, 2010
7:51 am

For all you tech nerds who like to ruin any UGA discussion, go create a neighborhood watch or something. Your crime rate is almost equal to your average attendance each football game.

Hiram Dawg

March 6th, 2010
8:18 am

Fox has done an outstanding job of coaching this team. I get together with friends to watch every game now and will eagerly wait for next seasons tickets. Nolte has found a cool nitch on the web, and I hope he has success on the court next season.

Hey AJC – what’s up with the Gator Bowl? Are they’re dumping the ACC and going with the SEC? How about an article on next year’s SEC bowl line-up? Looks like we’re in for some changes.

BuLLdawg

March 6th, 2010
8:23 am

Is this a veiled attempt to not discuss the current state of our UGA Bulldogs’ Football Program ?

Lost 3 of the last 4 to the vols.

Lost 3 of the last 4 to Florida.

It’s great that we used to play football, but the facts remain that any attempt to state that UGA is better than Florida in football when it once was 44-22-2 and now stands at 47-39-2, comes across pardon me as shallow.

3 National Championships according to everyone in the last 15 years now for Florida to 0 in the last 3 decades for UGA and 3 wins in the last 2 decades over Florida for us, I am sorry to say make any other attempt to say who is best, or who is ranked where, so much baloney.

Moreover :

25-36-4 UGA vs Alabama All-Time
52-53-8 UGA vs Auburn All-Time
12-15-1 UGA vs LSU All-Time
16-21-2 UGA vs Tennessee All-Time

Historically, we are obviously 5th.

In the Coach Richt Era, now Year 10, we have yet to beat a Top 10 Final AP Poll team in any bowl game on the National Stage.

2-2 UGA vs Boston College
1-2 UGA vs Houston with 1 tie
2-3 UGA vs Maryland with 1 tie
0-1 UGA vs Miami of Ohio
1-1 UGA vs Michigan
0-2 UGA vs Navy
0-1 UGA vs Nebraska
0-1 UGA vs Penn State
0-3 UGA vs Pittsburgh with 1 tie
0-3 UGA vs USC Southern Cal
0-1 UGA vs Stanford
0-1 UGA vs Syracuse
1-3 UGA vs Texas
2-3 UGA vs Texas A&M
0-1 UGA vs Rice
1-2 UGA vs Wake Forest
0-1 UGA vs West Virginia

We cannot get over the hump in our own Division of our own Conference to get on The National Stage to beat a Top 10 Final AP Poll team in any bowl game.

We are a joke being ranked # 1 consensus only to go out and give up

31 consecutive points
42 consecutive points
29 consecutive points

and, Lose all 3 games to drop all the way to # 13 Final AP Poll.

Had we started where we ended at # 13, we would not have been ranked in the Final AP Poll Top 25.

In the last 4 years, we have had :

14 average interceptions per year 4 yr

21 average fumbles per year 4 yr

# 96 average NCAA rank in Penalties 4 yr

In the last 4 years we have Lost 14 games, 10 of them in our own Division of our own Conference to keep us from the National Stage beating a Top 10 Final AP Poll team in a bowl game.

10-10 UGA vs SEC East last 4 years

Everyone else knows that Florida has been the best team in The SEC over the lifetime of anyone alive today.

Everyone else knows that Alabama has been significantly better than UGA as well. 31 to nothing when we are ranked # 1 at halftime, sticks in my craw.

There is no one who thinks with UGA the higher ranked team every year over the last 8 consecutive and counting compared to the vols that it is any consolation with the vols actually having won HALF 4 of those 8 years to maintain a huge lead over us.

We have lost to 8 teams in the Coach Richt Era of 9 years so far, who none of the 8 teams were ranked in the Top 25 of the Final AP Poll Patrick.

We have beat 17 Top 25 Final AP Poll teams in the Coach Richt Era, and lost to 19.

These are the teams who are not, or are, actually the best teams.

In the Coach Richt Era, we have 27 losses. Both Vince Dooley and Wally Butts, both had better 9 year stretches than that.

LSU has been ranked in the Top 10 of the Final AP Poll 5 times in the Coach Richt Era, and no SEC team has been ranked in the Top 10 Final AP Poll more in the Coach Richt Era, and EVERY SINGLE YEAR of these 5 LSU Top 10 Final AP Poll Rankings, LSU, was ranked AHEAD of UGA. And, twice LSU was consensus National Champion. Explain to me again how we are better than LSU ?

You concede that Alabama is better than UGA.

You concede that Tennessee is better than UGA.

You do not concede that Florida is as well. Hogwash.

Nor do you concede that LSU is as well. Hogwash.

All Auburn has to do is point to our Losing Record to them All-Time to put UGA in 6th in our own Conference.

LSU are we to blame a blown call for the loss, or face up to the fact LSU too along with Tennessee Alabama Florida and LSU all have National Championships, most of them multiple times in recent years, and that Auburn who we have beat 4 years in a row is only because while we have lost 14 games the last 4 years they have lost 18, when of course just prior to that too, they went undefeated 13-0.

14-game seasons nowadays and we’ve won more than 11 only once in the Coach Richt Era now starting Year 10.

It’s not been very fun losing to every single SEC East team in a row the last 4 years.

Instead of trying to tell the players and coaches how great they are, why don’t we tell them instead that we are not at all satisfied.

Because I for one am not.

I appreciate you trying to make me feel better, but the facts are that we have now yet again no quarterback with any experience whatsoever, and folks are talking about a rebuilding year. Just wait until next year the refrain goes, when after this season we lose 14 seniors and 5 juniors, all starters.

How can this year be a rebuilding year ? I thought we just went through a rebuilding year with 5 losses. 10-3 or 9-4 great defense and 2 best kickers on one team in America. If Aaron Murray after watching him for a year and half is # 1, has never taken a snap under center in his lifetime against anyone, is admittedly short and small and already has had 3 injuries the last 2 years from his size, doesn’t exactly have much zip on his ball usually worded as throwing then catchable balls, and has 4.7 speed which is not fast at all proven by the most serious injury to-date by a 300 lbs. lineman. If after watching Zach Mettenberger progress over a year and a half to the point where you ask Logan Gray starting his 4th year in this system to move to a new position with his grand totals of 0 touchdown passes, only 5 completions with 2 interceptions to show for his now 4th year in this system, is your back-up. Then, get Aaron Murray named Starter and Zach will have plenty of time to prove he is the back-up for injuries expected and Logan Gray 3rd.

This cannot be a rebuilding year because until the 3rd quarter of the 5th game you don’t know who your damn Starter is. You put yourself into this position. Now make a damn choice already. And, try making the right choice for a change on Offense just once now.

Hiram Dawg

March 6th, 2010
8:31 am

Hey tech fans – looks like the Gator Bowl is shifting to the SEC. Wasn’t that the ACC’s 2nd last warm-weather bowl site? I guess the Orange Bowl shifting to the SEC is next. I suggest y’all head over to Burlington Coat Factory and stock up (with spring coming the prices should be going down). You’ll need those winter clothes for your next bowl trip to Boise! hahahaha!

Louie

March 6th, 2010
9:31 am

Well, where do I start.

jackhammer, stay in touch like you were told.

Surprise, Surprise, lil Louie Jr. not to be found after last night. Either sleeping in around wonderful North Ave. dorm OR can’t come back with anything. GOOD !!

Time to put up new subject muttsters. BB chatter non relevant, as we see.

STILL.. Louie Jr., quit pouting.. The manager at your trailer park still loves you..
Oh, and check the air in tires. It’s the reason your house is un level…..

LATER-

BOOGIES THE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

March 6th, 2010
9:39 am

I READ AND WONDER WHY BuLLdawg AND LOUIE HAVE SO MUCH FUN AND TALKING STATS AND LOOKING FOR JACKHAMMER.

Laughing

March 6th, 2010
9:52 am

Jeez you guys will latch onto anything for hype won’t you? Do you bozos actually think this is going to help your recruting? Do you think the John Walls, Derrick Favors of the world give a rip about these stupid trick shots? 38,000 hits on YouTube? You computer challenged idoits realize thats a paltry number on YT, right? You are a sad bunch and the ‘Cats showed you that the other night. I love how you guys called that a sellout. Half the gym was in blue.

jackhammer

March 6th, 2010
11:25 am

Louie,
Don’t get yourself throw off the blog. Two of your items are designated ‘report this.’ I do not have a phone for a while. Your option, as to wether or not you choose to contact me. Watch out for round 2 of this recession; it’ll be a doosey.

Rabun Dawg

March 6th, 2010
11:35 am

Once again, BuLLdawg has shown upon a basketball blog to rant and rave about the UGA football program. Since all you do is do the aformentioned, why don’t you just give up your tickets, withhold your financial support,(if you do,in fact,any of that), and find another team to root for. You are a disgrace to the Bulldog Nation, so just go root for Bama, UF, UT, or whoever else you seem to be infatuated with. I am not a “blind homer”, and while I may not be all that satisfied with the past couple of years, I consider myself a loyal supporter of UGA athletics and support them all that I can. I, for one, believe that CMR will get the football program turned around and headed in the right direction. Please, sir, button up and go away!!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

March 6th, 2010
12:08 pm

UGA has gone to the island of Fiji to recruit a DT prospect there – word is he is a decendent of King Kong. While he is only a soph. in high school this season he will be rated the #1 player by scout.com as a sr. barring an injury. even though HE IS 46′ 11″ TALL AND WEIGHS 18.7 TONS he has good vertical movement and has been timed at 4.7 in the 40. He would be ideal in UGA’s 3-4 defense and Richt will offer him a scholarship and a free ship ride to the mainland upon graduation. He also has a younger brother that will be the starting LT this coming season. UGA’s competition for his services are Bama, GaeTors and the Long Horns.

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DirkDawggler

March 6th, 2010
1:35 pm

After his eligibility expires, UGA should hire the kid as the marketing director for their sports. He’s got the midas touch without even trying.

Recruitnik

March 6th, 2010
3:38 pm

BuLLdawg shut the hell up. You have no damn clue. We own the series and we are in fine shape. Pretend to be a dawg fan some place else.

BuLLdawg

March 6th, 2010
11:31 pm

We own WHAT SERIES ?

Florida, who we’ve beat 3 times the last 2 decades while they have won 3 National Championships ?

rx-dawg

March 7th, 2010
7:37 pm

ah, Bulldawg using the series stats when it helps (Bama, whom we have beaten 3 of the last 4 times) and ignoring them when it doesn’t (UF). And care to explain how a 52-53-8 series record against AU cements us as solidly a 5th place team? That is a difference of 1 game over the last century, we also hold the scoring advantage in that time frame and have won 4 in a row. Some people will ALWAYS see the glass half empty. Want to go with recent history? We are 3-3 against LSU since Richt arrived, including 1-1 in SEC Championship games. We have winning records against AU (including 4 in a row), 3-1 against Bama and 5-4 against UT. You can’t play the look at recent history card unless you do it for EVERY series. For the last decade, GA has been probably the 3rd best program in the SEC behind UF and LSU. Bama’s winning over the last 2 seasons has gone a long way to making up the gap, but for the previous 8 years, they were mostly an afterthought in the conference.

robodawg

March 8th, 2010
9:26 am

On behalf of the Milton class of ‘90: Nice work Nolte. You done us good.

North Ave. Trade School fan

March 9th, 2010
2:02 pm

To “BuLLdawg”, you need a life, BADLY. Is football that important to you? I cannot believe all those numbers you posted, although you likely DID NOT come up with them yourself. Your time would be better spent studying for your GED exam. Likely you are one of those that know Vince Dooley’s grandchildren’s birthday’s, but don’t know who the two Georgia Senators are. Let me save you a Google, Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss.

North Ave. Trade School fan

March 9th, 2010
2:10 pm

I’m truly sorry for ZM troubles but love to get under the skin of dogs and dawgs. What is the difference, is it one has a GED and the other does not?

Let me SAVE you the trouble of a posting – 30-24!!