Writer: Oregon should hire Mark Fox (PLUS: Time again for Dogs-Jackets)

  • You knew it was just a matter of time before someone would suggest that someone should hire Mark Fox away from Georgia. FoxSports.com senior college basketball writer Jeff Goodman does so, opining in a column that Oregon should hire Fox for its vacant coaching job. Important distinction: Goodman does not list Fox as a “candidate” for the Oregon job -– he lists four others in that category -– but as his “pick” for the job. Goodman on Fox: “He went to a trio of NCAA tournaments in five years at the helm at Nevada and has West Coast ties. The guy can coach, as further proven by taking a pitiful Georgia team to a 14-17 record this past season, and can also evaluate. . . . “
  • It’ll  be Georgia vs. Georgia Tech on Wednesday night at Foley Field. It’s a baseball game both sides of the rivalry would love to win, of course, but it’s still secondary to conference games. So, mindful of the upcoming weekend series at Arkansas, Georgia will start a pitcher, Eric Swegman, who has worked only 5 1/3 innings in four appearances this season and didn’t retire a batter in his last start. The top three starters, of course, are being saved for conference games, as always. Beyond that, Georgia coach David Perno’s hope is to minimize the use of left-handed relievers Justin Earls and Alex McRee vs. Tech. “We know we’re going to need Earls and McRee this weekend because the two biggest boppers in Arkansas’ lineup are left-handed,” Perno said at Tuesday’s practice. “We’re just trying not to have to overuse either one of those guys tomorrow so we can keep their pitch counts down. And so we’re trying to pitch as many guys before we get to Earls and McRee on the back end.” Perno said he’ll have nine pitchers ready to work against the Jackets. “I hope we don’t use nine.”
  • For many fans, of course, a game against Tech is bigger than a series against Arkansas. “Oh yeah, some people only come to those three games every year,” said Georgia right fielder Peter Verdin, referring to the annual games against the Yellow Jackets at Tech, at UGA and at Turner Field.
  • For more on Georgia baseball, click here for my story in Wednesday’s paper.

63 comments Add your comment

Desert Dawg

April 14th, 2010
1:13 am

As bad as the season has gone and little chance of doing anything significant in the conference, the Dawgs should start our best and try to salvage bragging rights.

clown

April 14th, 2010
1:27 am

Jeff Goodman = clown

HIGHLANDER COUNTY

April 14th, 2010
1:31 am

SAVE THE CONFEDERATE FLAG AND PUT THE GAYTORS IN THE DIRT!

YellerSkeeters are PeterEaters!

April 14th, 2010
3:47 am

UGA “owns” GT in every way — we are in their heads and they know they are inferior in EVERYWAY!

Gordon

April 14th, 2010
6:34 am

Now I really feel bad as a Tech guy. I am supposedly inferior in every way to someone who posts under the name “YellerSkeeters are PeterEaters!”.

Since you own us, that makes it your responsibility to pay off Paul Hewitt and get us a decent basketball coach.

Rueben Houston's "How to Evade the PoPo"

April 14th, 2010
7:13 am

Gordon, we’re helping pay to keep Hewitt!

jasont13

April 14th, 2010
7:39 am

Desertdawg, conference games mean a lot more than mid week games. I’m glad your looking at bragging rights as a way to save face for the season however college baseball is set up for your best pitchers to pitch on the weekends during conference play. If we (UGA) finish in the top 8 in conferece we have an opporunity to play in the SEC Tournamanet. I would rather have a chance to win the tournament and maybe split or drop a mid week game.

MR164164

April 14th, 2010
8:05 am

@YellerSkeeters are PeterEaters! – You own us in every way, except, professionally! We still win

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

April 14th, 2010
8:10 am

Fire Mr. Perno ! Stop the bleeding !

Jax Dawg

April 14th, 2010
8:18 am

MR164164

April 14th, 2010
8:05 am
@YellerSkeeters are PeterEaters! – You own us in every way, except, professionally! We still win

I wish my boss had time to write comments on a newspaper website. Then I could spend more time swatting yellow jackets here on AJC instead of working.

RAMBLE ON!!!

April 14th, 2010
8:23 am

Perno is already making excuses.

Looks like another pounding for our little brothers in Athens.

eh

April 14th, 2010
8:35 am

go away Oregon. Leave our coach alone.

Ben

April 14th, 2010
8:36 am

Fox’s buyout is 2 million and he’s in the first year of a 6 year deal. There are only a handful of programs in the country that would be crazy enough to pay that. Point is, Damon Evans is serious about bringing UGA hoops back in my opinion and I think he’ll do what it takes to keep Fox here should he bring UGA back to not only competing for SEC championships but making deep runs in the NCAA tournament. Man, if Dwayne Polee commits to UGA, it’ll be the best recruiting class we’ve had in 8 or 9 years.

dap01

April 14th, 2010
8:38 am

Anyone: When should UGA hear about the recruit from Calf.?

Tech's # 37

April 14th, 2010
8:44 am

I am innocent!

Reueben and Joey, Crittendon are too. AAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHHAAHA

Ben

April 14th, 2010
8:51 am

dap01, Read my post directly above yours. It’s Polee you’re thinking of. He’s supposed to announce this week, possibly next.

Michael Foster

April 14th, 2010
8:52 am

Glad people are being defensive about our BASKETBALL COACH! He seems more loved in Athens right now than the other Mark. Pending Thompkins zooping us and going pro, I cannot wait for the next basketball season! Packed houses as the stegasaurus with a highlight reel in T-Les and a “franchise”, if you will, player in Trey thompkins?

count me in! screw Oregon!

Tim Tucker

April 14th, 2010
8:54 am

dap01,
Last I heard, Dwayne Polee said he expects to choose from UGA, UTEP and UNLV this weekend.

Paul in RDU

April 14th, 2010
8:56 am

Mark Fox isn’t going anywhere. However for those who think Oregon couldn’t pay whatever it takes, I have only 2 words – Phil Knight

athenian

April 14th, 2010
9:04 am

Hey Ben, did you really say “Fox is bringing UGA hoops back”? That’s a very funny line. How can you bring something back if it never has existed?

Peachy

April 14th, 2010
9:11 am

UGA owns GT? Maybe the “owners” will walk in the winning run again, just like they did in the first game of the series a couple of weeks ago…

DawginLex

April 14th, 2010
9:11 am

Ramble on,

Even you know it is weak to call us little brothers. Everything about Tech/UGA makes you the beaver cleaver of the two.

Remember 56-18?

30-24

Remember “Johnson may never lose to Richt?”

30-24

Little brother? Come on Rambler, you are better than that.

Morrus

April 14th, 2010
9:13 am

Vote out the incumbents and start over

wiley

April 14th, 2010
9:25 am

5 1/3 innings pitched with no retired batters!?!? Georgia Tech is 2nd in the nation in total team home runs and among the top two or three in every offensive category. Burnette, Plagman, Dietrich, and Rowland will go yard today. Go Jackets!

wiley

April 14th, 2010
9:27 am

Nevermind read that wrong. Still think the Jackets have an offensive explosion tonight. They have been doing it all season.

POAD

April 14th, 2010
9:43 am

Fox ain’t leaving yet. Tech beats the dogs tonight.

Ben

April 14th, 2010
9:51 am

Athenian, “back” is of course relative. I consider UGA hoops being “back” as being competitive and making the NCAA tournament. Do they have the history of a UNC or UK? No, but they do have all the resources in the world and a treasure trove of in state talent to pull from. When good coaching has been in Athens, Georgia has shown they can be very successful. I honestly think UGA is a sleeping giant in hoops. How can you not when you see the kind of all world talent that comes out of Georgia’s high schools year after year?

The Truth Hurts

April 14th, 2010
10:13 am

The University of Georgia has about twice as many undergraduates as Tech, and UGAstudents’ average SAT is only about 100 points lower.

UGA takes in about double the applicants every year with basically negligable differences in academic achievements compared to their Tech counterparts.

Why don’t we dispense with academic superiority idea?

BigDawg

April 14th, 2010
10:33 am

The Truth Hurts…the difference in SAT scores is 180 points which is very significant! The other difference is that UGA graduates many students that will go on to earn $35-40,000 per year unless they seek advanced degrees whereas GT graduates will earn over $150,000 and will only need the four year degree. Engineering and Biomedical simply pays a lot better than education, social services, and poultry science careers. There is no way to get around this difference. Tech grads simply average much greater incomes. No knock on the teachers or the family service workers – they do a tremendous service to our nation…but unfortunately they simply do not provide great incomes.

Charles

April 14th, 2010
11:00 am

Interesting you leave out the Terry grads who go on to become CFAs and analysts all over the country – many of whom are Tech grads’ bosses these days…or the veterinary school grads…or any other of the numerous majors you left out that provide UGA grads with plenty of job opportunities. Tech’s a great school and I’m sure we’re all very proud of your graduates, but UGA turns out plenty of folks who make a lot of money, along with all the other grads that go on to do what makes them happy.

And it’s funny that you reference UGA grads making 35-40K…sure, maybe the ones five years out of college or so, but not after that…if you’re going to be truly relative there, you’d need to bump those Tech grads salaries down to about 50-60K, because that’s what engineering grads make during that same time frame. The vast majority do not leave college and make 150K…that’s absurd and completely delusional, but you’re probably in high school, so I’ll give you a pass. You’ll find out soon enough once you hit the real world, big guy. Techie grads are stuggling mightily as well right now…we’re on the verge of hiring a 31-year-old Tech kid for 36K a year b/c he can’t find anything. And there’s nothing wrong with it, but don’t be an idiot.

Bruce Mac

April 14th, 2010
11:01 am

Teachers don’t make crap and that is the largest school in Athens. Tech will wear out the Dawgs tonight. Dawgs are not good, no getting around that. Fox is the man and if he leaves God help us in BBall. It will set us back years and years.

The Truth Hurts

April 14th, 2010
11:03 am

BigDawg…you need to check you stats. UGA Average 1263…Tech Average 1366. That’s from each college’s website for the Freshmen class of Fall 2009….unless you think they are both lying.

Also, I’m a Comp Manager in the petroleum industry….you are so far off on the salaries of engineers that you should hide with embarassment.

Your $150K number is the median salary of a “Consulting Engineer”. That’s an engineer with a minimum of 10 years of service and a masters degrees.

I can’t speak to BioMed. Never worked there.

The Truth Hurts

April 14th, 2010
11:08 am

I made an error in my rant…I said Median; the $150K is actually the 75th Percentile.

HugoStiglitz

April 14th, 2010
11:37 am

GT is ranked 35th in the most recent college rankings, UGA is 58th. GT is ranked 7th among public universities, UGA is 21st. GT is the 5th best engineering school in the country. In 2009 graduates of GT made a median starting salary of 58,900 which was a little above Yale and Duke. UGA grads made 43,900 which was slightly below Mercer and Wayne State. UGA has a decent program but you guys are kidding yourselves if you think they are equal to GT.

goatD

April 14th, 2010
11:38 am

This is so great: “Y’all suck.” “Yeah, well, y’all really suck.” “Yeah, well, y’all really, REALLY suck.” Sounds to me like all the SAT claims are badly inflated, if the writers here are any indication….which I doubt. Be a fan; that’s great. Just being negative…..you guys are so boring.

Jax Dawg

April 14th, 2010
12:08 pm

How are all these UGA alumni able to purchase season tickets with a 35-40K a year salary at twice the rate of all the 150K a year Tech alumni? Stats are for losers and 76.4% of statistics are made up.

Neda

April 14th, 2010
12:13 pm

How do you UGA blowhards have any pride in your teams that are loaded with semi-literate goons who have a remarkable penchant for getting arrested and who have menial jobs for the rest of their lives?

Oops, sorry, that was right in your face, wasn’t it. :-)

Jax Dawg

April 14th, 2010
12:16 pm

Neda. Dawg fans have tons or pride. And since you poked the bear with a stick……How do you feel when you cry yourself to sleep every night thinking about how irrelevant Tech football is?

John

April 14th, 2010
12:16 pm

All these comparisons about Tech and UGA degrees is quite hilarious. Keep in mind Tech fans say “UGA has a much larger enrollment and lower median salary than GT.” It’s hard to compare a large enrollment to small enrollment, because mathematically the statistics will be off in favor of GT.

I graduated from UGA in ‘02, and I’m currently working as a Pharmacist making a real nice living. I still don’t understand why Tech doesn’t take it’s “academic superiority” argument to Emory? Try being the best college in your own city before you start demeaning others. Bottom line, if you want to be an engineer go to Tech, but if money isn’t your motivation go to UGA and pick a job you will enjoy every day. There’s an obvious trade-off.

Jax Dawg

April 14th, 2010
12:17 pm

tons of pride that is……..

Mike Jay

April 14th, 2010
12:20 pm

since when does money earned equate to quality of education? It does not but only speaks to types of curriculum. UGA has a great VEt, Law, and business school. GT has a great engineering and biomed dept. Those positions typically earn more. None of that has anything to do with ’smart’s’ nor quality of education.

GT BABY

April 14th, 2010
12:53 pm

Actually, Georgia State has a better Law and Business school than UGA.

GT BABY

April 14th, 2010
12:58 pm

DAWGINLEX- REMEMBER THE INDEPENDENCE BOWL? C’MON YOU’RE BETTER THAN THAT!

How2fish

April 14th, 2010
1:06 pm

Neda ..Reggie Ball has is that for in your face???

ugadawg122002

April 14th, 2010
1:11 pm

Man I love people on these things. My dad can beat up your dad. My kid throws harder than your kid. People other than myself make “x” amaount of dollars vs. people other than myself make from my school unless you’re speaking speciffically to how much you make as an individual whuch is just sad if you’re on a newspaper website talking about that

How2fish

April 14th, 2010
1:16 pm

GT BABY…remember the Orange Bowl and you ain’t better than that…

Charles

April 14th, 2010
1:17 pm

GT Baby – Georgia States law and business programs aren’t even close to being on par with UGA’s. Georgia State law requires about a 159 LSAT while UGA’s is about 163…and UGA’s law school is top-30 nationally, while Georgia State’s is top-100. Terry is so far superior to Georgia State’s business school it’s not even worth discussing. Basically, you’re just completely wrong on both points.

come on

April 14th, 2010
1:18 pm

a jacket fan here, don’t usually come on uga blogs cause i think its just annoying to have each other on the other ones blog just heared something about Fox on the radio and wanted to find out, but that being said i don’t see Fox leaving for Oregon. It is not a step up as a job. He can do just as much in the SEC as the PAC10, i guess the only draw i could see is Nike money. Other than that i see him staying at uga for a few more years.

DawginLex

April 14th, 2010
1:19 pm

GT BABY

Remember 30-24
Remember 8 out of 9
Remember all the smack talk about how CPJ would never lose to Richt.
Remember how the basketball team was going to smash the Dawgs?
Remember the multiple chokes by the GT baseball team against UGA
Remember the bowl losses by GT year after year after year after year.

GT Fan

April 14th, 2010
1:58 pm

Hell we would give them Paul Hewitt..Then DRADS wouldn’t have to ask Fans to come together and support the DA Hewitt. Hell we might just throw in Rads if he’s so in love with Hewitts BS.