The UGA notebook: Richt on turnovers, Fox on tournament and draft

Cleaning out the notebook:

  • A couple of months back, while many college basketball coaches were pushing to swell the NCAA tournament from 65 teams to 96, Georgia’s Mark Fox argued for a much more modest expansion to 68 teams. As you’ve heard, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee last week recommended an expansion . . . to 68.

Didn’t realize how much clout you had, I said to Fox. . . .

“How about that?” he replied with a laugh. “I was the only one preaching that [a while ago]. I’m glad they expanded. Certainly, as you know, I supported 68 before people were talking a lot about it. I do think it eventually will go to 96.”

Actually, Fox said, his opposition to 96 has softened as he’s learned more about how it could work.  “It will still preserve the magic of the tournament,” he said. But his guess is that March Madness will stay at 68 teams for “at least two years.”

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors is expected to approve the expansion to 68 at its meeting on Thursday.

  • While Fox is pleased that Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie resisted this year’s NBA draft, he worries about how many underclassmen entered the draft from programs across the country.

“Our game has a problem because so many kids have the misconception that they’re going to go to college for one year and then go to the NBA and make millions of dollars,” Fox said. “And that’s not realistic, and it’s an issue coaches across the country are trying to address.

“There are so many guys jumping in this draft. Is it because of a fear of a lockout [next year]? But that doesn’t mean there are more spots in this draft. So you have so many guys jumping in this draft that shouldn’t be in it.”

  • As big a problem as turnovers were for Georgia’s football team last season, Mark Richt notes that the shortage of turnovers forced (12) was at least as problematic as the excess of turnovers committed (28).

“We were probably worse at not getting turnovers than we were at giving them up,” he said in Columbus last week. “That’s one of the reasons Coach [Todd] Grantham is here. We expect to pressure the quarterback different. The one man who turns it over the most is the quarterback. . . . That’s the guy you want to harass; that’s the guy you want to put the pressure on. And you put the pressure on him by taking away what he really likes to do the most.”

If you missed it: On the Bulldog Club tour with Richt and Fox.

Georgia’s full football depth chart (with injured players).

202 comments Add your comment

FIRST???

April 28th, 2010
10:15 am

Bryan G.

April 28th, 2010
10:18 am

I’m more concerned with turning it over twice a game as opposed to only getting one turnover per game.

Saint Simons

April 28th, 2010
10:19 am

((((((((( 6 – 4 ))))))))) hahahahahahahahahahaha

Saint Simons

April 28th, 2010
10:20 am

The nerds kicked the thuga’s butts!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahaha

not first

April 28th, 2010
10:21 am

James T. Kirk

April 28th, 2010
10:22 am

The only real sport that matters and the mutts can’t even compete at it. What was that? A SWEEP?!!?!?!

Saint Simons

April 28th, 2010
10:23 am

I could field a baseball team with all my blowup dolls and they’d still beat the puppies!!!! hahahahahahaha

Jaydawg

April 28th, 2010
10:27 am

Imagine that.Richt recognizing the importance of having a defensive coordinator that believes in pressuring the quarterback and forcing turnovers.See everybody,he was just seeing if we were paying attention by letting Willie stay those extra 2 years.

Jim in Ga

April 28th, 2010
10:31 am

Yeah, baseball is the sport that matters to tech because it might be the only sport they beat us in this year.

mcdawghna

April 28th, 2010
10:37 am

There must not be much for the GT fans to cheer about latelly when the best they can come up with is an insignificant baseball series…….you’re still losers in the sports that are important…..hahahaha………As far as the turnovers are concerned, I believe that quarterback pressure’s are the root of most turnovers…..this will improve …..also, I hope we are teaching our LB’s and DB’s some pass catching skills……I cant count the numbers of would-be interceptions that were just plain dropped

TheNumber34

April 28th, 2010
10:38 am

Real sport that matters?!?! In what way?…..certainly not in revenue or interest. With those sports Tech is 0-2 vs. UGA this year, and that’s something the geeks will have to get used to.

TROTTINGHOME

April 28th, 2010
10:39 am

It ..ONLY took Saint Simon FIVE months …to get over..30 to 24.

Nice recovery Simon.

Brian in Athens

April 28th, 2010
10:40 am

My question to Richt is this. If you knew we weren’t pressuring the QB enough and not getting enought turnovers why didn’t you tell the defensive coordinator that works for you to change it up and get after the QB? When the offense is struggling you work with them more, why not the defense? As the head guy if you see something that isn’t working aren’t you supposed to make the changes, and I don’t mean firing someone, as you eventually did. I mean, working with the guy you have to get better and not doing the same thing.

Willie 'The Burrito' Martinez

April 28th, 2010
10:42 am

The problem is that the players couldn’t understand and execute my brilliant game plans and play calling….

Bo Williams

April 28th, 2010
10:44 am

Whats’s happening with UGa sports? Basketball, losing record; baseball, losing record. Football, who knows? Tech is certainly ahead of UGa in sports overall in these three sports in terms of their overall performance.

James T. Kirk

April 28th, 2010
10:45 am

Yes, baseball is America’s past time for a REASON. Football and basketball only pass the time until baseball season starts. No Tech fans are really that concerned with football or hoops. Grow up people.

James T. Kirk

April 28th, 2010
10:46 am

Careful Bo. You don’t want to enrage the mutts with facts. Watch out, they’ll pull out the tired “head to head” records as though that really matters to overall performance.

Spike

April 28th, 2010
10:47 am

At least CMR and Grantham see the problem. Now, can they do something about it? Just beat the damn Gators!!

Brian Really???

April 28th, 2010
10:49 am

He did and Willie still couldn’t get it deon. He gave him more than once to change. Please stay ut to date with what coach is doing. Willie still had to call the plays. Man no matter what he does someone still finds fault in it. GO DAWGS! We are on the right track. Just be quiet and pay attention.

dawgs01

April 28th, 2010
10:49 am

I saw in the Griffin paper this morning that Richt will be passing through Griffin on this tour and will be looking at Dickson and Niles while they already have Moore. I hope they get that Dickson kid if they dont he will for sure be playing for Bama. I think Niles might be headed to Maryland but UGA can easily get him and there is another kid at Griffin that Oklahoma State is after. Good luck Richt on this tour i hope you get the chance to recruit some great players bc GA is loaded with them.

ButlerDawg

April 28th, 2010
10:50 am

Disagree with Richt whole-heartedly! It is much more important to concentrate on not turning over the ball than it is to force turnovers. Make your tackles and reads on defense and everything will be fine, work on pass protection (constantly breaking down) and the ill-advised passes caused by breakdown of pass protection. This disturbs me that he hasn’t figured this out yet.

James T. Kirk Really???

April 28th, 2010
10:50 am

Is that the best you can come up with? LOL!!!

Stinger

April 28th, 2010
10:51 am

6-4 losers. Choke on it!!!

Jeff

April 28th, 2010
10:55 am

The offense was MUCH better than the defense, as far as turnovers go.

Offensive Giveaways per game:
2.2 (ranked #99 in NCAA)

Offensive Interceptions thrown:
1.3 a game (#100 in NCAA)

Defensive Takeaways Per Game:
1 per game (#118 in NCAA)

If you look at the 5 losses, 4 of them were games where the OFFENSE turned the ball over 3 or more times a game.

But yes, the defense didn’t force many turnovers in those losses either.

Hard to say which was worse last year, how in the world did Georgia win 8 games with that kind of turnover situation?

Butler Dawg Really???

April 28th, 2010
10:55 am

The lineman that caused all of the breakdowns has graduated. CMR has said numerous time that the RB with the best pass protection skills gets the start. He has figured it out. He even redshirted KM because of his lack of pass protection skills.

dawgs01

April 28th, 2010
10:55 am

I know Boykin play QB at fayette high and is a freak of an athlete. I also saw people talking about Rambo played qb in high school. if logan wants to leave i wish him luck but i am sure there is someone on our team that could play if we absolutely needed them. I saw Boykin in person he is amazing at football and basketball and they keep talking about who is going to be our punt and kick off returner did Boykin not return two for touchdowns last yr what else do they want?

RamblinWrecker

April 28th, 2010
10:59 am

baseball is just yet another sport we own the hicks at.

Stinger

April 28th, 2010
10:59 am

We SWEPT this state.Bwahahahahaha!! 6-5; 25-6; & 6-4.

Who will be the next drunk UGAY football player? I heard Mark Richt is taking up drinking so that he can sit by the pool with his players and drink beer at practice this fall.

jasont13

April 28th, 2010
10:59 am

I’m going to act like a Tech fan here. Atleast we’ve won more baseball national championships!!!!

I’ll give it up to Tech for beating the Dawgs in baseball. It’s kind of hard to replace 13 guys that were drafted. So in the past academic year (2009-2010) Tech can hold reins on baseball, woman’s volleyball and tennis. However in the other sports (football, mens and womans basketball, softball, mens tennis etc.) Tech was dominated.

Josh Nesbitt

April 28th, 2010
11:01 am

hope yo fools bee ready 4 notha beatdown this yeer ya zeros!!!

jasont13

April 28th, 2010
11:01 am

Ramblinwrecker name the others that Tech owns UGA in? Hmm not football, basketball, softball, soccer……I can keep going. Have fun going to Omaha, thats if you can get there. Might be like the 1994 season. Can you say CHOKE!!!!!!!

Stinger

April 28th, 2010
11:02 am

Would you look at the Gut on Coach Fox? Maybe his players can bounce him on the gym floor as they practice and not wear out the basketballs. What a tub??????????? Did this guy ever play basketball??? LMAO

Ogeechee Dawg

April 28th, 2010
11:03 am

Jaydawg – not picking particularly on you – but you will make a great example. A lot of folks write about how bad Martinez was – we should have got rid of him 2 years ago:

– 2005 – UGA wins the SEC – Martinez was the DC.
– 2007 – UGA finishes #2 Nationally – beats up Tebow in the Gator Stomp – and humbles Hawaii in the BCS Sugar Bowl – no one was calling for his head.
– 2008 – UGA starts preseason #1 – finishes 10-3. The O-Line was made up of underclassmen and injuries galore. HOwever, the Defense was excellent at times – not so good at others – consistency was not there – Matinez admits they need to play better- they underachieved and did not carry the team when needed – NO ONE was calling for his head – but people are rumbling. The blow out losses to Alabama, Florida – and the loss to GT were sobering. This was not the same defense as 2007 or 2005. But it was only one season.

2009 – the defense lost it’s bite. Embarrasing low takeaway yield. – No stops after we turned the ball over. It was a rough and embarrasing year. At this point – a change had to be made.

MY POINT THIS – the BANDWAGON fans and folks that write about getting rid of Martinez 2 to 3 seasons ago forget what was actually accomplished.

Let’s get off of Martinez – wish him the best – he gave great effort – had succcess – but new leadership was needed.

Again – it just did not work out and we wish him the best. A new scheme and aggressive coach was needed – and Richt made the move.

Let’s be thankful of our past successes – and be optimistic about the present and future. We have a sound aggressive DC that is changing things up – and wants to HIT the QB!!!

Let’s all leave Martinez alone – and focus on 2010!!!!

GATA

jasont13

April 28th, 2010
11:03 am

Nesbit, you need to worry about your ankle healing. Another beat down? Please remind me of the other beat downs. Yes thats right beat downs meaning plural. Cause honestly I can’t think of any. And last time I checked a 3 point loss is not a beat down.

jasont13

April 28th, 2010
11:03 am

Stinger, how nicely you point out Fox being over weight. What do you say about your lard ass football coach who has a gobbler?

Stinger

April 28th, 2010
11:05 am

Already hearing baseball is not a major sport. I guess the way you Dawg fans look at it is that it becomes a non-major sport when you lose. I guess basketball and football are non-majors as well based on your records last year. LMAO.

Flaubert

April 28th, 2010
11:05 am

UGa sports (big 3) report card: Football – C+ (A-grade talent, C- performance)
Basketball – F (losing record = losers)
Baseball – F (same as above)

Athletic Director – D

Delbert D.

April 28th, 2010
11:09 am

Now I’ve got to look up “beat down” in the Urban Dictionary online. Is that where you checked, “jasont13″?

jasont13

April 28th, 2010
11:09 am

30-24, 73-66, 56-50, 5-4, 6-3, 5-2….. I can keep going if you want………These are scores of different sports in which UGA beat Tech this year.

STEINER

April 28th, 2010
11:10 am

Bo Williams:
Think UGA beat Tech in basketball and football…..And our worst baseball team possibly ever took a 2-0 lead on the mighty Techsters only to lose 6-4….Wondered how good you guys are when the real pitchers pitch in these games instead of some walk on, think we found out last night…..

jasont13

April 28th, 2010
11:11 am

Oh Delbert very funny. You come into a Tech article to steak claim at being a Gator fan. That proves that you are so wrapped up into UGA that you can’t stand it. So why would a Florida fan go onto a Tech article and write comments??

Delbert D.

April 28th, 2010
11:12 am

The UD didn’t mention how many points in a football beat down.

jasont13

April 28th, 2010
11:12 am

Steiner, Mark Pope is not a walking. You claim to be a Tech fan but know nothing about your own players.

jasont13

April 28th, 2010
11:14 am

ok Delbert, well when looking at UGA vs Tech cause that is what this article is about. UGA has beat Tech down 8 out of the last 9 years in football.

jasont13

April 28th, 2010
11:14 am

excuse me Steiner Mark Pope is not a walk on. Actually most baseball players are walk ons as there is only 11.7 scholarships alloted for baseball.

UGA is down but we have WON it

April 28th, 2010
11:14 am

UGA is for sure DOWN this year in b ball. UGA did win it all a few years ago. Has Tech ever won the College World Series? I guess not …………ahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahaha

GT ……….is is short of G un T oters. AAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHHA

That Ethyl St area must be some cool place to live. AAAAAAAAHAHAHHAHA

STEINER

April 28th, 2010
11:15 am

Stinger:
Glad to know that none of the Tech football players ever drink alcoholic beverages….some carry guns, though, to combat the robbing, carjacking, stabbings, and home invasions around the Tech campus…Worried that one of the Tech players will eventually have to use one of these guns, and it will be a bad scene….A shame for a football player to have to pack heat on his own campus to feel safe…..

UGA Man

April 28th, 2010
11:16 am

Haha techies….I think your single season of (moderate) success has gone to your head.

Delbert D.

April 28th, 2010
11:17 am

Flarta? I’m not a Flarta fan. And I’m not going to “steak claim” on anything. I try to be fare and balunced.

Delbert D.

April 28th, 2010
11:20 am

jasont13 – OK, I get the 8 out of 9 wins as a beat down. 7 Gaileys is another way to put it.