Will SEC baseball tourney move to Gwinnett? Plus: Ex-Dog Smith enters Hall of Fame tonight

The SEC baseball tournament opens today in Hoover, Ala., where it has been played annually since 1998. Might the tournament move to, say, Gwinnett County in a couple of years?

It’s possible.

The SEC’s contract with Hoover’s Regions Park expires after next year’s tournament, and the conference plans to put the event up for bid for 2012 and thereafter.

The SEC will send requests-for-proposals this summer to Regions Park and two other minor-league baseball stadiums that have expressed strong interest in hosting the tournament — Gwinnett County’s Coolray Field and Memphis’ AutoZone Park.

Coolray Field is home of the Braves’ Class AAA farm team, and AutoZone Park is home of the St. Louis Cardinals’ AAA affiliate.

The issue of a future site for the SEC tournament might come up during the league’s spring meetings in Destin, Fla., next week, but a decision isn’t expected until the fall.


Gordon Smith –- a former Georgia tennis player, a retired partner at Atlanta-based law firm King & Spalding and now executive director and chief operating officer of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) -– will be among 10 inductees into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Hall of Fame during ceremonies in Athens tonight.

Smith played on four SEC champion Georgia teams from 1972-75 and as a senior won the conference doubles title with roommate Manuel Diaz, now UGA’s men’s tennis coach. Smith is being inducted into the Hall of Fame not as a player but as a “contributor” to the game. During a legal career that saw him often listed among “The Best Lawyers in America,” Smith did much volunteer work for the USTA Southern Section. He has held the USTA’s senior staff position in New York since 2007 –- a job that Dan Magill, Smith’s former UGA coach, describes as “commander in chief of all tennis in the United States of America.”

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is being held in conjunction with the NCAA Tennis Championships in Athens. The Hall of Fame is located on the UGA campus, adjacent to the courts where Smith used to play.


Two Georgia backup football players, wide receiver Israel Troupe and cornerback Sanders Commings, might play baseball this summer for a local amateur team, the Athens Pirates.

Both are listed as outfielders on the Pirates’ roster, according to this story by Marc Weiszer in the Athens Banner-Herald. “We don’t want it to interfere with football, but it’s something that we’re looking at doing,” Troupe told Weiszer.

Both players were baseball draft picks out of high school, Troupe in the 31st round and Commings in the 37th. Troupe practiced briefly with UGA’s baseball team this year but left the squad before the season started to focus on spring football practice.

33 comments Add your comment


May 26th, 2010
9:23 am

Good to see fellow Roman and former classmate Gordon Smith honored.

Joe Mac

May 26th, 2010
9:38 am

SEC baseball tourney in Gwinnett would be cool, but Hoover sure has been a good deal.

james T. Kirk

May 26th, 2010
9:40 am

Doesn’t matter where you play the SEC tourney. It’s going to be a ratings killer where ever it goes since most people prefer to watch real baseball in the ACC.

Must be missing the logic of spock

May 26th, 2010
9:53 am

Ummmmm, Kirk, which conference has more college world series champions?

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

May 26th, 2010
10:03 am

Kirk, You……..are……….delu…..sional

Timmy Dog

May 26th, 2010
10:06 am

It’s not leaving Hoover and you homers need to get a grip. Check the rankings. ACC baseball is hands down better than us right now.


May 26th, 2010
10:19 am

CONGRATS on being NUMBER TWO, afterall, DOGPOOP is number 2!


May 26th, 2010
10:36 am

Israel and Sanders probably could have helped the baseball team this year.


May 26th, 2010
10:45 am

Actually, whats funny is that I looked on ESPN.com and I don’t see any ACC College Baseball World Series Champs, ever. EVER. Miami won it back in 2001 and a few times before that, but those count for the Big East, not the ACC. North Carolina has been first loser a couple of times, but no winners. The SEC has taken all sorts of Championships, most recently LSU. And I didn’t see Gay Tech’s name on any Championship game, EVER. What a bunch of freakin’ retards. SEC pwnes the ASheShe.

Staring Captain Willie Martinez in 20,000 Arm Tackles Between The Hedges

May 26th, 2010
10:48 am

jame retard kirk

the ACC is something isnt it

losers in sports and wanna “beez” in academics


May 26th, 2010
10:53 am


This is SICK!! Will CSF win yet another Natty?? Cannot pitch around the entire lineup!!

Single season home run leaders
Rank Player School Year Games Home Runs
1 Kyle Mertins Cal State Fullerton 2010 69 48
2 Raymond Hernandez Cal State Fullerton 2010 74 42
3 [Gabby Aragon] Cal State Fullerton 2010 63 41
4 Derrick Dingeman Cal State Fullerton 2010 69 40
5 [Dylan Floro] Cal State Fullerton 2010 58 37
6 [Colin O'Connell] Cal State Fullerton 2010 60 35
t7 [Noe Ramirez] Cal State Fullerton 2010 70 34
t7 [Brock Floro] Cal State Fullerton 2010 67 34
t9 [Ryan Ackland] Cal State Fullerton 2010 56 33


May 26th, 2010
11:02 am

SEC Natty Champs in Baseball:

Year Champion Record Coach
1990 Georgia 52-19, 18-9 Steve Webber
1991 LSU 58-18, 19-7 Skip Bertman
1993 LSU 53-17, 18-8-1 Skip Bertman
1996 LSU 52-15, 20-10 Skip Bertman
1997 LSU 57-13, 22-7 Skip Bertman
2000 LSU 52-17, 19-10 Skip Bertman


May 26th, 2010
11:04 am

National Championships
Wake Forest won the ACC’s only national championship in 1955. Miami won its four national championships (1982, 1985, 1999, 2001) prior to joining the ACC

Nothing like a lil “data mining’…


May 26th, 2010
11:05 am

Maybe. By the way what time do the Dawgs play today in Hoover?


May 26th, 2010
11:05 am

So… In a nutshell… SEC Dominates their step-sister – ACC!!


May 26th, 2010
11:12 am

OK Even in Hoops the SEC Dominates the ACC:

National Championships
Over the course of its existence, ACC schools have captured 12 NCAA men’s basketball championships. North Carolina has won five, Duke has won four, North Carolina State has won two, and Maryland has won one. In addition, 8 of the 12 members have advanced to the Final Four at least once.

In women’s basketball, the ACC has won two national championships, with North Carolina and Maryland. In 2006, Duke, Maryland, and North Carolina all advanced to the Final Four, the first time a conference placed three teams in the women’s Final Four. Both 2006 NCAA women’s finalists were from the ACC, with Maryland defeating Duke for the title.

School Helms Athletic Foundation Men’s NCAA Women’s NCAA
Duke 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010
Maryland 2002 2006
North Carolina 1924 1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009 1994
North Carolina State 1974, 1983

Men’s basketball
Year School Notes
1933 Kentucky
1935 LSU
1948 Kentucky
1949 Kentucky
1951 Kentucky
1954 Kentucky
1958 Kentucky
1978 Kentucky
1994 Arkansas
1996 Kentucky
1998 Kentucky
2006 Florida
2007 Florida

[edit] Women’s basketball (8)
Year School
1987 Tennessee
1989 Tennessee
1991 Tennessee
1996 Tennessee
1997 Tennessee
1998 Tennessee
2007 Tennessee
2008 Tennessee

Charlotte Dawg

May 26th, 2010
11:50 am

Great stats Snoopy!! I get tired of hearing how the ACC is everybody’s Daddy in basketball. Granted the titles by the SEC are with 2 main schools (UK and UT in women’s), but it remains a fact that SEC has more in basketball. I love the baseball stats too! UGA and HC Steve Webber (now coaching AAA with the Padres) were the first SEC baseball team to EVER win the College World Series. Now there is a SEC team yearly (it seems like) in the CWS. Great stats and you can’t argue with those numbers. Go Dawgs!

Mr Cvs Jr

May 26th, 2010
12:15 pm

Men lie, women lie, NUMBERS DON’T!!!!!!


May 26th, 2010
12:19 pm

Back on topic, I would like to see the event in Gwinnett County. Tacos for everyone.


May 26th, 2010
12:24 pm

Seriously, you are saying the SEC is better than the ACC in basketball?

ACC men have won 10 titles since 1982 to the SECs 5.
You are using women’s basketball to get the results you want.

SEC dominates ACC in football; ACC is better than the SEC in Men’s basketball. These are the sports people care about, the sports that pay the bills.

With that said, the SEC baseball tourney in Gwinnett would be great.


May 26th, 2010
12:37 pm

BTW, Cal State Fullerton has 53 HRs as a team, so your stats are flawed there, too. Don’t trust wiki too much.

Billy T.

May 26th, 2010
12:49 pm

Regions Park is a terrible location. It is 20 minutes from everything – except the interstate (5- 10 minutes). The facility is beginning to get run down and Birmingham is talking about building a new stadium downtown (which will not likely happen).

I could see the tourney moving to Gwinnett, but Chattanooga would be a better location. It is closer to most schools, the stadium is downtown overlooking the river, so the venue is great and convenient to food and beds. Memphis is out of the way for every team in the SEC except Ole Miss and Arkansas, although the stadium is great.


May 26th, 2010
2:03 pm

UGA should keep the game so Athens-Clarke County can get all the DUI money.


May 26th, 2010
3:29 pm

We will be seeing more of James T. Kirk now that high school is out for the summer. Another year of being held back by the young man.


May 26th, 2010
3:45 pm

talk about a useless argument

Old Dawg

May 26th, 2010
4:51 pm

Sad thing about James T. Kirk. He’s always had a chip on his shoulder because he didn’t have a dad around the house while he was growing up and didn’t get his head screwed on straight until he and Spock started living together on extended voyages on the U.S.S. Enterprise. What transpired on those extended voyages is anyone’s guess. But logic, Captain, dictates that it wasn’t manly or accepted by current “don’t ask don’t tell” standards of the United Federation of Planets.”

LSU Baseball Kings of the SEC

May 26th, 2010
5:13 pm

Hey Kirk

LSU has won more National Championships in baseball than the WHOLE ACC.

I would love to see this moved to Gwinnett. Living ten mins from the park would make it easy to see my Tigahs take another Championship.


May 26th, 2010
6:16 pm

Too bad Israel Troupe and Sanders Commings did not play Baseball for Georgia this year

We might have had more than just 1 player on the whole team, the freshman shortstop


May 26th, 2010
7:14 pm

Pi$$onaDawg I see you are staying home for the baseball games.


May 26th, 2010
7:52 pm

Until we get rid of Perno and get a decent coach…we’d be better off watching the ACC tournament in Gwinnett than a Dogless SEC tournament….Ga Tech is getting most of the good local talent instead of UGA


May 26th, 2010
8:44 pm

I would love to see the SEC tourney come to Gwinnett and would definitely attend.


jesse james

May 26th, 2010
10:20 pm

Dogfan – I will take Coach Perno’s track record against Tech. I agree that this was an embarrassing year. We shouldn’t drop off that much, but I have confidence in Coach Perno getting it back on track. His teams have always come back after a down year. After all the draft choices last year I wouldn’t say Tech is getting most of the local talent.


May 28th, 2010
12:23 pm

I think the tournament should stay in Hoover. If it moves to Gwinnett I will not attend another game. Even though it will be closer I still will not drive in this horrible traffick to get there. Hoover is a great location and have done a great job in hosting the tournament. So I really don’t know what Billy T. is talking about..he must never really been there. Hoover is an outstanding city and a great suburban city..I don’t think a city in Gwinnwtt is more beautiful than Hoover