A new job for UGA grad assistant who coached in bowl (and other notes)

Emptying the notebook to start the weekend:

Hartley

Hartley

  • You remember Todd Hartley, one of the two UGA football graduate assistants who famously filled in as interim defensive coaches for the 2009 Independence Bowl after Mark Richt fired three coaches. Marshall University officially named Hartley to its coaching staff on Friday. He’ll coach safeties. The Georgia staff has known for several weeks that Marshall was hiring Hartley, who returned to G.A. duties at UGA after Richt hired new defensive coaches. Hartley, a Gray, Ga., native, graduated from UGA in 2008;   he and his wife have a four-month-old son.
  • Published heights and weights of athletes are not always reliable, but Georgia’s spring football roster, released this week, shows some substantial weight gains from the Liberty Bowl roster. Changes in Georgia’s strength and conditioning program took effect after the bowl. Four linemen are showing gains of 20-plus pounds: defensive lineman Kwame Geathers (from 325 to 350) and offensive linemen Cordy Glenn (from 320 to 348), A.J. Harmon (320 to 345) and Kenarious Gates (307 to 328).
  • The NCAA requires all Division I athletics programs to go through a detailed and rather arduous “recertification” process every 10 years. The self-study and peer-review process includes examinations of athletics program governance, compliance with NCAA rules, academic integrity and support, gender equity and diversity. Georgia was among 26 institutions whose recertification was announced by the NCAA this week.
  • Been there. Done that. That was Kentucky coach John Calipari’s reaction to Georgia coach Mark Fox calling a timeout just before Dustin Ware made what would have been the game-winning shot against Alabama in the SEC quarterfinals Friday. “I’ve been there where I’ve called a timeout and the kid makes the shot,” Calipari said. “I’ve been there. I’ve done that. Because you are just going by feel: ‘I don’t like what I see here; I don’t like what we’re going to get.’ I did it at South Carolina a year ago on a play. We made the basket, and they’re looking at me: ‘You called a timeout.’ ‘I didn’t think you were going to make it or I wouldn’t have called the timeout.’ And that’s how Georgia loses, right?” (Click here for the full story on Georgia’s untimely timeout and unclear NCAA prospects.)

82 comments Add your comment

goldwreck

March 12th, 2011
5:22 am

Is this the best story coming out of Athens?

I wonder

March 12th, 2011
5:43 am

Maybe Coach Fox is not quite the savior of the basketball program that we thought he was going to be. That is two times he has made mistakes with time outs in late game situations. One time he did not call a time out (Florida) and then now with Alabama he called a timeout. We may not have to worry about another team stealing him from us.

59bulldawg

March 12th, 2011
6:31 am

Congratulations Todd! Well deserved!

collegeballfan

March 12th, 2011
6:52 am

I wonder at 5:43 am.

I wonder if you know anything about basketball.

tell me again

March 12th, 2011
6:55 am

Some of you people – again, the man has made the team competitive in two short years – the improvement is obvious and things will only get better. Some of you want him to take them to the national championship the day after he gets there – grow up. It’s comical how some bloggers are obviously better coaches than Fox – hey, go put your resume in! Oh wait….you’ve never coached anywhere or played any b ball other than pick up games at the Y. Too bad.

TennesseeDawg

March 12th, 2011
7:35 am

Georgia deserves to be sitting at home watching the tourney. They have fumbled more opportunities than Ealey has footballs.

UGASlobberknocker

March 12th, 2011
7:43 am

I wonder if any one on this blog ever made a mistake at work. Not a big one, just a stupid one that wasnt indicative of your normal body of work?I know I have. And it didnt get published in the paper for all the armchair experts to bitch about . If you want to bitch about Fox, do it about real probs, like our inability to finish games..but not a time out issue.

UGASlobberknocker

March 12th, 2011
7:49 am

Goldwreck..if it is in this column, then your answer is yes. Tucker has been consistently excellent at the ajc for 25 plus yrs. Back in the 80s he was the Braves beat writer..until DOB came along, he was without question the best Braves beat writer we have ever had.(.DOB is very good but no better). I for one greatly appreciate the fact that we have a top flight reporter on the AJC Ga beat…it hasnt happened in a long time..

Now if you want to complain ..do it about the quality of the other UGA blog..that one is awful..especially compared to this one..

Coastal Dog (SSI)

March 12th, 2011
8:03 am

No, that’s not how UGA lost the game. UGA lost yesterday because they forgot how to play basketball after establishing a 14 point lead. I watched a Jekyll / Hyde team play the second half: going from poised and quick and under control to disheveled and quick and out of control. How can guys not box out? How can the “other three” not show up for the last 7 minutes? Don’t blame coach too much; all contributed to “the ugly”. Great season, though, and should we get in the tournament, we can go deep; just remember that we never again want to play like yesterday.

Oconee Dawg

March 12th, 2011
8:05 am

To ” I wonder” you are a dumb no name and must be from the trade school on 10th street in ATL. You know “zero” about round ball and it shows with your stupid comments. Coach Fox is a great coach and he has the Dawgs headed in the right direction. Wait till next year with the recuits he has signed. “I wonder” if you can’t say something positive don’t open your dumb mouth. Good bye and Goooooooo Dawgs.

DawgeatDawg

March 12th, 2011
8:06 am

I am up in the air about UGA going to the Ncaa Tournament. The “timeout” wasn’t the worst thing by far, but was not a good thing. The ball handling at the end was horrible. I kept asking myself why are they giving away a game that had under control ? Our guard play has never been consistent. Do we not know how to play a four corners drill ? Why do our guards dribble themselves into traps? Does UGA deserve to go to the NCAA ? I don’t think the SEC is a strong confernce. So I would say no. Florida, Alabama and Kentucky sould go and that’s it! The Big East and Big Ten look to me to be the best conferences. By the way, I don’t care if John Callipari says good things about Mark Fox. Alot of coaches will say good things about crappy coaches to keep them in the league. This doesn’t mean that Mark Fox is bad, but let’s watch the team progress. The best thing UGA could do is get rid of President Michael Adams !

AltamahaDawg

March 12th, 2011
8:07 am

I wonder why he would have called a TO in that FL game. That would have been far worse than not fouling (which is what you are talking about). A TO to let them set up a play? Hmm. Not fouling was at least a high percentage risk they can’t sink an improbabaly shot.

And the TO called yesterday was the right call, just didnt work out. No way Ware banks in a shot with a top of the key lunge. Letting the ball get trapped in the corner was the mistake. Players just as Guilty as the coach there. BTW, the coach can’t call a TO there, I don’t think, the player has to when he is covered. Bad communication, bad fundamentals, scream louder, what ever.

ugab

March 12th, 2011
8:08 am

Is this weight gain muscle or fat?

Oconee Dawg

March 12th, 2011
8:11 am

The dawg played a great game for 3 and 3/4 quarters. The last 7 minutes they went sight seeing in the streets of ATL. Sorry for Mr. Price who has done and outstanding job at center all year but yesterday he could not do anything right. As a senior I feel for him but he has been outstanding in the low post all year. Maybe he will get a chance to play in the NCAA tourney and make up for the ALA game. Great job Mr. Price and Good luck.

hey, ugab...

March 12th, 2011
8:13 am

…probably both…

Brent

March 12th, 2011
8:19 am

UGA always hypes their “off season mircles” in sterength & conditioning and results are always the same:

richt lsoes more games than the year before 7 out of last 8 seasons. 90% of the time, Richt’s teams get less wins.

UGASlobberknocker

March 12th, 2011
8:25 am

Im feeling good about the interior DL.lf Geathers comes on and Jenkins is as good as advertised, we’re gonna be stout,

UGASlobberknocker

March 12th, 2011
8:27 am

Im just guessing, but I’ll bet that UGA led at halftime in almost all of their losses. o/t Fla..who else had us at halftime? we need to learn how to finish.

UGASlobberknocker

March 12th, 2011
8:28 am

Im mixing up my sports..that last comment was about basketball

Pago Pago DAWG

March 12th, 2011
8:31 am

Can the DAWGS beat anybody in anything!!!!! This is getting soooo old.

tide roll

March 12th, 2011
8:37 am

Tim. How much weight have Coaches Grantham and Garner put on? Geez. Shining examples for the players huh. Van Gorder looked as of he could have lined up and played when he coached the Dawgs.

Down South Dawg

March 12th, 2011
8:38 am

Sorry for our troubles BUT I’m a dawg till I die!—I like FOX and I like RICHT ! —

GO DAWGS !

tide roll

March 12th, 2011
8:47 am

Van Gorder was ready to go to war with his boys, Grantham and Garner look like their ready to go to McDonalds. DO NOT take a picture of their meals. And take a look at your new Coach Friend. I hear his nickname is “pillow”. Only Mark Richt could put this together! Nice sunglaasses though. And who is your QB Murray talking about? Is that a soccer player? What a hilarious program Richt has put together! In the last 38 games vs. Florida in football and Basketball, You guys are 5-33. That’s inexcusable Tim.

Ol' fart Dawg

March 12th, 2011
8:54 am

Techie: You are so dull – when you show up on a blog pontificating about U of Ga., UGA shrugs and finds entertainment lapping himself. Don’t you wish you could do that? No? Don’t want a stinger in your tongue, huh? Remember, it’s a Dawg’s life.

Hit A Single

March 12th, 2011
8:55 am

The timeout had nothing to do with losing the game. The bottom line is that this team lacked the intensity and clutch shooting when most neede and they have not realized that as of yet. Coach Fox has done a great job. Anybody that thought the TO cost us knows nothing about the game. A long shot like that is just that, a long shot.

Bawbie

March 12th, 2011
8:55 am

Fire Dave Perno.

Hit A Single

March 12th, 2011
8:56 am

Oh yea at least UGA fired Harrick and Tenn keeps Pearl and Ohio St. keeps Tressel. Both guys have lost all credibilty.

Thompkins Pedicure Palace

March 12th, 2011
8:57 am

Dawgs stink like my Toe jam.

JE

March 12th, 2011
9:01 am

Yeah van gorder looked the part, but when he had Donnan’s recruits. He really looked good against Green Bay, and had no clue what he was doing at GSU. He was supposed to be the defensive guru but did nothing there except destroy a program by changing an offense when it was plain all they needed was a defense.

Eat and Tweet

March 12th, 2011
9:02 am

Watched some footage of the dawgs spring practice and In not too impressed what I say. Our guys still look a little smallish. I too dont believe in released heights and weights of players.

Einsteindawg

March 12th, 2011
9:03 am

I hope this weight gain is in the cerebral area, as we could sure use more intelligent play…no holding, jumping offsides, missing blocks, chop blocks, motion, etc.

Festus

March 12th, 2011
9:05 am

Youins needs some smart coach’s over at UGA. Its as plain as day.

JB

March 12th, 2011
9:16 am

Well well well…..Auburn takes the early lead in 2011 Fulmer Cup…. DUI. No. Expired DL. No. How about breaking and entering and Robbery. Where is WDE this AM? Where is Trish the dish War Eagle this morning. Cheaters AND Thugs!!!!!!!!!!!

CHOKE

March 12th, 2011
9:17 am

The official drink of the Georgia Bulldogs.

Dave Porno

March 12th, 2011
9:20 am

Congrats Todd ! BTW your sister Nina is a good actress . ;)

Rad Penties

March 12th, 2011
9:34 am

Mark Fox is just as sleazy and inept as Mark Richt. Both of them need to be run out of Athens.

Beast from the East

March 12th, 2011
9:41 am

Don’t give up on Fox just yet. He’s ony been there 2 years and has you guys on the bubble. Who would have thought that would be the case after the 2009 season?

Charlie Sheen

March 12th, 2011
9:46 am

nina hartley is a winner !

Bubble busters

March 12th, 2011
9:47 am

Mark Richt and Mark Fox.

dawg nation

March 12th, 2011
9:50 am

why call a timeout with your point guard running full speed with ball with four seconds left in game???????

Jillian

March 12th, 2011
9:51 am

Ooooohhh!!! Weight gain? All one has to do is fudge those numbers to make CoachT look like he’s made progress.

Jealousy is an ugly thing

March 12th, 2011
9:53 am

Enter your comments here

Bob

March 12th, 2011
10:05 am

Van Gorder was ready to go to war with his boys, Grantham and Garner look like their ready to go to McDonalds. DO NOT take a picture of their meals. And take a look at your new Coach Friend. I hear his nickname is “pillow”. Only Mark Richt could put this together! Nice sunglaasses though. And who is your QB Murray talking about? Is that a soccer player? What a hilarious program Richt has put together! In the last 38 games vs. Florida in football and Basketball, You guys are 5-33. That’s inexcusable Tim.

Oh really? You want to know what record he has put together against a team that has won one SEC title in the last 10 years?

boise bulldog

March 12th, 2011
10:19 am

As usual most of the people on here have mush for brains. Two years and no national championship so just go ahead and fire the coach. God what idiots. No clue as to lack of depth, no program for a large number of years. Just fire the coach. What dumb sh*#@

There will be more coming out of Auburn

March 12th, 2011
10:30 am

Hey AU ………….. get your seat belts on. Y’all lost 4 thugs to dismissal for burglerizing a home!! THUGS is what these punks are and I love seeing them DUMPED from ANY SCHOOL.

The FBI is continuing to gather concrete charges on Scam and a few more players for gambling at Victoryland and hanging around “unsavory” types.

AU ……………. get your collective seat belts on. Y’all are gonna need them soon.

tide roll

March 12th, 2011
10:33 am

RICHT NEEDS TO ADJUST HIS SALARY SO HIS ASSISTANTS CAN BE PAID MORE. THAT’S WHAT COACH MUSCHAMP DID AT FLORIDA. THE PAY SCALE IS WAY OUT OF WHACK IN ATHENS AND IT”S HAVING AN ADVERSE EFFECT

Delbert D.

March 12th, 2011
10:37 am

Those weight gains are shocking.

0ld timer

March 12th, 2011
10:45 am

Mighty quite on the western front,EH, WDE ?

dawg from a distance

March 12th, 2011
11:10 am

Fox I believe is Latin for Les Miles

DSGD

March 12th, 2011
11:40 am

I’m been a UGA fan since i can remember and I’m 39 now. You D.A so call UGA fans are not really fans you to stupid to be fans. There no way that you can tell me that Mark Fox hasn’t changed the culture of our basketball program idiots. How many sec championship did we win before Mark Richt got here. True UGA fans know what’s up the rest of yall can go to He..!