Former UGA assistant reaches Final Four with VCU
A few notes to start the day:
- A former Georgia assistant coach is headed to the Final Four. Mike Jones, a member of Dennis Felton’s UGA staff for six seasons, is an assistant at Virginia Commonwealth, which will play Butler in a wildly improbable national semifinal on Saturday. Jones was let go by Georgia, along with the rest of Felton’s assistants, when Mark Fox was hired in April 2009. Jones landed a position a couple of months later on the staff of then-new VCU coach Shaka Smart. Jones is a 17-year veteran coach who also has worked at West Virginia, Richmond, Furman and Howard.
- It won’t go down in the annals of famously effective motivational speeches, given the Georgia women’s basketball team’s 79-38 loss to Texas A&M in an NCAA tournament Sweet 16 game on Sunday. But if you want to listen, here’s a link at georgiadogs.com to Herschel Walker’s pregame speech to the Lady Bulldogs.
- After winning two of three games last weekend over No. 9 LSU, Georgia’s baseball team plays another ranked team Tuesday night at No. 16 Clemson. It’ll be Georgia’s 15th game against a ranked opponent already this season. The Bulldogs are 11-13 overall, 6-8 vs. ranked teams.
- Georgia will hold its annual spring clinic for high school coaches Thursday and Friday, but one scheduled speaker had to cancel: Hines Ward is tied up on “Dancing with the Stars.” Still scheduled to speak: Falcons coach Mike Smith and two former UGA stars, College Football Hall of Fame kicker Kevin Butler and six-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Richard Seymour.
- Spring football practice continues Tuesday afternoon, with the first of this week’s four workouts. The Bulldogs also will be on the field Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
– Tim Tucker, AJC