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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fox's long journey continues, Obama picks against UGA, Pearl on brink?

Here's my story, just posted on, detailing how far Mark Fox has come since the start of his coaching career: at Washington, the same school Georgia faces on Friday night.

ATHENS - Mark Fox still has a copy of the first paycheck he received from the University of Washington. The sentimental value far outweighs what it was monetarily.

“I think I earned about $8 a month after rent,” Fox said.
As they got on the bus for a three-hour drive to Charlotte, N.C., Fox took with him the memories of how far he’d come -- as well as what it has taken to get the Bulldogs to this point in just two years.

Fox pointed out later in the day, via Twitter on the way to Charlotte, that while his wife did grow up in Yakima, Wash., that she was actually born in Augusta. The people asking about that "fail to mention" that fact, Fox tweeted. Well, I never knew that until he tweeted it, but in any case, there you go, I just mentioned it.

By the way, if you check out this week's Sports Illustrated, Trey Thompkins is one of the more than 64 players, coaches, cheerleaders or mascots on the cover. Thompkins is at the very bottom, third from the left, and appears to be eating his shirt. I'm going to be sure to ask him about this in Charlotte.

- President Obama is getting a lot of criticism, even from the left, over picking chalk (all four No. 1 seeds) in his bracket. Well Georgia fans will also be interested to know that Obama picked against their team.

Here's a link to the video of Obama's session with Andy Katz. If you go to about the 2:15 mark, you can see in a close-up that the First Bracketologist has Washington penciled in.

MY TAKE: Hey, Washington voted for Obama, Georgia voted for McCain. Just sayin'.

- Finally, here's a story that will probably be dominant at the Charlotte regional, at least during Thursday's round of media sessions: Will the end of Tennessee's NCAA tournament run, whenever it happens, spell the end of head coach Bruce Pearl's run too?

That's the conclusion that could be divined by a strangely-timed interview Tennessee athletics director Mike Hamilton gave on Wednesday.

“We don’t know the answer today,” the AD said when asked if Pearl will return. “We’ve done a lot of soul searching about the direction of our program and we’ll continue to do that and we’ll decide after we’re out of the NCAA Tournament what direction it is that we’re going to go next.”

MY TAKE: ... Uh-oh. ... But as others have pointed out, shouldn't the A.D. who also hired Lane Kiffin be somewhat accountable in all of this too?


Anonymous said...

I think Mike Hamilton is doing a fine job for UT. He's got that program pointed in the right direction. He should be signed to a lifetime contract.

Signed: Everyone else in the SEC.

Anonymous said...

Shook hands with Bruce Pearl once - slime still running off my fingers...

Anonymous said...

Obama is a clown.

Anonymous said...

Fire Dave Perno ! He Chokes too.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 9:52 is a clown.

He's the President, how about a little respect.

gastr1 said...

Anon 9:52, he's also the President of the most powerful country in the world. (I'd like to go to that clown training, personally.) You, you're juts an anonymous poster on a sports blog.

Clown President 1, Anonymous 9:52 0.

Michael said...

Everyone who posts anonymously on this blog is a total waste whose words aren't worth reading.

I really, really wish Seth would disable anonymous posting.

ANY kind of name/accountability, no matter how small, is better than this painfully stupid method of referring to people as Anon at Timestamp.

Anonymous said...

Obama is a CLOWN. Just read today that he is going to force the banks to lower the mortgage payments for the irresponsible "home occupiers" (not "home owners") who lied on their loan applications and got into houses they couldn't afford. Most honest folks can't afford a house in the part of the country we live in because of the corrupt housing market and gov't bailouts (which started with Bush -- he pre-socialized the country for Obama.) So yes, Obama is a clown, Bush was a clown, and this country is a bankrupt joke. Dissent is the highest form of patriotism. We desperately need dissent right now. The status quo is killing our standard of living. What will be left for our children?

Anonymous said...

The good ol boys maintaining the status quo is exactly why we don't have a 16 team football playoff. But we have a 68 team basketball playoff -- go figure.

Anonymous said...

To all of you holier-than-thou winers -- Seth is the only one posting here who isn't anonymous. A first name means nothing, unless you wish to add your last name, address, and phone number. And I think Seth is doing a great job. I appreciate his writing, analysis, and humor.

Your Truly,


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Anonymous said...

@anon 10:58 pm.... I respect the office of the presidency not the clown who is in it. Get over it clown.

Kevin said...

How Hamilton continues to have a job is one of the great mysteries of the world

Anonymous said...

Fox's team usually beat teams with low RPI score, like Washington. But Fox's team has a 3-9 record against teams with a 50 or better rpi score, so Fox's team will lose to North Carolina, even if Fox gets past Washington. Fox should get past Washington, they're not that good.

Anonymous said...

Washington has a 30 rpi, North Carolina has a 7 rpi score. Fox is 3-9 against teams like that.

Bulldawg said...

Anon at 10:58-

We'll give your president the same respect you gave ours.

Yes, Obama is indeed a clown - and the whole world sees it. Libya knows it. Egypt knows it. Japan surely knows it. And most importantly, most Americans know it.

It is glaring.

Bulldawg said...


Great job buddy, as always. BUT, you can see where any mention of politics, no matter how small or in what context, will immediately "hijack" your comments.

So, as I've suggested before, i'd leave ALL politics off the site.

And yes, for the sake of not being called a hypocrite, I have made a political comment above - guilty as charged!


P.S. - my word verification is Redbra! Ha!

Anonymous said...

OMG, when did post become about the President? All of you ragging on Obama, please don't tell me you're a bush fan.

You must be joking, right?

Anonymous said...

Hey Bulldawg, have any evidence to support your ridiculous claims?

I can sit on here and spout idiotic sentences too.

How about this, Bulldawg rapes little boys. Yep, little boys. He rapes them twice a day.

Libya knows this, Japan knows it, the whole world knows it.

It is glaring.

P.S. I am guessing you aren't an alum.

PTC DAWG said...

The 2nd comment made me LOL.

Anon or not.

PTC DAWG said...

2ndly, I'll add that is the GT anons and the same anon that goes on and on and on and on and on and on about the same thing over and over and over again that bother people.

Seth said to ignore them, so be it.

Anonymous said...

Fox has a 3-9 record against teams with 50 or better rpi, so about a 25% chance he beats Washington. 75%chance Georgia loses

Anonymous said...

For some reason, I think the Dawgs will pull this one out tomorrow night. Nothing would be sweeter, considering the Felton era, than a win in Charlotte.

Bring on the Tar Heels!