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  • ATHENS---Down by one run in the bottom of the ninth, the Georgia Bulldogs plated two runs earning a 4-3 walk-off win in the rubber game of the 2018 season series opener against Georgia Southern Sunday at Foley Field.   Bulldogs’ starting pitcher Chase Adkins dominated the Eagle lineup turning in six innings of two-hit shutout baseball, striking out eight hitters, and walking just one. After allowing two men to reach in the first inning with two-outs, Adkins settled into a groove retiring 15 consecutive hitters before allowing a two out double in the sixth inning.   The Bulldogs struck first breaking the scoreless tie in the bottom of the seventh inning. Mason Meadows patiently led off the inning with a walk and with two outs senior left fielder Keegan McGovern smashed a homerun over the wall in center field giving the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.   Georgia Southern (1-2) would respond in the top of the eighth with three runs of their own scoring on a single, hit by pitch and walk with bases loaded to take a 3-2 lead heading to the ninth inning.   Bulldog first basemen Patrick Sullivan started the rally in the final frame with a leadoff single. Pinch hitter Trey Logan reached on an error and right fielder Tucker Bradley drew a one out walk to load the bases. Keegan McGovern followed with his 100thcareer walk which tied the game, and the next batter Cam Shepherd delivered a sacrifice fly to right field deep enough to score pinch runner Cole Tate giving the Georgia Bulldogs (2-1) their first series win of the season. Zac Kristofak was the winning pitching of record recording two innings of relief, allowing no runs, striking out two.    Dawg Tracks -Cam Shepherd’s walk-off sacrifice fly gave the Bulldogs their first walk-off win since Michael Curry’s RBI single in a 1-0 win against Lipscomb on March 12th, 2016. -Michael Curry (2-for-4) had his second multi-hit game of the season. He had 18 last season. -Chase Adkins retired 15 straight batters before allowing a two out double in the sixth inning. -With his 7th inning homerun Keegan McGovern recorded his first multi-hit game of the year and is the only Bulldogs to hit safely in all three games this season. -McGovern drove in 3 Bulldog runs for his first multi RBI game of the 2018 campaign. He had three all of last season. -With the series win Georgia improves to 53-37 all-time series against the Georgia Southern Eagles. The Bulldogs have now won the last three series against Georgia Southern including two season opening series wins.   Coaches Corner Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin On today’s walk-off victory…   'Really good character win for our team. When we didn't score in the first inning I thought we got a little bit tight. Bases loaded when you don't score it's tough. Chase Adkins did a great job of keeping us in that game. He kept it scoreless and Keegan got that homerun, I wish it would've been the game winner but Zac Kristofak kept it where it was and threw a zero up in the ninth. Patrick Sullivan and Trey Logan and Tucker Maxwell all had really nice at bats and then Cam Shepherd does what he does, he barreled a ball up and Cole Tate, a freshman, did a great job of tagging up at third base. That was a really good team win, and a really good character win for our team.'    Player’s Perspective Senior RHP Chase Adkins On his dominant outing… 'I guess I felt pretty good, my mindset was there, all five of my pitches were working. When all five pitches are working it's going to be a bad day for the other team so I just like to keep the confidence going.'   On the team’s mindset after trailing heading to the ninth inning: 'It's definitely different than last year. When we came back in the dugout after Zac threw that scoreless ninth inning I think everyone in the dugout knew we were about to win. There's just a different vibe around the team.'   Next Up The Bulldogs will travel to Kennesaw Sate (1-3) to take on the Owls Tuesday at 5pm.
  • The Georgia DOT says work that started Monday continues for the next ten days, with crews closing north- and south-bound lanes I-85 in Jackson and Franklin counties. The overnight lane closures—scheduled for between 8pm and 6am—come as part of DOT plans to replace five bridges on the I-85 corridor in northeast Georgia. From the Georgia Dept of Transportation... On Monday, February 18, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Wednesday, February 28, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Georgia Department of Transportation will close the northbound and southbound lanes on I-85 starting February 18, to allow construction partner Georgia Bridge and Concrete to install bird netting and protective platforms in advance of construction.  Work on the bridge replacement projects will start in May and reconstruct five existing bridges along the I-85 corridor in Franklin and Jackson counties:   Plainview Road over I-85  Neal Road over I-85  Cedar Ridge Road over I-85  Old Stagecoach Road over I-85  Brown Road over I-85  WHERE: The lanes closures will take place at I-85 at Plainview Road, Neal Road, then Old Stagecoach Road. Crews will only execute one lane closure per bridge at a time, switching from northbound to southbound lanes on consecutive nights. After the northbound work is complete, crews will stage and begin work on the next bridge.  ADVISORY: Exact dates may change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are cautioned to reduce their speed while traveling through work zones, pay attention and watch for workers. Before heading out, get real-time information on work status and traffic conditions. Call 511, visit 511ga.org, or download the Georgia 511 app. 
  • More than 3,000 students representing more than 50 student organizations gathered in the Tate Student Center Grand Hall Sunday morning to celebrate raising $1,261,077.18 for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. This is the third year in a row that UGA Miracle, the University of Georgia’s largest student-run philanthropy, has achieved a seven-figure fundraising total. Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17, and lasting until the same time Sunday, the entire student center was filled with students, faculty and staff for UGA Miracle’s annual Dance Marathon. Throughout the night, participants danced, listened to live music and took pictures with Hairy Dawg. Nearly 50 “Miracle children,” the Children’s Healthcare patients who interact with UGA Miracle’s student members during the year, and their families attended the event, and 24 of them took the stage one at a time throughout the night to share their inspirational stories. Activities for the children and their families include arts and crafts, sharing of personal stories, participating in a scavenger hunt and a lot of dancing. The event also features a “Standing Challenge,” where participants do not sit for the entirety of the event to honor the many children who cannot stand and may never be able to stand again. Every dollar raised up to $1 million supports the Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Children’s Healthcare to fund state of the art equipment and facilities, including the UGA Miracle Gym. Beginning last year, every dollar raised above $1 million supports the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center to fund groundbreaking pediatric research. John Caras, UGA Miracle’s internal director, is amazed by the passion and dedication of UGA students. “I have come across some of the most selfless, inspiring people,” Caras said. “Seeing these students fight for those who can’t fight for themselves makes me proud to be a part of UGA Miracle and to be a student of the University of Georgia.” Davis Haines, UGA Miracle’s communications director, participates as a way to honor his older brother, Carter, who was diagnosed with brain cancer and treated at Children’s Healthcare. “After being sick for a little under a year he passed away,” Haines said. “[Being involved] also helped me along my grieving process and opened the door for something I truly had a heart for.” This was the 23rd annual Dance Marathon. The event is a symbolic gesture of sacrificing a day in support of children who have had to sacrifice much more of their own time to combat illness in hospitals. Since its inception, Miracle has raised more than $8 million for Children’s Healthcare–$4 million of that total coming in the last four years. UGA Miracle offered several events throughout the past year, including the annual Doughnut Dare 5K, Miracle at Midnight, and the 23rd Annual Classic City Tour of Homes, which raised a combined $24,000. The group set a record during its $100 Day, raising approximately $353,000 in a single day. For the students, it’s all about connections—to the Miracle children and their families, and to each other. “There is never a day where I do not feel connected to this cause and this organization,” Haines said. “I am certain that this organization hosts the most hardworking, impressive and loving people on this campus.”
  • There is more talk about the Athens-Clarke County comprehensive plan today: the comprehensive plan steering committee meets, 5:30 this afternoon at the Government Building on Dougherty Street.  The Athens-Clarke County Commission committee appointed to look at the Lexington Road corridor convenes today: an 11 o’clock session at the Government Building on Dougherty Street. The Clarke County School Board’s Policy Committee meets this afternoon. It’s a 4 o’clock session at the HT Edwards Building on Dearing Extension.  The Oconee County Planning Commission meets tonight: 7 o’clock at the Oconee County courthouse in Watkinsville.  There is an evening meeting of the Oglethorpe County zoning board, underway at 7 o’clock tonight at the courthouse in Lexington.  This evening’s Jackson County Commission meeting starts at 6 at the courthouse in Jefferson.
  • Secretary of State Brian Kemp kicks off a 50-county bus tour today in his hometown of Athens: Republican Kemp is campaigning in this year’s race for governor.  'During my time as Secretary of State, I traveled to all 159 counties to meet with elections officials, business leaders, community advocates, and Georgia voters,' said Kemp. 'My campaign platform was created after logging thousands of miles and listening to the needs of communities and families throughout our state. 'We are hitting the road on Monday, February 19, to share my story, proven record, and conservative, 4-Point Plan. I encourage supporters and local voters to join us at one of the fifty stops along the way. Together, we can build an unstoppable grassroots army, earn victory at the ballot box, and put hardworking Georgians - not the special interests - first!

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  • ATHENS---Down by one run in the bottom of the ninth, the Georgia Bulldogs plated two runs earning a 4-3 walk-off win in the rubber game of the 2018 season series opener against Georgia Southern Sunday at Foley Field.   Bulldogs’ starting pitcher Chase Adkins dominated the Eagle lineup turning in six innings of two-hit shutout baseball, striking out eight hitters, and walking just one. After allowing two men to reach in the first inning with two-outs, Adkins settled into a groove retiring 15 consecutive hitters before allowing a two out double in the sixth inning.   The Bulldogs struck first breaking the scoreless tie in the bottom of the seventh inning. Mason Meadows patiently led off the inning with a walk and with two outs senior left fielder Keegan McGovern smashed a homerun over the wall in center field giving the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.   Georgia Southern (1-2) would respond in the top of the eighth with three runs of their own scoring on a single, hit by pitch and walk with bases loaded to take a 3-2 lead heading to the ninth inning.   Bulldog first basemen Patrick Sullivan started the rally in the final frame with a leadoff single. Pinch hitter Trey Logan reached on an error and right fielder Tucker Bradley drew a one out walk to load the bases. Keegan McGovern followed with his 100thcareer walk which tied the game, and the next batter Cam Shepherd delivered a sacrifice fly to right field deep enough to score pinch runner Cole Tate giving the Georgia Bulldogs (2-1) their first series win of the season. Zac Kristofak was the winning pitching of record recording two innings of relief, allowing no runs, striking out two.    Dawg Tracks -Cam Shepherd’s walk-off sacrifice fly gave the Bulldogs their first walk-off win since Michael Curry’s RBI single in a 1-0 win against Lipscomb on March 12th, 2016. -Michael Curry (2-for-4) had his second multi-hit game of the season. He had 18 last season. -Chase Adkins retired 15 straight batters before allowing a two out double in the sixth inning. -With his 7th inning homerun Keegan McGovern recorded his first multi-hit game of the year and is the only Bulldogs to hit safely in all three games this season. -McGovern drove in 3 Bulldog runs for his first multi RBI game of the 2018 campaign. He had three all of last season. -With the series win Georgia improves to 53-37 all-time series against the Georgia Southern Eagles. The Bulldogs have now won the last three series against Georgia Southern including two season opening series wins.   Coaches Corner Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin On today’s walk-off victory…   'Really good character win for our team. When we didn't score in the first inning I thought we got a little bit tight. Bases loaded when you don't score it's tough. Chase Adkins did a great job of keeping us in that game. He kept it scoreless and Keegan got that homerun, I wish it would've been the game winner but Zac Kristofak kept it where it was and threw a zero up in the ninth. Patrick Sullivan and Trey Logan and Tucker Maxwell all had really nice at bats and then Cam Shepherd does what he does, he barreled a ball up and Cole Tate, a freshman, did a great job of tagging up at third base. That was a really good team win, and a really good character win for our team.'    Player’s Perspective Senior RHP Chase Adkins On his dominant outing… 'I guess I felt pretty good, my mindset was there, all five of my pitches were working. When all five pitches are working it's going to be a bad day for the other team so I just like to keep the confidence going.'   On the team’s mindset after trailing heading to the ninth inning: 'It's definitely different than last year. When we came back in the dugout after Zac threw that scoreless ninth inning I think everyone in the dugout knew we were about to win. There's just a different vibe around the team.'   Next Up The Bulldogs will travel to Kennesaw Sate (1-3) to take on the Owls Tuesday at 5pm.
  • Bubba Watson was feeling low about his health and even worse about his golf. It reached a point that he wondered if he would ever win again, and he says he talked with his wife on a dozen occasions about retiring. Being back at Riviera changed his outlook and made him a winner again. Watson stayed in the game with three key putts early on the back nine, then fulfilled a playful pledge he forgot he even made on the par-3 14th by holing a bunker shot for birdie that allowed him to seize control Sunday in the Genesis Open. He never gave anyone a chance the rest of the way, closing with a 2-under 69 for a two-shot victory over Tony Finau and Kevin Na. Watson won for the first time in two years, his longest drought of the decade. He joined Lloyd Mangrum and Ben Hogan as three-time winners at Riviera. And he won for the 10th time in his PGA Tour career, an important milestone to him. 'Nobody thought that Bubba Watson from Bagdad, Florida, would ever get to 10 wins. Let's be honest,' Watson said. 'Without lessons, head case, hooking the ball, slicing the ball, can't putt, you know?' He put on a clinic at Riviera, somehow managed to keep his focus, carved shots around, over and through the trees, and he made all the right putts. Watson talks the way he hits the ball — all over the map — and he was particularly elusive about what caused him to lose so much weight last year. He says he reached close to 160 pounds, which he says affected his game and ultimately his confidence. 'I'm here. I'm healthy,' he said. 'There are people that are a lot sicker than me in this world, so the illness is nothing.' Watson, who finished at 12-under 272, moved from No. 117 to No. 41 in the world, making him eligible for the World Golf Championship in Mexico in two weeks. Na hit a wedge close to perfection from the worst angle on the reachable par-4 10th hole for a birdie and two-putted for birdie on the 11th to briefly take the lead. He fell back with consecutive bogeys from the trees and shot 69. Finau lurked all day. His last chance was an eagle putt on the 17th that stopped inches short of the hole. Patrick Cantlay had a one-shot lead going to the back nine until he ran into tree trouble on the 12th and 13th holes. The UCLA alum could do no better than pars the rest of the way for a 71 to tie for fourth with Scott Stallings (68). Phil Mickelson also was in the hunt. He was within one shot of the lead when he hit a 4-iron from a deep bunker on the 15th hole to just right of the green. But he went after birdie and watched the ball roll 20 feet down the hill, leading to bogey. Mickelson shot 68 and tied for sixth. Coming off good weeks at Phoenix and Pebble Beach, Mickelson has three straight top 10s for the first time since 2009. The biggest moment for Watson involved his desperation to find a bathroom after they teed off on the 14th. Cameron Smith, who shot 71 and tied for sixth, told him there was one off the 15th tee and he was only a couple of shots away. 'I said, 'Nah, I'm just going to hole it and go to the bathroom.' And then I holed it,' he said. His caddie, Ted Scott, mentioned before Watson stepped into the bunker that he hadn't holed out in some time, so after the ball splashed out of the sand and rolled against the pin before dropping, he turned to Scott and said, 'You called it.' Smith came over and told Watson, 'You called it.' By then, Watson had forgotten their conversation. No matter. He never came close to bogey until it didn't matter, and he holed an 8-foot par putt on the 18th. The tears began flowing moments later. 'You never know if you're going to play good again,' Watson said as his voice choked. 'You never know if you're going to lift the trophy.' It was that four-hole stretch that carried him — a 10-foot birdie putt after hitting his approach into the bunker on the par-5 11th; the 8-foot par save after coming up short on No. 12; another 8-foot save on No. 13 when another shot came up short; and the bunker shot on the 14th. 'It went real fast where I went from losing to winning,' he said. With that, he wrapped up another fun-filled week in L.A. He won Riviera with a 64-64 weekend in 2014. He won Riviera in 2016 while filming a cameo in 'Girl Meets World.' This time he made a cameo in the NBA All-Star celebrity game, which included an infamous highlight of Tracy McGrady rejecting his shot . The distractions helped. The health helped even more. As for that retirement talk? 'I was close,' he said. 'My wife was not close. My wife basically told me to quit whining and play golf. I would rather be healthy than play golf, so that's what I was focusing on. I was focusing on the wrong things. Pitiful me, not how beautiful my life was.
  • Georgia men’s basketball will play Tennessee on Saturday, February 17, 2018, in Athens. Find below the game time, TV channel and how to watch online. ATHENS ― Georgia basketball (14-11, 5-8 SEC) is fighting like mad just to get to .500 in SEC play and keep its flickering postseason hopes alive. Tennessee (19-6, 9-4) is striving to stay on top and forge a Top 4 finish in the league to set itself up for a postseason run. Both teams have only five regular-season games left in which to do it – two of them against each other. Something’s got to give. The first matchup is Saturday at UGA’s Stegeman Coliseum. And while that hasn’t exactly been a house of horrors for visiting opponents ― the Dogs are 9-3 at home ― the Volunteers are vulnerable away from Thompson-Boling Arena. They’re 6-3 in road games and lost to Alabama by 28 points the last time they ventured out of Knoxville. So, they can be had. Without a doubt, though, Georgia and coach Mark Fox need this one worse. An NCAA favorite when the season started, the Bulldogs haven’t played like an NCAA Tournament team since mid-January, dropping six of seven games. But that was before pulling off an overtime stunner over Florida on Wednesday night. The 72-69 victory was Georgia’s first in Gainesville since 2002. It was made possible only after the Bulldogs wiped out a 7-point deficit in the final 90 seconds and got a pair of 3-pointers from star forward Yante Maten in the last 15 seconds of regulation to force overtime. “Yante’s a winner,” Fox said after the game, in which Maten finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds. “Most people just see him play. They don’t know him as a young man. He’s a terrific person and he’s a great Georgia Bulldog and that was obviously a great shot at the end.” The Bulldogs’ victory moved them from up to 69 from 83 in RPI. Tennessee, meanwhile, is a solid 13. SEC Network broadcasters no doubt will focus on the front-court matchup of Maten – the SEC’s leading scorer and rebounder at 19.5 and 8.7 per game – against Tennessee forward Grant Williams, the Volunteers’ leading scorer and rebounder at 16.2 and 6.0. “I’m not sure there are two better power forwards anywhere right now,” Fox said. But for the Bulldogs, it’s all about what they get out of anybody else. Five Georgia players scored in double figures against the Gators, which was an anomaly. The Bulldogs have had little in the way of consistent offense outside of Maten, who remains their only player among the top 48 scorers in the SEC. Meanwhile, Georgia hasn’t gotten nearly enough help beyond the arc. The Vols have four of the SEC’s top 20 3-point shooters and have recorded 53 more 3-point baskets than the Bulldogs’ 149. Georgia brought sophomore Tyree Crump off the bench to relieve an injured Turtle Jackson and played him 26 minutes against the Gators. He responded with three 3s and scored 13 points to provide some perimeter scoring pop and added five assists. The Bulldogs will need similar production versus the Volunteers Saturday. Georgia-Tennessee basketball: Game info, details Time: Tip-off is at 6 p.m. ET Date: February 17, 2018 Location: Stegeman Coliseum, Athens. Records: Georgia 14-11 overall, 5-8 SEC; Tennessee 19-6 overall, 9-4 SEC. How can I watch the game? The game can be watched on SEC Network. How can I live stream the game? The game can be seen on the WatchESPN app. (Cable or satellite subscription required.) Projected Bulldogs starting lineup Guard: Sophomore Tyree Crump Guard: Senior Juwan Parker Forward: Freshman Nicolas Claxton Forward: Senior Yante Maten Forward: Freshman Rayshaun Hammonds What’s next for Georgia? Georgia plays South Carolina on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. ET in Columbia, S.C. The post Georgia-Tennessee basketball: Time, TV, how to watch online (February 17, 2018) appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The Georgia Bulldogs’ run to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game wouldn’t have been possible without the work of Kirby Smart’s staff. And now they’re going to be compensated because of it. Smart’s 10 on-field assistants will earn nearly $2 million more in 2018 than they did in 2017. In 2017, Smart’s assistants made $4.56 million. In 2018, they’ll make $6.42 million. Defensive Coordinator Mel Tucker has received a raise to $1.5 million, up from $900,000 last year. Georgia’s defense was one of the best in the country this past season. Assistant coach James Coley, who is expected to move from receivers coach to another position, has been bumped to $850,000 from $450,000 last year. Coley turned down a job offer from Texas A&M to become offensive coordinator. Offensive line coach Sam Pittman will now earn $825,000, after earning $660,000 last year.  Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney received a $100,000 raise and will now earn $950,000. Strength and conditioning coordinator Scott Sinclair also received a significant bump and will now earn $450,000. Sinclair earned $300,000 last year.  2018 staff: Mel Tucker - $1,500,000 Jim Chaney - $950,000 James Coley - $850,000 Sam Pittman - $825,000 Dell McGee - $550,000 Tray Scott - $420,000 Cortez Hankton - $375,000 Glenn Schumann - $325,000 Dan Lanning - $325,000 Scott Fountain - $300,000  2017 staff:  Mel Tucker - $900,000 Jim Chaney - $850,000 Sam Pittman - $660,000 James Coley - $450,000 Tray Scott - $400,000 Kevin Sherrer - $375,000 Dell McGee - $350,000 Shane Beamer - $300,000 Glenn Schumann - $275,000 Smart himself is expected to receive a substantial increase from his $3.75 million base salary, but that has not been announced yet.  New roles and titles on the staff could also be in order, but were not announced.  Georgia’s salary rule compares favorably with that of the staffs of two other powerhouse programs, who have also announced their assistant coach salaries for 2018.  Ohio State’s assistant coaches now make $7.06 million, with raises this offseason that totaled $3.4 million. So it nearly doubled, helped by the addition of the 10th assistant coach, Alex Grinch, who received $800,000 to leave Washington State for Ohio State.  Eight of Ohio State’s 10 assistants are earning at least $500,000.  The salary pool for Clemson’s assistant coaches is now $6.58 million, with raises this offseason of just under $1 million. Four of Clemson’s assistant coaches are earning at least $500,000. This article was written by Seth Emerson, DawgNation.
  • Athens, GA - There’s a popular term around Athens, Georgia these days that also stretches as far as the Georgia Bulldog footprint reaches: “Fire Mark Fox.” But could the job of the head coach of the oftentimes struggling UGA men’s basketball team be safer than we all think? Like, much safer? Let me explain.  I took the time to read an article from Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports in which he cites his sources regarding what could happen once details emerge in the ongoing FBI investigations into seemingly countless NCAA basketball programs both major and not. The article is terrifying for many living around states like Kentucky, North Carolina, Alabama, Pennsylvania, etc., and not because programs in those states are specifically named, but rather language that speculates so many of the top schools in contention today are eventually going to be outed as some of the most corrupt in a sport that is widely considered one of the most corrupt in all of sports.  A fun line from one of Thamel’s sources in the article states - and I paraphrase - ‘If the findings are released before the NCAA Tournament, then Tennessee-Chattanooga could be a No. 2 seed come March.’ That’s a clever way of saying that nobody is safe, and apparently many at the top are indeed about to be in really, really hot water.  This is where the UGA basketball program and coach Mark Fox come into play, at least in my mind. If anybody cares to make a wager with me, I would be more than willing to agree to do something extremely embarrassing or degrading if it ever comes to light that the UGA basketball program is in trouble with the FBI or the NCAA. I have been around the program long enough and know the hierarchy of UGA Athletics well enough to feel extremely confident that UGA fans can sleep easy the night before these FBI findings are released - which could be any day, it could be as long as a year from now. We just don’t know.  UGA has struggled lately, yes. I’ve watched spurts of basketball taking place in Stegeman Coliseum and on other courts around the SEC that I am not convinced could score more points than Clarke Central High School. But I’ve also seen spurts that look like the NCAA Tournament contender we all expected going into this season put together good wins (yes, plural) against Florida, Marquette, Alabama, St. Mary’s, and Georgia Tech. But the on-court performances have little to nothing to do with my new theory on the status of Mark Fox in Athens.  I believe every program in the NCAA should be playing “wait and see.” I know Ole Miss just fired its head coach Andy Kennedy after bringing the Rebels (no, Black Bears, wait - I think it’s still Rebels) close to the NCAA Tournament many times over a decade, invited in twice and another six times into the NIT, but never able to take the program over the hurdle to being a national contender. Does that sound familiar? Dawg fans? I thought so. But what if - hear me out - Ole Miss already knows something we don’t know about the FBI investigations. You don’t have to look too far into former football coaches phone records and other major allegations to remember that Ole Miss isn't writing any books on morality and how to do things the right way these days.  What if Georgia pulled the trigger and fired Mark Fox after a disappointing finish to this season, then went and hired some up-and-coming young coach or even a veteran many will hope brings a culture of winning with them to Athens? Is it honestly worth the risk locking a coach into a new contract that may soon have their name plastered in the headlines with “FBI Investigation Reveals...” next to it? Again, you’d like to think the vetting of a new coach would be thorough, but the ominous tone of sources who know how dark the cloud over NCAA Basketball is about to be leads one to wonder if any move is worth the risk. Flat out and simply put - nobody. knows. how. bad. this. could. get.   Thamel’s article also cites sources who thoroughly believe the landscape of college basketball, its recruiting, and as stated “lottery pick players’” eligibility could be rocked and realigned. It leaves one to wonder just how impactful it could be for a program like Georgia, that consistently sits on the proverbial “bubble” of being good, but is flat out being beaten by better teams. Oh, and recruiting is already good right now in Athens. Very good. With commitments from a pair of the state of Georgia’s best in the 2018 class, and what many are saying will be one of Mark Fox’s best recruits ever in a 2019 commitment from 5-star point guard Ashton Hagans out of Covington, Ga, there’s legitimate hope in the talent department.  And many will quickly point out that talent hasn’t always been a problem for Fox, but do you need a refresher on players from the state of Georgia that have been lured to major programs out of state with what may actually have been lures too good to pass up - you know what I’m sayin’? Sure, that’s all speculation at this point but the tea leaves are currently reading that something just ain’t right. If my inner-Nostradmous proves to be true and Georgia is safe when the FBI findings are eventually released, then Georgia could instantaneously become a safe school in the eyes of a lot of talent looking to play college hoops. Especially in the talent-rich back yard between Cloudland Canyon and Jekyll Island and Bainbridge and Hartwell. So while the UGA basketball team  will likely look bad a few more times this season, and in all likelihood have a short trip to St. Louis next month for the SEC Basketball Tournament, think about the big picture of college basketball as your little fingers tweet the popular phrase these days calling for Fox’s job. Because I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a situation being monitored on many levels, not just in terms of wins and loses. But more like the FBI. Let it all soak in, why don’t ya.  **Shameless plug time!: Check out my new podcast “The Second String Podcast” which I do with our sister station 106.1 Your Georgia Country’s Morning Show host Walker. We are just two guys who wish we were famous sports radio personalities talking sports. You can listen by clicking the link to the Podcast on this website’s On Demand tab. Thanks!