Mark Fox is a good man, high character guy who can flat coach basketball.
That said, you can't deny he simply hasn't gotten the top recruits to compete into the NCAA tournament. He must solve his recruiting woes for the long term.
It's great that his players are taking care of the academic side because basketball beyond college is few and far between around here.
The attendance problem relates to a few issues, mainly the 1960's embarrassment called Stegeman Coliseum. How about UGA Athletic Association create a plan to build facilities that would excite recruits, current players and fans about going to games.
UGA certainly has the resources to build basketball facilities that would be on par with other sports at UGA.
I hear people say that Stegeman is "fine" and it is a "good home court advantage" ...Whatever. It looks and feels like a gym at a junior college.
It's not the amount of seats, and like it or not, how does a top recruit get excited about seeing himself playing his college career in that building?
It's perfect for rodeos, but not SEC basketball.
The added-on practice facilities and coaches offices are nice, but lipstick on a pig for sure.
Put up a wall, save the nice gymnastics area and then plow the rest of that place over - bite the bullet and build a modern up to date arena that would excite fans, recruits and the entire community about UGA basketball.
Thank you - it is ridiculous that you can't keep your water bottle top because I guess one time, somewhere, in some stadium in America a bottle was thrown.
And the huge size is fine, but yes, offer smaller sizes for souvenir cups - I drink everyday from my Masters cups that are 20-24 oz size and the giant UGA game cups are perfect to water house plants.
While we're on the topic of concessions....Sanford Stadium is the worst I've ever experienced regarding long lines and wait time. I'm a season ticket holder who is 20 rows from the concession level and it's generally 30-45 minutes round trip. I have missed 1/2 of a quarter. Oh but wait, I can keep up with the game on the 1982 model 14" TV next to the counter - ya right. Additional vendors selling in the stands might help.
The restroom situation is worse, but what can you expect, when you have a 1920's stadium expanded to 94,000+. The concessions and restrooms were not made for the number of seats in the stadium. If I don't want to miss exciting 4th quarter action, I just "hold it" which makes for an enjoyable experience.
Oh Yes, we all have choices to make and as much as I love going to Sanford Stadium, it's becoming increasingly difficult to endure the "gameday experience".... Not to mention the brutally hot 1:00 pm kickoff times those first few games against division 2 teams - I know... Gotta have that TV money so we can make budget.
I understand that this article is about adding piped in music like we heard at Clemson last year. That's all fine, but now it really will be interesting to hear the choices. Love teenage wasteland before kickoff.posted @ Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 09:23
A vodka tonic served in Oconee? Ha! Remember the last time liquor by the drink was voted on? I can still hear the people who think its 1950 saying "liquor is evil"... The same people who drive to another county to buy their vodka, gin and whiskey. It's way past time for Oconee to climb out of the dark ages.
Almost forgot, if Oconee passed liquor there would be several adult strip clubs lining the streets immediately.
There are many positive reasons to have liquor by the drink in Oconee.
Tax revenue, new business opportunities, jobs, better restaurants and hotels for starters.
It's time for the "liquor is evil" faction to wake up. The hypocrisy is laughable.
Quality of play on web.com is excellent, just hard to get excited about watching a bunch of unknowns....case in point, attendance in Athens was awful.
That said, sad it's no longer here.... And it was a great event at UGA.
UGA sports teams certainly dominate the sports marketing dollars around here.
Not feeling sorry for Bobo, but how can his pay be so far behind the new D coordinator after the job he's done recently (ok... Bowl game he sucked, but overall his play calling has been very good)posted @ Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 10:27
You must know some pretty intelligent 7&8 year olds....
Whether you want to hear it or not and no matter how you feel about it, the reality is that many people around Oconee County share my opinion.
And the "its only high school football" comment is naive as hell -
a respectable, well organized, winning program brings people together
and is a source of school and community pride... And for several years its
been the exact opposite. Its been an embarrassment and in the end,
the kids deserve better.
What I can't imagine are school administrators that do nothing about a program that is so completely broken. A program that people believe to be important and
care about. And now, they've hired a coach with a mediocre record to replace an awful coach, so I guess thats a move up for OCHS.
Bitter? Miserable? No, just stating the facts.
Coach Olson should have been gone 2-3 years ago, but the
pathetic OC administration was so intimidated by him that they
allowed him to continue his loser program through this past fall.
Now the genius administration has hired a coach with a proven
track record of mediocrity. But, as I said, ANYONE would be
better than the past 6 years of garbage.
BTW, my karma is all good, but thanks for the wishes.posted @ Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 22:11
Safety Matthews is dillusional as are most UGA fans who think Grantham was the only problem. Wake up people, UGA has two conference championships in the past 30 years.posted @ Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 08:15
So FSU playing a weak ACC schedule is the new breeding ground for defensive coordinators? Why would you leave FSU for UGA? Not a peep out of Jimbo Fisher? He's such a great coach that Fisher doesn't counter offer to keep him?
So they stole a $30 watch which they left behind and after smashing a bunch of glass display cases, only took a ring fitting bands deal worth $25?
That makes no sense. A classic smash and run.
Ok.... Back to the article about this clown of a liberal.... How does someone like this get elected? Amazing. Another clueless liberal politician looking for votes.
And based on the culture we live in, he'll probably end up governor or president one day....Somethin to look forward to, can't wait.
So glad that Sheila Beckham approves. Oconee County is certainly lucky to have her knowledge and experience hiring a football coach. What a joke.
That said, ANYONE would be better than what OC has had. Of course this guy has a solid track record at mediocrity. 33-22 over the past 5 seasons. That's 6-4 on average while winning one playoff game the past 5 years...great hire.
Beckham is correct, the next level at OC is just above .500 in wins and not making it out of the first round of the playoffs. I truly hope Noland does well, but it'll take him quite awhile to rebuild the total mess he's inheriting.posted @ Monday, January 13, 2014 - 22:16
Great agenda, but all the regulations and guidelines won't matter one bit if the game officials / referees don't recognize and enforce.
At the middle school and high school levels, the referees currently don't have a clue. I've witnessed numerous helmet leading hits causing injuries and not once have refs even called a penalty.
It all reads / sounds great, but without support on the field during games, it adds up to nothing but the same old thing.
Speeches about community concerns? Hip hop awards?
Who comes up with this sh__.?
The word is out though, it'll be colossal.
Ate dinner at Herschel's Famous 34 one time - it was AWFUL.
It was the worst frozen food just heated up and served. Service sucked too,
Like we were doing them a favor eating there.
Viewing party , what a joke.
This guy needs a huge dose of reality...
"I wasn't getting my playing time like I was supposed to and they said they were going to get me"....
maybe they've got an eighth grade English class at the division II school he'll be sitting on the bench for.
"smack-dab".... that's hillariousposted @ Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 22:55
Two years may not be enough time for a coach to turn a program completely around, but there should be signs of significant improvement.
At least Cedar Shoals doesn't stick their heads in the sand for SIX YEARS like they did at OCHS. Two years might be quick, but six years is RIDICULOUS.
And those coaches failed as well.posted @ Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 16:03
I've heard many comments as to what a "good man" he is and I'm sure in the classroom he's just great. But we're talking about COACH Olson and his role in athletics where he failed and where he DID NOT encourage, support, respect, listen to and treat all kids the same. NUMEROUS kids did not want to play for him and they're walking the halls everyday.
As for his remarks wanting to stay and help? GET A GRIP. That's a huge recipe for disaster. What nobody wants or needs is the recent ex-head coach who failed hanging around the program. Anybody would understand that he does not need to be around the football program going forward.
There are many more than "a few good athletes" walking the halls of OCHS.
A good head coach would have more than 12 SENIORS on the roster in a 1,000+ student high school, that's for certain.
Who said anything about winning state championships? How about let's have a half way competitive program that people can take pride in and that kids want to be part of - that's what a good coach would bring.
Report is he stepped down - you believe everything you read?
Your definition of bashing is also interesting.....
His mentoring in the classroom did not transfer to the football field - just look at the numbers... Lack of a junior and senior class size, which is a direct reflection on his inability to inspire, lead and coach, and then of course the won / loss record.
You're about halfway correct regarding OCHS sports being down, but it's been waaaay past a few years. Where you are wrong is that there has been plenty of talented kids come up in a variety of sports, but OCHS administration has done a pathetic job providing basic support with competent coaches to build the programs (teams). The exceptions are baseball and softball where those programs have been very competitive.
Glad the test scores are good and that's # 1, but competitive athletics are also part of the overall school experience and important for school spirit, community unity and pride amongst other things.
OMG...."good things are coming"? Huh? One word, delusional.
" open to assisting the new coach"??!!
I'm sure that would work out just great. YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING.
And Beckham...."we're going to cast a wide net"? There have got to be several good candidates from within the north Georgia area..... And her qualifications to hire a football coach? seriously.
Could things actually get worse? Unbelievable.
Thanks so much for your final words. The only ignorance is your biased opinion about one of your peers. His abilities in the classroom might be amazing, but that's NOT WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE.
We're talking about a coach that DID NOT "encourage, love, and support every single person" who was part of the football program.
Perhaps he saved his worst for the football field -- his disrespect, favoritism, lack of genuine interest and inability to listen are a lot of why he had only 12 seniors playing this year. 12 seniors. Not much in the way of program building. It's pathetic and speaks volumes to the lack of interest by the kids in the football program.
Olson's molding of kids ended at the classroom doors and that is why he failed miserably as the football coach. The only thing to be thankful for is his time as football coach is finally over.
ANYBODY who believes that OCHS coach Olson resigned is as delusional as the BOZO administrators that took 6 YEARS to finally get rid of him. And how is the Athletic Director not available for comment? What a joke.
Olson's arrogance and pathetic coaching took the program to new lows and destroyed the OCHS football from the ground up. 12 total seniors on this years roster at a school with over 1,000 students -- that's some real program building.
Olson consistently got talented kids from several very good teams at Oconee Middle and he NEVER had a winning season -- only in his first year they made the playoffs and had Zach Mettenberger starting at QB.
"According to Beckham coach Olson feels it is time to allow someone else to take the lead in the school's football program"... Baloney. The OC culture, "all of the time - not some of the time".... How'd that work out? THE CULTURE IS 100% BROKEN and has been for a long time.
He made "an impact on the field" for sure - his ability to coach became a complete embarrassment.
Hopefully OCHS can hire an experienced, well respected coach who ISN'T from California.
Exactly - it's like high school football coverage VANISHED from the ABH tonight altogether???posted @ Friday, October 18, 2013 - 22:54
Summary: Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. First, a few thoughts on the winners: read more
Athens-Clarke County police officers responded to Pinewood Estates North on a 911 call concerning a heated domestic dispute. it reportedly was an argument over the lack of heat and food in a family's trailer and a woman was threatening to stab anyone who tried to take away her 7-month-old child. State patrol responded also, from their post nearby on U.S. Highway 29 North. The situation apparently was resolved. An officer reported he was driving the woman and infant to another home in Athens. read more