Welcome to your one-stop shop for all the relevant UGA football news and takes every Monday through Friday. In today’s edition, fill-in Connor Riley looks at Georgia’s win against Georgia Tech in basketball, and why things may be OK without Toneil Carter.
Closing the book on Toneil Carter
So, Kirby Smart addressed the elephant in the room Tuesday regarding running back Toneil Carter.
While Smart didn’t specifically address Carter by name — he can’t per NCAA rules — he did give a pretty thorough answer.
“First of all, I’m not allowed to talk about that situation at all. But I will say that my philosophy, our philosophy has always been we’re not going to drop kids in recruiting. OK?” Smart said. “We may defer enrollment. We may say that you may enroll at a later date. But we are not going to drop kids in recruiting. OK? That’s not what — again, I can’t comment on this situation; I can comment on philosophically how we feel and how conversations happen. But I can’t comment on his specific situation.”
I’m not going to rehash anything that hasn’t already been said. The whole situation stinks. It stinks for Carter, who wanted to come to Georgia. I wish him nothing but the best. I hope he breaks every Texas rushing record and never loses to Oklahoma.
As for Georgia, fans shouldn’t see this as a sky-is-falling moment. Sure, it’s a departure from the “Georgia way,” but you had to know this was coming when a Nick Saban disciple took over for Mark Richt.
And there’s another perspective on it that I think gets overlooked. Carter is just a recruit. He hasn’t done anything of substance yet. Sure, you can sell potential, but tons of highly rated running backs have had a ton of potential. Just look at all the 5-star running backs the Longhorns have signed over the years.
To put it in baseball terms, I am a very casual Boston Red Sox fan. People say that Yoan Moncada, one of the top prospects in baseball, is going to be a very good. Maybe he will be. But when you have a chance to bring in Chris Sale, you do it. Moncada is Carter in this situation, and Nick Chubb is Sale.
Now, ask yourself, would you rather have one more year of Chubb, and a better chance at a winning next year or three-plus years of Carter, and maybe better odds down the line. Given the Bulldogs’ 7-5 record this season, I bet Smart would take those wins now rather than later.
Georgia’s winning streak against Georgia Tech (hoops edition)
Given the way the Georgia football team has looked against Georgia Tech in two of the last three seasons, a win against the Yellow Jackets deserves to be celebrated.
And for the second season in a row, Georgia beat the Yellow Jackets in men’s basketball. The Bulldogs went into McCamish Pavilion and came away with a 60-43 win. After losing four straight games from 2010-14, the Bulldogs have now won two straight in the series.
Yante Maten once again led the Bulldogs with 16 points and 7 rebounds. The Bulldogs were buoyed in the first half by Derek Ogbeide, who scored 10 of his 11 points in the opening 20 minutes.
After the game, Georgia head coach Mark Fox praised his team’s win, as it was the Bulldogs’ first over a major conference team this season.
“An ACC game on the road, it’s a big game for our résumé, and we dropped the first one on the year (at Clemson),” Georgia coach Mark Fox said. “So, it was a big game for our team.”
Not to dampen Fox’s spirit, but the win wasn’t that spectacular. It certainly won’t be at the top of Georgia’s résumé come tournament time if the Bulldogs are to make it to the “Big Dance.”
With the nonconference schedule just about wrapped up, there isn’t a terrible loss on the schedule, unless the Bulldogs fall at Oakland on Friday. But once again, the Bulldogs won’t have a good nonconference win. Even if they beat Texas in January, the Longhorns haven’t had as great of a season as some thought they would at the outset of the year.
If the Bulldogs are going to make it back to the NCAA tournament, they’ll need to beat a Kentucky, Texas A&M or Florida in conference play and finish in the upper tier of the standings.
But for now, a win in any sport against Georgia Tech is a good one. Especially for Georgia basketball.
- Kirby Smart on the Toneil Carter situation: ‘We’re not going to drop kids in recruiting‘ (Seth Emerson,DawgNation)
- An appreciative community honors Richard LeCounte III on his way to UGA (Jeff Sentell, DawgNation)
- Two Georgia defensive backs are mulling their options (Seth Emerson, DawgNation)
- A new injury to report (Seth Emerson, DawgNation)
- Georgia has begun to use its indoor practice facility (Seth Emerson, DawgNation)
- No Hedges or Hardwood were harmed in Georgia’s celebration (Seth Emerson, DawgNation)
Normally, I am against dressing up your dog in any sort of clothing or decorations. And reasons like this are exactly why. Look at how miserable this dog looks. You can tell he’s counting the days till Christmas is over.
— Emily McNair (@gingjr) December 21, 2016