Mark Richt Dismissed As Head Coach At Georgia

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Mark Richt in May 2008./Photo from Wikipedia.
Mark Richt in May 2008./Photo from Wikipedia.

Say what you will about Richt, but he deserved better than a firing. The man did more for Georgia than anyone not named Herschel Walker, and for him to not even get the Frank Beamer or Les Miles treatment is a disgrace to the University of Georgia. I expected him to be gone, but not like this. Not tasteful in the slightest.

“I will say this, if and when I do coach again, I am looking forward to coaching again, in terms of being more hands on. I miss coaching quarterbacks, I miss calling plays. Whether it is in the role of head coach, coordinator, quarterbacks coach, whatever it is, if in fact I choose to do that, I would be really excited about coaching QB’s again and getting in the middle of offensive strategy.”-Mark Richt at today’s press conference discussing his firing.

This is unnerving to hear as a Georgia fan. This year was the perfect opportunity for Mark Richt to call plays, get more hands on with the quarterbacks, etc. And he decided not to. Here’s what will happen, in my opinion:

Richt will be hired as the next head coach at Miami, despite his past insistence that UGA would be his one and only coaching stop. And it’s all because of how this was handled by Greg McGarity, an embarrassment of an athletic director. It sure is sad to see Richt depart Georgia after a 9-3 record because what some say, he could not win the big games like Alabama and Florida

Competitive Cycling Wheels are Turn’n in Pullman Washington

The Sport of Competitive cycling is becoming more popular at the college level./Photo From Wikipedia.
The Sport of Competitive cycling is becoming more popular at the college level./Photo From Wikipedia.

For most people a bicycle is just transportation or some fun; it is much more , it’s a sport, a way of life. For members of the Washington State University club  cycling team it is a serous effort to keep the wheels turn in.

Ask someone what the most popular sport is in the world and chance are they will tell you soccer. Ask someone what the eleven most popular sport in the world is and the answers will probably be as varied as each person answer.

The truth is that the sport of cycling holds the eleven place ranking. Cycling in enjoys great popularity in Europe but to most Americans it remains an obscure sport. The LA Olympics payed   service to the sport’s popularity. Cycling was honored to be the opening event  of the games and not brought the USA its first gold medal but brought the sport needed exposure in this country.

Although many colleges and universities have cycling at the club level, there are only 13 full-fledged varsity cycling teams in the United States. These are teams that run under the auspices of the school’s athletic department and receive institutional support, including salaries for coaches and managers and a budget for travel and entry fees. Depending on the level of competition, (i.e., NCAA Division I, II, etc.) some even provide scholarships for student cyclist athletes.

There are only 13 USA Cycling-recognized varsity teams in the United States. Unlike cycling clubs, these teams are headed by licensed USA Cycling coaches and receive more funding from their respective schools. Not all have scholarships, but many do.

Washington State University has the only cycling completive team  in the Pacific Northwest You need to travel all the way to California before cycling becomes popular again as a college sport. The sport of cycling is a Club sport on the Pullman, Washington campus.

The Club has proven  successful since it was first establishes in the 1984-85 academic year. Currently some 35 members pay due to the club. Most are undergraduate but a smattering of faculty, graduate and high school students are also involved; The team is open to all interested person. Although co-ed., only one women is part of the club. The club is open to all individual who are interested.

 

 

 

Radio – The Movie Inspired By A True Story

If you consider yourself a sports fan, there are plenty of movies out there for you no matter your predilection. And because of this, there are plenty of marvelous films out there for fans of sports, and even the laziest person can fire up google and find a listing of the best sports movies ever made.

Radio is a 2003 film directed by Mike Tolin  based on the true 220px-Radio-movie_Posterstory of T.L. Hanna High School football coach Harold Jones played by (Ed Harris) and a mentally challenged young man James Effinhimer Robert “Radio” Kennedy with (Cuba Gooding Jr.) in the movie roll. Also starring Debbra Winger and Alfre Woodward,,   inspired by a 1996 Sports Illustrated article “Someone to Lean on” by Gary Smith. This movie filmed primarily in Walterboro, South Carlina, because its buildings and downtown areas still fit the look of the era the film depicted.

The film’s lead character, Radio,  based upon James Robert Effinhimer Kennedy (born October 14, 1946 in Anderson, South Carllinia. Kennedy grew up fascinated by radios. His nickname, Radio, was given to him by townspeople because of the radio he carried everywhere he went. He still attends T. L. Hanna High School and helps coach the football team and the basketball team. He is known to ask students before football games, “We gonna get that quarterback?”, and say “We gonna win tonight!” .[Citation nedeeded] ReelSports provided the football and basketball coordination for the film.

“Radio”, a 23-year-old young man living with intellectual disability, pushes a shopping cart along the streets daily. He is attracted to a high school football team, and passes by their practices on a near-daily basis. One day, the football flies outside the field near Radio, and Radio takes the ball, deaf to the demands of a student athlete on the other side of the fence to return it. Some time later, the team members lock Radio inside the gear shed, tied up. The team’s coach hears them throw balls at the shed, goes in and comforts Radio. Another day, meeting Radio at the streets, asks him to visit and help at training and then delivers Radio to his house, where Radio’s mother is introduced. It is also revealed that Radio has a brother named Walter, who does not live with them. Their father passed away a few years earlier.

Coach Jones begins spending more and more time with Radio, which concerns the fathers of many of the team members. In particular, one of the fathers, Frank Clay, suggests that the coach stop associating with Radio, as he views the boy as merely a distraction to his own son’s success. Coach Jones is resistant, and he later reveals to his daughter that this resistance was partly induced by an earlier incident during his childhood in which the Coach did not do anything to help a mentally disabled boy who was locked under a house.

Radio eventually takes classes in the high school, and it is clear that he never completed a formal education. After struggling, Radio eventually learns to read. Though well-liked by most of the students at school, Radio is still bullied by Johnny, the son of Frank, and his friends and Radio is tricked into entering the girls locker room. This triggers an incident with the school board that puts Radio’s ability to attend the high school at risk. However, Radio refuses to tell the Coach Jones who told him to do it, leading to Jones’ words, “You’re a better man than me Radio”. Coach Jones eventually figures out who told Radio to go into the girls locker room, and punishes Johnny for his actions by ordering him to sit out from the basketball team for an indefinite time. He tells Johnny that Radio never said a word about him, and Johnny latter begins to respect Radio and doubt his father’s impressions.

While distributing Christmas presents to nearly everyone in the town, Radio is questioned by a police officer as to where he got all the presents. Unable to communicate properly, Radio ends up getting arrested as the officer believes that Radio stole the presents when in fact they were presents given to Radio by the townspeople. He then roughly jails Radio. The officer, who left Radio crying in a cell, looks for his information. The other officers, taking pity on Radio after seeing him cry, release him and take him into the staff-room, watching a game of football together. Coach Jones soon arrives, releasing Radio. The offending officer is punished by having to spend the day with Radio to finish all the present deliveries. Some time later, Radio’s mother suddenly dies of a heart attack. Even with this immense trauma, Radio still manages to graduate from eleventh grade with the help from his coach, mainly because of the help and support from so many who had been kind to him in return for Radio’s own kindness. For the next years, Radio still attended the school. The film ends with clips of the real Radio who was in his 50s when the film was made.

Radio received generally unfavorable reviews. On review  Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 36% “Rotten” rating and holds a score of 38 out of 100 on Meta Critic. Common points of criticism included the excessively sentimental screenplay and music as well as the formulaic plot. However, the film found an audience, grossing $52,333,738 with a budget of about $35 million. Cuba Gooding Jr. earned a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Actor for his performance in the film but also an NAACP Image Award for best actor in a motion picture.