published Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

5-at-10: Stay classy everyone and the best UTC coaches of all-time

Gang, remember the mailbag — we have a spot or two open today.

From the "Talks too much" studios, you stay classy Chattanooga.

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    Miami Marlins pitcher Jacob Turner (33) and Donovan Solano fist bump after Turner scores against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Atlanta.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

You stay classy A-T-L

Man, the Braves are streaky. Sometimes they play like they have a bunch of leather-bound books and their locker room smells of rich mahogany. Sometimes they play like they have eaten an entire wheel of cheese and are trapped in a glass case of emotion.

So it goes.

Last night, the enigma that is Mike Minor continued to puzzle on-lookers and everyone else who believes, a) Minor should be a top-of-the-rotation guy and b) Milk was a poor choice.

The good: Jason Heyward knocked in three runs and had two of the Braves' three hits with runners in scoring position. After spending the first month of the season under the .200-mark, Heyward has moved to .258 on the year. Nice job.

The bad: Minor and his 5.32 ERA is a tough one. Dude was a first-round pick, and the left-hander has great promise. Or is it fool's gold. He routinely makes mistakes in big spots (10 hits and six earned in three innings?). He's the modern version of Derek Lowe in the sense that he's either seven sterling innings or get the bullpen up in the second inning. All or nothing, and way too much of the latter for someone who should have a bunch of the former.

The Uggla: Tommy La Stella, the kid who replaced Danny Struggla, is now hitting .287 — best among Braves starters. Go figure.

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You stay classy, Bristol

As the SEC coaches make the turns around the ESPN campus, two things became ever-clear Tuesday.

First, do not not get into a war of words with Steven Orr Spurrier, who is the Ali of college football coaches. He's a bad man and he can talk the talk. (Quick Rushmore of All-Time trash-talkers: Spurrier, Bird, Ali and Prime Time is a starting point.) His latest target is Dabo Swinney, the Clemson coach who has a definite love-hate relationship with Spurrier, in that we believe Spurrier loves the fact Swinney hates him.

Second, Nick Saban said national title talk is "unrealistic" for Alabama because of the unknown at quarterback. WHAT? Unrealistic? Nick, c'mon man. We get that you are a college football coach — a great one mind you, one of the best ever — but statements like that are the reason people shake their heads when college football coaches go into their spiels about "Any given Saturday" and "taking it one day, play, game..." and the rest.

Unrealistic? Alabama will be no worse than preseason No. 4 in the polls and was an overwhelming choice to win the SEC.

Unrealistic? If we were to look at the internal memo or ask the Alabama players what goal No. 1 is for the season, do you think it says, "1) Compete to be in the top half of the SEC West." We're betting that's not real high on the sight line.

Please. Unrealistic? It's Alabama, and when you're average recruiting ranking is 1.5 over the last five years, the reality is national championship goals are in play every year, regardless who's playing QB.

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You stay classy college hoops

We can all look and wonder about the power shifts and powerful stances the movers and shakers from the big-boy conferences are making as they take the rounds at various conference media days.

We know they want more autonomy and are holding the NCAA hostage in a less-than-subtle attempt to reshape the system.

That's the art of negotiation from one view; it's borderline extortion from another.

Here's another tactic that could greatly alter the future of college basketball.

A year after Dante Exum parlayed a season Down Under into being a lottery pick, the Class of 2015's best point guard prospect, Emmanuel Mudiay, is shunning college and will play in China before entering the NBA draft.

He is not the first to try this — Brandon Jennings did it in 2008 and was still drafted No. 10 overall after some oversea struggles.

But, Mudiay is braving a new frontier. China basketball is long on cash and short on stars and making a recognizable U.S. player a center piece makes sense.

And with the changing dynamics of the college sports experience, if Mudiay succeeds the completely fractured college hoops/NBA draft process may have taken another massive body blow.

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This and that

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    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling, right, sits with his wife, Rochelle, during a Clippers NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles in this 2010 file photo.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

— You stay classy Philadelphia. Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee ended his postgame interview by breaking wind.

— You stay classy, Mrs. 5-at-10. Reason No. 14,385 why we're a lucky fellow: Last night over a cocktail, we're discussing random events and referenced long odds and the Mrs. 5-at-10 drops the "If he's struck by a bolt of lightning, then I'm going to blame some of the people in this room, and that I can not forgive," from the Godfather. Well-played indeed.

— You stay classy, Sterling. Dude is suing everyone in L.A. County for crying out loud. He's a lawyer's dream.

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Today's question

We are giving away She Expo tickets on Press Row this week. And, yes, it may seem like an odd audience to be interested in She Expo tickets, but we believe that a) we have a growing number of female listeners and b) if you guys can offer an afternoon of smiles for the significant other you may be able to find your way to the golf course or to the fishing hole or what have you.

We're not only giving away the chance to go to the She Expo, we're giving away happiness. And who does that any more? It may just be the Candyman and the 5-at-10 for all we know.

We gave away four sets of tickets for the callers that gave the best suggestions for the Rushmore of Moms on yesterday's Press Row. The winners were Mother Theresa, Kevin Durant's mom, Carol Brady and "Momma Said Knock You Out" by L.L. Cool James. Narrowly missing the cut were Marge Simpson, "Stacey's Mom" and a slew of other great ideas.

We will be giving away tickets again today for the right answers to the following Rushmore: In the Southern Conference era, what is the all-time Rushmore of UTC coaches in all sports.

Go.

about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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jgreeson said...

Sorry about the early mix-up. Comments are now open.

July 23, 2014 at 10:53 a.m.
jgreeson said...

From friend of the show MT (who tried to post earlier but could not) —

Still covering the SEC but the SoCon media days are happening as we type, is the CTFP there representing?

UTC Coaches in order in SoCon history: Murray Arnold, Mack McCarthy and Wes Moore tied, and Joe Morrison. Honorable mentions to Colette Murray and Mark Guhne. Never forget the men's golf team under Coach Guhne reached number one in the polls, that is all schools, including Oklahoma St, Sanford, etc. The men's golf team is the only Mocs team ever in Div I to be ranked number one in the nation. Wrestling has been great, but there has been a list of coaches who took the job and won the conference, so no one coach stands out.

Your list of "mothers" was clearly slanted towards today's crop of mothers. It's a generational issue obviously, but any list of mothers that doesn't have June Clever on it must be brought into question.

Hey JoMo11, notice one of your McCallie brethren is rowing for the US of A in the World Under 23 Championships. What is your take on the state of crew and rowing with respect to the athletes we have representing us?

July 23, 2014 at 10:55 a.m.
Stewwie said...

Hard to argue with MT's picks. The only other name I'd throw out there is Frank Reed. 13 seasons with the Mocs with 7 conference titles. Not bad at all.

[And with the changing dynamics of the college sports experience, if Mudiay succeeds the completely fractured college hoops/NBA draft process may have taken another massive body blow.]

I doubt he'll stay in China more than a year. Especially if he remains a projected lottery pick in next year's draft. I think situations like this will remain the exception and not the rule for the foreseeable future. Not everyone is willing to leave the USA to play overseas. They'd rather stay here and play for Coach Cal or Coach K for a year instead.

July 23, 2014 at 11:41 a.m.
MocTastic said...

Stewwie, agree with Frank Reed getting an honorable mention. Although, his resume does have that end of season mess from a year ago...

Plus, upon reflection I put Wes Moore in second alone and drop Coach Mack to third. One could argue Wes belongs in first, but in today's world women's sports still do not have the importance that men's sports do. I had Mack in a tie previously due to the Sweet Sixteen run.

I am moving Coach Guhne into fifth place alone, not only have the Mocs won the SoCon quite often under him, he was the coach of Steven Fox who won the US National Amateur and gave the school lots of positive exposure.

July 23, 2014 at 12:21 p.m.
jgreeson said...

The UTC Rushmore of all-time coaches as picked by the Press Row listeners and hosts:

Wes Moore, Murray Arnold, Jim Morgan and Mark Guhne

Thanks for everyone's help.

July 23, 2014 at 6:22 p.m.
MocTastic said...

Jim Morgan had many of his great years prior to UTC being in the SoCon.....

July 24, 2014 at 8:50 a.m.
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