Can Georgia and GT basketball get back to relevancy?

The Midday Show
March 18, 2019 - 11:08 am
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Jon Chuckery and Randy Mac debate if GT or UGA basketball can be relevant again in the near future.

Georgia Tech basketball got hit with another set of recruiting violations from the NCAA involving two former assistant coaches under Josh Pastner. 

The Jackets missed out on the NCAA Tournament again this season and have only had above .500 seasons twice since the 1989-90 team. 

Both Jon Chuckery and Randy McMichael believe Tech basketball is a dying brand right now. 

“They were a sexy brand,” Jon said. “Going to McCamish (Pavilion) when Duke would come in or Carolina would come in; that was an event in this town. Now it’s like you’re going for every reason but what Georgia Tech is.”

If you go out to Athens, Georgia Bulldogs basketball is having the same problems getting back to the NCAA Tournament. Randy McMichael hates to say it but, right now, the Dawgs are a football school. They need to upgrade their basketball facilities in order to get the players they want. 

“What do we know about a lot of these kids nowadays? It’s all about the eye-test, the eye-candy,” Randy said talking about athletes wanting to go where the latest and greatest facilities are. 

Georgia also needs to start winning. They were 2-16 in SEC conference play this season. 

“When you got this kind of class, you got to win…it’s just not about getting into the SEC Tournament,” Randy said. “You got to compete when you’re in there.”

“Georgia needs to be an NCAA Tournament team,” Jon said of the expectations for Georgia. “If you’re going to bring in top flight kids, you’re going to have to capitalize while they’re on campus.”

For Georgia Tech, it’s the PR aspect. Pastner can’t have both: losing coupled with the violations. 

“If you’re going to cheat—you’re going to do these things—you gotta win,” Jon said.

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