THE TEN AT 10:
1. Jacob Park’s destination remains unknown, but don’t expect him to land with Mike Bobo at Colorado State.
That seems to be a popular guess early on, seeing how Bobo recruited Park and coached him at Georgia. But while Bobo could use some quarterback help in Fort Collins, the Rams’ situation has settled down considerably.
First of all, they got some pretty good performances out of their two young signal-callers in the spring game. Redshirt sophomore Nick Stevens threw for 438 yards and four touchdowns and redshirt freshman Coleman Key added 337 yards and another two scores.
And Colorado State already has a quarterback from South Carolina on the way. Collin Hill (6-4, 205) of Roebuck, S.C. High committed to the Rams last month.
Greyson Lambert actually would have made more sense for Bobo and Colorado State. In fact, the former Virginia quarterback contacted the Rams first when he was contemplating a transfer. But that was before he was able to gauge Georgia’s interest, which obviously was high.
As for Park, he’s still not answering calls or messages, but junior college seems a likely destination. And there has been a lot of smoke around Virginia Tech, either now or eventually. Stay tuned.
2. If you’re not a hardcore tennis fan, the recent resignation of Will Glenn as Georgia’s associate head coach of men’s tennis might not have caught your attention. But Glenn leaving is a big deal.
Why? Because in all likelihood, he was going to succeed Manny Diaz as the Bulldogs’ head coach. Of course, one can never be sure. But the late, great Dan Magill used to introduce him by saying, “have you met Georgia’s next head tennis coach?”
Glenn, an Athens native, was part of five national championships as a player and a coach. He spent 15 years with the Bulldogs, including the last 10 as Diaz’s top assistant.
But Glenn sort of quietly stepped away, with UGA announcing his resignation in a one-page new release this past Friday. It said only that Glenn was “pursuing other opportunities.”
Glenn told me Monday that he plans to assist his father, Mike Glenn, in running the family business. Select Trees is a wholesale tree nursery and distributor in Bishop.
“It’s time to help my dad and learn that business,” Glenn said. “I’ve been wanting to do that for a while.”
The timing is not arbitrary. Glenn’s mother, Kay Glenn, died last year after a tough battle with brain cancer. “That had a lot to with it,” Glenn said.
Glenn’s departure didn’t catch Diaz off guard. They had discussed it a lot that last several weeks.
“It was tough to leave,” Glenn said. “My gosh, working at the University of Georgia and at the Dan Magill Complex with all the history around that place? It was a very difficult decision. But it’s been 10 years. It’s time to do something else.”
Glenn knows there was “definitely was a chance” he would’ve been Georgia’s next head coach.
“I talked to Manny about it a good bit,” Glenn said. “I think he’ll get somebody great in and we’ll be in good shape.”
A national search is under way.
3. It was good to see Todd Gurley get his payday. The former Georgia star inked with the St. Louis Rams this past week for $13.8 million. That included an $8.3 million signing bonus.
Now the question is what the Rams can expect to get out of Gurley this year. And by all indications, there will be a return.
According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Gurley could be ready to go by as early as the second week of training camp. If that’s the case, Gurley will be back in action just nine months after suffering an ACL tear.
It’s been done before. Adrian Peterson came back from an ACL tear in that amount of time and was able to rush for a career-high 2,097 yards.
If anybody can do it, it’s Gurley. And now he knows he has a nice little nest egg set aside.
4. The next in the “Next Generation” series I’ve been working on is on offensive lineman Sam Madden of Barnegat, N.J. The way the 6-foot-6, 330-pound offensive lineman ended up at Georgia is a very interesting story.
In a nutshell, Madden was a longtime Wisconsin commitment. But between a coaching change and a hold up in admissions, Madden found himself unsure whether his scholarship was going to be honored a few weeks before national signing day.
Well, the Maddens weren’t going to take any chances. So they asked their primary recruiter for Wisconsin, Thomas Brown, whether he could get them in touch with Georgia’s Mark Richt. Brown did, of course, and a couple of weeks later, not only was Madden committed to the Bulldogs, but so was Brown. He accepted a position as Georgia’s running backs coach two weeks after national signing day.
5. Once again, UGA will have one of the largest representations in a professional golf tournament.
Thanks to Kevin Kisner squeaking in due to world-ranking exemption this past week, the Bulldogs will have eight representatives in the field for the U.S. Open. Kisner sat out the past couple of weeks and did not play due to an ailing back. He was ranked 57th at the time and actually moved up to 55 during his brief hiatus. The top 60 in the world get an exemption in the field
So Kisner will join amateur Lee McCoy and six other UGA professionals, in the 156-player field at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Wash. The other Bulldogs are Erik Compton, Brian Harman, Russell Henley, Chris Kirk, Brendon Todd and Bubba Watson.
6. McCoy, a rising senior at UGA, continues to play extremely well of late. After qualifying for U.S. Open by shooting 13-under in 36 holes at Hawks Ridge in Ball Ground last week, McCoy flew up to Chicago and helped the United States win the Palmer Cup.
McCoy earned 1.5 points in Ryder Cup-style event for collegians, which Team USA won 18-12. He and Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans defeated Thomas Detry and Jon Rahm 4&3 in the foursomes competition. McCoy overcame a three-hole deficit with three to play, including birdies on Nos. 17 and 18, to halve his singles match with Rahm.
McCoy was the ninth Bulldog to play for the United States Palmer Cup squad. The others are Nick Cassini, Adam Mitchell, Ryan Hybl, Michael Morrison, Compton, Harman, Henley and Kirk.
7. Janet Harris was well supported when she was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame this past weekend in Knoxville. Among the UGA contingent that attended was coach Andy Landers, former teammates Teresa Edwards, Susie Gardner, Wanda Holloway, Rhonda Malone and Lisa O’Connor, former assistant coach John Sewell and former sports information director Norm Reilly.
Harris was one of the first truly great players in the “modern era” of women’s basketball. She was the nation’s top-rated prep prospect in 1981 when she chose to attend Georgia, then a fledgling program. Harris went on to become the first women’s basketball player in NCAA history to record 2,500 points and 1,250 rebounds. She finished her career with 2,641 points and 1,398 rebounds.
Those marks remain as the Lady Bulldogs’ all-time records by a wide margin three decades later despite a long list of UGA All-Americans who have come through.
“Not one of our players has been able to seriously challenge them and only a handful of players in the entire country have matched them,” Landers said. “Janet Harris was our first great player and she made it cool for other great players to come to Georgia.”
8. It’s almost time for “Countdown to Kickoff.”
Once again, the annual UGA football fan festival, hosted by former Bulldogs Matt and Jon Stinchcomb and David Greene, will be held at Sanford Stadium. It’s slated for Saturday, July 11, from noon-3 p.m. Tickets are $25 apieice or $75 for a family pack. All proceeds will benefit the Georgia Transplant Foundation and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Sign up at ugakickoff.com.
As always, the Georgia football team will be on hand to take pictures and sign autographs, as will be tons of former Bulldogs.
9. Several members of Georgia’s football team will be making their annual visit to “Camp Sunshine” in Rutledge on Wednesday. Each year the Bulldogs take a contingent to Camp Twin Lakes There there where they will interact with children affected by cancer. Another group of Bulldogs and head coach Mark Richt will be visiting again on June 24.
Scheduled to be there Wednesday are Collin Barber, Jeb Blazevich, Lorenzo Carter, Trent Frix, Jake Ganus, Jordan Jenkins, Hunter Long, Shaun McGee, Marshall Morgan, Brice Ramsey and Isaiah Wynn.
10. This & that: Georgia crowned two individual national champions and got a fifth-place finish from its women’s team at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., this past weekend. Georgia’s Keturah Orji became the first freshman to win the women’s triple jump title. Her effort 46 feet, 5 ¼ inches on her second try won by more than two feet. Earlier in the meet, Georgia junior Maicel Uibo won his second outdoor decathlon in a row. … Former Lady Bulldog Angel Robinson posted team-high efforts of 18 points and eight rebounds to lead Montenegro to an 84-71 victory over Ukraine in EuroBasket competition on Sunday.