Posted: 12:22 am Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Cremins: Tech making progress 

By Ken Sugiura

I ran into former Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins Friday afternoon. He was in the Greensboro Coliseum stands after the two games in the afternoon sessions, waiting for an ACC official to bring him a couple VIP passes.

He said he had been in the arena for Tech’s overtime loss to Clemson Thursday night and said he was “worn out” pulling for the Yellow Jackets. It’s not what you usually see from a former coach, particularly one whose tenure at that school did not end triumphantly.

“I love Georgia Tech,” he said. “It’s like my baby.”

Coach Brian Gregory has reached out to Cremins to be something of an unofficial ambassador for the program. Cremins gave his support of the team under Gregory.

“I think the future looks bright,” he said. “But it’s a tougher league than ever. I like Brian a lot and I’d really like to see him do well, but I know it’s tough.”

Particularly from a win-loss perspective, the Jackets’ season was not to anyone’s satisfaction, but Cremins urged patience.

“I feel like they’re making progress, absolutely,” he said.

Cremins, 66, looked well. He said he is scheduled to have knee replacement surgery in April – he has already had one – which will get him back out on the golf course.

As for the VIP passes, Cremins was as I’ve heard him to be, and consistent with my handful of interactions with him. As he was waiting, he wasn’t sure if he would be given the passes and appeared genuinely grateful when they were brought to him. Never mind that Cremins led Tech to three ACC tournament titles and will forever be a part of the league’s fabric.

I think if the official had come back and said, “Sorry, can’t help you,” Cremins would have been understanding.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised or impressed when the more elevated people in this business don’t act entitled, but I am. To remain so unassuming is a gift.

43 comments
Nightrider44
Nightrider44

@GT1971...The article to which you refer states that Cremins believes the program is making progress. I retorted that I don't see any progress in the last few years.  THAT is why I responded to the article.  It's a simple concept.  How insightful is that?

Nightrider44
Nightrider44

I see I created quite a stir from faithful tech fans. Good to see the ire pumping.  I still stand my ground. No NIT invite for the crappiest Tech team in years.  Don't see us recruiting well this year either, which makes next year also unbearable.  So, for all of your wisdom and acknowledgement please tell me that you are at least unhappy with the results of the past few years. Otherwise I'll just call you blind loyalist who have no concept of real value when watching your college team play.   No basketball or football purchases in our house until Tech finally puts a product on the field or court that is worthy to be worn.

jeffphillips
jeffphillips

@jacket66...The difference between coach K's first 3yrs and Gregory's is K was and still is a much better X's and O's coach and a better recruiter.

jacket66
jacket66

You Brian Bashers need to get your facts straight. His new recruits are 3&4 star. Carter and Georges-Hunt will be better next year and will stay in school. Sol. Poole was a 4-5 star that didn't work out and we were beset by injuries. Give CBG a chance. Coach K lost his first 3 years, would you have fired him. You guys are just bad fans.

buzzman47
buzzman47

Wish Cremins would tell Gregory to get a point guard for us!!  Hope Jorgenson is the man next year!


I don't think Heyard is the savior at point!

GT1971
GT1971

Bobby Cremins is an outstanding person and always represented Tech very well.  He is unassuming and makes time for those around him.


Nightrider44 - how does an article about Bobby Cremins end up with your trashing Tech?  Does that make you feel better or insightful?

Robert30
Robert30

Bobby is a good friend and a great coach. I wish he was coaching at Tech now. The program is almost at an all time low. Brian Gregory was a cheap hire due to Hewitt's contract. He was about to be let go at Dayton when Tech hired him. The program was going nowhere and the fans were upset, sound familiar? Coach Gregory hasn't been able to recruit at tech. The program is going downhill, we need change before the program gets so bad no one cares.

JeffersonDavisHogg
JeffersonDavisHogg

As a Dawg fan and in my late 40's, when I think of Tech athletics the first thing that comes to mind at that time is Bill Curry and Bobby Cremins. Two fine, classy men and and two fine coaches. I will never forget my trips to the Omni back in HS with my buddies who were GT fans to watch the UGA vs GT games. Wish they would agree to play that game in Atl again. Those were good times and good for the rivalry. I wouldnt give up on your HC as of yet. With a full deck of cards his team played pretty well the same as the Fox did at UGA this yr....

grh0317
grh0317

@NIightrider44.. The dawgs are the best team for you. They play in a soft SEC conference

and that should suit you and your kids. Be aware though, it is tough to get a good seat at 

Stegeman with more than 200 fans per game.. Go Jackets, they played two conference

games and went down in OT to Clemson.

David Garrard
David Garrard

It has been my pleasure to know Bobby for many years and you have him pegged correctly.  He is one of the kindest, humblest people I have ever known.  Although I am a nobody, he was always kind to me.  I will always remember the afternoon he invited me and my church basketball team (9-10 year old boys) to ride on the team bus to a shoot around at Rupp Arena and then let my kids out on the floor to run around and shoot with the Jackets before the workout started.

GTMan1949
GTMan1949

 Would have wished GT would have tried Noodles as the coach---he has New Mexico in the finals. Gregory is no ACC coach, Heyward is not a div.1 player, and why do you have a 7 footer screening at the top of the key instead of under the basket for a pass?

tripleoption3
tripleoption3

would of could of should of     thanks DRAD

tripleoption3
tripleoption3

You honestly do not think Coach Cremins would tell a reporter that Gregory is god awful would you?  Meanwhile, one of Cremins players, Craig Neal and his New Mexico Lobos are playing SDSU for the Mountain West Tournament championship right now and leads by 5 at the half.  Neal has a son on the team who is a freshman and a former high school all american.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

I met Bobby a few times back in the 80's - a great guy and a class act.

jeffphillips
jeffphillips

Tech will be horrendous next year and Gregory will be shown the door, the guy can't recruit at this level....@bigtimejacketfan. ...Lammers is rated 2*, Holsey was a 4* coming out of high school and Miller was rated 3*

crackbaby
crackbaby

Ken,

Thanks for sharing your experience with Coach Cremins.  Easily the most likeable guy in college basketball history.


How many coaches would resign to take another job, have a change of heart, ask for their old job back AND GET IT!   That's Bobby Cremins in a nutshell.  Even opposing fans (UGA, Duke, UNC) like him.

Jim70
Jim70

love Bobby!  hopefully he can help recruit a NYC point guard.  but not a glowing recommendation for CBG -'but I know it's tough'.


looks like we wont have players going early to the nba, kinda bittersweet - great not to lose them but then again, they are not the talent level of some of the other acc players we compete against.  but without our seniors this year, we wouldn't have won any acc games or out of conference ones.  experience does count.


could use a large European or African player, the other teams seem to find them so they are out there.  maybe even look to china, we do have a large Asian American contingent at tech, so not a stretch.  (or south America, their international teams are usually very good.)

mjpearl.
mjpearl.

Three titles in 1985, 1990, and 1993.

BigTimeJacketFan
BigTimeJacketFan

Well, if Cremins said it, I will go along with it.  Looking back, that son of a gun was really good.  Lets see what happens next year.


Jorgenson at the point, hopefully MGH and Bob will be even better, Bolden either gets better or Tadric takes his place, hopefully Lammers can handle the middle (he is a much higher recruit than either Miller or Holsey); Sampson's son (is he on the Lou Goza Scholarship?) and a plus twenty pounds Stephens helping in the middle, Heyward with some sort of offensive game, and maybe they can get the "playground" out of Poole's game for his senior season (unless he is going to join his brother somewhere).  Could work.  They need to go to Croatia and find a 7', 250 lb. guy.  Go Jackets!

HarveyPooka
HarveyPooka

Bobby, at 66, hard to believe (then again, I've passed 60 so time does march on).  I agree with Coach.  Foundation for growth with good results is in place; and I don't think he was just blowing smoke and being politically correct in statements.  That is not his style.   Also agree with Ken's comments, in that Coach will always be entrenched in the fabric of the ACC.

GTBee
GTBee

Love Cremins!!!   Laughed though when he said he was 'worn out' by watching Tech.  Welcome to the club!   But coaches are all in the same fraternity.  What would you expect him to say?   That Tech is awful and the coach is awful?   He would never, ever say that.  But, that does not mean it isn't the truth.   Tech IS awful and the coach IS awful.

JacketsandOs
JacketsandOs

@jacket66  Cremins had a losing record his first 3 years as well.  Years 4 and 5 were where Coach K and Cremins turned it around.  Hewitt left the program in a very bad place.

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

@JeffersonDavisHogg  I see your name. I'm in my early 60's and a Tech grad. In case you don't know it, Georgia Tech was founded by two confederate veterans. Maybe you should switch to a Tech fan.

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

@GTMan1949  Craig "Noodles" Neal was a solid bring it down the court guard for Tech. I used to watch him play for Tech on tv in Atl. He reminded me of Maravich. He probably tried to get the HC job but asked for too high a salary for the HC job. Heyward is just a Freshman, but he has a muscular build which will help. It's Carter that's lousy. He tries to gun it from the three point range, and misses, while Golden makes them from there. Carter tries to shoot unaimed shots from holding the ball too low down near the court, then springing up with an unaimed shot while being guarded. He's looking lousy as a shooter, definitely no Trae Golden. Miller as the 7 footer will be gone after the season as a Senior.

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

@GTMan1949  b/c a 7 footer screens, then dishes off on a give, and rolls under the basket wide open for a dunk, a give and roll, Tech executed it with Miller dishing it off at top of key, drew opposing team to one side when they knew team was playing man on man by having players go to one side, really clever play, besides, what if 7 footer gets called for 3 seconds in the lane?

GTMan1949
GTMan1949

  jackeee, I agree with you 100%.

GTMan1949
GTMan1949

 Same here, he is a class act.

SvenOttke
SvenOttke

@jeffphillips You couldn't be more wrong.  Lammers is a 3* and ranked the #19 C in the nation.  Has offers from Stanford, Ks St, Mq, Mia, T A&M, Baylor and Ok St.

Tadric Jackson is a 4* with offers from virtually every D1 program in the Southeast and will probably be Mr. Georgia Basketball.

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

@jeffphillips  CPJ is the one who should be shown the door b/c when he's shown the shotgun clinic right before his eyes on the Tech sidelines he's as blind as a bat to it...MTSU blowout at Tech, 20 to 0 lead against Georgia and blows it, NC State and Russell Wilson put on a shotgun clinic at BD and CPJ is oblivious to it, CPJ got the flu one season, he allows female fb powder puff pink to be worn on breast cancer days which Tech has won only maybe one game wearing, if that

GTMan1949
GTMan1949

 Jeff, I am in agreement with you totally.

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

@Jim70 How about using another large Haitian similar to bearded Yvonne Joseph banging it under the basket for offensive rebounds like Joseph did?

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@BigTimeJacketFan

I think you mean the Lee Goza Scholarship - he is a basketball player not a place kicker.

I remember the cheer well - "Spit on him Lee"

BearCasey
BearCasey

@GTBee GT lost in overtime to Clemson who lost to Duke by one.  That is NOT "awful."  You must be VERY young.


Nightrider44
Nightrider44

@GTBee GTBee.  I have to agree with you. This team is sad ad I'm tired from watching them. As a matter of fact, I didn't even watch the Clemson game. I've got better things to do.  Just not happy with the program in the last 8 years and have gotten to the point that I just don't care. Won't be spending my money on GT Football or Basketball even though I have young kids who would really like to go.  It pains me to say it, but I'd rather take them to a Ga. Bulldogs game. At least the atmosphere is fun and they are a good team to watch.

leegoza
leegoza

It was a great strategy at the time. We may need to go back to it if we can't find an offense next year.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@BearCasey

I don't think the word you are looking for is "young" - more like "immature" or "childish"

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

@Nightrider44 @GTBee  I wouldn't watch a Georgia game if the moon turned blue since I can't stand dogs. I also can't stand the Tech head fb coach, he is fooling everybody connected with Tech but not some, including me. His disregard of normal shotgun clinics put on right before his eyes is proof he is suckering many in the Tech Athletic Administration.

BearCasey
BearCasey

@Nightrider44 @GTBee I've been a GT fan since 1960 through thick and thin.  It would be nice if you took your kids to Disney World and had some fun.  Georgia Tech does not need "fans" like you who would even consider switching allegiance to the Dawgs.

YesIamapirate
YesIamapirate

@Nightrider44 @GTBee  


Athens sound like the right place for you. Don't let the door hit your butt on the way out.

Take Radar123 with you please. Say KMA to Banning/WnE when you see him for me.


AMF!

ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

Yea, I get the idea NightRider is also a Cowboys, Yankees, & Lakers fan(at least the years they are good). Bandwagoness at it's best.