Monday, January 10, 2005

Hewitt Sends Message - and a history lesson

You may have missed it, but check out this quote from Coach Hewitt after the UVA game the other night:

"I probably shouldn't say this, but, Not bad for a team that doesn't play hard. We're battling an awful lot of stuff right now in terms of injuries. Isma'il is a little banged up, Will's a little banged up, but the one thing I don't think anybody should ever question with this group is how hard they play and how much heart they play with . When we play unselfishly, we're good. We may not be good every night, but these guys leave it out there. People didn't expect an awful lot out of these guys when they arrived on campus, and they've worked hard to become one of the best teams in the country. They do it with work." COACH HEWITT

So what was he referring to? Most likely the recent column by Mark Bradley (aka Bark Madley) questioning the Jacket's work ethic. Tell 'em Coach.

Has there ever been a hometown newspaper that provide so little support for the hometeam?

Speaking of this, have you ever wondered why the Macon Telegraph has HANDS DOWN the best coverage of the Jackets of any paper? How about this for some trivia - Georgia Tech was actually founded as a result of a conversation between two former confederate veterans - Nathaniel Edwin Harris, a prominent lawyer from Macon, and Major JF Hanson, a manufacturer.

Back in May of 1882 these guys agreed that the state of Georgia needed a technical school. Harris became the author of a law establishing the school and later governor of the state. He ran for the 1882 legislature on the issue of needing a technical school and had the endorsement and editorial support of the MACON TELEGRAPH & MESSANGER, which was managed at the time by none-other than Hanson. Turns out that the Macon Telegraph & Messanger began an editorial campaign for a technical school, using some very prominent writers. Other state papers followed later, including the Atlanta Constitution.

Once approved, the discussion of the location for the school included a spot in Macon, one in Athens, Atlanta, Penfield (which offered the old buildings of Mercer U), and the ciy of Milledgeville. Well, we know how it ended up, but it gives some new light to the link between Macon and Georgia Tech and even more strongly with the Macon Telegraph.

So now you know. For a little history on the Macon Telegraph, click here.