Timberwolves select Georgia guard Anthony Edwards with No. 1 pick

Originally posted on Hoops Rumors | By Luke Adams | Last updated 11/18/20

The Timberwolves have selected Georgia guard Anthony Edwards with the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. The selection was first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The Wolves were on the phone discussing potential trade scenarios right down to the wire, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Ever since Minnesota won the lottery in August, there was a belief that the team preferred to trade down and pick up extra assets, but it seems as if a favorable deal never materialized.

In Edwards, the Wolves will add a shooting guard to a core that features big man Karl-Anthony Towns and point guard D’Angelo Russell.

In his first and only college season, Edwards averaged 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.8 assists on .402/.2.94/.772 shooting in 32 games (33.0 minutes) for the Bulldogs.

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Week 5 College Football Preview

Written by Bud Elliot at SB Nation.com

Every college football media outlet has its own version of a pick ’em. SB Nation’s will focus on only the biggest games of the week. Here are the rules:

  • We will pick the winner of all games between ranked (AP Poll) teams, but if there are not enough such games in a given week, we will throw in a game or two of note, so we are always picking at least three games per week.
  • Players must assign a confidence rating from 1 to 10 points with each pick. If they win, they get the points added to their weekly and season total. If they lose, the points are subtracted. Yes, a player can choose the same confidence number for each game, and yes, this could result in some hilariously poor scores.

This week we have four such games.

The average points wagered this week is 24, a pretty confident slate. Michigan was the most heavily wagered selection, with 17 of 18 picks and 142 points. The Louisville at Clemson game featured only a combined 67 points wagered.

Week 4’s champion was Steven Godfrey, with 20 points. Our other participants are Dan Rubenstein, Matt Brown, Morgan Moriarty, Alex Kirshner, Jason Kirk, Jeanna Thomas, Richard Johnson, Sarah Hardy, Luke Zimmermann, Spencer Hall , Bill Connelly, Brian Floyd, Ryan Nanni, Wescott Eberts, myself, and, Rodger Sherman.

No. 7 Stanford at No. 10 Washington

The winner of this game takes a huge step forward in the Pac-12 North race after Oregon was shown to be nothing special.

No. 11 Tennessee at No. 25 Georgia

Can Tennessee handle success after coming back to dominate Florida? Can Georgia get off the mat after getting blown out by Ole Miss?

No. 8 Wisconsin at No. 4 Michigan

Can Wisconsin upset Michigan State and Michigan in back-to-back weeks?

No. 3 Louisville at No. 5 Clemson

Louisville has been the more impressive team to date, but Clemson may break out Deshaun Watson’s wheels more than it has been willing to do to date.

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Best Early Season CFB Games To Watch

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The college football season ended with Alabama claiming the national championship, and with it came sports’ cruelest offseason: 229 days without anything more than spring football and press conferences.

The season rarely begins with a bang. In most seasons, the first week is a cupcake-riddled romp for the top programs, a chance for the teams at the top of the polls to get their feet wet and preserve an undefeated record until at least Week 2.

That’s not the case in 2016. Whether it be the effect of the College Football Playoff committee’s alleged emphasis on strength of schedule or the simple economics of big neutral-site games (little of both!), the first full week of the 2016 season might be the strongest in recent college football history.

As many as 15 potentially ranked teams are scheduled to face Power 5 opponents, with three gigantic games turning Sept. 3 into an early New Year’s Day. And this all comes after the prior weekend’s mini-opener of Cal vs. Hawaii in Australia and Charleston Southern at North Dakota State.

Thursday, Sept. 1

A bunch of games!

Nothing too special, but a bunch of games! Appalachian State-Tennessee (7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network) might be the best!

Friday, Sept. 2

Kansas State at No. 11* Stanford (9 ET, FS1)

Stanford returns must-watch Heisman Trophy runner-up Christian McCaffrey. Bill Snyder, a crafty non-conference scheduler during his decorated tenure at Kansas State, begins what could be his final season on the road against a near-certain preseason top-five opponent.

Colorado vs. Colorado State headlines another list of games elsewhere.

Saturday, Sept. 3

No. 3* Oklahoma vs. No. 12* Houston
NRG Stadium, Houston (Noon ET, ABC)

You have to hand it to the Sooners. They already play one neutral-site game against a Texas-based opponent in Dallas, a game that nearly knocked them out of the 2015 Playoff. They’ve added a second in 2016, against the Group of Five’s most potent opponent. Tom Herman’s Cougars won the Peach Bowl, and a win against mighty Oklahoma would vault Houston into the national conversation early enough to make serious waves.

No. 6* LSU vs. Wisconsin
Lambeau Field, Green Bay (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC)

The anticipated College GameDay game? LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron once said SEC recruiting planes don’t fly north, but Orgeron and his Tigers will fly almost to Canada to take on the Badgers in one of football’s most historic venues. The Tigers look like a top-10 outfit, with potential Heisman Trophy favorite Leonard Fournette and a head coach playing with house money.

No. 24* UCLA at Texas A&M (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS)

In 2015, Texas A&M derailed Arizona State’s promising season before it started. The Aggies will try to do the same against a UCLA that returns a solid nucleus and should be ranked highly. This is also a matchup of coaches who were riding high three seasons ago but are beginning to feel some pressure, and A&M just hired away UCLA’s offensive coordinator.

No. 20* North Carolina vs. No. 22* Georgia
Georgia Dome, Atlanta (5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Welcome to the hot seat, Kirby Smart. Your first task: Shutting down a North Carolina offense that returns seven starters and averaged 487 yards and 41 points per game in 2015.

The task might be even more difficult for Larry Fedora, who has to break in a new quarterback while trying to break a slump: North Carolina has lost three of its last four openers against FBS opponents.

No. 2* Alabama vs. No. 19* USC
AT&T Stadium, Arlington (8 p.m. ET, ABC)

The defending national champions, still loaded for bear, against yet another absurdly talented USC roster. Lane Kiffin against his old team.

The Crimson Tide rolled Wisconsin in the same venue to start 2015 and have won neutral-site opening games against Power 5 opponents in each of the last four seasons by an average of 18 points. Welcome to life as a head coach, Clay Helton.

No. 1* Clemson at Auburn (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)

The second leg of the de facto ACC-SEC Challenge will play out on The Plains, featuring the 2015 national runner-up. Auburn might have too much talent to slip for a second consecutive season, but there’s little doubt Gus Malzahn will watch Deshaun Watson and wonder what might have been had he signed with the other Tigers.

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Mark Richt Belongs at Miami

Written by Davis Leach at The Sports Quotient

Time finally ran out on Mark Richt.

After 15 years, the University of Georgia decided to cut ties with their head football coach.

Richt, despite being let go, had a very successful tenure in Athens. He left the Bulldogs with a 9-3 record this year. It was a record all too familiar for Georgia, and the losses weighed heavier than the wins.

Still, his 145 wins with the Bulldogs is the 5th-most among active FBS coaches. He averaged over nine wins per season.

However, Richt was never able to lead a team to college football’s biggest stage, the National Championship Game. Season after season, Richt’s teams seemed to fall just short.

Now, Richt heads to Miami for a fresh start.

On paper, it seems like a great hire for the Hurricanes. There’s little reason to believe that Richt’s coaching success at Georgia won’t translate well to Miami. His Georgia teams never reached their full potential, but they were competitive nearly every year.

Richt also brought stellar recruiting classes into Athens year after year, and will likely continue to do so given his new location in talent-rich South Florida.

On top of that, Richt has connections with the university, as he played quarterback there from 1979-1982.

Despite all of this, it is easy to question if Richt’s personality is the right fit for the Hurricanes. The flashy style that helped put Miami on the map does not fit the profile of the modest Richt.

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Smart Era Set to Begin at Georgia

Written by Daniel Taylor at Total Sports Live

The hunt for Mark Richt’s successor at the University of Georgia is finally over. UGA was the premier job on the table after Louisiana State University decided to keep Les Miles on staff, and even if they had fired Miles it would have been a premier job. Spots at UGA, LSU, and the other Southeastern Conference schools are rarely open. So when Kirby Smart finally got his offer to leave the University of Alabama and return home to UGA (he played at Georgia from 1995-98), he jumped on it.

There has been speculation that Smart would wait out Nick Saban’s retirement at Alabama; he was reportedly the coach in waiting. However, that option was one Smart finally bypassed the wait-it-out approach and jumped on his opportunity to become a head coach finally. After all, Saban could remain at ‘Bama for quite a few years still.

The deal isn’t official yet and could still fall through in the eleventh hour I suppose. However, it seems all but official. Smart will remain the defensive coordinator at Alabama for one final game, the SEC Championship this weekend. It’ll likely be announced Sunday or Monday that Smart is officially the new head ball coach between the hedges in Athens, Georgia.

So what does this all mean?

First, Smart inherits a great gig. Mark Richt averaged nearly 10-wins per season throughout his 15-year career with Georgia. The Dawgs are routinely a top school when it comes to recruiting and routinely produce NFL talent. However, Richt was never able to shine in the big moments. He won the SEC East five times, including back-to-back wins in 2002 and 2003, and 2011 and 2012.

In Richt’s second year, 2002, the team went 13-1 with its lone loss to Florida (another problem we will address) and beat the University of Arkansas 30-3 in the SEC Championship. Georgia missed out on the BCS title game simply because Ohio State University and the University of Miami were both undefeated.

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Kirby Smart: Possibly the Next Mark Richt, Probably the Next Will Muschamp

Written by Terry P. Johnson at The Comeback

How quickly things change.

At Mark Richt’s farewell presser on Monday, Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said the school was going to use search firm to find its next head coach.

Less than 48 hours later, it appears UGA has its man. According to Chip Towers of AJC.com, the school has hired Alabama defensive coordinator and former Dawg defensive back Kirby Smart to succeed Richt.

A formal announcement could come as soon as Sunday, after Alabama plays the SEC Championship Game against Florida.

I’ll be honest: this is a poorly thought-out hire. Sure, Smart may eventually become the next Nick Saban, Bill Belichick, or Larry Kehres (look up the name). However, he’s not what the school needs right now.

Let’s go back to the reason(s) Mark Richt was fired. Despite posting an excellent win-loss record (.739), the UGA brass was upset because Richt wasn’t beating ranked opponents and wasn’t competing for championships on a regular basis.

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Georgia Should Be Careful What It Wishes for in Firing the Under-Appreciated Mark Richt

Written by Terry P. Johnson at The Comeback

There’s an old adage that goes, “be careful of what you wish for because you just might get it.”

That’s what happened in Athens, Georgia, on Sunday.

Despite finishing with a 9-3 record – which is no small accomplishment considering that Dawgs lost their top running back midway through the season – the University of Georgia decided to part ways with Mark Richt.

I used the term “parted ways” because there’s some dispute about whether Richt resigned or was actually fired.

Regardless of who made the decision, the outcome is disappointing. As I’d written earlier in the season, Mark Richt was the right man to lead the Georgia football program.

Make no mistake about it: Richt was one of the most successful coaches in school history. In his 15 seasons ‘Tween the Hedges, he guided the Dawgs to a 145-51 record, five berths in the SEC Championship Game, and two conference championships. He ranks second in school history in wins (145) and third in winning percentage (.740). His win-loss percentage ranks sixth among active head coaches with more than 10 years of experience, trailing only Urban Meyer (.850), Chris Petersen (.815), Bob Stoops (.799), Nick Saban (.762), and Gary Patterson (.751).

Yet, he’s no longer the head coach at Georgia.

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Mark Richt Is out at Georgia: 9-3 Isn’t Always What It Seems to Be

Written by Matt Zemek at The Comeback

A year ago at this very time — following Thanksgiving weekend — Bo Pelini’s run at Nebraska was felt to be on its last legs. This turned out to be true primarily because of the friction Pelini created within the Nebraska athletic department. However, there was always a strong case to make that Pelini deserved to be fired on the merits.

“But he won nine games,” his defenders said. That’s a reasonable argument to make, I should clarify. It’s certainly valid and legitimate and worth taking into consideration.

What I like to stress, however, in a discussion of win totals is the composition of opponents on a given schedule.

For years, I have tried to make the point that a given record should not be automatically assigned a given degree of importance, the exception being 13-0. If you do that, you’ve done something special, even if you played a comparatively weak slate of opponents.

It seems to me that of all the win totals which generate the most debate and discussion, 9-3 seems to be the No. 1 seed of “controversial records” in college football. That’s a .750 winning percentage, and it conveys the outward appearance of strength.

Yet, if you look under the hood, you’ll see in many cases that 9-3 (or 9-4 after a bowl game) can be arrived at without too many accomplishments of note. Such was the case with Pelini on multiple occasions in Nebraska.

His 2014 season — also his last one in Lincoln — offers a perfect example.

Nebraska defeated an FCS team; Florida Atlantic; no-longer-good Fresno State; and an okay-but-not-great Miami (Fla.) team out of conference. The Huskers then beat Illinois; a not-good version of Northwestern; Rutgers, Purdue, and Iowa.

Bo Pelini lost to Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan State, the three toughest teams on Nebraska’s schedule.

The 9-3 record looked great, but its substance was minimal to nonexistent.

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