Mark Bradley

Sports Columnist and Blogger

Mark Bradley has worked for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 1984. Prior to that, he worked at the Lexington Herald-Leader for six years. He has finished in the top 10 of the Associated Press Sports Editors writing contest four times for columns and twice for features; in 1985, he won the APSE award for best columns at the highest circulation level. He has finished in the top five of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association writing contest eight times and won for best feature. He has won the Best of Cox award for sports columns and been named Georgia Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. In 2015, he was inducted into the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame. 

Latest from Mark Bradley

What’s a reasonable projection for Ronald Acuna’s rookie year? 
 Ronald Acuna is Baseball America’s No. 1 prospect. You knew that already. He’ll be playing for the big-league Braves soon – maybe on opening day, surely by Memorial Day. I’ve seen him do more than take batting practice. He’s really good.  He’s also 20. He began last season in Single-A. This time...

Posted: a day ago

Ronald Acuna is Baseball America’s No. 1 prospect. You knew that already. He’ll be playing for the big-league Braves soon – maybe on opening day, surely by Memorial Day. I’ve seen him do more than take batting practice. He’s really good.  He’s also 20. He began last season in Single-A. This time...
Louisville loses its 2013 national title, and it had to happen
 As the son of a graduate of Louisville’s dental school and also as someone who grew up a Louisville fan – I’m a Kentucky alum, yes, but I was a U of L fan first – it pains me to say that this needed to happen. The NCAA has denied the Cardinals’ appeal to keep the NCAA title won at the Georgia Dome in 2013. ...

Posted: 2 days ago

As the son of a graduate of Louisville’s dental school and also as someone who grew up a Louisville fan – I’m a Kentucky alum, yes, but I was a U of L fan first – it pains me to say that this needed to happen. The NCAA has denied the Cardinals’ appeal to keep the NCAA title won at the Georgia Dome in 2013. ...
Cleaning up college hoops won’t be easy - but it can be done
 ESPN’s Mark Schlabach reports that the FBI’s investigation of college basketball recruiting “could result in potential NCAA violations for as many as three dozen Division I programs.” A source tells Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports: “Hall of Fame coaches should be scared, lottery picks won’t be eligible...

Posted: 3 days ago

ESPN’s Mark Schlabach reports that the FBI’s investigation of college basketball recruiting “could result in potential NCAA violations for as many as three dozen Division I programs.” A source tells Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports: “Hall of Fame coaches should be scared, lottery picks won’t be eligible...
Here’s one guy who likes the ‘over’ on the Braves. (Two guys, actually)
 Apologies for quoting Joe Sheehan as often as the Brits quote Churchill, but Sheehan’s newsletter – it’s available via email subscription – should be at the top of any baseball reading list. In his latest post, he preaches to the choir. (Albeit a choir of one.) Scanning the early Vegas over/under on MLB win totals...

Posted: 3 days ago

Apologies for quoting Joe Sheehan as often as the Brits quote Churchill, but Sheehan’s newsletter – it’s available via email subscription – should be at the top of any baseball reading list. In his latest post, he preaches to the choir. (Albeit a choir of one.) Scanning the early Vegas over/under on MLB win totals...
Pastner on Tech: ‘We will get this program where it needs to be’
 Last season was giddy. This has gone ghastly. Georgia Tech, which reached the NIT final in March 2017, has lost nine of 10 and mightn’t win again. (Circle the date: Wake Forest here March 3.) The Yellow Jackets won 21 games in Josh Pastner’s first season; they’ll have to work not to lose 20 this time.  With every loss...

Posted: 5 days ago

Last season was giddy. This has gone ghastly. Georgia Tech, which reached the NIT final in March 2017, has lost nine of 10 and mightn’t win again. (Circle the date: Wake Forest here March 3.) The Yellow Jackets won 21 games in Josh Pastner’s first season; they’ll have to work not to lose 20 this time.  With every loss...
March Sadness? The reckoning for college hoops draws nearer
 On Sunday, the NCAA tournament committee revealed its top 16 seeds. These were merely to stir conversation. Selection Sunday isn’t until March 11, and much will change over the next month. Here, in descending order, were the February Sweet 16: Virginia, Villanova, Xavier, Purdue, Auburn, Kansas, Duke, Cincinnati, Clemson, Texas...

Posted: 6 days ago

On Sunday, the NCAA tournament committee revealed its top 16 seeds. These were merely to stir conversation. Selection Sunday isn’t until March 11, and much will change over the next month. Here, in descending order, were the February Sweet 16: Virginia, Villanova, Xavier, Purdue, Auburn, Kansas, Duke, Cincinnati, Clemson, Texas...
The savviest local team? Atlanta United, and it’s not even close
 The nice thing about being asked to participate in MLB Network’s “Atlanta Rules” – the documentary premiered Tuesday night – was that, for once, this correspondent wasn’t being asked about Atlanta Flops. (Although it’s true that those regal Braves of the ’90s won only one World Series. Maybe...

Posted: 8 days ago

The nice thing about being asked to participate in MLB Network’s “Atlanta Rules” – the documentary premiered Tuesday night – was that, for once, this correspondent wasn’t being asked about Atlanta Flops. (Although it’s true that those regal Braves of the ’90s won only one World Series. Maybe...
Know how Matt Kemp seemed to expand as a Brave? Turns out he did
 It was Sept. 6, a lightly attended afternoon makeup game from the previous night’s rainout. It was Luiz Gohara’s big-league debut. It also was the day that the Texas Rangers kept hitting the ball to left field and running long distances. There were moments when I wondered if Matt Kemp would collapse from exertion. The Rangers...

Posted: 9 days ago

It was Sept. 6, a lightly attended afternoon makeup game from the previous night’s rainout. It was Luiz Gohara’s big-league debut. It also was the day that the Texas Rangers kept hitting the ball to left field and running long distances. There were moments when I wondered if Matt Kemp would collapse from exertion. The Rangers...
Why did it go wrong for Mark Fox? Where might UGA turn next?
 For the record, Mark Fox is still Georgia’s coach. He might indeed be Georgia’s coach for the next decade, though it would be a major surprise if he makes it to the Ides of March. (His Bulldogs have lost their past three games by 15, 15 and 17 points. They haven’t led in February.) That in mind, we ask: What went wrong?...

Posted: 10 days ago

For the record, Mark Fox is still Georgia’s coach. He might indeed be Georgia’s coach for the next decade, though it would be a major surprise if he makes it to the Ides of March. (His Bulldogs have lost their past three games by 15, 15 and 17 points. They haven’t led in February.) That in mind, we ask: What went wrong?...
Georgia Tech’s strange and sad season sees another setback
 It was only last spring a team of limited resources coming off a coaching change played longer into its tournament than a team of massive gifts guided by maybe the greatest coach ever. Granted, Georgia Tech was working in the second-rate NIT while Duke graced, albeit briefly, the Big Dance. Still, the Yellow Jackets were vying for a trophy...

Posted: 11 days ago

It was only last spring a team of limited resources coming off a coaching change played longer into its tournament than a team of massive gifts guided by maybe the greatest coach ever. Granted, Georgia Tech was working in the second-rate NIT while Duke graced, albeit briefly, the Big Dance. Still, the Yellow Jackets were vying for a trophy...
Georgia looks done, and so does Mark Fox
 On Jan. 6, Georgia beat Alabama by 19 points to move to 11-3. Maybe you missed that result, coming as it did two days before those schools met in a different sport with a trophy at stake, but back then it would have been impossible to imagine the basketball Bulldogs falling all but off the NCAA bubble by Valentine’s Day. But that&rsquo...

Posted: 12 days ago

On Jan. 6, Georgia beat Alabama by 19 points to move to 11-3. Maybe you missed that result, coming as it did two days before those schools met in a different sport with a trophy at stake, but back then it would have been impossible to imagine the basketball Bulldogs falling all but off the NCAA bubble by Valentine’s Day. But that&rsquo...