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

With hoops in turmoil, should UGA keep Mark Fox for good conduct?
 Fifteen days ahead of Selection Sunday, college basketball staged, not by design, Speculation Saturday. After the double whammy of reports regarding the FBI’s probe of recruiting, everybody was asking: What does it all mean?  Obvious answer: Nothing good. But in the shorter term, there were questions about which players named in...

Posted: 8 hours ago

Fifteen days ahead of Selection Sunday, college basketball staged, not by design, Speculation Saturday. After the double whammy of reports regarding the FBI’s probe of recruiting, everybody was asking: What does it all mean?  Obvious answer: Nothing good. But in the shorter term, there were questions about which players named in...
There’s more: ESPN reports the Feds have Arizona’s Miller on tape
 Sean Miller is considered one of the nation’s 10 best coaches. He won at Xavier and has won at Arizona. Whenever we media types are thinking who might be the next guy at one of the sport’s tentpole programs – the guy after Calipari at Lexington or Ol’ Roy in Chapel Hill – Miller’s name always arises. (Last...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Sean Miller is considered one of the nation’s 10 best coaches. He won at Xavier and has won at Arizona. Whenever we media types are thinking who might be the next guy at one of the sport’s tentpole programs – the guy after Calipari at Lexington or Ol’ Roy in Chapel Hill – Miller’s name always arises. (Last...
Yahoo names names, and they’re huge: Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Michigan State
 The belief in college basketball circles has long been that the FBI’s investigation into recruiting, agents and shoe companies had only begun to yield its rotten fruit. Early Friday morning, Pat Forde and Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports began naming names. They’re massive names. From Forde/Thamel: “There’s potential...

Posted: a day ago

The belief in college basketball circles has long been that the FBI’s investigation into recruiting, agents and shoe companies had only begun to yield its rotten fruit. Early Friday morning, Pat Forde and Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports began naming names. They’re massive names. From Forde/Thamel: “There’s potential...
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: 3 days 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: 4 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: 5 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: 5 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: 7 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: 8 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: 10 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: 11 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...